R-YFT, RYT, YF-A | YogaFaith Trauma Sensitive Yoga Instructor and Much More!
My yoga experience began as a way to have a study break and get some exercise, but as I continued to attend classes, I realized that the time on my 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 part time as an Addiction Counselor at a residential treatment center and at the same time, I manage a small Cafe. 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 thankful for all that I have, and 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 honored to have Monette bless our newest Kingdom Builders!
YF Director, Jody Thomae | Ashland, OH
R-YFT, TSYF, R-YFMT, Relax & Renew®, C-IAYT
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.
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 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!!
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!