Instructors | Trainers

Meet Our Instructors | Trainers

Raechel Morrow | Co-Owner | Dean of Institute | Instructor M.A. Depth Psychology

Raechel provides a compassionate, empowering, and nurturing way to empower oneself to a greater level of healing than believed possible. Raechel has studied depth psychology and yoga for the past twenty years. After working in the field of trauma recovery for the last eight, she was overwhelmed with the profound understanding in the value of actively seeking what was lost from the trauma of colonization.  There is a disconnection to the soul in our culture which has led to emptiness and dismemberment. A sacrifice of body and soul to “getting the job done”. She teaches and facilitates the art of wandering, intuition, and the embodiment of deeply listening to one’s soul.

In her private practice, she uses somatic (body-based) techniques, drawing from a multi-disciplinary well of modalities that support the body’s intuitive and innate healing abilities. Her sacred work may include trauma-informed therapeutic yoga, emotional release, meditation/breathwork, bodywork, psychosocial-spiritual work, holistic counseling, energy work, intuitive coaching, and linking the mind and body to increase interoceptive pathways with yoga therapy.

Raechel works closely with women whose lives have been affected by childhood trauma, sexual assault, domestic violence, and disordered eating. Helping to reclaim what was lost.

Holistic Health and Certifications:

  • E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance
  • 900 Hour Yoga Therapist, International Association of Yoga Therapy
  • 300-Hour Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator Training, The Trauma Center at JRI, Boston, MA
  • Certificate in Traumatic Health Studies, The Trauma Center at JRI, Boston, MA
  • Holistic Health Care Practitioner, Blue Heron Academy

Christine Sharp | Co-Owner of Institute | Licensed Massage Therapist | Yoga Therapist | Instructor

Christine’s approach to health and healing is based on “holism,” the belief that there is more to a person than just the physical body. In her practice the “whole” person is taken into consideration. Christine brings twenty years of experience working with clients. In one of her sessions she draws from a multitude of modalities depending on what her client needs. This may include; medical massage, manual therapy, craniosacral therapy, maya abdominal therapy, naturopathy, yoga and mind body integration.

Holistic Health and Certifications:

  • E-RYT 200 Yoga Alliance
  • Naturopathic Diploma, Blue Heron Academy
  • 300-Hour Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy
  • 1200 hour Massage Therapy
  • Holistic Health Care Practitioner, Blue Heron Academy

Meet Betsy
Betsy Rosenbrook | Lead Instructor | Educator | Mentor

Wanting to offer something new to the mental health community, Betsy completed her 200-hour registered yoga instructor training at a local studio in Grand Rapids with plans to synthesize the ancient wisdom of yoga into the evidenced-based practices of our modern culture. Since then, she has worked with domestic and sexual assault survivors, kids and teens within the foster care system, social workers and therapists who are exposed to secondary trauma, people struggling with chronic pain, chronically homeless women, and those recovering from addictions.  Betsy believes that everyone is whole, no one is broken or needs to be fixed.  Her goal is for her clients to feel accepted as they are and empowered to become their most truest, genuine version of themselves.  

Holistic Health and Certifications:

  • LMSW – Grand Valley State University
  • 200 E-RYT Yoga Alliance
  • Therapeutic Trauma Informed Yoga Educator
Erin Reed | Instructor | Educator | Mentor

Erin is lead trainer for Starr Commonwealth, serving communities, families, and children.  She is also the founder of Sacred Being Yoga. Erin lives by the deep belief that all beings are sacred, and she is dedicated to making space for people to experience their sacred wholeness in connection to Self and the universe. Erin began her journey with studying, practicing, and teaching yoga and mindfulness 23 years ago. She has studied mind/body practices, multi-cultural counseling, and trauma informed yoga therapy practices. Erin has guided trauma sensitive yoga practices for trauma survivors in both group and individuals. Erin is passionate about living Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of a beloved community.

Holistic Health and Certifications:

  • E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance
  • 300 hour Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy
  • Advanced Certified Trauma and Resilience Trainer and Coach 
  • Glasswing Racial Healing Trainer
  • Mindful Schools Educator

Kelley Rasch | Instructor | Educator | Mentor

Kelley received her yoga teacher training through the Body Mind Being Institute. She is passionate about helping her students find Who they are and their purpose in the world. Through her own discovery  she embodies her truth.  She learned to care for herself and reclaim the strong, joyful woman who existed deep inside.  She is a lover of mother nature, plants, flowers, and being outdoors. She is a mother of two beautiful children and has lived and studied abroad for over 15 years in Spain and Costa Rica loving different cultures and traveling the world Spanish is a second language.

Holistic Health and Certifications:

  • 500-RYT Yoga Alliance
Jessica Gladden | Board Leadership | Instructor | Mentor

Jessica Gladden has been a social worker since graduating from Grand Valley State University (MSW) in 2003. She has worked primarily with trauma survivors and noticed the importance of body work in addition to traditional talk therapy in this role. Jessica first came to yoga while studying Spanish in El Salvador on a semester abroad in her MSW program. Taking yoga for the first time in a foreign language can be quite an experience! 

Jessica has worked as a social worker in many different areas, including with trauma survivors, refugees, and with adults with severe mental health diagnoses. In 2012, she completed her Ph.D. in social work at Michigan State University in order to better serve those with a trauma background. Jessica primarily teaches yin and gentle or restorative yoga classes, with a focus on connecting the mind and body for inner healing.

Holistic Health and Certifications:

  • Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, PhD
  • 500-RYT Yoga Alliance
  • Therapeutic Trauma Informed Yoga Educator
Adar Tal | Instructor | Mentor

Holistic Health and Certifications:

  • 200 RYT Yoga Alliance
Lesley Esse | Instructor | Mentor

Lesley is a compassionate daydreamer, mother, and gentle artist effortlessly inspired by connection and creation. Through her personal healing and teaching journey, she strives for the comfort of ‘home’ within ourselves and our purest authenticity…not so much about becoming, but remembering.

Holistic Health and Certifications:

  • 200 RYT Yoga Alliance

Ehren Kuzekov | Reiki Master | 200 RYT | M.Ed. | TIYE

200 RYT Yoga Alliance

Usui Reiki Master Practitioner

Seeking Mindful Meditation Teacher Certification (MMTCP) expected January 2023

M.Ed., Student Development, Seattle University

Wellbeing ~ Self Awareness ~ Transformation ~ Community