Staff


Theresa May – Owner / Director, E-RYT 500, Mindfulness & Meditation Teacher

Theresa May

Hometown: Detroit MI

Birthday date: August 24th (Virgo, was there any doubt!)

Training/education: RYT 200 & E-RYT 500 with Michael Johnson of Asheville, NC, in 2005. Reiki Master with Gina Ambrosia and countless workshops & retreats over the many years with the most amazing teachers on the most amazing topics.

Mentor(s): My teachers past, the teachers of Santosha Yoga and anyone who has walked through the doors of Santosha Yoga.

Favorite Prop: Blocks & Walls

What pose do you love to teach? It depends on what day it is.

What is your favorite pose? Ardha Chandrasana (half-moon), doesn’t matter what day it is.

What is your least favorite pose? Hmmm, again it depends on what day it is.

What is your favorite season of the year?  Fall with spring being a close second.

MAC or PC? PC of course, the only one that’s allowed in the house.

Favorite Dessert: Crème Brulee

Favorite Fruit: Watermelon for sure.

Where/when did you take your first yoga class?  Almost 19 years ago in a small rec center in Macomb MI, by a sweet gal named Desiree that taught us as she flipped through pages of a book. But it stuck!

Interests outside of Yoga: Reading, thinking of crazy things to do with my grand kids, bike riding very fast.


 

Debbie Kowalski – RYT 200, PT, CPI

Debbie Kowalski

Debbie Kowalski

Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI

Birthday date: Dec 29th

Training: YogaFit L1-3 & YogaSweat, Vinyasa 200 hr, Pilates Certification, Physical Therapist

Mentors: Have learned from many awesome teachers

Favorite Prop: Block

What pose do you love to teach? Warrior II

What is your favorite pose? Triangle

What is your least favorite pose? Splits

What is your favorite season? Spring

MAC or PC? PC

Favorite Dessert: Brownies

Favorite Fruit: Grapes

Where/When did you take first yoga class? Milford 2005

Interest outside of Yoga: Lifelong learning; Volunteering; Walking


Cindy Chase – E-RYT 200 / RYT 500

Cindy Chase

Cindy Chase

Hometown:  Detroit MI

Birthday date: November 14th

Training/education: 200 and 300 RYT Certification-Santosha Yoga Studio, Reiki Levels I and II

Mentor(s): Theresa, my Mom, Jessica and Christopher

Favorite Prop: Blocks, always blocks you can use them in so many poses

What pose do you love to teach? Utthita Trikonasana, Extended Triangle Pose, Delightful

What is your favorite pose? Ardha Chandrasana, Half Moon

What is your least favorite pose? Arm balances – UGH!

What is your favorite season of the year? Summer

MAC or PC? PC

Favorite Dessert: Lemon Meringue Pie, preferably made by my Mom. ?

Favorite Fruit: Raspberries

Where/when did you take your first yoga class? 1998 at the L’Anse Creuse Community Center with Tom King

Interests outside of Yoga: Traveling, Cooking, Reading, Gardening


Amanda Hodge – E-RYT 200

Amanda Hodge

Amanda Hodge

Hometown: Petoskey, MI

Birthday date: September 10th – Virgo all the way

Training: RYT 200 from Santosha Yoga 2013, CCYT (Certified Chair Yoga Teacher)

Mentors: Theresa May & all of my students

Favorite Prop: Chair

What pose do you love to teach? Warrior II

What is your favorite pose? Side Angle Pose

What is your least favorite pose? None

What is your favorite season? Fall

MAC or PC? Neither! I’m technically challenged that’s my hubby’s department!

Favorite Dessert: Coffee with Grandmas Xmas Cookies

Favorite Fruit: Strawberries & Honeydew Melon

Where/When did you take first yoga class? At Santosha Yoga on Sunday April 3, 2011

Interest outside of Yoga: Watching my kids play sports, Rooting on the Detroit Tigers, walking, listening to audio books & travel


Jill Mazure – RYT 200

Jill Mazure

Jill Mazure

 

Hometown: Mt. Clemens MI

Birthday date: March 30th

Training/education: RYT200, Reiki Master, AFFA Group Fitness Certified, CPR, Certified Aromatherapist Level 1

Mentor(s): Wayne Dyer, BKS Iyengar, my students are my daily teachers, I try to absorb all I can from every teacher I take a class from.

