Kym Matthews CPT NASM
I have a passion to help people become physically fit and find joy in being healthy. My journey toward health was influenced by inspiring women who used physical fitness, and yoga to empower their lives. I learned that exercise is more than a path to fitness; it provides tools to deal with life itself! I’m hooked on the power of yoga!
I am certified through ACE as a Group Exercise Instructor, I am a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM (National Association of Sports Medicine). I’ve also been certified in Madd Dog Spinning, and Yogafit. I have been working in the fitness industry for 20 years teaching yoga for the past 11 years.
I am married with 3 beautiful daughters and a wonderful son in law. We enjoy the outdoors, especially the beach! We can be found most weekends in Grand Haven any time of the year.
Katie came to yoga as a support for a fellow military spouse who had recently been diagnosed with MS. Her support for her friend quickly turned to a much needed practice for herself. In the world of the ever changing military life yoga brought her a peace and balance to drive through all that came her way. Katie's passion for learning the psychological benefits and neuroscience behind a yoga practice grew in 2012 when she became the caregiver to a wounded service member. She began her Warriors training classes, receiving certifications specializing in PTSD/TBI, emotional and physical trauma, restorative therapeutics and addiction. She has volunteered her time working with the Wounded Warrior community including a population near and dear to her heart, the caregiver. Katie also completed her RYT 200 while care-giving at Walter Reed Bethesda.
Strength and determination have always have been Katie's strongest qualities as well as her ability to be outgoing and positive in any trial that is she faces.
She strives to guide a powerful yet healing practice while creating a safe and empowering environment. She loves leading a strong flow that brings power and fun!
Dawn did a major career change starting in January 2013. she had been a salon manager for 17 years. She then transitioned from outer beauty to inner beauty. That's when she started teaching yoga and then working at Harvest Health. She has learned a lot in how health includes the whole body. she now has a passion for that whole body health that includes mind, body, soul, incorporating good nutrition, exercise, and mental well being.
She enjoys running, yoga, kayaking, reading, gardening, and being with my family. She has been married for 14 years and has a daughter and a son.
In September 2014, Airemiss took on the journey of yoga teacher training under Melanie McQuown at PeaceLab Yoga. A practicing yogi since 2001, she has taken workshops with Christina Sell, Darren Rhodes, Mimi Ray and Michele Fife. She strives to live an Ayurvedic life in alignment with the yogic principals. Airemiss' teaching style has been described as calm, soothing and gentle. www.facebook.com/airemissyoga
Andrea had been working in a traditional office environment in Information Technology and Human Resources for years and found it taking a physical and mental toll on my body and well-being. So, in 2013, she turned to yoga and loved it! As a parent, she sees firsthand the stress that kids these days are under, even at a young age. So, melding her interests, concerns, and her propensity toward being a lifetime student together, she decided to work toward a certification teaching yoga to children. She has been teaching since December and will be receiving her Yoga Calm certification in June 2015. She really enjoys the Yoga Calm curriculum because it combines physical poses with social-emotional games and exercises; the kids love it!
She has been married for 14 years and has a son and a daughter. Outside of teaching yoga, she works as a Recruiting Consultant for Integrated Resource Solutions, a full-service staffing firm. And, in her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, tap dancing, coaching softball, and spending time with her family.
Samantha Radecki is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. In her class, you’ll dive into the practices of meditation, pranayama (breath-work) and posture flows while she creates an experience of total relaxation and tension release.
Samantha has practiced yoga for seven years. She took the leap into teaching in the Fall of 2015 when she received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification from the Kripalu School of Yoga in Stockbridge, Mass. She is a Yoga Alliance certified RYT-200, a member of the Kripalu School of Yoga and Ayurveda and a member of Yoga Journal TeachersPlus.
She teaches at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Inspire Yoga in Jenison, Family Fitness in Walker and at The Harris Building in downtown Grand Rapids. At the Harris Building, she has introduced a series of community yoga classes. One is a “Music and Movement” class, where she collaborates with local musicians to bring live music into the class.
Samantha is originally from St. Ignace, Mich., in the Upper Peninsula. She received her B.A. in Journalism from Michigan State University in 2014. She sings and plays guitar, and loves spending time with her family and friends. Outside of yoga teaching she enjoys hiking, camping and traveling.
Matt Jarrells took his first yoga lessons in 1999 while seeking relief from chronic back pain. He completed 200 hours of yoga teaching apprenticeship with Grand Rapids yoga and Ayurveda guru Michele Fife and has been teaching community classes and private lessons with Two Trees Yoga since January 2015.
Kim Monaghan, RYT 200, is a certified yoga instructor trained in Iyengar Hatha Yoga. She has over seven years instruction experience, training a diverse array of clientele in private, public, fitness center, university and corporate settings.
She is an active member of The Yoga Alliance—the National Register of Certified Yoga Instructors who meet educational requirements established by the organization and approved training schools and programs.
Additionally, Kim’s training includes Mindfulness Stress Based Reduction, Meditation and Pranayama.
Jessica Gladden started practicing yoga while taking classes in Spanish in El Salvador in 2002, and has been hooked ever since. She recently studied to become a yoga instructor through Grand Rapids own yoga and Ayurveda guru Michele Fife to be able to incorporate yoga practices into her social work career. She currently teaches through Two Tree yoga and at Inspire, with a focus on gentle yoga, yin yoga, and using yoga and pranayama techniques to assist clients and students with mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression.