Meet our teachers and staff

Teachers

Pete Anton

Pete began his Hatha Yoga practice in the 1970’s to ease pain and stiffness in his legs from long distance running. He dragged a mat into an Integral Yoga studio on Livernois St. across from U of D College in Detroit and was hooked. Swami Satchadananda’s style not only eased the pain from the running but also brought a balance to his life he had not known. For two years every Tuesday and Thursday night was spent in this small storefront, heated by a wood-burning stove, going in and out of Hatha Yoga postures. The whole thing came to an end when the studio was moved to Yogaville, Virginia in the late 1970”s.

So he wandered in & out of Yoga studio’s for years on end. In 1995, he found himself in a Bikram studio in Southfield with an instructor named Katerina Cherney. She led him though the heat and the regimen of the 28 Bikram postures, and in the end he found that same “stillness and peacefulness” engulf the body and mind. He knew he was home again. During these 20 plus years since he has filled his life with the refreshment of a Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, or Kundalini session many times over while relaxing and releasing through his practice of Yin, Triyoga, and the classical Better Back and Basic styles. His formal training was at Namaste Yoga in Royal Oak. He is certified an ERYT200 Yoga Instructor.

In 2000 he began an association with Rising Sun Yoga Studio (now Yoga 4 Peace) in Southgate as an instructor and helped establish their RYT200 Teacher Training Program with the Yoga Alliance. He has had the privilege of helping over 150 “Yogi’s/Yogini’s” obtain their certification from the Yoga Alliance as RYT200 Hatha Yoga Instructors.

Always interested in Yogic philosophy, he started and completed an 800 hour study course on the philosophy of Yoga called “Traditional Yoga Studies”. This was facilitated by Georg Feuerstein noted Yoga Master who also served as personal mentor to Pete for several years.

He’s active today in community and volunteer work in the Southfield and Royal Oak areas.

His goal in teaching is to create a safe, non-competitive atmosphere that is conducive to unifying mind, body, spirit so that the student walks away with tools and knowledge that help balance themselves both on and off the mat. Pete can be reached at 248-910-1118. His email is pna234@comcast.net

Patricia Cieluch

Patricia Cieluch, (Patty) discovered yoga as a way to manage anxiety. She used her anxiety and turned it into her passion teaching yoga and meditation. Her classes include practical use of poses for physical benefits and breathing and meditation techniques for relaxing the mind. She is a fully certified iRest® yoga nidra teacher (irest.us). The philosophical teachings of iRest® inform all her classes. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance (yogaalliance.org) as an E-RYT 200/500 and YACEP and is a certified yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT.org).     She completed the Master program, Yoga for Seniors, at Duke Integrative Medicine, (yoga4seniors.com.) Her goal is to make yoga accessible to everyone. She believes all people can benefit, especially those with challenges. She adapts poses and accommodates even those who prefer a chair. The benefits deepen as students commit to their own practice, which she advocates and encourages.

 

Her other interests include biking, hiking, and kayaking.

Peg Darnell

Peg’s teaching emphasis is on adapting the posture to the body, not forcing the body into the posture. Her classes can vary depending on the abilities and needs of the students in any given class and tend to be tailored to the most challenged student. Classes emphasize comfort, safety and accomplishment over full expression and use lots of props, including Posture Pro.

Certified through Yoga Alliance RYT200 in 2009, ERYT200 in 2011 (1000+teaching hours) and YACEP in 2016 (Teacher’s Teacher) and Silver Sneakers certifications in Yoga for Seniors (2010), Muscle Strength and Range of Motion I and II (2010), Yoga for Relaxation (2011).

Besides teaching yoga, she is also a Certified Reflexologist (2014), Reiki Master Level II (2014), and Animal Reiki Master (2016). In her spare time, she’s an avid bicyclist, organic gardener, and rescued dog spoiler.

Jayne Diorka

Jayne took her teacher training at Yoga 4 Peace in the fall of 2014. She teaches Yoga 4 Beginners.

Elizabeth Feirtag

Elizabeth Feirtag; E-RYT 200, PTA, BS.

Elizabeth decided to take the teacher training program at Rising Sun Yoga after her very first Hatha yoga class. She was so moved by it. Initially, her intention was to gain a deeper understanding of yoga, attempt to establish a regular practice, and maybe teach an occasional class. That was over 12 years ago. Elizabeth completed her 200 RYT in 2005, at Rising Sun Yoga (now Yoga 4 Peace) and has been a dedicated teacher and a happy yoga practitioner ever since. She has studied many different styles and disciplines. Elizabeth has taught numerous yoga classes, lead many workshops, and established yoga programs in various locations throughout the state of Michigan since 2005.