Favorite Prop: Block

What pose do you love to teach? Head to Knee (Janu Sirsasana)

What is your favorite pose? revolved crescent lunge (parivritta anjaneyasana)

What is your least favorite pose? pigeon

What is your favorite season of the year? Fall

MAC or PC? Mac

Favorite Dessert: Dutch Apple Pie

Favorite Fruit: Apples

Where/when did you take your first yoga class? From Theresa May in the gym that was next to the dance studio by Walmart about 10 years ago.

Interests outside of Yoga: being in nature, golfing and boating with my husband and kids


Missy Pierson – RYT 200

Missy Pierson

Missy Pierson

Hometown: Harrison Township, Michigan

Birthday date: August 23rd 

Training/education: RYT-200 at Santosha in 2018

Mentor(s): Theresa May

Favorite Prop: Blocks

What pose do you love to teach? Warrior 2 

What is your favorite pose? Eagle Pose or Reclined Spinal Twist

What is your least favorite pose? Seated Wide Leg Forward Fold

What is your favorite season of the year? Summer!  My kids are out of school so that means a lot of adventures together and no lunches to pack.

MAC or PC?  PC… I know nothing about MAC’s except it was on my 8-year-old son’s Christmas List this year.

Favorite Dessert: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Favorite Fruit: Watermelon or Michigan Cherries

Where/when did you take your first yoga class? February 2, 2014 at Santosha with Penny Carroll

Interests outside of Yoga: Spending time with my family and friends, reading, doing puzzles, and golfing


Courtney Heck RYT 200

Courtney Heck

Courtney Heck

Hometown:  Detroit Michigan

Birthday date:  August 29th

Training/education:  RYT 200 Santosha Yoga 2018, Reiki Level I & II with Gina A and Transcendental Meditation (TM)

Mentors:  Cindy Chase, Theresa May, Anna Jokinen and My “Fabulous Five” (My Superhero friends who know who they are)

Favorite Prop:  Blocks & Bolsters Babycakes!

What pose do you love to teach?  Utthita Hasta parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle) – I love the way it sounds when it rolls off my tongue It is a fun ‘Show-N-Tell’ pose

What is your favorite pose:  Balasana (Child’s Pose) isn’t it everyone’s??

What is your least favorite pose:  Anjaneyanana (Crescent Lunge) Ugh, the ultimate thigh master

What is your favorite season of the year:  Summer

MAC or PC:  Everyone should just be proud of the fact that I knew this question pertained to ‘computers’… giggle… enough said!

Favorite Dessert:  Lemon Blueberry scones with Lemon glaze

Favorite Fruit:  Bananas and Cuties!  Greatest on-the-go fruit with its own easy to peel safety covering

Where/when did you take your first yoga class?  Friday 10 AM, September 30th, 2016 with Grace Buffa @ Santosha Yoga

Interests outside of Yoga:  Time with my sweet Sydney, daily TM and self-healing, Legwarmers, Gardening, Tea has been ‘exciting’ I said it – does it make me a snob? giggle, Reiki Healing, Friday evenings with my ‘Fabulous Five’, and Sunday Fundays with my boyfriend


Penny Carroll E-RYT 500, ABMP Certified Massage Therapist

Penny Carroll

Penny Carroll

Hometown:  Byers, Colorado

Birthday date:  April 1

Training/education: RYT-500 with Santosha Yoga; Warriors at Ease, Yoga for 12-Step Recovery; Yoga Nidra, Yoga Fit 1 & 2;  Licensed Massage Therapist; Reiki Level 2;  B.S. Early Childhood Education; B.S., Communications; Masters Certificate Servant Leadership

Mentor(s): Theresa May, Karen Soltes; Nicki Myers

Favorite Prop: Block

What pose do you love to teach?  Half moon pose (Ardha Chandrasana)

What is your favorite pose: Crescent Moon Pose (Anjanayasana)

What is your least favorite pose: Chair Pose (Parivrtta Utkatasana)

What is your favorite season of the year:  Autumn

MAC or PC:  depends on what i’m doing!

