I first began teaching Yoga more than a decade ago because someone asked me to do it.
I continued because it felt like home. In 2006 after teaching Yoga part time for many years, I
was fortunate enough to be liberated from my corporate software job. This potentially devastating
event became the birth of my studio - Seva Yoga. Now I cannot imagine my life any other way.
Being able to teach full time and introduce so many people to the practice is a privilege and a
blessing to me.
My practice and teaching has evolved greatly over the years and I have been fortunate to study
with many great and knowledgeable teachers locally and nationally. My formal training was in
Ashtanga, however my interests have led me to contemplate many disciplines of Yoga. This journey
of study has created a teaching style that is a blend of many practices in a harmonious flow. I
draw inspiration from my students, my life and nature to bring to my classes.
RYT500 & Anusara Certified Yoga Teacher
For most of my grown up years I have practiced yoga; being on my mat became
a way to connect with my own expression of artistry and beauty. Yoga taught me
to feel at home with myself -- and in this body. It was with enthusiastic
gratitude for all I had learned, in 2004, that I began to teach. My
inspirations are : art, the beauty of the human spirit, travel, trees....and
the powerful cycles & pulse of nature. These reflect in the practice; I delight
in weaving philosophy, breath & movement into an integrated unfolding of the
poses. With an emphasis on alignment and artful precision, the student feels
safe, strong and a powerful freedom of expression. Together, we celebrate &
make more sense of the amazing mystery that is life.....and all the miraculous
connections. It is a joy to teach, and share this practice with the excellent
students at Seva Yoga. Many thanks to my dear teachers, John Friend and Betsey
Downing for their excellence, and always seeing the highest.
I was introduced to yoga in the early 1990s, although it was in 2000 that I dove into the waters of yoga and committed to practice. Since that time have had the opportunity to explore different yoga styles and traditions
with many wonderful teachers - simply too many to name here. My yoga journey has most recently lead to the completion of the 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training program at The Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
My yoga practice provides continued awareness of the life force energy being expressed through the body, breath and mind. Yoga keeps my body safe and my mind grounded. I love to learn and to share - establishing myself as a teacher allows me the opportunity to enrich the lives of others as well as my own.
When I first experienced yoga, I was drawn in by the strength and flexibilty needed to build asanas. I loved the way my body felt after practice! Formal studies continue with the Seva Yoga Teacher Training as I integrate the work of the body, the focus of the mind, the awareness of breath. My practice continues to broaden as I begin to teach from my experience.
Service is my true love and with yoga, I am pleased to offer a practice that serves to provide comfort, explores movement, and focuses on the breath.
I was first drawn to yoga by its stress relieving quality and its holistic approach- connecting mind,
body and spirit. Over my years of practice, I began to see its effects on my ability to handle stress, my
heightened awareness of my actions and reactions in life and how these actions affect life/situational
outcomes as well as affect other people. I also began to feel for the first time my increased ability to
clear my "monkey mind" from its constant activity allowing better clarity and presence in the moment.
When I began seeing yoga flowing in all areas of my life, I began to realize that this practice truly is a
holistic practice and also a way of life.
My vision and hope for my service to others through teaching yoga is to allow others to see their
abilities and allow the focus to no longer be on the negative of what we aren't or can't do, but instead
be shifted to what we ARE and CAN BE! Yoga has a beautiful way of changing the way we think about
the world around us as well as how to view and love ourselves. My hope is this self-love and love for all
is opened up in the minds of my students.
My personal yoga journey began as a way to cope with personal stress from a demanding career and chronic illness. Over the last three years, I have embraced the freedom available to me every time I step on my mat. During the RYT training at Seva, I found the joy of taking yoga off of my mat and bringing that joy into daily life. Offering classes, is one small way I can give back some of the freedom that I have found through this amazing practice.
I live to learn and learning has been essential to finding my purpose in life.
I teach yoga because it has opened my heart in ways I could never verbalize. It is my goal in life to elevate others to reach their goals through the emotional, physical and spiritual journey that is Yoga.
