Check out our newest studio member, Yin with Lynne

Lynne Baum, Owner of Yin with Lynne

Owner Lynne Baum ERYT has been a student of Yoga since 1996 and a full-time yoga teacher since 2001. Her passion lies in developing the mind-body connection through self-compassion, breathwork, meditation, and asana. Lynne believes that we can elevate our consciousness through the practice of yoga.

Lynne and her team lead several Yin yoga teacher trainings annually as well as local and international Yin Yoga retreats. You can find her on Instagram @yinwithlynne or go to her website

Donate to Direct Relief in Support of Ukraine

Yoga Association of Greater Detroit would like to encourage all our teachers and friends to donate to the charity use the button above. We checked Charity Navigator and Direct Relief has a four-star rating. Direct Relief also has an obvious link for Ukraine so the donations go where you want them to go. I’m sure there are many charities out there.

Please donate what you can. As a yoga teacherm you could also donate your time to teach karma classes with all funds collected going directly to the charity, or encourage your students to donate directly. We can make a difference.

With much gratitude for Karen Lutz for this great idea.

Charlene Vukonich, President of YAGD

Meet the owner of Explore Yoga, our newest Studio Member

Amy Satterfield, Owner of Explore Yoga

Amy Satterfield is the owner of Explore Yoga studio in Troy, MI. Amy is an anatomy-inspired teacher with a diverse yoga & fitness background. Over the years, Amy has worked with hundreds of veterans, children, special needs adults, athletes, and people with various injuries. Amy is an E-RYT 500 level teacher and has additional specialized training in Anatomy, Sports Performance & Recovery, Yin, Women’s Health, Meditation, The Nervous System, Myofascial Release, Spine and Posture Health, and Mental Health & Wellness.

Explore Yoga
In 2014, Amy Satterfield opened Explore Yoga Studio in Troy with a passion for helping others through the teaching of yoga and the offering of yoga therapy. It has now been over 7 years and over 10,000 classes taught and it’s time for Explore Yoga to grow beyond its original 4 walls to a new almost 3000 sq. ft. space with multiple rooms for yoga. On January 24th, the original studio began operating in a brand new location with brand new offerings. In addition to traditional yoga classes, meditation, myofascial release, and yoga therapy, Explore Yoga has added two new infrared saunas. Explore currently has 24 weekly classes, frequent workshops and trainings, and 12 teachers who teach regularly. They plan to add a few more teachers and classes as they begin to grow into their new space in the next few months. 

You can visit the Explore Yoga site here.

Lecture form our Feb 5th Member Mtg

Member Usha Shah gave us information about Acidity/GERD, its symptoms, and why it happens. She talked about ways to address these issues with yoga, mudra’s, and acupressure points.  Really a excellent presentation.
Usha recorded the session and posted the link to it on her FB page at shashaholisticwellness. 
Here is the link to that lecture:

Introducing our newest studio member

Namaste Owner, Ken Aubuchon

The Studio
Located at 309 S Troy St. Royal Oak,MI.48067 and committed to providing Yoga that is all-inclusive.

Namaste has been the heart of Royal Oak for over 20 years.  You do not have to be thin or flexible to practice. The poses meet you where you are, no matter where you are. You are your own guru, meaning you adapt the poses to your body. You don’t struggle to meet them; they rise to meet you. You affect a balance of comfort and strength, steadiness and ease. It doesn’t matter who you are, how you’re shaped, or your level of fitness. Yoga is an individualized practice, that you will tailor perfectly to fit you. As you change, yoga will continue to meet you where you are.

Dec 4th Holiday Party at Jan’s

December 4th  holiday meeting is at Jan Chekirda’s home, starting at 11:30a.m.  RSVP to Jan, 248-787-0521 or email   Please bring a dish to pass.  When you decide what dish you plan to bring, email Char Vukonich so that she can put it here to avoid duplications.  We’ll wear masks, except when eating.  There will be a brief business meeting and a short standing/sitting asana practice, so no need for mats.   We won’t be exchanging gifts this year.  The pleasure of members’ presence is truly our gift to each other !!

Jan Chekirda Chicken Soup

Sherry Stone Kale Plus Salad

Lynn Cottrill. Sweet Potato Pie

Char V Fritata

Christine W Blueberry Muffins

Patti N Blueberry jello dish

2021 Fall Retreat

A great time was had by all the people who attended. Here are some pictures:

Lake Huron Retreat Center
“Red” our skeleton in snail pose

Yoga Down River

I recieved a email about available space below:

Hello, I was inquiring if there were any instructors who might need space for their classes / practice in the downriver area? I have an indoor facility that would be great for a yoga class. We have 14000 sq ft. 

Thank you 

Scot Murdoch

Update from Studio Member Chela Yoga

Chela Yoga LLC was established in 2011 as a RYS200 yoga school. Like many the Covid pandemic had a big impact on the brick and mortar space, causing Chela to close its physical doors in July of 2020. Chela took to zoom to bring Yoga into the homes and offices of its students where they were able to offer 10 plus classes weekly online over the last 18 months. Marlo Ziegler ERYT500, Owner of Chela Yoga, has been teaching traditional Yoga since 2003.

With her vast knowledge of different styles of Yoga and healing modalities, she is excited to announce that this September 2021 Chela Yoga LLC will reopen its physical doors in a new location just a mile from its previous home. New location is 72 N. Williams Lk Rd, Waterford 48327. Chela will offer a hybrid of online/in-person classes specializing in a variety of styles from your fast passed more physical styles like Hatha, Vinyasa to slower based therapeutic yoga styles such as yoga for chronic pain, recovery, aging bodies, beginners basics, introduction to props, yin, restorative, mindfulness and  meditation.

Chela will also be offering a hybrid online/in-person Yoga Alliance accredited RYT200 Yoga Teacher Training starting this Sept. This is a 15 week course that dives deeply into the philosophy of yoga starting with the Yamas and Niyamas.

For more information check out or call Marlo at (248)860-6681

*YAGD current members receive 15% off this September RYT200 Yoga Teacher Training.

June Picnic/Mtg

We had a great time doing some yoga, eating and renewing our friendships ! A round robin asana practice in my yard was so fun.

Top row starting from left: Lynn Cottrill;Ellie Howard;Charles Baber;Patti Nevin; Jan Chekirda;

Bottom Row from left: Sharon Holcomb; Doris Sheikh;Char Vukonich; Ruth Bennet; & Audrey Pleasant