YogaFaith Director, YF-D

Our Directors have excelled in leadership skills, teaching abilities, and shown great enthusiasm for God and people through their Ambassadorship.

YF Director, Jody Thomae | Ashland, OH
R-YFT, TSYF, R-YFMT, Relax & Renew®, C-IAYT

Congratulations Ambassador of the Year 2018-2019!

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 and Continuing Education Provider. She is also a Relax & Renew RYT. 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.

YF Director, Monette Benjamin-George | London, Ontario Canada
200 R-YFT, YF-A

YogaFaith Ambassador, YF-A

A YogaFaith Ambassador is one who wants to move from being a spectator to being a participator. One who captures the vision and wants to take God’s light into a dark world. We value and honor our Ambassadors being the hands and feet of God, reaching all four corners of this Earth. Going and making disciples in His name.

Jessica McCarty, CONGRATULATIONS Ambassador of the Year 2021-2022
R-YFT 200

Jessica is a 200 hr R-YFR from Texarkana, Texas. She has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts and Sciences from Texas A&M University, Texarkana. She has over 15 years of leadership experience and is educated in massage therapy through The Academy of Massage in San Antonio, TX. Jessica is a proud mom to two beautiful little boys, a wife to a very supportive husband, and a Jesus lover. Jessica grew up loving Jesus but at the age of 21 found her life spiraling out of her own control. Jessica lived a life of destruction for many years. She always looked for joy in the wrong places. After a difficult divorce, Jessica decided it was time to go back home, not just physically, but spiritually. Even though Jessica gave her life back over to Christ she still struggled with guilt, anxiety, and depression. Worship became Jessica’s weapon to battle the overwhelming thoughts that came to her mind. About a year later, she finally felt freedom from what plagued her about her past.
As worship became Jessica’s weapon, the enemy fought harder. Jessica knew that she needed a deeper connection with God. She sought out Yoga and fell in love! In search of a Yoga Teacher Training, she stumbled across YogaFaith. She knew immediately that YogaFaith is where she needed to train as her desire is to help men and women overcome trauma and addiction through worship and body movement.
Jessica is the founder of a YogaFaith studio in Texarkana, Texas called Prodigy Yoga. The word Prodigy is the root word for Prodigal, and Jessica is a Prodigal child!
Jessica has had the opportunity to teach over 450 students since opening her studio in August of 2020.
Jessica is certified with YogaFaith 200-RYFT, TSYF, YF Nidra. She is currently in the YogaFaith Therapy program, and working her way through dance & embodiment and sozo & somatics.
Jessica’s website is www.prodigyyoga.com
YogaFaith is honored to have Jessica as part of our leadership and an Ambassador of Christ!

Rosy McCann, Harvey Cedars, NJ
R-YFMT 500, YF Meditation and Nidra Certified

Congratulations Ambassador of the Year Honoree 2021-2022

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 in London Ontario and is the founder of Healthy4Life.

As a former event planner, Rosy’s passion is to bring women together in engaging retreats to learn firsthand 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!

Tracey Daniel, Simpsonville, South Carolina
R-YFT200, R-TSYF, R-FYA

Tracey began practicing yoga in 2012 because she was a runner completing 9 half-marathons! She heard that yoga would help improve her running physically and she would learn how to breathe better and more fully.

All of that was true and exactly what she found through the physical yoga practice.

However, what she found in practicing yoga was so much more than just physical benefits!

Her yoga practice became a personal time of prayer, worship, and focusing her mind on Jesus. She found greater calm in her life even with 3 children born within 3 years and at ages 7, 8, and 10 when she started practicing. Tracey didn’t know there was “official” Christian yoga. God just met her on the mat and used it to draw her closer to himself in love.

Finally, one day Tracey heard about YogaFaith. She was shocked to know there are others using yoga the same way she was!

Shortly after Tracey sensed God calling her to “bring it”; to become a certified yoga instructor, which was never anything Tracey expected! She finally obeyed the call with the desire to help others meet God on the mat.

Tracey loves the physical benefits of her yoga practice, but what she really loves most is using it to make time & space with Jesus AND for herself. And she wants to help others do the same and find healing in their hearts, souls, and minds through time on the mat with Jesus.

