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Workshops & Events

FREE Community Yoga
10/29/17

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Free Community Yoga - October 29th, 5:00-6:00p Led by Studio Owner and Warrior in Pink, Dina Sheldon

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Yoga - Wine - Chocolate Workshop
11/11/17

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November 11 @ 5:00pm Join Carter for a 60 min gentle hatha yoga class , followed by Wine & Chocolate tasting.

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Partner Yoga Workshop
12/09/17

December 9th,  5- 7pm, Join Carter for a fun and soulful way to connect with each other.

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AcroYoga Foundations - 2nd Saturday of each month
01/13/18

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AcroYoga is a partner practice that blends yoga, acrobatics and therapeutic Thai massage.  This series of "playshops" focuses on the foundations of the practice.  10/14, 11/11, 12/9, 1/13 from 1pm - 3:30pm

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Yoga & Creativity Workshop
01/20/18

January 20th, 4:00pm - 7:00pm -  Join Carter as he guides us through movement, meditation, writing and mandala coloring.

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TEACHERS


We are dedicated to helping you create and foster conditions of optimal health. We are committed practitioners of Yoga, Nia and bodywork with a focus that extends beyond the boundaries of exercise or relaxation. We explore movement as a pathway to greater ease and healing in the body.

Ana Hough (Founder) Ana
Ana

Ana Hough (Founder)

Ana Hough is a certified Yoga instructor and a certified black belt NIA instructor at A² Yoga. She emits a positive aura fed by an elixir of yoga-unifying and body-movement health. Rooted in yoga and trained by some of its famous practitioners, Ana entered the complimentary realm of NIA around the time of the new millennium. She continues to teach Hatha, Vinyasa, Prana Vinyasa, and NIA classes every week.

Carrie Fraser Carrie
Carrie

Carrie Fraser

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.

Carter (Scott Carter) Carter
Carter

Carter (Scott Carter)

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.  

Dina Sheldon Dina
Dina

Dina Sheldon

Dina Sheldon

Dina Sheldon, RYT 200, Y4C, M.S., started her practice in 1994 when she was discovered as a yoga toe model! Current owner of A² Yoga, Dina became a Warrior in Pink after dealing with breast cancer in 2015-16. Preferring to teach hatha yoga styles, Dina enjoys a good On~a Flow Vinyasa class with her sister & founder of A² Yoga, Ana Hough. She lives & breathes the Ann Arborite lifestyle, and enjoys cooking, reading, chocolate, and playing Pass the Pigs! 

Heather Foster Heather
Heather

Heather Foster

Heather Foster is a dedicated student of yoga and has been a registered yoga teacher since 2003.  She has taught for 11 years with over 350 hours of training in the Anusara Method.  Heather continues to study with senior teachers in the method, namely Desiree Rumbaugh and Sianna Sherman.

For Heather practicing yoga awakens the heart to the powers of informed wisdom that inherently reside there and she invites her students to participate in the endless source of growth, creativity, and inspiration that this practice has to offer.  Her classes are inclusive of all and weave together yoga philosophy, alignment and breath.

Heather was also certified as a birth doula by Creative Heath Arts in Galesburg, MI in 1999 and attended over 50 home and hospital births.  She has been teaching prenatal and postnatal for many years and consider yoga an integral part of preparation for labor and motherhood.  Heather has a deep connection with nature and whether it’s gardening, hiking, dancing, knitting, singing, eating locally or playing with her children, yoga is imbued in every aspect of her life.  She is so grateful to all of her teachers including her students and looks forward to many more jewels being uncovered in the seat of her heart as she journeys with the kula on this path.

Jeanne Hagadone Jeanne
Jeanne

Jeanne Hagadone

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.

Jo Horn Jo
Jo

Jo Horn

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

Kevin Boehnke Kevin
Kevin

Kevin Boehnke

Kevin Boehnke

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. 

Lisa Taggart Lisa
Lisa

Lisa Taggart

Lisa’s passion in teaching Prenatal  & Postnatal Yoga! Lisa’s encourages each student to find her inner wisdom, strength and beauty through the journey of motherhood.A practicing yogini since 1997, and studying yoga since 2002 , Lisa is a 200-hour ERYT & PRYT. She received her 200 hour Hatha Vinyasa certification through Centered Yoga in Thailand with inclusive studies in Pranayama with Sri O.P. Tiwari of Kaivalyadhan Institute, India.While living in Montreal, Lisa explored various styles of yoga and became inspired by the Buddhist philosophy of Metta, Loving Kindness. It is through the practice of Metta that Lisa encourages her students to find compassion and light through breath awareness. Most recently relocating to Ann Arbor, a return to family and the beauty of the four seasons.

