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.
Carol is RYT with a strong emphasis on alignment. Carol completed her teacher training under her respected mentor and friend, Linda Kay-Nathan In 2011. With a strong passion for serving the recovery community, Carol became a certified Y12SR Leader in 2012 where she studied under Nikki Meyers, co-founder of Yoga of 12-Step Recovery Program at CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health in Indianapolis. Through a serious spinal injury 20 years ago Carol began the first steps of her yoga journey. In her practice, she discovered that yoga was not only physically healing and rewarding, but that it improved her sense of grace, balance, movement and overall well-being. Carol continues to have a strong heartfelt intention to help, guide and awaken others to their inherent potential for joy and fulfillment both on and off the mat.
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.
Stephanie has been practicing yoga since 2001. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in June of 2013 and Yin Yoga teacher training in November 2013. She is also a Reiki Master and is trained in animal Reiki. She volunteered for 2 years at Michigan Animal Rescue League socializing the cats and calming them with Reiki. She currently volunteers each week at the John D. Dingell VA hospital in Detroit teaching wheelchair yoga to the veterans on the hospice floor as well as offering Reiki. Stephanie believes in the healing powers of Reiki, yoga and meditation to calm the mind in order to find the inner peace we are all searching for in order to deal with the challenges of life.
Julia has apprenticed with world-class teachers and has studied at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India. Her dedication to the work, commitment to personal practice and ten years teaching experience offers knowledge, insight and caring. Julia encourages and inspires her students along the path of Yoga to a healthier, happier sense of being. She emphasizes that you do not have to be “in shape”, young or flexible, to enjoy or benefit from a yoga class. Props are used to facilitate the ease of learning; careful, individualized attention is given when needed.