Shelter Steady (slow flow)


This class is taught by:

Marni Stone

Marni Stone has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has been working in the field of health and wellness for over 25 years. She holds a variety of fitness certifications and has completed 2-200 RYT Yoga Certifications. She teaches everything from TRX classes to senior fitness, but believes that true wellness requires attention to more than just our physical selves. She has been practicing and teaching yoga sine 2004 and has found it to be the most gratifying of all the classes she teaches.

Marni’s background in anatomy and alignment can be seen in every style of yoga that she teaches, as is evident in the way she sequences her yoga flows, and guides students between postures. She creates a safe environment for students to reach their edge in a pose, but reminds them to do so without ego. She creates complex but sensible flows while encouraging students to become their own teacher by monitoring their breath and their internal guidance system.

Marni encourages her students to practice without judgment or comparison, to move beyond the physical appearance of a pose towards more of an inward state of awareness. She believes that the greatest gift of yoga is to apply the lessons we learn on our yoga mat to other areas in our lives. Namely, that when we quiet the voice of our negative ego, and choose to connect to the peace and love within us, it helps us create more satisfying and joyful experiences.

I look forward to practicing with you soon,

Namaste,

Marni

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.

Rebekah Reum

As a freshman at Grand Valley State University, I was on a mission to find new experiences and so, one evening, I stumbled into my very first yoga class. I found the poses comical, couldn't understand why "the breath “was such a big deal, and thought I would die if I had to stay in down-dog for one more second. Interestingly enough, GVSU and I did not make it past the first year of our relationship, but yoga and I did. This has become a recurring theme in my life, no matter what I go through or how many things I pick up and put down, yoga remains constant. In 2015, I decided to take Yoga Teacher Training so that I could learn and grow more in the practice that I had come to adore, but never in a million years was I planning on putting that training to use in a professional setting. I have learned that life often has other plans than we do, so sure enough as I continued along my 12 weeks of Teacher Training I felt more and more convinced that I should be sharing my love of yoga- the breath that now guides my life, the poses that strengthen and stretch my body, and the sacred mat space that allows me to center myself- with others. My yoga journey continues to grow and challenge me daily, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to now guide others along parts of their yoga journey. I also believe that the community we cultivate at Yoga Shelter is just as important as the physical practice of yoga, so please don't hesitate to reach out, whether it's just to say "hello", offer feedback, or express a concern, I would love to connect with you :)
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.

Anjali Romaniuk

Hi! My name is Anjali and I discovered yoga at the age of 14. It was there, in a room full of sweaty people, falling over on my yoga mat, I felt an instant connection.
For many years I have been faced with body imagine issues. I struggled for such a long time to make peace with myself as a whole. After a couple years of yoga I started to realize that I am so much more than just a body, everyone is! Soon enough, I was able to deepen my practice and finally made some room for self love and self acceptance.
We learn in yoga that it is a process of release, letting go, in order to create space for better things. We learn that life does not have to be taken so seriously, and stumbling is part of the process no matter if we are on the mat or off.
We take a little bit of knowledge in every time we step onto our mats, and we welcome awareness. When people ask me why I decided to pursue teaching yoga, my response is always the same:
If I am able to help lead anyone else down that path of healing, self love, acceptance, patience and happiness, then it is all worth it.
This is why I teach, to give back. Working to make a space for others to connect, grow and build a loving relationship within.
"Where you are, is not who you are. -Circumstances." -Nayyirah Waheed
Can't wait to share the space with you!
-Anjali Romaniuk

Melissa Wolak

Yoga found me during my junior year of college were I was over-working, over-stressing, and over-running. I somehow found myself in a Vinyasa yoga class because it seemed to be gaining popularity and I figured I would give it a shot. After realizing how far away my toes actually were in a forward fold and trembling/shaking my way through my first pigeon, I realized that this "yoga thing" was no joke. As my perfectionist self, I was determined to get better at all of these poses and get into a headstand just as effortlessly as the girl on the mat in front of me. With time and lots of sweat, the poses because easier, but the most enlightening part was that my life did as well. All of the stress and work and fears and worries somehow left me when I came into those four walls and simply found a way to let go and be in the moment- working hard, yet accepting where I was all at the same time.

Six years later, yoga is a part of my life and I carry my yoga breath with me everywhere I go. I enjoy teaching others not only the correct postures, but enjoy seeing them leave with a smile on their face and a calm in their spirits that wasn't present at the beginning of class. I love bringing laughter, smiles, and challenge into my classes and look forward to making students feel at ease in our time together!

Our slow-burn hatha style is a fully guided foundation-building slow grounded flow.Most forms of yoga in the West can be classified as Hatha Yoga. Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures, meaning your Ashtanga, vinyasa, Iyengar and Power Yoga classes are all Hatha Yoga. Focused on going deeper into the breath, you are encouraged to keep your eyes closed on this inward journey, enhancing the ability to pay attention to feelings, and relax into your body even in periods of discomfort. Working to build endurance, we explore the balance of effort and ease using slower, cumulatively deeper pose sequences with longer holds designed to engage and strengthen not only the major muscle groups but to functionally integrate the entire body. In this slower yet challenging practice, within the boundaries and framework of personal individual expression, "everybody" is presented the opportunity to articulate both breath and posture. A longer Savasana rests and restores body and the mind.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Jul 25 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Marni Stone
    at West Bloomfield
  • Tue Jul 25 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Sarah Woodman
    at Royal Oak
  • Tue Jul 25 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Rebekah Reum
    at West Bloomfield
  • Tue Jul 25 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Elaine Braden
    at West Bloomfield
  • Tue Jul 25 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Anjali Romaniuk
    at Birmingham
  • Wed Jul 26 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Rob Woollard
    at West Bloomfield
  • Wed Jul 26 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Melissa Wolak
    at Birmingham