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.
R-YFMT 500, A.C.E, C-IAYT
Michelle is has been registered with the American Council of Exercise since 2009, is a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Yoga Association of Yoga Therapists, C-IAYT, 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 60 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 it’s 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 continued to do through this Masters Program! We keep it intimate and this training is already at half capacity! I know, that this next Master Training is not only going to knock our socks off, but it’s going to blow our hair dry! He 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 while learning Yoga Therapy techniques.
R-YFMT 500, RYT
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 a RYT 200. 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!
R-YFMT 500, RYT
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!