Steady (slow flow)


This class is taught by:

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.

Matt Edwards

I've been hooked since my first class at Grand Valley State almost 6 years ago. Since then, yoga has helped my relationship with myself as well as my community. Each and every time we step onto a yoga mat we can learn something new about ourselves. No effort is lost. I'm honored to be of service at the Yoga Shelter and I look forward to growing better and better together.

Namaste

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.

Suzanne Awan

My journey into yoga began about ten years ago. At the time I was living in NYC working as a model. My work left me feeling empty inside, I knew there was more. I was drawn to learn about yoga and began studying and practicing at the Integral Yoga Institute. Soon after that I returned to Michigan and began practicing daily. Right away I recognized the many benefits of yoga. I then took a teacher training course and immersed myself in various styles of yoga including: Ashtanga, Kundalini and Bikram. I have also been trained in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. Soon after, I began teaching yoga to kids ranging in ages from 3-13. Last summer I walked into the Yoga Shelter; it didn’t take long for me to realize what a treasure was awaiting inside. I completely connected on all levels with what was happening at The Shelter and the type of yoga that was being taught, Sanga Yoga... Community, exactly what I was looking for. I am so grateful for the teachings of Eric and Lisa. I have always been a seeker, looking for more understanding in life. I continue to learn and grow each day. When life’s greatest challenges come up, practicing yoga has helped me to remember who I am and walk with a little more grace. I look forward to sharing with you. Namaste

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 Sep 23 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Missy Oleshansky
    at Birmingham
  • Sat Sep 23 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Matt Edwards
    at West Bloomfield
  • Sat Sep 23 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Marni Stone
    at Birmingham
  • Sat Sep 23 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Rob Woollard
    at Birmingham
  • Sun Sep 24 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Suzanne Awan
    at West Bloomfield
  • Sun Sep 24 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Marni Stone
    at Birmingham
  • Sun Sep 24 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Missy Oleshansky
    at West Bloomfield
  • Sun Sep 24 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Sarah Woodman
    at Birmingham
  • Sun Sep 24 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Matt Edwards
    at Royal Oak