Katrina Mailloux, E-RYT-500, has been teaching yoga since 2008. She left her law practice to follow her passion in 2007 and has never looked back. Katrina is the founder and owner of Brown Dog Yoga. She first began practicing yoga in an effort provide a balance to her weight training and running regimen. She obtained her RYT-200 from the Breathing Space in Blacksburg, Virginia and completed her RYT-500 training at Yoga on High, in Columbus, Ohio. She holds an advanced certificate in Yoga Therapeutics and is the Director and Lead Trainer for the Brown Dog Yoga RYT 200-hour and Advanced RYT 300-hour Teacher Training Programs. Katrina welcomes all levels of yoga practitioner to her classes with modifications and creative sequencing. Katrina’s loves helping her students find inner peace and balance and to be less about human “having” and human “doing,” and more about human being.
Rich Mailloux began practicing yoga in 2010 with his wife, Katrina. He immediately saw changes in his overall fitness, becoming stronger, faster and more flexible. Although a busy physician, he became hooked and embarked upon the yoga teacher training program. Rich currently teaches students at the MU Recreation Center and at BDY, and he embraces an approach which appeals to those who consider themselves “inflexible” in both mind and body. Rich is the Co-Director of the Brown Dog Yoga RYT-200 hour Teacher Training Program. Whether your an avid fitness enthusiast, or want to embrace a different approach to wellness, Rich has your prescription.
Ashton Akers is from Chesapeake, Ohio and fell in love with BDY Cycling in 2016. She is currently studying health science at MCTC. Ashton loves working out and spending time with her daughter Miya and her boyfriend Kevin. She believes that in addition to a good sweat that laughter is the best medicine. Prepare to sweat and have fun with Ashton!
Tiffany is a Barboursville, WV native who grew up playing sports and spending her time outdoors. After graduating from WVU she moved to Washington, DC as a consultant and developed an interest in taking cycle and full body workout classes. After 7 years in DC she moved back to Huntington where she met her husband and started a family. Not long after she joined the Brown Dog Yoga family as she looked to improve her post-partum body and her sense of well being. As she witnessed her body transformation she became more and more interested in the science behind the exercises and turned her interest to teaching. Tiffany’s goal is to give students the most bang for their buck and teach quality over quantity.
Kai grew up traveling the world training to be a professional ballerina. After multiple foot injuries, she stopped dancing, went on to graduate school and moved to LA and began working in the fitness industry. This is where she fell in love with cycling and barre. Kai recently moved back home to Ashland from Lexington where she taught cycling, barre, & strength training. She is currently pursuing a Physical Therapy Assistant degree. She loves helping people become stronger and healthier so BDY is the perfect fit!
Danielle is a Huntington, WV native who grew up in Wheeling. She returned to Huntington in 2010 to pursue a Master’s Degree in School Counseling at Marshall. She began practicing yoga in college, but it wasn't until grad school that she fell in love with it as she developed a regular practice to supplement marathon training. She enjoys spending time with her husband, stepson and their ever growing pet family. She became an RYT-200 certified teacher at Brown Dog Yoga in 2017. Her goal is help students realize their potential and promote self- awareness and empowerment through yoga.
Makenzie is a student at Marshall University who has always had a passion for healthy living. As an instructor for Tailwind, she focuses on bringing a fresh and fun twist to her classes, while ensuring her students feel a sense of accomplishment after their workout. She believes in leading others to find their inner strength, and encourages them to push beyond their limits with love and compassion. Makenzie's love for exercise was amplified when she found Brown Dog Yoga during her Senior year of high school. She completed the Brown Dog Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2017 and hopes to inspire others to achieve their dreams and goals.
Laura Halphen Dixon is a native to Baton Rouge, La. She moved to Huntington, WV in 2012 to help open & operate her husbands local restaurant, Christopher's Eats. She has a Bachelor's Degree in business from SELU & recently graduated Brown Dog Yoga 200 hour yoga teacher training program. Laura began her yoga journey as a child, attending local classes with her mother. Laura enjoys quality time with her friends, family & dog, Jameson. Her mission is to promote non-judgment & non-attachment through her powerful, heartfelt, authentic teaching style and compassion-centered philosophy, while of course, having fun & reaching goals!
Torie is a Huntington native and 2013 Marshall University graduate. After completing her bachelor's degree in psychology, she began working recreational therapist at a local hospital. Torie began practicing yoga in college, but it wasn't until after her studies that she found herself in awe by the mental and physical benefits of her yoga practice. She became an RYT-200 certified teacher at BDY in 2015.
Ray is a dedicated dad of twin girls, a healthcare executive, and on of Tailwind’s charter instructors. Ray takes a personal approach to cycling citing a quote from Maya Angelou as an influence when constructing his rides, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you make them feel.” Ray encourages riders to make each class their own and focus on the needs of their mind, spirit and body as they cycle through the opportunities and challenges of everyday life. Ray enjoys an active lifestyle as an avid runner, yogi, and cyclist. A resident of Proctorville, Ohio with a successful career as an executive at Lab Corp, Ray believes in the importance of building a strong community that begins with the health and strength of the individual. His goal is for each cyclist to leave class feeling inspired and accomplished.
Terri Gray is a native of the tri-state area with a love for travel and adventure. She graduated with both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Nutrition from Marshall University and completed her internship at Indiana University Medical Center. She has been a Registered Dietitian for over 20 years and has devoted her career to promoting health and wellness in the community through nutrition. Terri completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Brown Dog Yoga in August 2016. She understands that yoga feeds not only the body but the mind and spirit encouraging health and well-being.
Jenny is a 1994 graduate of Marshall University with a degree in accounting, and a 2011 graduate of St. Mary's School of Nursing. She has worked as a Registered Nurse for St. Mary's for 6 years. Jenny has been married to her husband Craig for 22 years and together they have 3 children. Jenny has been involved in athletic endeavors her entire life as a softball player and cheerleader, and cheered for the Thundering Herd while at Marshall. Teaching TRX at BDY is her newfound passion and she is excited to share that passion with everyone!
Sarah Hood is a former local news reporter/anchor, who graduated from Elon University in 2009. She has always been interested in physical fitness, specifically falling in love with yoga at the young age of 14. Since leaving her news career, Sarah became a registered yoga teacher through the Brown Dog Yoga RYT-200 program. She is the proud mother of two children and is also a BDY Cycle and BDY Barre Instructor. Sarah loves sharing the benefits yoga, barre, and cycling with her students.
Originally from New Jersey and Norway, Michele Muth is a graduate of Marshall University with a BBA in Marketing and Economics, and a Master’s in Business Administration. She holds a Level 2 Les Mills BodyPump certification and a cycling certification. She works in the fitness industry full-time as an Associate Director at the Marshall Recreation Center. She is an avid runner, cyclist and loves group fitness and yoga! She also enjoys skiing, travelling and spending time with her husband Mark and children Maren and Henrik.
Kristin was born and raised in Iceland. She graduated as an elementary teacher from University of Iceland and taught 1st through 4th graders for 9 years before she moved to Barboursville, WV in August 2013 with her husband, Helgi and their three children, Sigmundur, Mal (Málfríður) and K.J (Kjartan). She has been practicing yoga since fall 2013 and finished her 200-hour yoga teacher training in September 2015 and her 300-hour yoga teacher training in January 2017 at Brown Dog Yoga. In addition to her love of yoga she loves to knit, run, read and spend time with her family. She loves being a part of the Brown Dog Yoga team and enjoys teaching her classes.