Center for Yoga Instructors are a group of teachers that are dedicated to teaching the students that are in front of them. They are all longtime practitioners and have earned teaching certificates or certifications that afford them the knowledge and expertise to guide their students safely and effectively toward understanding the purpose of yoga in one's life. Most are steeped in the methodology and philosophy of Iyengar style hatha yoga under the guidance of Ruth Fisk a CIYT of 31 years. Several of our instructors have earned teaching certificates from other styles and methods and continue to develop their teaching in these methods.  Center for Yoga is the home to only certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher in the greater Lansing area. We are overjoyed to be the annual midwest stop for Jehangir Palkhivala, a master yogi and spiritual teacher who studied with BKS Iyengar from the age of 7 years old. At Center for Yoga we also are home to teachers who have completed the Restorative Yoga teacher training 'Relax and Renew' with Judith Lasater.

Join us today! We have been teaching Yoga in East Lansing for 20 years and are here to serve the community with our wonderful and healing environment at Center for Yoga, Movement and Massage. 
 Ruth Fisk



Ruth's class schedule

Monday 9:30-11:30 am

Monday 5:30-7:30 pm

Monday 7:45-9:45 pm

Tuesday 5:45-7:15 pm

Tuesday 7:30-9:15 pm

Wednesday 10-11:30 am

Wednesday 5:30-7:15 pm

Ruth Fisk, Is a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher of 31 years. Also a EYRT 500 and YECP Yoga Alliance recognized. Ruth is the founder of Center for Yoga, Movement & Massage and continues to bring the community a safe and supportive environment for personal health and wellness. 

Ruth is spirited and passionate in her delivery of this ancient art and science. Over her 35+ years of practice and study she has worked long-term with some of the most well know Iyengar teachers of the times. She has studied in Pune, India with the Iyengars and continues to travel to India to study with Jehangir Palkhivala and his mother Dhan, one of the first Iyengar teachers ever granted permission to teach for BKS Iyengar.

Ruth is the founder of the Center for Yoga which began 20 years ago and has been instrumental in growing the yoga community in this town. Ruth is dedicated to the teaching of yoga in a traditional and kind way, with abundant humor and self-reflection. Contact Ruth at 517.333.9883 or or

  Candace Merkel
 Candace Merkel Candace Merkel teaches Yoga with Iyengar Emphasis. Nationally registerd with Yoga Alliance (RYT200). I have been a student in the Iyengar tradition since 1995. I am a 2008 graduate of the Khagaya School of Yoga Teacher Training in East Lansing with Ruth Fisk. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for yoga with new students and helping individuals discover the many ways yoga can benefit them. My teaching is based on the solid foundation of the Iyengar tradition. Contact Candace at 517.337.1807 or email
  Hannah Griffith


Hannah has completed 300 hours of yoga study and teacher training with Ruth Fisk, as well as 30 hours of restorative yoga teacher training with Judith Lasater. She has been to 3 workshops with Jehangir Palkhivala and she looks forward to a lifetime of learning about this ancient practice.

After trying many styles of yoga, Hannah happened across Ruth’s class and found a deep connection with the Iyengar tradition. Since my first class at the Center for Yoga I felt myself being drawn toward becoming a yoga teacher. My yoga practice is a place I can always come to reconnect, reflect, and let go. I am passionate about yoga and I am only just beginning on the lifelong path. I find so much joy in sharing the practice with my students through my sense of humor and playful nature. My classes are focused on alignment based yoga with the use of props and modifications to make yoga accessible for everyone.


  Jane Nelson


Jane's Class schedule

Thursday's 6-7:30pm 


Jane Nelson is a graduate of the Khagaya School of Yoga Teacher Training at the Center for Yoga under the direction of Ruth Fisk. Jane has an extensive background in movement studies, with 17 years of training and teaching in martial arts (karate and aikido), 20 years teaching self-defense and personal safety skills, and a master’s degree in physical education and exercise physiology.  Contact Jane at

  Jeanne Tomlinson
  Having an established daily practice for more than 15 years, I began my formal studies of Hatha Yoga in 2008 and completed my RYT200 training with Sandra Carden at Union Yoga in Lake Leelanau, Michigan. My studies with Sandra continued with the completion of my RYT500 requirements in 2012. I also completed a year long study program with Ruth Fisk in the Anandalay Study Program and have traveled with Ruth to India to study with Jehangir Palkhivala both abroad and when he visits the United States. In October 2017 I completed the Relax and Renew® Level 1 Trainer (from Judith Hanson Lasater)
In my teaching I offer the students the space to bring a sense of awareness into the body, mind and spirit through a calm and mindful approach. I am thankful to all my teachers for their guidance and to my students who are my best teachers.
  Kathy Stover
 Kathy Stover 

Kathy Stover’s teaching is based on the solid foundation of Iyengar yoga. Certified through Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level, RYT500 teaches alignment based yoga with a focus on the students individual needs. Kathy has been studying and practicing yoga for over 25 years. She has taken two Teacher Trainings with master teacher Aadil Palkhivala and spent 8 years assisting Ruth Fisk in her classes. Kathy has taught at the Center for Yoga since 1999. She continues to study yoga and its philosophy with Jehangir Palkhivala from Mumbai, India.

Kathy shares life with her dog, Sophie, two cats and all of nature on her farm in Potterville. She will bring this ancient art from her heart to yours. General classes, prenatal classes and private instruction are available. Contact Kathy at 517.645.2237 or Please visit my website at:

 Kurt Scholler
 Kurt teaches meditation to all levels of students.  He uses non-denominational language and draws from a variety of traditions to help people in their practice in a down-to-earth, simple way.  Kurt has been enjoying meditation since 1996 and was encouraged to teach by teachers and friends.  He started formally teaching around 2009. 

