Slow Flow

This class is taught by:

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!

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.

Brittney Kanan

I come from a traditionally raised family with 2 great parents, & 3 siblings, an older brother and 2 younger sisters who mean the world to me. I have my degrees in Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts, Hospitality Management, Business Management and Marketing. I had my whole life planned, but then life happened. Through the tragedies and struggles, I was looking for something, anything that would get me through the day with some sort of real living in it, some meaning, some passion, I just didn’t know what it was. I've always been athletic, but after some (yes, some) injuries I couldn't exercise the way I normally did. One day a co-worker mentioned she was going to a yoga class at the Yoga Shelter, and reluctantly, I tried it. I didn’t think yoga was for me, I thought that people who did those kinds of movements and poses were ‘weird’. When I went to the Yoga Shelter I was instantly in awe of the community, the environment, the type of yoga they were practicing, and the people. I felt a connection to the music and the messages in the classes. I learned that Yoga isn't just a physical practice, but a mental one, it's not only a work-out, but a work-in. Yoga is a way of life. We learn tools on our mat and in our studies that can be carried into our daily lives. That fascinated me. This was it! I finally found what I had been looking for all those years. I knew immediately I needed to be a part of it. I went back again and again and before I knew I was there every day. I went to the life and teacher training and it changed my life forever. I found myself and something I am passionate about with every fiber of my being. I couldn’t be happier living the life I want to live! Peace, Love & Namaste, Brit

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
Slow Flow is for those looking to experience a physically slower moving class.  We will be holding postures that cover the entire body and focusing on the breath which will help to create a supple and toned body.  This class is soft and smooth but always challenging.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Mar 29 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Rob Woollard
    at West Bloomfield
  • Wed Mar 29 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Melissa Wolak
    at Birmingham
  • Wed Mar 29 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Najee Robbins
    at West Bloomfield
  • Wed Mar 29 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm with Elaine Braden
    at West Bloomfield
  • Wed Mar 29 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Rob Woollard
    at Birmingham
  • Thu Mar 30 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Brittney Kanan
    at Birmingham
  • Thu Mar 30 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Suzanne Awan
    at West Bloomfield