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Our Instructors  

Gayle Kuipers comes to us with over 25 years in the fitness industry, and is a mother of 5 children. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College and a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Western Michigan University. She is certified by the American Council on Exercise in both personal training and group fitness. In addition, she is a certified 200 hour RYT (Registered Yoga teacher) by Yogafit, and is also certified to teach aquatic arthritis classes through the Aquatic Exercise Association. She enjoys running and lifting weights.

  Ginjah Knuth has been a yoga practitioner since 1968 and began teaching in 1974 at a California State Prison where she was employed as a Correctional Counselor.  It was also during the 70's that she trained in Shotokan Karate for 6 years.  She received her second yoga teacher's certification in 1998 through the Temple of Kriya Yoga and since then has been teaching full time throughout West Michigan.  She became a disciple of Kriya Yoga in 2000.  She is also a Reiki-Master Teacher and a Shamanic Journeyer and has been involved in these practices since 1992.
A student first, Ginjah shares the value of cultivating "beginner's mind", encouraging her students to keep their practice fresh and alive.  She has studied various styles of Hatha Yoga and is very concerned that her students develop proper alignment.  She teaches an on-going  meditation class once a month in Allegan and shares much of what she has learned through being a disciple of Kriya Yoga.

Gwen Boeve

  Jaala Curtiss has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching for 17. Her formal training is in Anusara but enjoys many different styles of yoga. What she loves the most about yoga is that it is ageless, has no boundaries based on experience or physical capabilities. Jaala believes that yoga is not something you "do" but instead something you "are". She acknowledges and thanks many teachers who have been beacons of light on her journey, specifically Behnje Masson, Rick Powell and Desiree Rumbaugh.


  Jill Kloosterman
has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Her teacher, Ginjah Knuth, inspired her to deepen her own practice and become a teacher herself. She studied with the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago and became certified in July of 2012. The Temple teaches a style of Hatha yoga that emphasizes alignment and awareness of the breath, body, and spirit. Jill is excited to playfully apply these principles to increase energy and well-being and to gain a deeper understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection.

  Joy Jonker has been a yoga student for over 10 years and will continue to be.  Her teacher training was through "From The Heart" yoga studio in Grand Rapids, MI under Behnje Masson and Rick Powell.  She has completed the RYT 200 hour certification. Her background is in the Anusara method of yoga which is hatha yoga that focuses on proper alignment and "heart centered" yoga.  Her teachers have also included John Friend (founder of Anusara yoga), Desiree Rumbaugh, Douglas Brooks, Manoj Chalam., Sonam Targee and numerous others other the years.  She is an active "mature" yogi who enjoys the great outdoors of Michigan and the fun she provides in the changing seasons. She is eager to share what she calls her "spiritual dance";  yoga that enhances the mind and allows the body the freedom to move in new directions!  Joy completed her Wisdom Warriers certification in October 2014 with trainers Desiree Rumbaugh and Karen Church.  Wisdom Warriers is for the yogi practitioners who are willing and game to try something playful and challenging.

  Joyce Borst, CYI  Her gentle and supportive approach leaves you feeling refreshed and revitalized!  "I ventured into my first yoga class with Charlie Meyers at Lakeshore Yoga on a Saturday morning, eight years ago. And thus began my physical and spiritual path. It has not been a lightning bolt of energy experience, but a slow steady path to contentment and happiness. Yoga hasn’t built strength in me—it has revealed the strength in me that was already there, awaiting my discovery!"  Joyce incorporates Reiki I & II  and LaHoChi energy work into her teaching to gently seal in all of your relaxing hard work. She received her certification training for Restorative Yoga from Lisa Bergley, who owns The Spirit of the Lake yoga studio in Minnesota.  "I love restorative yoga it has brought much needed calm and peace to my life, quietly and gently."

  Kacie Munoa is a Yogafit certified and teaches Vinyasa style, or "flow" yoga.  She implements in her classes positive psychological feedback and mindfulness, correct alignment, engaging intentions and awakening chakras.  She has instructed at Holland Hospital main campus (exclusively for employees), as well as the Center for Good Health and Back to Fitness in Holland.  She has her Zumba Fitness certification, and choreographed Latin inspired dance moves that feel like a party in a nightclub.  She has performed with The Company in El Ballet Folklorico as a dancer.  She is also an Advanced Personal Trainer through Grand Valley State University.

  Katie Collins came to yoga as a support for a fellow military spouse who had recently been diagnosed with MS. Her support for her friend quickly turned to a much needed practice for herself. In the world of the ever changing military life yoga brought her a peace and balance to drive through all that came her way. Katie's passion for learning the psychological benefits and neuroscience behind a yoga practice grew in 2012 when she became the caregiver to a wounded service member. She began her Warriors training classes, receiving certifications specializing in PTSD/TBI, emotional and physical trauma, restorative therapeutics and addiction. She has volunteered her time working with the Wounded Warrior community including a population near and dear to her heart, the caregiver. Katie also completed her RYT 200 while caregiving at Walter Reed Bethesda.  Strength and determination have always have been Katie's strongest qualities as well as her ability to be outgoing and positive in any trial that is she faces.  She strives to guide a powerful yet healing practice while creating a safe and empowering environment. She loves leading a strong flow that brings power and fun! 

