R-YFMT 500, A.C.E, Yoga Therapist
Michelle has been registered with the American Council of Exercise since 2009, is a Certified Yoga Therapist an international speaker and author of the widely popular Christian Yoga book, Stretching Your Faith. She has taken hundreds of students into highly skilled yoga trainers and confident leaders with over 200 Teacher Trainings.
She began studying and practicing yoga in the late 80’s while professionally dancing in Portland, Oregon where she was born and raised. Eventually the love of yoga and its numerous benefits led her into instructing and sharing the wonderful gift of yoga with others, but it was her passion for Christ that led her to YogaFaith. She has been instrumental in helping others heal through yoga and faith, but it is God the Almighty that is glorified in the true transformation of people. There have been hundreds of miracle healings and testimonies of surrender and restoration through YogaFaith classes.
I am in awe of what the Lord continues to do through this Master’s Program! I know, that this next Master Training God is taking all of us to the next level! I can’t wait to be with each of you and bask in His presence and the great tools of deepening our Postures of Prayer together, in deep fellowship!
Judi began the practice of yoga in 2014. Nine months later she began teacher training in Portland, OR at Santosha Yoga, graduating in 2016 with her 200 hour certification . The training was wonderful but conflicted with her faith. In 2019 she joyfully completed her R-YFMT with Michelle Thielen and Laura Burkhart. The training blended the beautiful practice of yoga with a deep faith in Christ. Judi specializes in Yoga for Scoliosis in her private studio and also teaches Vinyasa, Power, Advanced, Gentle, Yin and Senior Yoga in group settings, having taught over 1500 hours. She has a love for sequencing and feels that the most powerful part of the practice is pranayama, or ruach, the breath of God.
YogaFaith is beyond honored that students have the incredible opportunity to learn from this beautiful soul!
MaryAnn is continuously being transformed by the Holy Spirit through training and relationship with YogaFaith. She holds the following certifications: R-YFMT, YF-A, R-TSYF, R-YFMN. She is currently pursuing her R-YFSS certification in Sozo and Somatics.
MaryAnn has had a heart and passion for teaching and serving her entire life. In addition to being a yoga trainer, she has also taught in the fields of public education, hairdressing and theater/dance. She is also a home church pastor with Brew City Church in Milwaukee, WI.
Recently launching the ministry and business TrinitYogaFaith with her Partners Emily Murray and Emily Jade, MaryAnn hopes to continue her mission of “promoting health and healing of body, mind and spirit through the foundation of Father, Son and Holy Spirit”.
Words simply don’t express our gratitude to the Lord for MaryAnn. Don’t miss the opportunity to train under this amazing, talented soul!
Jody Thomae, R-YFMT, YogaFaith Director, YF-D, Yoga Therapist
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.”
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 a Certified Yoga Therapist. 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.
You will be profoundly changed by Jody’s teachings as they are an embodiment and true representation of our Creator!
Shannon Henshaw, R-YFMT, YF-LT
Shannon Is an advanced certified Equine Facilitated Learning Spiritual Coach and owner of Divine Horse Reflections. I am thrilled to have found YogaFaith as it mirrors my passion to equip and empower people to fulfill their God given purpose & destiny. Shannon’s heart’s desire is to heal, restore, deliver and make whole God’s people while deepening their relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Remembering the Divine “YOU” within.
Shannon currently holds transformational retreats in Eagle Rock, MO. Eagles Nest Sanctuary sits on 150 tranquil acres on Table Rock Lake. At Divine Horse Reflections and the practices of YogaFaith and her equine partners she offers a quiet and supportive environment that allows one to slow down, to focus within, to live in the present moment and to connect to the innate wisdom that horses have to offer each of us through unconditional love the same as our Father. When we can identify and let go of those conditioned voices and remember God’s true voice that lies within each of us; healing can begin. To know and feel God’s unconditional love for you and to help you remember your divine self; discovering along the way your souls deepest desire. Shannon also has a passion to help people with addictions and also works at the Jeremiah House and a Recovery Center in Eureka Springs, AR. YogaFaith allows her to do all that she was doing with her beautiful horses and bring it to the yoga mat.
We cannot wait for you to meet Shannon and experience the many gifts God has anointed her with!
Laura Burkhart, YF Master Trainer
Originally from Kentucky, Laura is the daughter of Pastor and a San Francisco based international teacher. She is a featured online teacher with Grokker, My Yoga Works, Om Star’s and Yoga Vibes. Laura co-leads 200-hr teacher trainings with Jason Crandell and 300/500 hour teacher trainings with Michelle Thielen of YogaFaith.
Laura sought out yoga to help combat serious health problems due to a decade of major stress and insomnia. She gravitated toward yoga because it reminded her of the similar meditative movement she found when she use to dance. The healing, grounding benefits she received from yoga, in conjunction with how the practice enabled to her connect with her authentic core, was so profound that she decided to change the course of her work life to help others find the same relief and peace she had found through a fluid, meditative practice.
In recent years, after experiencing a serious hip injury and other injuries due repetitive stress and pushing too far from growing-up dancing followed by almost 20-years of asana, Laura has become passionate about teaching teachers and practitioners’ safe alignment and sequencing while still keeping practices fun. Laura’s creative, well-rounded classes are smartly sequenced with a smooth, rhythmic flow. She also is deeply passionate about training others on the cautions of asana and properly teaching and executing postures and sequences through Yoga Injury Prevention.
Because our Master Teacher Training focuses on Therapeutics, we are elated to have Laura’s expertise pour into YogaFaith’s future Masters and World Changers! You will experience Laura on the distant portion only.