About Our Community
Everyone's journey and evolution through life is unique. Our goal is to embrace our client's personal growth through mindful teaching, compassion & respect.
 
We are a community of dedicated teachers and staff who, from deep personal experience, connect with the bliss and energy of Yoga. Our teachers bring their insight, years of practice and training, as well as creativity and caring energy to class every day.
 
We invite you to experience our yoga community. It is an honor to share the light and many benefits of yoga. Please check our Facebook page for Shala updates and Mindbody for our class schedule and to sign up.
 
 
Jamie Garrison, E-RYT 200, YACEP - Founder & Partner
Yoga has always been a part of Jamie's life. She recalls as a child, being deeply connected to the world around her and as an adult it has become a way of life to maintain that connection.  Jamie began her study of asana, meditation, and yoga philosophy as a teenager. She considers herself to be a humble student of life.

In 2010, while working in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, she completed her 200-hr yoga teacher trainingr. Deeply drawn to her personal practice, Jamie found her true calling as a yoga guide. Her goal is to guide others toward their own personal truth, enabling them to live consciously, in touch with their hearts, and finding a practice that suits them.

She is grateful for this opportunity to share her devotion to yoga and to empower her clients to be their own best teacher. She is even more thankful for yoga, which has  proven to be invaluable both physically and mentally throughout  the beautiful journey of pregnancy, labor, and as a mother to 2 beautiful boys. Jamie has immense gratitude for her loving and supportive husband, family, and friends who believe in her vision to open Yoga Shala as a venue to share the light and healing benefits of yoga.
Kevin Honke - RYT 200 - Partner
Kevin considers himself a student of nature.  He has been interested in gardening since his childhood, and he continues to grow a variety of fruit and vegetables in his garden. Exploring local woodlands as an amateur mycologist he adds tasty wild mushrooms to his enjoyment of cooking. An avid bicyclist, his car gets to rest for much of the year.

And yoga?  After finishing his career as an engineer he found yoga, or was it yoga that found him.  Kevin started his yoga practice in 2010 with a weekly class and has gradually increased the frequency and his interest in more forms of practice over the years. He enjoys an energetic ashtanga, a soulful vinyasa, the release of yin and the
restfulness of yoga nidra.

A regular at the Yoga Shala since 2013, Kevin has expanded the scope of his yoga practice to include teaching. He truly believes that a place can be found for yoga in anyone’s life, and they will be happier for it.

“For me: I find that yoga has become an integral part of the balance in my life. I am aware of my breathing when biking and walk with mindfulness through the woods. I feel more connected to the world. I smile more often. I feel alive.”
Anna Carney-Ansara
Born in Cleveland, OH- Anna, began practicing yoga at age 15 when her Father received his teaching certificate and began leading Bikram classes. Shortly after moving to Detroit in 2016, Anna received her 200RYT at Tribe Yoga in Thailand. Anna is the the youngest of five with three older brothers and a twin sister who is also a yoga teacher. She loves to travel, practice yoga, rollerblade and do jigsaw puzzles with her Husband. "The only thing more fun than teaching yoga is practicing yoga." ~ Anna
Kaylie Buenrostro
My yoga journey began in 2011, experimenting with a home practice first and then gravitating towards Bikram Yoga. Ever since hearing about Bikram Yoga, something had attracted me to it and I knew that it was something I wanted to do. I loved the sensation of the heat and how it forced me to turn all of my focus inward. After a few years of practicing Bikram Yoga, a friend introduced me to a local yoga studio when I moved to Canton. I found myself challenged by the strength elements of yoga – a completely different challenge from what I was usedto! I instantly fell in love with Ashtanga yoga, feeling so connected to your breath and respecting the discipline of the practice. In 2015, I began a more regular practice and decided to sign up for teacher training in Spring 2016. The course was a completely life-changing experience for me – I learned so much about myself in such a short period of time and continue to use those tools to see the world in a new light every day.

