Still (yin)

This class is taught by:

Nick Hansinger

Nick Hansinger has been practicing yoga for the past 13 years and teaching for the past seven. Having taken numerous trainings, clinics and workshops, Nick has taught in a variety of settings including studios, health clubs and middle and high schools. Eventually he came into the Yoga Shelter and immediately felt like he had come home.
Having had an interest in spirituality from a young age, yoga was a natural avenue for Nick to explore. However, it wasn’t until he came to the Shelter and was exposed to the teachings of Swami Parthasarathy, via Eric and Lisa Paskel, that things really began to click. His passion for the philosophy led him on several trips to India to study with the master himself. Nick continues an intensive daily study of this boundless philosophy.
As a personal coach, Nick helps people to live more creative, productive and fulfilling lives every day. Nick also maintains an active career as a musician, having played trumpet with virtually every orchestra in the area in addition to numerous studio recordings and commercial projects.
The Shelter is a space for us all to explore the higher values of life and living and to support one another in the same. Nick brings all of his experience into the classroom to facilitate a fun and engaging practice for all.

Chris Emmerson

This life has been a crazy ride so far. For many years I was searching for something but was looking in all the wrong places! I was definitely heading the wrong way and was very self destructive and confused. Over four years ago I was injured in a car accident that left me with a broken back, sternum and almost thirty stitches in my face. I was in a lot of physical and emotional pain and knew something had to change…ME! After trying many different types of therapy and still having acute pain some friends suggested that I try yoga and it changed my life! The physical practice has been really beneficial for my overall well-being but the philosophy has created the biggest shift in my life. Looking inward for happiness and peace, taking full responsibility for who I am and self reflection are some of my daily goals and are the foundation of the Yoga Shelter. Realizing that there is no one else to blame for who I am is incredibly liberating because it means that I have the power to change. Although I have to do this hard work my self I also know I’m not alone and that is what Sanga (community) Yoga is all about. I have had the chance to meet some really incredible, inspiring people here and there is a very welcoming vibe. Through this practice of yoga I hope to one day live a selfless life and truly be of service.

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

Becky Siden

My main focus as a teacher is to help folks practice compassion, experience joy & live wholeheartly. I act as a guide to break away from our cultural ideal of perfectionism to help folks live with more freedom. I love quotes, feeling inspired, connection, community & good music (the kind that makes you want to sing along). The practice of yoga has taught me that the true yoga is living off my mat. It is in the realness of a conversation, laughter & tears shared, and embracing authenticity. Throughout the years, I have done several yoga and therapy trainings. My journey as a yoga teacher started in 2007 and I will forever be a student of life.

“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.” Christopher Gemer

Porsche Fischer

Porsche Fischer, Director of Teacher Training and Retreats
Porsche truly believes that yoga is a sanctuary that can save and improve lives. She has relied on the therapy that her yoga practice provides to enhance the quality of her life and the lives of those around her for over 10 years. Her classes focus on using laughter, play, and years of experience as an E-RYT to strengthen, heal, and empower the body and - most importantly - the minds of her students. She is currently pursuing her RYT 500 and is also a Ph.D. Candidate and Professor of Sociology who has been teaching Marriage and the Family at Henry Ford College in Dearborn for over 10 years.

Nicole Cuneaz

Take a deep breath in and let it go.

Hi there, thanks for clicking on my name, I am Nicole and my favorite yoga pose is double pigeon!

Yoga has brought me closer to myself than I ever thought possible. Growing up I struggled with many challenges; ADHD, dyslexia, addictions, constant desires, obsessions, body image, self-worth and acceptance. The list goes on and on.

We all have our lists. I was allowing obstacles to stand between me and my true Self. Every day is a new opportunity to get closer to what that really is. It starts with asking the right question. Everyone's questions differ, but it takes courage to ask.

I started yoga as a way to get a good workout, to become centered and to connect with a higher ideal. The significant changes to my body, mind, and intellect created this great new attitude and energy that I want to share with all of you!

I try not to sweat the small stuff, even while sweating my asana off.
Life is short and too beautiful to spend time feeling down and blue. Get out and enjoy life! Because today is all we have.

We have control of our thoughts, actions, happiness, and therefore our lives. Feel great, look great and most importantly, love all creatures, new and old connections, and every change in between. Embrace the new you.

My inspiration to teach yoga stems from my own practice and my body. Exploring my practice has been so personal and self-lifting. I hope to inspire others to live in a space of self-worth and growth.

May we all continue this journey together because I will learn from you, just as you hopefully will learn from me.

We are a community, here to help inspire and support one another.

Let’s do some yoga!
Love comes from within!

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

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!

Dan Gottlieb

I can say with certainty that developing my yoga practice for the last 15 years has manifested opportunities, where once only obstacles stood in my way. As a great yoga teacher and friend once told me “Whatever is in the way is the way” –Rainbuae Mars.
Learning how to breathe has been a lifesaver, and has given me purpose. I am not one who can easily blend in standing over 6’7 tall. So I have on occasion been cursed with anxiety over the years. I have conquered my battle with anxiety with my practice, the Victorious Warriors breath is one of the greatest gifts I was taught by my teacher Dave Oliver, rest in peace. The Practice of yoga is so personal and private, when we come together in a group setting we are opening up a conversation with out saying a word. We express our personalities our faults are greatness on the mat as a collective, yet are given permission to express our individuality and allow acceptance from the like minds and bodies present. In my yoga classes my musical choices to speak for me the message I want to share so ruthlessly.
I started teaching yoga in Scottsdale Arizona after college, first working behind the desk of At one Yoga then enrolling in teacher training, and finally teaching classes. I am grateful for the gift and trust as a teacher to lead students thru the practice. My practice is firmly rooted in Ashtanga and I consider BKS Iyengar rest in peace the most gifted yoga teacher to learn from. I look forward to folding, twisting, and breathing with all of you soon. I was born in Detroit, and raised in the sprawl. I graduated from West Bloomfield H.S; followed by a Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies Communications and Sociology from Arizona State. I live with a rare genetic disease that almost took my life Wilson Disease. I survived the threat and am now living once again. I live with my Wife Bridget and our 2 rescue dogs Samson and Delilah in Downtown Detroit. You can see more of my social media landscape under hash tag and handle at Misteryogadan. My website always a work in progress at WWW.YTC.CO. Thank you for breathing with me. - YogaDan

Josh Rea

Aloha! Loosely translated is a greeting which means peace, compassion and mercy.
I took my first yoga class with my high school hockey team in 2003 as a way to prevent injuries, and cultivate greater focus on and off the ice. Over 10 years later it seems like the more I know about the practice of yoga, the less I know.
We can literally shape our future through breathing techniques, alignment of mind/body, and by shifting our focus.
My favorite personal mantra: I am the auspicious one. The bringer of peace. The changer of worlds. (Mudras included)
Stop on by, we have mats and you can wear whatever you want, although athletic clothing is recommended. Whether it's your first time or trillionth time, all I ask is you approach class with a beginner's mind.
Help make a positive impact on the world from the inside out!
Our yin style class is a simple series of restorative poses held extended periods of time. Attention to the breath gently stretches the body, and longer holds naturally allow a opening of the body deep into the connective tissues. Taking time to reflect and be in our body, we discover a depth and a greater range of motion, while appreciation leads towards a profound acceptance that comes through this practice of surrender and letting go. A long and luxurious Savasana will help to seal in the benefits of this healing and re-energizing class.