breathe ayurveda & yoga  is dedicated to the practices of Ayurveda, Kripalu Yoga, Reiki, Thai-Shiatsu Bodywork, Hot Stone Massage Therapy, Meditation, and Pranayama.

aboutDenise Karsen , E-RYT 200, RYT 500 is a Healer, Bodyworker, and Yoga Instructor who is passionate about helping others achieve optimal health through the use of yoga, massage, reiki and meditation.  She completed her 500-hour Professional Level Teacher Training in the Kripalu Tradition at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in August 2014. She is striving to use yoga and all its tenets on and off the mat to be fully awake and alive by seeing the extraordinary in every day. Denise understands the importance of the body’s story in the healing process and invites deeper exploration through present-moment awareness, breath, movement and dialogue. She has taught yoga from her home studio since 2009, as well as various businesses and Hospitals throughout West Michigan.  Denise lives in Grand Rapids Michigan with her husband and three sons. She helps students see the reflection of their own possibility by guiding them with compassion, permission, acceptance and patience. Her additional trainings and certifications include multiple body-oriented energy healing techniques and modalities.  Denise is a Professional Level Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor, Certified Lifeforce Yoga® Level 1 Practitioner, Certified Reiki Practitioner, Certified Integrated Positional Therapist, Certified Yoga 4 Cancer™  Teacher, and Certified Thai-Shiatsu Body worker.

aboutNanette Bowen, PA-C, RYT-500, Ayurvedic Practitioner, is a seeker, a curious traveller fascinated by the study of contradictions. Her exploration of the nature of the true Self includes working toward shedding layers, balancing contradictions, and “unhabituating.”

Nanette’s personal practice is based on the Eight Limbs of Yoga, the core of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. She is particularly drawn to Pranyama (Breathing Exercises) and Dhyana (Devotion, Meditation on the Spirit). BKS Iyengar wrote: “The diaphragm, according to yogic science, is the seat of intelligence of the heart and the window to the soul.” Nanette offers: “If you can only do one thing, concentrate on your breathing. Let it percolate. She says of asana (poses), which are designed to prepare one for meditation, “I’m less interested in the pose, and more interested in how we arrive at it.”

Nanette is drawn to the natural union of Western and Eastern medicine. Her experience with both the Western and Ayurvedic medical models allows her to draw parallels between belief systems, find common ground, and foster understanding. Just as Yoga and Ayurveda are complimentary systems, Nanette believes Ayurveda and the Western model of medicine can work together to provide balance in us all. Her unique access to east and west allows her to offer others equilibrium by helping them understand their individual constitutions and by guiding them toward taking control of their health. As the proverb says, “Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remember. Involve me, I’ll understand.”

A line by Rumi sums up her approach to life: “Let the beauty you love be what you do, there are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth.” Practicing Ayurveda and the Yogic Philosophy are Nanette’s way of kneeling, of kissing the earth.

Nanette has worked in the healthcare industry for over thirty years and currently practices as a Physician Assistant. She is also registered with NAMA as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Her certifications include Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, 500-hour Kripalu Yoga Instructor, Lifeforce Yoga® Level 1 Practitioner, and Thai-Shiatsu Bodyworker.

She has completed the first module of an 800-hour Professional Yoga Therapist Program (accredited by IAYT), with plans to complete this year-long program by summer, 2016.