Mindy Eisenberg, MHSA, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT, Qualified MBSR Teacher
Founder of Yoga Moves MS
Providing yoga therapy for individuals with MS and other neuromuscular conditions for the last 15 years has been one of the most rewarding gifts in my life. My students are my inspiration and I take great pride in our growing Yoga Moves MS community. They make me feel as though I am the luckiest yoga instructor and therapist on the planet.
My interest in adaptive yoga stems from childhood. My mother had a progressive form of multiple sclerosis (MS), and was confined to a wheelchair for over 25 years. At the age of thirty-two, I had the great fortune of attending a yoga class. From then on, I was hooked and began a daily practice. After completing my first teacher training, I was invited to volunteer and instruct a group of individuals with MS, and quickly realized how yoga can improve the quality of life for everyone and any body, including those with movement challenges, who have an open mind and a willingness to learn.
I view myself as a perpetual student, and seek to learn from some of the best instructors in the country, and then apply this knowledge about yoga therapy and mindfulness to my classes. My experience as a hospital administrator at the University of Michigan for seven years contributes to my ability to bring the Yoga Moves philosophy of healing and the importance of the mind body relationship to the health care arena.
Katherine McRae, RYT200
Kathy, RYT200, spent 30 years in the automotive industry and discovered yoga while exploring different ways to cope with the stresses of the industry. As a manager, she shared this newfound knowledge and encouraged others to manage stress in a healthy way. After retiring, she wanted to expand her practice and completed teacher training with Katherine Austin. She studies adaptive yoga with Mindy Eisenberg. Kathy helps students connect with their own wisdom, expansive potential and healing abilities. She believes that yoga is available to everyone and adapts poses to meet the needs of her students.
Jill Dunphy, CYT200, CMW
Jill has been a yoga practitioner for 16 years, inspired by her main teachers, Michael Johnson, Mira Shani, Sarah Davidson, Doug Keller, Judith Lasater, and most recently, Alan Haras. She has been an instructor with Yoga Planet Studio since 2012, and with the Oakland University Recreation Center since 2006. She completed the Clearlight Yoga Shala 200-hour Teacher Training at Updog Yoga in Rochester in 2007, and received a certificate in Complementary Medicine and Wellness from Oakland University in 2008. She completed the Yogi’s Way course at HamsaYoga Center in Lake Orion in 2011. Jill is also attuned as a Reiki Level II practitioner and is an avid participant in kirtan, a form of devotional chanting.
Jill teaches a variety of yoga styles, but specializes in Restorative, Yin, and Adaptive Yoga, as well as Shamatha/Vipassana Meditation.
Jill’s background as a dancer, an athlete and in business gives her first-hand experience with the stress and distraction that can wreak havoc on the body and mind in sometimes debilitating ways. Her classes will help you create space and find release where you need it most, both on and off the mat.
Mandy Bush, ERYT
Mandy Bush, E-RYT, LVCYT; has been teaching yoga since 2010. She believes teaching is the best way to learn and share all the amazing benefits that yoga can offer. She is certified in both hatha and chair yoga and believes we all need to include more fun, relaxation and exercise in our lives. She is a former middle school science teacher who is passionate about keeping our lifestyles, health, environment, and relationships as balanced as possible. Yoga, breathing, and meditation are easy things we can incorporate into our daily life to counteract all the imbalances we are exposed to.
Barbara Wilker RYT 200
Barbara has been practicing yoga since 2003 and is grateful for her many wonderful teachers on and off the mat. She is a former elementary school teacher and currently, a stay at home mom. In early 2016 she completed her Teacher Training with Brian Granader at Red Lotus Yoga. Since then she has been studying, and assisting and teaching as part of a team of teachers with Mindy Eisenberg’s Yoga Moves MS adaptive yoga program. In early 2017 she completed a 20 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Bethany Perry. In addition to teaching adaptive, basic and Yin yoga, she is attuned as a Level One Holy Fire Reiki practitioner, and has received training in shamatha and vipassana meditation with Douglas Veenhof. She is a member of Yoga Alliance.
Barbara is inspired by her family, friends and students. She adds, “Yoga invites us to explore, playfully interact with and discover at first the outer landscape of the physical body. With regular practice, the inner landscape emerges revealing our unique and precious light. We return to love.”
Brooke Mallon, RYT-200
Brooke Mallon, RYT-200 Certified Yoga Instructor and Yoga Practitioner for Eating Disorder Recovery. Brooke embarked on her own road to recovery through an eating disorder in part transformed and maintained through mindfulness and conscious movement as well as seeking qualified clinical support. Brooke gives back to others in Recovery and any-body willing to show up on their mat as they are with whatever they are capable of in the moment, to grow in Self-Acceptance and to build a Compassionate relationship with Self which inevitably extends into all areas of Life.
