Teachers: If you would like to teach and serve at Sanctuary contact Véronique!
Véronique Jewell, 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 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.
Gina Greene, RYT 500, CMT/LMT
Gina Greene, RYT-500 has been practicing yoga for over twenty years. She began teaching sixteen years ago upon request and hasn't turned away from the invitation since.
She tasted yoga for the first time in NYC at The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center practiced with Rodney Yee's video at home and was delighted to discover Melissa Spamer offering TriYoga flows in Kalamazoo, MI after moving back home. She was drawn to yoga as a possible way to find healing from chronic low back and hip pain from an injury during her early college years. Through yoga and massage, she found healing, stability and ease.
Gina's initial certification was with Kali Ray's TriYoga system. She decided to pursue her 200 hour teacher training with Melissa Spamer in 2007 and was grateful for the latitude and breadth of the teaching. Gina was excited to embark on her 500 hour Lotus in the Flame teacher training in 2016. She has been touched, inspired and deeply seen by her teacher Melissa Spamer and has the utmost gratitude for the many other teachers (some from the world of yoga and many, many others) who have supported her wondering spirit, desire for learning and her continual journey of... becoming.
Mary Beth Thomas, RYT 200
Mary Beth is passionate about sharing her love of yoga, especially 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 which she completed in April of 2015.