MEET THE TEACHERS

 

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."

 


All Yoga4 instructors are 500 Master Level certified through Sandra Carden, UYTT and are registered with the Yoga Alliance.

All photos provided by Tyler Franz Photography

Christen Landry Christen is an RYT 500, Experienced Yoga Alliance Certified Registered Yoga Teacher and received her certification through Sandra Carden & Union Yoga. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and passionately teaching for 5 years. Having studied under master teachers including Sandra Carden, Matthew Darling, Garrick Peters, Raghunath Cappo, Karina Ayn Mirsky, Dana Baptiste, Sean Corn, Elena Brower and Sadie Nardini, she has had a wide range of exposure to many styles of yoga and brings that experience into her teaching. In Christen’s classes you can expect to be challenged and inspired to trust your body as well as to be playful. She creatively infuses the sacred yogic philosophies, Ayurveda, alignment, core awareness, breath and spirituality into her teaching for a unique and well-rounded experience. She teaches many styles of yoga, including yin yoga, restorative yoga, chakra yoga, hatha yoga, yoga nidra and her favorite power & core vinyasa. Christen effortlessly creates a space where students feel accepted, welcome and safe, where judgment is absent and encouragement plentiful and because of this has a dedicated student following.

Christen Landry

Christen is an RYT 500, Experienced Yoga Alliance Certified Registered Yoga Teacher and received her certification through Sandra Carden & Union Yoga. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and passionately teaching for 5 years. Having studied under master teachers including Sandra Carden, Matthew Darling, Garrick Peters, Raghunath Cappo, Karina Ayn Mirsky, Dana Baptiste, Sean Corn, Elena Brower and Sadie Nardini, she has had a wide range of exposure to many styles of yoga and brings that experience into her teaching. In Christen’s classes you can expect to be challenged and inspired to trust your body as well as to be playful. She creatively infuses the sacred yogic philosophies, Ayurveda, alignment, core awareness, breath and spirituality into her teaching for a unique and well-rounded experience. She teaches many styles of yoga, including yin yoga, restorative yoga, chakra yoga, hatha yoga, yoga nidra and her favorite power & core vinyasa. Christen effortlessly creates a space where students feel accepted, welcome and safe, where judgment is absent and encouragement plentiful and because of this has a dedicated student following.

Kerry Satterwhite Kerry Satterwhite, RYT 500,  began practicing yoga in the late 1990s and immediately felt at home on the mat. With an early foundation in dance, yoga sparked her love of rhythmic movement. She has been a student of Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Yin styles of yoga. Kerry brings an upbeat and thoughtful approach to her students with a mind toward the tangible benefits to the body, mind and spirit. By offering her students a range of options in the poses, students of many levels and experience are able to practice together and find their own edge in their practice. In May 2009, Kerry completed her 200-level teacher-training certification from Sandra Carden at Union/Yoga in Lake Leelanau, Michigan. Currently, she teaches in and around Leland, MI.

Kerry Satterwhite

Kerry Satterwhite, RYT 500,  began practicing yoga in the late 1990s and immediately felt at home on the mat. With an early foundation in dance, yoga sparked her love of rhythmic movement. She has been a student of Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Yin styles of yoga. Kerry brings an upbeat and thoughtful approach to her students with a mind toward the tangible benefits to the body, mind and spirit. By offering her students a range of options in the poses, students of many levels and experience are able to practice together and find their own edge in their practice. In May 2009, Kerry completed her 200-level teacher-training certification from Sandra Carden at Union/Yoga in Lake Leelanau, Michigan. Currently, she teaches in and around Leland, MI.

Emma Thomas Emma Thomas, born and raised in Lake Leelanau, is a recent graduate from the Yen Yoga Teacher Training program with Jenny Lintvedt. Having gotten hooked to her practice of Moksha Yoga while living in Montreal, Canada from 2013-2016, she has learned to adapt and experiment with new and different styles of Yoga since moving home to the county in January. This experience has helped her develop a deeper understanding of the practice she shares with so many other inspiring beings on this earth; Yoga is Yoga, and it will always have the same potential to bring peace, joy, and compassion into your life no matter what style is being practiced. For this reason she is looking forward to bringing an element of energetic experimentation to her classes, encouraging students to explore their creativity in mind, body, and breath, opening their eyes to their own inner strength and potential.

Emma Thomas

Emma Thomas, born and raised in Lake Leelanau, is a recent graduate from the Yen Yoga Teacher Training program with Jenny Lintvedt. Having gotten hooked to her practice of Moksha Yoga while living in Montreal, Canada from 2013-2016, she has learned to adapt and experiment with new and different styles of Yoga since moving home to the county in January. This experience has helped her develop a deeper understanding of the practice she shares with so many other inspiring beings on this earth; Yoga is Yoga, and it will always have the same potential to bring peace, joy, and compassion into your life no matter what style is being practiced. For this reason she is looking forward to bringing an element of energetic experimentation to her classes, encouraging students to explore their creativity in mind, body, and breath, opening their eyes to their own inner strength and potential.