In 2013, she completed the Physical Therapist Assistant program at HFCC, which deepened her understanding of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and its beneficial application to a yoga practice. Elizabeth’s intention is to guide her students through a practice that allows them to move and breath more freely. She promotes detailed attention to alignment and graceful transitions to optimize the benefits of yoga in a creative and easygoing environment with thoughtful modifications to meet the needs of her students so they leave class feeling good.

Jenn Frazier

Jenn Frazier, RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher), started her yogic and meditation journey nearly two decades ago. The practice has been transformational, marked by improved strength and matched by shifts in attitude, relationships, health, and spirituality. Acute illness brought Jenn to her mat; her encounters with quietude keep her coming back.

She never envisioned becoming a yoga instructor, however with regular practice the thirst for more knowledge became profound, also discovering it was something she had a natural aptitude for and truly enjoyed sharing. Since then, she has completed credentialing for deeper insight, to refine her skills and offer more effective instruction to others. Yoga Shala: Graduating class 2009 Rising Sun Yoga (Yoga 4 Peace) 200-hour RYT Teacher Training Program. Active member of Yoga Alliance.

Jenn shares traditional yoga methods to make yoga accessible to students of all abilities, ages, bodies, shapes, and sizes. She believes in focusing on gentle, breath-centered strategies in conjunction with mindfulness and meditation. Her personal mantra: “Stop looking without and start looking within.”

Sheri Giorio

Hello, my name is Sheri Giorio and I have been teaching Posture Pro at the studio since 2014. I began my own yoga journey in 2011 at the encouragement of my chiropractor Dr Ellen Lazar DC (RYT200), as a complement to my exercise regime. I started with Dr Ellen’s Posture Pro class and was smitten with yoga. In 2013 I made the decision to expand my knowledge of the yoga practice by taking the teacher training offered by Yoga 4 Peace. I graduated in Jan 2014 and was offered by current class in June 2014. I teach to all levels and skill sets during class, making sure we all stay safe.

Rae Golematis

I got started in yoga in 2007. I found many benefits in it, spiritually and physically. When my health started failing I became more involved and started teacher training in 2014. My goal was to give back what was freely given to me. In 2016 I also took training In Yin Yoga to expand myself. Teaching yoga has become such a reward to me. I have great pleasure in helping my students.

Darlene Haas

Darlene Haas discovered her passion for yoga after a health scare and some life challenges led her to find comfort and empowerment in her practice. Her philosophy is that yoga should be accessible to and enjoyable for all, and that size, past experiences, or physical challenges are not barriers to yoga, but invitations to fit the practice to the student. She is a Certified RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) 200 with Yoga Alliance, and certified in Yin Yoga. Her classes are geared toward cultivating joy and peace by mindfully moving our bodies in an atmosphere of self-acceptance, non-judgment, and presence. She encourages modifications as appropriate or desired, the use of props, and attention to body placement. With consent, she may use reiki or adjustments

Jessica Hillman

Jessica Hillman began her yoga journey when she was in college and became intrigued by the idea that a 500-year-old tradition still had a place in the modern world. She began her yoga exploration with asking why such a practice was relevant today and so began her exploration of how and why this could be true. Jessica has been practicing ever since and has been teaching since 2007, when she received her RYT 200 Certification from Rising Sun Yoga.

Being an enormous science geek, Jessica has a profound respect for anatomy, physiology and natural movements of the body. This passion is reflected in her acute awareness of the alignment before movement and motion of the body throughout each of her classes. Jessica hopes to facilitate a deeper understanding of the body’s mechanisms and of how each one of us moves our limbs through space. She believes in using awareness of the physical self to develop a sense of reverence for our own bodies, which will mindfully lead to self-acceptance and connection to our higher selves. Jessica is grateful for the opportunity to teach yoga and to be a part of each student’s journey to connection to the eternal self, health and well-being. Jessica has taught students from two to eighty years old from weekend warriors to professional athletes. She has taught flow yoga, prenatal yoga, restorative yoga as well as teaching pranayama.

Yola Johnson

Yola is passionate about yoga. When she started teaching in 2007 she quickly realized that her students were her teachers. She finds joy in working with students and creating specific classes just for them.

Her experience ranges from 3-year-olds to her oldest student of 102. Over the years she has taught at gyms, community centers, yoga studios, schools, parks, community outreach and nursing homes.  She prefers to use many different styles of yoga in order to obtain the best effect for the student.  She enjoys teaching a combination of yin yoga, power yoga, hot yoga, kundalini yoga, hatha yoga, vinyasa, ashtanga and laughter yoga.

