Synergy (Fusion)


This class is taught by:

Sarah Woodman

Lead Teacher
E-RYT200
It's amazing how life can change directions completely when you begin to do what you're meant to. I began teaching yoga the Autumn of 2014. Life beforehand was the usual ups and downs of a fun loving, soulful service industry Detroiter. Bartending was my main source of income. The other as a singer in a variety of bands, covers and originals. Both places I spent most of my time weren't very healthy. My life was the party. It wasn't taking me where I felt I needed to go. My spirit was in need of something more. I was ready for a change.
Yoga transformed my life in all areas. It has become my lifestyle. I have developed a plant-based diet, commitment to mental health, a daily yoga/meditation practice and making self-care a priority. Continuous work on myself keeps me honest and able to help you work through your own evolution in a safe space. I feel deeply connected to our community at Yoga Shelter. Throughout the past few years my passion for YS has been placed at every level of our company, finally landing in a lead teaching role and being a part of our Leadership Team. Among teaching all of our Signature Formats, I also teach Aerial Yoga, Floga, Kids Yoga, Workshops, Yoga 101, YTT, Co-Lead Retreats, offer private and group/private lessons, Yoga Parties and have a Mentorship Program. Inquire about any of these offers at woodman@yogashelter.com.

Marni Stone

Marni Stone, M.S.W. E-RYT.
Marni has been working in the field of health and wellness for over 25 years. Formerly as a group fitness instructor, program supervisor and personal trainer and presently as a yoga teacher and psychotherapist. She holds a master‘s degree in social work from the University of Michigan and has completed 2-200 hour RYT yoga certifications. She has been teaching yoga since 2004 and recently opened Mindful Solutions, a psychotherapy practice in Farmington Hills, Michigan. As a solution focused therapist, she uses mindfulness and progressive relaxation techniques to help clients cope with difficult emotions and improve their relationships. Marni’s background in anatomy and alignment is evident in the way she sequences her yoga flows and guides students in and out of postures. She encourages participants to explore how the physicality of a pose can be used as a means to connect more deeply with themselves. She believes that when we become more present in our bodies and harnesses the power of our breath we can learn to quiet our inner critic and find peace and joy both on and off the yoga
mat.

Jessi Rock

Hi! My name is Jessi and to me yoga has been a life saver. Literally. My journey into yoga started just as I was beginning treatment for my own mental health issues. I was afraid to know my true self, let alone accept that I had something innately wrong with my brain chemistry. But yoga taught me that true love with the self begins with just being able to follow the breath. It taught me to find calm in the whirlwind of thoughts. The Yoga Shelter is a place where I could go and feel welcomed no matter what kind of day I was having or where my mind was. It was, and is, a sanctuary. I am excited to be able to share my experiences and my journey with all who walk through the door and help facilitate their own journey to the self. The Shelter truly is a place where you can come as you are. I hope to see you in class. Namaste.

Elaine Braden

I began practicing yoga in 2000, and with consistent practice, began to let go of self-doubt, fear, anxiety, and negativity. By letting go, I was able to open myself to self-love, peace, joy, and life. My yoga practice began as a form of healthy exercise. I was suffering from lower back pain that I now realize was due to stress and anxiety. After my first class I experienced a breakthrough of letting go of suppressed feelings. I have found it to be such a life-changing experience that I wanted to share the gifts of yoga with others, and began teaching in 2004. My intention is to awaken in others the healing power of breath and movement, thereby opening our hearts and connecting with our spirit to gain a greater sense of freedom, acceptance, unconditional love, gratitude, and compassion towards ourselves and others.

Najee Robbins

My journey into yoga began my junior year of high school. Since then I have become a birth doula, yoga teacher, aerial arts enthusiast, and an avid collector of quotes (most of which I can paraphrase pretty well). My passion to teach comes from the desire to create a space in which others can connect, listen, and build a compassionate loving relationship with themselves. I strive to empower others and constantly spread love. I practice yoga both on and off the mat to work on the most important relationship I will ever have - my relationship with myself. It takes courage, trust, and a willingness to be a little uncomfortable at times, but I assure you it is the most important and fulfilling work we can do not only for ourselves, but also for others. I simply cannot wait to share this journey with you! Namaste :)

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Nov 26 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Rob Woollard
    at Birmingham
  • Tue Nov 28 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Sarah Woodman
    at Royal Oak
  • Tue Nov 28 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Marni Stone
    at West Bloomfield
  • Tue Nov 28 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm with Jessi Rock
    at West Bloomfield
  • Thu Nov 30 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Elaine Braden
    at West Bloomfield
  • Thu Nov 30 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm with Najee Robbins
    at West Bloomfield