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This class is taught by:

Arlene De Massa

I was drawn to yoga because it purifies and integrates body, mind, and spirit. In my classes, I emphasize on the breath, balance and rounding as a foundation of Asana and begin to introduce yoga into daily life. In 1991, I trained in Denver to be certified as a Callanetics instructor. I taught Callanetics for two year in West Bloomfield. I have been practicing yoga since 1999. Yoga has changed my life. My passion for yoga has led me to open Yoga Now in 2003. I hold an RYT teaching certificate from Richard Rahn at Yoga Now. I enjoy travel, cooking and decorating in any spare time.

Daniel Gwinn

My journey with yoga started over 10 years ago. I was fortunate to have trained with Linda Makowski, E-RYT, and other inspiring teachers for several years. Through my introduction to yoga I attended many workshops including Anusara with Desiree Rumbaugh, Matthew Sanford, Patricia Walden, Cyndi Lee, Jason Crandell, Shamanasana and Chakra workshops with Nancy McCaochan, Yoga Camp, Inward Bound Yoga in Brooklyn, MI and YAGD Yoga Day in Troy. I focus my classes on Hatha Yoga and have been told my classes lean towards a gentle, but challenging view of practice. I emphasize a non-judgmental teaching style with a focus on alignment and enhancements to classic yoga postures to lead the student toward his or her edge. Outside of teaching yoga, I am lawyer and partner in a small law firm in Birmingham, MI, with a practice concentration representing providers of residential care programs for persons with disabilities.

This class works on developing core strength and stretches for the back and hips, as well as deep breathing - 3 main causes of back pain.


Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Aug 24 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Arlene De Massa
  • Mon Aug 27 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Arlene De Massa
  • Fri Aug 31 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Arlene De Massa
  • Mon Sep 03 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Arlene De Massa
  • Fri Sep 07 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Arlene De Massa
  • Mon Sep 10 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Arlene De Massa
  • Fri Sep 14 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Arlene De Massa
  • Sun Sep 16 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Daniel Gwinn
  • Mon Sep 17 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Arlene De Massa
  • Fri Sep 21 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Arlene De Massa
  • Sun Sep 23 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Daniel Gwinn
  • Mon Sep 24 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Arlene De Massa
  • Fri Sep 28 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Arlene De Massa
  • Sun Sep 30 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Daniel Gwinn
  • Mon Oct 01 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Arlene De Massa
  • Fri Oct 05 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Arlene De Massa
  • Sun Oct 07 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Daniel Gwinn