BE KIND. (TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS). 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!
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. She 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. She received her Bachelors degree from Eastern Michigan University in Psychology as well as her Masters of Business Administration.
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." Jen is married to her best friend and we have three awesome children. Connection to family and friends is a priority in her life. Jen enjoys doing anything outdoors and loves any kind of music. Most weekends in the summer, you can find her up north with friends. Give Jen sunshine and music and she is happy.
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 with Kesandra Karim. Studying children’s yoga is also very important in her journey. Seeing the anxieties arise in her sons has driven a new passion in Kim to help children of all ages find their breath.
BE PRESENT. From Kesandra: "Yoga was not a part of my ‘life plan’ when I left the nest back in TX. I stumbled upon it as a college student and found the path that is leading me through a happier and healthier life. Growing up in a family that was Catholic on one side and Muslim on the other, my exposure to cultural tradition was broad, but I struggled to find a true connection to a sense of spirituality and faith until this path of yoga made it very clear for me. Practice is the foundation of stability and balance in my life. My work with Eastern and Western body therapies and my love for the quiet practices of Yin and Restorative yoga have integrated into what I hope to offer to other practitioners as an opportunity to find that stability and balance beyond their mat. In this way, I feel I am able to be of service to those around me." “Clarity, happiness, service.”- AJ
BE ENTHUSIASTIC. Lori believes that enthusiasm is the secret sauce to creating an extraordinary life while making a difference in the world. en + theos. “Two little Greek words. Put ‘em together and you’ve got enthusiasm—or “God within.” Lori took her first yoga class in 2009 in the lower level of a home in her neighborhood (taught by Jody Adams, a Brighton yogi) and was hooked. Since then, Lori has practiced and studied yoga regularly (mainly Ashtanga and Vinyasa) and received her 200 level certification in Ashtanga Vinyasa in Playa del Carmen, Mexico in January 2014. Lori and her husband Jeff enjoy travelling and practicing yoga wherever they may be. Enthusiasm for yoga is a Kelly family affair - Lori's two daughters, Alison and Stephanie, (and a niece, Erica) are all 200 level certified yoga teachers and avid yoginis. Lori's son Jeffrey hasn’t caught on yet, but she is confident that one day he will! From Lori "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."
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 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 Teacher 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
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.
BE WELL. Deana’s yoga adventure started many years ago, when her brother introduced her to her first class and she was quickly hooked into a new way of life and wellness. One of her goals from that time on was to become a yoga teacher, to be able to share and support others with the ability and strength that yoga has to offer. In 2016, Deana completed her RYT 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Brighton Yoga Center in Brighton. When she is not teaching yoga, you can find Deana with her growing family living in the great outdoors and traveling to appreciate all that God’s creation has to offer. Northwood University is her alma mater with a dual Major in Marketing and Management.
BE HEALED. Yoga is my passion and teaching yoga is a great pleasure. I am a wife, mother, friend, Spartan and Yooper. I like to cook, be in nature, and tackle creative projects. Yoga brings me peace of mind. I believe it has the healing power to strengthen, release, and center our busy bodies and souls.
I’ve been practicing yoga for over ten years and I continue to grow through exploration, learning and teaching. My classes are uplifting and playful. My teaching mantra: Listen to your breath and follow your heart.
JUST BE. It was 2015, and night five in the jungle when the words came pouring through. “Just be. If you are happy, be happy, if you are sad be sad, if you are angry be angry and if you are filled with joy, be filled with joy. Wherever you are, Just be.” And it was in that same jungle experience that yoga found Sarah. A week later she started practicing at a local studio, and one year later she received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Good Karma Yoga Studio. With a background in cheerleading and dance, she has a deep respect for the healing power of movement. From Sarah’s viewpoint as a teacher, it’s not about the asana, it’s about what is happening inside of the asana, and that is where her passion lies – in doing the inner work. She is a certified Reiki Master, and combines that work with intuitive healing. She loves traveling and nature, and honors the symbiotic relationship of the human being and Mother Earth. The earth has all the power to heal us, but if we want to heal the earth, we must first heal ourselves.
BE YOURSELF. Bridget is an RYT 200 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 an 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. to The Breakfast Club and do crossword puzzles. Bridget has a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a Masters in Finance from University of Pittsburgh. See When Bridget Is Teaching
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.
BE FOCUSED. Amy is the Office Manager and Community Outreach Administrator at BYC. Amy is a long-time resident of Pinckney. She and her husband Dennis 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.
BE MINDFUL. Emily has been married since 2000 and spends most of her time raising 3 boys in her hometown of Brighton. After about 13 years of practicing yoga Emily decided to deepen her practice and knowledge so she could share it with and inspire others. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training program in 2014 with Jonny Kest at Center for Yoga and considers herself a lifelong student of yoga. Emily jumped right into teaching yoga and is excited to share with her students what she has learned and loves about yoga! Emily's classes have a strong focus on the breath while learning how to connect and flow with it. Each class offers a full workout of the body and the mind while encouraging students to find a way to create more space in their bodies, make deep connections and create a calm and focused mind.