Meet Our Teachers
Owner, E-RYT 200, E-RYT 500, LOAY 800
Cinda’s passion for yoga began when she took her first class. She felt immediately at home with the physical practice of Vinyasa Yoga, having been a gymnast, dancer and diver. She soon realized there was so much more, a mindful and spiritual side that came as a pleasant surprise and affected her life in a truly positive way almost immediately. This practice not only became a vital part of her soul but her desire to share what she was learning inspired her to enter a local teacher training with Andrea von Behren where she received her 200 hour training. She opened Evolve Yoga (formerly Breathe) in 2011 and began a career with her passion for yoga as well as sharing. Craving to know more about this ancient philosophy, and knowing somehow that the guru Sri Dharma Mittra in New York City was the actual key, she went off to take her 500 hour training in 2015 and her 800 hour in 2017. Finding her guru showed her the deep connection to both hatha and raja yoga that she had been searching for, answered endless questions about life and the ways of the universe and she found her sanctuary there.
Although Cinda teaches a variety of yoga at Evolve Yoga so that everyone can find a practice that serves them, Dharma Yoga is woven throughout each and every class. From the grace and fluidity of Vinyasa and Slowflow Yoga, the alignment and foundational work Hatha and Gentle Hatha to Yin, playful Partner Yoga, SUP Yoga, and her favorite, Dharma Yoga, there is something just for you. There are numerous special workshops available throughout the year. Cinda’s teaching is playful, challenging & amazingly supportive. She will tell you, yoga is foundational for our lives. It helps us to find peace and calm in a very tumultuous world where it’s all too easy to become overwhelmed.
Cinda owns Evolve Yoga in Keego Harbor where you can find these offerings as well as a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher training program she feels is one of the most thorough trainings you could find. She is also a degreed Graphic Designer and Photographer. She practices Reike and Psychic Development privately. She is a mother to two teenagers and is grateful everyday for her gifts. Cinda also owns Evolve Juice & Smoothie Bar a few doors down from her studio that offers organic, vegan, cold-pressed juice, smoothies and bowls, toasts, salads, espresso drinks, eats and treats!
If Jamie looks familiar, it’s because she spends as much time as she can at Evolve. Jamie found Evolve over 5 years ago and has had a dedicated practice there ever since. Yoga has helped her through PA school and many a personal challenge, providing a source of both comfort and strength. It has changed her outlook on life in ways she never thought possible and greatly shaped the person she is today. Jamie recently completed her 200 hour training with Cinda in April, 2018, which deeply fulfilled a longtime desire of hers to deepen her practice and expand her knowledge of what has become such a source of joy in her life. She is a Physician Assistant in the Emergency Department, and is so grateful for the balance yoga provides in her otherwise fast-paced life.
Karina Young, 500-RYT, has dedicated herself to the practice of helping and healing humans for over a decade. She has rehabilitated veterans and other victims who suffer from physical and mental trauma. She teaches yoga therapeutically, because she understands the power that this practice has to create a better life. Karina sees the beauty and potential of the people she serves. She is greatly experienced from working at the VA Hospital, where, first hand, she battled with the complexities of care that veterans require.
Karina’s traditional training is based in the Ashtanga, Hatha and Vinyasa styles of yoga. Her diversity of knowledge allows her to meet the needs of her students. Her passion is grounded in the idea that all humans need an integrated life practice that allows them to truly explore and experience what life is all about.
Linda has been on the move all of her life with interests such as water skiing, snow skiing, ice hockey, strength training, biking, backpacking with an occasional asana class thrown in at the gym. While searching for some balance in life and health, Linda found Evolve Yoga. She started with a partner yoga class, loved it and dove right in, grasping for everything yoga had to offer! Linda became a certified yoga instructor though Cinda’s 200 hour YTT course in December, 2018. Yoga has brought Linda a new perspective on life and she loves to share it with others!
James brings a balance of intensity and ease to his classes. Finding his inspiration through the practice of Ashtanga, VInyasa and Slow flow several years ago, he became a teacher in 2009 with Jonny Kest, and has since been teaching on a regular basis. He brings a compassionate yet disciplined approach to create freedom, well-being, and the ability to live more authentically in the moment, providing a strong foundation for facing the challenges in life.
What to expect in class? Breath-based, creative flows designed to open the body in a heated space. Structurally sound sequencing and postures adaptable to any level of physical ability.
Deepa started practicing Yoga just 2 years ago, jumping right in with Cinda’s 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. She had been using Yoga in her Pre-K classroom as a calming technique and to teach students how to be mindful of those around them. After taking Yoga herself, she realized how many benefits it would have for people of all ages. She started teaching her family (even her Grandma!) and found that she enjoys incorporating both Yin and Yang elements in her flow. Yoga has taught her how to slow down, appreciate life, and invest in some “me time”. She hopes to share her knowledge while embarking on this new Yoga journey with you! Deepa is in the middle of her 500 hour teacher training with Cinda currently and is looking forward to sharing the knowledge she gained!
Shae completed her Yoga Teacher Training at Evolve in 2018 after finding something special there. She loves being at the studio and always looks forward to the great energy that the students bring to every class. There is no bigger cheerleader and if you happen be in a class taught by her or with her on her mat, she’s the one clapping for you when you do something new or find a pose for the first time! She is inspired by the students who come to Evolve and finds joy in teaching them and sharing the practice she loves! She enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Brieanne fell into yoga into 2007 and has remained steadfast in her daily practice since. Her first teacher introduced her to Ashtanga Mysore and Seva, the act of selfless service. Together, they worked on an Off the Mat, Into the World project and hosted the first Yoga-thon in the state of Virginia. Elyse Acanda, her first teacher also introduced her to the Ashtanga Mysore method and she subsequently started her daily sadhana. She graduated from Beloved Yoga teacher training (Flow from the Heart) in Reston, VA in 2010.
She feels a strong need to bring yoga to the underserved populations. As a result in 2018 and 2019, she organized the first Prison Yoga Project with the Yoga By Design Foundation event in the state of Michigan. Forty people from Ohio and all over the state of Michigan learned how to teach mindfulness and yoga to the incarcerated, victims of abuse, and other marginalized populations impacted by trauma. As a trauma-informed teacher, in the beginning of 2020, she taught yoga to children (ages K-5) in the Waterford School District. She also taught women at LACASA, a refuge for victims of abuse. Additionally, she was a Community teacher at Hamsa Yoga Center in Lake Orion for two years prior to the CoVid era. Her method of teaching derives from an array of lineages and influence of teachers over the past 14 years.
She worked for Yoga Alliance for two years before moving to Michigan in 2012 to marry her husband, Brian. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from George Mason University and a Graduate Certificate in H.R. Management from Marymount University. She continues to learn all facets of yoga to include Jnana, Bhakti, Karma, and Raja and practices Vedic Meditation daily. In her classes, she references her teachers and exuberantly honors what they have taught her. In her free time, she writes poetry and spends time with her husband, puppy and son in White Lake.
2855 Orchard Lake Road
Keego Harbor, MI 48320