The most significant change that yoga has brought about in my life is that I better understand myself. After my mother passed away several years ago, I had many strange feelings rumbling around in me that I didn’t understand – I couldn’t articulate what they were, why I felt this way, and how to handle them. I never talked about it or gave it attention, so I just let those miserablefeelings linger. Once I learned about meditation and breath through the yoga immersion, it all clicked for me and I began to understand why I would find myself anxious or inexplicably upset at the smallest things. The immersion program transformed the way that I see myself, and as a result, I understand myself and accept myself on a level I did not think possible. Yoga teaches you how to acknowledge your feelings and send them on their way, never judging yourself, andembracing the temporary discomfort and breathing through it. It may have taken several years, but I now finally feel much lighter, happier, and more peaceful with myself.

Come talk to me and share your yoga story with me – I would love to get to know you! Namaste.
Marcia Wincel
I am a student and practitioner of Ashtanga yoga.

In the world of Ashtanga, calling yourself a teacher requires many years of dedication and devotion to the lineage. I have a long way to go.....

As a guide, I only hope to share with students the bits of wisdom I have been fortunate to gain. While I have completed a 200 RYT training program, most of my experience comes from self study, and traveling for the practice. I have attended workshops with some of the best certified and authorized Ashtangis. I began my Mysore practice under the guidance of Matthew Darling at Ashtanga Michigan. I continue to think of him as my teacher.

Most recently, I deepened my study attending the AYC confluence in San Diego. And most memorably, I attended a week long Sadhana in Miami with Sharath Jois.
I've never approached my practice anatomically but rather, as a space of growth & healing. I hope to inspire students to enter that space, beyond the surface of the practice, into a place of surrender, acceptance, and love.
To me Ashtanga is a physical practice with a spiritual intent. Postures will only take you so far. Self-knowledge will make you limitless.
Om Shanti and Namaste
~ Marcia

Carissa Adams
Carissa is a dedicated yogi, believing that spreading the beauty of yoga can better the community and brighten lives. Originally brought to yoga for physical fitness, her practice fully blossomed after finding a home in Yoga Shala. Practicing yoga reminds her that, in a world that can make one feel like a victim of blind uncontrollable fate, we really have much more self-determination than we recognize.

Carissa loves spending time with her family & friends outdoors partaking in sports, hiking, camping, and generally enjoying the sweet energy Mother Nature has to offer. She has lived in South Eastern Michigan all of her life, and loves her beautiful home, family, and community.
JayJay Jones-Zaia
My yoga journey began in 2001.  My first yoga class was extremely challenging, both mentally and physically, but the Savasana changed my life.  I continued to practice yoga for the next 12 years and over the course of that time, noticed the difference yoga was making in my life.  I also acquired a burning desire to take a teacher training so I could share this beautiful gift with others.  My life did not allow for Teacher Training until 2013.   During my training, I realized that I had just scratched the surface of what yoga is and how healing its benefits are. The floodgates opened for me and my thirst to learn as much about this practice, in an effort to heal myself and help others, has been constant. It’s so much more than a physical work out for me.  My yoga practice has saved my life and has taught me a lot about myself…the good, the bad and the ugly.  It has given me the strength and courage to meet the many challenges of  life and it has given me a true feeling of happiness that I never knew was possible.  I know I can resolve anything if I keep coming to my mat because all of the answers lie within each of us.  

My hope as a teacher, is to share this gift with you and help to guide you to a deeper more rewarding yoga journey of your own.  One that will last a lifetime.  Happiness, health and well being is available to each one of us.  Trust the process.  Keep coming to your mat.  Yoga works!!!!   
Kate Makaroff, E-RYT 500
I have found that yoga and other healing modalities are important components of a lifestyle centered around health and wellness.   I was first introduced to yoga at the age of 15 by my grandmother.  After practicing for a number of years, I acted on a calling to become a yoga teacher by earning by 500 hour E-RYT certification.  In my quest to provide an overall healing experience to the mind, body and heart,  I provide skin care services as an aesthetician with over 15 years of experience as well as energy healing through Reiki and intuitive touch.  Always exploring ways to expand my knowledge base, I am forever a
student, learning and growing my healing modalities for the benefit of helping others.

