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Gentle Yoga


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.

Karen Lutz

Karen Lutz began practicing yoga later in life, and found back pain relief for herself, as she developed a daily practice. Karen decided to delve into studying at a deeper level and started teacher training several years later. Shortly after receiving her Yoga Alliance RYT certification, she received her Yoga Ed. certification to teach children. Karen has been a CAM therapist for one of the local hospital groups for several years, and teaches gentle and chair yoga for those who are either limited in mobility, reluctant to get onto a mat, or are recovering from an injury or illness. Physically, emotionally and spiritually, Karen has found yoga to be a healing aspect in her life, and she is grateful to have the opportunity to share the practice offering her students the ability to open doors to a more gratifying life through yoga. Karen is a member of the YAGD (Yoga Association of Greater Detroit) and attends teacher trainings as they become available. In 2005, Karen founded Changing Poses LLC, which offers non-toxic, biodegradable, and aroma-therapeutic yoga mat cleaners to students, teachers and yoga studios.

Jim Stout

My practice of yoga began with the intense physical experience of an Ashtanga Vinyasa class. With its dynamic combination of breath, movement, heat and postures, it encompassed all of the senses, as it seemingly engaged and affected every muscle and bone in the body. But unlike other vigorous and physical activities, my mind was in a calmer space afterwards. Yoga had found me. Over time it grew to be so much more than engaging and activating these physical layers, as the benefits of a calmer mind and a deeper sense of self-awareness began to weave their way into daily life. Eventually, more layers began to peel away in this journey of self-discovery, and my practice and study began to broaden and deepen. This led to teacher training under Jonny Kest, who I am honored and humbled to have studied under, and to the pursuit of more knowledge as the studying and learning continues through the interactions with so many wonderful teachers, and through the training gained in workshops. But, some of the very best lessons come from the students themselves as we take the journey together, moving, breathing, and learning to let it all go as we practice. So I invite you to come in and discover a peace that comes from breathing deeply while moving between postures in a fun and flowing space, where you are free to just be, without judgment, following your breath… and totally in the moment.
This class is a mild practice that is entirely appropriate for true beginners, more experienced students looking for a gentle stretch, or even persons with minor injuries or physical limitations.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Nov 25 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Arlene De Massa
  • Mon Nov 27 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Stephanie Williams
  • Tue Nov 28 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Karen Lutz
  • Wed Nov 29 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Misty Marcum
  • Wed Nov 29 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Jim Stout
  • Thu Nov 30 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Sabrina Atto
  • Sat Dec 02 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Arlene De Massa
  • Mon Dec 04 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Stephanie Williams
  • Tue Dec 05 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Karen Lutz
  • Wed Dec 06 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Misty Marcum
  • Wed Dec 06 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Jim Stout
  • Thu Dec 07 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Sabrina Atto