Yola is an ERYT-200.

Dawn Kowalczik

Dawn Kowalczik is a proud Wyandotte resident, a mother of three amazing young adults, and a wife of twenty seven years. Her passion for yoga began in 2009 with a regular yoga and meditation practice that changed her and her oldest teenager’s life forever. In 2011, she humbly graduated from the Yoga Alliance certified    200-Hr Teacher Training program at Yoga 4 Peace and continues to study yoga with various teachers in the area. With deep gratitude and a peaceful approach, her gentle and therapeutic classes aim to provide students with a way to explore yoga’s harmonizing practice that will help to rebalance the body and mind, leaving the student in a rejuvenated serene state. She is currently teaching Yoga and Meditation, Reiki Practitioner Level II and shares information on essential oils in the Downriver area.

Jennie Kurth

Margie LoDuca

Margie took her teacher training at Yoga 4 Peace in the fall of 2014. She currently teaches a Basic Yoga class. She also rotates with Barb Prusak to teach a Gentle Yoga class.

Brianna McKenzie

Brianna took her teacher training in the Spring of 2015. She currently teaches Kid’s Yoga.

Heidi Miklos

Heidi took her teacher training at Yoga 4 Peace in the Spring of 2012. She teaches a Morning Vinyasa class.

Regina Mitchell

My name is Regina Mitchell I have been teaching at the Yoga 4 peace studio since 2007 I teach Posture Pro which is taught with props that helps your alignment and let you stretch a little further with the help of Posture Pro. I teach all levels from beginner to advance.

Erin Moss

Erin has been practicing yoga since she was an adolescent. She received her teacher training at Yoga 4 Peace and is registered through the Yoga Alliance. In 2015, she became certified in Yin yoga. She enjoys the therapeutic side of yoga and it is always her goal to have her students leave class feeling better than when they arrived. She strongly believes that you should always honor your body, honor your edge, and honor your limits and that you should always make your practice yours. 

Jim Pero

Jim Pero has been practicing and exploring various yoga techniques for over twenty-five years. In addition to completing a 500 hour program with Sangha Yoga, he has completed multiple 200 hour programs including Rising Sun Yoga’s and Golden Lotus Yoga Teacher Associations teacher trainings. His extensive training has included studying with the Isha Foundation, the Amma Foundation, Posture Pro training, and a score of other yoga workshops. He has taught over 19,000 hours of classes over a fifteen-year span. He founded Yoga 4 Peace, was Operations Manager for Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center and developed and produced the first three Yoga Fests. He is currently completing training to become a certified Registered Nurse and has completed training in anatomy and physiology. Jim has extensive studies into the Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita. His application of yoga philosophy as a lifestyle is proven to be both pragmatic and transformational for his students.

Having dedicated the past fifteen years to the practice and teaching of yoga. he has developed an understanding of what teachers and students need for a successful journey on the yogic path. He has formal training in communication, anatomy, and physiology. He has explored the how’s and why’s of how yoga works to create transformations physically, mentally, and spiritually. He understands how to teach yoga safely, run a successful yoga business, create successful events, and how to meet the student at their level. He has had training in teaching styles and works to accommodate various learning needs. He has acquired a cornucopia of life experiences and has a passion for helping others.

Barb Prusak

Barb is a passionate RYT200 yoga practitioner. She loves to share her love of yoga and gift of healthy aging through teaching yoga classes both to children and adults alike.
She is enthusiastic about empowering her students to lead a healthier, happier and more balanced life through the practice of yoga. Barb is dedicated to providing her students with the tools to enable them to feel successful and confident.
She meets the student at their level and the focus is on breath/body awareness, alignment, in addition to taking the practice off the mat and applying these skills to everyday life.
She is a graduate of Yoga 4 Peace Teacher Training and has also completed Reiki I training and Yoga Kids Foundation Training in Boulder, Colorado as well as ongoing meditation training, workshops and classes.
Barb is a member of Yoga Alliance and is always looking for new poses(asanas) or methods of inspiration to incorporate into her classes. She also teaches Yoga N’ Books sessions to children which fuses breathing exercises, yoga poses and literacy while partnering with a themed story.

 

Mary Ivey-Suiter

Mary began her  yoga teacher training in 2004 at Rising Sun Yoga.  Her yoga classes include a blend of yoga poses, meditation, and healing with the intention of strengthening the body, mind and spirit.  Her philosophy  is “No matter where you are in life, no matter your level of fitness, you can create a yoga practice and harvest its benefits.”

Staff

Patricia Cieluch

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