Together Durga Devi and Shiva Das are co-directors of House of Yoga in Berkley, MI. Over the past 14 years they have led numerous teacher training and Yoga Lifestyle programs (LIFE OS). Both E-RYTs, Experienced Yoga Teachers registered with Yoga Alliance, each with over 5000 hours of teaching experience. In 2011, they received blessings from Mark Whitwell as certified Heart of Yoga Teachers, to transmit the yoga teachings of Krishnamacharya. Their yoga philosophy is based on Patanjali’s 8 limbs of Yoga. It is in this foundational light, that all their teachings are based. They believe in the healing of mantra and sound and have hosted kirtans with Krishna Das, Bhagavan Das and Girish and others. In 2010 they founded the kirtan group “Vishnu Blue” as a vehicle to share mantra, kirtan and sacred sound. In June 2015 they were blessed by Bhagavan Das to share this energetic path and were given their spiritual names on the path of Bhakti Yoga.
Frank, RYT fell upon the path of yoga in 2018 during a time of seeking, when questions like 'Who am I?', 'What's my purpose?' were ringing loudly in the mind.
The practice brought a sense of peace and direction in life during a difficult period. Delving into every yoga style available at House of Yoga (HOY), he not only felt a connection to asana, but to every facet and path that yoga had to offer.
With the initial intention just to deepen his understanding of the practice, he signed up for the 200-level RYT training offered at HOY. During this time he awakened to the benefits of sincere connections with others and found a subject that resonated with him in the practices of yoga. Frank is grateful to give back to the community through teaching at House of Yoga.
Deb, RYT began her career in the fitness industry teaching aerobics at the YMCA in 2003,
where she was first introduced to yoga.
In 2011 she began to better understand and appreciate the practice of yoga.
She began to realize that yoga helped her heal, cleared her mind, and she began to connect with a higher power. In 2012, she finished her first 200 Hour Yoga Certification.
Five years later, Deb decided to re-take Yoga Teacher Training training at House of Yoga.
She has learned much more about Yoga's lineage and the spiritual connection through
Durga Devi and Shiva Das and is honored to teach to the community at House of Yoga.
Kirk Jude, RYT,
As a Psychotherapist for over 30 years, Kirk Jude has always appreciated the importance of the mind- body connection in helping people to heal and live a productive life.
His training in Trauma Reduction Exercises (TRE) gave him first-hand experience in how the body is involved in healing from trauma. While taking yoga classes intermittently in the past, he made a commitment to fully develop his practice in 2018.
He took the 200-Level RYT Teacher Training course at House of Yoga to fully immerse himself in not just the physical practice but the history, philosophy of yoga and spiritual dimension. As someone who has been helping people change their lives for many years, it was a natural decision to want to share the many benefits of yoga with others. He is pleased and humbled to be teaching at House of Yoga.
Has always been drawn to movement, spirit, and the desire for a deeper level of connection. Her interests continued to grow as she studied, performed and taught ballet.
Majoring in Psychology at The University of Michigan, Laurie was drawn to courses that explored psychology and spiritual beliefs. Years later she tried yoga. 'I had no idea what “Ashtanga” was, but it was the first time I felt that I had fully experienced the present moment.' Her journey includes earning a 200-level RYT and starting a yoga intramural program at Cranbrook Schools.
Completing her second Teacher Training at House Of Yoga in 2018, Laurie joined the HOY teaching staff.
'I am honored to continue the lineage of yoga as a student and teacher, and believe that the best way to embody the practice of yoga is to greet each day with gratitude and express kindness and compassion toward all. '
Shiva Das has been practicing and studying yoga since 1998. His philosophical approach is rooted in the teachings of Ram Dass, Bhagavan Das, Godfrey Devereux, Mark Whitwell and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.
Shiva Das currently studies under the guidance of mantra teachers and spiritual guides Russill Paul,
and Naren K. Schreiner (Kamalakanta).
His asana practice and teaching is inspired by time spent with international yoga teacher Mark Whitwell.
Shiva Das has taught thousands of classes over the past 16 years in the Detroit area and continues to teach the delicate balance of physical and subtle, masculine and feminine as a method to experience a vibrant, happy life.
Shiva Das' daily practice includes asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation.
Durga Devi was introduced to yoga through chanting and meditation as a teenager, through the Siddha Yoga lineage (Swami Baba Muktanada and Gurumayi Chidvilasananda.)
In her late 30's, she was introduced to asana practice and fell in love with the Ashtanga method. After completing a teacher training in 2003, Durga Devi completed a 300 hr training in Jivamukti Yoga in 2005 with David Life and Sharon Gannon and received their blessings as a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher.
Durga Devi's style of teaching has a spiritual foundation with a playful approach to challenging the body and the mind in order to break out of patterns and let go of limiting beliefs so that we may BE our true Self, which is blissful and luminous.
Her teaching is influenced from life experience and from beloved teacher, Mark Whitwell. Durga Devi's love of mantra and Bhakti Yoga is sustained through practice and studies with Bhagavan Das, from whom she received her spiritual name.