Proudly brought to you by

Photos by

Angela Barboza-Ryan
Colleen Burke

Colleen is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She received her 200 Hour training through Rising Sun Yoga and has been teaching there, now Yoga 4 Peace, since 2008. She is interested in using Hatha Yoga principles in creative ways to address the needs of the individual. Her classes have an emphasis on safety, exploration, and joy.

She is the Director of the Community Yoga Outreach Program (CYOP), a group from within Yoga 4 Peace which partners volunteer yoga instructors with organizations that serve the Detroit area community.

Colleen is also a counselor at a Detroit residential home for teenage girls, is a musician, and lives happily in Hamtramck with her dog Baba D.

Camille Dolence
Camille Dolence is our Senior member instructor. She teaches a more gentle approach to Yoga. Balance and proper alignment are re-interated in each posture, as is the breath in relation to the movement. She has been practicing Yoga for at least twenty years when the "call" to teach became a response "to take action". With an Associates Degree in Gerontology and a license in Message Therapy, she realized the bond between the: Mind, Body and the Spirit.
Her anti-aging formula is:
Eat Healthy(mostly)
Laugh Freely
Vacation Often
Do Yoga and
Meditate.
Jamie Schafer

Jamie Schaffer (Designed a program for over 200 children under 5 at the Lincoln Park HeadStart and also conducted a weekly parent's class)
I studied at Yoga 4 Peace, where I received my 200-RYT certification. Over the past few years, I have truly witnessed the transformative power of yoga, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Yoga teaches us to get back to the basics of life and search within for subtle changes and inspiration. Though yoga we discover each breath is a new beginning to lift our spirits, ground our desires, and experience our strengths, weaknesses, and capacity to transform in a non-judgmental environment. My work with Yoga 4 Peace's Community Outreach Program allowed me to encourage physical activity, imagination, and adventure in young children, ultimately guiding them toward solace, stability, and vitality as they develop their own understanding of the world.

 



Crystal Payter
Crystal Payter (Teaches a weekly class to the social workers at Catholic Social Services in Detroit)
Crystal received her bachelor's of fine arts in dance from Oakland university. After that she began her yoga journey and completed the RYT 200 program from Yoga 4 Peace. She began teaching in September 2011 around the downriver area. Currently she is finishing up an associate's degree in fitness and pursuing an ACE Personal Training certification.
Ellyn Grey

Ellyn was trained as a massage Therapist at Irene’s Myomassology Institute, one of the nations oldest and most prestigious schools of therapeutic myomassology.  She has spent the greater part of the last 7 years honing her craft as a myomassologist.  She has worked with hospice patients since 2007 and continues to bring comfort and relief to those who are most in need of healing touch.  Ellyn is also a Reiki Master Practitioner.  While in massage school her interest in yoga deepened and she began a regular yoga practice. In 2006 Ellyn was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and has used yoga and meditation as a form of therapeutic healing in order to calm the effects of PTSD.   Yoga has been a staple in her life and she wishes to share that gift with others.  Ellyn is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance.  She received her yoga teacher training at Yoga 4 Peace in Southgate, Michigan. Yoga 4 Peace is a non profit organization that seeks to keep yoga accessible to all, through volunteers and community service. 
Ellyn currently teaches Yoga at Irene’s Myomassology Institute in Southfield and People’s Yoga
Some of the benefits that yoga has been shown to provide:

  1. Enhance mental clarity
  2. Decrease Anxiety
  3. Relieve Stress
  4. Increase Immune System Function
  5. Decrease Back Pain
  6. Reduce Insomnia

Developing classes:
Gentle Warrior Yoga
Gentle Warrior is a series of movements that will bring focus and awareness to the body and breath.  Over time, yoga can become an extremely effective tool in moments of flashbacks and anxiety attacks. Coming back to awareness of breath, and making the breath smooth and even has proven to be an enormous saving grace when it comes to calming the mind of one who suffers with PTSD.  Becoming aware of the breath is the start to calming the mind.  This class will focus on integrating these principals and carrying them off the mat.
Yoga for Thick Chicks
Many women have privately shared that they have never practiced yoga because they thought that they were too big and yoga was only for skinny women.  This class was designed for women who are not skinny yet have the desire to use this ancient system to cultivate their bodies and mind toward a place of love, acceptance, strength, grace, poise and beauty.  Yoginis truly do come in all shapes and sizes.
Street Yoga
This class is specifically for the at risk population.  If you or someone you know is homeless, has been abused or traumatized mentally, physically or sexually please join us in this yoga session as we take the opportunity to let go of the stress of daily life and be in a safe space that nurtures inner and outer strength and innate ability.