Alana Abdal
I began my yoga journey in 2005 with my two good friends. I immediately felt an awakening and haven’t looked back since. Yoga has helped me to understand myself, others, and the human need for love, movement, and deep reflection. Along with helping to nourish my thirst for movement and personal inquiry, it awakened a passion for listening: to the sounds of nature, to loved ones, to strangers, and especially to myself. My daily practice has taught me a profound ability to focus the mind, strengthen the body, and nourish the soul. My heart has lived in teaching ever since. In my classes you’ll flow, you’ll breathe, you’ll learn and you’ll challenge yourself!
Natalie Spisak
Natalie's yoga journey started 8 years ago, when she walked into her first Kirtan (form of devotional chanting, story-telling, sound meditation) at Hamsa Yoga. Wrapped inside and out of mantra, she began practice and studies of medieval yogic texts and stories. Grace took her on a 3-month pilgrimage to India, grazing the lands, explicit and raw in all their beauty, and to the rediscovery of her indigenous ancient roots in Mama Earth, connecting back to the magic of the soil, of the plants. Working with plants as medicines and allies has taught Natalie many lessons of how to be rooted, yet fluid in this world on and off the mat, and how this Earth is an Intelligent breathing life force that we are all apart of. These connections back into our deep-rooted self are intertwined throughout each of her classes. “Root in, quiet down, and listen. - the forest speaks”
Analena Laverty
Analena is a certified yoga therapist with IAYT and a RYT-200 yoga instructor. She has been teaching since completing her yoga teacher training in Karnataka, India in 2014. In 2017 she completed her yoga therapy mentorship and training at the InnerDoor Center in Royal Oak, MI. She has received additional training in mindfulness-based yoga interventions and trauma-focused therapies. Analena believes in the healing power of yoga and as a clinical mental health counselor she is committed to promoting her clients’ mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being.
Taylor Monoday
Taylor has been a practicing student of yoga since 2011 when she began working toward her BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Wayne State University. She continued to deepen her practice by completing RYT-200 training at Bodhi Seed Yoga and Wellness Studio. She loves the balancing nature of Hatha Yoga.
Taylor creates a lighthearted space to practice where students are encouraged to reflect inward to tune into their true, glowing selves. She firmly believes that practicing yoga transforms our ability for self love — allowing us to see the beauty of humanity, nature and the world around us. 
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu”

Bethany Safadi - RYT200
Namasté friends! I am a lover of all things yoga!! I began my yoga practice about 20 years ago in a small corner of my bedroom. I loved how my body felt after I practiced but never established a regular routine. A few years ago, things changed. I was working a stressful job, had been diagnosed with a couple autoimmune diseases, and a chronic pain disease. I felt myself fading under the pressure. I decided to leave my nursing job and stay home with my four daughters. This also allowed me to work on feeling better! I turned to the only thing I knew that made me feel good! YOGA! I began practicing yoga asana regularly and found the stress start to lift. I experienced peace and calming, finally able to see what I could control and what I could let go of. Yoga, to me, is a connection of the mind, body and soul. Finding myself through movement, led me to discovering a deeper practice. This discovery put me on the path that allowed me to follow my heart right into Yoga Teacher Training.  I am always and will forever be, a work in progress, learning to incorporate mindfulness, meditation and movement into my daily life guides me through this work! Yoga makes my heart smile and I love sharing yoga with others!

In addition to my love of yoga, I am passionate about working out, self-care, healthy eating, food allergy education, veganism and sending intentions of love and peace to all!

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu "May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all”.

Amy Poupard
I first approached yoga as an opportunity to move my body and become more physically active. I found that a Yoga Practice is so much more than asana and began learning more and more the importance of Pranayama and Meditation. With the Body, the Breath, and the Mind- the spirit can blossom and grow. I enrolled in the RYT-200 Program at Yoga Shala to deepen my home practice, and also to help bring Yoga more into my daily life, both on and off of my mat. Through my Yoga Training I found my interest in Yoga Nidra, a meditative yogic-sleep that restores the body and helps to plant and reinforce the intentions set during our practice. It was through Yoga Nidra and my training that I started realizing the importance of all Eight Limbs of Yoga, and their relevance in our daily lives.

Also watching and experiencing the changes in my mind, body, and spirit throughout my pregnancy, yoga has proven to be a source of nourishment and relaxation. I have developed a more nurturing practice, which I strive to provide in the space created in my classes. Breathing through the challenges, seeking modifications, and finding playfulness in finding variations to suit any body is what has always made Yoga such an approachable and universal practice.
Emily Cooprider

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