Sandy Parker, Studio Owner

Sandy Parker, BS

Owner and Founder of On The Path Yoga and The Vital Path, Sandy has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Health Education with over 35 years of teaching the foundations of wellness to people of all ages. She is a certified Restorative Exercise Specialist, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant with an area of expertise in female pelvic health through all ages and stages of life.

Her signature yoga class is Foundations of Hatha Yoga, in which students explore the postures, energetics, and philosophy of a yoga practice. Sandy also offers educational and therapeutic services through The Vital Path, in ReX Method™ Workshops, and as a public speaker for audiences around West Michigan. Her sessions are all taught in a nourishing atmosphere and are designed to empower participants and communities toward independence, resiliency, and sustainability.

It is her personal belief that everyone can lead a healthy, radiant, and vital life. When she is not at the studio, you can find Sandy walking about town, exploring the beautiful beaches and trails of Ottawa County, supporting local farmers by purchasing foods from fresh markets, and tending her own backyard gardens.

Contact her at 616-935-7028 or by email: Sandy@OnThePathYoga.com


 

Rhonda Aley, Instructor

Rhonda Aley

As part of a gym membership in between spin classes, strength training and cardio, Rhonda discovered yoga and quickly realized it was more than just another exercise class. She recognized that while practicing yoga is a great way to achieve physical fitness, it went so much deeper, resulting in health and wellness of the total self—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

She feels blessed guiding yogis—new and experienced—in their yoga journey and is honored to share classic poses, philosophies, breathing and relaxation to promote calmness, reduce stress, achieve life-balance and connect to the quiet space within.

Rhonda uses two mantras to guide her daily, both related to the life force or prana of the breath: "Inhale Strength—Exhale Peace" and "“Breathe In. . . Breathe Out. . . Move On."

 

Joyce Borst, Instructor

Joyce Borst

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Joyce began her yoga journey in her late 40’s. She started out practicing in a Saturday morning class, just to see if it was enjoyable. She fell in love with yoga, finding and feeling a kindred spirit! Joyce embraced the practice of yoga.

And that is what she hopes her students will find. . . that same pull of spirit to become curious about what yoga can offer them.

Teaching Restorative Yoga spoke to her soul. Restorative Yoga reminds you to love yourself first and everything else will come into alignment. Her path includes continuing to remember to love and learn something new about herself every day.

Joyce's goal is to find that deep peace for her and for her students over & over, again and again.

 

Emma Leech, Instructor

Emma Leech

Emma started her yoga journey in 2018 while a student at Central Michigan University. She was initially drawn to meditation to help manage stress. From there, she began to attend yoga classes, falling in love with the practice. Emma completed a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) training and received her certification in 2020.

Her hope is to cultivate a space that gives students the freedom to explore movements, thoughts, emotions, and stillness. She loves teaching all forms of yoga but finds a niche teaching classes with an emphasis on Hatha yoga&emdash;including equal parts challenging and restorative elements.

Emma's favorite yoga mantra is Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu. "May all beings be happy and free."

 

Mike Munson, Instructor

Mike Munson

Mike had always wanted to try yoga, but wasn't sure why the draw was there. In 2003, while walking through a bookstore, a book on yoga caught his eye and he bought it. After reading through it over the next few days and trying some poses, he found it fun and interesting and began practicing intermittently. Then a sports related knee injury caused him to stop. It wasn’t until mid 2018 that he started practicing yoga again, this time with the guidance of teachers. It was then that he realized yoga was a true healing process and continued to take a teacher training in 2022.

When guiding a class, Mike hopes that people realize they are more capable of doing anything in life than they may believe—be it doing something physical on the mat or making your desires in life actually happen. He believes when we are on our mats practicing, "we are here to heal, not to harm."

 

Laurie Roberson, Instructor

Laurie Roberson

Laurie has been practicing yoga over 25 years, at first teaching herself asanas from a book bought at Sam’s Club. Fun fact: she still has that book!

She enjoys leading others to that simple, quiet inner place where their personal practice exists. There are many practices out there, from the deeply spiritual to those that push physical boundaries, but Laurie is not one to treat classes as overly precious. It’s simple, really: we are stretching our bodies. However, anyone who has practiced in community knows that from the first intentional deep breath to the last namaste something that IS precious and a bit indescribable occurs. To Laurie, that is yoga.

Her favorite quote for yoga and life:

"Ring the bells that still can ring,
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That's how the light gets in."

 

Tamara Vander Ark-Potter, Instructor

Tamara Vander Ark-Potter

Tamara's journey of self acceptance and healing started more than 20 years ago when she stepped onto the mat in her first yoga class. Since then, it’s been a part of her life she's come to depend on to find balance and wellness of mind, body and soul.

She is continuously inspired by the students in classes and the many teachers she is honored to learn from. Tamara wants students to feel safe and open to exploration, leaving class with greater awareness, self-love and gratitude. Her classes are dynamic with a focus on alignment, increased strength, flexibility and balance. "I am enough."