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Our Teachers/Therapists and their Bios

 

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Jasmin Cromwell E-RYT 200

Jasmin Cromwell has been teaching yoga since 2010 and received her E-RYT 200 certification from Bodhi Seed Yoga & Wellness Studio. A long time meditation and yoga practitioner has led Jasmin to the path of teaching. After teaching at BSY for a few years, Jasmin took over ownership in August of 2015.

Jasmin teaches meditation and yoga to many different age groups including chair yoga for seniors and people with mobility challenges, kids yoga and yoga for teens and feels yoga is for every-Body. Jasmin says “I love the marriage of yoga and meditation and feel they support and balance one another so naturally”. She feels the two practices can heal us all to bring more peace and love to the universe. She says “I think keeping our body, mind and spirit healthy and connected is a great way to live a long and meaningful life”.

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Christie Cairo E-RYT 200
Christie Cairo, currently is the Director of the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at Bodhi Seed Yoga & Wellness Studio. She brings many years of experience and lightheartedness to every class she teaches.  She creates a space for her students to grow and glow from the inside out.

She began her career as a personal trainer in 1997 in the effort to help clients feel better about themselves. From there, she found yoga and loved what it does for the overall wellness of her students both physically and mentally.

Donnie Koptyra
Hi and thanks for checking in. My first experience with yoga came in 1991 when I enrolled in an 8 week course of Kundalini yoga. I continued to practice yoga on my own and at other facilities during the next 7 years and found it to be empowering, challenging and enjoyable. I always enjoyed how much better I felt after each class, not only physically but also mentally and spiritually. The practice allowed me to experience relief and feel free. I became more conscious and improved my relationship with myself by making peace with myself through this practice. This came in very handy when dealing with some of the challenges and experiences that I have been through since then. Some of my background includes owning and performing in a world touring dance revue called America’s Ultimate V for eleven years.

I have also been a Natural Holistic Health & Spiritual Consultant and personal trainer for several years now as well. I love Michigan summers and do lots of sun bathing and organic gardening during that time of the year. There’s nothing better than eating your own home grown food! Delicious and Nutritious.

I began teaching yoga in May of 2000 and have now taught well over 7,000 classes. I enjoy and am thankful for the opportunity to enhance the quality of not only my life but also the lives of others through the practice of yoga. There is nothing else that I would rather be doing with my life right now. I’ve learned that practicing yoga is not only something that a person can do for physical exercise but is also an avenue of being more conscious and responsible with our total self and utilizing our unlimited potential. Being conscious is not just about being awake from sleeping but it is also about being aware of the thoughts we think, the feelings we have, the actions we do and what is going on right now. My interest, passion and intentions in instructing yoga classes are in assisting us all to evolve to higher states of consciousness, love and connection with all.

How we are and what we do has an impact not only on ourselves but also on the entire universe. (IE) As we become more peaceful, the world and universe has that much more peace existing in it. The purpose of life is to enjoy! When we are more conscious of the feelings we have, the senses we have and in touch with our higher selves, we make better decisions with our lives. When we make better decisions with our lives, we enjoy life more. I’m so pleased to be part of the staff of wonderful teachers at Bodhi Seed Yoga and share more of what I know. I am honored and thankful to have met Pat Hill who is a true warrior of enhancing the lives of others. I look forward to seeing you inspire me with your courage, strength, growth, compassion, joy and love.

Sunny blessings of light and peace, Donnie Koptyra

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Daniel Carpenter E-RYT 200

Daniel Carpenter was born a yogi! From a very early age, he has studied ancient spiritual texts. As a teenager, he decided on his own to become a vegetarian. He discovered the physical (asana) part of yoga when a friend brought him to Bodhi Seed. Daniel became a regular student, sometimes coming to classes four times a day. When the studio offered teacher training, he knew this was the path he was meant to be on. Daniel has the body, mind and spirit to be a truly inspiring teacher. His classes are taught from his heart. He also has the skills to help his students modify their poses to take them further.

Daniel’s passion for Yogasana took root in the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice. He deeply appreciates the practical and proven method of Pattabhi Jois’ sequence. Since completing teacher training Daniel has dedicated himself to broadening his teaching capacity to include a greater variety of methods, including Yin and Kundalini. Daniel sees yoga as a diamond, with each unique method making up a different facet, and, he believes, it’s when a teacher has experienced that gem from every angle that he or she is best able to appreciate and teach the entirety of its beauty to others.

Anne Trombley RYT-200
Anne brings many years of classical ballet training to her yoga practice.   She enjoys helping her students balance mind, body, and spirit through graceful, fluid movement.  She received her RYT 200 certification from Bodhi Seed Yoga and Wellness in 2014.

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Michele Rager E-RYT-200
Michele is a trained yoga therapist and an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT) with over 1500 hours of teaching experience. Michele believes that yoga is for any BODY. Her focus is on the healing aspects of the practice. Using yoga as part of a holistic approach to self-improvement, Michele’s classes incorporate proven methods for developing an awareness of the connection between body, mind and spirit. Michele took her initial yoga training through a direct lineage, oral tradition, under the tutelage of Christie Cairo with emphasis on the Ashtanga style inspired by the eight limbs of yoga as penned by Patanjali, with further training under Nancy Candea of the International Yoga Therapy Institute. Michele is also available for private yoga therapy sessions.

