Shelter Strong (vinyasa)


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 :)

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

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!

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
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.

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

Our signature hot vinyasa style, in a heated room. Have fun and empower yourself as you burn away the stress of the day. Prepare to sweat and increase both stamina and metabolism, as STRONG is a challenging, dynamic cardio-intensive practice at a faster pace. Sequences of continuous “flows” provide the opportunity to deepen breathing and detoxify body and mind as heat builds from within. Intelligent pose progression moves from basic to complex as we connect the movement to breath. Cues to maintain focus on alignment and sound structure to help work every muscle safely, increase flexibility and strength in the body. Students are led through a series of postures that “flow” together for a couple of rounds, then freedom is given to move and define your own pace, testing your own limits as you make your practice your own. Find your power, explore your edge and still have a little time to rest.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat May 27 9:45 am - 11:00 am with Najee Robbins
    at West Bloomfield
  • Sun May 28 9:45 am - 11:00 am with Rob Woollard
    at West Bloomfield
  • Tue May 30 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Rebekah Reum
    at Birmingham
  • Wed May 31 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Anisa Saleh
    at Birmingham
  • Wed May 31 9:45 am - 11:00 am with Brandi Wells
    at Birmingham
  • Wed May 31 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Najee Robbins
    at Birmingham
  • Wed May 31 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Anjali Romaniuk
    at Royal Oak
  • Thu Jun 01 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Sarah Woodman
    at Birmingham
  • Fri Jun 02 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Rebekah Reum
    at Birmingham
  • Sat Jun 03 9:45 am - 11:00 am with Matt Edwards
    at West Bloomfield