Heather Otterbine
E-RYT 500, YACEP

OmBodies Yoga Founder,

Lead Teacher Trainer, & Owner

 

Heather is a double 500-hour certified E-RYT 500, a Yoga Medicine Registered  Therapeutics Specialist, and a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) with Yoga Alliance, and the owner of OmBodies Yoga. Her Vinyasa yoga classes feature challenging, creative sequences with an emphasis on precision cueing and healthy alignment. She uses these elements in combination with a deep understanding of anatomy and physiology to draw in other aspects of the yoga practice, such as, pranayama and meditation.

Heather has been practicing yoga since the Fall of 2000 and teaching since 2005. She completed the 200-hour Teacher Training Program with Sivananda Yoga in 2005, the PreNatal Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Works in NYC in 2006, the 500-hour Advanced Teacher Training at Moksha in 2014, and has most recently, completed her second

500-hour Advanced Teacher Training Certification with Tiffany Cruikshank & Yoga Medicine.

 

She opened OmBodies Yoga Studio in 2009 and has developed two successful teacher training programs, the OmBodies Foundational

200-hour & the OmBodies Advanced Teacher Training, both registered with Yoga Alliance. 

Heather has always had a deep appreciation and respect for the focus and discipline that the yoga practice helps to develop but also truly enjoys the creative, explorative, and sometimes playful expression of ourselves that can come from our practice. “This beautiful, multi-faceted practice offers us the opportunity to discover and explore so many aspects of who we really are!”

Kelly Jeska
RYT-200 & OmBodies
Student Advisor

Kelly tried yoga for the first time on a whim with some friends at a local studio. Little did she know that one yoga class would be the beginning of a beautiful and challenging, yet wonderful journey to finding a connection with herself, her practice, and those around her. Kelly developed a regular practice and has since increased her knowledge with Yoga Teacher Training at OmBodies, receiving her certification and becoming an RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance in January of 2019.

 

Kelly was drawn to teaching yoga because of the possibilities of helping others find a little bit more of themselves through the practice of yoga. Kelly believes yoga is a powerful practice that encourages the connection between mind, body, spirit, as well as community. We have the power to increase our ability to live a fuller life by honoring our bodies by practicing yoga, and by honoring the depth of our thoughts by practicing mindfulness. When we combine the two we create mindful movement that cultivates a sense of self we can tend to and help to grow no matter what phase of life we are in.

 

Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts in English with Communication and History Minors from SVSU and in her spare time enjoys hiking with her springerdoodle puppy Finn, playing the euphonium, reading a good book, and watching nerdy movies.

Iian Mull
RYT 500

Kate’s passion for teaching yoga stems from the experiences she’s had within her personal practice. Walking into the studio for the first time, she had no idea what to expect. Even after the first class she noticed a tiny shift in her perspective, that small change eventually lead her to making yoga an integral part of her life. Through the years she has seen that there is always another layer, another challenge, and little discoveries that are waiting there for you on your mat.

 

Beyond the physical and healthful benefits, there is a peace that comes with practicing yoga and that is what is exciting for Kate and keeps her coming back for more. This journey has been a joyful one and she is happy to be a part of the OmBodies studio and family. Kate has lived in Mt. Pleasant for most of her life and feels very connected to the people and places here.

 

This connection fuels Kate’s excitement to share the yoga practice with the community through OmBodies Yoga Studio. Kate received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification through OmBodies Yoga Studio in 2012.

Kate Bracken
Cert. 200-hour
Alison Miller
E-RYT 200

I am the former owner of Yoga on Main in Mt. Pleasant. Closed in early March, this represents the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one. Change offers infinite possibilities, and one of those possibilities is the opportunity to share my teaching now with students at OmBodies. I began my yoga journey many years ago. I initially came to OmBodies to practice, and later, completed my 200-hour teacher training with Heather.

 

In early 2020, I began studies for 500- and 750-hour teacher training in Lansing at Hilltop Yoga, with Hilaire Lockwood. Since then I have completed all coursework and am now finalizing other requirements for this designation. I am also a certified Yoga Health Coach and work with groups and individuals who are interested in evolving their daily habits to improve their health and wellness. 

