Jennifer Perry, E-RYT, Pranic Healer, Reiki Master Owner/Instructor Jennifer has spent the last 24 years immersed in the world of yoga and all things related. Her classes are upbeat playful and rooted in science and have become a celebration of all the inner work she does on and off the mat. She believes our breath is our highest teacher in class and guides them with a synchronized breathing rhythm that takes you into a deeper space within your body where the noise of our thoughts begin to dissolve. Expect to feel personally empowered, nurtured and revitalized throughout her classes!
Megan Slattery, E-RYT Director of Teacher Development and Trainings Megan Slattery began her yoga practice in her 20s while living on the West Coast. After a number of years of consistent practice she dabbled in other forms of movement and philosophical and artistic studies. In the mid- 2000s Megan found herself back in Michigan after almost two decades away from a four season state- the call of yoga was back! For the past decade Megan has studied many aspects of yoga including Sanskrit, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, pranayama, meditation and karma yoga. Her teaching and practice roots are built from from thousands of hours of seeking. Beyond her initial 200 hour certification with Jonny Kest, Megan received certification to lead the Ashtanga Primary Series with Tim Miller and later training in teaching teachers through Life Power Yoga. Over the years the light that had been lit previously was transformed into a passionate desire to help students and new teachers dive into the exploration of their lives through the yoga practices (asana, pranayama, meditation, mudras, giving and self study). And this continues....Hours spent on her own mat and with teachers senior to her have allowed for great space to trust the process and practice patience. The greatest teacher has been the practice itself. Megan pours her heart into her grassroots cause, Mats for Mutts (up-cycling used yoga mats for use in animal sanctuaries, rescues, shelters). Her love for the animal world is her purest love and she hopes to help others remember that our true blessing is in giving. She has led and will continue to offer yoga classes, workshops/fundraisers for the Alzheimer’s Association, Freedom House, many animal care causes and individuals. Her mantra, my life is my art. I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for. Georgia O’Keefe
Katie Scarsella, Instructor Certified Mindfulness Education Teacher, Reiki Practitioner Katie was drawn to yoga as a means to quiet her very active and often easily distracted mind. Her practice quickly evolved from being a way to "fix" her mind to rather being a way to understand it. She teaches from this perspective as well. The practice will always meet each individual where they are, and through careful attention to the foundations of the practice we become more in touch with our inner workings. She is a teacher who would describe herself as being a student first. Everything she teaches, comes from the years she has spent working on her own mat. She believes yoga is suitable for any age group, as long as there is a willingness to let it, hence she began teaching childrens classes as well. You can never be to young to learn the foundations of the practice. To connect with her students individually is something she aspires to do during each class. Through helpful modifications/assists, her classes are very alignment focused and breath-centric. She offers a warm, safe and encouraging environment for students to be challenged and grow. She teaches from an Ashtanga based background, and has been teaching short form Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Slow Flow and yin classes for nearly a decade
Jill Diaz, RYT, Advanced Healer in Applied Kinesiology, Reiki Practitioner Instructor Jill was inspired to take her RYT 200hr training to become a yoga instructor because of her love for alternative medicine. She lives and breathes yoga (no pun intended). Her warmth, passion, and compassion is felt in every class she leads. She’s very body intuitive with her students, noticing what the body needs and suggesting modifications or progressions. She believes yoga is for everyone; if you can breathe, you can do yoga. Her style is based on alignment and strong connection with the breathe. Jills beginner or slow flow classes are lead with a no worries, no pressure attitude, which allows the students to feel at ease and completely comfortable. Jill’s power flows are challenging, creative, playful, and fun. Yoga has changed her life due to the connection she has learned of the body, mind, and spirit, leading you to your true highest self. She will match your efforts by committing to every student, meeting them exactly where they are, and walk along side of you if that's what calls your heart. HER LIFE'S PURPOSE IS TO CONNECT, INSPIRE, AND HELP OTHERS REACH THEIR LIFE'S PURPOSE.
Cassie Padula, RYT, MS, Reiki Practitioner Instructor Cassie has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and completed a one-year teacher training through Shanti Yoga and her RYT 200 hour certification through The Inner Door Center in 2015. Cassie earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Wayne State University in 2009 and is currently a professional photographer. When she is not behind the lens of her camera, you will find Cassie playing and exploring life on her yoga mat. "Yoga for me has been a release of the physical and emotional, and has allowed for strength in my body, mind, and a deeper understanding of who I am and what I want out of life."
Heidi McCarty, RYT Instructor Heidi had been teaching some form of exercise for over 25 years. When the popularity of yoga started in the fitness world, Heidi was certified by Yogafit level I, II and III. Loving the way yoga made her feel, she then went on to get her 200 hour RYT through Jonny Kest in 2012. Heidi loves teaching her classes in a heated classroom, where the practice of mind, body and breath become one for her students. Heidi's classes are energizing fun and creative!
Natalie Cummings, RYT, Community Outreach Director Instructor Natalie's energy is contagious and her yoga teaching style is simple yet profoundly educational. She has refined her teachings to meet students where they are while effortlessly guiding them into a yoga practice that suits their specific needs. She is involved with many global non-profits and is a yoga diversity activist and proud member of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition Leadership Team. Natalie is also the Founder of The Yoga Business Connection which offers web designs to further the healing reach of yoga online through her many community building skills.
