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Our Philosophy

Spirit Rising offers a different kind of experience...

When the body is a strong container for the energy of life, prana can be felt as both energizing and calming.  Spirit Rising Yoga was created to allow one to feel that dynamic silkiness of prana movement through open channels of our body and energy centers.

We believe in healing as a whole. As we grow, we elevate the spirit in new ways... expanding consciousness and creating a peaceful way to experience life.  When connecting to others who walk this same path, all manner of miracles occur... we shed heavy layers of tension, heal old wounds and the spirit can rise to greatness.

When you see something that can be changed for the better, you need to do all that you can to change it.  Creating a yoga studio that is welcoming to all, soul nurturing and consciousness expanding is not only a great honor and joy but my lifes mission.

The only way to have the world we want is to create it.

Meet Our Instructors

Lisa Shumway - E-RYT, Cht. Reiki Master/Teacher/Certified Aromatouch Therapist -Studio Owner

Lisa is a Registered Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) and has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years, completing her 200 hour Yoga Teacher training in June 2012 and is currently part of the Kripalu School of Yoga 500 hour teacher training program in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  Through the practice of yoga and meditation, Lisa has developed a passionate belief in our abilities to take control of our own health.   Healing our minds and bodies with the benefits of these holistic practices. In addition to her Yoga certification, Lisa is a Certified Meditation Teacher, Certified Hypnotherapist and Reiki Master and Teacher.  Lisa has studied with Shiva Rae, Yoganand Michael Carroll, Larissa Hall Carlson, Sudha Carolyn Lundeen, Stephen Cope, Noah Maze and Rocky Herron as well as Energy Medicine with Donna Eden. 

Lisa left her executive career in 2012 to commit herself full time as a teacher and student of yoga.

Lisa is available for private yoga lessons, group yoga, corporate yoga and meditation as well as private Reiki, Hypnotherapy and Aromatouch.

Barbara Bowen - CYT

Barb has been practicing yoga for over ten years. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Spirit Rising in 2011, and Aerial Yoga training in 2012 from AirCat Aerial.

Barb teaches Aerial Yoga, which combines her love and training from ballet, gymnastics and yoga all into one fun filled class. Aerial Yoga provides a workout that allows you to stretch and strengthen without over-stressing joints or compressing vertebrae. Each class is designed to help you go deeper into yoga postures and provide an opportunity to experience physical release, refined strength, energetic flow, and heightened awareness of breath and body.  Not to mention……Savasana in an Aerial hammock is heavily!

Barb has a degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University and an MBA from Michigan State University.

Barb offers private or semi-private Aerial sessions, for schedule availability please call or email the studio.

Laura Deierlein - RYT

Laura loves the balanced energy that embraces her desires to be on-the-move, career-focused and adventuresome. She is a believer that yoga adds a harmony and self-awareness that enhances our outward relationships while opening a door to be better friends to our own selves.
Laura received her 200-hour teacher certification through Spirit Rising in 2012. She has not stopped learning since, including workshop credits with Elysabeth Williamson and Donna Eden at Kripalu Center for Yoga. Influenced by her time at a yoga ashram in northern India in 2014, Laura was immersed in Kundalini-style meditation, pranayama & chanting, simplistic living & eating, and postures and theories of yoga. Believing that lives can be changed by “Opening the Heart” and inspired by her mentors’ varied methods, Laura enjoys practicing and teaching creative versions of traditional yoga flows while offering a deeper view of the many facets that are yoga.

Deanna DiPonio - CYT

I started yoga about 6 years ago. I was hooked immediately and felt an instant connection to Stacey and the Spirit Rising studio. It felt like coming home. I was always wanting to learn more and felt like a sponge around Stacey, wanting to soak up as much information as I could. So the next step for me was the teacher training program. It was fascinating and life changing. Once I got over the initial fear, I embraced the current that was leading me. I was certified February of 2013.

Yoga has taught me so many things about myself and others. It has helped me to have more patience and stay centered. But the main thing has been how I have accepted change and overcame the fear that comes with it. Change is inevitable. It's a part of life. The sooner we learn how to "breathe and let go", the smoother the journey or ride will be. I just wish I would've had yoga when my kids were smaller. It sure would've helped. 

