Members Of The Month

Katherine Schaefer

July 2020

Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI Who or What inspired you to be a Yoga Instructor: I was talking to my second yoga teacher, Karen Farkas and I casually mentioned that I would like to be a yoga teacher someday. A few months later Karen needed a sub for some of her classes and she asked me…Read More

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Patti Nevin

June 2020

Name & Hometown: I was born & raised in central NW Detroit. I now live inS. Rockwood, in northern Monroe County. Who inspired me: Lillias Folan on PBS ! Plus, my 1st yoga instructor…in thedays of ‘Free University’ at WSU, in the late 1960’s. I enjoyed the poses & breath work…but it was the peace…Read More

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Sue Albert

May 2020

Heartfelt Yoga – Lake Orion, MI My 1st introduction to Yoga was when I was 8 years old, my mother (Marion) practiced yoga in our house and she even brought an instructor to the house. I always felt like she was ahead of her time, as this was in the early 1960’s. Marion found yoga…Read More

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Tracy Hennessey

March 2020

Name & Hometown: Tracy Hennessey – Born in Wisconsin, grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, now living in Berkley, Michigan. Who or what inspired you to be a yoga instructor: I have my degree in Recreational Therapy and was working as an Activity Director helping older adults and their families deal with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Stroke,…Read More

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Karen Lutz

January 2020

I live and teach in the Birmingham Bloomfield area and started practicing yoga later in life after a friend of mine suggested I try yoga because I was experiencing pain in my back. Yoga has been a healing and compassionate avenue, and it stayed with me as I continued the practice and studied for the…Read More

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Audrey Pleasant

December 2019

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Mike Wysner

November 2019

I started yoga initially, some time in the 90’s, after reading an article of “the five rights” that promised to increase energy and longevity… and many other attractive claims. (After studying yoga I realized they were simply yoga poses, lol). My first real introduction came after open heart surgery. I “tried” yoga to heal. After…Read More

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Patricia Halloran

October 2019

Hello everyone. My name is Pat Halloran and I’ve been a member of YAGD since September of 2014. I live in Farmington Hills and retired from teaching nursing at Macomb Community College in 2000. I didn’t attend my first yoga class until December of 2004 when I was 62 years old. A girlfriend was visiting…Read More

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Claudette Bond

May 2019

Name & Hometown: Claudette Robena Davis Bond/native Michigander since 6 months of age, am soon to be 76 years of age. Who & What inspired you to be a yoga instructor? Krishna Kaur of Los Angeles, California and Gail Twitty of Detroit, Michigan were the Ladies of inspiration, promoting Yoga teaching to and for me.…Read More

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Char Vukonich

April 2019

Name & Hometown: Charlene D Vukonich, Farmington Hills MI. Who or what inspired you to be a yoga instructor: I think I was most influenced by Katherine Schaefer. I have always practiced yoga off and on since my 20’s, but never thought about teaching. I figured I loved my job so much I would work…Read More

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