Amy Kuscsik, Perrysville, OH 2019 | Ambassador of the Year 2019-2020
R-YFMT 500, YF-A

CONGRATULATIONS 2018-2019 AMBASSADOR HONORABLE MENTION!

Amy resides just outside of Perrysville, OH with her husband and three children. Yoga has been in and our of her life for nearly 20 years. In 2010, the Lord had other plans for her and brought yoga to the forefront of Amy’s life and that is when she began to embrace it as a form of personal worship. When she found YogaFaith, Amy knew this ministry was a divine match to her hearts longing to be an ambassador for Christ to people in need of healing. In 2017, she completed her teacher training with YogaFaith (R-YFT) and is also a certified restorative yoga instructor(R-R). These faithful steps are leading her to others to find wholeness and oneness with Christ.

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.

She recently completed her R-YFMT 500-hour certification and Yoga Therapy Level 1 with YogaFaith!

You can keep up with Amy at AmyKuscsik.com

Barbra Koehnlein | R-YFT, R-YFYT, R-YFSS, R-TSYF, R-YFRT, YF-A, CYA Member Services

I came to YogaFaith after practicing yoga with a secular studio. I can recall feeling uneasy about aspects of the practice. One day I asked God, “Do Christians practice yoga? Surely there must be some Christians who practice and teach yoga.” I got off my mat and went directly to a google search. YogaFaith and another school popped up. I perused both schools and knew in my spirit, immediately, YogaFaith was what I was looking for. It turns out, YogaFaith was the community I was missing all my life. I signed up for the 200-hour teacher training and, in less than a year, I attended Immersion.

I lead, and LOVE, Yin, Nidra, and Restorative yoga. These modalities speak deeply to my body, mind, and spirit. I have experienced the healing power of yoga and breath work. It is my joy and privilege inviting others to a place of release, renewal, and rest.

I volunteer with the Christian Yoga Association in Member Services. I am blessed to meet with members, over the phone, and learn about their yoga journeys as both teachers and practitioners.

Now, this means that when we come together and are side by side, something wonderful will be released. We can expect to be co-encouraged and co-comforted by each other’s faith! Romans 1:12

Shannon Doa Henshaw | Eagle Rock, MO
R-YFMT 500, R-RFT, R-TSYF

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.

For the past 30 years Shannon is the founder/CEO of National Bus Sales. A women owned successful business that she and her husband built from the ground up. And where her husband currently handles the day to day with her 2 sons allowing her more time to help those who have lost their way through busy life, stressful jobs, trauma, sickness, addictions or losses. Something she knows and lived first hand. Recreating a life that better suited her soul and where her heart is to empower other to do the same. Shannon offer retreats, custom retreats, one-one-coaching, mentoring and wellness for a total wellbeing package for a better life while deepening one’s relationship with the Trinity.

Awakening the Soul~~Healing Hearts~~Illuminating “YOUR” Divine Self

Other Certifications/Education/Specialties

~~Graduate Rhema Bible College

~~Advanced Equine Facilitator & Spiritual Life Coach

~~Christian Stress Relief Coach

~~Board Certified Essential Oil Practitioner

~~Sacred Self Care & Ayurveda Nutrition

~~Yoga for Back Health

~~Energy Medicine Yoga for Healing

~~2020 Sozo & Somatic therapy training

~~2020 Finishing Yin, 12-Step and Meditation & Nidra in person training

www.Divinehorsereflections.com

[email protected]

Diana La | Acworth, GA
R-YFMT, R-TSYF

Diana La lives in Acworth, Ga with her family. As a teenage ballerina and a former opera singer, yoga concepts were not foreign to her but it wasn’t until her mid 20’s where she really started to seek out the calm serenity of yoga. Her passion for yoga was born with her journey into motherhood. During her first pregnancy she started looking for something that would help her connect to her newly changing body and fell into yoga. By her second pregnancy, she knew that not only did she desire yoga in her life, but she wanted to spread the beautiful gift of yoga to the community around her.

Diana completed her 200-hr YTT through Be Yoga in Marietta, GA under Laurie Searle and Julie Eubanks in 2018. She began teaching immediately throughout the community and local studios but knew that there was so much more she was searching for. With so much gratitude towards her secular training, she knew she needed more of her Christian faith involved in her teachings. In 2019, Diana completed her 300-hr teaching certification through Yoga Faith under Michelle Thielen and Laura Burkhart. During her 300-hr training, Diana felt God’s call for her to dive further into Christian Yoga and has made it her mission to spread Yoga Faith to everyone God sends her way.

