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Meet The Instructors

Kristine Mast

Kristine Mast is the owner of Muskegon Yoga Center and founder of Soulful Sudz; Beer/Yoga Events. She spent 25 years as an elementary school educator then decided to follow her passion and buy the yoga studio where she had been practicing. Since then she has introduced yoga to the local high school curriculum, teamed with area athletes to include yoga in their training regimes, ran 3 sold out international yoga retreats in Costa Rica, began a continues to run a successful yoga teacher training program, and founded Soulful Sudz running beer/yoga events throughout Michigan. Currently she is an adjunct professor at Muskegon Community College where she teaches yoga asana and philosophy. Her understanding of the power of the practice has significantly evolved with her studies, aware of yoga's ability to heal and reveal. She has studied with Hilaire Lockwood and Hilltop Yoga where she received both 200 and 500 RYT Training. She has also taken classes with Maty Ezraty, Kino MacGregor, Taylor Hunt, Seane Corn and Bryan Kest. Like everyone, she has a story filled with...

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Fred Meston yoga instructor

In 2014 I began my study of yoga at Muskegon Yoga Center. It immediately resonated with me and in 2015 I completed my RYT 200 level yoga teacher training with Hilaire Lockwood. I am currently perusing my 300 RYT with an expected completion in 2017. I continue to practice yoga regularly, and some might say obsessively. As my day job I am an elementary school educator for Mona Shores Public Schools. My interests include yoga, traveling, yoga, reading, yoga, beaching, and yoga.

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Rhonda discovered yoga in 2005 as part of a typical gym membership but quickly realized yoga was so much more than just another exercise class. She recognized that while practicing yoga is a great way to achieve physical fitness, even more importantly it results in health and wellness of the total self. Her life literally changed through yoga, she was inspired to leave a successful but stressful executive corporate career to complete certification through the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2013 and then received RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certification. She has completed additional certified trainings in Accessible Chair Yoga and The Art of Assisting and Adjusting.

Rhonda has increased her Yoga Alliance Certification to E-RYT200 with her extensive number of studio teaching hours and experience which includes a variety of classes: Beginners/Basic, Gentle, Mindful Vinyasa Flow, Heated, Accessible Chair, Pre-Natal, Restorative and Yin. She feels blessed guiding yogis – new and experienced – in their practice and is honored to share classic yoga poses, philosophies,...

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Kelly Winters

Kelly discovered yoga while living in Colorado in 1996 through a combination of in-person classes and VHS tapes (remember those?!). She found Muskegon Yoga Center in 2008 and has been there ever since. After experiencing how yoga transformed her life both on and off the mat, she pursued her RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certification through Third Coast Yoga Studio in 2010. She seeks to empower her students to connect with their breath and body and seek balance and change in their own lives.

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Julia Fisher

Yoga began transforming Julia’s life 20 years ago. Like many, she became sick in college (no doubt from our burn-out American lifestyle) and discovered yoga made her feel better in every way. What doctors couldn’t help her with, yoga did. She completed her 200-hr training through the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta school of yoga following the traditional gurukula ashram method in 2006. She’s humbled and enlightened daily by her practice and the practices she’s blessed to bear witness to through fellow students and teachers. Each breath, each asana, each act of service, each mantra reawakens her awareness that we are at once the ocean and a single wave. Julia has taught and practiced yoga throughout the Americas and studied with teachers from many lineages. Mother Nature and silence continue to be her greatest teachers. Outside of studios, she led a retreat to Costa Rica, taught at sea on a catamaran and shared yoga and meditation with students in public schools. Prenatal, postpartum and baby and mama yoga are her latest passions. In her practice and classes Julia is devoted to both...

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Hello, My name is Melissa Olinghouse. I found yoga in January of 2014. I had driven by the “hot yoga” sign hundreds of times. Finally, in an attempt to beat the winter blues I stopped in to check out the studio. I attended one of Mary Fahy’s classes my first day and I was hooked. During my first Savasana I realized that relaxing was something very difficult for me. My mind was not used to having an opportunity to slow down. I knew then that this was something more than exercise and something my body, mind and spirit needed. Muskegon Yoga quickly became a home to me. I could feel something changing in me each day with each class. I was more relaxed, I felt healthy and energized and my nerves were calmer. The results were not just physical. I felt myself becoming more aware of my actions and reactions in all areas of my life. Yoga is a journey of self study. Yoga makes me want to be a better me. In the summer of 2015 I decided to pursue teacher training with Hilaire Lockwood of Hilltop Yoga right here at Muskegon Yoga Center. Hilaire offered...

