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Meet The Instructors

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In 2005 my dad was given a devastating cancer diagnosis. We began seeking holistic, alternative treatment to compliment his traditional care. It is then that I began to understand the practice of yoga as more than a way to keep the body strong. I began to see yoga as a tool for healing. Since that time, yoga has infiltrated my life. When I myself needed the healing, yoga was there to heal. When I was running marathons, biking, and playing...

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I have a long history of teaching a variety of fitness classes. I discovered yoga in 2005 and quickly realized the “complete-ness” of it; that while practicing yoga is a great way to achieve physical fitness, even more importantly it results in health and wellness of the total self. My life literally changed through yoga. I was inspired to leave a successful but stressful executive...

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I have been practicing, teaching and studying yoga and meditation since 2001. I completed several certifications within the YogaFit system and received my 200 hour teacher training through Sangha Yoga in Kalamazoo, MI with Para Yoga® Senior Teacher, Karina Ayn Mirsky. My study with Karina is through the classic yoga tradition of Tantric Hatha Yoga in the style of Para Yoga®. My desire is to help people discover what they are capable of in the...

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Like so many others, I found yoga by accident. I began doing yoga for the physical benefits as a complement to my sporty lifestyle. I was very fortunate to encounter some truly inspirational teachers along the way who showed me that yoga is so much more than flexibility, strength or asana poses. I became a teacher to share my passion for yoga. I took my teacher training with Jonny Kest and am RYT certified in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. It is my...

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I began my practice in my late teens, discovering and learning how much more Yoga was than just partaking in asana. During the summer of 2015, I participated in a 200 hour teacher training program though Hilaire Lockwood, and am currently enrolled in a 300 hour training. I have since invited an intention to maintain a sense of contentment not only on the mat but off the mat and into daily life. I hope to help share this yogic knowledge with...

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In 2014 I began my study of yoga at Muskegon Yoga Center. It immediately resonated with me and in 2015 I completed my RYT 200 level yoga teacher training with Hilaire Lockwood. I am currently perusing my 300 RYT with an expected completion in 2017. I continue to practice yoga regularly, and some might say obsessively. As my day job I am an elementary school educator for Mona Shores Public Schools. My interests include yoga, traveling, yoga,...

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Hello, My name is Melissa Olinghouse. I found yoga in January of 2014. I had driven by the “hot yoga” sign hundreds of times. Finally, in an attempt to beat the winter blues I stopped in to check out the studio. I attended one of Mary Fahy’s classes my first day and I was hooked. During my first Savasana I realized that relaxing was something very difficult for me. My mind was not used to having an opportunity to slow down. I knew then that...

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Yoga found me in 1997 and in the summer of 2015, I decided to further my understanding of the eight limbs of yoga and embark on teacher training at Muskegon Yoga Center with guest instructor, Hilaire Lockwood. I am currently enrolled in RYT 500 level advanced teacher training. This journey was one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences I've ever encountered. It pushed me beyond my mental, spiritual and physical boundaries. Sweat,...

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I grew up in North Muskegon and moved to Colorado in 1996. It was there that I discovered the benefits of practicing yoga. I practiced consistently, made the move back to West Michigan and, as my practice deepened, I pursued my RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certification, through Third Coast Yoga Studio in 2010. I found Muskegon Yoga Center in 2008 and have been there ever since. Having experienced how yoga transformed my life in so many ways both on...

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