founder of yoga moves ms
MHSA, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT, Qualified MBSR Teacher
Founder of Yoga Moves MS and author of Adaptive Yoga Moves Any Body, Mindy Eisenberg is honored to welcome you to Adaptive Yoga Moves Any Body programs. She is proud of our mighty community, and how we improve the quality of life for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and other neuromuscular conditions. Her interest in adaptive yoga is extremely personal. Mindy’s mother was challenged with a progressive form of MS and confined to a wheelchair and bed for most of her adult life. Her mother is her guiding light. Mindy’s students continue to be her main source of inspiration to grow the Yoga Moves MS community.
After attending a yoga class, she was hooked and began a daily practice for nearly a decade. In 2004, she completed her first teacher training and was invited to volunteer and instruct at an MS support group in a prominent MS Center and at the MS Society. She quickly realized how yoga can benefit individuals with chronic neuromuscular conditions like her mother.
Mindy is the author of Adaptive Yoga Moves Any Body, Adaptive Yoga Cards, and videos and presents nationally. She views herself as a perpetual student, continuing to learn from some of the best instructors in the country. Her seven years of experience as a hospital administrator at the University of Michigan allows her to bring the Yoga Moves MS philosophy of healing and the importance of the mind-body relationship to the healthcare arena.
For more information, view Mindy’s full resume below.
meet the team
Katherine McRae, RYT-500
Kathy spent 30 years in the automotive industry and discovered yoga while exploring different ways to cope with the stresses of her management role. After retiring, Kathy completed her teacher training, and now helps students connect with their own wisdom, expansive potential and healing abilities. She believes that yoga is available to everyone.
Mandy Bush, MAT, E-RYT, LVCYT
Mandy has over 3,700 hours of teaching experience using the practices of yoga, breath, meditation, self-care, and mindfulness to help students manage stress, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, PTSD, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, ADHD, and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Deb Colling, E-RYT 200
Deb has 20 years of experience teaching fitness and, since 2012, yoga classes. She was inspired to teach yoga when she found that her own yoga practice enabled to let go of the depression and anxiety. In 2016, she learned of Rock Steady Boxing, an exercise program for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Through research, she learned how yoga could also help a person with Parkinson’s, designed her own program and became a Certified Rock Steady Boxing Coach. Deb found her calling; helping individuals with Parkinson’s. In 2018, Deb completed a second 200-hour yoga teacher training, and then completed Adaptive Yoga Moves Any Body Teacher Training. Deb believes that a person never stops learning even if they have been doing something for a long time!
Marie Demres, RYT 200
In addition to teaching with Yoga Moves MS, Marie is a mom, wife, special education teacher and business owner. Her focus is to become a person that she can admire and to allow her positive energy and light to impact others, which yoga enables her to do.
Jill Dunphy, CYT200, CMW
Jill has been a yoga practitioner since 1999. Her background as a dancer, an athlete and in business gives her first-hand experience with the stresses we place on our bodies and minds, and the healing power of movement, breath, and meditation. Jill’s classes will help you focus, create space and find release where you need it most, both on and off the mat.
Lori Flowers, RYT 200
Lori was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1996, and began practicing yoga in 2010 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, and since 2018 has been mentored by Mindy for teaching Yoga Moves MS. It is Lori’s passion to help people be healthy and happy through yoga, as well as embrace a positive attitude and healthy nutritional habits. Lori is also a pioneer in the field of forensic genealogy, volunteering her time to reunite families separated through adoption, and investigates “cold cases” using DNA.
Deborah has been practicing yoga since 2006, embracing the mind, body, and breath experience as a way of cultivating a strong physical, mental and emotional state of being. She teaches a variety of yoga methods including hatha, vinyasa, adaptive, chair, and gentle floor yoga. Deborah earned her Bachelors in Therapeutic Recreation from Eastern Michigan University and MBA from Baker College.
Bettyanne Hodges, YTT 200
Betty began practicing yoga years ago after experiencing multiple injuries. Yoga helped her heal, build strength, improve flexibility and return to all her favorite activities. Yoga also gave her something very unexpected: a sense of peace. She would leave a class feeling physically challenged and mentally whole. Since completing her teacher certification, Bettyanne continues to participate in ongoing teacher training. In addition to working with Yoga Moves MS, she also works with veterans, special needs adults, seniors and people experiencing back issues.
Anita Lamour, RYT 200
Anita spent over 20 years training for a competitive sport which left her physically unbalanced and injured, and experienced work-related stress and anxiety. She began practicing yoga and found that it healed 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. Anita retired from full-time public school employment in 2017 and is grateful she can use her teaching skills guiding others in their yoga practice.
Julie Levinson, C-IAYT 200
Julie is a Certified Yoga Therapist with 20+ years of experience teaching yoga to a diverse community of students throughout Metro Detroit. Julie was the lead yoga teacher at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital offering daily, therapeutic yoga classes for patients, team members, and the community.
Brooke Mallon, RYT 200
Brooke gives back to others in recovery and anybody willing to show up on their mat as they are, with whatever they are capable of at the moment. She encourages others to grow in self-acceptance and to build a compassionate relationship with self by maintaining mindfulness, conscious movement and qualified clinical support.
Zara Teicher, RYT 200
Zara believes that the more we grow inward the more we can be there for others. She brings to each class what she has learned from her own practice: a deepened sense of self-knowledge, and a place of internal steadiness that allows one to navigate life with a sense of joy. In addition to teaching with Yoga Moves MS, Zara also teaches traditional hatha yoga.
Barbara Wilker, RYT 200
Barbara is a former elementary school teacher who has practiced yoga since 2003. In addition to teaching adaptive, basic and Yin yoga, Barbara is a Reiki and meditation practitioner meditation.
Marcia Williams, RYT 200
Marcia considers teaching yoga to be a blessed experience. As a person with Multiple Sclerosis, Marcia is able to understand her students’ visual challenges, coordination problems, numbness, and even the MS “hug.” She knows from personal experience that yoga can and will make a difference. Although change may not be instant, she is confident that the change becomes apparent in how your body responds to continued practice and integration of breathing techniques.