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 Book, 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
Chelsea Franklin, RYT-500 and E-RYT200
I’m Chelsea from Jacksonville, Florida. I’ve been practicing yoga for over 14 years and teaching for over 12 years. I’m a RYT-500 and E-RYT200. I encourage and empower my students to listen to and meet themselves where they are, rather than where they think they should be. My goal is to always leave students feeling more connected, aligned and present in both their bodies and minds. When not on my mat or teaching, I love spending time in the great outdoors!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barbara Baker, RYT 500
Barbara Baker began practicing yoga in 1977 after the birth of her second child. The breathing and concentration were familiar to her, and the stretching came naturally. She was hooked. She attended a Kripalu styled yoga training in 1982 as a huge fan of mind/body practice. Mindfulness is the inspiration for how she teaches. Surviving breast cancer, and meeting Christina Phipps, inspired her to obtain her RYT 200 certification (2011). Following that, she participated in Christina Phipps Foundation Yoga training. Teaching yoga, and sharing yoga with this special community brings her the greatest joy. In fact, she found a new calling! Her growth in yoga has led her to workshops in restorative yoga, yin yoga, and ultimately to receive her RYT 500 certification (2017). Life is a journey, and having yoga interwoven into her life’s path has been a blessing. As she continues to grow, she is happily adding studies in accessible yoga for the MS population. Having a family member with MS has inspired her to reach out and share the practice through the oMS community. In partnership with oMS, we welcome Barb to our team of teachers for our virtual classes.