Our Spirits

     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. 


    About Us


    Lisa Shumway - E-RYT, Cht. -Studio Owner

  Lisa Shumway, teacher Spirit RIsing Yoga
Lisa is a Registered Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) and has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years, completing her 200 hour Yoga  Teacher training in June 2012.  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.  Lisa has studied with Shiva Rae and Stephen Cope as well as Energy Medicine with Donna Eden. 

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

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



   Barbara Bowen - CYT

aerial yoga

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 overstressing 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 availability please call or email the studio.




   Kjersti (Kj) Danielson - RYT


Kjersti (or Kj) is a 200-hour certified Yoga Teacher through the Spirit Rising Teacher Training Program. She also has a background in exercise as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and utilizes this knowledge of the human body to facilitate movement in a safe, focused and enjoyable environment. As a healer Kjersti also pracitices Bowen Therapy to promote relaxation and to help correct dysfunctional movement patterns that often lead to Chronic pain and illness. Her interest in the human body and belief in the power of hands-on-healing therapies has led her to share her passion with others that they may learn and grow in their own journeys through life.





 Deanna DiPonio - CYT


I started yoga about 4 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 inevidable. 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 - CYT


kim haasAfter 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.



Renee Merrill - RYT

kim haas

Renee’ has been practicing yoga since 2004 and a RYT 200 since 2011. She studied with Joseph & Lilian LePage - Integrative Yoga Therapy and is a PYT 500, teaching therapeutic yoga to meet the needs of individuals and specific population groups. Renee’ recently graduated from KYIS (KripaluYoga in the Schools) training and is now certified to teach the KYIS curriculum using the holistic system of yoga and its mind-body practices to improve the mental, physical and emotional health of children and youth.


Renee’ has a welcoming presence and creates a safe space for an integrated yoga practice. She was an elementary school teacher for 15 years and celebrates teaching as her art. She is passionate about sharing the transformational gifts of yoga with her students. Renee’ feels a deep connection to the healing and transformative practice of traditional Ashtanga Yoga and has been greatly inspired and influenced by her authorized teachers Angela Jamison and Kate O’Donnell and by attending training with Beryl Bender Birch, David Williams and Kino MacGregor. She teaches Foundations of Ashtanga and Ashtanga/vinyasa. Renee’ also teaches Healing Hatha, focusing on the ancient science of yoga to enhance health and wellness at all levels. Renee’ has a passion for yoga therapy and believes it can be a powerful tool to bring balance and healing to the body, mind and spirit connection. She offers modifications to ensure everyone feels comfortable.


In addition to studio classes, Renee’ offers private yoga therapy, group therapeutic classes for seniors, kids, and athletes as well as group classes specializing in depression, osteoporosis, menopause, heart disease, diabetes and many more. She also offers free community events through her non-profit organization Michigan Yoga Movement.



Noreen Mollon - CYT

Noreen has been fascinated with yoga since she was a young child but it wasn't until after she had a child of her own did she deepen and commit to her practice. After exploring different types of yoga, Noreen found great satisfaction with meditation, yin and restorative yoga along with the healing powers of energy medicine. In the fall of 2011 Noreen began teacher training at Spirit Rising and completed her 200-hour yoga certification.

After the birth of her second son, she used  yoga to connect with her children, calming the mind to find patience and compassion and stretch tight tired muscles. Noreen believes that in this fast past world on the go, yoga and meditation can provide the healing we need to keep going.

Noreen offers yin, on the wall, restorative and baby-parent yoga classes.



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! 




Sammy Hart -RYT

Love is what brought Sammy to Michigan; yoga is what brought her to love.   She considers herself first and foremost a student of this practice – originally trained in a Vinyasa style with the brilliant Julia McCabe she then continued her studies with her mentor and advanced Jivamukti teacher YuMee Chung.  Her most recent training took her to Washington where she studied the 100hr-advanced training with Ana Forrest.  She pays much homage to her teachers  and is excited to continue to learn from the brilliant teachers and students of Spirit Rising. 

“I am incredibly passionate about yoga because of everything it has given me and in honour of it I strive to walk the path of my own heart even in moments of difficulty.  As a teacher of this brilliant practice I do my best to hold the space for my students as we dance together through a moment in time- a dance that holds the potential to help us unravel, heal and grow.  I teach what I most need to learn and in teaching do my best to speak authentically about the lessons of yoga in order for it to be relevant and resonate with my students.  I hope to inspire, empower, and learn to love as much as possible.  I look forward to moving and sweating with you on the mat."










Stacey Coffey, Prana Persuader & studio owner Arizona

triangle pose in Peru


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.

Jeff Coffey, studio owner Arizona

kneeling at Macchu Picchu


Certified Yoga teacher and Shaman, Jeff Coffey is moved by life itself.  He lives with honesty, lots of animals and by having fun.  Jeff completed Spirit Rising Yoga's 200 hour Teacher Training in 2010 and Aircat Aerial Yoga Fall of 2011.  He offers a dynamic aerial class that is a great deal of fun as well as one that cultivates strentgh for the entire body.

As a studying Shaman on the Jaguar Path, Jeff is gifted at chakra illumination and cutting cords. A process that is able to remove old patterns and stagnant energy offering life changing improvements in just 1 session.

He offers private Aerial yoga lessons and Shaminic Healing Sessions





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