Kim Haas - RYT

After tip-toeing around the edges of yoga for almost twenty years, Kim fully committed to a yoga practice in the Fall of 2012 which quickly led to the Spirit Rising Yoga Immersion program, culminating in her 200-hour yoga teacher certification. As a writer, Kim found so many connections between the practice of yoga and writing that she designed a class that combines both. She is honored to share her love of writing and yoga as a way to connect to your own heart and the heart of your practice. Although she has just started on this life-changing path, she firmly believes in the power of yoga to heal and transform body, mind, emotions and spirit and hopes to open that possibility up to her students.

Donna Farhood - RYT

 Donna’s philosophy:  Yoga is for everyone.  One’s age or physical condition does not matter. There is serenity in the most challenging poses and learning to find balance through breath and movement is the key.

Donna began as an aerobics instructor and taught for many years before finding her way to yoga in 1990 with a focus on Hatha.  Life changed courses  for a while, but coming back to her practice in 2014, Donna realized her deep love for yoga which lead her to teacher training, completing her training at Spirit Rising Yoga and Meditation. Donna teaches Gentle Flow and Hatha. 

Daryl Syzmanski - RYT

Daryl’s first exposure to yoga occurred in 2010 when colleagues at work began a weekly, semi-private practice at a nearby studio.  After immediately noticing the benefits in mind and body, he sought out a studio closer to home, and in 2011, he became a member of the Spirit Rising community.  Since that time, he has participated in a yoga challenge (practicing yoga every day for 31 days) and completed his Teacher Training at Spirit Rising in January 2016.

As a teacher by profession, Daryl has a natural affinity for sharing his knowledge and experiences, and he is excited to share yoga with those who are willing to partake in its many benefits, whether that be physical improvement, calmness of mind, or as a means of self-reflection. 

Daryl teaches MY Yoga, a class that is customized for men, Hatha and Beginning Ashtanga.  

Jodi Graves Roberts - CYT

I have been practicing yoga since 2004-after the birth of my second child. I found that even though I didn’t realize it at the time, yoga was a means for me to calm my mind, stretch my tight, tired muscles and help me re-focus my attention to my two loves-my children & my work with women in childbirth and during their transition into motherhood. After completing my Master’s in Naturopathy (natural health therapies) in 1998 I then went on to become a birth Doula in 1999 and have loved every minute!

In the beginning yoga was about relaxation. About actually filling my lungs with breath all the way! Now yoga has become the vehicle which has taught me so very much about myself, about my mind and body and about the world around me. ‘Going outside my comfort zone’ has been the mantra through my process of immersion in Teacher Training with Stacey at Spirit Rising and my certification as a yoga instructor (RYT 200) in 2012. Teaching yoga has already taught me so much about others and I am so blessed to be able to work with you as you stretch outside your comfort zone and grow in new levels of health, healing and love! 

Stacey Bell, Prana Persuader & studio owner Arizona

Creator and founder of Spirit Rising. A Registered Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) Stacey is currently completing her 500 certification with Shiva Rea.  She has well over 500 hours in yoga training from studies with Jonny Kest, Paul Grilley, Daniel Orlansky, Simon Park, Ray Crist, Mark Stephens, Stephen Cope, and Ray Long.

Along with yoga, Stacey is an energy healer and body worker.  Experienced as a Reiki Master, Shamanic practitioner, and cranial sacral therapist.  Trained in Energy Medicine with Donna Eden, Self Acceptance Healing Process with Barbra White, Peruvian Quero Shamanism with Ray Crist, Jamee Chaska Nawi Curtis and mentor Natalie Griffin.

Through overcoming major injuries and healing wounds of body, mind and spirit, Stacey's teaching style has evolved to one of great inspiration, liberation and fun.   Stacey has merged these great rivers of yoga styles, shamanism and healing modalities.  Stacey's classes offer detailed instruction on how to move the body... finding a dynamic alignment in the flow of practice while opening energy lines, energy lines and personal perspectives.  Bringing healing not only to the body, but to the mind and spirit.

In addition to studio classes, Stacey Offers private yoga lessons, Reiki, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Shamanic Healing Sessions, Energy Medicine and Auricular Acupuncture.