I am inspired every day by the people who are making the choice to live healthy and compassionate lives. The RYT200 Teacher Training Program offered by Seva Yoga and Michele Fife has introduced me to a life that teaches me, on a daily basis, that all the answers I'll ever need have always been right in front of me. Sharing this message with my students is what I feel called upon to do. Through this journey I hope to share a piece of that shimmering light, encourage people of all ages to create new boundaries as the connection between breath and movement opens new spaces, new possibilities and new opportunities in all facets of their lives... Void of judgment or ego. We all have a purpose and we are all inclined to live it. This is mine. I can't wait to learn yours.
The first time I stepped onto my yoga mat was in 2006 , and it was like finally finding myself. As I began to explore my body and quiet my mind, I discovered that I was really into this thing called yoga, and I wanted more. After relocating our family to West Michigan in 2009, I realized I wanted to deepen my knowledge of the physical and spiritual aspects of the practice.
The knowledge I gained at Seva Yoga Shala has not only fortified my practice, but my body, soul, and entire life. I am truly grateful for this gift, and I humbly thank all of my teachers, including Katherine Nicholai, and Michele Fife.
My hope for my students is that they can each get what they need out of their practice, because we are so different and yet all the same.
welcome to seva
Yoga is for everyOne. Our mission at Seva is to create an INclusive Yoga studio where ALL students can meet, learn, and practice. We Celebrate that there are many ways to study Yoga, and believe that Yoga is simply too vast to narrow our offerings down to a single discipline. Here you can explore and discover the practice that works for YOU
- we offer certified instructors in Diverse Styles, who have studied and taught Yoga all over the world
- our class offerings are Varied so there is something for everyBody
- you'll find a Bright, Warm space designed to bring Harmony between body and mind
- your Yoga series will NEVER expire, and is good for ANY class on our schedule
- we offer Donation classes to keep Yoga accessible, and discounted Unlimited packages for those who just can't get enough
- we believe in Giving Back to our community
- we are simply here to serve YOU
No gimmicks. Just Yoga, and the selfless service that is Seva.
Om Shanti ~
Melissa Tungl, Owner, Seva Yoga
Enjoy shopping and sipping in Gaslight Village retail shops, including Seva Yoga, followed by a drawing for prizes at Derby Station at 9pm
Seva is offering 15% off ALL merchandise
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Regular class pricing applies to this event
Join us for a special vinyasa class with local artist Susan Picking. Susan is a Grand Rapids based singer/songwriter who plays piano, ukulele, and harmonium. Picking has two CD's Down in Your Soul (2008) and Wonder in the Wander (2011). Her lyrics fit in with the yoga community as they are based in Universal thought often with a humorous twist. Picking recently performed at a yoga retreat in Bali, Indonesia with Australian based yogi blogger Nadine Falwell. Her song Namaste is included on Falwell's DVD. Picking will be accompanied by Brooke Dillane on harmonium/vocals and Josh Dunigan on percussion.
Are you a Yoga Nerd? Then this workshop series is for YOU -
Take your practice to the next level with the support of one another in this advanced practice group. Each session we'll take a path and explore backbends, inversions, arm balances with modifications to help you grow + succeed. Along the way develop strength and flexibility required to do the poses. The love of yoga + the art pose is the entry point for our study. This is the place for practice, exploring fire it up.
Teachers + experienced students who have been studying yoga at least 6 months or permission of the Instructor.
The Seva Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training Shala is registered with Yoga Alliance and licensed in the State of Michigan as a proprietary school.
Click here for more information
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Hatha refers to the postures. Vinyasa is a series of postures linked together with breath. These classes focus on the alignment of asana as well as cultivating balance within your life. This practice may draw from many different yoga styles and traditions as designed by your teacher and guide.
A 60 minute fun Vinyasa class designed to start your weekend off right!
This energizing and empowering class combines breath with a more rapid pace of flowing postures. Build strength, increase endurance, release tension, burn calories and find flexibility in this vigorous practice.
Now open Tuesday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5
See the full schedule
|Monday May 20, 2013
|6:00pm - 7:15pm|
|7:30pm - 8:45pm|
|Tuesday May 21, 2013
|9:00am - 10:15am|
|11:30am - 12:45pm|
|6:00pm - 7:15pm|
|7:30pm - 8:45pm|
Check out April's Featured Student Becca Lindsay!