Since 2011, Great Lakes Yoga has empowered the Great Lakes Bay Region with an evolving Ashtanga Vinyasa practice. By offering classes in a heated environment, GLYoga takes this practice beyond the standard surface components of yoga. Each class offering is intentionally crafted to open and deepen the pathways to the physical, mental, and emotional being. Over 70,000 hours of practice within our walls is only the beginning.
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2 studios. 1 community. In 2022, GLY expanded to offer two practice spaces. Both studios will feature a variety of classes tinted with their own personalities.
STUDIO A features a cozy, dark environment that is excellent for taking your practice inward. The warm wood floors have held up the majority of our practices at GLY (so you know it has good energy)! This studio is the home of aerial yoga, virtual meditation, and many of our intimate yoga classes.
STUDIO B is the new kid on the block and provides ample room for all our yogis and their friends. The natural light and bright walls create the perfect setting for solid drishtis (gaze points). Many weekends will be enjoyed in this space as it hosts Hot Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and many of our Gentle classes.
Hot Vinyasa was the first place I felt like I was going to die … and wanted more. The rhythm, music, HEAT, and ever-present breath woke something up inside me. With every class I went to, I failed, fell, laughed, grew, and craved for more. Soon the freedom found on my mat consumed me. I didn’t back off – I pushed into this feeling and jumped headfirst into teacher training. Today and everyday, I am honored to hold space for fellow students as they taste the seductive flavor of freedom on their mat, in their life, and from their thoughts.
I dipped my toes into yoga around 2010 but had difficulty connecting.After a few sports related injuries I returned to the practice in 2013 and haven’t looked back since.My initial love of physiology naturally extended to a focus on alignment, which has progressed to furthering the mind body connection.Through this practice I have learned to better trust my own instincts and, in turn, connect more meaningfully with those around me. So join me as we work to build a community of individuals that find a way to breathe as one, even if only for an hour. See you on the mat!
Yoga has saved me and changed my life three separate times! About 12 years ago I fell while jogging. I wound up with a bulging disc in my back. I went to a pain clinic and physical therapy. Neither of those things helped me. I decided to buy a yoga book and start practicing. It was the only thing I did that eased my pain. The next time was when I was going through a very difficult emotional time in my life. I needed something to pull me out of my despair. I decided to take hot yoga classes at a yoga studio in Kalamazoo. It was amazing. I typically went 5-6 days per week. It helped my frame of mind and put me in a much better place. The third time was when I started coming to GLY. It was then when I started attending classes at GLY and I LOVE it. So much so that I completed my 200 hour RYT training and am so happy to be teaching here. I was looking for a purpose after I retired and now I have found it.
My yoga journey began with being a fitness enthusiast and wanting to promote health & exercise in the Greater Saginaw Area through not only fitness but improved health and well-being. During Covid, I found a calling, literally a sign, that led me to Great Lakes Yoga. I stepped foot in the studio, knew I was exactly where I was meant to be, and started one of the most significant journeys.
After walking away from a near-fatal car accident in 2018, I constantly longed to figure out my purpose, my reason for being here. Yoga has been a source of light and self-love that has brought peace and calm to my busy life. I appreciate the opportunity and space that Great Lakes Yoga offers to slow down, remove mental clutter (aka clear my mind), create connections, and deepen my sense of curiosity and awareness. In holding space for others, I no longer have that longing to look for something else…I have found my home at Great Lakes Yoga.
My yoga journey began in 2015 after approximately 1 year of practicing meditation and breathwork. This daily practice of meditation relieved me of unnecessary anxieties and self-evaluation and gifted me the insight to build self-love, resilience, and leadership within my day to day. My mediation has expanded from observation of breath, gratitude, acceptance, setting intentions, mantras, and movement. Today I am dependent upon my breath to guide me.
I had practiced yoga several times but practiced it with little understanding until early 2015. I was invited to a hot vinyasa class in Denver Colorado. This to me was my first real experience of body and breath. I soon traveled home and came to my first class at Great Lakes Yoga (home). This to me was an elevated experience, a welcoming space. I eased in, observed, listened so carefully, bent so gently and in what felt like a very short time I closed my eyes and had fallen in love. Yes, I have a love affair with yoga. I remember in the first months I was exhilarated by the way I was feeling, I was exhilarated at the experience of exploring different styles, poses and flows. I was beginning to know myself, really know myself, and I like knowing me. In the space of yoga, I feel connected.
I have healed from and adjusted to two separate significant injuries while practicing. Yoga heals me.
I have and will continue to explore spaces and guides no matter my location in the world. I am grateful that no matter what space I find myself in I am gifted with something to take away, something new, something to practice.
I am grateful, forever a student to the practice by which I have a deep love and respect for, the practice that I wish to study in great depth and the practice by which I am honored to hold space for others. See you on your mat!
I started my journey with yoga to form a deep and loving connection with students, teachers, and families in the Great Lakes Bay Area. In 2021, I pursued a Yoga Teacher Training (200 hrs) at Great Lakes Yoga and a 300 hr training with the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI. I am committed to TCTSY’s practice and understanding of trauma as a valuable and cutting-edge tool for healing and peacebuilding. As a student of yoga, I enjoy practicing to find stillness in discomfort and mental balance in all postures. This practice of equanimity guides me on and off the mat. As a teacher, I support big & little yogis as they delve into their personal journey of yoga and self-understanding. My classes focus on offering folks who have experienced racial, systemic, and personal trauma a place to feel safe. Expect a physically and mentally challenging class with an emphasis on nonjudgmental acceptance.
My Name is Heather Selby and I graduated from my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2021. One thing I have learned from my training and my time as a teacher, is that my training never really ends… I am constantly learning from my body, from my mentors, from my peers and more than anything else, from my community!!! It’s an honor and blessing to be able to hold a sacred safe space for people who come to their mat to transform their lives in one way or another. I have so much gratitude for my community for sharing their space with me.
Not sure where to begin? We welcome all levels of students to come and try any class. Every class will have at least one element of challenge and you are encouraged to do what is available to you in the moment. Our teachers will support you by offering modifications and adjustments as needed. Still unsure? Check out the class descriptions for a general concept of what you are jumping into. We often encourage new students to try a Gentle or Yin class, but know that there are no rules. If you have an open mind, join us and make the practice your own.
We find there are a few tips that help students that are new to GLY. Pre-registering for your class is the perfect way to start! Arrive 5-10 minutes early to check in and settle into your mat. It may help to avoid practicing on a full stomach. Try two hours free of food prior to class. Bring your mat, water, and optional towel. We sell Manduka mats and towels if you’re looking for an upgrade. Wear clothing that’s comfortable to you. Yoga apparel is great, but wear what works for your body and practice. Leave your shoes and personal items in the lobby. Perfume, smoke, food, and other scents are not compatible with yoga. Our studio is heated and scents will be amplified.
We love welcoming as many yogis to practice as possible. We have found this is most efficient when everyone pre-registers and follows a cancellation policy.
All students of GLY are required to review, acknowledge, and sign a waiver of liability. Essentially we want you to be in control of your own practice, body, and breath. We love our gifted teachers, but we also know the best teacher is the one inside. So, listen to your body, consult your doctor, and be patient on your yoga journey.