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MELT Restorative Yoga+Massage

MELT Restorative Yoga+Massage

Melissa Tungl & The Wellness Collective have partnered to create the ultimate relaxation experience.  This fusion class will incorporate elements of breath, gentle flow, and restorative yoga, in a sequence designed to restore the nervous system and relieve chronic tension.

During the restorative portion of the class, each student will receive several minutes of hands on massage with Kate & Jenny from the Wellness Collective.

Where?  Seva Yoga
When?  2/24 6-8pm
Price?  $35

Due to the intimate nature of the class, space is very limited. Treat yourself to this unique experience!

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Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown

1.  What originally brought you to yoga?
I first came to yoga, like many do, as a way to address back pain, stress and anxiety.

2.  What keeps you coming back?
I keep coming back because of the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits I continue to receive and the support from my teachers and fellow students.

3.  What is your favorite asana and why?
Parivrtta Upavistha Konasana is my favorite asana as it provides a whole side body stretch that leaves me feeling more open and expansive.

4.  What do you love about Seva?
I love the variety of classes at Seva and value the unique perspective and life experience each teacher brings to the practice.  I am always learning something from each of them.

5.  What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
The ability to share the benefits of yoga with friends and family, inspiring them to begin their own practice, is a gift that keeps on giving.

6.  Favorite Book:
Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater is my favorite and most recent book I have read.

7.  Favorite Place to Visit:
Cedar Point has had a place in my heart since I first visited as a toddler in the 70s.  I am obsessed.

8.  Food:
Pretty much, if you put it in front of me, I’ll eat it. However, I am drawn to healthier options, because I don’t operate well on fast food or empty calories.

Betsy Rosenbrook

Betsy Rosenbrook

1.  What originally brought you to yoga?
I bought a Groupon!  Like so many people, I first came to yoga for exercise.

2.  What keeps you coming back?
I think I’m addicted!  I love the way I feel when I’m done with asana practice!  I come home and feel relaxed, patient, and excited to be in my own life!

3.  What is your favorite asana and why?
There are so many to choose from!  If I have to narrow it down, I will say virabhadrasana because my heart is open and I feel strong all at the same time.

4.  What do you love about Seva?
Seva offers a truly genuine space to practice yoga.  The instructors are there to help me be honest with my practice and do what’s best for my body.  They inspire me to challenge myself in a safe and healthy way.
I also love the ambiance of the studio space and the variety of classes offered here.

5.  What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
My practice helps me remember who I really am!  Yoga cultivates strength, balance, and flexibility in my body and all these things extend into my life as a whole as well.  I am a more patient, loving, and accepting person because of my practice.  I feel more grateful and more intentional about my time with my kids, my husband, my family and my friends.  My life is so full!

6.  Favorite Book
Wild by Andrea Strayed  Her journey was so raw and so present!  Reading her story reminds me of the beauty we miss when we go too fast.  I think it might be time to read this one again!

7.  Favorite Place to Visit
I guess my favorite place to go is a little park near my house, Provin Trails.  It’s not far away or exotic but it’s a peaceful place I like to go with my family no matter what season.

8.  Food
I love food!  Seriously, there are very few foods I don’t love!  Beans and rice is a cold weather favorite for me but in the summer I love quinoa salad or fresh fruits and veggies!

Sara Van Horn

Sara Van Horn

1.What originally brought you to yoga?
I started attending yoga classes 4 years ago. I had become an avid runner, participating in a lot of 5k races, and my knees and hips were suffering. It was suggested to me that I do yoga a few times a week to help strengthen my knees and open my tight hips.

2. What keeps you coming back?
The yoga classes I was going to were helping. I noticed a difference in my running. Even my posture and breathing improved! And I met great people at the classes who were all so different. Some athletes like me, others were parents who needed the calming meditative part of yoga. And college students looking to de-stress and older men and women who were trying to stay flexible and healthy. It was great! I thought yoga truly is for every body!

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Half moon (Ardha Chandrasana) is my favorite asana because it is hard for me to do. But the days when I can fully open my hips and keep my balance and breathe I feel so strong and full of light. It makes the days of struggle worth it.

4. What do you love about Seva?
I love the wide selection of classes and teachers to choose from. And I love the community. The people I have met while on  my mat and then reconnected with outside of the studio. These people keep me honest and encourage me in my practice and in my life.

