Group Fitness Instructors
Tracy Ash started teaching PiYo LIVE! in 2015 soon after she was first introduced to it. She realized that as a runner and a busy mom of three kids, PiYo was something her body needed to help her remain injury free when she hit the pavement and also help her to remain calm amongst her busy life. Tracy immediately loved that PiYo maintained cardio endurance through high intensity but low impact sequences and flow series so she could define and stretch every muscle while on a mat. PiYo also helped Tracy lose 30 pounds, but more importantly, it helped her build the strength, flexibility and balance she needed help her move ahead with her overall mental and fitness goals.
PiYo is low impact but high energy and it is the perfect complement to any other fitness regimen. Tracy loves seeing all ages and abilities leave her class feeling successful, energized and empowered.
Natalie is a proud mom of 3 busy kids and a Chemistry Teacher at Carmel High School. She has taught Jazzercise classes for 11 years, currently teaching four Jazzercise classes a week. She loves Jazzercise because it is a high energy and high intensity workout that is a fusion of 40 minutes of cardio partnered with 20 minutes of weight lifting and toning. Natalie also boasts a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and she was a Purdue Dance Team Captain and Choreographer.
Through the years she has taught a variety of classes including Dance, Aerobics, Kick-Boxing, Boot Camp, and a Health and Kinesiology class at Purdue University.
Carmen teaches indoor cycle and cycle boot camp. She believes that music is what sets the tone for your workout. It motivates you to ride, move, work through your challenges, and it strengthens the soul! Carmen puts time and effort into every playlist, and her songs will keep you moving, singing, and sweating! She wants you leaving her class feeling that your workout was both a ton of fun, and inspiring too, so you’ll want to come back time and time again. Carmen brings over 20 years of group fitness & cycling experience to her class! She found her love of fitness in College (Ball State… Chirp, Chirp… Go Cards!). She helped develop their Group Fitness program while getting her Bachelor’s degree and has been teaching ever since. If you are looking for a class with great music, high energy, and lots of themes, Carmen’s your gal! When she isn’t in the studio rockin’ it out on the bike, she is staying busy with her three Carmel Clay School kids and her husband.
In addition to being a mom and a 2nd grade teacher for Woodbrook Elementary, Leane Bintrim has been practicing yoga for about 10 years. She attended a class through the CCS wellness program when it first began and immediately fell in love with this discipline. She decided in 2016 that she wanted to become an instructor and after 6 months of intense classes and training, she received her certification from Indiana Yoga Studio in Lebanon, Indiana. Leane loves to share her practice with others so that all can reap the benefits of a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga practice. Namaste!
Maria truly loves yoga and enjoys bringing the benefits of yoga to others, especially beginners.
She believes yoga can be practiced by anyone as they consider their needs and abilities. Yoga brings together the mind, body and spirit as we exercise all aspects of ourselves in our practice. Maria finds that yoga is wonderful for healing, stress relief and helping bring perspective to life as we learn to live in the moment and be grateful for what we are able to do each day.
The entire Carmel Clay School community is important to Maria, as she is a parent of students in the classes of 2016 and 2019, and also served 12 years in her previous role as a School Counselor at Carmel High School. However, now thanks to the Wellness Center, Maria gets to be in the yoga room with the wonderful employees from every area and role of the district!
Maria currently has a counseling practice in Carmel as she is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, serving children and adults. She earned her RYT 200 in 2013 and finds her yoga practice is a wonderful compliment to her counseling career. She looks forward to welcoming you to yoga, whether beginner or a yogi with a regular practice.
A part of the fitness industry for over 19 years, Monica is a graduate of Butler University, an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer and ACE-Certified Group Fitness Instructor. She has enjoyed a personal training career working with individuals of every fitness level and age seeking a variety of results including weight loss, post-baby body, injury rehabilitation, increased athletic performance, and maintenance of general physical fitness and overall health. In the group fitness world, Monica carries 7 additional certifications including TRX, Ballet Barre, Tabata, Mat Pilates and more. She has taught classes for the past 9 years for the employees of Carmel Clay Schools.
