Yoga Shelter teachers are authentic and well-trained yoga professionals who teach a consistent and inspired yoga offering in beautiful community-oriented studio spaces.

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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 woodman@yogashelter.com.
Hi! My name is Jessi and to me yoga has been a life saver. Literally. My journey into yoga started just as I was beginning treatment for my own mental health issues. I was afraid to know my true self, let alone accept that I had something innately wrong with my brain chemistry. But yoga taught me that true love with the self begins with just being able to follow the breath. It taught me to find calm in the whirlwind of thoughts. The Yoga Shelter is a place where I could go and feel welcomed no matter what kind of day I was having or where my mind was. It was, and is, a sanctuary. I am excited to be able to share my experiences and my journey with all who walk through the door and help facilitate their own journey to the self. The Shelter truly is a place where you can come as you are. I hope to see you in class. Namaste.
I began practicing yoga in 2000, and with consistent practice, began to let go of self-doubt, fear, anxiety, and negativity. By letting go, I was able to open myself to self-love, peace, joy, and life. My yoga practice began as a form of healthy exercise. I was suffering from lower back pain that I now realize was due to stress and anxiety. After my first class I experienced a breakthrough of letting go of suppressed feelings. I have found it to be such a life-changing experience that I wanted to share the gifts of yoga with others, and began teaching in 2004. My intention is to awaken in others the healing power of breath and movement, thereby opening our hearts and connecting with our spirit to gain a greater sense of freedom, acceptance, unconditional love, gratitude, and compassion towards ourselves and others.
Director of Student and Team Relations Teacher emily@yogashelter.com   Yoga helped me learn to love and accept myself, starting as a way for me to physically workout in a space that didn't leave me feeling insecure, and continuing as  a space where I can go to quiet my mind, work out my body, and have a deeper connection with myself. The fact that yoga is so accessible to all body types makes it the most beneficial physical, mental, and spiritual practice. I began practicing at Yoga Shelter in 2014, and loved the community so much that working here seemed to be obvious. Yoga Shelter helped me through the post-degree blues and confusion, and I've grown so much through this job. When I decided decided to take the Spring 2016 teacher training program, I was nervous, but gained strength throughout which gave me the confidence to teach classes. I hope that I can bring positive energy to all my classes, and that every time we meet in our studio spaces, we can be appreciative of this beautiful practice and community.
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Wed Nov 22, 2017
6:00 am - 7:00 am Strong (Vinyasa) Birmingham
8:30 am - 9:30 am Steady (slow flow) Birmingham
8:30 am - 9:30 am Steady (slow flow) West Bloomfield
9:45 am - 11:00 am Strong (Vinyasa) West Bloomfield
9:45 am - 10:45 am Synergy (Fusion) Royal Oak
9:45 am - 11:00 am Strong (Vinyasa) Birmingham
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Steady (slow flow) Royal Oak
11:15 am - 12:15 pm Steady (slow flow) Birmingham
11:15 am - 12:15 pm Steady (slow flow) West Bloomfield
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Steady (slow flow) West Bloomfield
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Synergy (Fusion) Birmingham
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm Steady (slow flow) Royal Oak
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Steady (slow flow) Birmingham
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Synergy (Fusion) West Bloomfield
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm Strong (Vinyasa) Royal Oak
7:15 pm - 8:15 pm Strong (vinyasa) Birmingham
7:15 pm - 8:15 pm Still (yin) West Bloomfield
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm Steady (slow flow) Royal Oak