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Véronique Jewell, E-RYT 500, LMT, RN
Véronique is a Registered Yoga Teacher with 500 hour certification trained by Melissa Spamer. Véronique has practiced Yoga for over 20 years and has taught Yoga since 2008. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a certified Thai Massage and Bodywork Practitioner. Véronique started her professional career as a Registered Nurse in France.
In addition to teaching her usual classes, Véronique offers private yoga lessons and bodywork. For private lessons and bodywork, please call or write.
Let Véronique unburden you with yoga and massage, and inspire your joie de vivre!
phone/text: (269) 598-2083
Chiezan, Ino at SokukoJi Temple
Chiezen moved into SokukoJi Buddhist Temple/Monastery in May of 2012. A year later he received Jukai, or lay precepts from Sokuzan and was given the Dharma name Hoyuji Chiezan.
On Sunday, October 26, 2014 Chiezan received full ordination in the Soto Zen lineage of Japan. He functions as the Ino (the head monk) at SokukoJi Temple in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Kathleen Corbett Bowman, RYT 500
Kathe came to Yoga from a back injury in 1996. A gifted physical therapist suggested Yoga. She began teaching in 2001 and received her RYT-200H through Yoga Alliance in 2004. She has been inspired by many wonderful teachers such as Rodney Yee, Rod Stryker, and Todd Norian. For many years, she has been a student of Melissa Spamer. In August 2016, she completed her 500 hour RYT with Melissa through The Lotus In The Flame School of Yoga. She had the privilege to be surrounded by the teachings of Rama Jyoti Vernon and Aditi Devi.
Yoga has been an important path to wellness for Kathe beyond allowing her to heal from her back injury. In 2006, she had complicated knee surgery, in 2011, she had major ovarian surgery, and in 2013, had major surgery for cancer. She brings the experience of self healing through Yoga into her personal practice and into her classes. She teaches with humor and joy.
She has been a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine for over 37 years and has continued to practice as Veterinary House Calls since 1991. She became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist in 2008 and incorporates Integrative Therapies for her patients with acupuncture and herbal remedies in addition to traditional treatments.
She has been married to her husband, Gary, often a student, for over 30 years and is the proud mother of four wonderful daughters. Her daughter, Meghan, is also a Yoga teacher through the Chicago School of Yoga.
Christine Peckels, E-RYT 500
I have been a student of yoga since 1999.
I completed my 200 hour training in 2008 under the guidance of Melissa Spamer, E-RYT500, LMT and founder/director of “Lotus in the Flame” School of Yoga and Healing Arts.
I completed my 500 hour training in 2016, again with Melissa Spamer, and continue to attend workshops throughout the years.
I have also completed a 36 hour training in Yin Yoga so those poses are sprinkled through my classes.
Mary Beth Thomas, RYT 500
Mary Beth is passionate about sharing her love of yoga and meditation, especially with beginners. Beginning with her first yoga class in 1997, she knew that yoga needed to be part of her life. The calm, grounded feeling at the end of class was something she wasn't experience anywhere else in her life at the time. She began her pursuit of yoga at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts. After moving to Kalamazoo in 1999, she studied with Kathe Bowman, Melissa Spamer, Kara Aubin, Karina Mirsky and others.
After 15 years of practicing and with the prompting of Kathe Bowman, she started her teacher training with a YogaFit Level 1 Certification in 2012. After several years of teaching, she pursued her 200-hour teacher training through Sangha Yoga (2015) and completed her 500-hour certification through the Himalayan Institute (2021). In 2022, she complete her training to teach Vishoka Meditation. Vishoka, which means sorrowless joy, is a practice of meditation rising from the yogic tradition focused on uniting mind and breath to turn awareness inward.
Kyle Thompson, MA, LPC, E-RYT 200
Kyle has been practicing yoga since 1999 and teaching since 2003. He was first introduced to yoga from his mother-in-law and has been inspired by many teachers from several yoga and Buddhist traditions. He received his first yoga certification from the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago, IL.
Kyle teaches traditional hatha yoga and incorporates asana, pranayama, and centering/meditation into every class. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, he is very interested in the psychological and therapeutic benefits of yoga practice. Kyle teaches yoga and meditation to promote health, wholeness, and personal empowerment and encourages everyone to breathe, relax, feel, watch, allow, and experience each moment exactly as it is.
He believes that everybody can benefit from the practice and specifically enjoys teaching beginning students and those who do not believe they can “do” yoga.
Rev. Robin Whitaker, RYT 500, Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Rev. Robin Whitaker has been a professional Intuitive Visionary Counselor for twenty years. She is a guide, a meditation teacher, an energy therapist, a shamanic practitioner, and a yogi. As a devoted student and teacher of the sacred and esoteric, she offers classes, workshops, and personal consultations with the intention of expanding soul consciousness, inspiring spiritual practice and raising the positive potential of each and all.
Robin has completed her 200 and 300-hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainings and is currently working on fulfilling the training requirements. She has practiced Kundalini Yoga for 18 years and is excited to share this transformative technology. Her Kundalini Yoga classes focus on training the physical and energetic bodies to utilize the gifts of the kriyas that include movement, breath work, mantra and meditation to achieve new levels of awareness, healing, and peace.
Wade Woytal, RYT 500, Tantric Kundalini Yoga Teacher
I have been studying yoga and meditation since 2005. It was my first path to higher consciousness, and continues to be a daily practice for me.
I've traveled to India multiple times, and have attended the great Kumbha Mela festival with the Himalayan Institute.
I have over 1000 hours of yoga teacher training with Karina Mirsky through Sangha Yoga Institute. I've completed my Yoga Thought Leader Program with Jeffrey Armstrong in 2016. In 2018, I began a dedicated Kundalini Yoga practice under the guidance of Ravi Singh and have almost completed 500 hour training with him through Raviana Evolution.
I do this work because I love helping people. It's an honor to support others in discovering their authentic Self and tap into their own healing resources and limitless potential.
Sim Darwick Birnbaum, RYT 500, Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Sim studied 200-hour in Kundalini yoga from KRI i in Espanola, New Mexico. He achieved his 300-hour training from the Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, and additional yoga training both in prenatal and laughter yoga in India.
He has taught and led workshops at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, as well as at Blue Spirit retreat center in Nosara, Costa Rica. Additionally, he is a NY State licensed massage therapist, and health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
He is a father to a 5 year old and another on the way, and married to a Kalamazoo local.
"Joy isn't merely incidental to our spiritual quest, it is vital" (The Rebbe)