 

I teach from an intuitive space that connects body and breath and incorporates the principles of Ayurveda, which translates to the “science or knowledge” of life. It’s a healing wisdom that co-arose with Yoga and is estimated to date back 5,000 years. My teaching is Iyengar-inspired, alignment-based. I love to practice and teach vinyasa, from gentle to advanced, and always include Ayurvedic teachings which are both healing and balancing.

Dame Robinson
RYT-200

Dame believes deeply in the power of yoga to transform one’s life as well as cultivate peace, love, and joy. Her passion and dedication to yoga has guided her as a mother, artist and lifelong learner. Dame was introduced to yoga in 2000 by her beloved teacher Summer. From that day forward, the depth and beauty of yoga has inspired her life in so many unexpected ways. Prenatal yoga and meditation profoundly supported her during her own pregnancies. Yoga and dance have been instrumental in her healing after a neck injury.

 

Having lived all over the United States, Dame has enjoyed experiencing yoga throughout her many travels. Dame completed her 200hr teacher training in 2006 with Annie Carpenter at Yoga Works in Los Angeles. In 2008 she received her prenatal certification with Shiva Rea at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Los Angeles.  Recently, she completed a Barre Teacher Training with Blooma Barre at Renew Mama Studio in Grand Rapids and a NIA white belt with Winalee Zeeb at Heartdance in Lansing.  She is grateful for all of the teachers in her life and is thankful to her teachers Summer Autio, Leslie Ellis, and Annie Carpenter for sharing their love of yoga and encouraging her to share yoga with others.

 

Along with the joys and responsibilities of motherhood, Dame is currently pursuing classes in the health sciences as well as deepening her studies of yoga at OmBodies Yoga studio.

Carlin Caszatt
RYT 200

Carlin found her way to yoga in 2010 after the birth of her children. While focusing on her family and raising her wonderful children, she felt like she was losing herself in the process. Having been a competitive gymnast, Carlin felt like she needed to find movement again. She was attracted to yoga for the physical benefits, but soon realized that it had much more to offer. Carlin fell in love with the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of the yoga practice and continued to develop her own personal practice over the years, finding a particular enjoyment in the challenge and strength of inversions.

Carlin has a Bachelor of Science in Health Fitness from Central Michigan University and also attended the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education and found that the natural benefits of yoga complemented her education and beliefs. 

 

In 2012 Carlin decided to deepen her knowledge of yoga by enrolling in the 200-Hour OmBodies Yoga Teacher Training program and has been enjoying teaching ever since.

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OmBodies Yoga & Functional Wellness Teachers

Heather Otterbine
E-RYT 500, YACEP

OmBodies Yoga Founder,

Lead Teacher Trainer, & Owner

 

Heather is a double 500-hour certified E-RYT 500, a Yoga Medicine Registered  Therapeutics Specialist, and a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) with Yoga Alliance, and the owner of OmBodies Yoga. Her Vinyasa yoga classes feature challenging, creative sequences with an emphasis on precision cueing and healthy alignment. She uses these elements in combination with a deep understanding of anatomy and physiology to draw in other aspects of the yoga practice, such as, pranayama and meditation.

Heather has been practicing yoga since the Fall of 2000 and teaching since 2005. She completed the 200-hour Teacher Training Program with Sivananda Yoga in 2005, the PreNatal Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Works in NYC in 2006, the 500-hour Advanced Teacher Training at Moksha in 2014, and has most recently, completed her second

500-hour Advanced Teacher Training Certification with Tiffany Cruikshank & Yoga Medicine.

 

She opened OmBodies Yoga Studio in 2009 and has developed two successful teacher training programs, the OmBodies Foundational

200-hour & the OmBodies Advanced Teacher Training, both registered with Yoga Alliance. 

Heather has always had a deep appreciation and respect for the focus and discipline that the yoga practice helps to develop but also truly enjoys the creative, explorative, and sometimes playful expression of ourselves that can come from our practice. “This beautiful, multi-faceted practice offers us the opportunity to discover and explore so many aspects of who we really are!”

