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, SilverSneakers

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 forthcoming book, “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.

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 YogaFaith Director, a Registered YogaFaith Trainer (R-YFT)a Master Trainer with the Christian Yoga Association, R-CYAMT and a certified Silver Sneakers Yoga Instructor. Jody is currently pursuing her Spiritual Director Certificate and 500 YF Masters.

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

Director and Ambassador Monette Benjamin’s yoga experience began as a way to have a study break and get some exercise, but as she continued to attend classes, she realized that the time on her 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 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!

YogaFaith is truly honored to share the ability of spreading God’s light alongside this beautiful soul!

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.

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

Michelle Waugh Brinkley
E-RYT, 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.

Brittany Brown | YogaFaith Ambassador
R-YFT, YF-A

Brittany Brown is first- a Christ follower, Wife, and Homeschool Mom.

She and her husband Joshua along with their three children, Tatum, Elyssa and Titus, plus their dog Jack live in the beautiful state of North Carolina, where she serves as the Women’s Ministry Leader at their local church.

Brittany is a R-YFT through YogaFaith and YF Ambassador. She is also a Certified Biblical Health Coach, Certified Functional Nutrition Coach, and Essential Oils Educator.

Brittany had spent most of her life as what she likes to lovingly refers to as “a Cardio Queen.” After surviving a severe eating disorder, that almost claimed her life in her High-School years, she knew that she needed to learn what gentleness and kindness looked like when it came to her body. Brittany came to know Jesus Christ as her Savior when she was 19 years old, after marring her husband and moving to California. This renewed mindset through the power of Christ led her down a NEW path. She has an invigorating passion for Holistic health, the science of nutrition, movement and overall wellness which led her to pursue the practice of yoga. While on her mat, Brittany came to know what TRUE meditation looks like. She began to memorize scripture, pray more fervently and listen to the loving whisper of the Holy Spirit. She knew that she wanted to teach others how to worship on their mat and through many hours of scouring the internet she found YogaFaith.

Brittany teaches and coaches from a practical, Biblical and always optimistic approach, Brittany helps students and clients improve their health, Spirit-Mind-Body, and achieve their goals and develop sustainable habits to live a healthy and harmonious life. Her coaching and teaching embodies YogaFaith to the very CORE. She loves to shares meditation practices, breath work, Postures of prayer and Beautifully created flows with her students and her wellness clients. Brittany teaches others to move through this life in a posture of surrender, by acknowledging that their entire being belongs to Christ. She supports a prioritized way of living which promotes the harmony many of her students and clients are searching for.

Brittany believes in living a Christ-centered life. Christ-centered living is an invitation to peace, it’s a sacred space and a calling to all Christians. Practicing the art of Christ-centered living is simply embracing a life full of – worship, prayer, meditation, Bible study, relationships, gifts, nutrition and movement. Because of this deep seeded belief she has created The Centered Life and Virtual Studio.

Brittany inspires other to choose Joy, live present, Thrive instead of survive and LOVE the LORD with all their heart, soul and mind, because;

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm then and don’t submit again to the yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)

YogaFaith is honored to have such a beautiful soul as part of our family!

Barbara Campbell | Calgary, Alberta Canada
R-YFT, YF Meditation and Nidra Certified

I originally found my mat in the hot rooms of a Yoga studio at the invite of my Step Daughter.  It was a means to heal and mend a tattered and fragile relationship. Immediately the sweat and the movement became embedded and I continued my quest for yoga as a physical workout by venturing into the rooms of a Bikram Studio.   Feeling incredibly “accomplished” as a yogi having done 90 minutes, 90 times in 90 days, my body began to fail me. My relationships began to fail. Bankruptcy seemed inevitable. I was so very angry with my life and those in it. Life was unraveling quickly as my food addiction grew stronger.

Through my 12 step journey I was reunited with Jesus, my Saviour, my King.  As my relationship with Christ grew, I felt more and more disconnected from the yoga rooms that beckoned a relationship with some form of new age belief system that gave me a sense of unease and so I began to practice yoga at home.  Several years later, my youngest daughter suggested yoga in the “cutest little studio Mom, I think you will like it”. It was there that I had a profound encounter with God. It was indescribable and as I continued to flow and humble myself and not seek yoga as a work out but as a form of worship I felt called to seek a Christian yoga community.  I actually did not believe such a yoga school existed but as the saying goes, “when the student is ready, the teacher appears”, I googled Christian Yoga and voila….YogaFaith appeared.

