Melanie McQuown (ERYT500, Owner/Director of PeaceLab Yoga Shala) is a teacher’s teacher who has been practicing yoga for almost 17 years, and teaching for over 11. She received her ERYT 500 certification in October 2015, and currently has logged over 4100 hours of teaching time and over 900 hours of studies in asana, anatomy, physiology, therapeutics, and philosophy. For Melanie, the mat is a place for experimentation and wonderment. Foremost a student, she is inspired by and grateful to the many teachers she has studied with, including Christina Sell, Gioconda Parker, Darren Rhodes, Desiree Rumbaugh, and John Friend. She continues to be inspired by her students daily, and loves to see the transformation that arises from their time on the mat. Melanie leads dynamic classes, informative workshops, and individualized instruction. She is also the Program Director for the 200 Hour PeaceLab Yoga Teacher Training, whose aim is to provide the communities in and around West Michigan with world-class yoga instructors. Feel free to contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leigh, RYT200, has been practicing yoga for 9 years and began her practice at a local YMCA with Melanie McQuown. Through her yoga practice Leigh has been able to connect her physical practice with her spiritual beliefs. Leigh credits her Yoga practice with helping her deal with some health issues and with helping her find health and balance in her life. On her mat, Leigh's practice is dynamic, building strength, flexibility and balance. Leigh's classes are designed to help her students find the same balance, connection and belief that anything is possible and any obstacle can be overcome. Leigh enjoys learning and expanding her yoga practice and has studied with teachers such as Mimi Ray, Desiree Rumbaugh and Christina Sell. Leigh is excited and honored to have been a part of the first PeaceLab Yoga Shala Teacher Training. You may contact Leigh at email@example.com or on her facebook page: Leigh Moerdyke Yoga.
Kelly first began her practice at the local YMCA in 2010 and has been an avid yogi since that first class with Melanie. She completed her RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance at PeaceLab Yoga Shala 200 Hour Teacher Training in 2014. In addition to studying under Melanie, she is influenced by Christina Sell. She enjoys studying the ancient tradition of yoga and hopes to share that knowledge with her students.
Laura’s yoga journey began in 2013 when she attended her first class at PeaceLab Yoga. Practice quickly became part of daily life, as a way to gain flexibility and strength through a low-impact activity, and as relief from past knee and foot injuries. Aside from the physical benefits, she found that yoga is mentally refreshing, and that it develops patience and compassion. Through her own experience, she knows that yoga can be for everyone, and because of the desire to share her excitement about yoga with others, she graduated from the PeaceLab Yoga Shala 200 Hour Teacher Training Program in 2015. Laura's favorite poses are backbends and shoulder openers.
Heather, RN-BSN, RYT 200, is forever grateful for all of her teachers, especially Melanie McQuown and Kathy Peterson. Heather was curious about yoga throughout college and nursing school. She began exploring and practicing yoga in 2007 while pregnant with twins. She continued (and firmly established) her yoga practice in 2008 under the guidance of Kathy Peterson at the Grand Rapids YMCA. She also first met Melanie at the YMCA, and was immediately drawn to the explorative, playful yet challenging, dynamic and intelligent practice of alignment-based yoga. Heather enrolled in PeaceLab Yoga Shala's 200 hour Teacher Training program in September 2014 and was delighted to join the teaching staff of PeaceLab in February 2015. Heather continues to learn from her teacher Melanie, and has enriched her studies with a variety of teachers, including Mimi Ray, Christina Sell, Darren Rhodes and Noah Maze.
Kate began her yoga journey in the summer of 2007 when she stepped into the local YMCA and met Melanie McQuown for her very first yoga class. She was instantly drawn to the way that a steady yoga practice could be both energizing and calming and quickly began a diligent practice attending as many yoga classes (and doing as many handstands) as her schedule would allow. In addition to the several years of practice with Melanie, Kate has studied with several local teachers including Behnje Masson, Rick Powell, and Mimi Ray and continues to deepen her knowledge with teachers such as Christina Sell, Darren Rhodes, Desiree Rumbaugh, Betsey Downing, Sianna Sherman and Noah Maze. Kate is both thrilled and honored to be one of the first graduates of the Peacelab Yoga Shala Teacher Training Program and has recently earned her RYT200 certification.
Rose discovered asana shortly after graduating college in the late 90s as a form of exercise that she enjoyed, but it was not until she became a stay-at-home- mom that she really understood the value of yoga in her daily life. She likes to say yoga saved her and in many ways it did, and continues to, every time she practices. In the spring of 2014, she took her first class with Melanie McQuown and again discovered a whole new world of alignment and safety in practice. She graduated with her RYT 200 at PeaceLab Yoga Shala Teacher Training in the spring of 2015. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie was drawn to yoga in 2013, initially to reduce stress and some imbalances in her body caused by many years of chronic back pain, migraines and anxiety. Her first experience with yoga was at PeaceLab Yoga in January 2014, meeting Melanie in a private yoga lesson. It was like a light had been turned on for Jackie and she instantly knew she had found herself on the right path and the right teacher for this journey of self discovery. Jackie is a strong believer that yoga strengthens the body, lifts the spirit, and quiets the mind. Jackie is registered with the Yoga Alliance-200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification, under the guidance of Melanie, the director of PeaceLab Yoga Shala. She continues to study and take workshops with Melanie and has also been lucky to have had opportunities to practice with Mimi Ray, Desiree Rumbaugh, Christina Sell, Darren Rhodes and Noah Maze. You may reach out to her at email@example.com.