"There are no teachers; we are all students, bound together in infinite expansion of growth and exploration. We are not teachers, and yet we teach - not with the attitude of a great yogi or yogini, but as a servant or fellow seeker joyously sharing with others the knowledge and training we ourselves have found." - Rama Jyoti Vernon
Mari vonWalthausen, RYT500, owner of New Moon Yoga, was introduced to yoga early on and immediately hooked by a new sense of calm and a more steady perspective on life. Her teaching style is gentle and inviting, with a desire to find the inroads for self-discovery and deeper connection to the natural world around us. "We are beings sharing the same building block molecules with every other being…sweetgrass, swallows, streams, stars…sharing the same breath…and sharing the same deep inner knowing." Mari sees Yoga as that gentle guide toward re-membering this wholeness and expansive sense of self.
Sandra Carden, ERYT 500, began her yoga journey in the early 1970s, studying in the Iyengar tradition. She studied Hinduism under Ram Dass (Richard Alpert, PhD) and Buddhism under Chogyam Trungpa at Naropa Institute in 1974. Her eclectic path took her to master teachers within the Kripalu, Bikram, Ashtanga, Yin, Viniyoga, and Svaroopa systems and an immersion in Sanskrit with Cynthia Snodgrass, PhD and yoga literature with Georg Feuerstein, PhD. Sandra opened UNION/YOGA, the first dedicated yoga studio in the state of Michigan, in 1989. She has taught internationally and trained and certified yoga teachers since 1997. Yoga means many things to many different people. To Sandra, yoga is simply life itself.
Naomi Cole, E-RYT 200, is 200 Hatha Yoga Certified, a Birth & Postpartum Doula, Prenatal Yoga Certified through Mama Tree Yoga of San Francisco, and Postnatal Yoga Certified through Toronto Yoga Mamas. Naomi was introduced to meditation and yoga at eight years old, and would use these practices to help with calming the mind and body as a child. She is passionate in teaching others, having them personally learn the benefits of a yoga practice and meditation. Helping others to find their balance and peace is her goal in teaching. Naomi was taught The Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis meditation, by Lama Tsultrim Allione, the first American to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddist nun in the Karma Kagyu lineage. Naomi also was taught and practices Primordial Sound Meditation, a powerful meditation technique rooted in the Vedic tradition of India. Using personal mantra, a sound vibration, when repeated silently helps to deepen levels of awareness in the meditation to pure awareness. Naomi also enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, loves being outside in nature, hiking, camping, paddle boarding, and cross country skiing. She is an artist, soap maker, helper with charity work, and health connoisseur.
Molly Stimac loves to create space within the body for healing as well as creating physical space for people to open up to yoga’s capabilities. She believes yoga’s transformative power finds us when we need to transform the most. Molly is an insured 200hr. RYT, certified with Yoga Alliance. She completed her training with Kelly and Ted Stiglich at Shanti School of Yoga. When she’s not on the mat, you may find Molly exploring the woods with her family, mixing up medicinal mushrooms and herbal teas, or reading.
Kirt Baab began practicing yoga in 1978. He has studied Hatha and Raja yoga with an eye on meditation off and on since then. He has had the good fortune to study Somatic Yoga with Eleanor Criswell; Kundalini Yoga at Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland, Ca; Kriya Yoga at Self-Realization Fellowship in Encinitas, Ca; and Raja Yoga with Jenny Linvedt in Traverse City, Mi. He currently teaches yoga and meditation at Yen Yoga and Fitness, Cowell Family Cancer Center, Munson Behavioral Health, and privately. Kirt looks forward to meeting the New Moon Yoga community.
Jessica Merwin has been exploring healing modalities such as yoga, qigong, meditation, and dance for a number of years. Her love for music and movement-based energy practices led her to Chakradance. Exploring the chakras in detail with this modality led her to a greater level of understanding of the mind, body, spirit connection. "Chakradance is a healing modality like no other. I have been moved by the rhythm of my own soul and developed a deeper connection with the divine." Jessica is an accredited Chakradance Facilitator, also available for private sessions.
Terry Griffin, GCFP, teaches the Feldenkrais Method in on-going group lessons, each lesson with a different theme or area of focus in the body. Terry is also available for private sessions.
Amy Hubbell, RYT200 (Bio & photo coming)
Peg Burman, RYT200 (Bio & photo coming)
Flora Biancalana (Bio & photo coming)