Jessie L. (Owner and Director) is from Las Vegas, NV. She fell in love with Ann Arbor at a young age when she attended University of Michigan's Debate Camp. Jessie is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she did her BA in Classical Art and Archaeology and Art History as well as the University of Cambridge where she received her Master's of Philosophy in Archaeology: Heritage and Museum Management. She was a competitive dancer in her youth and found yoga after she left the world of dance. Jessie has been practicing yoga for over seven years. She has envisaged the concept of aUM Yoga as a studio that she would have frequented as an undergraduate.
Allison K. had a teacher once tell her that how we do anything in life is a testament to how we do everything in life. This resonated with her and she tries to remember this whenever she is on or off her mat. For Allison, yoga is as much of a form of personal expression as it is a way of uncovering the best version of herself.
Carson C. has always been dedicated to fitness. Growing up he played competitive tennis and loved running. When he went to his first yoga class, he was blown away and thought it was the hardest thing he had ever done. He has been back on his mat every day since, growing physically, mentally, and spiritually. Yoga is an amazing gift that he is so happy to have found and he can’t wait to share the gift of yoga with all those he comes in contact with, both on and off the mat.
Kelli H. has been a devoted yoga practitioner and attending yoga workshops for more than 20 years and has been teaching yoga for more than thirteen. She first finished her teacher training in 2000 at Namaste in Royal Oak, Michigan and opened her own studio where she resides in Monroe, Michigan. She later finished another 200 RYT training with Jonny Kest. Influenced by every class she has taken, Kelli adds an element of challenge and creativity to her classes. She challenges her students to go beyond their comfort zone in away that they can explore, heal, and strengthen their bodies and minds through the practice of yoga. Kelli's contagious smile and positive spirit encourages students to release fear while gaining confidence every time they approach the mat in her class.
Kelli currently teaches, leads teacher training and holds workshops at Jonny Kest Center For Yoga in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Jim G. began practicing Yoga in 1988 and in 2012 started formally teaching Yoga. Jim teaches in several Yoga traditions, including Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin. He founded and organizes the popular AcroYoga Ann Arbor MeetUp group and also provides AcroYoga playshops, classes, and private instruction. Jim continues his Yoga education by attending Yoga workshops around the country. When he’s not practicing or teaching Yoga, Jim is in nature enjoying cross country skiing, bicycling, motorcycling, kayaking, teaching wilderness survival skills, or even sitting in silence.
Natasha S. found yoga in 1999 at a dance studio.
When her teacher instructed dancers to breathe through a 3 minute "yoga moment" in standing leg lift, something shifted. The leg didn't fall off (strangely), but something else left her system with that sweat. And what remained felt so good and whole, that Natasha set out to find "yoga moments" everywhere she went and in everything she did. Since then Natasha has studied many "flavors" of yoga with many great teachers, enjoying the yoga and weaving it into the dance. She became a certified Yoga Meets Dance (™) Facilitator in 2007, leading wild and fun dance journeys. In 2010 she trained with Jonny Kest, whose dynamic teaching style was most engaging and dance-like and has been teaching at Center for Yoga since. Natasha continues to study yoga with senior teachers of all traditions, and is currently pursuing 500 Yoga Therapy Certification with Rod Stryker, founder of Parayoga. Rooted in the oldest known system of knowledge -Tantra - this comprehensive approach to yoga weaves breath, movement, philosophy, science, and meditation into every practice. In her yoga classes Natasha strives to deliver complete yoga experience to students of all levels.
Stephanie M. first began practicing yoga at age fourteen in an effort to alleviate back pain that resulted from a sports' related injury. She quickly realized yoga helped remedy much more than her physical discomfort and found solace on her mat. When she's not in the studio, Stephanie enjoys traveling, photography, snowboarding, and posting pictures of her Black Lab on Instagram. She looks forward to sharing her passion and hopes others will allow yoga to transform their lives the way in which it has transformed her own.
Amanda T. has been a student of yoga for over fifteen years. in 2012, after more than decade of working in women's health as a Certified Professional Midwife, she decided to pursue her dreams of becoming a yoga instructor. Amanda sees yoga as a wonderful opportunity to reconnect the body, breath and mind while gaining strength both physically and emotionally.
Rodger D. rediscovered yoga as a form of physical exercise and stress reduction soon after beginning graduate school in 2008. Through what eventually became regular and devoted practice, Rodger was able to reconnect with the foundations of strength, balance and flexibly he established during childhood gymnastics training. Rodger is excited to share the benefits of yoga with students of all types, abilities and backgrounds. He also loves nachos.
Sarah K. has always been interested in yoga but didn't become devoted to it until three years ago when she discovered the style of hot vinyasa. As an engineering student, finding an activity that brought her attention to the present moment for an entire hour and left her feeling alive and revitalized was amazing. Embarking in the path of a regular yoga practice aided her in both finding herself and better coping with challenges in her life. She loves how you can never become an expert in yoga because there are so many forms, poses, styles, meditations, etc. The challenges never cease. She has endured many sports related injuries in her past, including two shoulder surgeries, making her aware of each bodies own limitations. She isn't afraid to admit she can only do the pose pictured on one side, because her shoulder just won't allow the other side and she hasn't mastered a work around yet. Today she wants to share her love of yoga with everyone, and show those who are willing experience it, that every moment on the mat is practice for the real world, after all it is simply called a yoga practice.
Kayleigh Z. began practicing yoga in a class setting in 2009 at her local college. After a traumatic in 2011 and all the emotional tolls that followed, Kayleigh turned to yoga to heal her body and mind. Once she felt the rush of calmness and finally felt at peace with her body, she was hooked. After practicing steadily for a few years, she decided that obtaining her teaching certificate would be the next step in her life to share the practice with others. Off of the mat Kayleigh enjoys being outdoors, traveling to Norther Michigan, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Andrea R. is currently pursuing her Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher certification and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant Certification Kripalu in Massachusetts, and completed her previous Teacher Training at A2 Yoga. Before teaching yoga, Andrea graduated from the University of Michigan and worked with local grassroots non-profit organizations. She continues to be closely tied meaningful community work related to local food, education & incarceration. When not practicing or teaching yoga, Andrea enjoys cooking with local ingredients, growing her own food, hiking with her husband and dog, and sharing food with friends and family.
Stephanie K. found her personal yoga practice seven years ago and fell in love with the mental and physical strength her practice provided her. Through practicing yoga she discovered a whole new grATTITUDE and love for life. She completed her 200 hr RYT with Jonny Kest in 2012 and developed a whole new appreciation for yoga through teaching. Her classes are an energetic blend of breath, movement and amazing music. She is a flow junkie who loves practicing and teaching inversions arm balances. Stephanie's goal is to help her students reach their highest potential on and off their mat by encouraging them to find their mental and physical edge on the mat.