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Khristy began her yoga practice in 2009 while living in Denver, Colorado. Her closest friends spent much of their time in the yoga studio and suggested Khristy join them; she found core power yoga complimented her active lifestyle. When she moved to northern Michigan in 2011 she longed to find a place in the yoga community and was thrilled to find an open door at Yoga Roots, where she has been practicing ever since. To fulfill the desire to deepen her personal practice, Khristy complete the 200 hour Be the Love Yoga Teacher Training with Tiffany Lenau in 2015. A teacher by trade, Khristy has a strong desire to guide others in their learning. In Khristy's classes she gives students time and space to connect with their own light while incorporating a sense of connection with the community. She creates an atmosphere where everyone feels accomplished and cared for. Khristy lives in Petoskey with her husband, two dogs, and cat. Outside of the studio, she enjoys running, hiking, cycling, snowboarding, and traveling.
Katie excelled in a 12 year college teaching career before moving to Petoskey, Michigan in 2016. Transitioning from teaching public speaking and interpersonal communication to teaching yoga somehow seemed to be a perfect fit. By recognizing the stress and anxiety brought on by public performance in everyday life, she strives to demonstrate the physical and emotional support that yoga can provide. Since completing her 200 hour training under Tiffany Lenau of Be The Love in Petoskey, Michigan, Katie has found a path of spiritual leadership. She dedicates much of her personal and professional time to meditation, energetic and sound healing, and both feasting upon and serving the buffet that is yoga.
Sarah Daniels found yoga in high school, when she and a friend stumbled upon a Rodney Yee instructional video. Since then, she has practiced various styles including Vinyasa, Hatha, and restorative yoga and is currently enrolled in Be The Love Yoga Teacher Training School at Yoga Roots. Sarah believes yoga is the foundation to living 'the good life,' and she also enjoys trail running, cooking from scratch and exploring the lakes on her paddle board. She and her husband are new homeowners in Boyne City.
Yoga is for everyone; unity on the mat builds community.
"Retirement gives one time to do all kinds of new things and explore areas of interest. I have been intrigued by yoga for years but never followed through on my interest. Yoga Roots' gentle classes have given me the opportunity to physically stretch my body, connect my mind to my body and care for myself in a new way, and helped to change my mindset to be less judgmental and critical of myself and others. It has improved the quality of my life physically and mentally, and I am very grateful." - Sallie Thompson
"Being a total beginner I felt welcomed, included and most importantly not judged. I can't tell you enough what amazing energy your space has and you can FEEL the love in the room itself. We live in Cadillac but spend our weekends in Petoskey and I'm up there lots traveling for work. We can't wait to be back. Thanks for sharing such a magical space with us."
“I achieved yoga bliss through the guidance of the talented women at Yoga Roots. My bliss took a while to achieve, six months of practice. Yoga and diet have given me the best body I have had in 30 years. I smile more and have a lighter step all day after a good core work out. Beginner and gentle yoga have given me a mental peace. My knees do not hurt and I have experienced relief from back pain. So if you are overweight with high blood pressure or any sort of challenge, I urge you to give yoga a try.”
- Dan Adams
"This is an amazing studio where you can comfortably learn the art of yoga and develop your own practice as you grow. The teachers are warm, inviting and love what they do."
"The best yoga studio I have found yet. All the instructors are fully aware of how it works. Look inward, be your breath, DO IT! Love you guys!"
- Megan Meyer
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You need no previous knowledge or to purchase any equipment
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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. To read more about Tiffany, visit our Home Page.
Ashley fell in love with yoga at early age as she struggled through some health issues. Since the age 16 Ashley has been finding her inner peace on and off the mat. Ashley attended Kendall College of Art and Design where she recieved her Bachelors Degree in interior design and fine arts with a painting focus. After college Ashley moved on to San Francisco bay area where she took her love for arts and yoga and continued on her journey. She decided that she would like to start teaching yoga and looked into schools while living in San Fransisco. Not only to deepen her practice but so that she could start sharing the amazing healing properties of both yoga, healing arts, and art therapy. Returning to northern Michigan in 2014 Ashley found a teacher training program locally in Petoskey, Michigan at Be the Love Registered Yoga Training School. After looking into many schools in many states she knew this would be the perfect fit. She completed her RYT 200 hour Certification there as well as as Reikei Energy Healing Certification level 1.
Chris Floraday began practicing yoga in 2012, at the suggestion of her Pilates teacher. She began yoga later in life, and wants to remind everyone it is never too late to begin a yoga practice. When not at the studio either teaching or taking class, Chris loves to read, knit, sew and eat chocolate. After a moving to Petoskey full-time, Chris began at Yoga Roots as a student and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Tiffany Leneau at Be the Love registered yoga school. Chris is very interested in pursuing Positional Release Therapy as her next step on her yoga teacher path.Chris’ classes will help students build breath and body awareness. She wants students to know that anyone who is breathing can do yoga—you don’t have to be able to cross your feet behind your head to have a satisfying yoga experience! Remember—it’s called yoga practice (not yoga perfect) for a reason!
Lynn has also enjoy full body wellness, either thru outdoor activity or physical exercise. This lead her to Classical Pilates in 2000, in 2005 she became certified by Jennifer Kries and found this background to be the perfect compliment to her her B.S. in Athletic Training. In 2007 she started into the next adventure of Massage Therapy, as a way to incorporate a manual therapy. In 2008 she received her NCBTMB Board License, and most recently has been appointed to the Michigan State Board of Massage Therapy. The true joy Lynn receives when teaching or providing massage, is the enrichment it creates for her clients.
Meet Our Teachers
Christine found yoga after a relationship that moved her overseas and back. She realized that in being open to the process, she was able to heal through her practice. Christine was certified in Hatha Yoga under South Florida's Lisa Pumper and is RYT 200.
Raquel, born and raised in Northern Michigan, has always been an enthusiastic and playful person. Throughout her life, she had been searching for something to be passionate about. In Fall of 2014, Raquel enrolled in a beginning yoga class through her college at Yoga Roots & Healing Arts with Tiffany Lenau. After her first class, something in Raquel had changed; she had finally found her home, her passion - yoga. As her yoga practice grew, her love for yoga blossomed into something she knew she wanted to share with her community. She had found a way to share expression through breath and movement. After receiving her Associate of Arts Degree in the Spring of 2015, Raquel enrolled in the Be The Love 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training program, hosted at Yoga Roots & Healing Arts, and completed her training in February 2016. Raquel's classes are light hearted and motivational, supporting you no matter where you are in your practice. Off of the mat, Raquel enjoys drawing, snowboarding, running and spending warm days out in the sunshine.