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