Our Teachers

Our Teachers are each unique and experienced in the yoga field. Read more to find out about their training and experience with yoga.

julia bush picture Julia Bush
BE INSPIRATIONAL. Julia completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training from Marianne Wells Yoga School at the Goddess Garden Costa Rica in December 2012 and her 500 HR YTT from UpDog Yoga in Rochester, MI in 2016.  Julia has been recognized by her teachers and students for the ability to conduct challenging yet warm and inviting classes while also fostering an invigorating, centering, and calming environment. Julia feels that she has gained so much from her own practice that she has dedicated herself to sharing her passion for the Yoga tradition and lifestyle with eager students. Julia received her Bachelors degree from Eastern Michigan University in Psychology as well as her Masters of Business Administration.

susan beesley Susan Beesley
BE KIND.  (To others and to Yourself) Susan began practicing yoga in 1998, after her physician suggested it to recover from a repetitive stress injury.  She fell in love with the physical benefits right away.  What she didn’t expect was the calming and stress relieving benefits, which she loved even more!   She completed her yoga teacher training at The Yoga Center for Healthy Living in April of 2009 and is RYT 200 certified.  She has had the pleasure of taking workshops with Baron Baptiste, John Friend, Desiree’ Rumbaugh, Betsy Downing, Noah Maze, Sianna Sherman, Todd Tesen, Judith Lasater, Pauly Zink and many more!  She completed her Pilates training at Equilibrium Studio and became a STOTT certified Pilates instructor in February of 2013, certified in Mat and Reformer. Susan completed REIKI Level I and II training with William Rand. She is also a REIKI Master and Teacher.  She is constantly exploring to find methods and techniques to feel healthier and stress free, and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with her students!  One of her greatest joys is seeing her students growing and becoming stronger, more confident, less stressed and happier!

 Jen Call
BE HAPPY. Jen received her RYT200 training from Divine Power Yoga in South Lyon and has been teaching since 2007. In 2009 she completed level one training with Baron Baptiste and is constantly evolving as a student and teacher. Jen says: My greatest teachers are my students. I would describe my classes as both powerful and relaxed. I encourage everyone to get out of their heads and land in their bodies. When I’m on my mat, Baptiste Power Yoga Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Yin are my favorite classes to take. They balance each other out. Some days I need to get sweaty with an intense practice and some days I just need to show up on my mat and breathe. I’m married to my best friend and we have three awesome teenagers. Connection to family and friends is a priority in my life. I enjoy doing anything outdoors and love any kind of music. Most weekends in the summer, you can find me up north with friends. Give me sunshine and music and I am happy.

 

kim gardnerKim Gardner
BE IN YOUR FEET.  Kim felt an instant connection and openness in her heart when she started practicing yoga ever since Brighton Yoga Center (BYC) opened.  Kim found she was holding her breathe through life. Her practice has grounded her and she felt present again. “Being where your feet are” soared back into her life.   This brought her peace, healed her anxieties, and brought closure to the post-partum depression she suffered after complicated deliveries of her now healthy three young boys.  In the fall of 2016 Kim immersed herself into yoga and received completed her RYT200 training at BYC.  The healing, heart opening, mindfulness, and meditation she experienced drove her deeper into practice. In 2017 she completed Yin Yoga Level 1 with Lynne Baum as well as an Anatomy of Yoga course.   Studying children’s yoga is also very important in her journey. Seeing the anxieties arise in Kims sons has driven a new passion to help children of all ages find their breath.

 

photoAmy Hackett
BE FOCUSED. Amy is the Office Manager and Community Outreach Administrator. Amy is a long-time resident of Pinckney. She and her husband are proud parents of four daughters, two dogs and a cat. For the last 15 years she has been managing this busy household of six. She has also volunteered and worked as a recess supervisor in the Pinckney Community Schools. In her free time Amy enjoys running and other cardiovascular fitness, along with supporting and cheering on her daughters in their many activities. Amy received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Albion College and her Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Michigan University.

 

kesandra pictureKesandra Karim
BE PRESENT. Kesandra’s journey with yoga began under Stan Woodman, who studied Ashtanga yoga under Beryl Bender Birch and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and Gina Norman, who studied with Cindy Lee at OM Yoga. Her exposure to the different styles influenced the unique blend that has become her approach to teaching. She incorporates elements of fundamental discipline and body alignment, while embracing a sense of individuality and freedom; encouraging students find ‘their practice’. Kesandra has studied several styles ranging from Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and meditation in the Shambhala Tradition. Her background as a practitioner of Eastern healing arts such as Thai Yoga, Tui Na, and Acupressure bring a sense of healing hands into her classes. “Yoga is a path to healing and balance, I am not the teacher, you are the teacher, and you are your own guru. I am simply a guide to help you contact what already exists within you. With practice, all is coming.” – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

 

lori kelly picture Lori Kelly
BE ENTHUSIASTIC. en + theos. “Two little Greek words. Put ‘em together and you’ve got enthusiasm—or “God within”—the secret sauce to creating an extraordinary life while making a difference in the world. My name is Lori Kelly and I LOVE YOGA (and golf, too)! From my first hatha class eight years or so ago in the lower level of a home in my neighborhood (taught by Jody Adams, a Brighton yogi) I was hooked. Since then, I have pretty much practiced and studied yoga regularly (mainly Ashtanga and Vinyasa) and I received my 200 level certification in Ashtanga Vinyasa in Playa del Carmen, Mexico in January 2014. My husband, Jeff, and I enjoy travelling and we love to practice yoga wherever we may be. One of my favorite studios is Charleston Power Yoga in South Carolina! My enthusiasm for yoga influenced my two daughters, Alison and Stephanie, (and a niece, Erica) in their lives, as they are all 200 level certified yoga teachers and avid yoginis. My son Jeffrey hasn’t caught on yet, but I am confident that one day he will! I am very excited to be a part of the BYC team and to share my love and enthusiasm for yoga with our community. I believe in the life changing power of a consistent practice of yoga, beginning with the physical practice

