Better Backs Yoga

This class is taught by:

Jamie Oldfield

Jamie’s journey of yoga began over 10 years ago, culminating in her certification as a Yoga Teacher. To Jamie, yoga is about revealing your own inner happiness through good music and compassionate surroundings, to find the joy yoga has brought her. She is inspired daily by her husband, 2 children and dog. She believes that what you put out is what you get and that everything we learn on the mat helps us to be healthier and happier off the mat!

Herb Kaiser

Herb's favorite food is anything from Inn Season, a vegetarian restaurant.  Herb loves his trips to India and his favorite movie is Peaceful Warrior.
In 2002 I took my first Yoga class. It was six months later that I started a steady Yoga practice after meeting Andrea von Behren from Body Language. Everybody comes to their mats with different intentions; mine was for self-improvement, what I found was self-acceptance . Realizing how much Yoga had transformed my life I wanted to share this passion with other people, so I took my yoga teacher training with Andrea. Teaching from my own practice I offer compassion and a heart felt energy to my students. I have been blessed and fortunate enough that my work takes me to India a couple of times a year and can practice with masters there. It gives me a deep appreciation for the Body Language family. Namaste

Brie von Behren

Brie's favorite hobbies are yoga, baking, knitting.  Her favorite class to take is vinyasa and her favorite food (hands down)  is ice cream.  

Hello! Many of you know me as "the owner's daughter" :). My mother (Andrea) started working for Body Language when I was 2 years old, so I have literally grown up at BL. Although I have always been involved and considered Body Language as a second home and family, I have recently started to get more involved! You'll see me teaching better backs classes, subbing here and there for Zumba, and at the front desk. I'm so incredibly blessed to have such an amazing BL family, and am happy you are part of it!

Ricky Penn

Body Language has been an important part of my life for a LONG time. I started as a member here in 1985 (!) Three owners and 3 locations later, I am still here - working out, practicing yoga, managing the desk, and teaching yoga. Guess you could say I really like this place! I decided to train for and teach yoga to others because it has had such a profound and positive effect on my own life. When I am not here, I am busy with my business as a fiber artist at home in West Bloomfield. My life is blessed with great friends, three wonderful children, and, as a yoga instructor, the opportunity to help my students find their way into yoga and all it has to offer.

Susan Brennan

Did you know Susan won an award for designing a dress made out of toilet paper?  Her dream vacation is to go back to Norway, and her favorite book is The Alchemist.
Hello! I have always enjoyed fitness and have been a cheerleader for many years. I'm currently a member of the Detroit Pistons Cheer Team. I began practicing yoga (at Body Language) in 2009 after my lung randomly collapsed. I used it as a way to heal and strengthen my body. I consider my personal practice to be playful with strong determination. That comes across in my teaching as well. I feel it is a great honor to be able to share this wonderful gift with others. I look forward to seeing you on your mat!

Shawn Jones

Did you know that Shawn has a degree in Finance and her "day job" is as an Analyst and Asst. Manager over 28 other Analysts?  Her dream vacation is a beach hut in Fiji and her favorite food is her mom's lasagna.
Hi! I’m Shawn Jones. I have been practicing yoga regularly since 2006 and have been a member of Body Language since 2007. I went through Andrea’s Teacher Training program in 2010. The experience deepened my practice and made me even more passionate about yoga! I love teaching and sharing everything this practice has to offer. I’m so happy to have found this wonderful community. In my spare time, I enjoy working out, reading and spending time with my husband and 2 daughters. I look forward to meeting you and having you in one of my classes!

Amy Pronovost

Did you know that Amy teaches ballet, pilates and yoga?  Her favorite food is macaroni and cheese and hiking in Moab, Utah is on her bucket list.
Amy Pronovost graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.A. in Dance and English. She has taught ballet since 1998 and pilates since 2000. Amy is a fully certified Level 2 Stott Pilates Instructor Trainer, Level 1 Gyrtonic Instructor, and Xtend Barre Instructor. She recently obtained her yoga certification through Body Language and is now a 200hr-RYT.

Nancy Powell

Nancy's favorite class is Slow Flow Fusion, her dream vacation is to go to Paris and her favorite food is chocolate!!
I received my certification in August of 2004 after training with Jonny Kest at the Center for Yoga in West Bloomfield, Michigan. I have been teaching Yoga for 7 years. I started at Body Language in April of 2005. My specialties are Better Backs, Short Form Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Slow Flow Vinyasa. I come from a strong fitness background and have done it all from kickboxing, stepping, spinning, aerobics and running. After receiving knee surgery I began my yoga practice and the rest is history. I still continue to power walk and am a major lap swimmer. I have given up any impact workouts. I was a school teacher for 33 years. This is my second year of retirement. I have been married for 34 years and my husband Don and I have 2 wonderful grown boys. I thoroughly enjoy teaching at Body Language and feel so lucky to have met so many genuine, kind and friendly people.
Achieve balance between body and mind with postures and breath. Build physical and mental potential while maintaining a healthy spine and body. 55 minutes/78 degrees.• Against The Wall• Alignment• Candlelight• Emotional Healing• Massage

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Jun 24 8:00 am - 8:55 am with Jamie Oldfield
  • Sat Jun 24 11:30 am - 12:25 pm with Deb A Abramson
  • Sun Jun 25 8:30 am - 9:25 am with Herb Kaiser
  • Mon Jun 26 8:45 am - 9:40 am with Brie von Behren
  • Mon Jun 26 5:35 pm - 6:30 pm with Brie von Behren
  • Mon Jun 26 8:00 pm - 8:55 pm with Jamie Oldfield
  • Tue Jun 27 8:45 am - 9:40 am with Ricky Penn
  • Tue Jun 27 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Brie von Behren
  • Tue Jun 27 5:35 pm - 6:30 pm with Ricky Penn
  • Tue Jun 27 8:00 pm - 8:55 pm with Susan Brennan
  • Wed Jun 28 5:35 pm - 6:30 pm with Susan Brennan
  • Wed Jun 28 8:00 pm - 8:55 pm with Shawn Jones
  • Thu Jun 29 8:45 am - 9:40 am with Amy Pronovost
  • Thu Jun 29 5:35 pm - 6:30 pm with Shawn Jones
  • Fri Jun 30 8:45 am - 9:40 am with Nancy Powell
  • Fri Jun 30 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Jamie Oldfield
  • Sat Jul 01 8:00 am - 8:55 am with Jamie Oldfield
  • Sun Jul 02 8:30 am - 9:25 am with Herb Kaiser





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