meet your instructors



Sophie is from Loveland, OH and is a junior at Miami. Her yoga practice started her freshman year in high school and she began practicing regularly a few years later. Signing up for teacher training was a last minute decision and it ended up being the greatest choice of her life! She received her 200-RYT from Simply Power in Loveland, OH in March 2015 and teaches a Baptiste inspired flow. Sophie hopes her students may learn to be vulnerable on and off the mat by pushing them through a powerful class that allows them to step outside of their comfort zone.

jaimie Ross

Jaimie began practicing yoga 9 years ago as a form of exercise. In an effort to deepen her personal practice and learn ways to reduce anxiety & stress, Jaimie pursued her RYT-200 in Cincinnati. When she's not on the mat, you'll find her spending time with her husband and their daughter, snuggling her pup, cooking up a storm in the kitchen or with her nose in a good book. Jaimie is passionate about health & wellness and wants everyone to know that yoga is for all sizes & ages. Jaimie is also a certified kids yoga instructor through Kidding Around Yoga & has also completed an 85-hour Prenatal Yoga Certification through The Prenatal Yoga Center.

emily bufler

Emily is the owner & operator of Root. She keeps the peace & keeps things trucking behind the scenes in the studio. Emily came to yoga out of pain, after an injury to her low back. She is passionate about providing thoughtful, safe, inclusive and fun yoga to anyone and everyone who is interested. Emily is a certified 200 HR-RYT. When she's not working, you can find her spending time with her husband and their son, Benjen. Emily loves to be outside hiking or spending time on or near water. You can always rely on her for the best book & podcast suggestions. 

megan dressel

Megan is a senior at Miami and is from Columbus, OH, where she earned her 200RYT. Megan is double majoring in Kinesiology & Public Health with a minor in nutrition. Megan has been teaching at Root since we opened in 2015! She credits her regular yoga practice to helping her overcome some very challenging times in her life. Megan has been a vegan for 4 years and loves it! She is a runner - with 5 half marathons & 2 full marathons under her belt (yes, we think she's crazy)! Anyone who comes to Megan's classes can feel the time, effort, and passion she puts into each class - all of which come paired with fun tunes to jam out to.

Gail hautau

Gail has lived and worked in Oxford for most of her life. She graduated from Miami, is married, and has four grown children; all of whom did their undergrad at Miami. Gail has been attending classes at Root since 2016. After a year of practicing yoga at Root, she decided to make a list of all the reasons why she probably shouldn't do yoga (due to time and physical restraints) and realized that these reasons were also the same reasons she should be doing yoga. When Gail saw Root was offering our first ever Yoga Teacher Training in 2017, she decided this was the best way to learn more about the practice. Gail loves how restorative yoga helps to gently open the joints and energy centers, while stretching the muscle, and calming the entire body, mind, and soul. 

Paige Dewitt

Paige attended her first yoga class during her freshman year of high school and thought nothing of it. Years later she was presented with the opportunity to go through Simply Power Yoga's teacher training program in Loveland, OH and that is where it all began. Paige never imagined herself being this age and teaching yoga, but has slowly come to realize it is so much more than just teaching yoga. She has learned about herself, on and off the mat, and believes the greater realization is that the more she learns, the less she knows. While her journey is young, she is excited to see where the beautiful practice of yoga will take her. Come flow with Paige!  

olivia petas

Olivia is from Toledo, Ohio and a current student at Miami University. She is studying Economics and Fashion Corporate Business. She has always done yoga and pilates with her Mom, ever since she could walk, and eventually became certified the summer before freshman year. In her free time, she likes to hike, go up North, and find the nearest music festival to groove at. Her signature class strengthens, balances and detoxifies your entire body and mind as you move through more challenging postures and connected breath. Set to an energizing playlist, you’ll power up your yoga practice like never before. 

stephenie richardson

Stephenie is dual certified in Hatha & Vinyasa yoga, through Root's teacher training program! She started practicing yoga in the comfort of her own home about 7 years ago, as a way to connect with herself - mind, body, and spirit - at a time when she felt lost and unsure of her path. Practicing yoga and educating herself on yogic philosophy has helped her to grow and overcome past traumas. She knew that what she was learning needed to be shared with others facing (or having already faced) similar traumas &/or experiences. Steph is passionate about plant medicine and believes it falls right into place with her passion for yoga. She is a non-traditional senior at Miami, studying Botany, with minors in Horticulture & Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.










melanie ziaziaris

Melanie is a junior from inner-city Chicago, studying Kinesiology and Nutrition at Miami University. She loves learning about the body and digging deeper with anatomy, as she is on the Pre-Physical Therapy tract. She has been active her whole life doing gymnastics, dance, and figure skating, but started practicing yoga about 3 years ago. Just last year, Melanie found Root and  joined the 200-RYT here at Root. She loved it because she could still be a student and keep learning more about yoga. She loves teaching multiple classes ranging from restorative to power vinyasa, and is always open to beginners. Melanie loves showing her students what yoga has to offer them. Off the mat, you can catch her at the nearest pool or beach (no matter what season) or binge watching netflix.

maggie jo frey

Maggie has been teaching at Root since the fall of 2017. Originally from Oxford, she is so grateful to have the opportunity to share yoga with her hometown! Maggie first fell in love with yoga while studying at Indiana University. She completed her teacher training in 2005 at the Sivananda Vedanta Ashram in Woodbourne, New York. Back home in Chicago, Maggie managed Bloom Yoga Studio for over 4 years and taught at several studios throughout the city. Her class is welcoming and playful, challenging students of all levels to cultivate a strong and flexible body and mind. Maggie is also a Licensed Acupuncturist and board certified herbalist with a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. She loves spending time wrangling her two year old daughter (and looks forward to welcoming a little boy in December).

lori gloeckner

Lori has been practicing yoga for 12 years and has been teaching at Root since May 2018. Lori completed her RYT-200 training in our first ever teacher training at Root! Lori especially enjoys teaching those that are new to the practice. She is also a 6th grade math teacher at Talawanda Middle School where she tries to incorporate yoga into her classroom whenever possible. Lori and her husband live in Oxford and are enjoying their newest role as "empty nesters." Lori loves to read, bakes to relax, and chills out to old movies. Most of all she loves getting to know new people and enjoying a good laugh!


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