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 is proud to own and operate a Yoga studio, where intangible heritage is a part of the daily landscape. 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 eight years. She has envisaged the concept of aUM Yoga as a studio that she would have frequented as an undergraduate. Jessie is an E-RYT 200, is certified in Aerial Yoga & Thai Massage, and is currently in pursuit of her Massage Therapy, Personal Training, and Nutrition Consulting Certification at the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy. Jessie also specializes in Geriatric Yoga and teaches in an assortment of assisted living facilities and adult day care centers in the Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Dexter Area(s). She is focused on creating and fostering a welcoming & loving community! As a Lululemon Ambassador, she strives to create this community both internal and external to the aUM Yoga studio space.
Amanda T. Teacher Trainer & Instructor 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.
Anouk V. Instructor is currently enrolled at the University of Michigan and is studying Women's Studies, Sociology, and Community Action Social Change. Coming from a background of dance, she found yoga through aUM her freshman year and has since developed a daily practice. Having engaged with aUM as the Co-President of the Michigan Yoga Club, she appreciates her warm yogi community and the ways that yoga can create safe spaces for the body and the mind. She completed her RYT 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at aUM in the winter of 2015 and is excited to share the yoga practice as a physical challenge and one of profound self awareness.
Becca W. Instructor is currently enrolled at the University of Michigan Law School. She began yoga as a means of relieving stress and quickly fell in love with the way the practice challenges all aspect of the mind, body, and spirit. Yoga has become a great constant in her life - a place of challenge, growth, change, and contentment. Becca's love for life and reverence for the practice of yoga shine through in her teaching. She enjoys teaching vigorous vinyasa flows that help students bring awareness to the alignment of each posture and transition. Becca's practice keeps her happy, healthy, and peaceful, and she encourages her students to find their own, unique connection to the practice.
Carson C. Instructor 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.
Chrissy M. Instructor is a kindergarten teacher in Ann Arbor Public Schools and recently brought her love of teaching and yoga together by completing Teacher Training at aUM. She found the practice of yoga close to a decade ago but has spent the last two years prioritizing time on the mat. She is excited to share non-reactivity, self-love, and joy that yoga has brought her with the aUM community.
Hanna P. Instructor is a sophomore at the University of Michigan studying Biomedical Engineering. She got her start doing yoga one year ago with Jessie at Michigan Yoga Club. She was originally attracted the physical challenge of yoga but quickly fell in love with the mental challenge, yet relief, that yoga brought her. She just attained her teaching certificate with Aum this past semester and can't wait to be more a part of this amazing community!
Hannah R.A. Instructor is an RYT 200 yoga instructor and Reflexologist in the Reflexolo-chi™ method of therapeutic foot massage (which addresses imbalances in the body in order to release physical, emotional and energetic tension). She is devoted to the ever-evolving practice of mindfulness, self-acceptance, compassion and gratitude. She views the practice of yoga as a custom blueprint for navigating balance within the body, mind and spirit. Throughout her service in the Israeli Military, yoga became a tool for enhancing the way she communicated with her body and emotions to better understand her limits and needs. Hannah Rose welcomes others to come home to their core beliefs and to develop their own personal path of least resistance. Her practice pulls inspiration from her background in energy work and acrobatics. She aims to create a supportive, challenging, playful, and genuine environment for all. Hannah Rose also specializes in child yoga, and teaches girls gymnastics and yoga at Michigan Academy of Gymnastics. She seeks to combine these methods of wellness to offer an approach to physical and emotional wellbeing.
Heidi H. Instructor has been an athlete since 5 years old. She grew up downhill skiing and figure skating. She started on her yoga journey a few years ago and became a certified teacher soon after. Heidi loves the discipline, focus, strength, and beauty of yoga. Yoga brought her faith in herself in times of darkness and taught her to always be true to herself. She hopes to teach people to advance and grow through the vehicle of yoga. She believes that anything is possible if you give it energy, dedication, and hard work. Her mantra is to breathe, let go of the past, and learn to enjoy the present.
Jess S. Instructor is currently enrolled at the University of Michigan with a focus in English and social work.. She fell in love with yoga after her first hot vinyasa class and shortly after ventured to New Hampshire to gain her Teacher Training Certification. For Jessie, yoga is a way to check back in with herself and to balance the pressures of daily life. Because of her gratitude toward her practice, she now hopes to share her love of laughter and asana with all of her students through fun and vigorous flows.
