586.469-YOGA (9642) 81 Macomb Place, entrance in the back

Our Teachers/Therapists and their Bios


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”.

Christie Cairo Pic
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

Daniel Bio Pic
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.

Bio Picture

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.


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.

bodhi picture

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.”

Whitney bio pic

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.

Yoga Bio_

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. 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.

Amanda Kane Bio Pic

Amand Kane  RYT 200
Treehugger, dog lover and lifelong yogi, I began dabbling in yoga nearly fifteen years ago. Through developing a dedicated yoga practice I found a peace and calmness within myself that I had always struggled to obtain. I realized that by showing myself respect and gratitude, I was better able to extend that energy to others and this planet we call home. This is why I decided I needed to teach yoga and share it with others.

It is my goal as a student and teacher of yoga to develop a trusting relationship with our minds, bodies, and spirits, and recognize our interconnectedness. Students can expect a practice that blends breathwork, meditation, space for self-reflection, stretching, strengthening, and linking breath with fluid motion in a supported and healing space. May you feel peace, may you know happiness, may you be free from suffering. Namaste.

Jen Photo for Bio
Jen Block, RYT-200
“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 is currently a student of Irene’s Myomassology in Southfield, MI with a plan completion and licensing date of June 2019).

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 our own 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.

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~~    

Screen Shot 2018-12-14 at 4.52.08 PM
Michelle Bedont RYT-200
My name is Michelle Bedont.  I am a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Patient Advocate, and have additional training in Adaptive Yoga with a 20-hour certification to help assist those with all levels of practice including those with disabilities, neurological diseases, and several health conditions. 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. It is one of the most rewarding things in my life and brings my heart true joy. My specialty is chair yoga because I want to help expand everyone’s abilities by making yoga available for everybody! My goal is to help people heal their mind, body, and soul through yoga and meditation. I have taught several different styles; yin, restorative, hatha, gentle, senior, slow flow vinyasa, and senior fitness classes. I use mindful-based stress reduction meditation as well as breath work in every style of yoga that I teach. It is as a tool for the mind to become calm, focused, and go deeper with oneself. I enjoy teaching yoga philosophy and sharing an important lesson in each class. I also love using essential oils in each class to help deepen the state of relaxation and provide aromatherapy as a tool for relaxation and rejuvenation. I have a background in psychology, pre-nursing, fitness, nutrition, holistic approach to healing, and I have a degree from Oakland Community College with a focus on psychology, nutrition, wellness, and world religions. I also have 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 my knowledge. I can help motivate you to achieve your health goals and lifestyle changes. You will become more self-aware by observation and journaling. I will be your advocate to help you become a healthier person and live in alignment with your true self. I am a lover of the outdoors, traveling, nature, animals, hiking, biking, swimming, dancing, singing, playing the drums, and all types of fitness. By living in alignment with our true purpose we create harmony and balance within. I have one wonderful son who is 23 years old with a traumatic brain injury from a catastrophic car accident we were involved in several years ago, a wonderfully supportive, talented, husband, and an amazing cat named Ziggy who acts like a dog.

Screen Shot 2016-10-13 at 12.02.50 AM
Maria Marchionda RTY-200, Massage & Bowenwork Therapist
I am an independent licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Bowen Therapeutic Technique and myofascial release. I have over 20 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.


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.




No comments.