Our People (old)

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… Supportive, Committed, Loyal.

Lately I’m inspired… by the fall colors as the trees are changing; people who ‘walk the talk’; seeing young people getting involved in politics!

My favorite quote ….  The Nike “Just do It”. It’s short and sweet, but when I don’t want to do something, I think of that quote and I get the job done!

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

Celia Fellin, RYT-200












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… Loyal, Energetic, Quirky.

My favorite quote is … “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

Lately I’m inspired  … to update my teaching style to include practices that are more intentional.

My favorite style to teach is … VinYin – best of both worlds! Energizing and meditative. 

Carter Scott
Carter has been practicing yoga since 1995. The physical practice of Ashtanga helped him repair his body from countless injuries while playing hockey, football and racing motorcycles. In 2002, after making his first feature documentary film “ONE,” Carter’s focus shifted to the spiritual dimension in yoga. While making the movie, he spent three years with some of the world’s greatest spiritual teachers, authors and icons such as Deepak Chopra, Robert Thurman, RamDas and Thich Nhat Hanh to name a few. Their teaching, wisdom and insight gave Carter a bridge to link the body with the mind and spirit. He then began learning the classic eight-limbed path of ashtanga by legendary yogini Beryl Bender Birch in 2005 and, with the encouragement of Beryl, he started teaching right away.
Carter incorporates his experience as an athlete into the physical practice of the traditional asana. In his teachings, Carter’s spiritual insight is woven in with every-day stories, events, humor and practical applications. Carter offers a safe space for self exploration with a strong focus on body awareness.

A Michigan native, artist, writer and an independent filmmaker, Carter has made Ann Arbor his home since 2012. He currently teaches throughout Ann Arbor, offering classes, workshops, events and weekend retreats at different studios and companies. Carter’s portfolio includes a variety of styles, ranging from hatha and vinyasa to yin, flow and restorative.

In his own words…

The 3 words to describe me are … Creative, Connected, Caring ….Carter 🙂

My favorite quote is … By Socrates ” I drank what?” ….. I’m joking.

“Live everyday like it is your last, one day you’ll be right.” ….. No, I’m kidding!

“If you meet the Buddha on the road kill him” By Zen Master Linji,… Yes, this is the one.

Lately I’m inspired … By the chaos in the world.

My favorite style to teach is … Hatha Flow

Laurie Dean, RYT-500, Level 1 Parayoga Teacher, Ayurveda Health Counselor
I began  practiced yoga in  2000 and found Parayoga in 2003 when I began studying with my teacher Yogarupa Rod Stryker – life changing!  Study with him continues – I am  inspired by his dedication to growth, his reverence for his teachers and the teachings, and his great sense of humor!   Love being a certified Four Desires trainer – 1 of approx. 25 students who have been trained to offer this life-changing work based on Rod’s book The Four Desires.
 I appreciate all I learned from Sarah and Ty Powers , and the study of  alignment based yoga with Jordan Bloom.
Curious and passionate about learning,  I became an Ayurveda Health Counselor in 2015, completing the NAMA certified 650 hr program with Dr Rosy Mann – director of Kripalu’s School of Ayurveda and Kathryn Templeton of Yoga International fame!

To share with others the gifts I has received from all my teachers is what inspire me to teach!

In her own words…

The 3 Words that describe me are … Curious, Committed, Exuberant

My favorite quote is … “Your inner teacher is connected to the same stream of consciousness that all the great teachings and great teachers have come from…”

Lately I’m inspired … by the elegance and intelligence of Ayurveda

My favorite style to teach is … Parayoga – Alignment oriented – with an emphasis on creating steadiness in both body and mind.


Shannon Walters, RYT-200

Shannon began practicing yoga regularly over 20 years ago.  In 2005 she went through yoga teacher training at Namaste in Royal Oak, MI.  She also has a MA in Sociology from New Mexico State University.  She lives locally with her husband, daughter and 2 cats.  Her classes focus on using the breath to guide the movements in a meditative and restorative way.   She focuses on functional movement to strengthen and lengthen muscles while working to quiet the mind.  Her classes include asana, breath-work, and meditative practices.


3 words to describe me…  compassionate, friendly and honest

On my playlist right now… Passenger, Classical, Black Eyed Peas, Moana Soundtrack (for my daughter 😊)

I rejuvenate by… movement and meditation

Lately I am inspired by… the science of yoga (always!)

My favorite asana… Trikonasana (triangle) it is a wonderful whole body stretch which just feels good!

My favorite quote… too many to just name one 😊