Diana is a Yoga Faith Ambassador with a 500-RYT, R-500-YFMT (YOGAFAITH Master Trainer), a Registered Christian Yoga Association Trainer Certification and an Aerial Yoga Certification. She teaches Yoga Faith, Vinyasa, Yin, and Aerial classes throughout her community under her LLC, Twisted Roots Yoga. See her YogaFaith Retreats here.

Robin Bourdeau | Arlington, VA
R-YFYT, R-CYAMT, YF-CWR, RYT-200, NASM-CPT, PN1

Robin currently resides in Arlington, VA, just outside DC. She grew up in gymnastics, competing as a youngster and coaching for roughly 20 years. After the birth of her beautiful daughter, she turned her attention to a more conventional profession. During this time, Robin went through a significant weight gain – weight loss journey, at the end if which she became a Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT) and then an avid runner.

Having grown up in a baptist church, Robin was reluctant to try yoga, but after running friends convinced her to attend a free session she was hooked. She quickly signed up for teacher training to understand more about why yoga was changing her in ways beyond the physical. It was after she completed her 200 Hour training that she discovered YogaFaith. Keeping that on her radar, Robin left her profession to focus fully on serving, teaching, and encouraging others to fulfill their God-given potential. In addition to being a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor, Robin added Pilates and nutrition coaching to her skillset.

With the onset of COVID in 2020, Robin found herself with ample time to dive into Yoga Faith training, immersing herself in the YogaFaith Master’s program, YogaFaith Yin, and YogaFaith Meeting of Ancient Pathways with an eye toward yoga therapy. This opportunity has been a life-changing experience for her and one she desires deeply to share with others.

Robin is Founder and Owner of X4mation Fitness, LLC, transforming lives through the power of God and the practice of yoga. She teaches online and in person sessions for individuals, groups, special events, and retreats.

Sarah Bontrager | Colorado

Sarah Bontrager, MAMFT is a Colorado native and currently resides in Golden, Colorado with her husband of 20 years, Jeff, and their four children. They love spending time together hiking, camping, skiing and traveling. Sarah is an Adjunct Psychology Professor at Colorado Christian University, Registered YogaFaith 200 hr. instructor, and clinical psychotherapist at TRS Neuro Feedback. She is also an assistant worship leader and director of Women’s Ministries at Arvada Covenant Church. Her specialties include working with depression and anxiety, athletes, life-stage adjustments and faith. Sarah is passionate about engaging authentically with relevant, pressing mental health issues facing congregations, women, families, couples, and children. She is so excited to add YogaFaith classes to her counseling practice as an option to relieve stress, anxiety and psychosomatic symptoms.

MaryAnn Sander, YogaFaith Ambassador | Milwaukee, WI
200 R-YFT, 500 R-YFMT, R-YFTS, R-YFMN, R-YFSS, YF-A, YF-LT, R-CYAMT

I am a “cheesehead” and have lived in the Milwaukee area my entire life. I am a home church pastor and mentor through Brew City Church. I greet God every morning by thanking Him for another day to be alive, saved by His grace, healthy, safe and free. I also hold forever gratitude for my two amazing grown sons and their beautiful gals, my incredible family and my sweet intimate best friendships.

God – Teaching – Serving

I have had a heart and passion for God, for teaching and for serving my entire life. In addition to being a current YogaFaith trainer, I have also taught and served in the fields of public education, hairdressing and theatre/dance. I believe it is our spirit, prompted by the Holy Spirit, which comes at some point in our lives, to recognize the giftings we have been given…then it is up to us to do something about it!!
1 Peter 4:10 – As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.

Hills and Valleys

I have been blessed to live on many spiritual hilltops throughout my life. Like most of us, my life did not always have that mountain top view. After going through a very long life season down in the valley ( almost 20 years), I began taking yoga classes 7 years ago as part of my movement back into health and wholeness. I remember going through a flow one evening – at some point, I tuned out the instructor and began breathing, moving, praising, and meditating on Jesus. I just knew I was being led by the Holy Spirit! On my drive home I kept thinking – wow, that felt like such a natural extension of my connection to You God….it seems like something David would do!!

