The light within me honors the light within you!
Abbie Hanson , RYT200, R-YFT Owner/ Instructor
Abbie grew up as a dancer although the overly-critical dance world made her seek out alternatives. She took her first yoga class at a local gym and instantly felt connected. While living in Los Angeles in 2007 she went through her 200-hour Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Dance Trance certification with Shiva Rea. She also studied with and drew influence from Brian Kest (Power Yoga), Steve Ross and Vinnie Marino. She started with humble beginnings teaching donation based yoga classes to now fulfilling a dream of owning her own studio. Recently she just completed another 200hr certification with Yoga Faith (YogaFaith.org) which quite simply is Christian based yoga and is working toward further education using yoga as a tool of healing for people caught in addiction. Her passion is her faith in motion and leading students through not just a good workout but healing and transformation. She continues to teach, learn and grow all under the grace of the Creator, living in gratitude one day at a time, one breath at a time.
Jen Claus - MA, LPC, CAADC, RYT 500H Instructor
Jennifer Claus earned her Bachelor’s of Science with a Major in Family Studies from Central Michigan University and her Master’s in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. Jennifer began her exploration of the deeper realms of humanity when she moved to Song of the Morning, a yoga retreat center in northern Michigan. There she learned the practice of meditation, the healing benefits of food, and was introduced to a variety of healing modalities.
She now works full-time in substance abuse therapy, though her specialties also include holistic approaches to women's issues with a special focus on grief/loss, self-esteem issues, and building the relationship with the soul as a functioning companion. She is a certified yoga teacher and also practices a process called “Journey Work,” which helps to unite mind, body, and spirit and bring awareness to the present moment where healing truly begins.
Ashton June Mastenbrook CYT 200, Instructor
Ashton's yoga journey started in 2004. After that first class she felt balanced, more focused and the meditation was just what she had been searching for. She was curious to see what else she could learn from yoga. After several years of personal practice Ashton went to Sangha yoga in Kalamazoo, MI and studied with Karina Ayn Mirsky MA, ERYT and became certified to teach in the para yoga style in April 2015. She has also studied belly dance and world dance at UNLV and will keep continuing her education with college, workshops, books, so that she may help students discover their fullest potential. As a teacher she will create a safe and open environment in which students can increase their flexibility, strength, concentration, and discover their inner strength while keeping the yoga practice lighthearted and accessible for everybody. Ashton lives in Plainwell with her fiancé and their two year old son.
Tera Secord, Level 5 Yoga Fit Instructor, Masters in Exercise Science, Instructor
Tera has been a part of the world of fitness since she was 7. At that time her mom was an Elaine Powers instructor and eventually owned her own gym. Being around fitness opened up a strong passion for helping others and led Tera to become a certified personal trainer, aerobics instructor and eventually a Health and Physical Education teacher. She also went on to increase her knowledge with a Masters in Exercise Science. With the stress of being a wife, busy mom of two and a teacher, she knew she needed more than aerobics and weight lifting to manage her life, which led to trying yoga in 2007. Ever since then she has been hooked. She became certified in 2013 through Yoga Fit and will continue pursuing higher levels of training.
Clay Byron Hollister, RYT200, Instructor
Clay discovered yoga in 2011 and initially, like many people, sought to lose a little weight and gain some flexibility. He soon became aware how beneficial yoga was for him not only physically, but emotionally and mentally as well.
In 2016 Clay took the next step to deepen his personal practice by completing his 200-RYT training. During training he found the desire to teach and share what he had found on his mat, and he’s been teaching since February of 2017.
Clay loves the energy felt by not only practicing but teaching as well, and hopes to share this energy with his students.