Meet our teachers and staff
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 email@example.com
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’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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.