Deborah Henderson, RYT 200
Deborah began attending yoga classes in 2006. The practice seemed familiar in ways that can only be describe as innate or even intuitive. She fell in love with and embraced the mind, body, and breathe experience as a way of cultivating a strong physical, mental and emotional state of being. Deborah completed teachers training in 2011 with Katherine Austin. She now teaches a variety of classes including hatha, vinyasa, adaptive, chair and gentle floor yoga as well as private classes. Deborah earned her Bachelors in Therapeutic Recreation from Eastern Michigan University and MBA from Baker College.
“My desire is to inspire students to live mindfully, move with awareness and take time to breathe fully”.
Marcia Williams, RYT200
To me teaching yoga has been a blessed experience. Coming from someone who has MS, who has been in the student’s shoes with visual challenges, coordination problems, numbness, you name it, I pretty much had it all including the MS “hug”. This is why I do it because like me, I know how yoga with ME can and will make a difference in the student’s lives. Sometimes student mad not notice a quick change, but we see the change in how their body responds to their continued practice and breathing techniques. Student’s continue to come, because I believe they slowly begin to notice and feel a change in their bodies, and it’s a good accomplished feeling for both them and us as well.
Lori Flowers, RYT 200
Lori was diagnosed with MS in 1996. In 2010 she began practicing yoga with Mindy Eisenberg. After realizing the tremendous benefits from a regular practice, she decided to become a yoga teacher so she could share with others. It is Lori’s passion to help people be healthy and happy through yoga, positive attitude and nutrition. She began mentoring Yoga Moves MS with Mindy in August of 2018.
Lori is also a pioneer in the field of forensic genealogy. She volunteers her time reuniting families separated through adoption and investigates “cold cases” using DNA.
Zara Teicher, RYT 200
Zara began her yoga journey about 10 years ago. Her practice has helped her to deepen her self-knowledge and find a place of internal steadiness that helps her to navigate life with a sense of joy. She studied at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch in Woodbourne, NY where she completed her 200 hour teacher training course. Zara has also completed the Yoga Moves MS teacher training course and is thrilled to be able to serve this community. She also teaches traditional Hatha yoga at Samastah Yoga. Zara is also a mom and musician. She believes that the more we grow inward the more we can be there for others, and hopes share a sense of peacefulness in class.
I’m a mom, wife, friend, special ed. teacher, yoga instructor and a business owner. God, family and friends, country, and yoga are my priorities. My focus in life is to become a person I can admire, to fill myself with positive energy and light and share that with others. Yoga is one of the best ways to do that. Each moment is the beginning to a new adventure and holds hope for the future, faith in the promises of the past and love for this moment.
Betty began practicing yoga years ago after multiple injuries. Yoga helped her heal, build strength, improve flexibility and return to all her favorite activities – hiking, sailing, kayaking and skiing. Yoga also gave her something very unexpected: a sense of peace. She would leave a class feeling physically challenged and mentally whole. Yoga gave her the mental energy to tackle the next challenge in her day.
Betty is a 200 YTT yoga teacher. Since completing her certification several years ago, she has participated in ongoing teacher training, completing close to 100 hours on sequences, working to specific poses, working with athletes, and anatomy. In addition to working with YMMS, she also works with veterans, special needs adults, seniors, and people experiencing back issues.
Anita spend over 20 years training for a competitive sport. It left her physically unbalanced and injured. Her mind churned with work-related stress and anxiety. She began practicing yoga, and found a way to heal her body and mind.
Anita completed 200 hour RYT training in 2010 and has over 200 hours of additional training in Yin Yoga, Yoga for Children, Restorative, and Adaptive
Yoga. She’s taught many styles of yoga throughout the Metro Detroit/ Ann Arbor. area. Anita retired from full-time public school employment in 2017, and is grateful she can still use her teaching skills by guiding others in a peacefilled yoga practice.
Deb Colling is a 200 E-RYT who will be completing her 500 hour certification in the Fall 2020. She has been married to her husband Michael, who is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, for 26 years. Together they have two children, Erin who is a senior at GVSU and Sean who is Junior at MSU. Her career in fitness began almost 20 years ago teaching Step Aerobics and other fitness classes. It was here that she was first introduced to yoga. After taking a hiatus from YMCA, Deb was drawn back to her yoga mat a couple of years later and it was then that she realized what it was that was missing from her life. It was here that she was able to let go of the depression and anxiety that was hanging over her life. She went back to teaching fitness classes and then later enrolled in her first 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2012. In 2016, her style of teaching had changed. The gym she worked at became an affiliate of Rock Steady Boxing, an exercise program for people with Parkinon’s Disease. Through research and discussion with Michael, she learned how yoga could help PWP and designed her own program, and went to Indianapolis to become a Certified Rock Steady Boxing Coach. Deb found her calling, helping with PWP has become her passion. In 2018, Deb completed a second 200 hour yoga teacher training and in 2019 completed Adaptive Yoga Moves Anybody Teacher Training. Deb believes that a person can never stop learning even when they have been doing something for a long time!
Julie Levinson is a Certified Yoga Therapist with 20+ years experience teaching yoga to a diverse community of students in Metro Detroit. Julie was the lead yoga teacher at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, offering daily, therapeutic yoga classes for patients, community and team members.