YogaFaith

Of course, it was by the continued leading of the Spirit that my journey intersected with YogaFaith. I completed my first YogaFaith 200hr training in 2017 and have not looked back since! I currently hold certifications as a YogaFaith yoga Instructor, Master Trainer, Lead Trainer, Meditation/Nidra Instructor, Trauma Sensitive Instructor and Sozo/Somatics Instructor. I am on staff with YogaFaith working in the area of student support services. I am also a curriculum writer currently writing for YogaFaith’s new Yoga Therapy program! My heart and spirit completely align with YogaFaith philosophy “to train, equip, resource and empower the body of Christ to fulfill their unique God given purpose; and to live successful Christian lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

MaryAnn recently became the first and only YogaFaith Master Lead Trainer, YF-MLT, she is so incredible that we created this position for her, or she created the position for us, whichever it is…we can’t wait for you to learn from her!

Judi Murfin | Beaverton, OR
R-YFMT, YF-A

A running injury brought me to the practice of yoga. After 10 months of practice I began teacher training. As wonderful as yoga was there was always a piece missing – to take the practice to a deeper spiritual place with my faith in Christ. Having the opportunity to teach at Ladies Retreats and insert Scripture made the practice of yoga powerful. It touched something deep in my heart. Linking mind (centered on Christ), body (physical worship) and breath (his Spirit) is a tremendous way to worship God. It was the missing piece!

I completed 200 hour and Yoga for Scoliosis in 2016. I knew though pursuing my masters through a secular studio would not sit right in my soul. Finding YogaFaith was a blessing as it enabled me to stay true to my heart. In September of 2019 I completed my Registered YogaFaith Master Certification at the 500 level, R-YFMT.

God has given me opportunities to teach many different populations; children, teens, adults, seniors, those who need relief from anxiety and depression, athletes and those that have not exercised for years, private sessions and large groups and yoga for those with scoliosis too. My desire is to give those who want to place Christ at the center of their yoga, a place to belong. Practicing yoga with a focus on worship is a privilege and joy. It makes my heart sing!

Find Judi at Aanaa Yoga

I look forward to meeting you on the mat, at the feet of Jesus.

Claire Williams, R-YFT | Winder, Georgia

Jesus.Yoga.Family.

I am a proud mother of two sweet boys, and I am married to a wonderful firefighter with a sweet mustache. LOL
We live in Winder, Georgia.

I fell in love with yoga at my local YMCA and began taking yoga as a way to combat muscle tightness from my scoliosis. Little did I know it would change my life. I was amazed at the body-mind awareness connection, and how I felt after each class. I would have never thought I would be leading people with yoga. I was scared of everything, and always stuck to my “comfort zone.” A friend of mine encouraged me to become a teacher, and I obtained an on-line certification. I knew eventually I wanted to obtain my 200hr certification. I stumbled upon Yogafaith and couldn’t believe it. Everything fell into place. I attended a 200hr immersion in March of 2019- and added another chapter to my story. I suffered with anxiety and depression after the birth of my second son, and felt so much guilt because of it. I was redeemed on my yoga mat during that immersion. God had plans for me. God has plans for you too!

I am grateful that I can lead others. I always remind myself that God always choses ordinary men and women to do extraordinary things. I feel privileged to share God’s love with others in such an amazing way. A Yogafaith class ignites and unites the spiritual mind, body and soul. Its an honor and privilege to be able to lead my students.

Find Clair at Clarity Yoga.
http://www.clarityyogabarrowga.com

Psalm 91:4
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.”

Cat Bounds, Tucson, AZ
R-YFMT 500, R-CYAT, R-YF12S

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Jaclyn Fontaine | Boston, MA
R-YFT 200, R-YFCT

Starting her fitness and wellness career in college, Jackie has over 15 years experience personal training, managing, and teaching group exercise. Holding numerous academic and fitness related degrees and certifications, she has been a certified yoga instructor since 2007.

Jackie began practicing yoga at a young age to keep her body and mind healthy. Recently, Jackie was looking to deepen her knowledge as a qualified yoga teacher, and went on to complete her 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher with YogaFaith. Having a past in gymnastics, and fitness competitions, Jackie gets most excited about inversions, arm balances, and acro yoga.

