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Teacher of the Month - Brandi Wells

Brandi is our go-to leader and teacher. She’s E-RYT 200 certified, group fitness certified, yin and aerial yoga trained, sports recovery yoga trained, and has her Bachelors in Business Administration. She devotes her time, energy, and skill into building Yoga Shelter intoIMG_2812 the best community and space possible. As our Brand Manager, she ensures that we’re building relationships inside and outside our community as a way to connect and inspire. These relationships help define and strengthen our brand and recognition as a leader in the yoga industry. She works directly with our current teachers as well as teachers going through our teacher training program to provide a consistently amazing experience for our students in our studios and other events. Partnering with local businesses and organizations helps provide yoga to communities, individuals, and teams who may otherwise may not have had the opportunity. Finally, organizing fundraising and outreach partnerships helps us give back to the communities that we teach in, live in and support. Brandi has been a pivotal member in our leadership team and has been working tirelessly as we roll out our new formats on April 3rd. Try to get to any of our preview classes coming up including Shelter Strong (Vinyasa), Shelter Synergy (Fusion), Shelter Steady (Slow Flow), and Shelter Still (Yin). She teaches all over so we highly recommend taking her class!

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The Evolution of the Yoga Shelter Experience

A Shelter is a place you feel safe. You can easily find peace, serenity and cultivate community with those around you. At Yoga Shelter, we make it our top priority to facilitate a space for practitioners to engage in their own self care process.

At Yoga Shelter, our mission is to promote the wellbeing of individuals, inspire more great leaders, and uplift the communities where Yoga Shelter studios operate. Our teachers are authentic, well-trained yoga professionals who teach consistent and inspiring yoga in a beautiful community-oriented space.

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Through the foundation of a heated yoga practice, our yoga offerings create a safe space for self care and cultivate community within our studios. These two elements have always been the core of the Yoga Shelter experience.  

In the Spring of 2017 we will be re-launching our new revamped classes and class schedule. With these core values of community and self care, our offerings are stronger than ever. We are excited for the evolution of the Yoga Shelter experience. Our skilled teachers are very anxious to share this new approach with you. We have created new formats and a refreshed schedule for all of you to delve into, beginning officially April 3, 2017.

The main objective of this change is to provide formats that are technically sound, consistent throughout our studios, and signature to Yoga Shelter.  This is what inspired our new class names.  You will experience key signature elements of our flows. Our classes will be much more consistent throughout our studios, safe and challenging, but will also allow all of our talented teachers to be creative in each class they teach. Some of our teachers are currently implementing the key signature elements of our new formats in our studios now. When you participate in each class at Yoga Shelter, you will leave with exactly the mind and body experience you are looking for.  

We are continuing to be a yoga community which is highly focused on the practice of Vinyasa Yoga and you will be well informed with detailed descriptions of each new format.  In addition, our schedule will also guide you with the former name of the class next to each new class name, so there will be no confusion when you are taking class.  Updated class descriptions will be located on our website (www.yogashelter.com) and in all of our studios.


Following is the planned featured format schedule:


Shelter Strong (vinyasa)
  • Sunday March 5th 10:00am Athleta Somerset 
  • Tuesday March 7th 7:15pm West Bloomfield 
  • Thursday March 9th 9:45am West Bloomfield 
  • Saturday March 11th 9:45am West Bloomfield 
  • Monday March 6th 7:00pm Royal Oak 
  • Tuesday March 7th 6:00pm Royal Oak 
  • Saturday March 11th 4:30PM Royal Oak 
  • Thursday March 9th 4:45pm Birmingham 
  • Friday March 10th 9:45am Birmingham 
  • Saturday March 11th 9:45am Birmingham 
Shelter Steady (slow flow)
  • Sunday March 12th 10:00am Athleta Somerset 
  • Monday March 13th 8:30am West Bloomfield 
  • Tuesday March 14th 8:30am West Bloomfield 
  • Wednesday March 15th 4:45pm West Bloomfield 
  • Thursday March 16th 6:00pm West Bloomfield 
  • Monday March 13th 11:00am Royal Oak 
  • Tuesday March 14th 11:00am Royal Oak 
  • Tuesday March 14th 7:15pm Royal Oak 
  • Saturday March 18th 9:00am Royal Oak 
  • Thursday March 16th 6:00pm Birmingham 
  • Friday March 17th 8:30am Birmingham 
  • Saturday March 18th 8:30am Birmingham 

