Amy is an anatomy inspired teacher with a diverse yoga & fitness background. With experience working with hundreds of veterans, children, special needs adults, athletes, and people with various injuries, Amy has come to know and teach yoga in a very unique way. Her trainings in multiple styles of yoga, certification as a Fitness & Exercise Trainer as well as being a Certified Yoga Therapist, lend to Amy's classes being packed with information about muscles, movement and overall physical well being. Amy is an E-RYT 500 level teacher and has additional specialized training in Anatomy, Sports Performance & Recovery, Yin, Women's Health, Meditation, The Nervous System, Myofascial Release, Spine and Posture Health and Mental Health & Wellness.
I started taking yoga classes in college and fell in love with the aspects of yoga that led to more strength, balance, and flexibility, and the refreshing feeling you get after each savasana is pretty fulfilling as well. I found Explore Yoga's studio shortly after their opening and have been coming back on and off ever since. I completed my RYT 200hr Teacher Training at Explore Yoga in 2022. I love the balance and variety vinyasa and yin classes offer and look forward to sharing that experience with students at Explore Yoga. In addition to yoga, I love to play golf, go to concerts, and go hiking - happy to talk with others about anything!
Allison found yoga during college as a way to deal with the daily stresses of school. She enjoyed it so much that she continued taking classes for years afterwards. Allison soon realized the value and positive impact yoga had on her life, on and off the mat, and wanted to share her love and joy of yoga with others. She completed her RYT 200 training at Explore Yoga in 2016 and is excited to be a part of the Explore family! Allison wants to help guide people through their own yoga journey, wherever that may take them, while having fun along the way.
The first time I ever did yoga was in Nepal by candlelight during a power outage. I fell in love with it right then and there! I completed my 200hr RYT Teacher Training at Explore Yoga in 2018 and am grateful to be a part of the Explore team.
What started off as Colleen’s interest in building strength and staying in shape through yoga has evolved into a deep understanding of yoga as an agent of healing. Colleen has been practicing yoga for four years and with the guidance of her teachers at Explore Yoga she has cultivated a relationship with the practice that includes overcoming health challenges and healing the body’s nervous and immune system’s. Colleen’s passion became her triumph and she is eager to share these opportunities through teaching yoga. Colleen completed her RYT 200hr teacher training through Explore Yoga.
During my last year of college, I enrolled in the yoga class offered through the school. I instantly fell in love with it and have been practicing on and off for the last 16 years. Yoga always seems to be the one physical activity I keep coming back to time and time again. I completed teacher training at Explore Yoga in January of 2022.
When not in the studio I can be found playing chauffer and chef to my 5 kids or inspiring the next generation of nature enthusiasts as a naturalist at a local nature center. When the stars align correctly, I like to spend my free time at a local CrossFit gym lifting heavy things, travelling the US in a motor home with my family, hiking, visiting national parks, and talking about birds or dinosaurs. Yes, I am a 5-year-old at heart and if you were wondering my favorite dinosaur is Pachycephalosaurus.
After taking my first yoga class in 1998, I was hooked. I found that not only was i able to achieve some sense of relaxation, but I found myself becoming stronger, more grounded and sure of myself. I took a teacher training class in 1999. Realizing the importance of alignment to keep students safe, I began studying Anusara yoga and have done multiple therapeutic training's with Doug Keller. I learn and gain inspiration from my students and try to challenge them in their practices while helping them achieve a sense of inner calm and having fun while doing it. I have also training in iRest meditation and completed my certification in October 2016. In addition to yoga and meditation, I am a Physician Assistant in Radiation Oncology and a mom to five.
Grace has been with Explore Yoga since 2016. She started as our front desk receptionist, and quickly fell in love with yoga.
Yoga has been a life changer! My five year practice includes slow flow, blend, vinyasa, hatha, wall and my favorite-yin! It's led me to a place of calm and content, with more physical strength and flexibility than I've had in decades. A true bonus was avoiding back surgery, getting off medications and losing 35 pounds! I became a 200RYT in 2016 through Explore Yoga to pay it all forward and share the joy of yoga. I am so proud to be a part of the Explore community! Steve and I are parents to four and soon to be grandparents! I am also a designer and seamstress with a home based business. I love outdoor yoga. This picture was taken after a sunrise practice on the beach in Mexico.
After years of debating trying yoga, Explore Yoga Studio came into my life and everything fell into place. Starting as a regular in gentle classes I began devoting mind, body, and spirit into this practice. The moving meditation of yoga allows for strength and stretch, as well as mindfulness and ease. When not on my mat I am a preschool teacher and enjoy growing and cutting flowers. After the wild year of 2020, I signed up for Yoga teacher training with Explore to deepen my practice and see what would come of it. Here I am now, ready to share my love of the practice and bring all the benefits of yoga to you.
Marie completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training after practicing consistently for 6 years. She loves the structure and discipline of an Ashtanga practice, the creativity and flow of vinyasa, and the stillness and surrender of a yin class. She became certified as a personal trainer at one time too, but she's come to appreciate the lessons that yoga teaches (both on and off the mat) even more than the traditional gym culture. Raising two daughters with a husband in the military has given her plenty of chances to put to work these lessons in patience and breath! Additionally, Marie works at a dialysis unit in Troy. She graduated from U of M with a degree in psychology, and she loves to read. Ask for a book recommendation any time!
Megan recently completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training and could not be more excited to begin teaching classes at Explore. Coming from a lifelong dance background, Megan’s interest in yoga began with a love for the physical part of the practice. After developing a daily practice and really beginning to understand the breath work behind the physical movement is what made her fall in love. She loves practicing yoga for the steadiness it brings to her, on and off the mat. Megan has a Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, where she spent time performing for the dance team and the dance company. Before starting a family, she spent some years teaching dance. Megan is looking forward to teaching again and hopes to see you in class soon!!
Shelly was initially introduced to yoga 3 years ago after a good friend dragged her to a hot vinyasa class. And although she struggled to make it through the class she immediately fell in love with the physical and mental challenge that yoga offers and has since been practicing daily. She has gone on to grow her experience of yoga and completed her 200-RYT. She has benefited from the increased physical strength and flexibility yoga provides but also the calm centering affects that have carried off the mat into daily life. As a triathlete and a runner she incorporated yoga into her training programs to remain injury free and improve overall performance. She has a background in Sports Medicine and has worked as a PA in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for the last 17 yearsand hopes through teaching yoga she can help others to experience the same benefits she has both on and off the mat.
Therese complete her yoga teacher training in 2018 at Explore Yoga.
Alexis started taking yoga classes after someone recommended it. She figured it would be a great way to stay in shape while soccer was out of season. After a year of yoga, she began to see the many benefits that it had, on and off the mat. Alexis loves yoga because it helps her feel more well-rounded and at peace, both physically and emotionally. She loves how yoga can be both challenging and relaxing at the same time. Alexis took her RYT 200 Teacher Training at Explore Yoga in 2016 and wanted to become a yoga teacher to be able to share yoga with others. She hopes that anyone who takes her classes can experience both the challenge and the relaxation that comes from yoga.
Brenda found yoga as a way to reduce the stress of an intense job. She began to find more value in the therapy of yoga rather than just the physicality. She received her 200-hour RYT in 2015. Brenda teaches to encourage strength and flexibility, not only in the physical postures but in the mental state. She hopes to guide students on a path of personal growth and wellness.