May 11, 2014

Teachers

Courtney Fitzpatrick, MA, RYT-500, founder of Verapose Yoga

Yoga has been a genuine life saver for Courtney!  She was introduced to yoga at 17; along with talk therapy and chiropractic care, yoga helped her heal from an eating disorder and jump-start the recovery process.
 
Yoga is the one true thread that’s allowed Courtney to come back to herself over and over again.  She does not take a one-size-fits-all approach within her teaching, and finds joy in sharing yoga with yogis of all sizes, abilities and backgrounds.  She loves teaching all ages, but especially loves working privately with women who who wish to reclaim the connection to themselves.
 
Courtney has her Master’s Degree in Arts Administration (formerly a fundraiser), RYT-200 with Jonny Kest in 2010, RYT-500 with Saundarya O’Connell in 2015, Reiki I and II in 2004 with Ray Golden and Reiki III Master Level in 2017 with Frans Steine, Birth and Postpartum Doula training in 2016 with DONA and ProDoula, and is the owner of Verapose Yoga Studio in Dexter, MI since 2015.  When she’s away from the studio you can find her spending time with her family of 3 boys, their pound pup Tai and her husband, whom she met on an adventure in Colorado.

 

In her own words…

The 3 words that best describe me… determined, generous, loving.

On my playlist right now… The Reverb Junkie, Sia, Thievery Corporation, (ok and maybe a little Taylor Swift too!).

I rejuvenate by… cranking up some music and having a dance party in my kitchen either with my guys, my kooky dog or solo – usually with a cooking utensil in hand.

Lately I’m inspired… by stories about fearless women entrepreneurs from all over the world living their dreams to the fullest.

My favorite asana… Shirshasana – headstand, which is strength building to the max, drops me back into the present moment instantly and is a perfect way to flip perspective!

I knew I wanted to be a yoga instructor… when I decided I wanted to deepen my own practice and do authentic, soulful work by helping others to tap into their own intuitive wisdom and healing potential.

My favorite quote… “How you do anything, is how you do everything.” ~Author Unknown


Katie Hoener, MSW, RYT-500, co-founder Verapose Yoga

Katie began practicing yoga in 2000 following a rotator cuff surgery.  She soon learned that yoga was a beautifully safe space to calm the mind and look within.  Katie is a licensed clinical social worker, and spends her days working in Community Mental Health, where she does her best to incorporate the teachings of yoga, as appropriate.  Katie wishes to convey that yoga is for everyone, and asks students to give themselves the permission to find their truth each and every time they arrive on the mat.  She enjoys all styles of yoga, though has gravitated to the ones with therapeutic outcomes and methods.  Katie recently completed her RYT 500 at Sun Moon Yoga.

In her own words…

The 3 words that best describe me… Loyal, Sensitive, Stubborn.

On my playlist right now… James Brown, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Florence and the Machine.

I rejuvenate by… Walking my two lovely dogs, reading a book, attending yoga classes.

Lately I’m inspired by… friends, science, self-discovery.

My favorite asana…  Utthita Parsvalonasana, Extended Side Angle.

I knew I wanted to be a yoga instructor when… I started yoga as a way to recover from a shoulder injury, and discovered it to be one of the only places where I was able, even for a few minutes, to quite my mind. It started a long love-affair, that I now hope to pass along to others.

My favorite quote… “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” Friedrich Nietzsche

“If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.” Maya Angelou (I went for 2 also)


Barbara Concannon, RYT-200

Barbara Concannon is a 200 RYT and member, Yoga Alliance; certified by Saundarya O’Donnell of Sun Moon Yoga in Ann Arbor.  She is a wife, mother, and marathon runner.  Barbara teaches Vitality Yoga (designed for 55+) and Yoga for Strength at Verapose Yoga.

In her own words ….

The 3 words that best describe me… Loyal, content, egoless.

On my playlist right now… Phillip Phillips, Rufus Wainright, Lady Antebellum.

I rejuvenate by… running.   

Lately I’m inspired… by the wind blowing through the trees and the beauty of nature when I’m outdoors running.

My favorite asana… Eka Pada Rajakapotasana. After a run this feels so good!   

I knew I wanted to be a yoga instructor…when I realized my outlook on life is evolving,  there is an inner peace I now experience that I never had  before, and I wanted to share this opportunity for transformation and emergence of the true inner Self with others.

My favorite quote ….  “What you seek is seeking you” ~ Rumi

My favorite Yoga Sutra is 2.33, pratipaksha bhavana (turn negative thoughts into positive ones).


Caitlin Concannon, RYT-200

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As a Practitioner for the past 10 years, hatha yoga has always remained the consistent foundation of Caitlin’s practice; she completed her teacher training at Hatha yoga school, Sun Moon Yoga in Ann Arbor. Her teaching style emphasizes hatha yoga core values as a fundamental approach to building a practice on and off the mat. Her classes offer specific hatha yoga methods and modifications to safely practice and explore the benefits of each posture within the boundaries and framework of any individual expression, bringing body and mind into balance through a holistic approach centered around breath work, a balance of strength building and restorative poses; conditioning in mindfulness, meditation, mantra and mudra, detail in anatomy and physiology to specifically prepare for safe and effective alignment of all postures. Experience mindful movement, an approach that accentuates the journey inward, disconnect with the connection to suffering; work to access and develop natural energy, cultivate awareness, honor and acceptance, inner strength, focus, and clarity. All hatha yoga elements are incorporated or modified to emphasize health benefits for all ages and fitness levels.


Celia Fellin, RYT-200

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Celia started practicing yoga six years ago. With a desire to learn more about yoga and to become a teacher, she completed her 200 hour teacher training at Sun Moon Yoga in May, 2015. She loves to teach a basic class which encourages students to mindfully practice poses and calm the mind. She likes to create an atmosphere where students find a calm, moving meditation and come away feeling like their body and mind have been lovingly massaged. She also teaches classes which create more energy and challenge the body to create heat and strengthen and create balance in the body. These classes use the breath to guide the movement and create space in the body and allow the mind to go with the flow. It is her hope that everyone will find a yoga community that they embrace because there are so many opportunities to practice yoga and there is a place and style of yoga for everyone…everyone.

In her own words ….

The 3 words that best describe me… inquisitive, energetic, loyal.

On my playlist right now… songs from Glee, Snatam Kaur, Birdie, Kendrick Lamar.

I rejuvenate by… doing yoga and taking an epsom salt bath.

Lately I’m inspired by… other yoga teachers, creative people.

My favorite asana… Eka Pada Rajakapotasana – we did this in my first yoga class and I was shocked at the intensity, now I love this asana.

I knew I wanted to be a yoga instructor… when I was guiding a fellow yogi during a yoga class. It was kind of impulsive, but I’m glad I listened to my inner voice.

My favorite quote… “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” Lao Tzu

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