Sandra Carden Sandra Carden,  E-RYT 500, has taught the ancient science and art of yoga since the early 1970s. Her fascination with the connective matrix of all existence is what led her to yoga. Yoga’s power to use the vehicle of the body to control and shape themind is what has kept her interested. You will find her classes uplifting, intelligent, inspiring and fun. Sandra received her Yoga Therapist certification from Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and her Yoga Teacher certification from Master Yoga Academy. She has meditation directly under Ram Dass and Chogyam Trunpa Rinpoche. She is influenced by many styles and traditions including Kundalini, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Kripalu, and Bikram, and has concluded that all paths lead to the same end. Just practice. Sandra is a nationally registered Master level yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. She received her BFA with emphasis on the The Human Quest for Liberation from Grand Valley State University, studying yoga history, philosophy and literature under renowned yoga scholar Georg Feurstein through the psychology department at Sonoma State University. Sandra Carden founded UNION/YOGA LLC in 1989, and has trained and certified yoga teachers since 1997. As a practitioner of over 40 years, Sandra brings depth of experience, precision, compassion, wisdom, and love to her classes. She welcomes you all, and looks forward to serving you on the mat.

Sandra Carden

Sandra Carden,  E-RYT 500, has taught the ancient science and art of yoga since the early 1970s. Her fascination with the connective matrix of all existence is what led her to yoga. Yoga’s power to use the vehicle of the body to control and shape themind is what has kept her interested. You will find her classes uplifting, intelligent, inspiring and fun.

Sandra received her Yoga Therapist certification from Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and her Yoga Teacher certification from Master Yoga Academy. She has meditation directly under Ram Dass and Chogyam Trunpa Rinpoche. She is influenced by many styles and traditions including Kundalini, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Kripalu, and Bikram, and has concluded that all paths lead to the same end. Just practice.

Sandra is a nationally registered Master level yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. She received her BFA with emphasis on the The Human Quest for Liberation from Grand Valley State University, studying yoga history, philosophy and literature under renowned yoga scholar Georg Feurstein through the psychology department at Sonoma State University.

Sandra Carden founded UNION/YOGA LLC in 1989, and has trained and certified yoga teachers since 1997. As a practitioner of over 40 years, Sandra brings depth of experience, precision, compassion, wisdom, and love to her classes. She welcomes you all, and looks forward to serving you on the mat.

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Amanda Jackson Amanda is a Leelanau County native and a dedicated student and E-RYT 200 teacher of Yoga. She studied Ashtanga Vinyasa under K.C. Mahesh and Yoga Therapy under Elizabeth Ruales at Abhijna School of Yoga in Varkala, Kerala, India. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health Education from Northern Michigan University and is a proud Ambassador for Yoga Gives Back.  The practice of Yoga has allowed Amanda to experience the freedom of standing in her personal power. She aims to create a welcoming environment in her classes for others to explore their practice in a space of shared gratitude, compassion, and connection. She feels privileged and honored to be able to share the practice with her community to allow others to experience the peace and empowerment that Yoga has gifted her. Through intentions in action, she truly believes we can make a difference and create lasting change.

Amanda Jackson

Amanda is a Leelanau County native and a dedicated student and E-RYT 200 teacher of Yoga. She studied Ashtanga Vinyasa under K.C. Mahesh and Yoga Therapy under Elizabeth Ruales at Abhijna School of Yoga in Varkala, Kerala, India. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health Education from Northern Michigan University and is a proud Ambassador for Yoga Gives Back. 
The practice of Yoga has allowed Amanda to experience the freedom of standing in her personal power. She aims to create a welcoming environment in her classes for others to explore their practice in a space of shared gratitude, compassion, and connection. She feels privileged and honored to be able to share the practice with her community to allow others to experience the peace and empowerment that Yoga has gifted her. Through intentions in action, she truly believes we can make a difference and create lasting change.

Dorothy Sirrine Thoughtful, encouraging, & light-hearted, Dorothy, RYT 500,  is a strong believer in the physical benefits that occur on the mat and the mind/spirit benefits that we carry off the mat and into our lives. Thus the yoga mat becomes a laboratory, or microcosm, to learn about life, to slow down, and to calm the nervous system. Her classes draw from diverse traditions including Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, & Kundalini. Having completed her 200-hour level teacher training with Sandra Carden of Union Yoga in 2009, she is also highly influenced by Sandra Carden's/Union Yoga's unique, alignment-based approach to hatha yoga. Dorothy loves to explore different approaches to yoga and encourages her students to do the same. She continues her training through workshops, conferences, yoga anatomy coursework, and mindfulness training.

Dorothy Sirrine

Thoughtful, encouraging, & light-hearted, Dorothy, RYT 500,  is a strong believer in the physical benefits that occur on the mat and the mind/spirit benefits that we carry off the mat and into our lives. Thus the yoga mat becomes a laboratory, or microcosm, to learn about life, to slow down, and to calm the nervous system. Her classes draw from diverse traditions including Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, & Kundalini. Having completed her 200-hour level teacher training with Sandra Carden of Union Yoga in 2009, she is also highly influenced by Sandra Carden's/Union Yoga's unique, alignment-based approach to hatha yoga. Dorothy loves to explore different approaches to yoga and encourages her students to do the same. She continues her training through workshops, conferences, yoga anatomy coursework, and mindfulness training.

