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

All classes are in 

Studio 1

I accept cash, check and CC with 3% added

I use Sessions for my teaching schedule and accept drop-ins for the fee of $17 for 1.5 hour & $20 for 2 hour class

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

Join Ruth for the upcoming Anandalay Yoga Study Program starting on April 7, 2018. In this Part 2 Pod Program we will be an exceptional and exciting opportunity to delve into the study of what is this thing we call Yoga. Using the foundation of the 8 limbs of Yoga and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras along with remarkable books by BKS Iyengar and others, we will embark on the inward exploration of living within using the tools of the art and science of Yoga. This Yoga Pod Program Part II is a 10-pod Yoga Study opportunity and is highly encouraged for all-level students and teachers of Yoga! You can choose to complete all 10-pods, which is highly recommended or opt to attend select pods for a specific area of study.  This esteemed Yoga Study Program is registered through Yoga Alliance.  contact Ruth for more information!

Ruth has lined up some terrific teachers to sub while she is away in India. Please pay the teachers directly

Monday 10-11:30 am Dec 3, 10, 17       cost $39      Shane Marie King
Monday 7:45 pm-9:15 pm  Dec 3,10, 17  
$10 donation  Peggy Ostrom
Tuesday 5:45-7:15 pm  Dec 4, 11, 18  cost $39           
Shane Marie King
Wednesday 10-11:15 am   Dec 5 and 12  $10 per class     Lisa Theriac
Wednesday 5:30-7:15 pm  Dec 5, 12, 19 no cost        Jane Nelson

Candace Merkel 

 Candace Merkel
Candace's class schedule
Tues & Fri 7-8:00 am
Nov 6 to Dec 18  ($70)
Nov 2 to Dec 21 $70

All levels. Classes in Studio 3
NO CLASS 12/25 & 28
sign up for both days and save 10%

I accept cash and checks for my classes, sessions or drop-ins and Bundles

Candace I am 2008 graduate of the Khagaya School of Yoga Teacher Training (RYS) with Ruth Fisk and a nationally registered with Yoga Alliance (RYT 200).  I have been Kathy Stover’s assistant in her Ageless Yoga classes for 8 years.

I have been a student in the Iyengar tradition since 1995, and continue to study with Ruth Fisk, CIYT, at the Center for Yoga, Movement and Massage and attend the yearly workshop intensive with Jehangir Palkhivala of Mumbai, India in Michigan. My teaching is based on the solid foundation of the Iyengar tradition.

Yoga is a big part of my life.  I enjoy teaching a safe, alignment - based yoga class to new students of all ages, helping them discover the many benefits yoga offers to them.
I teach: Introductory,Beginning, Level 1

Contact Candace at her email

Hannah's class schedule

Thursday 7:45-9 pm
Studio 1
Oct 11-Dec 6

I accept cash, check and credit card and teach in Sessions

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 6-7:30 pm Alignment based Yoga Studio 1

I accept cash and check for payment and I teach in Sessions format

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 


Restorative Yoga
Dec 9 & 16
Jan 13 & 27
Feb 3 &17
Feeling the need for a peaceful and calming practice to calm your body, mind and soul?  Join Jeanne Yates Tomlinson for a calming restorative practice to sooth the mind and renew the body.  Classes will be from 3:30-5:00 in Studio 3.All poses are completed on the floor where you will be supported with bolsters and blankets in warm and quiet space.
Jeanne Yates Tomlinson, MA, RYT500
Having an established daily practice for more than 20 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 course with Judith Hanson Lassater.  In the fall of 2018 I completed an additional 30 hour training in Yin Yoga which is a deep practice based in the Taosist tradition. 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.

Questions?  Contact Jeanne at 
Kathy Stover 

 Kathy Stover
Kathy's class schedule;
Monday 5:30-7:00 pm. Ageless Yoga, all levels. Studio 3
Nov 5-Dec 19 $84

Wednesday 11-12:30pm
Ageless Yoga, all levels.
Nov 7-Dec 17 $84
Studio 3

I accept cash and checks. I teach in Sessions

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:

Kathy also teaches Pranayama, Preparation for Labor and Delivery workshops and Private Lessons. Call for more information. 

Kurt Scholler


Kurt's class schedule;
Thursday 7:30-9 pm
All levels, Studio 3

I have drop in fees for my classes.

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's class schedule;
7:45-9:15pm All levels Jivamukti class Studio 1

Saturday 9:30-10:45am
Basic Jivamukti class
Studio 3

Saturday 11-12:30pm
All Levels Jivamukti
Studio 3
I utilize Bundles for payment

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:

 ShaneMarie King

ShaneMarie's class schedule
Thursday 10-11:30 am
Yoga for Health challenges. Studio 1

Thursday 5:45-7:15 pm
Gentle, Ageless Yoga
Studio 3

I accept cash and check
I teach in Sessions
ShaneMarie 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's class schedule;
Tuesday 6-7 pm
Vinyasa flow, Studio 3

Thursday 9:30-10:30 am
Vinyasa flow, Studio 3

I accept cash and check
I utilize Bundles for my payment method

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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.

Misty Belous

Misty's class schedule;

Monday 1-2 pm, Gentle Yoga, Studio 1

12-1:00 pm
Chair Yoga, Studio 1

Wednesday 2-3 pm
Level 2 in Studio 3

Friday 10:45-12 pm
Yoga for Arthritis
Studio 1

Misty is also available for Private Yoga lessons
I accept cash, check and CC for payment and utilize Bundles for my payment method
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

Peggy Ostrom

RopeWall Class
Wednesday 7:45-9:15pm

Nov. 1, 14, 28
Dec 5 &12

For each 4 cost is $52 Or you can pay for all 8 for $104

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. 

contact Peggy at:
Noelle Wegener

November 7-Dec 19th
Wednesday 6:30-7:30 pm
Studio 2
6 week session 
($72, $12 per class) or $15 individual

I graduated from Michigan State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology, exercise science. I then pursued my Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Baker College and have been working in the acute care setting for 8 years. I have always had a passion not only for exercise but for the brain and body connection. I discovered the Anat Baniel Method®Neuromovement® (ABMNM), and am a certified practitioner for adults and children. My classes are based on the 9 essentials of ABMNM. The 9 essentials include: movement with attention, slow, variation, subtlety, enthusiasm, flexible goals, the learning switch, imagination and dreams, and awareness.  

I teach TMLs (Transformational Movement Lessons). Each lesson focuses on upgrading the brain through slow movements to lead in increased awareness, flexibility, decreased pain and overall improved well-being. To learn more about ABMNM, please visit