About Our Community
Everyone's journey and evolution through life is unique. Our goal is to embrace our client's personal growth through mindful teaching, compassion & respect.
 
We are a community of dedicated teachers and staff who, from deep personal experience, connect with the bliss and energy of Yoga. Our teachers bring their insight, years of practice and training, as well as creativity and caring energy to class every day.
 
We invite you to experience our yoga community. It is an honor to share the light and many benefits of yoga. Please check our Facebook page for Shala updates and Mindbody for our class schedule and to sign up.
 
 
Jamie Garrison, E-RYT 200, YACEP - Founder & Partner
Yoga has always been a part of Jamie's life. She recalls her true nature as a child, being deeply connected to the world around her and as an adult it has become a way of life to maintain that connection.  Jamie began her study of asana, meditation, and yoga philosophy as a teenager. She considers herself to be a humble student of life. In 2010, while working in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, she completed her 200-hr yoga teacher training at Sattva Yoga Center. Deeply drawn to her personal practice, Jamie found her true calling as a yoga teacher. Her goal as a teacher is to guide others toward their own personal truth, enabling them to live consciously, in touch with their hearts and finding a practice that suits them. She is grateful for this opportunity to share her devotion to yoga and to empower her clients to be their own best teacher. She is even more thankful for yoga, which has  proven to be invaluable both physically and mentally throughout  the beautiful journey of pregnancy, labor, and as a mother to 2 beautiful boys. Jamie has immense gratitude for her loving and supportive husband, family, and friends who believe in her vision to open Yoga Shala as a venue to share the light and healing benefits of yoga.
Kevin Honke - Partner
Kevin considers himself a student of nature.  He has been interested in
gardening since his childhood, and he continues to grow a variety of
fruit and vegetables in his garden. Exploring local woodlands as an
amateur mycologist he adds tasty wild mushrooms to his enjoyment of
cooking. An avid bicyclist, his car gets to rest for much of the year.
And yoga?  After finishing his career as an engineer he found yoga, or
was it yoga that found him.  Kevin started his yoga practice in 2010
with a weekly class and has gradually increased the frequency and his
interest in more forms of practice over the years. He enjoys an
energetic ashtanga, a soulful vinyasa, the release of yin and the
restfulness of yoga nidra. A regular at the Yoga Shala since 2013, Kevin
has expanded the scope of his yoga practice to include teaching. He
truly believes that a place can be found for yoga in anyone’s life, and
they will be happier for it. “For me: I find that yoga has become an
integral part of the balance in my life. I am aware of my breathing when
biking and walk with mindfulness through the woods. I feel more
connected to the world. I smile more often. I feel alive.”
Katie Hipple
Yoga brings an assured, peaceful smile to Katie’s face whenever someone mentions it. Over the course of nine years of practicing yoga, Katie has had a chance to explore, play with, and be challenged by many types of yoga. She has used this experience to discover a happy place deep within herself built on confidence and strength. The teachings her movements, her breath, and ultimately her awareness shared about locating and challenging her physical, emotional, and spiritual edge while on her mat
have led to seeking additional opportunities in her day to day life. This past year during the course of her pregnancy, she learned to continually adjust her practice as her body adjusted to the new life growing within her. Katie’s classes blend an athletic drive towards a deep practice soothed by compassionate adjustments making each of her classes accessible. Her focus is to bring her students closer to their own personal edge, that beautiful place between force and surrender, so they might uncover the
strength and resilience within themselves. Katie has studied yoga in depth by receiving her 200hr RYT from two teacher training programs.

Dawn Kowalczik
Dawn  is a proud a mother of three amazing young adults, and a wife of twenty five years. Her passion for yoga began in 2009 with a regular yoga and meditation practice that changed her and her oldest teenager’s life forever. In 2011, she humbly graduated from a Yoga Alliance certified 200-Hr Teacher Training program and continues to study yoga with various teachers in the area. With deep gratitude and a peaceful approach, her gentle and alignment based classes aim to provide students a way to explore yoga’s that will help to re-balance the body and mind, leaving the student in a rejuvenated serene state.

Alexis Harris
Alexis dabbled in yoga through her college years, but really gave it more time when she fell into her first corporate job.  Through yoga, she began to learn how to let go of the stress that came with her job and found a deeper connection with others and her surroundings.  Alexis decided to take the plunge and completed a 200 hour teacher training as a way to deepen her practice. Surprising herself, she found a love of teaching others about the uplifting benefits of yoga. She hopes her students leave feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
Amanda Warner
Amanda is a certified fitness instructor with over 4 years of experience in the world of group fitness . She is certified in Zumba, Zumba Toning and has also expanded to teaching kettlebell, strength training and hula hoop fitness. She is currently enrolled in the 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yoga Shala. Amanda encourages her student to have fun in their practice as they set intentions that support their wellness goals.
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