I grew up as a dancer although the overly-critical dance world made me seek out alternatives. I took my first yoga class at a local gym and instantly felt connected. I realized Yoga was about how you feel and not how you look. While living in Los Angeles in 2007 I went through a 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training and studied with various yoga teachers. I loved the practice of yoga and felt the presence of God many times. God was doing a major work in me that year as I was in my first year of sobriety. I was either at a yoga studio, church or AA.
In May of 2017 I completed my 200hr certification with Yoga Faith and am excited to be shining the light of Christ through Yoga Faith Ambassadorship. Yoga Faith is a gift and a way of God pulling all of my life’s experiences together walking out the good works he has placed before me. I had finally found my tribe! I will never despise my small beginnings of teaching donation based classes with little to no students to now owning my own yoga studio in Plainwell, MI.
My passion is people finding freedom in Christ to break chains of addiction, identify and move though anything that is preventing purpose and promise.
I am also a single mama raising a little warrior princess. Other joys include Acro yoga & kids yoga!
Amy Kuscsik, Perrysville, OH
200 R-YFT, RYT, YF-A
Since 2012 she has taught primarily yoga in communities that are enveloped in the Mohican State Park in Loudonville, Ohio. Her practice has evolved into one that focuses on healing the body and spirit though body work, primarily though a gently flow and restorative practice, and soon trauma informed yoga to compliment talk therapy. These modalities have forever shaped her testimony and personal ministry to help others get on a path of natural healing the way Christ intended.
Amy is also a YogaFaith Ambassador (YF-A), embodying Christ’s vision for this ministry and taking Jesus out into the world so others can find restoration in mind, body, spirit and soul.
Carrie Hoff, Westminster, MD Ambassador of the Year 2017
500-RYT, YFT, YF-A
Leann has been practicing yoga since the 1990’s and became passionate about teaching and helping others after experiencing the positive benefits of yoga in her own life. She received her 200hr. teaching certification in 2016 from YogaFaith, is a YogaFaith Ambassador and a member of Yoga Alliance.
Her classes offer emphasis on finding ease in movement, increased awareness, breath work, yoga variations and meditation. Her goal is to facilitate others in finding transformation in their body, soul, and spirit through encountering God on and off the mat.
Besides yoga she enjoys walking and being outdoors, spending time with family and reading. She also enjoys spending time with others in Spiritual Direction and wasting time with the Lord.
Victoria Grace Nolen | Hiawassee, GA
RYT, R-TSYF, YF-A
Victoria’s love for teaching yoga stems from the joy of creating a safe, sacred, and relaxing space where people of all ages and backgrounds can come to move, breathe, connect, and belong. Along with yoga, she finds great delight in dancing, daffodils, the magic of fall, and gatherings of loved ones around coffee or a campfire.
Victoria currently teaches in Clarkesville, GA and lives in the mountain foothills of Toccoa, GA with her husband.
Jennifer Swets | Chicago, IL | Ambassador of the Year 2016
200 R-YFT, RYT, YF-A
Outside of yoga, her passion includes homeschooling her four children, driving her husband crazy, and finding ways to use essential oils to fix everything.
Jennifer is also a YogaFaith Ambassador, capturing the vision and taking Jesus out into the world so others can be made whole mind, body, spirit and soul.
Jody Thomae | Ashland, Ohio
200 RYT, R-YFT, YF-A, TSYF, SilverSneakers
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.
She has taught yoga for over 15 years and leads a gently challenging Vinyasa flow (or slow, energizing flow) yoga class that is ROOTED (grounded in form, alignment, intention) and REACHING (stretching towards personal goals, dreams, destiny). She is a Registered YogaFaith Trainer (R-YFT), a 200-RYT with Yoga Alliance, a YogaFaith Ambassador, (YF-A), and a certified Silver Sneakers Yoga Instructor.
Natalie began her personal yoga practice in Woodstock, IL in 2007. She attended her first Christ-centered yoga class after moving to Dallas in 2009. The teacher didn’t have anyone who could substitute, so Natalie offered to assist by becoming a registered yoga teacher. Her ability to sub was cut short, though, by a move to Nashville.
After a conversation with YogaFaith Founder, Michelle Thielen, Natalie began to research prison yoga and wrote about how to begin a prison yoga ministry, resulting in the YogaFaith Prison Ministry course. She is now teaching in two county jails and an addiction recovery center and is passionate to raise up more teachers to bring the Good News to the incarcerated and those transitioning to freedom through Scripture-infused yoga.
Natalie lives in the Nashville area where she leads the New Leaf Communications Group, an integrated marketing communications agency. She loves Jesus, yoga, herb gardening and climbing.
