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
Justine’s yoga journey began in 2012 after years of searching for an effective recovery from knee injuries while playing sports in high school. This practice helped her find her ground again to explore a healthy and active lifestyle while teaching her building blocks of positive self expression not only in the physical body but also throughout her mental, emotional, and spiritual reflections. Our physical practice is often the gateway to help piece together the rest of it all – self-discipline, self-expression, breathwork, detachment, concentration, meditation – Justine offers a safe space for students to express themselves on their mat while learning to build acceptance of the present moment with love and compassion. Justine continues to studies under her instructor, Hilaire Lockwood for her 500 hour teacher training certificate from Hilltop Yoga in Lansing.
Lisa Krejcik began studying Yoga as a student 7 years ago while living in Chicago, where she was a teacher. She committed to a daily practice after her experience in Costa Rica ant the Blue Osa Resort. Upon returning to Jackson, she received her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification at Exhale Yoga in Manchester MI. She is excited to share her love of yoga with her home community.