Yin Yoga


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

Chris Emmerson

Hey everyone, thanks for checking out the Shelter! This life has been a crazy ride so far. For many years I was searching for something but was looking in all the wrong places! I was definitely heading the wrong way and was very self destructive and confused. Over four years ago I was injured in a car accident that left me with a broken back, sternum and almost thirty stitches in my face. I was in a lot of physical and emotional pain and knew something had to change…ME! After trying many different types of therapy and still having acute pain some friends suggested that I try yoga and it changed my life! The physical practice has been really beneficial for my overall well-being but the philosophy has created the biggest shift in my life. Looking inward for happiness and peace, taking full responsibility for who I am and self reflection are some of my daily goals and are the foundation of the Yoga Shelter. Realizing that there is no one else to blame for who I am is incredibly liberating because it means that I have the power to change. Although I have to do this hard work my self I also know I’m not alone and that is what Sanga (community) Yoga is all about. I have had the chance to meet some really incredible, inspiring people here and there is a very welcoming vibe. Through this practice of yoga I hope to one day live a selfless life and truly be of service. So please come check out one of the many fine teachers at the Yoga Shelter and join the fam!
Yin yoga is a calm practice that involves holding non-muscular poses for a longer period of time, seated or reclined. Yin creates a wider range of motion by accessing connective tissue. Accessible for all levels of practice and abilities.

Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Jul 28 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sun Jul 30 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Chris Emmerson
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Fri Aug 04 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sun Aug 06 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Chris Emmerson
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Fri Aug 11 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sun Aug 13 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Chris Emmerson
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Fri Aug 18 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sun Aug 20 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Chris Emmerson
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Fri Aug 25 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sun Aug 27 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Chris Emmerson
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Fri Sep 01 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sun Sep 03 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Chris Emmerson
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Fri Sep 08 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sun Sep 10 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Chris Emmerson
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Fri Sep 15 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sun Sep 17 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Chris Emmerson
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Fri Sep 22 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sun Sep 24 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Chris Emmerson
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Fri Sep 29 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Michael Castile
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)
  • Sun Oct 01 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Chris Emmerson
    at Yoga Shelter (Grosse Pointe)