Kelly Jeska
RYT-200 & OmBodies
Student Advisor

Kelly tried yoga for the first time on a whim with some friends at a local studio. Little did she know that one yoga class would be the beginning of a beautiful and challenging, yet wonderful journey to finding a connection with herself, her practice, and those around her. Kelly developed a regular practice and has since increased her knowledge with Yoga Teacher Training at OmBodies, receiving her certification and becoming an RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance in January of 2019.

 

Kelly was drawn to teaching yoga because of the possibilities of helping others find a little bit more of themselves through the practice of yoga. Kelly believes yoga is a powerful practice that encourages the connection between mind, body, spirit, as well as community. We have the power to increase our ability to live a fuller life by honoring our bodies by practicing yoga, and by honoring the depth of our thoughts by practicing mindfulness. When we combine the two we create mindful movement that cultivates a sense of self we can tend to and help to grow no matter what phase of life we are in.

 

Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts in English with Communication and History Minors from SVSU and in her spare time enjoys hiking with her springerdoodle puppy Finn, playing the euphonium, reading a good book, and watching nerdy movies.

Iian Mull
RYT 500

Kate’s passion for teaching yoga stems from the experiences she’s had within her personal practice. Walking into the studio for the first time, she had no idea what to expect. Even after the first class she noticed a tiny shift in her perspective, that small change eventually lead her to making yoga an integral part of her life. Through the years she has seen that there is always another layer, another challenge, and little discoveries that are waiting there for you on your mat.

 

Beyond the physical and healthful benefits, there is a peace that comes with practicing yoga and that is what is exciting for Kate and keeps her coming back for more. This journey has been a joyful one and she is happy to be a part of the OmBodies studio and family. Kate has lived in Mt. Pleasant for most of her life and feels very connected to the people and places here.

 

This connection fuels Kate’s excitement to share the yoga practice with the community through OmBodies Yoga Studio. Kate received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification through OmBodies Yoga Studio in 2012.

Kate Bracken
Cert. 200-hour
Alison Miller
E-RYT 200
Dame Robinson
RYT-200
Carlin Caszatt
RYT 200

Dame believes deeply in the power of yoga to transform one’s life as well as cultivate peace, love, and joy. Her passion and dedication to yoga has guided her as a mother, artist and lifelong learner. Dame was introduced to yoga in 2000 by her beloved teacher Summer. From that day forward, the depth and beauty of yoga has inspired her life in so many unexpected ways. Prenatal yoga and meditation profoundly supported her during her own pregnancies. Yoga and dance have been instrumental in her healing after a neck injury.

 

Having lived all over the United States, Dame has enjoyed experiencing yoga throughout her many travels. Dame completed her 200hr teacher training in 2006 with Annie Carpenter at Yoga Works in Los Angeles. In 2008 she received her prenatal certification with Shiva Rea at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Los Angeles.  Recently, she completed a Barre Teacher Training with Blooma Barre at Renew Mama Studio in Grand Rapids and a NIA white belt with Winalee Zeeb at Heartdance in Lansing.  She is grateful for all of the teachers in her life and is thankful to her teachers Summer Autio, Leslie Ellis, and Annie Carpenter for sharing their love of yoga and encouraging her to share yoga with others.

 

Along with the joys and responsibilities of motherhood, Dame is currently pursuing classes in the health sciences as well as deepening her studies of yoga at OmBodies Yoga studio.

Website Content Written Exclusively For OmBodies Yoga Studio 

OmBodies Yoga & Functional Wellness Teachers

Heather Otterbine
E-RYT 500, YACEP

OmBodies Yoga Founder,

Lead Teacher Trainer, & Owner

 

Heather is a double 500-hour certified E-RYT 500, a Yoga Medicine Registered  Therapeutics Specialist, and a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) with Yoga Alliance, and the owner of OmBodies Yoga. Her Vinyasa yoga classes feature challenging, creative sequences with an emphasis on precision cueing and healthy alignment. She uses these elements in combination with a deep understanding of anatomy and physiology to draw in other aspects of the yoga practice, such as, pranayama and meditation.

