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Pete Anton

I began to practice Integral Yoga in the 70’s to ease pain and stiffness in my legs from long distance running.  After two years my Yoga career ended only to return in 1995 when I found myself in a Bikram studio.  After the shock of the heat and the regimen of the 28 postures ended, I found that same “stillness and peacefulness” engulf my body and I knew I was home again.  During the next sixteen years my life was filled enjoying the refreshment of a Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, or Kundalini many times over while relaxing and releasing through a Yin, Triyoga, and the classical Better Back and Basic styles. 
During this same time it was my pleasure to be contracted to help make Rising Sun Yoga the second Michigan Yoga Studio to be Yoga Alliance RYT200 certified.  We were successful and though the instructors have changed Rising Sun, now Yoga 4 Peace, has the second longest running 200 level Teacher Training program in Michigan.
Also, during this time, as a result of my strong interest in Yogic philosophy, I started and completed a 800 hour study course on the philosophy of Yoga called “Traditional Yoga Studies”.  This was facilitated and mentored by Georg Feuerstein noted Yoga Master.
I’m active today in community and volunteer work in the Southfield and Royal Oak areas.
My philosophy in teaching is to create a safe, non-competitive atmosphere that is conducive to unifying mind, body, spirit so that the student walks away with tools and knowledge that help balance themselves both on and off the mat.


Cecelia Bencher
Peg Darnell

Peg’s teaching emphasis is on adapting the posture to the body, not forcing the body into the posture. Her classes can vary depending on the abilities and needs of the students in any given class and tend to be tailored to the most challenged student. Classes emphasize comfort, safety and accomplishment over full expression and use lots of props, including Posture Pro. Peg is an RYT200, certified through Yoga Alliance and Silver Sneakers. When not working a full time job or teaching yoga, Peg also bike rides, power walks and spoils her granddaughters.

Jill Diaz








Camille Dolence

Camille Dolence is our Senior member instructor. She teaches a more gentle approach to Yoga. Balance and proper alignment are re-interated in each posture, as is the breath in relation to the movement. She has been practicing Yoga for at least twenty years when the "call" to teach became a response "to take action". With an Associates Degree in Gerontology and a license in Message Therapy, she realized the bond between the: Mind, Body and the Spirit.

Her anti-aging formula is:
Eat Healthy(mostly)
Laugh Freely
Vacation Often
Do Yoga and

Yvonne Duban

I began practicing Bikram Yoga in 1995 and have been hooked ever since! My yoga experience includes several styles of yoga including Bikram, Tri-Yoga, Kundalini as well as traditional hatha yoga. Since 2002 , I have taught basic and restorative yoga incorporating concepts from these styles in a Free Friday program in Southfield. I have co-directed a traditional hatha yoga teacher training program which graduated over 70 yoga teachers in the metro Detroit area. I also continue to participate in community programs introducing yoga’s therapeutic benefits to age 50+. ERYT 200 Registered Hatha Yoga instructor by the National Yoga Alliance: Bikram Certified Yoga Instructor – Spring 2009.

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Elizabeth Feirtag

Heidi Miklos
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Carrie Hura

Carrie Hura is a Registered Yoga Teacher, (RYT 500), and Nationally Certified massage therapist, who began her interest in the healing arts and yoga 15 years ago. While living in California, Carrie became interested in yoga and had her first massage-she was hooked! She began her formal training in massage therapy at Irene's Myomassology Institute in Southfield, MI in 1998. There she studied aromatherapy, prenatal massage and became a Reiki Master. She went on to study through the Upledger Institute Craniosacral Massage. Through her own healing with yoga, she realized that she was offering it to her massage clients as a way to manage physical pain and for stress relief. She then decided to become a yoga teacher. She trained at Rising Sun Yoga in Southgate, MI. Realizing the wonderful benefits of meditation for herself, she became a meditation teacher with the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago, IL. Continuing with the therapeutic aspects of yoga, she completed her 500 hour certification with a specialty in Yoga Therapy at Ananda Seva in Santa Rosa, CA in 2007. She trained in Yoga of the Heart:Cardiac and Cancer Certification, with Nischala Joy Devi, the creator and former director of Stress Management of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease. Her latest training was Trauma Sensitive Yoga for people suffering all forms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Carrie is a RYT through the Yoga Alliance, and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, as well as the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. Some of her recent featured classes and workshops have included Beginning Meditation, Yoga for Asthma and an 8 week Yoga of the Heart series at Yoga 4 Peace, previously Rising Sun Yoga. Carrie is currently in the Seminary Program through the Temple of Kriya Yoga.

