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, RYT 500 in progress, YACEP,
Founder & Co Owner
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 union.  Jamie began yoga and meditation as a teenager. Over time Jamie’s interests have evolved to include aromatherapy, herbalism, Ayurveda, and energy healing through Reiki & crystals.  Jamie considers herself to be a humble student of life and it is her passion to share these interests with others so they too can attain health & balance in life.

In 2010, while working in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, she completed her 200-hr yoga teacher training. Deeply drawn to her personal practice, Jamie found her true calling as a yoga guide. Her goal is to help her cleints honor 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 - Co Owner
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
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.

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.  
Taylor Monday
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 loves the balancing nature of Hatha Yoga and continued too deepen her practicec by completing Yoga Teacher Training.

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” 
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.
Evan  Brendtke
Born and raised in southeast Michigan Evan has always considered himself a seeker of truth and deeper meaning in life. He remembers being a young child and experimenting with manipulating the breath and contorting the body, experiencing the feeling of connectivity it brought about. He Spent time in the woods and near water often growing up, as his fathers home backed up to the Huron river. By age 24 Evan was a father of two and began to realize how much yoga was needed in his own life to help maintain balance. However it wasn't until kundalini yoga found him in 2016 that he would find himself becoming more disciplined and adopting a daily practice. Evan took the kundalini research institutes teacher training in 2017 and leads kundalini yoga as taught by yogi Bhajan. He wishes to share this yoga of awareness in hopes that others may also find some healing through this practice.
Matt Edwards
Matt has been practicing yoga for ten years and teaching for almost five. As a teacher and practitioner of yoga, he understands that each of his students comes to the mat for a unique and special reason. He embraces every individual journey and makes it his purpose to get to know each and every beautiful soul that enters the studio.

Not unlike a big, loveable golden retriever---Matt’s style of teaching is uniquely playful and adventurous. It’s not unsual to hear giggling within the studio when Matt is teaching. He knows that life is serious but encourages his students not to take themselves too seriously on the mat. The first person to admit to his own imperfections, Matt encourages his students to seek physical progress rather than physical perfection. Acceptance is the name of the game. Yoga isn’t about looking perfect in a pose. Yoga isn’t about winning. There is no finish line, there is no trophy. Yoga is a lifelong practice.
Emily Cooprider

Pam Rich

Nate Poupard

Lexi Bondar

Emily Petersen

Casey Miller

Amanda Lemming

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