After 13 years away, Sarah returned to southwest Michigan in 2017 and is thrilled to be back. A lover of fitness, Sarah was an avid runner for much of her life. After completing 2 marathons, Sarah found that running alone wasn’t helping her manage the stress of her career in advertising. While working in Denver, Sarah attended her first Power Yoga class and was immediately hooked. Not only was it the most physically challenging class she’d ever taken, but the focus on breath also helped to cultivate her ability to regulate her stress response. Wanting to share this incredible practice with as many people as possible, Sarah sought her 200 hour Power Yoga certification in 2009 and Yoga Sculpt certification in 2011. Finding a style of yoga that aligned with her preference for a physical challenging was life changing and Sarah hopes to help others explore the spectrum of yoga to find a practice that works for them.
Outside of teaching, Sarah is a full-time mother to 3 young children and a part-time media strategist.
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Working from home meant we could vary snack and coffee breaks, change our desks or view, goof off, drink on the job, even spend the day in pajamas
As a lifelong resident of St. Joe, Kari loves lake front activities, and recently took her passion to the water learning SUP. Crazy busy as a wife and mother of three active kids, Kari is also the varsity coach of the Lakeshore Poms Team. "Passion and energy drive both my personal life at home and professional life at Maddog 5/1”. Taking on the challenge of becoming a Maddog trainer came as a natural step. A client since 2015, Kari quickly found a familiar energy and passion in the Maddog trainers who inspired her to work harder, and she wanted more! “My passion for fitness drives me, joining the Maddog family changed my life, first as a client, now as a Trainer. Kari teaches RealRyder, Fierce 5/1, Fierce Circuit , Bike RR Barre and jumping in where ever needed! "My #1 goal as a trainer is to deliver an energetic and challenging workout every time. I want clients to feel proud of themselves when they leave, and with a desire to come back for more.”
Ciara (pronounced Keera) is originally from Southwest Michigan and after teaching in Little Rock, AR for three years the Ashley family came back home to raise a family. After leaving the education profession to stay home with her two children, Ciara has found a home at Maddog 5/1 combining her two passions: teaching and having fun through fitness! She strives to motivate others to become the best version of themselves through a healthy lifestyle, and to challenge them to become stronger athletes. Look for Ciara at Maddog 5/1 teaching RealRyder, Barre, and Team 5/1 classes. When not at Maddog her hobbies are camping, hiking, traveling, and cooking with her husband and children. Ciara is AFAA Group Exercise Certified,