Steady (slow flow)


This class is taught by:

Elaine Braden

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.

Matt Edwards

I've been hooked since my first class at Grand Valley State almost 6 years ago. Since then, yoga has helped my relationship with myself as well as my community. Each and every time we step onto a yoga mat we can learn something new about ourselves. No effort is lost. I'm honored to be of service at the Yoga Shelter and I look forward to growing better and better together.

Namaste

Marni Stone

Marni Stone, M.S.W. E-RYT.
Marni has been working in the field of health and wellness for over 25 years. Formerly as a group fitness instructor, program supervisor and personal trainer and presently as a yoga teacher and psychotherapist. She holds a master‘s degree in social work from the University of Michigan and has completed 2-200 hour RYT yoga certifications. She has been teaching yoga since 2004 and recently opened Mindful Solutions, a psychotherapy practice in Farmington Hills, Michigan. As a solution focused therapist, she uses mindfulness and progressive relaxation techniques to help clients cope with difficult emotions and improve their relationships. Marni’s background in anatomy and alignment is evident in the way she sequences her yoga flows and guides students in and out of postures. She encourages participants to explore how the physicality of a pose can be used as a means to connect more deeply with themselves. She believes that when we become more present in our bodies and harnesses the power of our breath we can learn to quiet our inner critic and find peace and joy both on and off the yoga
mat.

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

Sarah Woodman

Lead Teacher
E-RYT200
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.
Our slow-burn hatha style is a fully guided foundation-building slow grounded flow.Most forms of yoga in the West can be classified as Hatha Yoga. Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures, meaning your Ashtanga, vinyasa, Iyengar and Power Yoga classes are all Hatha Yoga. Focused on going deeper into the breath, you are encouraged to keep your eyes closed on this inward journey, enhancing the ability to pay attention to feelings, and relax into your body even in periods of discomfort. Working to build endurance, we explore the balance of effort and ease using slower, cumulatively deeper pose sequences with longer holds designed to engage and strengthen not only the major muscle groups but to functionally integrate the entire body. In this slower yet challenging practice, within the boundaries and framework of personal individual expression, "everybody" is presented the opportunity to articulate both breath and posture. A longer Savasana rests and restores body and the mind.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Oct 21 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Elaine Braden
    at Birmingham
  • Sat Oct 21 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Matt Edwards
    at West Bloomfield
  • Sat Oct 21 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Marni Stone
    at Birmingham
  • Sat Oct 21 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Rob Woollard
    at Birmingham
  • Sun Oct 22 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Suzanne Awan
    at West Bloomfield
  • Sun Oct 22 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Marni Stone
    at Birmingham
  • Sun Oct 22 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Becky Siden
    at Royal Oak
  • Sun Oct 22 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Elaine Braden
    at West Bloomfield
  • Sun Oct 22 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Sarah Woodman
    at Birmingham
  • Sun Oct 22 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Matt Edwards
    at Royal Oak