Monica has been married 24 years to her husband Mike. They have two boys, Oscar age 16, Joseph age 14 and one dog, Lucy. When not training she enjoys spending time cooking, hauling her boys to various events, traveling and spending as much time as possible with her family.
Mary Beth Desautels
Mary Beth has always enjoyed being active, playing sports, and working out as a way to “decompress” and feel energetic, happy and joyful. In high school it was volleyball and track. In college she focused on swimming and running. After college she turned to snow skiing and scuba diving. And today, it’s a little bit of everything. As long as she is moving, she is happy.
In 2008, Mary Beth’s career took her from corporate America to wellness. She knew there was something more she wanted to accomplish; something to fill her heart and soul. She became a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. For group fitness, she is a certified in TRX, Booty Barre and IYCA (International Youth Fitness Association). Mary Beth is also trained in Pilates–the reformer as well as Mat Pilates through BASI and Balanced Body. Her passion is sharing the research relating to the transformative effects of exercise and the brain. Her breadth of knowledge continues to grow as she works with not only able bodied clients but also those who have Cerebral Palsy or brain degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s. Currently she works with a double amputee who is anxious to get back on the golf course. She is continually inspired by all her clients and students.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time swimming, paddle boarding and boating on the lake with her partner, Mark, and her dog Bear.
Mary has been happily instructing fitness for over 20 years. She is a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer. She teaches Strength, Boot Camp, Barre Blend, Tabata, and Zumba. Over the years she has led fitness in many venues, including Relay for Life, Indiana State Fair, and performed in a Pacer’s halftime show with her Zumba colleagues. Zumba continues to be her favorite format because “it brings people back into the gym. No equipment or experience necessary. Just dance and burn calories!”
Mary has four grown children and has been married for many years to her husband, Jim. She is excited to lead fitness classes at the CCS Wellness Center and looks forward to a great 2018.
Kara Goodwin had felt a pull towards the discipline of meditation for many years. She had attempted to learn it on her own, mainly through books, but felt she was never really “getting anywhere” with her practice. She felt she was missing something key in the understanding that she needed to let her thoughts pass and clear her mind. When living overseas for a stint, she luckily found the master teacher she needed to give her precise techniques to facilitate her meditation and start her on a truly wonderful journey of self-discovery. Kara recently moved back to the area after four years of living in Italy, during which time she became a certified meditation teacher. She is passionate about making meditation practical for all, using step-by-step instructions and sharing the science behind meditation to give her students an enriching and educational foundation.
Kara has two children, 11 and 8, who currently attend Towne Meadow Elementary. She loves spending her free time with them, her husband, and her dog and cat.
Donna’s instructional journey began several years ago as an AFAA certified group fitness instructor teaching indoor cycling classes, cardio boot camps, and a variety of Pilates and other aerobic fitness classes. Finding a connection with Yoga, she then completed her 200-hour yoga certification and yoga instruction is now her primary focus. Donna is currently an instructor at The Yoga Studio in Indianapolis and she is also affiliated with Indy Yoga Movement. Yoga is her passion, as it can be a supportive foundation for every fitness activity and assists in keeping the body strong and flexible while also helping to keep the mind calm and centered. When not practicing Yoga, Donna can be found with her family—she is married with 2 kids and enjoys all activities involving the beach, water and sunshine!
Heather has always enjoyed being active in sports and fitness activities. She played baseball and soccer as a youth, and went on to play soccer for Purdue Women’s Soccer Team/Club during her undergraduate years. After graduating, she stayed active by participating in triathlons, running and biking events, and Okinawan karate.
After several injuries, Heather had to stop running and needed to find a new passion. She stayed active attending various group fitness classes, but it was the first time she experienced a Turbo Kick Live class, she knew she was hooked. This was the class she had been looking for to keep herself fit. In 2017, Heather earned her certification as a Turbo Kick Live instructor. When not teaching Turbo Kick classes, she frequents other Turbo Kick Live classes in town as a participant, and thrives on the energy that the class brings. Her teaching goals are to make participants feel energized during sessions and leave the class with a renewed sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
Heather is an alumnus of Purdue University and Indiana University. She worked in the corporate world for more than 20 years in quality control, quality assurance and regulatory affairs. Although a proud Hoosier, her home roots are in Alabama, where she was born. She is a big fan of the University of Alabama football team, and looks forward to attending football-watching parties with her husband, two daughters, parents and siblings.
