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KP Team

This studio has been an absolute crazy experience, but I'm so glad that you're here & helping to create the ride that much better. The studio is constantly changing to better meet your needs, so please always feel free to express anything that you would love to see on the schedule (or in a workshop)!

I hope that you feel welcome & comfortable in the studio & always know that I (& the team)

are here to support you in whatever way we can!
with much love,
KP

 

Kaitlyn P. VanderMeer

Originally from Grand Rapids, I made my way to Kalamazoo to study at WMU for Interior Design. I graduated & was in the field for 6 years before something started to pull me away.

The thought of teaching yoga & fitness. It started first with barre, then yoga, then bootcamp/HIIT. Here we are years later creating not only a studio but a home of all things wellness! My hope is that you never leave a session feeling that you didn't accomplish something, that maybe you broke a sweat, & that you have a community here that cares about you.

From the bottom of my heart: Welcome!

Certifications:

E-RYT200, RYT500 Megan Rader Yoga & Mindful School of Yoga

Certified Group Fitness Instructor, ACE

BFA Barre Instructor, Barre Guild Academy 

Certified Pre/Post Natal Fitness Specialist, AFPA

Thai Yoga Massage, Yoga Simplified Method 

SUP Yoga/WPA, Sunchaser SUP Yoga

 

Desiree Crossman

I took Asana classes at a local gym when I was 21, in a small town outside San Diego, where I grew up. Not thinking much of it until later in my 20s, an inner voice kept whispering in my ear to revisit yoga but on a deeper, more spiritual level. In 2011, I signed up at YogaWell to receive 200 hours of Classical Hatha yoga. After certifying, I went to the Philippines to teach & live a very austere life while teaching Zumba classes & receiving an AFAA Group Fitness Certification. Upon returning to the States, I began teaching locally in San Diego before embarking on my 300-hour journey in India, followed by Thai Yoga Authorization Certification. In 2017, I continued on the road of certifying in Yoga Therapy through IAYT, certifying in Power Yoga under Bryan Kest, iRest under Dr. Richard Miller, Yin under Bernie Clark, Yoga for Cardiac and Cancer under Nischala Joy Devi, & most recently Yoga for the Back under Dr. Loren Fishman. 

My journey through yoga has enabled me to put my passion for writing & facilitating in the same basket by creating the Yoga Simplified Method, helping students & other teachers navigate & facilitate yoga through lecture content & development, 200-hour manual creation, & consulting on course curriculum. Yoga is a never-ending journey & has taught me the balance of life & living with purpose while exercising autonomy, absolute awareness, & inner peace.

Although most times you won't have Des teaching a group class, she is the mastermind behind our 200hr Yoga Teacher Training!

Certifications:

too many to list again :)

 

Tye'Ya Storms

("tie ya shoe")

I grew up in small town Marcellus, MI where I cheerlead & danced my way through school. Moved to Kalamazoo, MI for college where I did a lot of the same, then ultimately settled on a career in property management until I got to do what I ever really wanted to do, stay at home with my child. I got into fitness to help drop the baby weight & fell in love with the process. I grew stronger in body & mind. I cultivated my own energy & became part of a community that inspires me daily. Every squat, deadlift & lunge; every mountain pose, forward fold & Warrior II has lead me here with a strong desire to give back what I have received.

Certifications:

RYT200, Megan Rader Yoga

BUTI Yoga, Hot BUTI Yoga, BUTI Sculpt; 

Thai Yoga Massage, Yoga Simplified Method

 

Lexi Rich

I am originally from Naperville, Illinois. My passion for fitness grew from being a competitive dancer for over 13 years. Throughout my dance journey, I was trained in ballet, HIIT, yoga, & Pilates. I attended WMU & received my undergrad in Human & Health Sciences with an Occupational Therapy concentration with minors in dance, psychology & ASL. For the past 4 years, I have been on the WMU Team, which has taught me more about nutrition & strength training, all while building connections in the Kalamazoo area. Currently, I am apart of WMU’s Occupational Therapy Doctorate program.

When taking a class from me, I strive for you to feel at least 1% better in yourself, in any aspect. I encourage you take the class for you! I can't wait for you to join me & flourish in your love for fitness.

 

Ahnee Arend

I was born in Hawaii, but raised in Kalamazoo. I was introduced to meditation through cassette tapes I found at a garage sale in my teens, I look back & remember the peace it brought me. About 10 years later a friend invited me to a yoga class where I found myself reconnected with that same peace. I suffered a traumatic brain injury, while in the Marine Corp, & the recovery process kicked my third eye’s door open leading me back to yoga. I found Sangha Yoga Institute & became a yoga teacher a few years later.

I love movement, but being taught by a mentor who steeps their training in the science & why behind everything helped me to slow down. I found the focus of my life’s path (my dharma) in helping people find peace & accessibility in yoga & movement. I experienced & feel in love with both Yoga Nidra & Restorative Yoga in my teacher training & now can’t wait to share the same love & peace with you.

Certifications:

RYT200, Sangha Yoga Institute

Yoga Mindset Coach (YMC), Sangha Yoga Institute 

 

Devon Yeider

Originally from Hillsdale county, I moved to Battle Creek at 10 years old & then to Kalamazoo when I was 21. Initially I came to follow the music scene, but ended up finding a calling in yoga, wellness, & art. I really dove into yoga after being introduced to Bryan Kest's Power Yoga & eventually got my certification through him!

Calm is contagious, & I hope to inspire a sense of strength, balance,

& a commitment to well-being that you can build within yourself & hopefully share with your community!

Certifications:

Power Yoga 60hr PYTT

RAID Free diver 20m/66ft

 

Morgan Sakalian

I grew up in Metro Detroit & moved to Kalamazoo in 2020. I went to Wayne State University where I got my degree in Business Management! I now work remotely doing IT Security.

Fitness has always been a big part of my life. I started dancing at a young age & taught for a few years after graduating. I then became obsessed with barre & HIIT style classes & in the past few years strength training. You’ll also likely see me walking my dog around town when I’m not working or working out!

I can’t wait to see you in class!

 

Taya Kamradt

I grew up in Grand Rapids & moved to Kalamazoo in 2018. I found yoga about 10 years ago after an ATV accident resulting in some long-term injuries. It was a low impact way to keep my body moving. Not only has the practice kept my body pain free, but it has helped me

calm anxiety & lift depression.

I am passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga with others. My goal is to hold space for you to reconnect & destress while

building strength & flexibility.

I look forward to practicing with you!

Certifications:

CYT200, Blue Moon Wild

 

Abbie Lafountaine

I have been practicing yoga since 2017 when I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. After seeing firsthand how yoga helped my body feel better, I quickly made it a daily practice. In 2023, I received my 200 hour RYT certificate from Yoga Zen & have been teaching weekly classes ever since. I am passionate about sharing yoga with others & empowering everybody to be comfortable with who they are on & off the mat. I teach a variety of classes, from beginner to power, but I have a love for strength building vinyasa & power classes. In my free time, I love spending time with my family, my fur baby, traveling, & curling up with a good book. 

Certifications:

RYT200, Yoga Zen

Level 2 Reiki Attuned, Yoga Zen

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