Carrie Hura
Carrie Hura is a Registered Yoga Teacher, (RYT 500), and Nationally Certified massage therapist, who began her interest in the healing arts and yoga 15 years ago. While living in California, Carrie became interested in yoga and had her first massage-she was hooked! She began her formal training in massage therapy at Irene's Myomassology Institute in Southfield, MI in 1998. There she studied aromatherapy, prenatal massage and became a Reiki Master. She went on to study through the Upledger Institute Craniosacral Massage. Through her own healing with yoga, she realized that she was offering it to her massage clients as a way to manage physical pain and for stress relief. She then decided to become a yoga teacher. She trained at Rising Sun Yoga in Southgate, MI. Realizing the wonderful benefits of meditation for herself, she became a meditation teacher with the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago, IL. Continuing with the therapeutic aspects of yoga, she completed her 500 hour certification with a specialty in Yoga Therapy at Ananda Seva in Santa Rosa, CA in 2007. She trained in Yoga of the Heart:Cardiac and Cancer Certification, with Nischala Joy Devi, the creator and former director of Stress Management of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease. Her latest training was Trauma Sensitive Yoga for people suffering all forms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Carrie is a RYT through the Yoga Alliance, and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, as well as the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. Some of her recent featured classes and workshops have included Beginning Meditation, Yoga for Asthma and an 8 week Yoga of the Heart series at Yoga 4 Peace, previously Rising Sun Yoga. Carrie is currently in the Seminary Program through the Temple of Kriya Yoga.
Nancy Kerr-Mueller
Content 6
Sue Pine
Sue Pine, an Air Force veteran, is the mother of two adult sons, Joe and Jeff. Her “day job” is with SMS Millcraft, where she has worked for over 25 years. She works in safety, quality and human resources, a position that she enjoys but keeps her days filled to the brim.
Her real passion, however, is in service. Sue has been practicing karma yoga for many years - participating in a medical mission trip in Honduras, and a humanitarian mission trip to Malawi with Little Dresses for Africa. She taught English as a second language in Southwest Detroit and is always looking forward to new opportunities to serve.
She currently volunteers with ChristNet, an organization dedicated to serving the homeless in Southeast Michigan. She works one night a week at the ChristNet Nighttime Intake Center from October through May, and helps as the host site coordinator one week each year at a local church. Sue also serves as secretary on the board of directors for Yoga 4 Peace and ChristNet, both 501(c)3 organizations in the Downriver area.
It was only a few years ago when she started practicing Asana, the physical side of yoga, at Rising Sun Yoga in Southgate, Michigan. She quickly became hooked. To help broaden her understanding of yoga, she took teacher training, never expecting to teach. In 2010, an opening for an early morning yoga instructor became available, so in 2011 she became an RYT through the Yoga Alliance and now teaches seven classes a week at the Y4 Peace studio and in her local community.
When asked how she feels about yoga, her response was, “Yoga will always be a part of my life. It keeps me focused on what is important both physically and spiritually. I can’t imagine my life without it.”
Grace Plaza

My first experience with yoga was during the early 80’s, and I attended classes here and there over the years. I began a consistent yoga practice 12 years ago, and only in the last few years it has become clear to me that yoga is a metaphor for life. I have found that there is always space in life to expand and try something new; and equally important, there is space to go within and reflect and be.

As a yoga teacher, my goal is to create a space for a calm mind and provide a means for the connection of movement and stillness. I enjoy the practices of hatha, vinyasa and yin yoga, and I try to bring some of the aspects of each of these styles to my classes. I have found such variety in my students, and with that in mind, I encourage them to modify their practice or to take it to a newly discovered edge.