Christy's Story

Yoga + Wellness

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My mission is pure and simple: I am here to be your guide on your journey toward optimal health and wellness. The support I offer is positive, nurturing, encouraging, and comes from the heart. Since receiving my Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification in 1998, I have cultivated a teaching style that is truly unique to me: My yoga classes are known for their calm energy, wellness themes, alignment-based instructions, and creative sequences. I draw upon my own personal experiences with physical therapy, as well as my love of Pilates and anatomy, to enrich my yoga classes and help students practice safely and sustainably. (Check out a handful of free yoga videos on my YouTube Channel to get to know my teaching style.) Fun fact: I'm an HSP, which makes me a pretty awesome yoga teacher. While the COVID pandemic had a big impact on my yoga teaching schedule, it allowed me the opportunity to broaden the scope of my work as a Wellness Educator to include private mentoring, virtual seminars, and online wellness courses exploring the topics of perimenopause, self-careplant-based diets, and living a more conscious lifestyle. Check out more offerings on my Online Store.

Christy's Journey

After earning a degree in International Business Administration from Alma College in the '90s and beginning a career in the automotive industry, I soon realized I was meant for something more. Determined to change my reality, I took a leap of faith, quit my job, and spent the next two years working and studying to become a Registered Yoga Teacher at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in New York. Upon returning to Michigan in the late '90s, I brought t'ai chi and yoga classes to my hometown of Howell and, a couple of years later, I became the first (yes, really!) teacher to introduce Vinyasa yoga to the Ann Arbor community. I was the weird instructor who taught classes out of my basement. But students flocked to that basement, and I built a successful yoga career there from (below) the ground up. I completed a second Yoga Teacher Training at the Center for Yoga in Michigan in 2002 and consider myself a life-long learner by continuing to study with renowned yoga instructors, healthcare professionals and other teachers from around the country still to this day. I am committed to my own healing and personal growth work, which includes svadhyaya (self-study), spiritual counseling and a daily meditation practice.

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Yoga as a Way of Life

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My yoga practice is more than just the postures I do on my yoga mat. It is the way I live my whole life, including what I eat, how I take care of myself, who I surround myself with, and how I live on this planet. I guide others along this path to a more conscious lifestyle through seminars on self-care, meditation and plant-based eating, as well as yoga retreats in Michigan and in more exotic locales. To connect like-minded souls who are dedicated to their personal growth, I lead a yoga book club and an HSP Empowerment Group which both meet seasonally. As someone who proudly rocks my High Sensitivity, I was honored to recently write a guest post, Yoga for HSPs: Advice from an HSP Yoga Teacher, for The Sensitive Empowerment Blog. I've also been featured on the cover of Crazy Wisdom Weekly, southeastern Michigan's conscious living e-zine, along with my article, A Yoga Practice for a Pandemic. (You can see more of my credentials and accomplishments here.) Through all these offerings I am committed to supporting the health, well-being and personal transformation of my clients, and to making a positive difference in the world.

A Mindfulness-Based Yoga Studio with Heart

In the summer of 2016, The Yoga Room relocated from it's original basement location to a charming cottage studio located behind my house on the west side of Ann Arbor. This intimate, poolside sanctuary overlooks sprawling gardens and features a cork floor, meditation loft, high ceilings, lots of natural wood and a peaceful, spa-like setting. I intentionally create a warm, intimate environment where students can feel safe to be themselves and receive the personal attention they deserve. I am honored that The Yoga Room has twice been voted Best Yoga Studio in Ann Arbor.

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I have been practicing yoga with Christy for over 13 years and I can say that I have learned more about yoga and grown more as a human in that time period than I ever would have imagined.

Jessie C.

Christy's attention to mindfulness is something I particularly appreciate and her style that incorporates teaching students about yoga principles in practice reinforces the instruction.

Kellie M. R.

I love the personal attention and Christy's teaching style, which recognizes that everyone comes to class with a different intention. Oh, and the studio is GORGEOUS.

Sadie W.

Thanks to [Christy], I've become stronger, more flexible, and more mindful, both on and off the mat. Christy is kind, supportive, and knowledgeable. She challenges me to deepen my practice, but only at my own pace.

Kelly R.

Of all the yoga teachers I’ve had, I’ve found your approach to be the most supportive and have recommended you to several friends, who now happily take your classes as well.

Stephen N.

I have been taking Christy’s classes for 12 years now and haven’t missed a session. I feel invigorated and whole when I leave Vinyasa or any class!

Jen W.

Christy’s new studio is incredibly warm and inviting. The small class sizes always make it feel more intimate and personalized. I couldn’t recommend this studio more!

Tim W.

For me, your classes help me to curb my anxiety, charge my battery, think clearly, react appropriately, be courageous without being rude or offensive, and strengthen my muscles.

Lori B.

Christy’s “Yoga Room” is unique and genuine. Classes are small and the environment supportive and welcoming. It is indeed a quiet refuge. [Christy’s] teaching style is informative and accommodating.

Dave R.

[Christy] is simply a lovely person, a qualified instructor and a centering influence on the mat. This is a special place. And I feel special when I am there.

Andrea B.

I went to The Yoga Room for five years before moving and I can say, hands down, it’s the best yoga studio I’ve ever had the privilege to Vinyasa at!

Megan A.

[Christy] makes you feel comfortable no matter your ability or skill level. The hour I am doing yoga, I feel like I am far away from everything. I leave in a better state of mind.

Elaine N.

Twice Voted Best Yoga Studio in Ann Arbor

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