Ellen Barthel-Morgan originally is from eastern Michigan. While pursuing a career in Cosmetology she was introduced to the field of nutrition. Ellen relocated to the east coast of the US where eventually she received a degree in the Applied Science of Dietetics. Before relocating back to Michigan Ellen developed a relationship with yoga. It is her sincere desire for everyone who enters the studio to feel as embraced by the yoga community as she has been.
Loraine Griffin, Certified Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader, has practiced yoga for over 25 years and has always had an interest and love for many types of wellness producing elements to life. These are not limited to energy movement, meditation, Reiki, reflexology, massage and Tai Ji. To further her knowledge in some of these disciples she attended Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader 25 hour training in March of 2018. She received her certification from the Institute of Integral QiGong and Tai Chi sponsored by The Healer Within Foundation. She wants to share these moving meditations using graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques to strengthen your mind body connection, reduce stress and improve circulation.
Alaina Streberger fell in love with yoga as a way to supplement competitive running. Finding physical strength was important, but the mental and emotional clarity that yoga has taught her has been life changing. She received her RYT200 through Living Waters Yoga studio two years ago, and recently certified in restorative yoga. She is a senior at Hope College and co-founder of Hope Yoga, a club where all students have the opportunity to attend weekly yoga practice on campus and engage in a holistic community. Her practice is continually growing and evolving, she invites you to relax and find peace and empowerment on your mat!
Amy Galioto graduated from PeacLab Yoga Studio, with her RYT 200 hour teaching certificate, in April 2017. Her classes are alignment based using a wide variety of asanas with propose. Her passion for yoga blossomed while living in Boulder, Colorado. After moving back to West Michigan with her husband, she is absolutely in LOVE with the yoga community here. She is driven by all things active and outdoors but she has grown to appreciate and respect the quite peace yoga brings through precise movement and controlled breath. She have been inspired by her teacher, Melanie McQuown of PeaceLab Studio in Grandville, Michigan.
Joy Jonker, RYT 500, Joy has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaching for 6. She admits to being forever a yoga student. Her continuing education includes being certified to teach Restorative Yoga and Wisdom Warriors (yoga for 50+). She attends yoga workshops whenever possible with teachers Rod Stryker, Douglas Brooks, Darien Rhodes, Christina Sell, Karina Mirsky; and most recently returned from assisting Yogi Aaron in a yoga teacher training in Costa Rica. When not in a yoga pose, she can be found skiing in the dunes or paddle boarding on the lake.
Megan Probst started practicing yoga when she realized she was going stir crazy and needed to add a new form of movement into her life. She quickly fell in love with the practice of power vinyasa and breath work. Initially she laughed at anyone who tried to tell her back then that she should be a teacher, until something shifted during a class she was practicing and suddenly she could no longer deny that teaching was somewhere in her future. Megan completed her 200hr YTT with Stacy Dockins in Fort Worth, Texas and has been enjoying guiding bodies to move and breathe ever since. She is especially fond of the little intricacies of movement and body awareness within a yoga practice as well as the strength your breath can contain and its ability to support movement. Megan also has a special interest in post-partum movement and has completed additional training in that field.
Tiffanie Van Koevering has been doing yoga for ten years. She first started it as more of a physical practice but fell more in love with it when she discovered the mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits. For a long time she wanted to take a teacher training course, and finally realized her dream of taking a YTT 200 level course this past year. Her teacher training took place in Nepal in the foothills of the Himalayas, where yoga was said to have originated. She attended Rishikul Yogshala, a yoga school with locations around India and Nepal. Her own practice includes fun yet challenging sequencing but allows herself restoration and gentleness as needed. This is reflected in her classes as well. On top of yoga instructor training, she has been a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant since 2015. Movement and healing have always been some of her passions, and physical therapy and yoga are complements of each other. Tiffanie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, reading, and playing videos games, but is up for almost anything!
Gina Morrow attended her first yoga class in 2001 with a friend and she was completely hooked! She had never before felt so much enjoyment in a workout. She soon realized that yoga is so much more than a workout. It is an opportunity to gain strength in your mind and body as well as acquire the ability to keep yourself centered and grounded by learning how to control your breathing. She loves to practice ALL varieties of yoga.... but the level 2 and 3 classes are her favorite... challenge her!! In 2013 Gina received her RYT 200 certification studying under Michelle Fife, Founder of SEVA Yoga in East Grand Rapids. She starts her classes with some wise words to focus on, a Mantra of sorts. She generally has a peak pose in mind when she puts together a class and she loves student suggestions as to what they need on any specific day. She wants her students to find new realizations about themselves and their bodies each and every practice. Gina believes alignment is key and it is her goal when teaching to help students uncover new aspects of the yoga poses that they already know and love as well as help them to leave felling stronger and more centered than when they arrived. "Namaste" is one of her favorite words.... it reminds her what her ultimate goal in life is... to honor the light that resides within her students, the same light that resides within her, the light of God's love.
Aireal Keefer graduated from Intentional Yoga Studio with her RYT 200 hour Teacher Training in February, 2016. She is currently a Freshman at Hope College and is majoring in Kinesiology and Business. Her passion for yoga began when she started taking classes in 2014 and has grown ever since! Her talents lie in teaching Vinyasa and Restorative yoga, but also loves practicing and teaching meditation. Outside of the studio, Aireal enjoys being outdoors and spending time around friends and family.
Eri Johns RYT200, has been practicing yoga for 10yrs. Her practiced started at home exploring meditation, breathing techniques, traditional yogic texts and diving deep into the foundations and history of yoga. The last 5yrs she has strengthened her practice in studios, expanding her knowledge in all the different forms of yoga. She considers herself well rounded, finding enjoyment in both the faster paced hot vinyasa flows, hatha yoga, classical yoga but truly embracing the slower paced gentle form of yoga, slow-flow, yin yoga and restorative yoga. Her goal is to share the same joys she experiences with yoga to new yogis, promoting the truth : that Yoga can be for any and everyone. She hopes to continue her growth in learning, strengthening her practice wth future education in iyengar and yoga nidra. When you don't see her on her mat or in studio, she is often out exploring nature, hiking or walking on adventures with her 3 sons. Her joys in life are yoga, her kids nature and art. She was born and raised in Holland, MI, graduating from Hope College with a Studio Art degree. Her love of adventure brought her to Australia, where she married her husband and had her first child. She now resides happily in Holland with her family, teaching yoga and still doing art!