It was a defining moment when Jackie realized she could combine her love, education, and purpose for teaching with her love for Jesus and spreading the Good News. It is her ministry to bring yoga and its endless health benefits to others.

Jackie is married to the most amazingly supportive man and has two beautiful daughters who love the Lord. She relaxes by spending time with her kids, taking walks with her husband (and their dog, Siren), reading, and enjoys coaching her daughters youth soccer teams.

Certifications/Education:

-Master of Science in Kinesiology- University of Rhode Island
-Bachelor of Science in Health Education, minor in Nutrition- University of Massachusetts Lowell
-YogaFaith R-YFT, RYT
-American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
-Les Mills Advanced Body Pump instructor, Les Mills RPM instructor, Les Mills GRIT
-Les Mills Born To Move trained
-SPINNING

Come learn from this beautiful soul at our upcoming Children’s Teacher Training!

Laurie Hugdahl, Woodland, WA
R-YFT, R-TSYF

Fran Pritchard, San Diego, CA
R-YFT, R-YF Meditation and Nidra Trainer

Yogafaith is the miracle I didn’t know I was praying for! He has been so faithful to guide me through this life changing journey. Hallelujah! I have become a new creation. I am transformed and filled with a purpose that blesses me as I passionately serve others! I can’t overstate how Michelle Thielen has encouraged me into areas of personal and spiritual growth beyond what I could’ve imagined God had planned for me!

I am also a Certified Aromatouch Technician with doTERRA Essential Oils. I love incorporating essential oils as well as other mediums such as art and journaling into my Yogafaith classes. I am available for individual or group sessions as well as retreats. I mainly teach Gentle Yoga while instructing for options of more challenging poses.

Ambassador & Lead Teacher Trainer R-YFT200, R-YFMN, R-TSYF, R-YFSS

Certified DoTerra Specialist

Victoria Grace Nolen | Hiawassee, GA
R-TSYF, YF-A

Victoria is a yoga instructor, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Faith instructor, and a psychotherapist. Fascinated by yoga as a child, Victoria fulfilled her dream late in college and has practiced yoga since 2012. Yoga has served as the greatest tool in her own physical, spiritual, and emotional healing journey. Her passion is to, as her own counselor has said, give away what she have been given. Always the adventurer and seeker, she discovered her greatest passion when she found Yoga Faith and the tremendous gift of praising, thanking, and surrendering to Jesus through movement.

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.

Michelle Waugh Brinkley
R-CYATH, C-Y4A, R-TSYF, YF-A

I aim to teach people how to feel better in their bodies, heal from trauma, and accept God’s overwhelming goodness and grace. I help my students to acknowledge and correct poor alignment; use the breath to calm the nervous system; and stretch and strengthen the body and mind. My goal is for each student to find success in their yoga practice, regardless of their skill level, abilities, or age.

Yoga has strengthened my relationships with God, family, and myself. I began practicing to connect with myself in a positive way and gain balance. I have endured five concussions and traumatic relationships. Although I still occasionally battle with anxiety and depression, I have used yoga to develop good habits to recuperate much faster and have a healthier outlook of life overall.

I am not perfect. Not even close. I am a work in progress. This path Jesus placed me on will take a lifetime to complete, and I choose to approach it one breath at a time.

Stacy LeBrun, Edmonds, WA
R-YFT 200, YF-A, R-YFYT, R-YFMN

Stacy lives her life rooted in love.  Yoga has played an impactful role in expanding her worship time not only physically but mentally as well. She has found that meditating on the Word combined with movement has deepened her journey with Christ. From Meditation and Nidra, gentle movements in a restorative practice, creating space in Yin, gaining flexibility in Vinyasa to feeling powerful in heat, yoga rounds out so many aspects of our everyday lives and seasons of change. 

With all gratitude to our merciful Father, Stacy feels blessed to share her love of yoga and its benefits with her students as they journey with Christ.

Suzanne Penn YogaFaith Ambassador Westminster MD

Suzanne Penn | Westminster, MD
R-YFT, YF-A

Suzanne has over 500 hours of Christian Yoga Training. She holds certificates in Yoga with weights, Chair/senior yoga, Yoga Touch, Yogalates, and Yin. She is also a Revelation Wellness Instructor, a facilitator for ‘The Wellness Revelation’ Wellness Program, and Trigger Point trained. Suzanne is a retired Registered Nurse Supervisor, whose specialty was Psychiatric Nursing.

