through the body, connect to soul

Foundations


This class is taught by:

Becky Michalski

For Becky, like most of us, yoga began as a physical practice almost a decade ago. She loved the challenge of asana and delighted in a fast-paced, fun, flowing vinyasa class. Over the years, her yoga practice evolved from primarily a physical one to one that is more nurturing, contemplative, and restorative. As a critical care nurse, Becky experiences first-hand the effects of injury, stress, and illness – which are profoundly traumatizing for the person, their families, and also their caretakers. Physically and emotionally, she began to feel overwhelmed in her nursing career. By slowing down and deepening her yoga practice, she discovered its powerful ability to heal and rejuvenate. It became an important part of a daily self-care ritual that allows her to be more present and compassionate with herself and when caring for others. This realization led to a desire to share yoga with others. Becky took a 200-hour interdisciplinary yoga teacher training in Nosara, Costa Rica, followed by a mentorship with Kim Greeff in Anchorage, and Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga training with Judith Lasater. With this guidance, Becky has discovered a passion for teaching yoga that is accessible to all. In her classes, she hopes to share the healing benefits of yoga and to help you live better in body, mind, and spirit.

Megan Piersma

ERYT500, YACEP & Founder of Deha Yoga
Megan found yoga in college in 2003 and has been consistently practicing ever since. Her practice on the mat has been incredibly fulfilling in that it requires a constantly shifting perspective of the physical body. But it was her practice OFF the mat that guided her to open Deha Yoga in February of 2016. Megan received her 200-hour training in 2011 and completed her 300-hour training with Semperviva Yoga College in Vancouver, BC in early 2017. She gives gratitude to the many teachers that have helped inform her style: Bernie Clark's Yin Yoga, Judith Hanson Lasater's Restorative Yoga, Gurmukh and Gloria Latham's Kundalini Yoga, Adyashanti's True Meditation, Clara Roberts-Oss and Janet Stone's Vinyasa Yoga, Shelley Christopherson and Dr. Katy Komenda's Sanskrit for Yogis, Tiad and Surya Little's Prajna Yoga Style and so SO many more. Megan pulls on many styles, sources and lineages in her classes and requires much of her students – that they support their bodies, train their minds and connect to their own personal source of power. You will sing, dance, shake, cry, move, learn, settle, surrender, breathe, laugh and allow. Megan encourages you to be unconditionally curious in all that you do.

Lynne Opstad

Lynne was attracted to yoga because of its vigorous physical expression yet calming and meditative qualities. After practicing yoga for 7 years she thought it important to share the benefits of yoga with others, so enrolled in a 2-year teacher training program at Inner Dance Yoga Studio. Lynne has now been teaching for over 8 years, with over 600 hours of teaching experience.
Having come to yoga at the age of 48 she understands the challenges of practicing with an aging body, but also the essential need to keep moving to maintain one's health. She specializes and thoroughly enjoys teaching students over 50 that may have some physical limitations but are vital and energetic.
Lynne continues to learn through self-study and attending workshops offered by master teachers. By integrating the most current research on body mechanics with the traditional teachings she keeps her classes constantly evolving. Lynne emphasizes proper positioning, modifications to poses where needed and moving with the breath to connect inside and out. Lynne believes that everyone can enjoy and benefit from a yoga practice no matter what age or physical condition.
This is our introductory class. It’s great for students that are new to yoga, those interested in sprucing up on alignment or for those recovering from an injury. This practice will help ALL yogis build a solid foundation and will prepare them to move into the Vinyasa classes, if they so choose. While this practice is alignment focused and moves slowly, you will still work hard! All levels, 75 degrees.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Oct 23 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Becky Michalski
  • Tue Oct 30 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Tue Nov 06 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Lynne Opstad
  • Tue Nov 13 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Lynne Opstad
  • Tue Nov 20 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Tue Nov 27 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Tue Dec 04 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Tue Dec 11 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Tue Dec 18 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Tue Dec 25 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Megan Piersma