Dina Sheldon, RYT 200, M.S. - NIA White Belt, Y4C, YCAT, started her practice in 1994 when she was discovered by Fredric Ferri, founder of YogaPro, as a yoga toe model! Current owner of A² Yoga, Dina is a Cancer Doula after dealing with breast cancer herself in 2015-16. Traditionally a Hatha style teacher, she continues to study The Art of Yin Yoga from founder, Paulie Zink (200hrs), Yoga for Cancer & Chronic Illness from Jnani Chapman, Yoga 4 Cancer from author Tari Prinster, Adaptive Yoga & Indian Yin. She continues to also teach affordable private classes knowing this is a way to support individuals in incorporating yoga both on and off the mat. In addition, she is completing her certification through Dona International as a Prenatal & Post-natal Doula. She lives & breathes the Ann Arborite lifestyle, and enjoys cooking, traveling, speaking spanish, chocolate, and playing Pass the Pigs!
"I believe in creating a new equation...Yoga equals Life. Asana equals Movement. When we create the paradigm shift, our life becomes integrated body, emotion, mind, and spirit. It is how we choose to live that becomes the Living Yoga!"
Thursday 9:15 – 10:30a
Energetic and acutely aware of energy, Ana has always been curious and fascinated by the human body and how it moves. She thinks and breathes in bodily terms. Her connection to the kinetic is apparent from her days as a top athlete in school to her dynamic teaching style in Nia or Prana Vinyassa class. Her fascination with the human body initially took her to study massage therapy, where she completed her certification at the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy.
With yoga, Ana has overcome and corrected severe scoliosis, which used to cause her to have massive migraine headaches. “Yoga was a huge part of reshaping, correcting, and strengthening my spine. That experience helps me relate to my students with injuries and severe health and pain issues.” Nia, or Neuromuscular Integrated Action followed shortly after. NIA combines nine different techniques including yoga, martial arts, dance, and healing arts.
“It’s really all about moving your body in your body’s own way.” She said, “It’s learning to reconnect with yourself through movement, dance, and creativity." With regular practice of yoga, Nia, and body therapy, Ana maintains dynamic energy, remains in superb physical health, and brings this to each and every class!
Monday 7:15 – 8:15p – Vinyasa
Wednesday 7:30 – 8:30p – Hatha Flow
Tuesday 11:00 – 12:00p – On~A Flow Vinyasa
Friday 5:30 – 6:30p – On~A Flow Vinyasa
Saturday 11:00 – 12:00p – NIA
From the very first time I rolled out my mat, yoga has given me a sense of coming home to myself. It is for this that I keep coming back for more! Having practiced and completed teacher training with Noah Maze and Todd Tesen in the Anusara method, my teaching brings a keen awareness to alignment and breathe as the way to access and (re)connect with our true essence. Yoga is a tool and a gift we give ourselves, and I am deeply honored to be teaching others about the gifts of yoga.
Sunday 9:15 – 10:15a Hatha
Carter has practiced yoga for over 15 years and found his passion for teaching in 2007 after making his first feature documentary film "ONE" where he spent 3 years with some of the worlds greatest spiritual teachers, authors and icons (Deepak Chopera, Ram Das, Robert Thurman, Ken Wilber and Thich Nhat Hanh). He learned the classic eight-limbed path of ashtanga by legendary yogini Beryl Bender Birch. He has taken this experience and infused it with traditional asana allowing space for self exploration. A Michigan native, Carter made Ann Arbor his home for the pat 3 years but continues to teach around the country assisting in workshops, retreats and one-day events. Carter is an artist, writer and an independent filmmaker.
Monday 6:00 – 7:15p – Heart-Centered Hatha
Tuesday 9:30 – 10:30a – Hatha
Wednesday 9:15 – 10:30a – Heart-Centered Hatha
Elle Koski teaches yoga to celebrate the physical body and the creative spirit. Elle began her yoga practice in 2012 to build power and flexibility for running and weight training. Deep within asana practice, she discovered the beautiful integration of the body, mind, and heart through yoga.