Suzanne is legally blind, and wants her story to inspire and encourage others to never give up, while glorifying God always!

Suzanne has a heart for Outreach/Local Mission work , and ministering to women. Her desire is to encourage, inspire, and uplift adult women; helping them see their true identity and worth in Christ, and their God given purpose. Suzanne sees Christ Focused yoga as a tool to radiate God’s light and expand the Kingdom!

YogaFaith is honored to have such a radiant light as part of our ministry!

Melissa Pfeiffer-Hermann
R-YFT, YF-A

Psalm 37:4… Christ worked on my injured defiant heart for many years before my eyes were open to the fact that I could trust Him to rescue me.

Fast forward twenty years and my successful “saved Christian life” was full of restored success. I got a college degree, was a middle school teacher for at-risk youth and taught social studies and drama arts and became the union president for my teachers’ union. I was a life-long advocate and loved the privilege of leading, serving, and being a voice for others. After having my 2nd daughter, I took a high stress job as a labor contract negotiator for the 10th largest school district in the nation and began to work myself sick. I gained over 50 pounds and felt my physical body spiraling with my loss of life balance. I found an answer in a community of friends who supported women in nutrition and fitness and found a deep love for yoga. Eventually, God granted me a path to leave my high-pressured job and work from home until Covid slowed my roll and brought me back to my quiet space needing Him to settle my confusion. That’s when YogaFaith was presented to me and suddenly I saw the desires of my heart begin to unfold.

Once I began my studies and realized how this ministry aligned with the faith that was already deeply planted in my heart, I wanted more… And I want to share this divine invitation with others. This is an invitation to be held, to be healed, to be freed, and to be empowered to be exactly who the Masterful God of the entire universe has designed you specifically to be.

Phil Vestal | St. Petersburg Florida
R-YFT 200, YF-A

Phil is a Pastor, YogaFaith Instructor, and the Co-founder of Ruah Space, a ministry that helps people connect deeper with God, themselves, and others. He has a BA in Religion from Calvin College and an M.Div from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He has lived in Israel, Malawi, and now resides in St. Petersburg, FL with his wife Erin and his two boys.

Elizabeth Mixon Williams | Wilmington, NC
R-YFT 200, YF-A

Elizabeth has always had a passion for yoga and enjoyed its additional benefits but it wasn’t until she began to incorporated it into her personal quiet time did her passion for yoga really take off. She immediately felt the need to share that passion and help others deepen their relationship with Christ through yoga.

Currently, Elizabeth is the program director for Christian Recovery Houses, a ministry that provides transitional housing for those that are struggling with substance use disorder. She has been able to bring YogaFaith to the residents of that program and has received tremendous response. She is a certified yoga instructor (R-YFT) and is also trained in 12 step recovery (R-YF12S).

Elizabeth lives in Wilmington, North Carolina with her husband and two children.

Yogafaith is extremely honored and proud to have Elizabeth a part of the YogaFaith ministry and family.

Britney Wyatt
200 R-YFT, R-TYSF, R-YFCT

Working towards masters with an ultimate goal to become a yoga therapist

Fitness – certified Personal Trainer, with specialities in youth fitness, fitness nutrition, group personal training and currently in the process of becoming a Nutritional Coach.

I have battled health issues my entire life. When I found YogaFaith, my heart was broken from an unexpected loss.

The first time I watched a YogaFaith video, God said to me “this is what you need.” First you need to slow down and breathe. Second you need to heal your heart—remember it’s a process. Lastly, YogaFaith will fill the void missing in your worship.

It’s time for something new.

YogaFaith brought me out of depression and anxiety. It has been a long journey, not always easy. I desire to give back to the community and share the gifts God has honored me with. I have a deep desire to help bring healing to others through meditating on God’s Word and the power of being still; and the understanding that they are loved even in the darkest moments.

I have a passion to help young people know they are worthy and help their spiritual gifts thrive along side their parents. I feel empowered by the Holy Spirit to plant and water the seeds that God has amazing plans for their life.

Psalm 40:2 “He pulled me out of the muck and more and set my feet upon the rock.”