Melissa Spamer, M.A., E-RYT 500, LMT:  Lotus in the Flame Teacher Training

Melissa Spamer

Melissa has been practicing Yoga for more then twenty years. She has completed more then six 200-500 hour teacher trainings, and, in 2005, Melissa completed a 500 hour teaching certification with the International Yoga College, specializing in Yoga and Conflict Transformation, under the guidance of Rama Jyoti Vernon.   Her approach to Yoga is very organic and weaves together a rich tapestry of inspired teachings. Her practice is continually evolving, always becoming more Alive in Spirit and Form. She feels incredibly blessed to be carrying the light of Yoga beside so many radiant beings in this great ocean of Awakening. Melissa is also a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute, having completed more than 1200 hours of study.

Melissa is a certified massage therapist and credits the majority of her knowledge of the energetic and physical body to more then ten years of hands on healing around the globe. She has completed her professional certification from the Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts and has trained in a range of modalities including, myofascial release, reflexology, deep tissue therapy, and craniosacral therapy. She holds a graduate certificate in Holistic Health Care from Western Michigan University, with an emphasis in expressive arts therapy, and in 2013 was named alumni of the year. She has co-facilitated groups and retreats incorporating a full range of therapeutic processes to help unveil the truth of the soul’s yearning for engagement. She has a Master's degree in counseling psychology, with an emphasis in somatics and neurobiology, from Southwestern College. Melissa currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. You can visit her website here.


Julie Chase:  Sound Meditation

Julie Chase owns and operates Wind Willow Sound Health, LLC, a private sound therapy business in the Kalamazoo area. 

Reiki Master and member of the Sound Healer’s Association, Julie’s eclectic studies of healing modalities—Reiki, Life Force Energy Healing, sacred Tibetan healing instruments, holistic tuning fork therapy, and life coaching—inspired the development of a unique sound therapy system that assists clients toward relaxation, renewed health and well-being. She works primarily with people who are stress-compromised and conducts workshops utilizing sacred sound instruments throughout Southwest Michigan.  Julie offers classes for healthcare professionals who desire the addition of sound therapy to their existing businesses and is excited to offer Sound Meditation to Down Dog students after her recent studies with internationally and nationally recognized sound healers.  For more information, please visit: www.windwillowsoundhealth.com or see Facebook.

Julie Chase

Kirsten Lyon, E-RYT 200 and Reiki Master:  Reiki Restorative Extended Practices

Kirsten was first introduced to yoga and meditation as a child through her father, an Episcopal priest.  She has studied under various studios and teachers in the Chicago, Detroit, and Kalamazoo areas, and received her 200 hour teacher certification in 2004 through Rising Sun Yoga in Detroit.  She is registered through Yoga Alliance at the Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher level.  Kirsten has immersed herself in the esoteric teachings of yoga and meditation for years, deepening her spirituality and finding new awakenings and greater self-awareness through yoga.  Her teaching encompass both Western and Eastern traditions with specific emphasis on the breath, intention, and meditative movement and flow.  Since 2007, Kirsten has also been a practicing Reiki Master and incorporates hands-on healing energy with her yoga.  She is also a musician and singer/songwriter and incorporates music and vibrational toning into her classes.

Kirsten’s classes are rooted in the ancient traditions of yoga and include philosophy, chanting of Sanskrit mantras, meditation, and pranayama, as well as the physical poses.  Her classes are transcendental and healing experiences; each class is unique to that specific day and no two classes are ever the same.  Kirsten’s classes are ultimately an expression of Divine source.  

Kirsten Lyon

Kate Yoshida:  Kundalini Practices

Kate is a registeredIKYTA Kundalini teacher who lives and works in Chicago.  She has led yoga workshops at Awake and Aware andMichigan Yoga Associates in Kalamazoo, and Spirit Rising in Chicago, as well as meditation workshops at the Women's Leadership Symposuim and the Summer Institute for Sustainability and Energy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  Her job at the Office of Sustainability at UIC includes writing and administering grants and bike planning programs.  In addition to practicing yoga, she enjoys weaving, knitting and cycling.

Kate Yoshida