Shelter Synergy (fusion)
  • Sunday March 19th 10:00am Athleta Somerset 
  • Tuesday March 21st 4:45pm West Bloomfield 
  • Wednesday March 22nd 6:00pm West Bloomfield 
  • Saturday March 25th 4:30pm West Bloomfield 
  • Monday March 20th 9:45am Royal Oak 
  • Thursday March 23rd 9:45am Royal Oak 
  • Saturday March 25th 11:30am Royal Oak 
  • Sunday March 19th 4:00pm Birmingham 
  • Monday March 20th 7:30pm Birmingham 
  • Tuesday March 21st 9:15am Birmingham 

Shelter Still (yin)
  • Sunday March 26th 10:00am Athleta Somerset 
  • Wednesday March 29th 7:15pm West Bloomfield 
  • Monday March 27th 8:30pm Royal Oak 
  • Thursday March 30th 11:00am Royal Oak 
  • Sunday March 26th 5:15pm Birmingham 
  • Wednesday March 29th 11:15am Birmingham 



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A Shelter is a place you feel safe. You can easily find peace, serenity and cultivate community with those around you. At Yoga Shelter, we make it our top priority to facilitate a space for practitioners to engage in their own self care process.

At Yoga Shelter, our mission is to promote the wellbeing of individuals, inspire more great leaders, and uplift the communities where Yoga Shelter studios operate. Our teachers are authentic, well-trained yoga professionals who teach consistent and inspiring yoga in a beautiful community-oriented space.

Through the foundation of a heated yoga practice, our yoga offerings create a safe space for self care and cultivate community within our studios. These two elements have always been the core of the Yoga Shelter experience.  

 In the Spring of 2017 we will be re-launching our new revamped classes and class schedule. With these core values of community and self care, our offerings are stronger than ever.  We are excited for the evolution of the Yoga Shelter experience. Our skilled teachers are very anxious to share this new approach with you. We have created new formats and a refreshed schedule for all of you to delve into, beginning officially April 3, 2017.

The main objective of this change is to provide formats that are technically sound, consistent throughout our studios, and signature to Yoga Shelter.  This is what inspired our new class names.  You will experience key signature elements of our flows. Our classes will be much more consistent throughout our studios, safe and challenging, but will also allow all of our talented teachers to be creative in each class they teach. Some of our teachers are currently implementing the key signature elements of our new formats in our studios now. When you participate in each class at Yoga Shelter, you will leave with exactly the mind and body experience you are looking for.  

We are continuing to be a yoga community which is highly focused on the practice of Vinyasa Yoga and you will be well informed with detailed descriptions of each new format.  In addition, our schedule will also guide you with the former name of the class next to each new class name, so there will be no confusion when you are taking class.  Updated class descriptions will be located on our website (www.yogashelter.com) and in all of our studios.


Following is the planned featured format schedule:


Shelter Strong (vinyasa)
  • Sunday March 5th 10:00am Athleta Somerset 
  • Tuesday March 7th 7:15pm West Bloomfield 
  • Thursday March 9th 9:45am West Bloomfield 
  • Saturday March 11th 9:45am West Bloomfield 
  • Monday March 6th 7:00pm Royal Oak 
  • Tuesday March 7th 6:00pm Royal Oak 
  • Saturday March 11th 4:30PM Royal Oak 
  • Thursday March 9th 4:45pm Birmingham 
  • Friday March 10th 9:45am Birmingham 
  • Saturday March 11th 9:45am Birmingham 
Shelter Steady (slow flow)
  • Sunday March 12th 10:00am Athleta Somerset 
  • Monday March 13th 8:30am West Bloomfield 
  • Tuesday March 14th 8:30am West Bloomfield 
  • Wednesday March 15th 4:45pm West Bloomfield 
  • Thursday March 16th 6:00pm West Bloomfield 
  • Monday March 13th 11:00am Royal Oak 
  • Tuesday March 14th 11:00am Royal Oak 
  • Tuesday March 14th 7:15pm Royal Oak 
  • Saturday March 18th 9:00am Royal Oak 
  • Thursday March 16th 6:00pm Birmingham 
  • Friday March 17th 8:30am Birmingham 
  • Saturday March 18th 8:30am Birmingham 