Steve has been in the fitness industry for the past 21 years. He graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in Exercise Science and is a certified personal trainer. Over his many years in fitness he has taught and is certified in a variety of group fitness classes ranging from strength to to TRX to cycle to yoga. When he is not teaching, training, or working out he enjoys spending time with his wife Leslie and three kids Anna, Nathan and Kaleb. Join him in class and feel free to bring your health and fitness questions!
Dawn is a mother to a son, Conner, who is a very active 13-year-old. Dawn and her husband Gene are about to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Dawn has had her own personal training business since 2001 and also her own Arbonne International business since 2014. Dawn has a passion for health, wellness, and physical fitness and really enjoys helping family, friends, clients, students, and business partners pursue their healthiest and best life. When not teaching or working out, she loves to spend time with family, friends, and teammates. She finds happiness in volunteering at her church and giving back through various other charities in the community. Dawn believes you should love what you do, serve well, and love others. When you do that, everything else falls into place.
Kathy is an ACE certified group fitness instructor that has long specialized in strength, increased movement, balance and stamina-all while having a great time. Kathy’s gracious personality shines through as she creates challenging, ever-changing classes for her students, such as per popular Vitality Class at Carmel Total Fitness. Teaching fitness has become a true passion of Kathy’s over the years. Originally from New Albany, IN, she has her degree from IU and currently lives in Carmel with her husband, Dave.
After a lifetime of athletics (gymnastics, cheerleading, tennis, IM sports), Jenny began her fitness career at Korea Tae Kwon Do Academy in 2008. While participating in the Cardio Kickboxing program she was encouraged to train as an instructor and began to teach classes there and at the YMCA. This led to her certification in Group Exercise through YUSA. She then expanded her classes to include Strength & Endurance, Cardio Fit, Boot Camp, Treadmill Training, and Stretch Class, to name just a few!
Then while lifeguarding through the YMCA, she discovered aquatic fitness and obtained her Water Fitness certification in 2012. This led to teaching Deep Water, Shallow Water, Aqua Cardio, Aqua Boot Camp, and Aqua Kickboxing classes. She joined the Monon Community Center in 2014, increasing the number and type of water fitness classes she was teaching weekly.
Jenny also received her Certification for Personal Training through the American College of Sports Medicine in 2014. She is passionate about fitness and loves coaching clients through their fitness journeys! Jenny also has a BA in Psychology and an MS in Counseling, both of which help her connect to participants and motivate them to meet their goals.
Jenny is married with one daughter and two cats. When not in a gym, she enjoys traveling the world with her daughter!
In Carolyn’s opinion, teaching fitness classes is truly a joy and a privilege. When people take time to come to her class, she wants them to feel that it was the best hour of their day!
As a wife and mom of two teenagers, Carolyn realizes how busy lives can be and that self-care is essential to conquering all that life throws at us. She believes it just can’t be done without exercise!
For 15 years she was a stay at home parent. Exercise and the gym became her therapy, social network, and overall “happy place”. When she realized it was time for her to venture out of her normal routine, she decided to become certified in indoor cycling through Schwinn and began teaching at the JCC and Jordan YMCA. She is also certified in Enhance Fitness, a class structured for active older adults and arthritis sufferers. When not teaching, Carolyn loves getting out of town, eating Mexican food, and watching bad TV.
Heidi Stan is a Carmel resident, wife, and mother of two preschool aged girls. She is also a wellness teacher at Clay middle school and has taught health and physical education for the last 17 years.
Heidi’s passion for health, fitness, wellness and kids has led her to acquire her certification as a group fitness instructor through Revelation Wellness. She also started a children’s fitness business called Movement. Heidi currently holds a certification through Recess & Results & Rejoice @ Recess.
