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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 sunbathing and organic gardening during that time of the year. There’s nothing better than eating your own homegrown 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,  RYT 500

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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Taylor Monday  RYT 200
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 here at Bodhi Seed Yoga & Wellness. She loves the balancing nature of Hatha Yoga.

 Taylor creates a high-spirited 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.

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Jen Block, RYT-200, LMT
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”  ~Rumi

With a background in various yoga traditions, Ayurveda, meditation techniques, mindfulness training, the martial arts and energy work, such as Reiki; it is my intention to create a space where true healing and transformation can develop. Through the development of our practice, we can cultivate peace within mind, body, and spirit. With a focus on life-long learning, I am excited and honored to offer guidance to you on your path.
Jen earned her Yoga Alliance RYT 200 accreditation through Bodhi Seed Yoga and Wellness Studio, Mt. Clemens under the guidance of Christie Cairo, E-RYT 200.  She has been trained in Zen meditation under the guidance of Sahnbul Hwalson of Detroit Zen Center; Vipassana meditation under the teachings of the late S.N. Goenka; as well as, Mindfulness meditation trained by Jasmin Cromwell under the teachings of John Kabat-Zinn. Jen practiced various forms of Martial Arts under Sensei Jim Hope of the Metro Detroit YMCA’s. She is consistently attending various workshops and absorbing as much as she can from her teachers. Jen has also graduated from Irene’s Myomassology and is currently a massage thera[ist and Thai Massage therapist at BSY as well

Some other noteworthy teachers I have an affinity with and reflect in my style of teaching, are Valerie Weir (Kundalini, through the teachings of Yogi Bhajan) and Maria Marchionda (Yin Yoga). I would also like to acknowledge Durga Devi & Shiva Das (Abby & Dave) of the House of Yoga in Berkley for teaching me the traditional art of worship reflected in puja (or prayer) and the joyful act of worship through kirtan (or devotional song). There are countless other amazing teachers that I have had the good grace and karma to cross paths with, although they may not be mentioned here, they do not go unrecognized by my service. ~~~Maha Blessings~~~

May all beings, everywhere, awaken to the truth that they are divine, whole and beautifully complete, just as they are. ~~Om Shanti, namaste~~    

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Eva Schumacher, RYT-200
Health and fitness have always been part of my life – “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” anyone?? My studio yoga practice began in 2014 at Red Lotus Yoga knowing it would be a good workout but I could not have known the incredible things a yoga practice would open inside of me. To say that I discovered that there was infinitely more to yoga than a workout or stretching minimizes something very transformative. It took me a long time, too long, to try a studio class for fear of not being `enough’ for yoga – flexible enough, thin enough, fit enough. We all set such limits on ourselves, mostly rooted in fear. Fear of judgment, fear of failure, fear of vulnerability. I know I did, sometimes still do.

My commitment as a teacher is to encourage everyone to come to their mat and let that fear sit quietly in the corner for a bit and just be their beautiful and unique self; to build on that small kernel of strength and confidence and see where it can take them, on and off the mat. Everyone deserves to find the place within them to be happy and free from suffering. As I completed my teacher training from Bodhi Seed Yoga & Wellness Studio in 2018 I quickly found a joy in teaching restorative and yin classes as well as classes that incorporate the use of our tools (blocks, wheels, straps, etc.) to deepen any practice.

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Michelle Bedont RYT-200
Michelle is a 200-RYT who has additional training in Adaptive Yoga to help assist those with all levels of practicing including those with disabilities, neurological diseases, and several other health conditions. Michelle says ” Yoga has truly
changed my life and helped me with my own struggles. It has brought clarity, calmness, and tranquility into my life. Yoga and meditation are a true gift, I feel as if it is my true calling to educate and help others on their yoga journey.”One of her specialties is Chair Yoga as Michelle says “I want to help expand everyone’s abilities by making yoga available for every body! My goal is to help people heal their mind, body, and soul through yoga and meditation.”Michelle teaches several different styles of yoga including yin, restorative, hatha, gentle, senior, slow flow vinyasa, and senior fitness classes. Michelle uses MBSR (mindful based stress reduction)  meditation as well as breath work in every style of yoga that she teaches.  She feels that it is a tool for the mind to become calm, focused, and go deeper with oneself. She also enjoys teaching yoga philosophy and sharing an important lesson in each class. and loves using essential oils in each class to help deepen the state of relaxation and provide aromatherapy as a tool for relaxation and rejuvenation.Michelle has a background in psychology, pre-nursing, fitness, nutrition, holistic approach to healing, and a degree from Oakland Community College with a focus on psychology, nutrition, wellness, and world religions. She also has a Peer Mentor Certificate from Marygrove College to help improve the lives of those struggling with mental illnesses and addiction and give them the tools for recovery by listening and sharing her knowledge.  Michelle loves the outdoors, traveling, nature, animals, hiking, biking, swimming, dancing, singing, playing drums. She feels by living in alignment with our
true purpose we create harmony and balance within. She has one wonderful son who is 23 years old with a traumatic brain injury from a catastrophic car accident, a supportive husband and a cat named Ziggy who acts like a dog.

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elores (Del) Thompson RYT-200
Yoga has saved my life and I want to share it with you.  I have been practicing yoga for approximately 20 years and after a life-changing experience, I realized that I needed to deepen my practice and extend my knowledge to others so that they too could feel the peace within that comes with the practice.  I have had the pleasure to study under Christie Cairo right here at Bodhi Seed Yoga & Wellness Studio, and feel that it is a beautiful sanctuary, my sanctuary, your sanctuary….

My goal is for you to step on your mat and enjoy the time we spend together, letting go of all that does not serve you, feeling so relaxed and secure that you can’t be anyone but you, and finding yourself wanting to let go of unnecessary baggage in your everyday life.  When you leave from my class, I hope your heart is lighter and you feel like your time was well spent caring for yourself, both mentally and physically.  Namaste

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ndrea Rose RYT-200
On and off the mat, I enjoy noticing small details, finding patterns, and appreciating the seasons and cycles of life. Whether it’s a cycle of breath, the cadence of a yoga class, the phases of the moon, or the seasons of the year, cycles help us notice patterns, understand our inner and outer worlds, and appreciate each moment. I often tell myself, “There is no moment more important than this one.”

I am passionate about yoga and meditation, birding and nature, poetry and writing, and moving my body through dance. Through these practices, I connect to the small details and gain clarity on the big picture. My classes include creative asana sequencing, poetry and seasonal/nature themes, and reminders to breathe through each pose. My goals are to share appreciation of natural cycles, and to help others feel at peace with whatever season they’re in.

I completed my RYT-200 certification under Christie Cairo, at Bodhi Seed Yoga and Wellness Studio. I am also a two-time Emerging Leaders scholarship recipient at The Cardoner Institute for Contemplative Leadership, led by Alan Haras at Hamsa Yoga.

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Giselle Godin,  LMT
I want to make people feel better. This is a simple and yet so complicated mission statement. It is an honor to be invited into someone’s personal space, to be trusted and welcomed. I take this privilege very seriously and jump at every opportunity to learn more about the human body and how we heal. Being a bit of an education junkie my practice evolves and unfolds as I continue to learn new effective and exciting techniques. I blend anatomy and kinesiology training with energy work and intuition to provide a healing experience on every level. My reputation has afforded me the opportunity to work with, and learn from, some of Detroit’s top doctors and to have been welcomed into many innovative corporations who have decided to make their employee’s wellness a priority.  I do not yet know exactly where this road will take me but I certainly plan to sprinkle my path with love, compassion, and above all… hope.

 

 

 

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