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Our Team


Sarah McFaddin


I discovered the yoga practice through an immersive wellness experience which opened my mind and heart to the healing that yoga can offer. This led me to study nutrition and begin a deep dive into wellness. While completing my yoga teacher training, I discovered how integrated the body, mind, & sould are; and they can heal as one. My teaching style is gentle, empowering, and encourages students to listen to their body to create more ease + goodness.


Caitlynn Fortson

studio manager + integrative wellness facilitator

Like most humans, I am an everchanging soul on my own never-ending journey of whole-body wellness. Over the past year I was blessed with the opportunity to learn, grow and evolve my understanding of health and wellness by becoming an integrative nutrition health coach. Coming from a social work background, I believe in the importance of leaning into each of our own individual gifts to create a foundation for growth. What a gift it is that we are all bio-individual, yet all interconnected. My hope is to empower, guide, and walk this journey with others; through intentionally shifting mindset, mindfully moving, embodying community and nourishing whole-body wellness from a place of love.

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Laura Knutson


After a day teaching my elementary class, there is nothing I want more than calm and peace of mind. That’s why I started doing yoga 18 years ago when I was tired and pregnant and needing to feel grounded. I found a yoga DVD for pregnancy at Best Buy (ha!!!!) and my journey into finding myself began. I spent years streaming yoga of all types in the privacy of my living room, learning from the best teachers out there. I felt an outer/inner calling that continued until finally, the summer of 2018, I got certified to teach yoga and taught for 3 years at GetFit LLC. I continued my yoga journey by getting my 500 yoga certification, which added adjusted stretching to my skill set and a new desire to once again stretch my wings. And that’s how I landed at Vidya! I won’t lie, it’s sometimes easier to roll out my living room yoga mat and stream a class in the workout clothes I just grabbed from the dirty laundry. But knowing the difference that group exercise makes - that support of having a tribe - makes me find the energy to get to class. I guess you could say, I want more than just peace of mind now!


Elika Whitney

 instructor + health coach

Through a self-discovery journey of my own, I was introduced to yoga in 2014 and have been unrolling my mat ever since. I completed her 200 hour YTT in 2016 and have continued to evolve my integrative wellness practices, achieving my Level 2 Reiki certification in 2021. I am also a health and wellness coach with experience in social work, school counseling and non-profit programming. My client centered approach focuses on meeting people where they are and growing from there. I strongly believe that yoga is for everyone - especially people who identify as ‘not flexible’! 

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Elizabeth Shultis


My yoga journey started 15 years ago to gain knowledge of  breath and assist with my daily focus.  I quickly learned there was much more to yoga including community and more to learn daily in my yoga practice.  I took my 200hr YTT at GIVE Yoga in Columbus, Ohio. I teach slow flow with breath and slow movement throughout the class.  I love the power and the challenge I feel in multiple poses and hope that others feel the same way as I facilitate a class.  A quote I love which applies to yoga is “walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet” Thich That Hanh


Barbara Airulla


With over 20 years of personal practice, I am a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. I obtained my 200hr YTT and Meditation Teacher certification from the prestigious Yoga on High in Columbus, Ohio. I teach Hatha yoga classes including slow flow, alignment-oriented, special focus and gentle yoga. I also guide meditation practices which offer participants the methods to tap into their own mind-body connection. A consummate educator and life-long learner, I earned a PhD in Art Education from OSU. I find natural connections among yoga, meditation, and art. When not teaching, I am creating, gardening, walking in nature, or reading. My yoga teaching philosophy is "The balance of breath with movement and thought equals life. First breathe, then move, and notice what you feel."

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Alyssa Tantillo


I am a Jersey-born yoga instructor that has been in the area since joining the OSU community in 2019. I am certified by the American Council on Exercise as a Group Fitness Instructor, and have completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training through Soma Yoga Institute out of California. I was introduced to yoga in 2015 and ever since, I have focused on using yoga to bring people together. I have spent over 150 hours teaching at Ohio State's recreational facilities, in corporate yoga settings, and in-studio since November 2019. My goal is to aid in my students' personal growth through all aspects of yoga in a safe and inclusive way.


Kelsey Russell


My yoga journey started about 7 years ago. Cardio, and/or lifting were never my cup of tea, but I was craving a full body balanced work out. When I discovered yoga, all of its benefits, and already being a deeply spiritual person - how could I pass up a practice focused on the mind, body AND spirit?! My first few years practicing were on and off, not absolutely sure exactly what I was doing. Until I decided to dive into yoga teacher training to learn more about yoga, the foundations, and the history. I am a boy mom of one & native to this beautiful city of Delaware. I’m a lover of outdoors, nature, hiking, rollerblading, camping & as well as the wonderful season of winter. I have been teaching yoga for two years now & I hope to bring my light & love for yoga to all.

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