After receiving a BA in English Language Arts and Education from the University of Michigan, Elle continued her practice throughout Michigan and Los Angeles, CA. She earned her 200hr yoga teacher certification from Ana Hough, founder of A2 Yoga in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She recently completed a 40hr Trauma Sensitive Yoga training with Jenn Turner, LMHC, RYT and David Emerson YACEP, TCTSY-F form the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Mass.
For her, both language and movement build connections between people and the world around them. Yoga has carried her through challenge and triumph and she holds the space for the meaningful, sacred movement of all people.
Jo began practicing yoga in 1996, and began teaching in 2005. She has studied extensively within a variety of lineages, including Jivamukti, Prana Vinyasa, and traditional Hatha yoga. Jo's classes are informed greatly by her travels, her family life, and her deep commitment to building community. Classes are based in Vinyasa flow and focus on alignment, philosophy, breath work, mindfulness, and strength-- while not discounting the importance of humor, challenge, and growth.
Thursday 7:15 – 8:30p – Vinyasa
Wednesday 7:30 – 8:30p – Hatha Flow
Juliana likes to say that "Yoga is the way back home. And the sweet home is in the heart, where lives the truth of self." Juliana Carniel started her yoga path 10 years ago in Brazil, the country where she is from. Since her first experience with a yoga class, she fell in love with it and decided that she wanted to work as a yoga teacher and help people to be able to touch or to connect with this incredible sensation of the inner self, that yoga brings to ones life. While pregnant with her daughter nine years ago, she had practiced yoga and it made a huge difference in her life. She loves to teach pre-natal classes because she's been there and she knows and remembers how much healthier and stronger, physically, mentally and emotionally she felt. It was at that time she decided that she wanted to be a yoga teacher for pregnant women and share the gifts of this knowledge. In 2010 Juliana moved to India with her family and for four years she had a fantastic experience of living yoga every day, traveling around India with her daughter, experiencing a life in ashrams, studying yoga, and visiting spiritual cities.Juliana finished her second YTT at A2 Yoga in Ann Arbor in November 2017 and has been teaching classes at A2 Yoga.
Education: Brazil: BSC in Marketing India: Yoga Instructor Course by Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA). Ann Arbor: 200 h Yoga Teacher Training with Ana Hough, founder of A2 Yoga. Ann Arbor: Birth and Postpartum Doula
Sunday 10:30 - 11:45 am Pre-natal Yoga – Mommy Time
Monday 9:30 - 10:30 am – Hatha Flow yoga
Tuesday 7:15 - 8:30 pm, Pre-natal Yoga – Mommy Time
We've all been there: "Place which foot where? What was that word again? Am I doing this right?" Bring any and all of your yoga questions (about poses, alignment, mantra, yoga philosophy & more) and we'll break things down in this informal weekly playshop. We'll start with a warm-up flow, then dive into asana play time with lots of individual attention and hands-on assists. All levels are welcome - together we'll find the perfect pose variation for your practice.
Lora began her healing, yogic journey in 2008 and continues to return to her mat to breathe and revitalize. Knowing experientially the myriad benefits that yoga brings to one's life and wanting to hold a trauma-informed space within the yoga community, she pursed her 200hr certification with Ana Hough here at A2 Yoga. In addition she completed the Trauma Center's Trauma-Sensitive Yoga 40-hour training at Kripalu. Her classes are based on traditional Hatha forms, breathing techniques, and mindful meditation. Lora believes that yoga is a way of being — a healing and strengthening practice that invites us to be in the present moment and reconnect with ourselves, our friends and family, and our communities.
"Through connection, we find joy and meaning, liberation and peace."
Friday 9:30 – 10:30a – Gentle/Restorative
Saturday 9:30 – 10:30a – Yoga for Stress & Trauma
Mary, 300hr RYT, began practicing yoga in 2010 and was transformed by the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits. She received her 200hr certification in 2013 in Denver, CO from Samadhi Center for Yoga. She has worked at the welcome desk at A2 Yoga for 4 years and in 2017 completed an additional 100 hours of training with Ana Hough (founder of A2 Yoga.) Her classes invite the exploration of organic movement, and often include bhajans with guitar as well as elements of yoga nidra. Her compassionate and down to earth attitude brings a loving energy to all of her classes where students are encouraged to open their minds and hearts through movement.
