"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
Amy Hubbell, E-RYT 200, is a Michigan native with an education in psychology and public health. While working for several years in the academic and nonprofit sectors she also discovered yoga, and was pleasantly surprised to find that the physical and mental health benefits of the practice transformed her life like nothing she had ever experienced. Feeling so drawn to the potential of this beautiful healing art, she ultimately decided to become a yoga teacher in order to help empower others to take charge of their own health and lead their best lives. Amy studied with Sandra Carden in 2010, and has been teaching public and private classes around TC and Leelanau ever since. She enjoys practicing outdoors when possible and strives to bring yoga to people that may not otherwise try it or be able to afford regular classes. She has offered donation-based yoga since the summer of 2010 through her Yoga on the Beach program and is honored to be offering Community Yoga by donation here at New Moon.
Ever wanted to practice yoga with a fish biologist? Brooke has been practicing yoga for 20 years and working as a fisheries biologist for 17. Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan Brooke’s first job out of college was with the National Park Service in San Francisco. There she attended her first yoga class with Mary Jarvis at Planet Yoga. She went to yoga to heal a running injury and came away with a life long practice.
Brooke continued working as a biologist in Northern California and had the opportunity to study Ashtanga yoga with Peggy Profant and Hatha yoga with Amanda Dozal as well as a number of other insightful teachers. In 2016, Brooke and her family relocated to Traverse City where she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Jenny Lintvedt and Heidi Dietrich. Brooke’s goal as a teacher is to help others feel better in their bodies and to tell the occasional fish joke.
Danielle Portillo grew up in Traverse City and has lived in Grand Rapids, California and El Salvador. With Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees she is grounded in the values of human relationships, dignity and worth of the person, and community health.
Her work background has entailed teaching English as a second /foreign language for 10 years, translating and interpreting Spanish and English and as a Social Worker with refugees. She has also worked in after school programs, prisoner reentry programs, and family outreach. She is currently the Site Coordinator for Communities In Schools of Northwest Michigan at Suttons Bay Elementary. “I love kids and learning and strong supportive communities,” said Danielle.
Combining skills, experience, and creativity she has developed a unique approach to providing therapy. It includes movement, music, as well as conversation. It is an artistic approach which supports the development of self confidence and self esteem through self awareness and awareness of others. It is an excellent approach for those who live with grief, addiction (substance or behavioral), trauma, unidentified emotional imbalance, or would like to experience another style of communication and expression.
Having tried a few yoga classes in earlier years, Janice Johnson, RYT200, really came into her yoga practice later in life finding that it offered her a sustainable, enjoyable and individually adaptive path toward improved wellness in mind, body and spirit. She entered yoga teacher training to deepen her own practice which led to an interest in sharing the yoga path with others. She enjoys the continual process of learning and sharing her knowledge and believes it is never too late to start a yoga practice and experience its many benefits. It is her belief that it is important for each of us to take a proactive, preventative approach to self-care and that a mindful yoga practice can be an integral part of that lifestyle. Her style is gentle and peaceful and she welcomes all to explore a journey of self-discovery and wellness.
Jessica Merwin, 200 RYT, Kundalini Yoga Instructor, Accredited Chakradance Facilitator, and current owner of New Moon Yoga has been exploring healing modalities such as yoga, qigong, shamanism, meditation, and dance for over seven years. She knows the powerful shifts and healing that energy work has brought into her life and is eager to share this passion with others. Jessica became a Chakradance Facilitator in 2017 and a Kundalini Yoga Instructor in 2018 (through Gloria Latham Semperviva Yoga College). Daily yoga, movement and meditation practices changed her life immensely, helping her find true happiness and inner-peace. She steps forward with enthusiasm, clarity, and commitment to help others become the best version of themselves. Sat Nam!
Jen believes that through mindful movement and breath work we can create a calmness within. She has been studying yoga for close to 4 years with a concentration in Ashtanga. Her alignment based training leads students of all levels through their practice with gentle modifications. Jen is both a 200 hour and 500 hour RYT.
Jill Strahan, 200RYT, completed her training with Jenny Lintvedt and Heidi Deitrich in June 2018 and is certified with Yoga Alliance. She is also a Reiki II practitioner and loves creating a safe and healing space for those around her. Jill is a Michigan native with an education in Social Work. She has a passion for healing and loves sharing the benefits of healing, yoga, and self-compassion with the community.
Kennith Scott, B.S., is a Mechanical Engineer also trained in Nuclear Physics while in the Naval Nuclear program. Ken has been studying Quantum Physics, Epigenetics and Brain Science, while practicing meditation and yoga since 2012. Much of ken’s study is inspired by the work of Dr. Joe Dispenza and Dr. Bruce Lipton. Ken leads the guided meditation classes and the Quantum Spirituality series.
Lee Edwards is a Body-Mind Therapist, teacher, and workshop leader living in Traverse City. In addition to running a full-time therapy practice focused on holistic body-mind-spirit approaches to healing, Lee also leads InterPlay throughout Michigan. She loves using creative expression, drama, and movement for self-exploration and personal growth, as well as for the joy and fun of it, and deeply appreciates how InterPlay weaves together many of these threads into one cohesive system. Lee encourages anyone interested in more holistic models of healing and expression to come check out her events at New Moon Yoga.
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.
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.
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Naomi Sophia 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.
Sara began studying Iyengar yoga in 1980 and became a Certified Iyengar instructor in 1993. In 1994 she moved to Traverse City and taught in Suttons Bay and at her home studio and later at NMC. While cruising the Mediterranean with her husband for 10 years, she taught other cruisers yoga and advanced her knowledge of yoga through classes in Madrid, Barcelona, Lesvos, Provence and Paris. Now back in Traverse City full time she enjoys continuing study with Mary Reilly, a Senior Certified Instructor in Petoskey, as well as workshops with other Senior Iyengar instructors. A secondary teacher since 1966 Sara holds a MA in Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion. Additional interests include volunteering at Meadowlark CSA farm, hiking, singing and traveling.
Sarah Townsend is a Traverse City resident who was first drawn to yoga to benefit her love for figure skating, and the practice was quickly developed into a passion. Sarah completed her 200-hour training in Aruba through Island Yoga and her 300-hour training in Bali with Zuna Yoga. She loves to teach Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Slow Flow classes. Sarah is passionate about empowering people through the connection of movement and breath together. Sarah feels grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to share her passion of yoga with the New Moon Yoga community.
Terry Griffin is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner based in Traverse City, MI. She moved to beautiful northern Michigan in 2016, after retiring from her Chicago career as an Interior Architect and Designer. Terry and her husband enjoy an active outdoor life of hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming and snowshoeing. Terry discovered the Feldenkrais Method® 24 years ago, after suffering many years from chronic back pain, back surgery and re-injury due to repetitive stress and poor self use. After experiencing seemingly miraculous results, she became fascinated with the method and movement lessons and learned that she could be pain free and help others to be more comfortable in their bodies too. Terry teaches this extraordinary movement-based learning method in two ways. Group classes, called Awareness Through Movement®, help her students prevent and reverse deterioration of function. Terry also teaches at her in-home studio, private sessions, called Functional Integration®. These individual sessions are more precisely formatted to address the client’s specific injury or restricted movement patterns due to work habits, stroke, illness or chronic pain. Some clients take a private session to help them lower their stress level or to find balance and a better golf score. Terry trained in the Feldenkrais Method® four year Chicago program with Paul Rubin and Julie Casson Rubin, and works with people of all ages and backgrounds.