Yoga

25498329_10156052167103169_3116740921744316345_nWith in depth experience in vinyasa yoga (a more rigorous practice) as well as hatha yoga (a grounded practice focused on breath), I have taught private and group yoga classes as well as workshops since 2013.

While living in Chicago for five years, I was lucky enough to study with some of the most experienced and prominent teachers in the city. I taught at several yoga studios while also offering private sessions and workshops focused on power yoga fundamentals, pranayama (breath work), yoga and writing, and gentle yoga.

I enjoy getting to know the unique needs of my students and have helped my clients:

  • recover from injuries
  • learn basic poses and increase their confidence as beginners
  • increase strength and flexibility to tackle more challenging poses

As I have a naturally analytical mind that can get me into trouble, one of my all time favorite quotes that sums up what I get from yoga is attributed to Søren Kierkegaard:

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”

Interested in small group/private sessions, or workshops tailored to your needs? Contact me with questions and pricing. I’m CPR certified and hold liability insurance.

I am based in Grand Rapids, Michigan and currently teach yoga at the Grand Rapids KROC Center. 

I received my 200 hour certification in vinyasa yoga from Corepower Yoga in Chicago and a 120 hour certificate in Hatha yoga from Suddha Weixler at the Chicago Yoga Center.

Click here for my yoga-related writings.

Testimonials

I’ve been studying yoga for 20 years in Chicago and San Francisco and Natalie is the best teacher I’ve ever worked with. She begins every class by asking what, if any, physical problems/limitations her students have. She then creates a series of poses targeted to those concerns. I don’t know how she can restructure a class with a moment’s notice, but she does it every time. I get a great workout and leave feeling more relaxed and more energetic. -Eileen Reynolds
I have been practicing Yoga with Natalie at the Down Dog studio in Evanston for 8 months.  I enjoy Natalie’s classes because she changes each practice just enough to keep it interesting and challenging.  She works hard at setting a peaceful tone in class with a soft voice and peaceful music.  Natalie offers gentle and personal adjustments and instruction during class further adding to my personal yoga technique.  A small but very considerate touch after class; I love the essential oil temple rubs and the cooling towel fan.  I enjoy talking to Natalie before and after classes as she is a fun and interesting person. -Jose Urquiaga
“I had always wanted to try yoga, but was a little intimidated at first. When I met with Natalie, I felt extremely comfortable. She was so great and helped me through all the basic poses. Now I am able to enjoy all the benefits of yoga because I am not afraid anymore.” -Elizabeth Fallon
I have been searching for a well-instructed and traditional yoga class like this one for awhile and am glad to have finally found it. Natalie’s natural, intuitive and hands-on approach to yoga encourages students to challenge themselves on their own terms. She shares her yoga knowledge by shaping the class around the needs of the students while combining those needs with a dedicated focus. I always leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and looking forward to my next time on the mat. -Molly Kelly

What I like about practicing yoga with Natalie is the personalized  attention she gives to each individual student. Before each class, she asks us about our problem areas and what kinds of poses we enjoy. She encourages us to develop our own practices at our own pace and in our own ways. I leave every class relaxed and ready to face the week. -Kendall Rice

Past Workshops

Meditate workshop 1

downdog workshop

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