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Patience. I admittedly used to be a person who would easily get frustrated, angry or annoyed. Years of yoga practice and calming down my ego have taught me patience with myself and with others.

6. Favorite Book
My favorite book right now is Living your Yoga by Judith Lasater. I love her stories and honesty. It’s been my nightly go to and premeditation guide during my yoga teacher training classes.

7. Favorite Place to Visit
The Rond-a-vue cottage on Lake Michigan during the summer months. Warm sunshine, calming waves and great company!

8. Food
Vegetable Korma…yum!

Dom and Leslee

Dom and Leslee

1. What originally brought you to yoga?
Leslee
My first exposure to Yoga was at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. I was taking General Ed courses there after High School and blindly enrolled in Hatha Yoga 101 with a wonderful teacher named Eunice Levy. I took two semesters with her and loved it but it was ten + years later that I reconnected with Yoga through Seva.

Dom
High Blood Pressure

2. What keeps you coming back?
Leslee
Yoga makes me feel strong, calm and connected…. It’s helped me learn how to let go of daily stress.
I never regret coming to class and always leave feeling happy and whole!

Dom
Yoga allows me to simplify my thoughts and focus my mind into the moment. It helps me relieve everyday stress.

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Leslee
That’s a tough one. I would say any variation of Surya Namaskara. Because it keeps me super connected to my breath and when you go through the sequence with a room full of people it’s kind of magical.

Dom
Warrior 3….I have no idea why, but it’s my favorite.

4. What do you love about Seva?
Leslee
There is something for everyone at Seva! Each instructor brings a unique experience to the studio. And great music too 🙂

Dom
The instructors at Seva are energetic, passionate people. My fellow students are friendly and good natured. It is a place I go to feel better.

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Leslee
The more time I spend on my mat, I find the more patient and deliberate I am, off the mat whether it be on a project at work or just cleaning the kitchen. Yoga sort of wraps itself around you.

Dom
A broader healthier perspective.

6. Favorite Book
Leslee
Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls.

Dom
True North by Jim Harrison

7. Favorite Place to Visit
Leslee
I’ve been able to travel a bit but it’s hard to choose. I’ll say anywhere there’s fresh water, or fresh powder, good people and good music. 🙂

Dom
A little farm up in Hoxeyville, MI near Caberfae Peaks. My friends and family head up there almost every weekend in the winter to ski, eat and enjoy.

8. Food
Leslee
An unbreakable three-way tie. Peanut Butter, Fried Eggs & Avocado.

Dom
Soup….does not matter what kind, I celebrate the entire catalog.

Kristin Whalen

Kristin Whalen

1. What originally brought you to yoga?
Initially I was looking to bring balance into my normally hectic life.  I had forgotten how to just be and that it’s ok to let things be as they are.  Yoga has been my teacher, reminding me that I don’t need to always do.  Sometimes doing nothing…just observing…and letting things fall where they may is better than interceding and controlling.

2. What keeps you coming back?
Now that I have found a greater sense of balance and contentment, I am less quick to react and judge.  I have found a happier, more positive and less stressed perspective.

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Side angle pose, for sure. When I can work my way into perfect alignment I feel like I can stretch my spine for miles.  For someone who sits at a desk most days, this is an awesome feeling.  Plus, I love pigeon pose.  It’s the first pose I run to do after a long flight.

4. What do you love about Seva?
Honestly, I got hooked because the teachers have the best playlists and they update them often.  I stay because I have gotten to know them and I love their encouraging style.

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
My breath. The power of observation.

6. Favorite Book
I don’t really have one at the moment.  Recommendations welcome. 🙂

7. Favorite Place to Visit
Istanbul

8. Food
Veggies. Love them all.

Courtney Protor

Courtney Protor

1. What originally brought you to yoga?
After going through treatment for breast cancer I was looking for a way to get my physical strength back and yoga appealed to me because I thought in addition to gaining physical strength it would help me in my search for connecting mind, body and soul.

2. What keeps you coming back?
I found the connection I was looking for and then some – yoga is so much more of a spiritual experience than I imagined. And also much more physically difficult than I thought it would be! Yoga has become one of the ways I express my gratitude to the universe for this beautiful life and one of the ways I feel the love the universe has for me and all creation.

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Cow face because the first time I sat in that pose with my palms connected to the arches of my feet and my chest on my knee I was so overcome with a feeling of love that it brought me to tears. And every time I return to that pose, regardless of how many times I have been there, I am met with a showering of love that gently urges me to release what I have been holding onto and no longer need.

