Jody Thomae, International YogaFaith Director
R-YFT, TSYF, R-YFMT 500, 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.” Jody served as the Ambassador of the Year in 2018-2019.
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, R-CYAMT and Continuing Education Provider, CYA-CEP. She is also a Relax & Renew Trainer. 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.
200 R-YFT, YF-A, YF-LT
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 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.
Judith Lasater, C-IAYT, Founder of Relax and Renew
Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., and physical therapist, has taught yoga for around the world for almost 50 years. She is the author of eleven books on yoga, the most recent, Teaching Yoga with Intention: The Essential Guide to Skillful Hands-On Assists and Verbal Communication (Shambhala, 2021)
Experience her Restorative class as well as ask questions and enjoy our live discussions.
YF Restorative Asana with Judith: Taking Refuge: Finding Silence and Ease In these two hours, we will discuss the necessity and the power of refuge in our life.
Refuge is not running away from anything; rather it is about moving toward what we want and choosing how we want to be in the world.
We will also practice Restorative yoga asana as a form of refuge.
Lizzie Lasater, C-IAYT, Yoga educator, producer, and designer, creator of Sunday Savasana Series and spirit jewelry collection.
Raised in San Francisco, and educated at Columbia University, Lizzie Lasater is a yoga teacher, producer, and designer, who shares her work via live online events, her Sunday Savasana Series newsletter, a spirit jewelry collection, YouTube, and Instagram. Lizzie lives in Salzburg with her Austrian husband and twin toddler boys.
Lizzie and her mom Judith workshop a wonderful 2-hour Restorative Class within this training.
Michelle Thielen, Founder of YogaFaith
Called the Yoga Pastor, Michelle Thielen, R-CYAMT, C-IAYT, is a speaker, author of Stretching Your Faith, Exit Wilderness A Roadmap Out of Depression and Hopelessness, and a traveling yogi who has been teaching somatic movement through dance and yoga for over 20 years. A student of Peter Levine’s Somatic Experience (SE), and Eric Walrabenstein’s therapy for psychological wounds, Michelle is passionate about helping the world heal from trauma to live a life of purpose. Restorative YogaFaith plays a vital role in the antidote of Fight-Flight-Freeze by inviting the body into “Rest and Digest.”
As a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapist and meditation expert, Michelle has been instrumental in aiding with the restoration of those who suffer from trauma, intense anxiety or depression into healing and freedom. She travels around the world aiding in the rescue efforts of human traffick victims as well as raising awareness about the epidemic. She holds certifications with the American Council of Exercise, is a Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and founded the Christian Yoga Association in 2018, to build a bridge between faith-based yoga practitioners and educators.
She has 3 200-hour Certifications, 3 500-hour Certifications, Certified in Yoga Therapy with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and a Minister through Christian Global Outreach Ministries. Michelle has been the lead trainer of almost 200 Teacher Trainings.