Lia P. Instructor began exploring yoga at the age of 17 as a method of stress- and anxiety-reduction. Juggling the demands of school and work, she was able to find balance through the practice of pranayama and asana exercises. Her journey through yoga developed with time and hard struggles, only to increase her strength and passion for the practice. After recently completing her RYT-200 training, she hopes to inspire her students to deepen their practice beyond just the physical and mental realm of yoga. Lia encourages any- and everyone of all levels and backgrounds to explore the beauty, comfort, and serenity found both on the mat and in the world.
Mariah S. Instructor & Co-President of MYC is an undergraduate at the University of Michigan studying Political Science with a minor in Crime and Justice. She has been practicing yoga for two years and has recently graduated from aUM's Teacher Training Program in winter of 2016. She is also Co-President of Michigan Yoga Club and loves the community that yoga has created for her. Yoga brings her balance amidst a crazy college schedule through promoting compassion towards herself and others. She hopes to share the wisdom and peace that yoga has brought her with all of the yogis that she meets.
Natasha S. Teacher Trainer & Instructor Yoga found Natasha in 1999 at a dance studio. When 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 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 (T) 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. And she is still dancing, because. "Life is a Dancer, You are the Dance" ~ E. Tolle
Nick T. Instructor is a lover of life and a mellow guy. He played sport from a very young age and always loved to move, but lost touch with that during college. He first came to yoga for the physical aspects, falling in love with arm balances and handstands, but soon came to appreciate it as so much more. Yoga has come to be a central part of his life, even more central than burritos. He loves learning about yoga and sharing his knowledge and practice.
Noelle P. Instructor & Co-President of MYC is currently a Junior at the University of Michigan and studying in the pre-med field. She was first introduced to the practice of yoga as competitive gymnast, but truly began to cultivate her yoga practice in the midst of her first marathon training program - where she was seeking more flexibility and strength. Growing up in Michigan's quaint Upper Peninsula, the opportunity to expand her practice was limited. After less than a month in Ann Arbor, she was immediately drawn to the community of love at aUM , where she effortlessly found comfort and a deeper meaning through daily practice. A faithful believer in aUM yoga, she is anxious to jump on boar the Demystify Yoga Teacher Training Program and will receive her certificate from the Spring Immersion Training. Throughout DYTT and teaching, Noelle hopes to spread her light and passion for yoga to future students also searching for another dimension in their practice. It is her core goal to spread love and light to the Michigan Yoga Club and aUM Studio, by cultivating a unique practice for every Yogi.
Sam J. Instructor Is currently an undergrad at the University of Michigan studying Movement Science. She has always loved fitness and when she needed to recover from a running injury, she turned to yoga. She has been practicing yoga for 3 years, originally as more of a physical practice until yoga became mentally and spiritually part of her life as well. She loves yoga because it helps her to let go and push new limits. Yoga helps her connect with herself and brings a new challenge to her practice and life everyday. Sam wants to share her love for yoga with her students through challenging asanas in a playful and fun environment. She hopes to help her students connect with themselves on and off the mat feeling a little lighter and happier after each class.
Will E. Meditation Instructor - is an MMI certified meditation instructor trained by Sarah McLean, who has been teaching meditation for over 20 years. Meditation completely changed his life four years ago and since then his calling has been to teach meditation and accredit spirituality. Will recently received his BA in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and is the owner of Factor4Freedom, an online platform to teach meditation to busy people. He is also the founder of Awaken Ann Arbor.
Zoe K. Instructor - is currently a student at the University of Michigan - studying Psychology and Spanish. She has been passionately practicing yoga for about three years, and journeyed to New Hampshire to obtain her Teacher Training Certification. For Zoe, her yoga practice is her happy place where she can feel moments of pure bliss through deep breathing. Zoe views yoga as her way of life - utilizing lessons of balance and strength from yoga - to guide her daily actions, thoughts, and even feelings. She hopes to help students discover the little Yogi flower buds that may be hiding inside their heart and then allow those buds to blossom into their full expression of beautiful Yogi flowers.