The beginner class is a series of sessions in which you'll learn various techniques from different traditions with the goal of settling on a technique for a regular home practice.  If you have a regular practice, you can drop into the continuing class to meditate together and discuss your practice.  Retreats are offered periodically.  For more information, please see:, or email or call 734.973.2040.

   Leslie Reynolds


Leslie Reynolds, trained and certified Jivamukti teacher, the very first in the Greater Lansing community of yoga teachers!

I chose a birth family that has a yoga lineage. My teachers of Jivamukti Yoga are David Life and Sharon Gannon. David Life is also my big brother. My sister, nephew and son are Jivamukti teachers as well. Jiva mukti Yoga is the path to enlightenment thru non-harming. I have chosen this path. I completed 300 our immersion teacher training at Omega Institute, in New York in 2013.

I have the privilege to study with Ruth Fisk at the Center for Yoga. I have studied with her for 5 years. She has guided me and opened my heart to awareness. I have also had the opportunity to study with Ruth's teacher, Jehangir Palkhivala in East Lansing and traveled to India with Ruth to study Jehangir's spiritual teachings and gain from his knowledge of Yoga. I am excited to begin my journey as a teacher of Yoga.

contact: 517.290.2992 email:

  Marianne Huebner

Marianne Huebner, Certified Kundalini yoga teacher (Level 2). Fulfills RYT 500 Yoga Alliance requirements. Member of the International Kundalini Yoga Teacher Association. With joy and gratitude I share this practice to encourage others to move creatively and fearlessly through life. I had been practicing yoga for twenty years when I first stumbled across Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. I was surprised at the difference to the other yoga classes, and felt joyful and energized after class.Since thenI have been fortunate to learn from many international Kundalini yoga master teachers. In my teaching I strive to let go of all expectations. Every class is a unique journey. 


  Shane Marie King
  My Journey began 30 years ago as a dancer where I learned that being connected to my body and expressing my emotions through movement was very healing. As I grew, my search for ways to stay connected led me to Yoga and Massage Therapy. I have been practicing both Yoga and Massage for 9 years. I am trained in the Iyengar tradition under Ruth Fisk and have apprenticed with her for 3 years thus far. My studies in Yoga have included two adventures to India to work with Jehangir Palkhivala for one month in 2008 and in 2010 and I have participated in each one of his intensives at the Center for Yoga. I received my Liberal Arts degree from LCC in 1994. 

I am owner/operator of Nirvanam Massage & Yoga Art of Healing and I continue to dance and teach dance and yoga. Teaching for me is a privilege and it’s about sharing my knowledge and experience. We are all looking for something deeper to add more meaning to our daily lives, and a way to heal physically & emotionally. My goal is to help you find that which within yourself. 

Phone: 517.282.6205

  Shiloh Daum
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Shiloh Daum 300/500 yoga certification, teaching since 2007, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with Health Promotion Specialization. Shiloh teaches a flowing style of yoga grounded in the philosophy of leading from the heart, nurturance through movement to create holistic healing. My goals for teaching are to provide a safe class with a sequence that is intuitively geared toward the holistic needs of each student and to leave people with the inspiration (“in-spirit”) of planting seeds of peace within your heart and carry the spaces you find on your mat, out into the world. I was traditionally trained in Power/Vinyasa (flow-style) Yoga by Hilaire Lockwood O’Day from Hilltop Yoga (300/500 hours) and have taken workshops from nationally and internationally renowned instructors. Outside of practicing and teaching yoga, I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, being out in nature, and learning more about and practicing sustainable living. Hope to see you in class! May your days shine bright! Many blessings to you! Namaste.

  Peggy Ostrom

Peggy Ostrom entered her life emersion into Yoga nine years ago. Her path in Yoga is and has been lead and illuminated by Ruth Fisk. She has also had the privilege to study with Jehangir Palkhivala and Judith Lasater in their Michigan based workshops. Peggy has completed two Rope Wall trainings with Bryan Legere in California and will complete the Advanced Rope Wall training in August of 2015. Her teaching is inspired by her interest and love of the Rope Wall practice and the gifts of knowledge from the great teachers she has studied with. Her passion and practice of yoga asana is reflected in her practice of being present in every moment. 

Misty Belous

I began practicing yoga as a 19 year old while studying at Michigan State University. While at MSU I traveled to Nepal to study Ayurvedic medicine and discovered a deep love for Buddhism and meditation.  After earning a Botany and Environmental Biology degree from MSU I set off on as many adventures as I could. My best friend and I bicycled from Lima, Peru to Kansas after graduation.  During all of these travels I came closer to the realization that I really wanted to learn as much as I could about staying and being well so that I could help others connect with what made them well.  My first yoga teacher was Cherie Ferro.  I spent many years in her classroom falling in love with the enlivening practice of yoga.  I studied with Hilaire Lockwood, Maty Ezraty, Chuck Miller and Tim Miller eventually piecing together a 500 hour teaching certificate.  When someone asks me what styles of yoga I teach Im really not sure how to answer the question.  I have studied under a few Iyengar teachers, Vinyasa teachers, Ashtanga teachers and completed a few specialized programs for adaptive yoga.  Currently I teach yoga for arthritis, gentle yoga, chair yoga, vinyasa,  and a little modified Ashtanga.  I love gardening and cooking, backpacking, biking, traveling, practicing and teaching yoga, but more than anything in the world I love my family.  I have three boys (13, 4, and 1), a wonderful husband, and a sweet dog named Bailey.  I have been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching for 13 and am inspired by the knowledge that I will always be just getting started.

Phone: 734.277.7530