4. What do you love about Seva?
Pretty much everything!! I would not have gained as much as I have from yoga without the truly wonderful teachers who are so open and caring and make Seva what it is. I love the ambiance of the studio so much that I often imagine myself there when I am meditating at home. Also the students are so wonderful and help create such great energy.

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
The three big things I have learned and that I have truly been able to incorporate into my daily life are:
1. Don’t panic (and I used to…a lot)
2. BREATHE (which I was not very good at in the past given all the panic)
3. You can do more than you tell yourself you can do

6. Favorite Book
Eat Pray Love which may sound cliche but I laughed, I cried and I was inspired to make positive changes in my life. What more could I ask for in a book?

7. Favorite Place to Visit
My father-in-law’s house in Florida. It is such a relaxing, tropical, beautiful get away and doesn’t break the bank!

8. Food
Pasta. Or nachos. I really love food so pretty much anything vegetarian would make the list!

Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith

1. What originally brought you to yoga?
I first encountered yoga years ago when I was studying dance. I came back to yoga looking for a full-body activity that offered some of the physicality of dance. I originally came for the body, knowing there was a mind component; even though I didn’t know what that would entail. I just let the mental and spiritual aspects find me.

2. What keeps you coming back?
For me, yoga provides the link that aligns my ‘animal self’ and my ‘human self’. I am continuously surprised by what my practice does for me in mind, body and spirit. I love the connections that it fosters between people. Having a place where I can ground and find center is vital to me.

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Savasana, because it’s the hardest one for me. I was never wired to sit still, so for me to transition from an hour of movement to laying down and letting go is a refreshing challenge.

4. What do you love about Seva?
The people here have been really good to me. Everybody in this life is on a journey; at Seva there is a feeling of mutual respect for one another’s journeys. There is a great amount of energetic space that we create within this physical space.

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Greater compassion for myself and others. Also, yoga has strengthened me physically and helped to lessen the pain I suffer due to old injuries.

6. Favorite Book
Aura by Carlos Fuentes

7. Favorite Place to Visit
Pacific Coast of Oaxaca, Mexico

8. Food
Pizza!

Nicole Hensch

Nicole Hensch

1. What originally brought you to yoga?
Yoga was an option for gym in high school and I thought “heck yeah, I get to nap at the end!”  Traditional gym was not for me and I loved yoga- I’ve been studying and practicing for almost 10 years now thanks to that yoga option in school!

2. What keeps you coming back?
Yoga has prevented me from reoccurring injuries that I was prone to get as a runner.  Most importantly, it keeps my mind happy.

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow) because it is really challenging for me and it’s the pose that I have worked on throughout teacher training.

4. What do you love about Seva?
The people!  Everyone at Seva- the teachers, the students and the desk staff are welcoming and knowledgeable.  (Also love the decorating- so inviting-great job Amanda!)

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Practicing yoga gives me a better attitude and outlook on life.  My boyfriend would say that I roll my eyes less when I practice yoga more often.

6.  Favorite Book
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

7.  Favorite Place to Visit
Colombia

8.  Food
Coffee flavored coconut ice cream- I’m actually not sure if it exists, but I can imagine it would be the best food ever.

Jenny Hall

Jenny Hall

1.  What originally brought you to yoga?
A Groupon. It started as just a way to exercise.

2.  What keeps you coming back?
You guys!  I’m obsessed!  Yoga is a great way to keep my mind, body and spirit healthy–one stop shopping.

3.  What is your favorite asana and why?
Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon). It started out as an “impossible” pose that I dreaded.  Now I love the openness and expansion I experience in the physical posture, which of course follows me into life.  I still fall out of it sometimes, but the same applies in my life: just keep going and trying, and eventually you’ll soar!

4.  What do you love about Seva?
You guys! I love the instructors at Seva. I also LOVE that yoga is not just exercise here.  It’s a spiritual practice that’s great for the physical body as well.

5.  What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
So much that I had to write a whole blog about it!  Every day I’m grateful for the open heart I’ve found–a physical way to reorient myself by rolling my shoulders back and opening rather than resisting.  Yoga has truly changed the way I approach my life.

6.  Favorite Book
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer

7.  Favorite Place to Visit
Anywhere that has water and sunshine!

8.  Food
I love food. I guess whatever I’m eating with good company. Especially on a patio! (Seriously, I love food!)

Check out Jenny’s blog!