Realizing that not all children are athletes–Recess & Results will be a fun and engaging kids’ class that keeps kids on the move as they play with a purpose! Participants will use play to work on flexibility, endurance, and strength while also learning healthy habits… but it will be so engaging and fun they will have no idea it is really fitness!
Courtney grew up in Carmel, Indiana and graduated from Indiana University. After finishing school in Bloomington, she moved out of state for a few years. Upon moving back to Carmel in 2010, she started practicing yoga at a local studio. Her love for the practice grew quickly and became a constant in her everyday life. Yoga provides not only a physical practice, but it allows space for emotional and spiritual growth, as well as stress relief and self-care – helping to continue the development of yoga, gratitude, and compassion. After 5 years of daily practice, Courtney took the yoga plunge and became a 200-hour certified RYT and has been teaching since 2016. She is currently in continued training working towards her 500-hour RYT certification. Courtney loves to provide an atmosphere for people to come as they are, wherever they are at. Our bodies and minds change every day so she will always provide modifications and a safe space for students to both explore and soften their edge.
Michelle VanderPlaat’s yoga journey started in 2010 when she enrolled in a 30 day yoga challenge. She was emotionally depleted and exhausted, feeling confused and overwhelmed as a stay-at-home mom. She was seeking purpose and meaning in her life and wondered how to ignite strong positive energy again. She had no idea what a huge emotional impact these 30 days would be. Yoga challenged Michelle to be present, breathe deeply and love herself. Michelle’s completed a RYT-200 Yoga teacher training the summer of 2019. She spent 15 days immersed in training at the Heartwood Yoga Retreat Center in Bradenton, Florida. She loved this experience and learned that her passion is in connecting my mind, body and spirit. The profound changes she feels when actively participating in self-care (meditation, yoga, joyful movement, nutrition and relationships) are what she aspires to help others feel! Off the mat—I’m a wife and a mother of 3 kids. I teach Physical Education at St. Matthew Catholic School. She has lived in Carmel most of her life and is a graduate of CHS and Purdue University.
Jeriann started in the fitness and coaching industry 16 years ago. She was overweight and “had no clue what I was doing,” but decided to try working out anyway. After finding her fitness stride, one day an instructor asked if she would be interested in teaching. At first Jeriann was reluctant, but she gave it a go and was completely hooked. She developed a passion for group workouts and strength classes. The creativity of coming up with new workouts, providing a motivational atmosphere and helping others is what drives Jeriann, and she wants people to feel comfortable and have fun in her classes. “When class starts, we are a team: motivating and high fiving each other along the journey.”
Jeriann has been married to Doug for 13 years and they have 2 dogs and a cat. She loves the warm weather, being outside and cooking. When not teaching she is usually trying new classes out. Her other favorite pastime? Animals! For 8 years, she has been a volunteer dog walker at the Hamilton Humane Society where she has made some very close friends. She always feels good about helping animals, plus it’s great exercise and a stress reliever.
Angie has been a member and advocate for the YMCA joining the Jordan Y in 2008. It was there that she attended her first yoga class and was hooked. While working in their preschool and Child Watch area, she found a great need to increase the children’s wellness activities. After earning her Group Fitness Certification in 2010, she began teaching children’s and adult classes. As her love and commitment to yoga grew, she trained for and received her YTT 200-hour certification from Peace Through Yoga in September of 2014.
Angie has worked for Carmel Clay Schools in the EduCare Department since 2015, where she has co-taught Toddlers through Pre-K. Angie has used yoga as a teaching tool to assist with transitions and coping skills, helping the children to regulate their breath, bodies and manage their emotions. This year, she has developed a new Healthy Living Class, offered weekly, to the 2’s, 3’s and Pre K classes. She teaches healthy eating and exercise habits for growing a strong body and mind. Angie is ecstatic to offer new Yoga classes to our CCS children, ages 3-16! As a mother of two amazing girls, Angie enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors with her family.