Meet the Marci’s Downtown Yoga instructors!

Marci Crawford

Ashtanga Vinyasa – RYT 200, ROCKET™ 50, Beginner Yoga

I practiced yoga for over 11 years – most of those years, I practiced Hatha (gentle) and vinyasa flow. When I came to It’s Yoga for teacher training, I learned Ashtanga yoga and fell in love! I continue to teach that, along with teaching beginner yoga. I completed my RYT 200 hour teacher training in September 2013 at Its Yoga Toledo, and also trained in their 50 hour Rocket™ system in February 2014. I love to share the love of the practice with others! I like to create a comfortable, encouraging FUN space to learn yoga. If you are not laughing and having fun you are doing it wrong! LOL!

Name  Judi Pollock


I began practicing yoga before I even knew it was yoga.  As a child, I did yoga with my friends in play.  I also performed yoga poses in dance classes at about 8-12 years of age.  I took another surge in my practice when I was in college during modern dance classes and rehearsals, as well as, in stage movement class and play rehearsals. During my work life, I added a practice of Transcendantal Meditation.  I studied yoga for years with video tapes and Dvd’s.  I taught randomly to my friends throughout my life.  I received Yoga Alliance certification in November 2016.  I taught privately and then began teaching here in May of 2017

Name  Mike Zerner


In 1976, at the age of 22, as an up and coming tennis player and in preparation for going to Europe to play on a tour, I had the great honor to meet and play tennis with many great tennis masters such as Torban Ulrich, Frank Sedgeman, and others.

It is because of this experience that I first heard of yoga.  While waiting to play tennis with Torban, I noticed he was doing various stretches, but none I had ever seen before.  Then he would sit still for awhile  He explained that it was a form of stretching and meditation known as yoga.  Little did I know then, that yoga would soon become a daily part of my life.

As a result of a sports injury that I suffered while playing overseas, I had to have a major back operation at the age of 22.  After the surgery, my doctors said that I had lost nerve senses in my right leg and foot, and to make matters worse, they suggested that I have many more back surgeries.  With that I quickly turned to alternative methods.  Since then I have had 15 operations over various parts of my body, in addition to being a 2 time cancer survivor.  I can personally thank the practice of yoga and mediation for helping me cope with my health issues, and making me feel strong and healthy, on a daily basis.

Breath and meditation are basic parts of yoga.  By focusing on our breath and quieting our mind, one can overcome many physical and mental obstacles.  With life moving so quickly, isn’t it important to be healthy,  calm and collected, so as to enjoy every precious moment?

Healing through yoga and meditation can be, and is, often life saving.

While trying to deal with my pain and aching body, I remembered Torban Ulrich and the yoga moves he had previously showed me.  I was in search of a yoga teacher.  With great fortune I found a most wonderful yoga instructor in Ethel Mercer’s University of Toledo class.  She created a class of fun loving, and caring students.  Since then I have had the great fortune to have studied with Lillias Folan, Amrit Desai, Doug Keller, Doug Swenson, Todd Norian, Ann Greene and many other wonderful yoga teachers.

I am truly blessed to practice and teach my passion.



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  • Do your practice and all is coming.

    Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
    Founder of Ashtanga
  • The space is very welcoming – no judgements! Movements that intertwine the body, mind and soul…best people ever!

    Cindy Betz
    Marci's Downtown Studio Student

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