A Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) is a credential earned by yoga teachers whose training and teaching experience meet Yoga Alliance Registry Standards.
A RYT must complete training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS), be confirmed by RYS and keep current with Continuing Education.
All teachers at Yoga on Main are a minimum RYT200.
Founder of Yoga on Main, Certified Health Coach, Certified Plant Based Nutrition from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, RYT200 – Alison has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and teaching for over two years. A lover of long-distance sport, Alison runs, cycles, and swims, and has finished more than 30 marathons and ultra-marathons, numerous triathlons, and an epic swim across the Straits of Mackinaw. To help balance her body, Alison dives deep into her own yoga practice and loves sharing the wisdom of both yoga and Ayurveda with yoga students and coaching clients. Alison is a certified Health Coach who specializes in holistic, functional health regardless of age or ability. Nutrition, digestion, sleep, exercise and sleep are the foundation of functional health and comprise the heart of her coaching. Join Alison on the mat or in one of her numerous courses and workshops throughout the year.
Denise Fanning, E-RYT, is certified in the styles of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga with an emphasis on safe alignment. Denise has been practicing yoga for more than 25 years and deeply believes that yoga is a way of living, whether on or off the mat. A yoga teacher, artist, mother, and curious student of life and nature, she has studied with some of the most preeminent teachers of yoga asana and philosophy and loves sharing this lineage of learning in the yoga room. She offers alignment-based flow classes that specialize in merging a variety of disciplines to strengthen the body and mind, while nourishing the nervous system and expanding and opening each of us to the highest good within.
Jennifer’s Yoga journey began during her undergraduate studies when she was seeking balance for her physical body from marathon training and the mental escape from collegiate studies. She found instant gratification from the gifts of Yoga which fit nicely with her natural passion for teaching group fitness classes. She began her teacher trainings through YogaFit, earning Level 3 certification and completed her 200 RYT Certification through OmBodies. Jennifer loves exploring the power of the human body and partnered her Yoga training with her collegiate studies, obtaining a B.S. in Exercise Science and M.A. in Health Promotion. Her years of experience working in the Fitness Industry are rooted at CMU as the SAC Fitness Director and Adjunct Instructor for the Exercise Science and Physical Education Department. And her daring move from CMU, found her opening a brand new Fitness Facility at the Midland Country Club.
As a Yoga instructor for the past 14 years, Jennifer has taught Vinyasa Yoga classes to include; All Levels Vinyasa, Zen for Men, Couples Yoga, Hot Yoga and HIIT Vinyasa. Jennifer currently teaches Yoga Sculpt courses at CMU, where she feels so fortunate to have the opportunity to guide, educate and provide the tools for a student to develop a routine practice. As an avid fan of the Yoga Journal Conferences, Jennifer is inspired by Baron Baptiste who focuses on reclaiming your full potential with your physical body through a regular asana practice. Jennifer believes that the layers of Yoga run deep and if you welcome this mind/body time your life will be transformed.
At a pivotal point in Annie’s fitness evolution, she gained exposure to the fitness techniques of yoga. Her journey with yoga began out of necessity to keep her hamstrings loose and flexible, allowing her to work hard and remain injury free as an outdoor cyclist. She fell in love with the effort and ease flow of yoga and became a certified instructor. As a fitness enthusiast, Annie immediately saw the value of yoga as a complementary approach to other sport specific training. Yoga incorporates strength, cardio, and flexibility with low risk of injury. When instructing, students appreciate Annie’s focus on core strength, explanation of yoga jargon, and her guidance towards relaxation.
As she continues to develop as a Yoga Teacher, Spinning Instructor and outdoor cyclist, Annie understands that discipline and dedication are essential as well as balanced exercise habits and nutrition. These elements play a crucial role in overall performance and healthy living. Annie looks forward to sharing what she has experienced with her students. “Great Yoga Teachers Are Present Not Perfect (Yoga International, 2018)”
Carlin’s yogic path began long before she ever stepped foot into a studio. Having been a former gymnast, as well as a coach, she went on to pursue a bachelors of science in health fitness from CMU. Carlin was soon drawn toward a more natural approach to health, and so decided to pursue a degree from the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education. This holistic approach to health inevitably led her to yoga.
After Carlin experienced her first group yoga session she was hooked. She eventually went on to earn her 200 hour yoga teacher certification, and then decided to focus on the vinyasa style of yoga. Carlin has an aptitude for inversions and believes that the combination of breath and movement in a yoga practice are priceless attributes to a healthy body, mind, and spirit.
“Yoga soothes my nerves and nourishes my soul.”
Stacey is excited to be sharing her passion for the practice of Yoga with you at Yoga on Main. She was first exposed to Asana Practice in bush Alaska in 2004. She felt a difference in her overall well being from the first time that she practiced Asana. Stacey continued to practice on her own and with CDs when she moved back to Michigan. In 2011, she practiced in her first public class and began to understand that Yoga is more than just postures. In class one day, the students were moving in a sun salutation and she noticed a thought that influenced her decision to take a teacher training and then to teach this practice that she loves. In the spring of 2013, Stacey completed her teacher training and obtained her 200-hour certification and registered with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher. She has been teaching in the Mt. Pleasant and Alma areas since the fall of 2013.
Since 2013, Stacey has obtained certifications to teach Aerial Yoga, SUP Yoga, BUTI Yoga and is currently finishing Children’s Yoga certification.
In addition to teaching yoga, Stacey is a Licensed Professional Counselor and works with children and families. It is her professional interest to explore how traditional “talk therapy” can be used in conjunction with mindful movement, especially yoga, to provide healing in the body, mind, spirit and community.
Personally, yoga has helped Stacey to find peace in the moment and joy in her life. It has allowed her to notice thoughts, feelings and sensations in her body without judgment. Yoga has introduced Stacey to the idea that she can let go and be free. She is excited to be teaching at Yoga on Main!
Hannah considers yoga a space to channel her thoughts, harness her energy, and revitalize her soul. She loves what yoga has to offer and loves sharing that with her students. She is no stranger to stress, anger, grief, anxiety, you name it (she’s human) and she finds the best way to alleviate these ailments is to take it out on her mat! Hannah’s teaching style is an alignment-based, hatha flow that incorporates lots of breath work to steady the mind, the right amount of physical umph to help you work it out, and the perfect amount of yin to help you dig deeper within. “No yoga, no peace. Know yoga. Know peace.”
MARY BETH ORR
Erin found her way to the yoga mat after her first daughter was born in 2001, when a group of friends invited her to class. A neck injury in her very first headstand kept her away from yoga for about six years. Thankfully teacher friends encouraged her back and helped heal that physical and emotional trauma. She has since been practicing and using yoga to better understand the subtle energies as well as grow taller & ‘lighter’ as she ages. Erin is a strong believer in self-healing and is committed to navigating the territory of achieving balance with essential breath work. She completed a 200hr teacher training with Dr. Justine Lemos and Scott Miller in 2014 through Western Yoga College and recently completed a 24hr aerial teacher training in October of 2017 at RedBloom Center for Community Wellness. Her classes are both grounding and expanding as she guides through the breath-body connection during yoga asanas.