Thurs 6:15 – 7:15p – Hatha Flow
Megan Sims has been dancing most of her life, starting as early as five years old dancing around the living room. As a certified Nia instructor she brings a special Zen to the classes she teaches. With a degree in Dance from the University of Michigan, and currently enrolled in a Masters program in Counseling and Psychology at Goddard College, Megan combines her education and experiences to bring dance and music together as a healing force. She believes that Nia is a way to let loose, spiritually connect, let your creativity flow and to sweat sweet sweat!
Tuesday 6:00 – 7:00p – NIA
Sunday 10:30 – 11:30a – NIA
Many years ago as a young golf professional, I learned the value of connecting with my breath. I didn't know it was "yoga" at the time, it simply was a tool to compete. Connecting with my breath lead to balance of the mind and body, which was essential to playing the game of golf. Soon after leaving golf, I realized that the game of life is no different, we need tools to survive and foster happiness. Having a calm, stress free mind, paired with a capable body leads to good things, even in stressful times...such becoming a father. The transition from playing golf to being a stay at home dad wasn't easy. I needed something to provide the balance I had experienced from playing golf. Quickly after the arrival of the first of my three children, I began the practice of vinyasa yoga. It turns out that I had been doing it for years, moving my body with my breath. The benefits were the same as well, a calm mind and capable body. However, I found the practice of "yoga" has lead to so much more than hitting a small white ball. From my yoga beginning, over 15 years ago, the practice has brought change in so many ways. With this change came the desire to teach, and lead me to my 200 hr yoga teacher training with Jonny Kest in 2017. The practice continues today, and everyday, as there is so much more to learn and grow from. I look forward to sharing my experiences with my students, as teaching is part of the practice of yoga as well. Developing the connection of mind and body leads to things that we may or may not not know are possible...but it takes practice, it takes time and it takes work. Practice connecting with your breath and see what's next for you. Namaste.
Natasha discovered yoga in 1999. When her dance teacher instructed dancers to breathe through a 3 minute "yoga moment" in standing leg lift, something shifted. The leg didn't fall off (strangely), but something else left her system with that sweat; what remained felt so good and whole, that Natasha set out to find "yoga moments" in everything she did.
Natasha became a certified Yoga Meets Dance (™) Facilitator in 2007, leading wild and fun dance journeys. In 2010 she trained with Jonny Kest. She continued to study the many "flavors" of yoga and dance with great teachers - David Williams, Mark Whitewell, Tias Little, Gabrielle Roth. She is currently pursuing 500 Yoga Therapy Certification with Rod Stryker, founder of Parayoga. Rooted in the oldest known system of knowledge - Tantra - this comprehensive approach to yoga weaves breath, movement, philosophy, science, and meditation into every practice. In her yoga classes Natasha strives to deliver complete yoga experience to students of all levels. And… she is still dancing. "Life is a Dancer, You are the Dance"
Saturday 7:15 – 8:15p – Traditional
Sunday 9:15 – 10:30a – Heart Centered Vinyasa
Raina began practicing yoga in 2009 and completed her yoga teacher training at A2 Yoga in 2013. Holding space for students to safely and courageously connect with and learn about themselves is the foundation of her teaching practice. She finds the communal aspect of group classes important and inspiring, and for those who are interested, recommends private lessons as an opportunity to focus on your unique needs, whether therapeutic, athletic, emotional, or otherwise. Raina also holds Masters degrees in both Social Work and Public Health, and works in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti communities as a clinical therapist and wellness coach. MPH, LLMSW
Wednesday 9:15 – 10:15a – Vinyasa
Samantha, RYT 200 began practicing yoga in 1998 never expecting where my journey on my mat would take me. With much prompting from my yoga instructors, Sam began a series of teacher training with Yoga Fit, followed by a 200 hour training with Yoga Medics. Yoga Medics is a medical model approach to yoga with emphasis on alignment and therapeutic needs. The program not only enlightened her teaching but brought a deeper dimension to her own physical practice. "
"I love the process of creating and offering safe yet challenging yoga sequencing. I enjoy sharing my love of yoga with all levels of students and am deeply honored to pass this gift of yoga to others, always remembering that we are all "practicing" this gift of yoga and having gratitude for what ever unwraps on our mat each day."
