Michelle Thielen, Founder of YogaFaith
Called the Yoga Pastor, Michelle holds Certifications with the American Council of Exercise, is a Registered Master Trainer with the Christian Yoga Association, R-CYAMT and a Certified Yoga Therapist with The International Association of Yoga Therapists. she has been teaching somatics through dance and yoga for over 25 years.
She is an international speaker and author of Stretching Your Faith, and Exit Wilderness, A Road Map Out of Depression and Hopelessness. As a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Trainer, Michelle has been instrumental in aiding with the restoration of those who suffer from trauma, intense anxiety or depression into healing and freedom.
She looks forward to being a part of journey!
Fran Pritchard, YogaFaith Lead Trainer, YF-LT
R-YFT, R-YF Meditation and Nidra Trainer, YogaFaith Ambassador
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.
Fran is currently in the YogaFaith Dance and Embodiment Training.
Ambassador & Lead Teacher Trainer R-YFT200, R-YFMN, R-TSYF, R-YFSS
Fran is an incredible trainer and an anointed leader. We look forward to YOU being blessed by her many gifts!
Sarah Shread, R-YFT, YF-LT
Sarah Shread has practiced and enjoyed the many benefits of yoga for over a decade. With a passion for helping others attain holistic health she reaches her clients needs body, mind and spirit; through honoring Gods design and his truth of health and wellness applied. Sarah has been teaching for over three years and is a graduate of YogaFaith.
We are truly anticipating you learning and experiencing the many gifts Sarah shares!
Djenane Santos, R-YFT, 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: she was meant to become an ambassador for His Kingdom. After studying law both in Brazil and in the USA, God called her to children’s ministry in Pacifica, California. She then realized she had had more experience and love for teaching and leading at church than practicing law itself. As of May 2021, we will have Masters’s in Educational Leadership from Gateway Seminary.
Djenane also loves stretching. She started doing yoga in the 90s, however, once she returned to Brazil in early 2000 she didn’t find any yoga practice she felt comfortable with so she took a yoga Sabbath, yet she would frequently do her devotionals on the mat. Back in the USA in 2015, she started looking for a Christ-centered practice. The search was over when she found YogaFaith! She feels honored to be a YogaFaith instructor and ambassador. She looks forward to sharing Jesus on the mat wherever God leads her to, including to 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
We are incredibly honored for you to meet and be blessed by this incredible soul!