I believe that yoga can unify individuals, heal relationships and strengthen communities as people learn to worship and glorify God through their physical practice, their contemplative prayer and humble themselves. It is a privilege to work with an organization that puts God first in everything that is done.

Love my country, our continent, our world.

With Purpose, On Purpose and For a Purpose.

Brianna Cruden
R-YFT, YF-A

If my mind and body could talk, it would have said “thank you”.

This was Brianna’s first experience with Yoga.

This journey from pain to pleasure, from distress to presence transformed her life.

After many years of suffering through untreatable pain, Brianna said enough is enough! She pursued alternative methods for managing her pain and discovering a new means for bringing balance to her life. Yoga is the lifeline that renewed Brianna’s spirit and gave newfound purpose to her life.

Now she always says – “Our body wants to tell us things and we need to try harder to listen”.
Brianna’s first step in making yoga a foundation of physical and mental well-being in her life was to become a Les Mills Bodyflow instructor. Her continued passion for yoga gave her the desire to attend more training. Brianna then attended Yogafit 200 hr instructor training and followed with Yogafit 100 hr Warriors Trauma Sensitive Instructor training. Brianna’s final training was her 200 hr with YogaFaith.

Brianna’s classes include breath work, alignment based slow flow and restorative practices. She loves leaving students feeling inspired, centered and more balanced.
Her focused interest is in Restorative Therapeutics, Transformative Yoga, Somatics, Yoga Nidra, and Progressive Relaxation.

She is the founder of Breath of Life Yoga and Wellness.
Creating space to hear the Holy hum of God’s presence.

Shannon Davis
R-YFT, YF-A, R-TSYF

Shannon Davis is a Yogafaith 200 hour and Trauma Informed Instructor, as well as certified in Yogafaith Nidra and Meditation . Holistic health is her passion, right after Jesus. Shannon started her own healing journey in 1999 when she discovered hands on healing through massage therapy. She has not stopped exploring natural healing modalities that include Chinese medicine, massage therapy, prayer, and now completing her tool bag with the addition of Yogafaith training. Holy Coping Skills is the message she brings to senior centers, schools, and life. Her goal is bring these mandatory life skills into every institution, school, and home in our world.
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Jaclyn Fontaine, YogaFaith Ambassador | Massachusetts
R-YFT 200, YF-A

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!

Hope Henry
R-YFT, R-YFA

Hope has always loved movement and fitness, but fell absolutely in love with yoga when introduced to Yogafaith. Growing up as a Christian in the Bible belt, yoga was often talked about as if it were too New Age for Christians to practice. After being introduced to Yogafaith, she went to an immersion to learn more about how yoga can be used to worship Jesus. She didn’t even plan to teach yoga, but went just to learn more.

It was God’s timing in her life as she was struggling with a thyroid problem that left her unable to do my former favorite workouts. She found that she CAN do yoga, and CAN use it to worship and pray!. Both her thyroid and adrenals were suffering, and she had to have major surgery to remove her entire thyroid and tumors that had wrapped around her vocal chords. In spite of this, she stepped up and taught her first Yogafaith class only 5 weeks after the surgery. “ I truly believe anyone can do yoga. Yogafaith has been a huge part of my healing process and I love to teach it!”

She has gone on to teach in several Yogafaith Immersions and the Yin training. She is honored to share both her passion for yoga and Jesus on and off her mat!

Shannon Doa Henshaw | Eagle Rock, MO
500 RYT, 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]

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

Marie Jackson
R-YFT, YF-A

Marie Jackson began her journey of self discovery right after her 42nd birthday. The practice of yoga ushered her to a place of learning how to care for herself in a wholistic way that was foreign to her. Her journey with yoga transformed her life, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Yoga was the tool that God used to show her that she was worth love, too. She is mama to 8 kiddos (5 of which are already adults) and Mimi to one precious baby girl. She knows the life of taking care of others far too well. That has been the driving force in her passion to share the gift of yoga with all the people, specifically the knowledge of how our physical bodies hold on to emotional trauma. Her true passion is to share the healing power of Jesus on the mat.

