This class is taught by:

Marie Demres

Yoga is the calm in my life, my inner strength, my patience, a gift I've given myself. Through the practice of yoga, I journey to my core, express my spirit and grow my soul. Pablo Picasso once said, "The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose is to give it away." By teaching yoga, I strive to give this gift away.

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!

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

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 out 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

Sarah Woodman

Lead Teacher
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

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.


Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Mar 29 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Marie Demres
    at Birmingham
  • Wed Mar 29 9:45 am - 11:00 am with Brandi Wells
    at Birmingham
  • Wed Mar 29 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Brittney Kanan
    at Birmingham
  • Wed Mar 29 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Anjali Romaniuk
    at Royal Oak
  • Thu Mar 30 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Sarah Woodman
    at Birmingham
  • Fri Mar 31 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Kathleen Zintsmaster
    at Birmingham
  • Sat Apr 01 9:45 am - 11:00 am with Matt Edwards
    at West Bloomfield
  • Sun Apr 02 9:45 am - 11:00 am with Rob Woollard
    at West Bloomfield
  • Mon Apr 03 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Brittney Kanan
    at West Bloomfield