Katy Gibson has been a committed yoga student for 6 years with an active daily practice, and received her RYT200 from PeaceLab Yoga in May of 2016.  Her yoga roots stem from hatha, vinyasa, Baptiste, restorative, and transcendental meditation tradiations.  Katy feels sharing yoga – mind/body/spirit - through practice, commitment to excellence in teaching, and community education is her true life calling.  She can’t stop – and you will see her contagiously smiling all the way.  All of Katy’s classes stem from her belief that every body is a yoga body.   She believes that stepping onto your mat takes courage, vulnerability and includes failure & greatness – that it is a constant practice – and if you practice – watch out, your life will change and grow continuously in ways you can’t imagine at this moment, and the next…  That each student is enough just as they are right now: So Hum!  Katy’s teaching is alignment based – whether flow, lab intensive, or restorative.  It is Katy’s mission that her students will be challenged, energized, motivated, relaxed and guided towards a safe, fulfilling practice for where her students are each day they come to the mat.  Katy is dedicated to helping people of all ages, abilities and body types to experience the joy and transformation of yoga practice – becoming more of their full Self – stronger – healthier – happier on their yoga & life journey.  Katy has studied with international teachers including Christina Sell, Darren Rhodes, and Suzie Newcome.

Monika Krimendahl RYT 200, graduated from Sangha Yoga Institute RYT 200, in Kalamazoo, MI studying with Karina Ayn Mirsky who is a certified teacher of Rod Stryker's Para Yoga.  Always a student herself, Monika is in the advanced training, RYT 500 with Karina and will graduate in 2017

  Ria Nieboer RYT 200, LMSW, CAADC, is an embodied movement / yoga practitioner & educator who finds much joy in guiding students in breath-centered, trauma-informed, anatomically-make-sense yoga practice.  Over the past 10 years, Ria’s personal yoga practice and teaching has evolved from being purely physical to being truly holistic, connecting mind, body, and spirit.  Ria believes that a physical body knows how to get stronger and more flexible in its most effective and safe way, and that would happen when we let ourselves truly be in our physical body and collaborate with it.  As a licensed Master’s level mental health and substance abuse therapist, Ria deeply understands the power that our mind (thoughts and emotions) can have over us, and comes along side of students in their journey of cultivating acceptance, surrender, authenticity, vulnerability, and inner space to change and grow.

 Our Spa Team

  Mary Vander Lugt is a certified, licensed massage therapist who graduated top of her class from the Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts & Sciences. With her commitment to continued education in providing you the greatest level of personal care possible, she utilizes effective techniques focused on diminishing your areas of discomfort, improving overall range of motion, and relieving tension while quieting the mind.
Beginning with your specific needs through assessment, she addresses the body as a complete system to maintain enhanced overall health and well-being. “I’m a firm believer in the inseparable connection between body, mind, and spirit; it’s all about balance.”
Clinically based Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Orthopedic massage are combined to break the pain-trauma-pain cycle and promote healing. Additional stretching, movement, and appropriate modalities may be applied, providing you a restorative, therapeutic treatment that assists in the body’s natural healing process and equilibrium. “By design, my purpose is to leave you relaxed, renewed, and restored… both inside and out.” 
A resident of Holland with her husband and four daughters, Mary has worked with clients at Clinical Health Maintenance of Grand Rapids, Whole Body Works of Holland, and volunteers her services at local organizations.

  Tina Yancy, LMT

  Reaiah True is a Certified Reflexologist through Bear Heart Vibrational Reflexologist, Annette Ross (MA in Education - Central MI State & Wayne State University), she has been in awe of the effectiveness of what has been charted out for us. Her studies began four years ago, initially, simply for use on self and her household. Her husband was urging her to share the refreshing with others, and it has all come together since she put away reluctance. The methods she uses incorporate studies from Chinese, Tibetan and Japanese cultures. The term "vibrational" reflexology comes from her mentor's studies with Dr. Masaru Emoto. He wrote The Secret Life of Water, among other books. Dr. Emoto found that when certain words, pictures or music were exposed to water, the result of the vibration of that source was evident in the water -during the two minute transition from ice to crystal (snowflake) to melt. The fact that we are 75-80% water presents that our words and intentions are resonating within us and others based on what we send and receive. Time spent in positive reinforcement goes a long way...

  Nancy Getz is trained in the Usui reiki technique and is a Reiki Master Practitioner with 10 years experience. She has lived in Holland for 30 years and is a graduate of Hope College with a degree in Psychology.

  Melanie Griffin is a Licensed Esthetician and Nail Technician.  She brings over 20 years combined experience to Bodhi Tree.  She believes that skin and nail care contributes to an overall sense of well being, self care and a healthy lifestyle.  She wants everyone to leave with a overwhelming sense of relaxation and peace.  



 CONTACT US

Our physical address is:

208 W. 18th Street, located in Holland, Michigan. 

 

You can reach us by phone at:
616-392-7580

 

For general inquiries, please email us at:
info@mibodhitree.com

 

To reach the managers, please email
Melanie Griffin at:
melanie@mibodhitree.com

or

Loraine Griffin at:
loraine@mibodhitree.com

 

  






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