Better Backs Yoga

This class is taught by:

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.

.Andrea Von Behren

Did you know that Andrea has never lost a hula hoop contest, in fact she was on Bozo's Big Top show ( hula hooping of course!). Her bucket list includes going to Alaska and hiking through the Grand Canyon. Who would have guessed that her favorite songs are: Mama Mia, Hairspray, Grease! (only all of us that have been in her ZUMBA classes!)
I love the fact that life has led me down this road of health and enabled me to touch so many students' lives. I am truly passionate about offering a fitness, yoga and nutrition program that allows every student to look and feel his/her best and am SO grateful to be surrounded by an awesome staff who share my passion and a wonderful family who have supported me every step along the way. The training that I received in order to be able to effectively share my passions include my degree from MSU as a Registered Dietitian, A.C.E Fitness Certification and Yoga Certification provided by Jonny Kest’s Center for Yoga as well as over 13 years of teaching experience. Look forward to having YOU in class!!

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!

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.

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.

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!

Ronda Diegel

I'm a Registered Yoga Teacher 500, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Certified Enneagram Teacher . As yoga teacher since 2005, I work to integrate my knowledge as a psychologist with my calling as a yoga teacher by teaching therapeutic applications of yoga, with an emphasis on using yogic practices to heal the emotional body. I've sought additional certification through teacher training programs in Yoga for Depression & Anxiety, Yoga for Scoliosis, and Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation. You can learn more about me on my website:

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

Ray Ray

I am so grateful for finding yoga and it's an honor to share it with others. I often refer to myself as a yoga addict and an inversion junkie, I just love yoga and standing on my hands! I also love spending time with my friends and family, walking my dogs, traveling to new places, playing on the lake, and trying new things. My favorite foods are fruits especially, watermelon and honeydew! I also have a big sweet tooth, mmm chocolate! My guilty pleasure is taking naps. When I am not doing any of those things I am usually expanding my creative abilities as a web and graphic designer from home.
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:

  • Tue Oct 24 8:45 am - 9:40 am with Ricky Penn
  • Tue Oct 24 11:00 am - 11:55 am with .Andrea Von Behren
  • Tue Oct 24 8:00 pm - 8:55 pm with Susan Brennan
  • Wed Oct 25 3:30 pm - 4:25 pm with Nancy Powell
  • Wed Oct 25 5:35 pm - 6:30 pm with Susan Brennan
  • Wed Oct 25 8:00 pm - 8:55 pm with Shawn Jones
  • Thu Oct 26 8:45 am - 9:40 am with Amy Pronovost
  • Thu Oct 26 5:35 pm - 6:30 pm with Shawn Jones
  • Fri Oct 27 8:45 am - 9:40 am with Nancy Powell
  • Fri Oct 27 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Jamie Oldfield
  • Sat Oct 28 8:00 am - 8:55 am with Ronda Diegel
  • Sat Oct 28 11:30 am - 12:25 pm with Deb A Abramson
  • Sun Oct 29 8:30 am - 9:25 am with Herb Kaiser
  • Mon Oct 30 8:45 am - 9:40 am with Ronda Diegel
  • Mon Oct 30 5:35 pm - 6:30 pm with Ray Ray
  • Mon Oct 30 8:00 pm - 8:55 pm with Ronda Diegel
  • Tue Oct 31 8:45 am - 9:40 am with Ricky Penn
  • Tue Oct 31 11:00 am - 11:55 am with .Andrea Von Behren
  • Tue Oct 31 8:00 pm - 8:55 pm with Susan Brennan
  • Wed Nov 01 3:30 pm - 4:25 pm with Deb A Abramson





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