Heather has been practicing yoga since the Fall of 2000 and teaching since 2005. She completed the 200-hour Teacher Training Program with Sivananda Yoga in 2005, the PreNatal Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Works in NYC in 2006, the 500-hour Advanced Teacher Training at Moksha in 2014, and has most recently, completed her second

500-hour Advanced Teacher Training Certification with Tiffany Cruikshank & Yoga Medicine.

 

She opened OmBodies Yoga Studio in 2009 and has developed two successful teacher training programs, the OmBodies Foundational

200-hour & the OmBodies Advanced Teacher Training, both registered with Yoga Alliance. 

Heather has always had a deep appreciation and respect for the focus and discipline that the yoga practice helps to develop but also truly enjoys the creative, explorative, and sometimes playful expression of ourselves that can come from our practice. “This beautiful, multi-faceted practice offers us the opportunity to discover and explore so many aspects of who we really are!”

Kelly Jeska
RYT-200 & OmBodies
Student Advisor

Kelly tried yoga for the first time on a whim with some friends at a local studio. Little did she know that one yoga class would be the beginning of a beautiful and challenging, yet wonderful journey to finding a connection with herself, her practice, and those around her. Kelly developed a regular practice and has since increased her knowledge with Yoga Teacher Training at OmBodies, receiving her certification and becoming an RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance in January of 2019.

 

Kelly was drawn to teaching yoga because of the possibilities of helping others find a little bit more of themselves through the practice of yoga. Kelly believes yoga is a powerful practice that encourages the connection between mind, body, spirit, as well as community. We have the power to increase our ability to live a fuller life by honoring our bodies by practicing yoga, and by honoring the depth of our thoughts by practicing mindfulness. When we combine the two we create mindful movement that cultivates a sense of self we can tend to and help to grow no matter what phase of life we are in.

 

Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts in English with Communication and History Minors from SVSU and in her spare time enjoys hiking with her springerdoodle puppy Finn, playing the euphonium, reading a good book, and watching nerdy movies.

Iian Mull
RYT 500

Iian has been studying movement and the body for most of his life. At the age of 5, he joined a swim team and over the next 20 years, became one one of the world's best swimmers. He has dedicated much of his and early adulthood practicing and studying technique, hydrodynamics, and anatomy and physiology, to achieve peak performance. 

He began his "official" yoga journey in 2002 with his first-ever yoga class with Rodney Yee in the San Francisco Bay area, where he was living at the time. Since then he's been able to practice under the guidance of amazing teachers such as Mark Stephens, Rusty Wells, and Kofi Busia. 

His personal practice has developed steadily (and not so steadily at times) over the years. In January of 2018 Iian decided to take the next big step in his journey by becoming a a certified yoga teacher under the tutelage of his current teacher, Hilaire Lockwood. He received his 200-hour certification in June of 2018; 500-hour certification in August of 2019; and is currently working to complete his 750-hour certification. 

Iian's teaching style is both playful and challenging. He strives to bring a sense of lightness, inquisitiveness, and creativity to the yoga flows that he teaches. You can expect to perspire, laugh, be challenged, be safe, and fall deeply into your practice and yourself.

Alison Miller
E-RYT 200
Kate Bracken
Cert. 200-hour

I am the former owner of Yoga on Main in Mt. Pleasant. Closed in early March, this represents the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one. Change offers infinite possibilities, and one of those possibilities is the opportunity to share my teaching now with students at OmBodies. I began my yoga journey many years ago. I initially came to OmBodies to practice, and later, completed my 200-hour teacher training with Heather.

 

In early 2020, I began studies for 500- and 750-hour teacher training in Lansing at Hilltop Yoga, with Hilaire Lockwood. Since then I have completed all coursework and am now finalizing other requirements for this designation. I am also a certified Yoga Health Coach and work with groups and individuals who are interested in evolving their daily habits to improve their health and wellness. 

