Company Mission & Core Offerings

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At Yoga Shelter, our mission is to promote the wellbeing of individuals, inspire more great leaders, and uplift the communities where Yoga Shelter studios operate. Our teachers are authentic and well-trained yoga professionals who teach a consistent and inspired yoga offering in beautiful community-oriented studio spaces.

At Yoga Shelter studios, our core offering is a heated vinyasa-style practice.  We also offer a Hatha-based slow flow-style practice, as well as Yin yoga. Our studios are heated to 80 degrees, 85 degrees, and 90 degrees to provide a safe, therapeutic, and cleansing experience. We never overheat our students - but rather provide them the opportunity to go deeper into their yoga practice with the support of gentle heat and intelligent guidance from the teacher.  

About Us

At Yoga Shelter, our goal is to create a welcoming place where yoga is accessible and affordable for everyone. We offer an introductory membership to allow new students to get to know us without a large financial obligation. Each class is open to all strength and experience levels, and we offer a variety of affordable class packages to suit your needs.

We created our Yoga Shelter community beginning in West Bloomfield in 2004. Since then we have added locations in Royal Oak, Birmingham, Grosse Pointe, and Southfield.

It is said we are all works in progress; this is only true if we are doing the work! At Yoga Shelter the work is fun, exciting, innovative and inspiring. Our classes will help you create a healthier you because our teachers are experts, friendly and real. Yoga Shelter has changed the face of yoga from rigid, dogmatic and exclusive to flowing, personal, and inclusive. Everyone deserves Shelter and it’s yours for the taking.

Don’t wait another day, start taking classes now! There are over 267 (including all studios) classes to choose from. Enjoy the infinite benefits Yoga Shelter has to offer. There is nothing more important than you being at your best and there is no better place that can help you make that happen than Yoga Shelter… that is why so many people are shouting “Give me Shelter.” We all look forward to meeting you today and helping you in any way we can.

Core Values

  1. Leadership - We believe that each community member has the potential to become a leader.
  2. Education - We encourage and provide opportunities for continued education for staff and students.
  3. Community - We Inspire a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals for creating a more peaceful place for all (starting with our own yoga practice on the mat and taking it off the mat).
  4. Passion & Spirit - We teach from our hearts and are animated and enthusiastic about our signature offerings at YS.
  5. Integrity - We are honest, respectful and apply high ethical standards in business. We put people first and communicate directly with love and respect.
  6. Excellence - We strive to provide the highest quality heated yoga practice and continue to evolve, listen and apply constructive feedback (when appropriate) to serve our students.
  7. Authenticity - We are real people with problems, joy, sorrow, love, hardships and everything inbetween. We aim to be powerful leaders without placing ourselves or anyone else on a pedestal. We love yoga bc/ it helps strip away the shield and uncovers our raw true selves - this is what we aim to share.
  8. Engagement - We make it our mission to be fully present, awake and observant while working at Yoga Shelter. Engaging fully with our students is our top priority while at work and we aim to leave our own “life stuff” at home so that students feel cared for and truly seen.