She has a committed personal practice and enjoys meeting Jesus on the mat every blessed day. Marie is registered with the Christian Yoga Association and Certifed through YogaFaith. When she isn’t practicing or teaching yoga you can find her crunching numbers at her day job for her church, loving on random babies, walking by the water, or pouring her heart out on paper. She is a giggles lovin, laundry hatin girl, trying to keep all the pieces together. And I promise, she can’t wait to share all of that with you!

Amy Kuscsik, Perrysville, OH
200 R-YFT, 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.

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.

Rosy McCann, Harvey Cedars, New Jersey
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!

Donna McQuillin | Maryland

Donna first started taking yoga classes in 2012, but she was always “on guard” in the secular classes. She felt called to teach Yoga Faith after much research, prayer, encouragement from her husband, and even approval from her pastor. After her 200-hour training in 2018, the very next week she started teaching Yoga Faith classes at her church. She is excited to see where her role as Yoga Faith Ambassador takes her, where the Lord will call her to share her passion for Jesus and for yoga, and how she can help others in their journey to honor Jesus.

Currently Donna works as an adjunct instructor for the math department at a local university. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and her Master’s Degree in Education. While she enjoys teaching math, she can really pour her heart and her faith into teaching yoga classes at the local YMCA and at her church. She teaches chair yoga, heated yoga, gentle yoga, and Yoga Faith.

Donna lives in Earleville, Maryland with her husband of 25 years, their black lab, and frequent visits from their two college aged children.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Kristi McIntosh, Michigan
R-YFT 100, 200 HR YTT

I grew up and live in Southeaster Michigan with my husband and one of my three adult sons. I’m a Christian, a mom, wife, musician, aromatherapist, herbalist, yogi, and a survivor!

Having battled lymphoma years ago, and undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, my body had been beaten down and doesn’t always cooperate with me. Physical therapy wasn’t helping and medications just became too much. That’s when I turned to more natural remedies with essential oils, natural herbal medicine, and YOGA!

To learn more about yoga, I began a 200 HR YTT, but something was missing. Wanting to keep Christ first in my life, I started searching for Christian Yoga and came across YogaFaith. Just seeing the tagline, “JESUS FIRST, Yoga Second”, made me know it was exactly what I needed. After reading the first few lines in the first module, I knew I was “home”!

Due to my own movement limitations, I like to practice and teach Restorative, Yin, Chair, and Gentle flows that are easy on my body. I love working with people with mobility issues, fibromyalgia, and arthritis because these things are near to my heart. YogaFaith has taught me how to do this while praising and sharing Jesus Christ and that excites my soul!

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.

Karen Penfold
R-YFT 200, YF-A, R-TSYF

I was introduced to yoga while recovering from two years of breast cancer surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments and, in the midst of that, a broken pelvis from a serious car accident. A dear friend of mine, who is a yoga instructor and personal trainer, came to me at church and said, “ Girl, I’m going to make you strong again.” I knew she could see my frail body and perhaps a weary spirit, but she could not have known the depth of the battle that was going on in my mind and soul. A battle to try to make sense of the chaos in my mind, the raging anxiety in my body and the deep sadness in my soul.

As a breast cancer warrior in the fight I was full of hope. As a new survivor I was full of anxiety. “Why now? This makes no sense. I’m a survivor! I beat breast cancer. I’m done. I should be happy! “ These were the thoughts I shared with a counselor my oncologist referred me to. “Post traumatic stress,” She said, “Very common among cancer survivors.”

And so I began to learn about PTSD, trauma, depression and anxiety. My friend was going to make me strong again she said, so in 2013 my healing journey with yoga began. In 2017 I shifted from yoga student to yoga leader and began my Full of Hope Yoga Ministry leading women into greater health and freedom- body, mind and spirit.

Now a 10 year breast cancer survivor, I am blessed to be wife, mother and grandma (Gilah). My husband of 31 years, Brad, and I live south of Sacramento in a Elk Grove where we raised our two, now adults, sons.

Today, I am a YogaFaith Instructor and Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith and YogaFaith Meditation and Nidra Specialist”. When I found YogaFaith I found my people! We breathe, move and live in the Freedom of the Lord, worshipping Him with our whole body, mind, soul and strength. We learn, we do and we take it out into our hurting world. To be a YogaFaith Ambassador is an honor. My soul and spirit thrive serving in community to help bind up the broken hearted, heal the wounded and rescue the lost. YogaFaith is a ministry of equipping Kingdom Builders and I’m all in!

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!

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

Certified DoTerra Specialist

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!