March 19-25 Shelter Synergy (fusion)


Sunday March 19th 10:00am Athleta Somerset - Malak


Tuesday March 21st 4:45pm West Bloomfield - Malak

Wednesday March 22nd 6:00pm West Bloomfield - Sarah

Saturday March 25th 4:30pm West Bloomfield - Marni


Monday March 20th 9:45am Royal Oak - Malak

Thursday March 23rd 9:45am Royal Oak - Marty

Saturday March 25th 11:30am Royal Oak - Rob


Sunday March 19th 4:00pm Birmingham - Rob

Monday March 20th 7:30pm Birmingham - Malak

Tuesday March 21st 9:15am Birmingham - Malak

 

March 26-31 Shelter Still (yin)


Sunday March 26th 10:00am Athleta Somerset - Sarah


Wednesday March 29th 7:15pm West Bloomfield - Sarah


Monday March 27th 8:30pm Royal Oak - Sarah

Thursday March 30th 11:00am Royal Oak - Marty


Sunday March 26th 5:15pm Birmingham - Rob

Wednesday March 29th 11:15am Birmingham - Brandi 



 Stay tuned for email updates, as we will be keeping you all in the loop of important dates and inviting you all to class demonstrations in March.  We care so deeply about serving you and we look forward to evolving and growing as a community.  Namaste.

Your Yoga Shelter Family

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From Teacher Training to Teaching Yoga

At Yoga Shelter, we believe that each community member has the potential to become a leader, therefore we utilize our yoga teacher training program as a method to cultivate and inspire future leaders. In 2014, Yoga Shelter decided to make a significant change in its yoga teacher training program. In order to encourage an environment that inspires and uplifts new leaders, we needed to make yoga teacher training more accessible. By increasing the number of graduates, and shifting the training focus to the art and science of teaching, we were able to successfully update our program.

Yoga Shelter Yoga Teacher Training is located iFile_000n Southfield, Michigan. The training center is located on Evergreen and 696, 20 minutes from Detroit, 30 minutes from Grosse Pointe, and 25 minutes from Plymouth. This centrally located site allows individuals with life-work commitments the opportunity to attend our yoga teacher training in a night school program, while still being connected to their daily responsibilities. The shift to Southfield also cut out the need to travel away from life commitments for weeks at a time.

Yoga Shelter Teacher Training focus is on pedagogy, the method and practice of teaching. From Day 1, trainees begin learning how to teach in small groups, utilizing feedback from each other and their trainers. Yoga Shelter Yoga Teacher Training is usually from 10 to 12 weeks in duration. This time period allows trainees to observe and take yoga classes at Yoga Shelter, practice how to teach yoga, and improve their yoga teaching skills based on peer-feedback. Yoga Shelter’s Yoga Teacher Training provides trainees the opportunity to register with the Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teacher 200-hours (RYT200) immediately after the program is over. The RYT200 certificate allows graduates to apply to jobs as yoga teachers across the country and worldwide.

Graduates of Yoga Shelter Yoga Teacher Training who are interested in joining Yoga Shelter’s team will go through a peer feedback and mentorship process.This process is crucial as trainees will learn the transition from trainee to teacher, acknowledging that we are always learning and growing. This mentorship process helps teachers and trainees foster connection, pass on knowledge, and uplift the trainee so they can be a leader in turn. Yoga Shelter has 5 locations in the metro-Detroit area and is well connected in the community. Therefore, we can provide graduates of Yoga Shelter Teacher Training more opportunities to teach yoga.

