Vinyasa


This class is taught by:

Michael Castile

Hello everyone! To me yoga is all about connection. When I was 19 I was diagnosed bi-polar and spent the next 8 years of my life in a constant struggle with my mind. At the age of 27 I had assumed that life had passed me by and that I may as well just give up. I was stuck in a toxic workplace and in a very dysfunctional relationship with a person who made me feel useless. Despite all of this I woke up one day to realize that my life was actually just beginning. I got out of that relationship, started working out and eating healthy. I really felt like I was on my way. But something was missing. Then one day I asked my sister about good workouts and she said “why don’t you just come to yoga with me.” We left for the Yoga Shelter about an hour later and my life was changed forever. I remember stepping into class expecting a workout and getting so much more. I was questioned on if “I was reaching the highest version of myself?” That one moment set everything else into motion. I started attending classes very regularly and they did wonders for my body (helping me stay focused and losing 75 pounds). But it was the study groups that allowed me to stick with all the changes. The Vedanta philosophy allowed me to realize just how much attachment was a part of my life and that by developing my intellect I could continue to work on myself even more. Soon I was part of a community that I felt understood me. That didn’t judge me on my past addictions or disorders but that was ready to accept me for who I am. More so it allowed me to hold myself accountable for everything I do and accept who I am. I could never fully express the gratitude I feel to everyone that has been a part of this. The one thing I know for a fact about life is that it will have its ups and downs. However, with the connection I share on and off the mat at the Shelter I know that I can get through anything. In the end we are all connected. By stepping into the studio we share that search for our highest potential. I can’t wait to share my energy, love, and passion with everyone that walks through the doors of the shelter! So come in, connect, and help create a positive space of growth. Namaste

Amy Koenig

Our life experiences and traumas can sometimes create sharp edges, but through a mindful practice, yoga has given me the clarity to see the softness and gentle curves of life.

I began my journey into yoga looking for a challenging workout. I have always been physically and emotionally active. I was stressed out and full of internal conflicts and apprehension. I operated under the assumption that if I wasn’t beating my body up then it wasn’t worth it. As my yoga practice evolved, I have learned to love my body and take care of myself through compassion and mindfulness…rather than challenging my ego. I believe that yoga can be accessible to anyone when they open their heart and begin where they are, not where they think they should be. One must cast aside judgment about how it’s “supposed” to look and honor how it feels in their body.

Much like my mat supports my physical practice, I have found that the love and support of the Yoga Shelter Community is irreplaceable. Yoga is a personal practice to connect with the highest version of yourself, but you are never alone!

Vinyasa means synchronized movement with breath. A warm, dynamic practice, vinyasa is led entirely with support of the teacher. This class will connect rhythm of breath and movement to yoga postures in a mindful, vigorous flow. Recommended for those looking for a powerful and fully guided class.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Nov 23 10:15 am - 11:15 am with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sat Nov 25 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sun Nov 26 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Amy Koenig
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Thu Nov 30 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sat Dec 02 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sun Dec 03 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Amy Koenig
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Thu Dec 07 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sat Dec 09 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sun Dec 10 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Amy Koenig
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Thu Dec 14 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sat Dec 16 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sun Dec 17 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Amy Koenig
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Thu Dec 21 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sat Dec 23 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sun Dec 24 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Amy Koenig
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Thu Dec 28 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sat Dec 30 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sun Dec 31 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Amy Koenig
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Thu Jan 04 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)