I began my yoga journey in 2005 with my best friend. I immediately felt an awakening and haven't looked back since. Yoga has helped me to understand myself, others, and the human need for love, movement, and deep reflection. Along with helping to nourish my thirst for movement and personal inquiry, it awakened a passion for listening: to the sounds of nature, to my loved ones, to strangers, and especially to myself. The practice of yoga has a profound ability to focus the mind, straighten the body, and nourish the soul. My heart has lived in teaching ever since. In my classes you'll flow, you'll breathe, you'll learn and you'll challenge yourself!
I found yoga in the most unlikely of places, in P90X. I began to practice in hopes of gaining flexibility and reaching my out-of-touch toes. What I didn't expect to find was the calm which came with the practice.
Through all the sports and busy wanderings, finally I found an experience to pause, breath, exist, and observe myself. Wanting to explore this further, I took the yoga immersion and teacher training program at the Plymouth Yoga Room in the fall of 2015.
I have a foundation in Ashtanga yoga which forms the basis of my flows. My yoga goals for myself and my students are to cultivate a humble appreciation of our beautiful bodies as they currently are and to push the limits of what each body can achieve at its fully activated state. Outside yoga, I am a reader of books, a player of games, a runner of miles, a corrector of grammar, a walker of trails, a dreamer of dreams.
JAY JAY ZAIA
My yoga journey began in 2001. My first yoga class was extremely challenging, both mentally and physically, but the shavasana changed my life. I continued to practice yoga for the next 12 years and over the course of that time, noticed the difference yoga was making in my life. I also acquired a burning desire to take a teacher training so I could share this beautiful gift with others. My life did not allow for Teacher Training until 2013. During my training, I realized that I had just scratched the surface of what yoga is and how healing its benefits are. The floodgates opened for me and my thirst to learn as much about this practice, in an effort to heal myself and help others, has been constant. It’s so much more than a physical work out for me. My yoga practice has saved my life and has taught me a lot about myself…the good, the bad and the ugly. It has given me the strength and courage to meet the many challenges of life and it has given me a true feeling of happiness that I never knew was possible. I know I can resolve anything if I keep coming to my mat because all of the answers lie within each of us. My hope as a teacher, is to share this gift with you and help to guide you to a deeper more rewarding yoga journey of your own. One that will last a lifetime. Happiness, health and well-being is available to each one of us. Trust the process. Keep coming to your mat. Yoga works!!!
Originally from Cleveland, OH, I began practicing yoga with my father and twin sister at age 11. He was one of the first male yoga teachers in the area. In February 2016, I went to Chiang Mai, Thailand for an intensive four-week teacher training program and received my 200-hour RYT.
I have a vinyasa-style approach to my class structure but most importantly, I rely heavily on my communication and verbal cues to guide my students in a state of a mind that is less chaotic and more present. It is an honor to teach at Bodhi. :-)
Hello beautiful humans! My name is Amanda, and I can't tell you how excited I am to bring my knowledge and message to Bodhi Yoga.
My teaching has strong roots of the discipline I learned from a self taught Ashtanga practice, beginning when I was 16. Armed with little more than a mat and the drive to bring positive change to my life, I dove in, blissfully unaware just how massive the wave of change would be from the single decision to practice Yoga.
What I sought was an escape from depression and anxiety in a healthy outlet, and what I found through the practice was purpose. A healing so articulate and complete I became immersed. Diving into teacher training at 19, still unprepared for how much more I had to gain. Through severe social anxiety and every aversion to any form of public speaking, I knew a few weeks into training that I was put here to guide. To lead, teach, and hold space in the same fashion that allowed me to be, thrive, and heal where I was.
In March of 2016, 5 days after graduation, I traded in the promise of a cap and gown as an engineer to pursue the path I was destined for. It is my hope that every student entering an hour of my care leaves with not only a deep, into-nature physical experience, but a mind equipped with tools to sow seeds of peace through all storms and obstacles.
I was born and raised in Upstate New York and moved to Michigan in 2012. When I was first introduced to yoga I had no idea that I would become a teacher 10 years later! While I was training for my second marathon in 2014, I was also going through a very emotional time in my life and decided I that needed to start going to yoga classes more often to help take my mind off of things. It was a great way to stretch after running miles upon miles everyday and I learned how to keep my mind from wandering and was able to let go of the things I was holding onto. I soon realized how much of an impact having a regular practice benefitted in so many ways. Being a survivor of a spinal tumor when I was a child, I have lived with chronic back pain every single day of my life for as long as I can remember. Once I started to practice yoga regularly I noticed that I was able to take control of my pain and that was something I never experienced before! I fell in love with practice and the community and I wanted to continue furthering my journey and share my love for yoga with everyone around me.
I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training in early 2018 through which I grew stronger mentally, physically and emotionally. I believe that yoga is so much more than just the asana. It is a way of life and a way to become more in touch with yourself by connecting the mind, body and breath. I enjoy sharing my passion for yoga with everyone around me. I feel that self-love is a very important thing that every person should practice and I make sure to incorporate that in all my classes. Through teaching I hope to inspire students to step out of their comfort zones and fall in love with every part of themselves.
Peace, Love & Namaste
Katie has been a yoga student for 10 years and teaching for 5 years. Katie discovered the best way to teach is to continue to learn through many forms of exercise.
Her teaching philosophy is to challenge her students while providing encouragement and self-acceptance. She incorporates new music and postures to keep classes fun and playful.
Hi, I’m Sam! I’m a full-time yoga instructor & wow, being able to write those words puts the biggest smile on my face. I fell in love with yoga from the moment I saw bodies flowing in and out of postures with the music turned all the way up and the heat blasting. It was unique yet traditional, hard yet soft, free spirited yet so controlled. Everyone seemed to have completely lost their minds, but in some strange way, you could tell they were actually stepping closer into their true selves. Underneath the exterior, the expectations, the habits we desperately hold onto, is this breath, and as I began to more fully understand and appreciate my relationship with it, my life was changed. This innate ability to open your heart through motion. To connect to your breath by feeling the energetic waves of your body. Uncovering patience and strength that always existed beneath the surface but that may not have always been as easily accessible. Yoga changes you. It humbles you every time you step onto your mat or the grass or the cement or wherever it is you practice. It’s finding balance within your soul, steadiness within your mind. Everyday I aspire to deliver a class that is true to the foundations of yoga and also true to my personal connection to the practice, which is full of laughter, falling (sometimes flying) and always picking myself back up to try again. It’s not always the easiest route, but it sure is worth it! Come yoga with me anytime!