Currently, three graduates of the Spring 2016 Yoga Teacher Training joined Yoga Shelter as yoga teachers - Ashley Yono, Emily Shamma, and Kathleen Zintsmaster. Rebekah Reum of Fall 2015 Yoga Teacher Training has also joined our team as a teacher. Ashley, Emily, Kathleen, and Rebekah completed the move from Yoga Shelter Yoga Teacher Training to teaching yoga at Yoga Shelter in the past few months.. As Yoga Shelter Teacher Training grows and develops, we look forward to inspiring more great leaders like Ashley, Emily, Kathleen, and Rebekah in our Yoga Shelter community.  

To learn more visit Yoga Shelter Teacher Training website website



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YOGA AND NUTRITION

Eating a healthful and balanced diet will help you get the most from your yoga practice. Focus on fresh, high-quality foods that boost energy without adding toxins to your body.
The connection between fitness and nutrition has long been emphasized, and for good reason. Whether you are taking up yoga to improve a health condition, de-stress, or get energized, eating the proper quantity and balance of nutrients is essential to achieving your goals. Consuming the right types and amounts of nutrients and fluid helps you to exercise for longer and at a higher intensity. It also aids in muscle recovery after workouts, improves strength, increases energy levels, helps to maintain healthy immune function, and reduces the risk of injury and heat cramps.

Fueling for fitness
5-4Our bodies need fuel to function, and the harder we push ourselves the more fuel we require. Professional athletes and marathon runners utilize carbohydrate loading and require hundreds of excess calories to keep them performing at their peak. But for most of us, who work out less than four times a week at low to moderate intensity, it is not necessary to take these drastic measures. Instead, as you begin practicing yoga, focus on consuming small meals with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts. Look to take in a healthy combination of carbohydrates and protein with small amounts of fat and fiber. For example, try eating a nut butter sandwich on whole-wheat toast with an apple, or a serving of Greek yogurt with fruit and low-fat granola approximately three to four hours before exercising. Then, about one half hour to an hour before working out, eat a whole fruit like a banana or orange and drink a full glass of water. The proper timing and intake of these nutrients will enhance your workout and the benefits you receive from it.

After a workout, carbohydrates help to replenish muscle fuel lost during exercise, while protein aids in the repair of damaged muscle tissue and the development of new tissue. Aim to eat a meal or snack 15 to 60 minutes after engaging in physical activity. Some healthful meal suggestions include a chicken or vegetable stir-fry, whole-wheat pita with turkey, hummus, and salad, or a brown rice bowl with beans and steamed vegetables. If you are on the go and cannot prepare a healthful meal within the hour, stock your gym bag with nutritional supplements. A variety of bars on the market contain a balanced blend of carbohydrates, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals.


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The POWER of Vulnerability

I want to talk about something. That word, the one everybody stays away from.
The big V-word.

I spoke to my whole yoga class about the power of vulnerability last night. How in the dictionary it is defined as "being open to injury or pain. To be easily hurt or harmed." I can completely understand why we are terrified of this word. Most of us have become vulnerable once or more times in our life but usually not by choice. Our walls come down in a relationship, at a job, and we get burned; sometimes badly. Our whole perception of vulnerability is that it causes pain, and why would we want to do something that image2_copyintentionally causes us pain? 
What we don't look at is the POWER of vulnerability. The shedding of layers, of that hard shell that protects all of our feelings, of ego, and we are afraid of being authentic, we are afraid to get naked.
We forget to look at the light that can come from choosing to be completely open.

There are many, many times where I second guess publishing my writings for all my friends and the world to read. I pour my heart out in my words and it is not an easy task to welcome others into your world. It takes a lot of self love to be vulnerable, which is a bitch of a task on its own. There were times where I would be told
"No, don't post that. Don't make yourself look weak. Don't expose your feelings, people don't need to see that."
Don't feel. Don't expose. Don't open. Don't be vulnerable.
When I wrote my first article this year my hands were shaking with fear, fear that people would reject my words, fear that I would get in trouble. But with hands shaking I posted my heart to the world. As if I ripped my heart out of my chest and stapled it to a bulletin board, for everyone to see.
I was so naked. Completely stripped. Totally vulnerable, but this time by choice.