Lisa Wu Lisa
Lisa

Lisa Wu

Lisa completed her Yoga Teacher Training with Ana Hough at A2 Yoga.  She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology with a background in Eastern Philosophy.  She is a dedicated yoga teacher and student.  For Lisa the yoga practice is about releasing physically through body movement and the breath to allow the mind, emotion and spirit to release and relax in turn.  Stepping onto the mat has provided a safe haven for Lisa to explore her inner self, to explore all the possibilities of creating with love and curiosity. 

In her classes Lisa pays special attention to maintaining a safe space for her students to explore for themselves.  Her Vinyasa style classes reflect her vast appreciation for all music, her love to laugh and harnessing the strength that is inside every being!

Marty Betts Marty
Marty

Marty Betts

Marty is a Yoga Alliance 200 Hour RYT, as well as a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has been involved in the Ann Arbor fitness community for over 30 years, is a passionate runner and considers both yoga and running forms of moving meditation. Professionally trained in graphic design, photography, fine art and music, these disciplines inform her yoga teaching. She creates specific music mixes to help empower her students and their yoga practice.Marty feels that yoga can balance, focus and strengthen you. Many of us have become disconnected with our bodies, and yoga helps re-establish that connection between body and mind. It is work-out...but more importantly a work-in. Just as yoga engages the body, it also helps evolve the mind. It helps develop a sort of “mind/body intuition”. Marty believes that our bodies has an inherent intelligence to bring about a perfect state of equilibrium. This awareness translates both on AND off the mat. Marty considers it an honor to help facilitate this 3000 year old practice.Marty Betts, BFA, RYT, NASM CPT

Megan Sims Megan
Megan

Megan Sims

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!

Natasha Schaffer Natasha
Natasha

Natasha Schaffer

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"

Ouafa El Ouadili Ouafa
Ouafa

Ouafa El Ouadili

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.

Rachel Portnoy Rachel
Rachel

Rachel Portnoy

After the birth of her second child, Rachel discovered the profound physical, mental, and spiritual benefits that yoga had to offer. She completed her teacher training program at the Johnny Kest Center for Yoga in West Bloomfield in 2006 and has been teaching ever since. She enjoys sharing her love of yoga with her students and hopes to help them unwrap the same beautiful gifts that yoga has brought to her life.

Samantha Lieberman Samantha
Samantha

Samantha Lieberman

I began practicing yoga in 1998 never expecting where my journey on my mat would take me.  With much prompting from my yoga instructors I began a series of teacher trainings with Yoga Fit and then followed up with 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 my teaching but brought a deeper dimension to my 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 your mat each day.

Sandra Allen Sandra
Sandra

Sandra Allen

Sandra has been practicing Ashtanga yoga daily under her teacher Angela Jamison for over five years.  She also serves as an assistant to her teacher in the Ashtanga Mysore program in Ann Arbor where she has completed over 300 hours of training.  Although an Ashtangi herself, Sandra has been teaching Vinyasa and Power yoga classes for over 12 years.  She believes that lending the practice and tradition of Ashtanga yoga to her classes provides a solid foundation for asana learning.  Sandra believes that finding a style of yoga that speaks to your soul is a journey worth traveling and one that she passionately guides in her classes

Sarah Burns Sarah
Sarah

Sarah Burns

I love being part of the teaching team at A2 yoga where I teach Hatha and Vinyasa style yoga including Prana Flow and gentle yoga. I am a 200 hr-certified yoga teacher and am currently in training towards a 500 hr RYT. 

I am a former neuroscientist and modern dancer. I have always been awed by the incredible power and beauty of the human body, equally drawn to movement and science. After a cancer diagnosis in 2013, I embarked on a transformation of body, mind, and spirit through self study and training in yoga, meditation, and ancient healing traditions including herbalism, shamanism, and Ayurveda. 

Through yoga, I hope that I can support and encourage others on their own journeys towards more wellness, self discovery, or self care. In addition to teaching yoga, I offer wellness consulting and energy balancing sessions. Inquire at the A2 Yoga front desk for an appointment or visit www.alignbotanica.com for more info. Also follow me on Instagram @sarasolyoga & @alignbotanica.

Tracy Peterson Tracy
Tracy

Tracy Peterson

Tracy is a yoga teacher and doula who believes that wellness starts from within. She trained for over 300 hours at her home ashram in India learning traditional hatha yoga and pre/postnatal yoga. The blend of hatha and vinyasa yoga as well as pranayama (breathing techniques) has led to her unique teaching where she ultimately aims to bring balance in mind, body, and spirit to her students. Tracy is beyond thrilled to take what she has learned through self-study, travel, and years of practice to the community of Ann Arbor.

www.tracyoga.com

Certifications

B.S. Political Science (University of Idaho)

200-hour RYT

100-hour Prenatal/Postnatal

DONA trained Doula

Wendy Dolen Wendy
Wendy

Wendy Dolen

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.

We are dedicated to helping you create and foster conditions of optimal health. We are committed practitioners of Yoga, Nia and bodywork with a focus that extends beyond the boundaries of exercise or relaxation. We explore movement as a pathway to greater ease and healing in the body.

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