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Jonquil Norman

200 Hour Yoga Teacher

Jonquil Norman (JQ) found yoga through the loss of her mom. Yoga offered her the therapy she needed in order to heal her broken heart. She started at the studio with many physical ailments and was able to heal her cervical herniation through her yoga practice.

Her passion has always been to make others feel good about who they are and know they are loved. She pursued a career in Massage Therapy in 2001 and continued for 17 years. She was trained in many modalities including Swedish, Deep tissue, Sports, Trigger point, Reflexology, Myofascial release and Prenatal massage.

She signed up for yoga teacher training in 2017 from Hilaire Lockwood, to become a 200 hour yoga teacher and is currently working on her 300. She is also a USUI Shiki Ryoho/Holy Fire Reiki III practitioner.

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Ross Ziegenthaler

Drawing from his traditional Ashtanga Yoga (the eightfold path) teaching lineage, along with his experience as a group breathwork healing facilitator, international retreat leader and knowledge of the chakra/energy system. Ross intuitively weaves asana (postures), pranayama (breath control), chanting, meditation and yoga philosophy to help students create a safe and sacred space on their mat; a space for students to feel empowered and where all of life's ups and downs can be processed by deepening the connection of body, mind and spirit.

Ross studied and continues to train with renowned teacher, Hilaire Lockwood, owner and founder of Hilltop Yoga Lansing and Chicago. He has gone through both her 200hr and 500hr advanced yoga teacher training programs.

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Julia Haines

Julia Haines discovered yoga in 2013 when her youngest son was about to go away to college and told her “Mom you need a new hobby besides me now.” After moving to the area in 1986 she had taught fitness classes and was the Fitness Director at a local fitness center before deciding to stay at home to raise her three children. Realizing that she did in fact need something to do as an empty nester and having been away from fitness classes for a while, she decided to try one of their yoga classes to “stretch” before jumping back into an exercise routine. It did not take long for her to understand there was so much more to yoga than just stretching!

After a few months of practicing yoga, she noticed the back pain that she had been seeing a chiropractor for every two weeks no longer bothered her. Seeing the physical and emotional benefits yoga brought into her life Julia also fell in love with the history and traditions of yoga.

In May of 2019 Julia enrolled in yoga teacher training with Kristine Mast and is a RYT 200 level yoga instructor. She believes introducing yoga,...

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Hayley VandenBranden

Hayley was introduced to the idea of yoga many times growing up, but it wasn’t until she attended her first group class as an adult in 2012 that she was hooked on the practice. She hopped around looking for deals as a student in Chicago, took a college credit course, developed a home practice, and finally moved to Muskegon and found Muskegon Yoga Center. MOGA would become her home and her sangha.

In 2017 she enrolled in Hilaire Lockwood’s 200 hour teacher training, then an additional 300 hours in 2018 for a total of 500 training hours. Hilaire taught her how to effectively teach a posture-based class and weave in bits of philosophy and theory, but more importantly Hilaire taught Hayley how to trust in her own knowledge and intuition. Hayley values humor, curiosity, safety, and diligence in her practice and teaching.

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Rita King

Rita will say she found yoga my mistake, but if you talk to her more you will find out that yoga found her on purpose. She randomly attended classes for about 15 years while raising 2 boys, working crazy hours and trying to make ends meet. When she started attending classes on a more regularly basis at Muskegon Yoga she finally understood what all the hype was about! The more she came back to her mat the more plentiful were the results. Yoga was truly a mind, body, spirit healing experience for her.

She has spent years as a children’s librarian and now works traveling the United States meeting with youth librarians. Having a more flexible career she was able to complete her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Seva Yoga in Grand Rapids, Michigan in March 2019. She has a passion to bring the benefits of yoga to others and completed her Y12SR (Yoga in 12 Step Recovery) shortly after. Her other interests include running, traveling, reading, and mountain biking!

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Andrea Wheeler

Andrea started her yoga journey at Muskegon Yoga in 2014 and quickly fell in love with the practice and community. Although taking some leave of absences to finish college, get married, and start a career as a Registered Dietitian, coming back to Muskegon Yoga has always felt like home. In 2019, Andrea completed the 200-hour yoga teacher training with Kristine Mast at Muskegon Yoga. Since completion of teacher training, Andrea has embraced the love and passion of teaching others and helping them connect to mind, body, and spirit. She hopes to one day be able to integrate her nutrition background with the practice of yoga to help others achieve overall health and wellness.

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