I got massive amouts of emails and messages saying "THANK YOU for sharing your story. I TOO have felt that pain, I TOO have felt that lost, I TOO have fell down that fucking rabbit hole and I'm so happy to know that I am not alone."
Every single part of my mind, body, soul told me yes, yes, yes! This is what can come from a vulnerable state. We can touch people with our words, with our actions as long as they are authentic.
It is so easy to stay is a safe zone. To talk ourselves out of a situation that seems so uncomfortable to us. It's so easy to say "No, because I MIGHT get hurt." We say no to jobs, to friends, to LOVE. Instead of "YES, because I might find magic here."

We connect when we are completely open.
We are able to create where we are free.
We truly thrive when we can find this space of vulnerability.
There is always a chance of pain in life. This is inevitable.
There is also always a chance for an amazing, eye opening, heart warming experience, and if we settle for no, if we stay closed our whole life, how will we ever discover that?
We we born with open hearts.
Naked Hearts.​

Love and light,
Anjali Romaniuk

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Partner Yoga


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Downward Dog


The Downward Dog is one of the main poses practiced in yoga. It develops both strength and flexibility. When first starting, you may only be able to hold it for a few breaths, but try to increase that over time. It may look simple, but a lot is happening. This pose is both a forward bend and an inversion. Without kicking up into a handstand, the Downward Dog is a great introduction to the benefits of inversions.

1. Starting from the Table pose, move your arms forward about the length of one hand. Your hands should be shouder-width apart, fingers spread. Externally rotate y0043our upper arms. With your feet hip-width apart, tuck your toes under. Press into your hands and feet as you begin to straighten your legs.


2. Continue to straighten your legs (your heels do not have to touch the mat).
3. With your feet parallel, activate the muscles in your legs, and lift and spread your buttocks bones.
4. Energize your arms and stretch from your armpits to your hips. On your next exhalation, lower your knees to the floor.
Cautions

• If you have a heart condition, refrain from performing this movement.
Things to think about

• Stretch from your hands to your hips, to create length in your spine.

MODIFICATION

If the back of your legs are tight, lift your heels away from the floor.
 

 



Yoga Shelter Partners with Forgotten Harvest.


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Giving Season with Forgotten Harvest

Yoga Shelter is pleased to partner this giving season with Forgotten Harvest. Nearly 1 in 6 people and 1 in 4 children still face food insecurity in metro Detroit. This holiday season the Yoga Shelter community will come together to promote food security in metro Detroit.  From December 1-30, as we nourish ourselves through yoga we will partner with Forgotten HaIMG_20151122_083315rvest with special donations classes, new student specials, social media challenges, and existing student donation opportunities in honor of our current members.

 Forgotten Harvest “rescued” over 41 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from over 800 locations, including grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, food distributors. This donated food, would otherwise go to waste, it is delivered free-of-charge to 280 emergency food providers.

 Our Yoga Shelter community is proud to be a part of helping to nourish the community this season. Yoga Shelter will support Forgotten Harvest in the following ways:

●      Look for Harvey at our studios. Post a photo with Harvey and the #sheltergives and Yoga Shelter will donate $1 to Forgotten Harvest

●      New and existing students who take at least 10 monthly classes in December will have $10.00 donated to Forgotten Harvest in their honor.

●      Each week we will host a donation class for Forgotten Harvest at our studio. All the drop-in proceeds will go to Forgotten Harvest.  5% of the sales proceeds before, during and after the donation class will be donated to Forgotten Harvest.

Check the donation class schedule:
  1. Saturday, December 5- Forgotton Harvest Donation Slow Flow Class with Suzanne in Royal Oak at 9AM
  2. Saturday, December 12- Forgotton Harvest Donation Slow Flow Class with Porchse in Birmingham at 11:15AM
  3. Sunday, December 13- Forgotton Harvest Donation Slow Flow Class with Elaine in West Bloomfield at 11:15AM

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