Travis Reiff, RYT, Instructor Travis has been practicing yoga since the 20th century. He finished his 200 hr with Johnny Kest at Center for Yoga in Birmingham. An avid believer and practitioner of daily meditation, Travis’s classes are deeply focused on breath as a means of finding your body and spirit within the postures. Whether Vinyasa or Slow Flow, his classes are always inspired, physically challenging, and usually supported by a kick-ass playlist. He received his BFA in Theatre from University of Detroit, and is a certified Language Arts and S.S. teacher. He has performed on stages across the country as an actor, musician, and has directed award-winning productions of Streetcar Named Desire and Buried Child and Evil Dead: The Musical to name a few. You can find him in the supplements section quite often at Total Health Foods in Wyandotte and currently fronts the popular Detroit power trio Mighty Dead Woods.
Seema Singh, MPH, E-RYT,C-IAYT,RPYT Specialty Yoga Instructor – Private Session, Yoga Therapist Coming from a family of Yogi’s, Seema has always seen the great potential yoga has to heal ones’ mind and body. . After actively working in healthcare for over 10 years, she now combines her passion for science and Yoga as the Director of Training and Education for Yogamedics in Bloomfield Hills. She studies the neuroscience of yoga and applies her knowledge and compassion with her clients at the Veterans Hospital in Detroit. As a certified Yoga Therapist through the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists), she engages her students in an alignment-based therapeutic practice which has offered growth and healing to many of her clients, including those with PTSD, chronic back pain, spinal cord injuries, anxiety, depression, scoliosis and cancer.
Veronica Crites, LMT, NCTM, Massage Therapist & Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Kundalini Instructor At just 14 years old, after receiving her very first massage, Veronica Crites was unknowingly set on a course towards spiritual and physical enlightenment for herself and others through the power of the healing arts. Remembering the bliss she experienced from that first massage, in 2007 Veronica enrolled at Irene’s Myomassology Institute (IMI)in Southfield, Michigan. She then began her career in the world of healing arts, building a foundation on basics in massage and exploring other practices such as Reiki, foot reflexology, and prenatal massage. After graduating from IMI, Veronica began her career as a massage therapist and has continued devoting herself to the art and science of healing. Veronica is licensed by the state of Michigan (LMT), and Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage (NCTM) and has been seeing personal clients in a massage setting for nearly a decade. Veronica has been studying Thai Yoga massage, and has been trained by Dr. Keith Barbour (DO) in advanced courses of Wholistic Manual Medicine Therapy (WMMT). Veronica works with Dr. Barbour (DO) part time at the Center of Progressive Health and Wellness in Monroe, MI where she assists in treating pain management patients. Most recently, you can catch Veronica leading Kundalini Yoga classes as she completes her Kundalini certification in January 2018! Veronica’s excitement and dedication to the healing arts continues to grow and she continues to expand her knowledge to continue to help herself and others through this amazing process.
Emily Foran, Reiki Master Emily's spiritual journey started 10 years ago when she started meditating in high school. Fast forward a few years and she found herself in the most unlikely of places; Las Vegas, NV. Experiencing the beauty of the Red Rock Mountains, she quickly found peace and balance. Soon came meditation, yoga, and Reiki. Practicing Kundalini Yoga and Meditation at RYK Yoga forged a path that lead Emily to Reiki. After experiencing the therapeutic and healing benefits of Reiki energy herself, she became attuned in traditional Usui and Holy Fire Reiki. Since her training, Emily has returned home to Southeast Michigan to share the therapeutic energy of Reiki with the beautiful community of Metro Detroit."
Jennifer Miracle-Best, Studio Manager, Reiki Practioner, LOA Enthusiast Jennifer works with everyone to maintain our high level of standards in every aspect of running the 359° studio. When Jennifer is not managing the studio you can find her on a journey to help heal the world of our ignorance and hate by helping people understand the intricacies of gender and sexual identity. Formerly the director of the LGBT Resource Center at the University of Georgia, Jennifer was introduced to the Law of Attraction and the Law of Allowing and many other concepts a little over three years ago and is now exploring how to use these concepts to engage people in dialogue that will expand our consciousness and heal our world. She is currently working on a book that will help others to understand the basics of gender and sexuality and to act as an ally for those who are marginalized. Jennifer is also the creator and co-host of a new radio show on BlogTalkRadio.com called Call Me Crazy! which discusses Law of Attraction, meditation, manifesting, and all things woo woo. She lives in Wyandotte with her amazing husband and four fur babies.
Mitchel Doherty, RYT, Social Media Coordinator
Mitchel leads a meaningful life of service, working for Paragon Services and helping many people of various backgrounds and disabilities with joy and ease. He brings an enthusiasm and deep awareness to life in all his endeavors, both on and off the mat. Mitchel completed his RYT certification in 2016 and is in teacher development with Jennifer, you can catch Mitchel assisting with various aspects in the studio and keeping our Social Media up to date and full of vitality!