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This week’s Feature Friday is highlighting WIFA Women, Dawn Rivers and Janelle Mistarz!

Dawn’s yoga journey first began in 1999, when she bought a Rodney Yee VHS yoga videotape. She made a habit of practicing yoga every day to bring fitness and stress relief to the ups and downs of daily life. After gaining some momentum and comfort in her practice, Dawn met her match at a local gym a few years later. After conquering this obstacle, she was led to seek out a permanent yoga studio and a place she could use as a hideout to put her restless mind on the back burner for an hour or two. Dawn’s love of the practice made her take the step to become a “Karma Yogi”. A regular to the studio at this time, she realized that the community of yogis was what she needed. Above all else, she felt safe and loved. Every day she practiced she found that she was challenged and grew. Dawn can be found around Greater Cleveland offering group yoga sessions for local cities, organizations, associations, and corporations. As her own brand, she offers yoga teacher training, a mentorship program, and individual coaching sessions. Because of the work she had done in the community, she believes the power of the collective can make things better for all.

Connect with Dawn here!


Janelle is a detail oriented, passionate, and experienced fitness manager, personal trainer, and group exercise instructor. She possess a BS in Kinesiology & Health and a MS in Recreation & Sports Management. She has worked in the health and fitness field for over 17 years and she is happy to be working in the industry every day to help and inspire others to reach their health and fitness goals.





Connect with Janelle here!


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