444 E Mitchell St, Petoskey MI - Enter through back door off the alley, best parking lot is the Livery Lot off of Michigan Street
Best Yoga Studio
Red Hot Best 2011
for each vote!
Creating Sacred Space for Healing Peace & Presence in Our Community
Founder & Lead Instructor
Proudly Serving Our Community Since 2007
Best Yoga Instructor
Readers Choice 2011 & 2012
You have an old injury, are overweight, have had a knee or hip replacement, haven't exercised in a while
Yoga meets you right where you are. All poses are easily modified to accommodate each individual body, regardless of age, ability or fitness level. There is no better way to ensure comfortable healthy aging than lubricating each major joint through full range of motion on a regular basis. Yoga strengthens the cardiovascular system, improves immune function and calms the nervous system. It keeps you young, strong, and pain free.
Not flexible enough
You have the most to gain! When you practice yoga, you will increase your body’s range of motion and flexibility. You will feel the benefits of gained flexibility immediately and leave each class feeling lighter because of it.
Intimidated by group classes
Feel free to schedule a private lesson so you become familiar with the poses and the teacher. Once you are feeling confident you can easily join a group class…. Or maybe you are feeling braver already and feel like starting today by coming in and taking any beginner or gentle class. This is fine too, we get beginners all the time and would be delighted for you to share your first experience with us. We all started somewhere!
Yoga is too easy
If you are an athlete and you think yoga is to slow or not challenging enough, we invite you to try our vinyasa or core strength classes. We are confident you will find a new definition of strength and agility. You will also discover that yoga will enhance your endurance and confidence in the sports and activities you already enjoy.
Tiffany Lenau discovered her love for yoga in 1992 and developed a strong personal practice in the years to follow. After finishing her bachelor’s degree she listened to her heart and received a certification in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga 2005. In 2006 she became an adjunct professor at North Central Michigan College, winning the student voted, Teacher of the Year Award in 2007. In the same year she opened Yoga Roots with the intention of creating sacred space for healing, peace and presence in her community. In 2011 she earned a Senior Level Certification at Kripalu Center for Yoga. Kripalu yoga embraces all people and meets them right where they are. The intention behind this practice is love and compassion. She was Voted Best Yoga Instructor by the Northern Express in both 2011 and 2012. During these years she was developing and establishing, Be the Love, a Yoga Alliance Registered, Yoga Teacher Training School.
Ms. Lenau is also a Healing Arts Professional and is certified in Positional Release Therapy and Reiki Energy Healing. She has seen many lives changed through the healing power of yoga and body/energy work. She considers herself blessed to be sharing these gifts with her students. Yoga empowers people to find healing and peace within themselves. These changes ripple out into their relationships with others and their relationship to the world at large.
Her latest discovery has been the incredible joys of Laughter Yoga and Acro Yoga. Both are great ways to be playful and build trust. They help students break down walls and allow us all to step out of our comfort zones. Best of all Acro and Laughter yoga are inclusive ways to be healthy and build community at any age.
Yoga Roots and Healing Arts was founded on the idea of creating a safe and sacred space. An inclusive, non-judgmental community where students could heal, learn and grow. Compassion is our intention. We happily support all ages, genders, body types and fitness levels. Our well trained staff uses intelligent alignment to keep all bodies safe and comfortable when practicing. Come as you are we are here to take care of you.
We have clean and sanitized top-of-the-line yoga mats. Most of our clients don't bother with lugging their mat to class because ours are so nice. Since we work to accommodate everyone we are fully equipped with blankets, bolsters, blocks, straps, and even lavender eye pillows. All equipment is provided at no extra cost.
Our studio offers sound healing during savasana (the end of class relaxation). We have a collection of antique Tibetan singing bowls, a gong and wind chimes. These sounds will take you to a place of deep peace beyond your daily concerns.
The roots of yoga are deeper than just the poses (asana). The original intention of the asana practice is to prepare the body for meditation, enlightenment, deeper states of being and for getting to know our true and authentic selves. Since we know the wisdom of yoga is found through meditation and deeper states of consciousness, we make time for relaxation at the end of every practice. This is where teachers share sound healing, yoga nidra, various styles of breath work and meditation. It is important that we offer opportunities and teach methods to empower our students to cultivate inner peace.
We are home to a yoga teacher training school. Tiffany Lenau, the founder of Yoga Roots is the Dean of, Be the Love, a 200 hour Yoga Alliance registered school. There is a real commitment to learning, you can expect to explore more than the asana. Our practice expands off our mats and into the way we think, feel and how we can heal.