As of 2017 I am R-YFT200 and look forward to adding more Yogafaith certifications to my tool belt. I will be taking the Christian Meditation Guided Nidra Certification | Feb.4, 2018 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.

Kim Reinman, Tucson, AZ
R-YFT 200, YF12SR

Kim found yoga in her recovery journey in 2014. As she worked through a Christ Centered 12 step program at a local church she began the healing of her physical body in hot yoga. There she kept hearing from God that “He has plans to give her a hope and a future”, Jer 29:11. Finding a new habit of meditation, yoga and connection was life changing. Kim found the YogaFaith 12 Step and recovery training and dove in! This big step in faith led Kim to complete her 200 hour yoga teacher training with YogaFaith in Spring of 2018. Since then she has taught at her church, recovery centers, assisted in YF12S trainings, taught in yoga studios, high schools, fitness centers/gyms, parks and even at music festivals.

Djenane Santos
R-YFT 200, YF-A

Ever since Djenane was a child in her hometown of Goiânia, Brazil, she always dreamed of becoming a Brazilian diplomat, however God had other plans. God wanted her to be an ambassador for His Kingdom. After studying law both in Brazil and in the USA, He called her to ministry in Pacifica, California. She then realized she had had more experience teaching and leading at church than practicing law itself.

Djenane loves stretching and started doing yoga 20 years ago in the USA but had to stop once she was back in Brazil as she didn’t find any yoga practice she felt comfortable with. Back in the USA four years ago, she resumed yoga and started looking for a Christ-centered practice. The search was over when she found YogaFaith! She feels honored to volunteer as a YogaFaith teacher and now ambassador and looks forward to sharing Jesus on the mat with Brazilians and the Portuguese-speaking community everywhere.

“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Phi 2:14 NIV

Carla

Carla Speer YogaFaith Ambassador | Mukilteo, WA
200 R-YFT, YF-A

Carla began practicing yoga in 2010, checking out yoga DVDs from the library.  At first, strong flows were what attracted her to the practice. Six years ago, she began a journey of living with a chronic illness.  At that point, slow flows, yin, and restorative became daily tools to alleviate the pain in her body. That daily practice time became sacred; a time to worship, a time to experience the healing power of yoga, a time to be with the Lord.  She recently graduated from YogaFaith’s Fall 2018 Teacher Training and now leads various styles of yoga classes in her community.

Carla’s personal practice is focused on uniting with God and moving with gratitude and devotion.  Carla loves the playfulness of yoga, the beauty of the movement and the room to explore that yoga provides.  She believes that yoga is for every body and is an advocate of modifications and prop use to help each individual truly enjoy and benefit from their practice.  Yoga has been such a gift to Carla, and she wishes to pass on that gift to each person that comes to her classes.

Carla lives in Mukilteo, WA with her husband and two children.  Passionate about discipleship, Carla and her husband have served at their church for the past 20 years.  They love to lead life groups where people can connect with others, connect with God and grow into disciplining others.

We look forward to you being blessed by this extraordinary being!

Katie Watt, Toronto Canada
200 R-YFT, YF-A

The practice of yoga is a blessing. It is a tool that allows us to quiet the noises of the fallen world, recalibrating our internal radio so that we may listen to God’s station with little to no interference. Katie is passionate about dispelling the lies which have caused many to mislabel Christianity as a performance based religion rather than one based on a relationship with Jesus and his unconditional love for us.

She spent the majority of her life searching for meaning and belonging everywhere but the cross, identifying more with being spiritual than being in relationship with Christ. Relating more to the ‘universe’ rather than the ‘Creator of the universe’. This path led her to the practice of Ashtanga yoga at a local studio where she completed a 200 hour immersion training program. While she felt the benefits of the practice physically, something was missing. She still felt lost.

Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Katie re-discovered the Christian faith and was baptized November 11, 2018. Soon after she found herself searching online for Christian yoga training programs where she found YogaFaith. Katie felt convicted to register for the upcoming Canadian 200 hour teacher training program, which she completed in July 2019. She is over the moon delighted to be a YogaFaith Instructor as well as an Ambassador and feels blessed to have found this family in faith.

Katie is heartfelt in her desire to meet students wherever they are, with full trust and strong belief that through their yoga practice they will discover, reconnect or renew their identity as God’s beloved.

Claire Williams | 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.

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

Elizabeth Mixon Williams YogaFaith Ambassador | 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.