Favorite Dessert: Strawberry shortcake

Favorite Fruit: strawberries

Where/when did you take your first yoga class?  Watching Lilias Folan on PBS when I was in grade school; to practicing with Steve Ross and Yoga with Denise Austin on TV  when I was pregnant in 2000

Interests outside of Yoga:  Reading, camping, cooking, gardening, long baths


Gail Sobczak RYT 200, ABMP Certified Massage Therapist

Gail Sobczak

Gail Sobczak

Hometown:  East Detroit (Eastpointe now)

Birthday date: October 4  I am a true Libra

Training/education: RYT-200 at Santosha, Massage Therapist and Esthetician

Mentor(s): Theresa May and really all the teachers at Santosha

Favorite Prop: Block

What pose do you love to teach? Tree pose

What is your favorite pose: Triangle

What is your least favorite pose: Dragon/Lizard

What is your favorite season of the year:  Fall

MAC or PC: We really don’t have either.  My husband has is work PC that I don’t use.  Everything thing I own is apple so if I had to choose MAC

Favorite Dessert: Apple pie or lemon meringue pie

Favorite Fruit: I love all fruit

Where/when did you take your first yoga class? 2000, Petoskey MI, I was is a classroom after school

Interests outside of Yoga: Nature, boating, water activities, reading, gardening, walking, cooking and baking


 

Pam Kraft

Pam Kraft

Pam Kraft – ABMP Certified Massage Therapist

Licensed Massage Therapist.  Pam graduated from Irene’s Myomassology Institute in 2014 and completed Beaumont’s Oncology/Hospital Massage Program in 2015.  ”The power of touch during grief and pain benefits not only the patients, but their caregivers too. Everyone can benefit from the healing power of touch. “

Pam offers Swedish, Hot Stone, Prenatal, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage along with Table Thai massage, Reflexology and aromatherapy. 

Whether your goal is relaxation or pain relief or both, she can tailor a session with techniques specific to your personal needs.  

Pam is available Wednesdays by online booking, and other times by calling or texting @ 586-216-8867

 


Christine Dietz – ABMP Certified Massage Therapist         

Christine Dietz

Christine Dietz

ABMP* Advanced Massage Practitioner since 2007 attending the “Health Enrichment Center” in Lapeer, Mi.  Christine completed  advanced training in 2010 specializing in Neuromuscular Therapy and Myofascial Release.  She can help aid in an acute problem you may have currently or a chronic issue you have been struggling with for some time.

Christine can provide variety of pressure during your massage, just let her know, and uses many modalities and types of massages including prenatal, children and adolescents (parent must be present).  She is looking forward to helping you on your journey of life and healing.

Christine is available by appointment only by calling or texting @ 810-310-1265.

 

 


Dani Wade - ABMP Certified Massage Therapist

Dani Wade

Dani Wade – ABMP Certified Massage Therapist

ABMP* Certified Massage Therapist since 2013. Graduated from “The Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy,” a COMPTA accredited school. The 800 hour program consisted of training in many different modalities, but focused mainly on Neuromuscular Therapy and Myofascial Release.

Dani’s goal is to help you with your chronic pain patterns or through an injury. Using a combination of techniques, she will tailor the massage to your specific needs. Dani has worked with clients who sought out massage therapy as an alternative to medication or surgery. She has also worked with clients before and after surgery to promote a quicker and healthier healing process.

She is dedicated to helping others understand more about their own bodies and believes this knowledge will lead to healthier future generations.

Dani is available by appointment only by calling or texting @ 586-744-1991.