"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 von Walthausen, 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, RYT200, 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, Accredited Chakradance Facilitator, 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.
Joan D'Argo is an advanced energy intuitive, teacher, and soul coach who assists people in stepping into the truth, beauty and magic of who they really are. Through co-creation with her clients, she helps you clear internal clutter and move stagnant energy so your radiant light can shine easily and effortlessly.
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.
Brooke DeVault, RTY200 I was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan and attended the school of natural resources at the University of Michigan. After graduation I started working for the National Park Service in San Francisco. It was there in 1999 that I took my first yoga class with Mary Jarvis. I went to yoga class to rehabilitate my knees that were in bad shape from years of running and came out with a life long practice.
I continued working as a biologist in Northern California and had the opportunity to study Ashtanga yoga with Peggy Profant, Hatha yoga with Amanda Dozal as well a number of other insightful teachers. In 2016, my California-born husband, our young daughter, two dogs, and I relocated to Traverse City. Here I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training with Jenny Lintvedt and Heidi Dietrich. My goal as a teacher Is to help others feel better in their bodies.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family in the great outdoors hiking, skiing, gardening etc.
Devin Moore, RYT200 began practicing yoga around the age of 14 and quickly realized how much the sequences resonated with her. After attending college for a few years, Devin took a two-year break and rediscovered her yoga practice. She found that yoga gave her strength, inspiration, and peace both mentally and physically. She decided to share the gifts yoga gave her with the community by becoming a 200-hour RYT through Shanti School of Yoga in 2014. Upon spending several months solely teaching yoga, Devin decided to finish her college degree in order to help and reach even more people. She moved to Marquette and finished her bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education at Northern Michigan University. This degree allows Devin to help people prevent chronic and noncommunicable diseases through education, nutrition, and exercise. Devin is currently the Education and Outreach Coordinator at Oryana Community Co-op, where she is able to educate the community through food, presentations, collaborations, and information. Devin believes that being healthy is not just an exclusive trend, but a lifestyle attainable for all through the right foods, environment, and exercise--and she is happy to be able to help others achieve it!
Naomi Call is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher which she explains as “an intuitive Hatha based style that can be adapted for every one.” She has taught yoga for 25 years and specializes in working with the elderly, people in chronic pain and those who are journeying with diseases and illnesses. For over 35 years Naomi has worked in the healing arts, as: a nutritionist, chef, herbalist, healer, international author, workshop leader and teacher. She recently moved to the Traverse area from southern California.
Emma Thomas, RYT200 and certified meditation facilitator, finds joy in helping others retreat into their own peace of mind through quiet, gentle, and intuitive Yoga practices. She has experienced first hand the healing power of practice on the mental, physical, and spiritual body, and has a strong desire to share this experience with others. Outside of her personal practice and teaching career, she finds peace on the water, in the garden & forest, and around loved ones & animals.
Amy Hubbell, RYT200 (Bio & photo coming)
Peg Burman, RYT200 (Bio & photo coming)
Flora Biancalana, MD & Qigong Instructor (Bio & photo coming)
Janice Johnson, RYT200 (Bio & photo coming)
Andrea Hemphill, KRI professionally certified instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan