Rebecca is the owner of Shanti Yoga and believes that freedom and peace begin when we invest in ourselves with the intention to self-nurture and discover. This practice of self-love makes it possible to uncover one’s unique gifts and purpose in the advancement of society. Rebecca uses her understanding of the Eastern healing arts and background as a Reiki Master, Experience Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with 400 hours of training, Taoist-trained Yin instructor, and entrepreneur to help guide others to tune in to their creative energy in order to enhance the flow of their vital life force to allow for a more vibrant and healthy life. Rebecca is also a Certified Paddlefit level 2 instructor and teaches Stand up Paddleboard (SUP) classes from June to September.
Elaine has been practicing Hatha Yoga for 15 yrs. This path later led to Vipassana Meditation, which served to deepen her yoga practice and the desire to someday become a yoga teacher.
In 2008 Elaine completed Yoga Alliance Teacher Training under Katherine Austin of Karma Yoga, after ending a 25 year career in Telecommunications. At this time she also studied under William Lee Rand, world renowned Reiki Master and teacher, who now enjoys a freelance career as a Yoga Teacher and Reiki practitioner.
Elaine’s favorite statement is “You are as young as your spine is flexible”. To achieve the flexibility of the spine the main focus is on developing breath awareness to calm the mind, allowing time for the body to soften. Students learn to set the ego aside with their shoes and go on a yoga exploration, learning through breath awareness and asanas how to free oneself from self imposed barriers.
Katy is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She has taught yoga in corporate, studio and private settings since 2008. Katy is focused on helping her students deepen their own practice by accepting each moment and each pose as it is, in order to explore the deeper truth within. She feels that life is constantly evolving, and this evolution can be observed through yoga. Some days “yoga” means resting a sore body with restorative poses, or just going for a simple walk and listening to one’s breath. Katy loves to share yoga as a practice that nourishes the body, mind, emotions and spirit.
Courtney is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC). She is inspired by movement on and off the mat and loves to combine yoga with coaching to help people slow down enough to
connect with their hearts and break through their limiting beliefs. She teaches
vinyasa, yin yoga and sculpt yoga.
Mark is a student of Nature and The Present. Yoga is a call to make everything more sacred- your movement, your stillness and your mission. Mark strives to improvise and elevate through an emphasis on listening to the body and its varied subtle messages. He is grateful for the community at large and through his teachings, from Nicaragua to Oregon and back home to Michigan. He hopes all beings will benefit from increased happiness and freedom. Peace!
Eric has been practicing and studying yoga on a daily basis since 2011. Originally starting out on the path of yoga as a coping strategy while quitting cigarettes, it hooked him immediately as something that was beneficial far beyond that original intent.
Seduced by the overall sense of calm and well-being that the physical practice bestowed, it was only a matter of time until the philosophy of yoga started to reveal itself as the unified theory of existence he had been searching for his whole life.
Eric completed his RYT-200 in June of 2012 and has been teaching part-time ever since.
Sherry Dobbyn-Berman has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She completed yoga teacher training in 2004, under the direction of Jonny Kest at the Center for Yoga.
Sherry started her business Yoga Matters in 2005. She has focused on teaching adults who are
often newcomers to yoga & most comfortable practicing in a small class environment. Sherry has also taught at CFY, the JCC in Oak Park and Gilda’s Club. Recently, she has been assisting her daughter in adding yoga to the Physical Education curriculum at Cesar Chavez Lower Elementary in southwest Detroit.
Sherry loves sharing the joys of yoga and meditation with her students. Her greatest satisfaction
is hearing how her students have used their yoga to face every day challenges. She is committed to helping others know the holistic benefits of this ancient healing practice.
Emily is a RYT-200 and Thai Yoga Massage Therapist trained and certified by UpDog Yoga. She believes in the healing and transformative power of yoga and has experienced its benefits in her own life. She relies on the support of her own personal practice in her daily life as a teacher, wife and mother. Emily’s teaching style is nurturing and compassionate. Her dynamic
yet soft presence, coupled with her knowledge, and sensitivity lead you through a practice that is genuine, personally rewarding and well-rounded.
Nicole Elizabeth Richards has been a student of yoga for over twenty years. At an early age she fell in love with yoga, its breath & its community. At age 19, Nicole took her first Yoga Teacher Training with Jonny Kest to deepen her own yoga practice. After completing her degree in sociocultural anthropology at Michigan State University, Nicole found her way back to yoga. In 2010, Nicole studied with Katherine Austin at Karma Yoga to enhance her understanding of safety, alignment and spirituality. Then Nicole began to create her niche. She completed Mindful Mama’s Prenatal Teacher Training with Laurel Hicks, Spirit Baby Yoga Teacher Training with Akal Kaur Khalasa and is currently in the process of becoming a CAPPA certified Childbirth Educator.
Trinity is a Bhakti/Jivamukt/Dharma style teacher. She believes that bringing Mantra onto the mat and into the heart will not only open the mind, but allow for the eyes to awaken, the body to feel and the vessel to fill with beautiful nectar. She is a hands on teacher that allows for spiritual growth and oneness in each class. “Asana is the first step to awakening the spirit and finding meditation in our daily practice. Be here now and allow for all things and all beings to be recognized as love from the Divine.” Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.