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OUR YOGA INSTRUCTORS

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Ginger Valentine

Ginger began practicing yoga in 2007, seeking relief from chronic back pain. As her practice deepened and her strength and flexibility grew, she began to move not only pain-free, but she learned to love herself in a new and holistic way. Ginger brings a deep knowledge of yoga alignment and technique to her light-hearted, judgment-free, and challenging classes. Her goal is to help others feel strong, balanced, and fearless-both on and off the mat.
Ginger has the heart and experience of a teacher. She taught high school Spanish for 26 years and has been teaching yoga since 2015. She received her Yoga Alliance 200 hour RYT certification with AM Yoga and has taught hundreds of classes.
Give your mind and body some love by treating yourself to a yoga class with Ginger.

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Michelle Galdys

Michelle has been regularly practicing yoga since moving back to Grand Rapids after obtaining her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan in December 2016. Michelle found that regular yoga practice helped her slow down from the busyness of life and be present. Michelle received her Yoga Alliance 200 hour RYT certification with Grand Rapids Healing Yoga in December 2018. As such, Michelle is trained in Trauma-Informed and Trauma Sensitive Yoga. Michelle is passionate about using yoga and breath-work to mitigate the effect of stress on the body. Michelle is thankful for countless family and friends for supporting her yoga practice and for bringing joy and laughter into space.

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Emily Kendzi

My yoga practice began in 2016, when I finally found a physical practice that resonated with me. My yoga practice made me feel strong, healthy, active, and capable. As I continued spending time on my mat, I noticed my mental and spiritual health begin to shift. Yoga opened up my mind and my heart to a plethora of new ideas and provided me with a new purpose and a new path. My passion for yoga runs much deeper than solely the physical element. I am passionate about the chakras, subtle energy, the mind-body connection, developing personal willpower, and how our thoughts create our realities. I am on a continued journey of learning ways to live a more yogic lifestyle. My intention is to provide students with space wherein they feel safe, comfortable, and challenged to dig a little deeper within themselves. I look forward to sharing my work with Inspire Yoga and others in the community. I aim for my classes to be engaging and challenging, with a great playlist and thoughtful movements that will leave your body and mind feeling amazing. I look forward to seeing you on your mat!

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Mariea

Mariea, RYT 200, has been committed to an everyday yoga practice since October 2017. Mariea completed her teacher training with AM Yoga in GrandRapids, MI fall of 2018."The reason I love teaching is because I know how empowering and healing it's been for me to face myself and be kind to myself with whatever I'm bringing to my mat that day. Through my daily personal practice, I learned to show up for myself on my mat and in real life."

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Niki

"I've always had a deep interest in the practice and I am naturally flexible. After having my son I decided to be intentional about myself as an individual. My partner encouraged me to pursue my dream of being an instructor. In 2020 I completed my RYT 200. What I love most about yoga is the physical peace it brings to your body. After a challenging gentle class it leaves you feeling meditative and at peace. As a teacher, I hope to bring each student to a state of peace and confidence to challenge their body as well."

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Matt Jarrells

Matt Jarrells, 300 RYT, first came to the mat in 1999 seeking relief from back pain and calming space. As a teacher since January 2015, he now spends more than 300 hours a year in front of classes, sharing the transformative physical, mental, and emotional benefits of yoga through an empowering alignment-based practice that balances strength and flexibility. Matt has completed 300-hour Registered Yoga Teacher training at PeaceLab Yoga in Grandville, MI, with Melanie McQuown and 200-hour teaching apprenticeship with Grand Rapids-based yoga and Ayurveda guru Michele Fife.

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Jessica Gladden

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.

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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 at any time of the year.

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Jackie

Jackie was drawn to yoga in 2013 with eagerness to address the imbalances within her body, the practice of yoga soon provided her ease in movement and has continued to play a huge role in strengthening her body from the inside out. Jackie is inspired by and thankful to her teacher Melanie McQuown & Peacelab Yoga Shala; with whom she has completed her 200 hr and 300 hr Yoga Teacher certifications and currently holds a 500 hr certification registered with Yoga Alliance. Jackie strives to provide a fun learning environment within her alignment-based Hatha Yoga classes while holding a safe space for her students to explore; those new to yoga, those who wish to return to the mat after some time away, as well as students who hold a regular practice & are eager to move their practice forward.