Sandy Parker, BS
Owner of On The Path Yoga, 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 has specific professional training and certifications in Yoga, Biomechanics, Breath Facilitation, Pre + Postnatal Fitness, and Women's Pelvic Health. She is a certified Restorative Exercise Specialist and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
Her signature yoga class is Foundations in which students explore the postures, energetics, and philosophy of a yoga practice. Sandy also offers health, nutrition and movement education for private clients 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.
Linda has taught yoga and other fitness modalities for 30 years in the Lansing area and Grand Haven/Spring Lake. She has a B.A. in Multi-Disciplinary Social Studies from Michigan State University including history, sociology and psychology. She taught fitness classes at M.S.U. as a certified Fitness Factory instructor. Linda is also certified by Yoga Fit and has been teaching yoga for 10 years.
She says, “It has been a pleasure to teach yoga at On The Path Yoga since 2011 when Sandy opened her studio in Spring Lake. While enjoying teaching all types of fitness, yoga is very important to me as it includes physical well-being and so much more. The integration of mind, body and spirit in our yoga practice is a melding of these in a harmonious way. The positive energy that we share in our group practice enhances these benefits that may be difficult to explain, but easy to recognize.”
Linda has two daughters and four grandsons. She enjoys spending time with her fiancee Tom, family, reading, traveling, walking and the tranquility of our “Great Lake”.
One of my very first memories is from when I was 3 years old, and knowing deep down that I wanted to spend my life helping people. Over the years this desire shaped and defined itself until I finally did a yoga teacher training a little over 4 years ago. Our body, mind, and spirit are all connected, so investing in the wellbeing of our physical body is also investing in the wellbeing of our whole selves.
I did my yoga teacher training in Hatha yoga, through Prairie Yoga. I have studied with Jules Mitchell, Brent Doornbos, Jane Clapp, and of course Sandy Parker! I also have some training in movement for trauma.
My style is very science-based, I love the why and the how of movement. During my classes I help you strengthen your mind/body connection and give lots of nerdy facts about anatomy and biomechanics.
Beyond spending time with my family, there is nothing I would rather do with my time than help people find a greater sense of wellbeing through yoga.
Adriana Schmuker, MSW
I began my yoga and meditation journey in 2000, while expecting our firstborn. My life was pretty busy then. I was working full time and adapting to my new role as a Military Spouse in Norfolk, Virginia. My personal practice was absolutely essential for my transition into motherhood. I decided to stay home to raise our three wonderful children, while my husband served in the US Armed Forces.
We were fortunate to spend eight years in Okinawa, Japan. I experienced remarkable growth and healing on this sacred island. Here is where I focused on my studies, practice, and teachings. I uncovered yogic philosophies and tools that cultivate mindfulness, clarity, acceptance and tranquility, especially during major life changes. I had the unique opportunity to offer Yoga and Meditation services for US Military Active Duty Service Members, Spouses, Children, and our Host Nationals of Japan.
My intention as a Yoga Teacher is to hold space for others whom wish to explore subtle energies and present moment awareness of the mind, body, and heart connection. My teaching style is inclusive, compassionate, resourceful, trauma-informed and individually centered. I encourage deep concentration, breath and body cognizance, safe alignment, balance, physical strength, endurance, slow movements and personal range of motion.
I am a Yoga Alliance RYT-500 level and an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer. I am certified to teach Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, Kids Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Partner Yoga, and Pilates. I am an avid Reiki Practitioner and hold a Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
Jane Donnelly has been practicing, teaching and studying yoga, meditation and energy work since 2001. Jane completed several certifications within the YogaFit system and received her 200 hour yoga teacher training through Sangha Yoga in Kalamazoo, MI with Para Yoga® Senior Teacher, Karina Ayn Mirsky. Jane's study with Karina is through the classic yoga tradition of Tantric Hatha Yoga in the style of Para Yoga®.
Jane completed her Reiki Attunements with Lisa Lee in the traditional USUI Reiki System of Natural Healing. She feels fortunate to be able to cultivate together the traditional teachings of yoga and Reiki when working with clients individually. The mind has a way of way of creating blocks that can show up as physical pain and imbalance in our body over time. Clients often observe their session with Jane as a time to surrender and release while deeply relaxed. Jane has been referred by community psychologists and therapists as a compliment to talk therapy and the Internal Family Systems approach. Jane is also certified in Level One Thai Massage.
Jane's desire is to help people discover what they are capable of in the practice of life. She enjoys watching clients find a mind-body connection through movement and attention to their breath. “The breath is the ultimate guide, encouraging us to find a deeper connection to ourselves.” Clients will discover the bountiful benefits of the breath, the nurturing space of relaxation and the calm surrender of meditation. Jane is dedicated to bring authenticity, creativity and mindfulness to all classes and private sessions.
Meeting yoga, I discovered a way to breathe deep, move my body however it needs to move in any given moment, find stillness, and create a sense of grounding no matter where life is.
I began my personal practice just a few years ago and decided to go to Costa Rica to attend a 200hr Hatha Yoga intensive teacher training in 2017 with no intention, at first, of becoming a teacher. I was only hoping to better understand the practice and maybe even myself. After that first training, I began to teach immediately, and then followed up with a 300hr training in early 2018. These trainings also gave me a taste of Wim Hof breathing method, and sparked my interest in functional and natural movement, so I have been continuing study and practice in those and bringing components of them to my classes, private and public.
I love watching growth and healing in my clients and students as they practice, breathe, and notice what is happening in their own space of body and mind.
An Indiana native, I now enjoy life in West Michigan, appreciating and experiencing our beautiful lakeshore, forests, and community. My favorite place to be is outside, preferably barefoot. It is my first passion, as nature has the ability to bring me back to balance and the present moment, and constantly reminds me of the inherent oneness of everything.
I have always found joy in seeing other people well and happy, and guiding this ever-evolving practice allows me the opportunity to share tools to help others find personal healing as they are ready. Continuing to learn and teach helps me to constantly share and live in love.
What initiated interest in yoga was the recognition of self-nourishment. It's provided me a discipline that teaches boundaries, unity, and awareness along with a sense of purpose. Similar to any relationship, this practice forever continues shedding and growing lessons. Most recently I'd been drawn towards B.K.S. Iyengar's therapies and theories, yin/restorative yoga, as well as forms of Bhakti (devotional). I'll become a certified massage therapist in June 2019, and am thrilled to unite these holistic techniques.
In time away from studies and service, I usually find the most peace being outdoors nearby clean water. Genuine people, dancing and music also help ease my mind. Overall I'm enjoying being free. I am grateful, and it's an honor to share it.
I first tried yoga after collage when I would visit my parents in Ann Arbor they practiced at at Iyengar studio. I always loved the way my body felt practicing yoga and both the mental/physical challenge the various poses required, similar to my upbringing practicing ballet and jazz from the age of 5 years old. While I always loved dance it became harder as I got older and I took to yoga as it felt so good to my body to move and maintain my strength and flexibility. Two years ago I was in a stage of transition in my life after staying home with my daughter since she was born and was soon to start started school. I signed my son up for a kids yoga class at school and he loved it which inspired me to think about becoming kids yoga certified. Fast forward summer of 2017 I became certified through Rainbow Kids Yoga and 2018 began teaching kids yoga at the school my kids attend. Summer 2018 I taught the first kids yoga class offered at Muskegon WINGS summer enrichment program for two weeks and I had a blast! Then September 2018 began teaching kids yoga 4wk workshops at On The Path.
What I love most about kids yoga is that it is a community environment, non competitive and also imaginative. We make up games with yoga poses, sing songs, learn about respecting our bodies and each other, working with partners and best of all moving our bodies and challenging our minds. I love to helps the kids create positive self image and reinforce that yoga is for everyone! I love taking the kids on a journey each class and having so much fun and being silly with them!
In my yoga practice I enjoy all the different forms from the various flowing Vinyasa to the challenging Ashtanga classes. While Im not doing yoga I love staying active through walking, biking, some running, traveling and just being outside in nature.