Leadership Team

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Michelle King, Chief Operating Officer
Michelle King comes to Yoga Shelter with over 30 years of experience in the health, fitness and yoga industry. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge both as a manager, business owner and  health professional as well experience in the studios as a group fitness instructor,  yoga teacher and as a master instructor trainer. Michelle began her journey in the fitness world on the campus of Central Michigan University in 1984 and has been in the industry ever since. She has a bachelors degree in Applied Arts majoring in Health Fitness Programming and Promotion with a minor in Foods and Nutrition. She did her internship with S.C Johnson and Sons in their corporate wellness division. Upon graduation in 1985, she began at Fitness USA as a Group Fitness Instructor/ Sales associate, and quickly rose to the top of the leader board as the number 2 sales representative in the company. From there she went to the Beverly Hills Racquet and Health Club as the Assistant Fitness Director and Group Fitness Instructor. Switching gears in 1986 she was hired at the Washtenaw County Public Health Department as a Health Educator and was there for 13 years – after being promoted 3 times, she finished her career in the public health field as Chronic Disease Prevention Director with responsibility of 4 federally funded Health and Wellness programs. Michelle taught group fitness and yoga all throughout those 13 years at several studio and club locations. Michelle began working at Life Time Fitness in 1999 and made a career there for over 15 years as a group fitness instructor, yoga teacher, assistant department head, department head and faculty of the Life Time Academy School and as a Master Instructor Trainer for the Great Lakes Region. In addition to working at Life Time Fitness, in 2005 Michelle started her own business and opened Fit Diva, Inc., a Brazilian fitness and active wear company and successfully grew this business for 5 years. Michelle’s passion is leadership, coaching and developing new talent, and managing “her people” and of course teaching group fitness and yoga. Michelle holds current certifications from ACE, AFAA, Yoga Alliance RYT200, Yogafit Level I, Star Trac Cycling, Fit Tour Kickboxing and  Beach Body as an Insanity Instructor.   Michelle is excited to be in a leadership role at Yoga Shelter as the business goes through a transformation and becomes the world class Yoga Company of the Midwest.
Janelle Beauchamp, CFO
Janelle Beauchamp is passionate about two things: yoga and numbers.
She obtained her BBA in Accounting from WMU in 2004 and has over 10
years experience working as an accountant for companies such as
McDonalds and U.S. Cellular.
Her love for yoga blossomed while
living in Chicago where she joined Core Power's teacher training
program in 2011. She dabbled in teaching yoga but decided number
crunching was still her forte so in 2014 when the opportunity came along to
work in accounting at Yoga Shelter she new she had found her calling.
In 2015 Janelle assumed the role of CFO for Yoga Shelter. She is
dedicated to the financial success of Yoga Shelter and takes every new
day as an opportunity to grow a company that provides a service so
enriching to our mind, body, and soul.
Director of Training & Retreats

Marty Time is an ERYT-200/RYT-500 yoga teacher and certified YogaMedics therapist. He has attended countless workshops and completed teacher trainings with Yoga Shelter, YogaMedics, and UpDog Yoga.

Now fifteen years into his practice, Marty has taught thousands of classes, hundreds of privates, and is in his fourth year of leading teacher trainings. Bringing a deep understanding of traditional yoga philosophies to his work, Marty has the ability to make the most complicated concepts accessible to his students.

Marty challenges those he works with to step out of their comfort zone and apply their growing knowledge of yoga to the exploration of everything from asana to life, helping students connect with their inner potential.
I was introduced to the world of yoga a few years ago through the group fitness industry and have since been able to train with and learn from some amazing yogis and yoginis. In my years of teaching yoga I have seen what an immense impact the practice can have on so many people. I have been greatly impacted by my person yoga practice and have had the opportunity to see the amazing ways yoga has helped so many of the students that have sweat,cried and grown on the floors of my classes. I am so grateful to be able to continue to share my practice and grow this amazing community with Yoga Shelter! I can't wait to meet everyone!
Bookkeeper/Business Administrator/Teacher   Yoga helped me learn to love and accept myself, starting as a way for me to physically workout in a space that didn't leave me feeling insecure, and continues to be a space where I can go to quiet my mind, work out my body, and have a deeper connection with my self. The fact that it's so accessible to all body types makes it the most beneficial physical, mental, and spiritual practice. I began practicing at Yoga Shelter in 2014, and loved the community so much that working here seemed to be obvious. Yoga Shelter helped me through the post-degree blues and confusion, and I've grown so much through this job. When I decided decided to take the Spring 2016 teacher training program, I was nervous, but gained strength throughout which gave me the confidence to teach classes. I hope that I can bring positive energy to all my classes, and that every time we meet in our studio spaces, we can be appreciative of this beautiful community. 
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