Eva Magri
BE OPEN MINDED. Eva started her yoga journey in 2014 in The Czech Republic where she was introduced to Mysore Ashtanga and fell in love immediately. Shortly after she started practicing daily and making amazing progress while recognizing the benefits of regular practice. Eva’s relationship with her boyfriend, and now husband, Justin, as well as her career as a Quality Engineer drew her to MI in 2015 where she continued her practice. After Eva delivered her daughter, Charlotte, she decided to sink deeper into her own practice and also wanted to share what has she learned with others. In May 2017 Eva completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teachers Training at Brighton Yoga Center. In addition to practicing and teaching yoga, Eva enjoys spending time with her family, loves travelling and exploring different cultures and cuisines. “Do your practice and all is coming.” Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

IMG_0340Stacy Mulka
BE GRATEFUL. Stacy’s yoga journey began when life’s path unexpectedly placed her at the doorway of a local studio, and she instantly fell in love with the practice. Learning to instruct seemed to be a natural way for her to give back some of the peace, joy, and gratitude she received on her own mat, so she received her 200-hour certification from Good Karma Yoga in 2014 and immediately began teaching. Stacy believes happiness is an inside job and making the most of this wonderful life begins with finding gratitude for what is, no matter how small. It is that gratitude she hopes you take with you each time you step off your mat after a session to head back to the rest of the world. Aside from yoga, she is also an active parent to three children and a member of the Hartland community. She has a Bachelors degree in English from Michigan State University and a fondness for literature. Also a practicing aerialist with a penchant for the outdoors, when she is not on her yoga mat, you will find her working on new aerial moves, hanging out with her kids, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, or paddle boarding.

 

profileTanya Pence
BE BRAVE. Yoga has taken my life in directions that have required courage; from leaving a secure career to follow my passions and to traveling the world. It began in 2008 when I took yoga teacher training while balancing young kids and working as a police officer in a local community. As I teach I encourage you to discover your courage, we don’t create courage, it is within us all, we just uncover it, stretch our courage muscles and watch ourselves grow! For some of us that means attempting an inversion or the courage to be creative in our Vinyasa flow, for others it means becoming okay in our stillness, how we feel when we hit the pause button that takes courage. This is my passion because I feel it is when we become brave in our choices that the world opens to us. To keep my bravery muscles active I’m an avid rock and ice climber. I love to travel to far off places and let the wind blow me around foreign countries, finding whatever awaits me when I get there. I have two boys that are 12 and 19, I encourage them to enjoy their journey, take chances and be themselves. “When I do something I never thought I could, it makes me wonder what else I can do.”

 

bashi Bashi Saunders
BE LIGHT. I was intrigued by yoga’s peace 12 years ago when I was expecting my first child and felt an instant connection. My journey led me to explore teacher training 5 years ago. I believe our paths are already designed and we just have to be open to receive. My practice brings me simple relaxation in the purest form and an inner peace that allows me to serve God and others from a better place. I guide students from an Ashtanga foundation and teach Ashtanga, Yin, Vinyasa, Power and Yoga Flow. I love to share my practice throughout Metro Detroit both in studios and the community. I am honored to guide Detroit’s youth, teen moms and the NFL Detroit Lions. I am empowered and supported as a Lululemon Ambassador. I am busting with gratitude to have taught 5 classes at Wanderlust Squaw Valley this July 2014.  Yoga has gifted me stronger relationships. Yoga has gifted me a healthier body inside and out. Our breath that flows through our body on and off our mat is full of possibilities and each posture is pack loaded with internal and external benefits. Yoga is truly an amazing practice that I am eager to invite all to taste. I hope to practice next to you, breathe with you or guide you soon. I am honored to share my practice and my journey.

 

bridget triBridget Sheahan
BE YOURSELF. Bridget is a yoga teacher and the owner of BYC. A long-time Brighton resident and single mom of two girls, Bridget is an active member of the Brighton community through Brighton Area Schools, Michigan Alliance Soccer, SELCRA, St. Mary Magdalen Church and community service.  Bridget completed her 200 hour Yoga certification in 2010 with Jonny Kest. She has practiced and studied with numerous local teachers and with David Williams, David Swenson, Rolf Gates, Bryan Kest, Maty Ezraty, Todd Tesen, Stephanie Snyder, Noah Maze, Rocky Heron and Seane Corne. In addition to teaching yoga, Bridget enjoys spending time with her girls and their 3 dogs, playing soccer, competing in triathlons and working as a corporate marketing analytics director. After a 27 year break, she reconnected with her high school sweetheart in 2014.  They like to travel, walk hand in hand down Grand River Ave. t The Breakfast Club, and do crosswords together.   Bridget has a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a Masters in Finance from University of Pittsburgh.

photoAmanda Whitesell
BE COMMITTED. Amanda is a Brighton native and certified STOTT Pilates instructor with nearly 25 years of dance experience. Her performance credits range from Livingston County Catholic Charities’ 2016 “Dancing With the Stars” charity dance competition to a Miley Cyrus music video. Amanda’s goal is to offer barre students a “safe escape” – physically and mentally. She strives for this by creating a warm, playful atmosphere while focusing on each student’s goals and alignment. Also a yogi, Amanda credits yoga for combating anxiety and for allowing her to fully embrace her first childbirth experience. She holds a bachelor degree in mass communications from Oklahoma City University.

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