Michelle Bordeaux Michelle or "Michi", RYT 500,  fell in love with yoga 20 years ago. In searching to deepen her own practice and understanding she found herself in teacher training with Sandra Carden at Union Yoga. Graduating with her 200 hour certification and registered with yoga alliance, teaching came naturally for Michi. She loves how a yoga class can bring such peace and balance to the whole self...mind,body and spirit...and that it doesn't just stay there, in a yoga room, on your mat...it comes with you and ripples out into every aspect of your life. Believing in this Michi tends to say the whole world would be a better place if we all practiced yoga...one breath at a time!

Michelle Bordeaux

Michelle or "Michi", RYT 500,  fell in love with yoga 20 years ago. In searching to deepen her own practice and understanding she found herself in teacher training with Sandra Carden at Union Yoga. Graduating with her 200 hour certification and registered with yoga alliance, teaching came naturally for Michi. She loves how a yoga class can bring such peace and balance to the whole self...mind,body and spirit...and that it doesn't just stay there, in a yoga room, on your mat...it comes with you and ripples out into every aspect of your life. Believing in this Michi tends to say the whole world would be a better place if we all practiced yoga...one breath at a time!

Jeanine Ball Jeanine Ball, RYT 500, is currently completing her 500 Yoga Teacher Training with Sandra Carden in Lake Leelanau at Yoga4. Jeanine brings a deep sense of living in the ever-changing moment to her love of yoga and teaching, thus staying freshly with what is present now in each asana and yoga practice. This emphasis of presence in the moment supports a direct connection to the spiritual heart of Yoga. She is currently weaving asana and meditation in classes at Yoga4, focusing on our heart's desire to live our deepest nature on the mat and in this precious life! Jeanine is also a teacher in the Ridhwan Spiritual School, home of The Diamond Approach®, teaching groups and individuals in the U.S. and Europe. 

Jeanine Ball

Jeanine Ball, RYT 500, is currently completing her 500 Yoga Teacher Training with Sandra Carden in Lake Leelanau at Yoga4. Jeanine brings a deep sense of living in the ever-changing moment to her love of yoga and teaching, thus staying freshly with what is present now in each asana and yoga practice. This emphasis of presence in the moment supports a direct connection to the spiritual heart of Yoga. She is currently weaving asana and meditation in classes at Yoga4, focusing on our heart's desire to live our deepest nature on the mat and in this precious life! Jeanine is also a teacher in the Ridhwan Spiritual School, home of The Diamond Approach®, teaching groups and individuals in the U.S. and Europe. 

Lara Ruddy I practice with connection. Teaching yoga and offering massage therapy is a privilege. It is a team effort that requires a trust between the body, mind, and breath. My words and hands act as tools to connect with my students and clients. I started my journey after becoming passionately interested in holistic wellbeing. When I embarked into my teacher training it soon became a way of living. I completed my yoga teacher training in 2010.  I have personally experienced the wellness through yoga and massage and wanted to offer the same to those around me. In 2014 I attended school in Costa Rica and lived there for four months experiencing a slower pace and more simple way of living.  I just recently completed my 500 Master Level Certification in India in 2015. This experience with the depth of knowledge I received in the classroom helped steer my current course.  Returning to the states I took my licensing exam and began my private practice. I love working one on one.  It is my intention to hold space that will facilitate healing. I strive to continue to move forward in my education I know the depth of knowledge that builds daily.  I think of it as a privilege to be able to help others on this path. I find from personal experience the better I feel and take care of my wellbeing the more capable I am to show up for those around me.  It is my hope through Yoga and Massage Therapy to help others be free from suffering, and of course to “Simpleigh Be”.

Lara Ruddy

I practice with connection. Teaching yoga and offering massage therapy is a privilege. It is a team effort that requires a trust between the body, mind, and breath. My words and hands act as tools to connect with my students and clients. I started my journey after becoming passionately interested in holistic wellbeing. When I embarked into my teacher training it soon became a way of living. I completed my yoga teacher training in 2010.  I have personally experienced the wellness through yoga and massage and wanted to offer the same to those around me. In 2014 I attended school in Costa Rica and lived there for four months experiencing a slower pace and more simple way of living.  I just recently completed my 500 Master Level Certification in India in 2015. This experience with the depth of knowledge I received in the classroom helped steer my current course.  Returning to the states I took my licensing exam and began my private practice. I love working one on one.  It is my intention to hold space that will facilitate healing. I strive to continue to move forward in my education I know the depth of knowledge that builds daily.  I think of it as a privilege to be able to help others on this path. I find from personal experience the better I feel and take care of my wellbeing the more capable I am to show up for those around me.  It is my hope through Yoga and Massage Therapy to help others be free from suffering, and of course to “Simpleigh Be”.