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 Holistic 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, stress, exercise and sleep are the foundations 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
As a professional, classically trained musician, Mary Beth was drawn to yoga for not only its stress relieving benefits and physical conditioning, but for the surprising mental and spiritual conditioning it began to provide as well. She began her journey with yoga in 2004 with her focus initially being in hatha yoga and gradually discovering the vast benefits of Ashtanga, and Vinyasa. Her training was through the traditional format of one on one guru to apprentice style, focusing specifically on enlightenment, alignment, and modification for all bodies and all abilities. In 2006 she received her yoga teaching certification totaling over 350 hours of training and 250 hours of supervised teaching from Flexible Health and Wellness specializing in Tri-Doshic yoga. This is a practice designed to balance the spiritual and physical needs of each class participant with the purpose of achieving balance between the three doshas we all possess. This practice would combine elements of ashtanga, vinyasa, pranayama, and guided meditation. She recently has completed another 200 hr certification through Red Bloom with Kris Batzner that has rekindled her passion in helping every student embrace their life journey through yoga. She adamantly believes there is a style of yoga for everyone, and every BODY is a YOGA BODY. Her number one priority for every class she teaches is always the health and safety of every student! Yoga is empowering, healing, and most of all FUN, and Mary Beth strives to create an environment where this type of experience can flourish. She is currently 3rdHorn in the Grand Rapids Symphony while living in Mount Pleasant with her husband and children, (and VERY energetic pups) and is very excited to a part of the team at Yoga on Main!
I have been studying movement and the body for most of my life. At the age of 5, I joined a swim team and over the next 15 years became one of the world’s best swimmers. I dedicated much of my youth and early adulthood practicing and studying technique, hydrodynamics, anatomy, and physiology to achieve peak performance. I believe this was the beginning stage of my yoga journey.
However, I began my “official” yoga journey in 2002 by taking my first-ever yoga class with Rodney Yee in the San Francisco Bay area, where I was living at the time. Since then I have been able to practice under the guidance of amazing teachers such as Mark Stephens, Rusty Wells and Kofi Busia. My personal practice has developed steadily (and not so steadily at times) over the years and it was in January 2018 when I decided to take the big next step on my journey by becoming a certified yoga teacher. Under the tutelage of Hilaire Lockwood at Hilltop Yoga in Lansing, Mi., I received my RYT 200 certification in June 2018.
I consider my teaching style to be both playful yet challenging. I try to bring a sense of lightness, inquisitiveness, and creativity to my yoga flows. In my classes, you can expect to perspire, laugh, be challenged, be safe, and fall deeply into your practice and yourself.
Outside of the studio, I teach Fashion Merchandising at CMU and I coach competitive swimming in the summer. Om lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu!