Avé Veneklasen, Owner
Avé began practicing Yoga in 1997 because of her continuing low back issues. Her mentor teachers have been in the Iyengar method focusing on alignment and use of the props. Avé’s Yoga journey has been filled with discovery and has given her a renewed appreciation for her body, her mind, and the infinite energy of spirit. Beyond the physical benefits of a vibrant body, Yoga has grounded her through some difficult transitions, and opened her heart wider than she ever thought possible. In 2006 she became Yoga certified through the National Exercise Trainers Association. She has completed her YOGAWORKS 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification in Chicago, IL combining the Iyengar and Ashtanga methods. She continues to study with an Iyengar teacher in Ann Arbor.
Kate Bennett Burns
Kate has been practicing Yoga since 2009. She completed her 500 YTT in 2015 from Hilltop Yoga Studio in Lansing MI. She has trained wth many Yoga teachers including: Doug Swenson, Kino Macgregor and Maty Ezraty. Kate teaches traditional Vinyasa Yoga based on the eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga. Her Yoga classes combine all 8 limbs, focusing on asana (the physical postures) and pranayama (breath).
“Breath is the king of mind” -BKS IYENGAR
Mirian began her yoga practice at home in 2014 after many years of taking classes geared more towards physical fitness. Yoga found her! Beginning her yoga practice was the beginning to her confidence and perseverance in overcoming fear which eventually lead her to step foot into a Yoga studio. This space was where she surrendered herself and found that the yoga practice was far a deeper practice beyond the physical level. This is where she discovered that nothing was impossible anymore. In 2017 she completed her 200 YTT and is currently continuing on to her 300 YTT studying under Hilaire Lockwood at Hilltop Yoga in Lansing, MI. Diving deeper into the knowledge of the traditional authentic yoga practice, Mirian continues to study the practice of yoga by teaching and sharing the path to wisdom by finding the strength of self, to walk with peace and love with our hearts wide open.
Caitlin began practicing Yoga as a way to treat and prevent injury after years of long-distance running. Since her first yoga class in 2010, Caitlin has evolved her yoga practice to be a means to slow down the body and the mind with a focus on breath and intention. In 2019 she completed her 200 YTT at Hilltop Yoga in Lansing and is continually growing her practice through workshops and learning from other teachers. Caitlin teaches traditional Yoga based on the Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga which combines alignment focused postures with Vinyasa (movement through breath).
Dana began practicing Yoga in 2014 as a means to relieve stress, increase body awareness, and clear the mind. Since then, Yoga has been a consistent teacher in her life both on and off the mat. In 2018, she completed her 200 YTT at aUM Yoga in Ann Arbor with a focus on Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa. In 2019, she received her teaching certificate in Yin. In her classes, Dana strives to cultivate a safe and supportive space by offering variations and encouraging self exploration through asana and pranayama.