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Frank Schmid RYT-200
Yoga has brought happiness into my life and teaching yoga is a way to share and experience this happiness with others. I began practicing at Bodhi Seed and eventually obtained my RYT 200 certification from the studio in 2014. Yoga is a gift that can keep us physically fit and mentally centered in a world that can be hectic, busy, and unpredictable. A way to find sustained happiness within ourselves. Our practice will emphasize pranayama, asana exploration, and respect for our bodies. Come with an open mind and we will delve into our yoga practice together.

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Kelsey Gronowski  RYT 500

Kelsey began her yoga training at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago in 2015 and was gifted the opportunity of studying under master teachers, Ana Forrest, Gary Kraftsow, Leeann Carey, Gabriel Halpern, Aadil Palkhivala, and Leeann Carey. She has been practicing the life-changing art since 2007 and completed her 200-hour Yoga Training Course in 2016. In the winter of 2017, Kelsey traveled to Asia to study with Rishikul Yogashala in Kerala, India, where she completed an additional 300-hour Yoga Training Course. By the summer of 2017, she will have completed an 85-hour Prenatal Yoga Training Course through Mindful Mamas Prenatal Yoga. Her inspiration stems from the many trainings, workshops, and teachers she has taken, attended, and practiced under. Kelsey continues to explore her knowledge through self-practice and supplemental trainings.

Kelsey’s focus as a teacher is to explore the harmony between body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is so much more than just the physical practice. It is the combination of the physical body working in sync with breathwork and finding your Self. The root of her classes rises from Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, and Ashtanga and inspires students to make the practice their own. Students can expect a safe, creative space to practice and flourish physically, mentally, and spiritually in their own unique way.

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Justin Thorne RYT-200
Justin has dedicated his life to working with people. Graduating from Michigan State University in 2008, Justin continues to advocate for persons with various disabilities to follow their passions and strive to make their dreams a reality. He is a firm believer in the idea that our work together is as important as the work we do for ourselves.“I feel like the nature of the human condition is that we are all in this together…..and whenever we are in trouble, it’s because we’ve strayed from that.”

Following his own passion for fitness over the last decade, Justin has trained in weight lifting, running, martial arts, and competed in triathlons and half marathons. It is through yoga that Justin found the connection between physical fitness, the relaxation of the mind through meditation, and the community element that the practice of yoga provides. Justin completed his RYT-200 in July of 2016 with the hope of offering a practice to students that can be fun, challenge each student physically at their own level, unite breath with movement, and provide an opportunity for the mind to relax and find peace, so that as their practice continues off the mat, they can confidently share all of their gifts with the world.

“I believe a yoga class is a celebration of life. We come together to share our practice. There are no teachers without students and students without teachers, as we require each other. I learn and am inspired by students of every level because when we practice, we express ourselves, and when we express ourselves, we are alive.”

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Whitney Reddy RYT 200
Early in her life, Whitney developed a passion for meditation and healing. She spent her high school and college years dedicating herself to developing her own yoga practice and expanding her mind, through academic study of health and wellness. Whitney completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Planet Studio under the teachings of Daniel Carpenter, and now enjoys guiding others as they seek healing and happiness through yoga and meditation.

Amanda Hodge RYT 200
I had no idea how the Journey of Yoga would change my life… I always thought I couldn’t do yoga… I wasn’t the right size, I didn’t have the patience for it, I wasn’t flexible enough, and how can someone teach me how to breathe?

I dabbled in yoga classes here and there but I kept going back to it.  In April of 2011, I was drawn to it again knowing I needed to do something for myself and make some must needed changes. I found Santosha Yoga and that’s when I found ‘’home”. After I took my first class at the studio, I knew I had to learn more and continue this journey for myself as well as teach this to others. That’s when I decided to take the Teachers Training course at Santosha Yoga with Theresa May. Since then I have earned my 200-hour teacher certification. And now have the honor of teaching others how great this journey can be, I look forward to meeting the littlest of Yogis to the oldest of Yogis and teaching you and learning from you all at the same time.

Yoga to me means Journey… a journey of Health, physically and mentally. Yoga has brought my smile back, on and off the mat and has given me a path that I was longing for. Yoga IS for everyone and I look forward to sharing my journey with you as well as sharing in YOUR Journey!

 

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Maria Marchionda RTY-200, Massage & Bowenwork Therapist
I am an independent licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Bowen Therapeutic Technique and myofascial release. I have 16 years of bodywork experience. I received massage training from Lakewood School of Therapeutic Massage and Bowen Certification in the United State through Bowen Academy of Australia and in Canada through Bowen College. In addition to bodywork, I have been instructing yoga for 17+ years. In the late ‘90s, I participated in a Yin Yoga Intensive offered by the up and coming Paul Grilley, and have been hooked on yin style yoga ever since. With the information neuroscience is currently presenting us and the new and deeper understanding of the fascial system coming to light, I view yoga, especially yin style as our very best “medicine”. I  welcome beginners and seasoned practitioners to come and discover the quiet gentle power of yin yoga.

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Linda Worback, LMT
I am a State of Michigan Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Therapeutic Massage and Reflexology for total health, and excited to be a part of the Bodhi Seed Yoga family! I believe that massage is not just a luxury for a few, but a necessity for all as it relates to our health and well-being. My certifications include Reiki, Aromatherapy, and Reflexology. I am trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pressure Point, Lymphatic Drainage, Pre/Postnatal, Cancer, Trigger Point and Hot Stone massage. Always a lifelong learner, I am currently studying Myofascial Release and 12 Meridian Massage. Therapeutic massage not only reduces pain but helps bring the whole body into balance.

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