Meet your Host
Monette Benjamin, International YogaFaith Director
My yoga experience began as a way to have a study break and get some exercise, but as I continued to attend classes, I realized that the time on my mat was very meaningful; it became a great time to connect with God. I began to notice that so many principles of yoga reflect God and his desire for us to be whole in body, soul and spirit. Thus began my search for Christian Yoga, and I am so elated to be a part of the YogaFaith family!
I believe this journey of connecting my Christian faith with yoga, is a piece of the puzzle of life, for which I have been searching for some time. I have spent a number of years in YWAM (Youth With a Mission) serving in various capacities in missions. Currently, I work part time as an Addiction Counselor at a residential treatment center and at the same time, I manage a small Cafe. These two positions remind me daily that: life is sometimes so beautiful, and life is sometimes so brutal. Living with the tension of these realities, I desire to live being thankful for all that I have, and all that God has given me.
I am so thankful to be able to share this gift of YogaFaith; it is a precious treasure to share Jesus through the practice of yoga!
Yogafaith is honored to have Monette bless our newest Kingdom Builders!
Rosy McCann, YF Ambassador and Lead Trainer, YF-LT
R-YFT 200, YF Meditation and Nidra Certified
Rosy McCann is a Holistic Health Coach, Nutrition Educator, and Founding President of Empowering Women Thru Motion, a not-for-profit organization for women. She became a Yoga Faith instructor in 2017.
As a former event planner, Rosy’s passion is to bring women together in engaging retreats to learn first hand how to create balance in mind, body and soul. The core tenets for her retreats are by unplugging and reconnecting with Jesus, eating a clean, healthy diet, and practicing meditation, prayer and yoga. Her goal is to provide women the tools they need to begin their journey back to or optimize their whole body health and wellness.
I am honored to be a YogaFaith Ambassador and assist in bringing women closer to the Creator through yoga and education.
And we are also honored that God has brought such a gift in Rosy to us! We hope you get the chance to meet her or join one of her beautiful retreats!
Jody Thomae, International YogaFaith Director
R-YFT, TSYF, R-YFMT, Relax & Renew®, C-IAYT
Director and Ambassador Jody Thomae is an author, worship leader, and teacher of embodied prayer and creative worship. She has been involved in worship arts ministries since 1997 and is the author of “God’s Creative Gift” and “The Creator’s Healing Power.” Jody served as the Ambassador of the Year in 2018-2019.
Her passion is for the revelation of God to be made real through the prophetic and creative portrayal of the message of Christ’s unfailing love, in order to help sustain the hearts of the broken and weary. She is particularly interested in how God uses creativity and embodied movement (including yoga) in the formative and healing process. She is a graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary and a team member with Healing Care Ministries.
She has taught yoga for close to two decades and leads gently challenging Vinyasa flow (or slow, energizing flow) yoga classes that are ROOTED (grounded in form, alignment, intention) and REACHING (stretching towards personal goals, dreams, destiny). She is a YogaFaith Director, a Registered YogaFaith Master Trainer (R-YFMT), a Christian Yoga Association Master Trainer, R-CYAMT and Continuing Education Provider, CYA-CEP. She is also a Relax & Renew Trainer. Jody is currently pursuing her certification as a Spiritual Director through Healing Care Ministries. See www.jodythomae.com for more information on her ministry activities. See Rooted and Reaching here.
Michelle Thielen, Founder of YogaFaith
Called the Yoga Pastor, Michelle Thielen, R-CYAMT, C-IAYT, is a speaker, author of Stretching Your Faith, Exit Wilderness A Roadmap Out of Depression and Hopelessness, and a traveling yogi who has been teaching somatic movement through dance and yoga for over 20 years. A student of Peter Levine’s Somatic Experience (SE), and Eric Walrabenstein’s therapy for psychological wounds, Michelle is passionate about helping the world heal from trauma to live a life of purpose.
As a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapist and meditation expert, Michelle has been instrumental in aiding with the restoration of those who suffer from trauma, intense anxiety or depression into healing and freedom. She travels around the world aiding in the rescue efforts of human traffick victims as well as raising awareness about the epidemic. She holds certifications with the American Council of Exercise, is a Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and founded the Christian Yoga Association in 2018, to build a bridge between faith-based yoga practitioners and educators.
She has 3 200-hour Certifications, 3 500-hour Certifications, Certified in Yoga Therapy with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and a Minister through Christian Global Outreach Ministries. Michelle has been the lead trainer of almost 200 Teacher Trainings.