September Students of the Month: Sarah and Gayle Lewkow

This mother daughter team is our pick for Students of the Month

Here are their yoga journeys...


"When Suzanne Awan and I first met, there was an instant spiritual connection between us. Shortly after we were introduced, I learned she was a yoga instructor and I felt inspired to check out one of her classes. After attending one class, I immediately fell in love. I started practicing yoga every day, sometimes even 2-3 times a day. I was hooked. Yoga became my happy place. My place of safety, warmth, comfort and acceptance. Since I joined the Yoga Shelter, my practice has lead me on a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment. I have found yoga to be a very powerful tool for personal transformation.
Through yoga, I have established a deeper connection with my breath, mind, body and spirit. I have learned to have more patience with my faults and the shortcomings of others. Sharing this experience with my mother makes my practice even more special. I feel very fortunate to be able to do yoga with my mom as we grow together in our practice."

GAYLE LEWKOW (Sarah’s Mom)

"I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years. My husband, Elliot, and I were one of the very first students enrolled when Yoga Shelter." I LOVE practicing with my daughter, Sarah. I feel her energy, her breathing is extraordinary which inspires and helps keep me focused on the present. She has helped me improve my yoga practice in so many ways. She is diligent about going regularly and we encourage each other to try inversions, to strive to constantly improve and remind each other to take this yoga mindset into our lives off the mat.

I love practicing at Yoga Shelter as the West Bloomfield location is a beautiful Zen-like environment which is very welcoming for old and new members, young and old students. The instructors are knowledgeable, helpful and encouraging. Each instructor has they own style and they vary in their age and approach to teaching. I love the having the option of going to any of the other locations to take classes and experience other instructors. We feel very fortunate to have this home away from home in our backyard!"


Sarah & Gayle

The essence of Yoga Shelter

Today Yoga Shelter enters a new era as a mainstream Yoga company. More than 10 years ago Eric Paskel founded Yoga Shelter and along with Lisa Paskel and Steve Feldman created the largest yoga organization in Michigan. The last 10 years were filled with many exciting developments, new locations and amazing teachers and staff. We would not have made it this far without you. Shortly after opening the first studio in West Bloomfield Michigan, Eric and Steve approached me to become an equity investor and owner in the company which gave me an opportunity to be part of a business concept that is dedicated to the enhancement and enrichment of lives of its customers. During the past 10 years while I had limited contact with our community of teachers, staff and students, Eric and our management team carried the bulk of the burden. We owe our growth of these past 10 years to the efforts and talents of our amazing staff, teachers and management team.
Starting this week we embark on a new phase in the history of Yoga Shelter, a phase without Eric Paskel. Eric is moving forward independently, bringing his many talents and energy to the people of California. Eric’s new studio will be based at the current location of the Yoga Shelter Studio City California location. We want to personally thank Eric for all his inspiration, knowledge and many years of leadership here in Yoga Shelter and wish him great success and personal fulfillment in his new path. His legacy, spirit and creativity will continue to be part of the Yoga Shelter community. In addition we also want to recognize Caren Paskel who was one of Yoga Shelter’s first teachers and went on to help lead teachers training and teacher development. We appreciate her commitment and service and wish her great success in her future endeavors.

Here at Yoga Shelter we are continuing to implement the initiatives we had announced earlier in the year which include the following key areas: Strengthening our training and our teacher support, upgrading our marketing and messaging, embracing new classes and services designed to meet the needs of today’s consumer, improving our web site and on-line resources and lastly, creating an open and collaborative community where ideas and creativity is embraced and welcomed.

Lastly, we want to reiterate our support and trust in our current management team, headed by Michelle King, who is our chief operating officer. Michelle is fully entrusted with the authority to implement our strategy and manage the business. She is a seasoned, accomplished and talented individual with a long-term experience in our field. Porsche Fischer who is fully responsible for our yoga teacher training program, our teacher development and our brand management, is a consummate yoga professional. She has tremendous knowledge and experience in the field of yoga practice and philosophy, training and staff development. Janelle Beauchamp our chief financial officer/controller oversees our business administration and finance. She has served as our assistant controller prior to assuming this new role.

The essence of Yoga Shelter continues to be our commitment to enhancing the lives of our students, be a source of goodness and blessings to the communities we serve and through our efforts and energy to make this world a better place. The values for which we stand are deeply infused into every aspect of our organization. Let there be no doubt that these values continue to be the bedrock on which our future is built.

Warmest Regards,
Hannan Lis and Tzvi Raviv

Yoga Shelter Cares Hosting Homies

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Join us at Yoga Shelter Royal Oak for a donation only Fusion class with a special class package deal 5 classes for $49 ($25 of each purchase goes to Homies & Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program). Walk in $20 (all of this will go to Homies) 10% of all other sales go to Homies. Ashley Oshinsky will be leading the class. 7:15-8:15pm. We will have a live DJ (TBA). Snacks will be provided by KIND Snacks thank you Amanda Gyuran!! This is the perfect opportunity to come see what this wonderful yoga community is all about!!

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Happy Father’s Day!


Happy Father’s Day from Yoga Shelter!
This Father’s Day uplift and energize Dad with a membership to Yoga Shelter.

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