Our compassionate teachers bring advanced trainings to assist special populations including those in addiction recovery as well as yoga for children, seniors and those with special needs.
Amy started out teaching kids’ yoga and then moved on to teaching adults as well as therapeutic yoga classes. She has been practicing yoga for 15 years, and teaching all ages and abilities for the past decade. Yoga has had an enormous influence on her life and health, and she feels blessed to be able to share it with others in so many settings.
Ashley has been practicing yoga for several years and became a regular student 3 years ago after she had her second child. Yoga gave her peaceful time in the midst of her busy daily life and helped her feel more grounded. After discovering the peace and spiritual connection that yoga gave her, she decided to complete yoga teacher training so she could share the gift of yoga with others. When she’s not practicing yoga, Ashley loves to spend time with her husband and three young children. She loves exploring the outdoors, being at the beach and collecting beach glass.
Donna Arsenault, YACEP, ERYT-200
Donna has been practicing all forms of Hatha yoga for five years. After her second year, she was so inspired by the magical movements and energizing breathwork that she enrolled in teacher training. Donna loves teaching relaxation yoga, meditation, gentle yoga, Ashtanga and yoga for infertility. She works as a support coordinator, LBSW, working with developmentally disabled adults. She believes the words "Yoga is an ancient gift, it is an honor and a privilege to teach," best describe her passion for teaching.
Julie is a high-energy registered yoga teacher with more than 500 hours of experience. A member of the Yoga Alliance, she has a background in Yoga Therapy in clinical and medical settings. Meditation, visualization and breathing techniques for stress management are weaved into her program. Julie is also a facilitator for EDEN (Eating Disorders Education Network) with ongoing CEU credits in Addiction & Recovery Oriented Systems of Care. Finally, she is a winner of the Show a Little Heart Award-Humane Society and the Hidden Gem Award-Greyhounds of Eastern Michigan, and Fox 2 News featured a story about her dog's rescue and rehabilitation.
Laura Lerman, E-RYT 200
Laura has been instructing yoga since 2003 and laughter yoga since 2013. She is also a myomassologist, licensced massage therapist, Reiki master teacher and Yoga2Life coach. She's love sunshine, traveling with her husband and hanging out with her cats.
Leeba Marchione has joyfully taught thousands of yoga classes for over 15 years. The former proud owner of her own studio, Leeba feels the integration of body and mind through yoga facilitates a connection to ourselves and then unites us to each other. She believes that yoga is more than just an exercise-it helps us to feel whole and healthy.
Lori Cohn, RYT
Lori has practiced yoga for 18 years and has extensive training in Anusara, Ashtanga and prenatal yoga. After yoga, Lori loves cooking and baking. Lori practices yoga with her husband and two children and jogs with her Australian Shepherd dog—quality family time at its best.
Luke is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan NMBC 26 and former strength & conditioning specialist for Seabee battalions, 1st Ranger, 82nd Airborne, and special operations groups for mission readiness. He was led to yoga to learn how to control his PTSD episodes and rise up from crippling depression and agitation. His yoga is his therapy and involves meditation, breathing practices, cold water submersion, and physical poses. He believes yoga is a tool you can use to overcome life’s toughest obstacles.
Patty Cieluch, ERYT
Patty began studying yoga in 2002 as a way to manage her anxiety. She finds humor in the fact that she took a fear of public speaking and turned it into a career teaching yoga. She has experience teaching beginners, classes for better backs, chair yoga, Pranayama (breathing) and restorative yoga. Her professional goal is to make yoga accessible to everyone. She believes all people can benefit from a yoga practice, especially those who have health challenges or perceive themselves as inflexible. Her other interests include biking, hiking and kayaking.
Paul founded his own yoga and fitness studio, and is especially compassionate and sensitive to the needs of clients with mental illness. In 1998, Paul was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) as well as clinical depression. Regular exercise helped Paul as part of his treatment and he wants to help others discover the natural treatment of exercise in the care and treatment of their illness. Paul also coaches the high school cross country & track programs at Cardinal Mooney HS in Marine City.
Steph Ruopp came to yoga in 2002 in an attempt to manage paralyzing clinical depression and anxiety. Soon, she was completely absorbed by the yoga practice and by 2004, was sharing it with others. Steph has a straightforward approach to everything. And that includes her teaching. She’s also a writer, dog-walker, and life coach. While yoga hasn’t “cured” her depression, it’s certainly become a major tool in her tool box to treat it. And she revels in helping others understand how breath and mindfulness can help them too.
Tanyel Thomas, 200 E-RYT , 500 RYTTanyel has practiced yoga for 10 years and began teaching in 2015. She has a passion for the break through healing that yoga offers. A recent graduate of the 300 hour Yoga Therapy program at The William Beaumont School of Medicine. Tanyel loves the art of yin yoga. She believes it is an honor and privilege to guide you in your practice.
Terri Wong, E-RYT
Terri began her yoga practice in 1999, and after a yoga and meditation journey to India in 2000, embraced yoga as an integral part of her life experience. Terri completed Yoga Shala training and began a commitment to share her love of meditation practices and varying yoga styles. In 2005 Terri created a yoga space, Astarte Yoga in Farmington, to allow creative and dedicated teachers to communicate the wisdom and benefits of the empowering, life-enhancing beauty that is yoga.