After receiving my RYT, RYFT, and Trauma Sensitive Yoga certification from YogaFaith, I began to offer yoga classes to those around me in an effort to spread the benefits of yoga, meditation, and savasana to the broken, the weary, and the curious. My desire is for everyone to experience true freedom from those things that weigh us down. You don’t have to have had drastic setbacks to enjoy the benefits of yoga. Yoga is for everyone. In a hectic and busy world, my invitation is for all to come find a sacred space of their own.
Monette Benjamin-George | London, Ontario Canada
200 R-YFT, RYT, YF-A
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 full time as an Addiction Counselor at a long term residential treatment center for alcohol and drugs.
I also teach yoga classes at a local yoga studio. 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 grateful for 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!
Rie Frilund Skårhøj, YogaFaith Ambassador | Copenhagen, Denmark
200 R-YFT, RYT, YF-A
Grundlægger og Yogafaith ambassadør i Danmark.
Rie er uddannet sociolog, forfatter, foredragsholder og konsulent i sin egen virksomhed ‘Ledfrivillige.dk‘ (www.ledfrivillige.dk) Hun har dertil læst en 2 årig teolog- og menighedsbaseret uddannelse i Malmø. Rie kommer sammen med hendes mand og tre børn i Byens Valgmenighed.
Ved siden jobbet som foredragsholder mm., arbejder hun som instruktør i Fitnessworld og underviser bl.a. i yoga. (200 RYS Yoga Alliance & Yogafaith instruktør). I sommeren 2014 fik Rie visionen om at starte ‘yoga kombineret med kristen praksis’ og i den anledning fandt hun Yogafaith.
Rie has a degree in sociology and gives lectures and is a consultant in her own company ‘Ledfrivillige.dk‘ (meaning Managing volunteers) She also studied ‘teolog- and community’ for two years and is an author of tree books – two about volunteer management. Beside ‘Ledfrivllige.dk’ she also works as an instructor at Fitness World and teaches yoga as well as other classes. In the summer of 2014 Rie got vision to start ‘yoga combined with Christian practice’ and on that occasion she found Yogafaith. Rie and her family of 3 kids and husband attend a local church.
Sabrena Amaro | Largo, FL
200 RYT, RYFT, YF-A, YogaFaith Meditation and Nidra Certifed
Sabrena lives in sunny Florida with her husband and two kids. Movement has always been part of her life. She started dancing at the age of four which inspired her passion for exercise and healthy living. She started teaching fitness classes at the age of 16. Continuing her interest in exercise and nutrition she graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.S in Wellness.
She took some time out from her true passion to build a career in medical sales and start her family. Realizing that her kids would soon be leaving the nest she attended a Yoga retreat in January of 2017 where she was awakened to God’s calling to become a faith based Yoga instructor and Life Coach. Through divine intervention she found Yogafaith and has not looked back since. She is the founder of Joyful Soul that offers faith based Yoga and Life Coaching where her focus is to transform lives through mind, body and spirit. She feels so blessed to been chosen to this calling, getting her back to her true passion and looks forward to continued growth through Yoga Faith and any future endeavors that God may have in store.
Kelly began the path of yoga almost 25 years ago while attending the University of Florida where she received her Bachelors degree in Psychology and her Masters degree in Health Science Education, specializing in holistic health. She has been teaching health and wellness for over 20 years. She is a YogaFaith ambassador and a faculty member at Montreat College where she teaches classes that blend the ancient practice of classical yoga with sacred Christian scriptures. She is a lover of God and follower of Jesus- studying His life and teachings and learning to live and love with His heart.
Kelly firmly believes in the power of yoga as a tool for integrating the person as a whole: body, mind and spirit. She understands yoga to be a spiritual discipline, using the practice to “still the turnings of the mind” in order to rest in the sovereignty and perfect love of God.
Kelly lives Black Mountain, NC with her husband and their two children. When she is not on her mat, you can find her hanging out with friends and family, homeschooling her teens, gardening, making jewelry and other art, playing with her dog or reading and contemplating life’s deepest questions.
Finishing a competitive swimming career after college, Hollie originally sought yoga for an exciting new challenge yet quiet refuge in a noisy life. Once diagnosed with an almost 60-degree curve in her spine, the practice took on a whole new meaning. Practicing yoga keeps her out of traditional office physical therapy and has given healing to her bones! She began practicing more than ten years ago and is trained in both Hatha and Ashtanga.
Hollie has found Yoga faith to be such a blessing in connecting the mind, body, and soul to Jesus, deepening relationship with God and opening new doors for praise and worship. Her intentions are to serve and guide students/warriors into a new-found expression of confidence and strength all while in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
” For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20
Currently living in the North Georgia mountains with her family, she is the owner of Lytlefoto, a photography studio that was established in 2006. She believes that our testimony is warfare against darkness and is passionate about the sharing of story through images.