Shelter Steady (slow flow)


This class is taught by:

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 :)

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.

Brandi Wells

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!

Missy Oleshansky

Missy Oleshansky, Ph.D., LP, RYT is a registered and certified yoga teacher, Yoga Medics therapist and board member, fully licensed clinical health psychologist, and a personal and professional life coach. Missy has studied and practiced yoga, psychology, stress management, and health promotion since 1992 in California and Michigan. She has earned a doctoral degree in clinical health psychology, two master's degrees, one in clinical psychology and one in educational psychology, and her certification in the teaching and philosophy of both Hatha yoga and Yoga Medics. In the capacities of psychology and yoga, Missy works with a diverse group of individuals. Missy helps guide and motivate children, adolescents, and adults with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Eating disorders, substance abuse issues, chronic pain, marriage and relationship discord, transitional life stress, behavior problems, and low self esteem and low self confidence. Missy has found that almost everybody desires to strengthen his or her overall health and wellness. The practice of yoga is designed to help achieve holistic health. Physically, yoga helps strengthen the body and relax muscle tension. Mentally, yoga helps calm an overly stimulated and stressed mind. And spiritually, yoga helps peace, serenity, and gratitude manifest. Missy takes a holistic approach to teaching and practicing yoga and therapy. Missy’s classes are fun and challenging and are suitable for both experienced and beginning practitioners of yoga.

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.
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:

  • Sat May 27 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Najee Robbins
    at West Bloomfield
  • Sat May 27 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Elaine Braden
    at Birmingham
  • Sat May 27 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Brandi Wells
    at Birmingham
  • Sat May 27 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Channa Zgorski
    at Birmingham
  • Sun May 28 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Missy Oleshansky
    at West Bloomfield
  • Sun May 28 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Channa Zgorski
    at Birmingham
  • Sun May 28 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Sarah Woodman
    at Birmingham
  • Sun May 28 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Elaine Braden
    at West Bloomfield
  • Sun May 28 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Channa Zgorski
    at Royal Oak