VISION + YOGA + YOU =
IF YOU CAN BREATHE, YOU CAN DO YOGA.
YOU CAN DO YOGA.
Founded on the belief embodied in Krishnamacharya's quotation, "If you can breathe, you can do yoga," that yoga truly is for every body, our mission is to provide a comfortable, safe and nurturing space in which students of all levels can enrich their practice. Building strength, balance and flexibility, our passion is to encourage our students to harness the power of their breath, find the nourishment they need for mind, body and soul and encourage them to bring their practice off their mat and into their daily lives.
THE DYNAMIC DUO
CO-OWNER & YOGI
Searching for a new form of exercise and expression, I first discovered yoga through a community education Iyengar class around 15 years ago. I found so much more than a work-out, however. Through yoga, I've recognized a deeper understanding of the mind/body connection, as well as a truer appreciation for my own body and its capabilities. Yoga can be a wonderful lifelong companion, available when you need it and willing to meet you where you are at every time you step onto your mat.
An avid runner and former running coach for Running Fit 501 in Ann Arbor, I hope to bring athletes of all types into the yoga studio for body-friendly cross-training and strengthening. I've learned the hard way that all running and no cross training is a recipe for disaster in distance training. Yoga is an effective way to strengthen all those neglected support muscles that keep you going through the long miles on the road or trail. I am currently enrolled in yoga teacher training at Yoga Integrated Science in Louisville, KY, which emphasizes joint structure and force application within yoga postures in order to strengthen and find balance within the body.
I truly believe yoga is for everyone. It is a practice for everybody and every body, and encompasses so much more than the asanas. At Breathe, I want to make sure everyone who enters feels welcomed, capable and excited to be on their own yoga journey.
"I like twists in general, always feeling like they 'reset' my body after a practice or a work out and Triangle is an absolute must for me after a run. I kept up with that posture during all my hard-core run training days, even when I was less consistent with yoga in general. My body likes it!"
CO-OWNER & YOGI
After initially trying yoga, as many people do, as a new form of exercise about 7 years ago, I found I kept returning to my mat as a refuge; a place of safety, peace and serenity. It offered me so much more than a purely physical practice, bringing me a sense of balance and calm that I can honestly say I had never felt in all my adult life. Soon, my practice began to teach me to be kind to, and accept myself, and all of my ‘perfect imperfections’, so, when the idea of training to teach became a whisper in my subconscience, what drove me to listen was the need I felt to assist others in their journey toward inner peace; by holding a safe space for them in which to feel what they need to feel, and develop a positive, compassionate relationship with themselves.
I graduated from Johnny Kest’s Center for Yoga, Ann Arbor, in 2013, and have since taught classes in a number of studios and gyms in the Chelsea/Ann Arbor area, inlcuding Chelsea and Dexter Wellness Centers, Move Wellness, Ballet Chelsea, Country Spirit Crossfit and through Chelsea Community Education, where I teach Young Yogis for children K-8. My classes are primarily centered upon integrating mind and body through the power of the breath, through love and through kindness, drawing upon all facets of what yoga has to offer us both on and off the mat. It is my deepest, deepest pleasure to welcome you to Breathe.
Half Moon Balance
"I love all balances, but this one in particular feels like such an expression of joy, as I lift my heart skyward!"
Our studio features a unique history and has long been part of Chelsea's downtown. From its original brick walls and re-purposed gymnasium flooring to the beautiful custom cabinetry, the space is an eclectic blend of old and new materials. Formerly the home of Chelsea's police department, we are excited to bring new life and fresh purpose to this historic site.