Saturday 9:15 – 10:30a – Vinyasa
Tina Topalian, MS, RD, MBA, ACSM-CPT, CYT is the owner of T2 Fitness Architects which provides fitness, yoga, nutrition and mindfulness training for individuals and groups. She offers rich experience in the health care industry and a deep understanding about how health science can be leveraged to empower individuals to exceed their wellness goals. Tina leverages her deep understanding about positive neuroplasticity to offer individuals experiential brain-body practices to heal, grow and thrive. Tina is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM-CPT) and a certified yoga teacher (CYT). Additionally, she is a registered dietitian (RD), Masters of Science (MS) degree in exercise physiology from the University of Michigan, MBA from Walsh College.
Monday 7:30 – 8:30p – Gentle/Restorative
Wednesday 7:30 – 8:30p – Gentle/Restorative
Thurs 9:15 – 10:30p – Vinyasa
Wendy Dolen began teaching yoga in 2000. She has practiced many different styles with talented Instructors Including: Rafael Adams, Kino MacGregor, Mathew Darling, Richard Freeman, and Manju Jois. Wendy believes that yoga gives us the opportunity to explore our body’s capabilities through movement while expanding our minds through meditation and breathe work, guiding us to discover the core of our being. Wendy is an exercise physiologist for MFit, Health Promotion Division at the University of Michigan Health System. She has focused her professional efforts on teaching people how to reach their healthy lifestyle potential. She has been featured in the Ann Arbor News, Detroit News and on CNN and as a physical activity expert. Wendy also enjoys healthy cooking, outdoor adventures, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Tuesday 7:15 – 8:30p – Vinyasa
Wednesday 6:00 – 7:15p – Ashtanga
Friday 9:15 – 10:30p – Vinyasa
While practicing yoga one morning in the park Jeanne felt inspired by the wonderful way that she felt and knew that she wanted to share the gifts of yoga with others. She completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training in 2012 from the Yoga Center in Brighton, Michigan. Since then Jeanne has been delighting in sharing the positive and healthy effects of yoga with her students. She continues to study; learning through books, additional trainings, other instructors, her students, and her own experience. Jeanne whole heartedly believes that yoga can be a beneficial, fun, and empowering part of anyone's life.
Jennifer has been practicing yoga for 15 years. She is an ACE certified professional trainer and certified yoga instructor. Her yoga teacher and workshop trainings include YogaFit, David Swenson, Beryl Bender Birch (Ashtanga), Amy Weintraub (Yoga for Depression) and 200 hours of yoga therapy and meditation with Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation (Satyananda). Finally completing her 800 hour program with Kripalu’s Integrative Yoga Therapy. Now a Professional Yoga Therapist certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapists, she is an employee of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital as a yoga therapist in cardiac rehab and Mercy Elite Sports Performance, and a yoga teacher at Schoolcraft College.
Teaching for all levels of health and fitness, she has worked with those suffering from chronic pain, depression/anxiety, knee/back pain, and cardiovascular disease as well as conditioned athletes. Her passion is to guide others in movement and meditation to discover the peace within themselves available in every moment of life.
Kevin started practicing yoga in 2009, after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition. Yoga became one of the main tools for managing his symptoms, inspiring him to become a yoga teacher. He completed his 200-hour teacher training with Ana Hough at A2 Yoga in 2017, and has been teaching at A2 Yoga ever since. He also completed his PhD in Public Health in 2017, and now works as a chronic pain researcher at the University of Michigan.
Ouafa has been a very special addition to the A2 Yoga family for several years. She has a lovely teaching style that makes her students florish. As a teacher of beginning yoga and Yoga fundamentals she is a gift to all who wish to begin the journey. You are in good hands with Ouafa.