 

I teach from an intuitive space that connects body and breath and incorporates the principles of Ayurveda, which translates to the “science or knowledge” of life. It’s a healing wisdom that co-arose with Yoga and is estimated to date back 5,000 years. My teaching is Iyengar-inspired, alignment-based. I love to practice and teach vinyasa, from gentle to advanced, and always include Ayurvedic teachings which are both healing and balancing.

Kate’s passion for teaching yoga stems from the experiences she’s had within her personal practice. Walking into the studio for the first time, she had no idea what to expect. Even after the first class she noticed a tiny shift in her perspective, that small change eventually lead her to making yoga an integral part of her life. Through the years she has seen that there is always another layer, another challenge, and little discoveries that are waiting there for you on your mat.

 

Beyond the physical and healthful benefits, there is a peace that comes with practicing yoga and that is what is exciting for Kate and keeps her coming back for more. This journey has been a joyful one and she is happy to be a part of the OmBodies studio and family. Kate has lived in Mt. Pleasant for most of her life and feels very connected to the people and places here.

 

This connection fuels Kate’s excitement to share the yoga practice with the community through OmBodies Yoga Studio. Kate received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification through OmBodies Yoga Studio in 2012.

Carlin Caszatt
RYT 200

Carlin found her way to yoga in 2010 after the birth of her children. While focusing on her family and raising her wonderful children, she felt like she was losing herself in the process. Having been a competitive gymnast, Carlin felt like she needed to find movement again. She was attracted to yoga for the physical benefits, but soon realized that it had much more to offer. Carlin fell in love with the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of the yoga practice and continued to develop her own personal practice over the years, finding a particular enjoyment in the challenge and strength of inversions.

Carlin has a Bachelor of Science in Health Fitness from Central Michigan University and also attended the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education and found that the natural benefits of yoga complemented her education and beliefs. 

 

In 2012 Carlin decided to deepen her knowledge of yoga by enrolling in the 200-Hour OmBodies Yoga Teacher Training program and has been enjoying teaching ever since.

Carlin found her way to yoga in 2010 after the birth of her children. While focusing on her family and raising her wonderful children, she felt like she was losing herself in the process. Having been a competitive gymnast, Carlin felt like she needed to find movement again. She was attracted to yoga for the physical benefits, but soon realized that it had much more to offer. Carlin fell in love with the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of the yoga practice and continued to develop her own personal practice over the years, finding a particular enjoyment in the challenge and strength of inversions.

Carlin has a Bachelor of Science in Health Fitness from Central Michigan University and also attended the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education and found that the natural benefits of yoga complemented her education and beliefs. 

 

In 2012 Carlin decided to deepen her knowledge of yoga by enrolling in the 200-Hour OmBodies Yoga Teacher Training program and has been enjoying teaching ever since.

Dame Robinson
RYT-200

Dame believes deeply in the power of yoga to transform one’s life as well as cultivate peace, love, and joy. Her passion and dedication to yoga has guided her as a mother, artist and lifelong learner. Dame was introduced to yoga in 2000 by her beloved teacher Summer. From that day forward, the depth and beauty of yoga has inspired her life in so many unexpected ways. Prenatal yoga and meditation profoundly supported her during her own pregnancies. Yoga and dance have been instrumental in her healing after a neck injury.

 

Having lived all over the United States, Dame has enjoyed experiencing yoga throughout her many travels. Dame completed her 200hr teacher training in 2006 with Annie Carpenter at Yoga Works in Los Angeles. In 2008 she received her prenatal certification with Shiva Rea at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Los Angeles.  Recently, she completed a Barre Teacher Training with Blooma Barre at Renew Mama Studio in Grand Rapids and a NIA white belt with Winalee Zeeb at Heartdance in Lansing.  She is grateful for all of the teachers in her life and is thankful to her teachers Summer Autio, Leslie Ellis, and Annie Carpenter for sharing their love of yoga and encouraging her to share yoga with others.

 

Along with the joys and responsibilities of motherhood, Dame is currently pursuing classes in the health sciences as well as deepening her studies of yoga at OmBodies Yoga studio.

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