Mary Ivey-Suiter

Mary has been practicing the age old art of healing known as Reiki for 20+ years and is a Reiki Master.  Her interest in yoga started as a teenager in the 70’s. Mary began her  yoga teacher training in 2004 at Rising Sun Yoga.  Mary’s yoga classes include a blend of yoga poses, meditation, and healing with the intention of strengthening the body, mind and spirit.  Her philosophy  is “No matter where you are in life, no matter your level of fitness, you can create a yoga practice and harvest its benefits.”



Dawn Kowalczik
Cindy Orlandi

Yoga has been part of Cindy Orlandi's life since the 1970s when she first watched PBS's Lila's Yoga and You on TV. Yoga was one of her elective recreation classes at Bowling Green State University where she received her undergraduate degree in Journalism. Yoga has remained a constant in her life over three decades. Cindy's exercise regime also includes walking her dogs, other aerobic exercise, pilates and lifting weights. She has managed to find a few minutes for yoga after work or on her lunch break and she believes it has helped her complete her MBA in Marketing and transition through several career changes, including the stresses of job loss in a down economy. She has enjoyed yoga at the top-rated spa of the Kerr House in Grand Rapids, Ohio, as well as from Pat Nevins who she arranged to have teach a class on the lunch hour at a previous employer. Cindy visited Rising Sun Yoga in 2008 and was so impressed by the Posture Pro classes that she decided to take the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training from Jim Pero, RYT, to improve her own yoga practice. She was delighted Carrie Hull, RYT, exposed her to Qi Gong , the ancient Chinese system of self care. It builds on her love of Shiatsu, which she studied at Irene's in Southfield just because she wanted to learn more about the acupressure points activated by the massage she's enjoyed for more than a decade. She incorporates self shiatsu into her practice today. Continuing education she's completed in 2011 includes Qi Gong led by Daisy Lee Garripoli and Tai Chi led by Arthur Rosenfeld, nationally known experts in Qi Gong and Tai Chi. In 2009, Cindy Orlandi, RYT, began teaching Yoga and Qi Gong for Real Bodies at Rising Sun Yoga, and now volunteers at the non-profit Yoga 4 Peace, on Tuesday evenings after work. She incorporates Qi Gong as well as self Shiatsu for building energy and Yoga Nidra for deep relaxation. Qi Gong (pronounced chee-gong) is an ancient Chinese system of postures, exercises, breathing techniques and meditations to improve one's qi/chi energy field. Qi Gong circulates energy to rejuvenate your body, revitalize your organs, soothe your nervous system, restore your mental clarity and help eliminate anxiety. Qi Gong is an active standing meditation that uses deep abdominal breathing and gentle stretching to strengthen the immune system, regulate the circulatory system, exercise the respiratory system and balance the nervous system. Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. She enjoys sharing what's she's learned about these practices and has written about qi gong, tai chi and yoga nidra in Natural Awakenings magazine. Cindy hopes her class will help you to learn how to incorporate these techniques to enhance your own quality of life. Cindy recently completed the 1st Degree and 2nd Degree in the Traditional Usui Reiki method of Natural healing as certified by Mary Ivey. Cindy recently completed the workshop taught by Li Junfeng on Sheng Zhen Healing Qigong

Sue Pine

Sue Pine, an Air Force veteran, is the mother of two adult sons, Joe and Jeff. Her “day job” is with SMS Millcraft, where she has worked for over 25 years. She works in safety, quality and human resources, a position that she enjoys but keeps her days filled to the brim.
Her real passion, however, is in service. Sue has been practicing karma yoga for many years - participating in a medical mission trip in Honduras, and a humanitarian mission trip to Malawi with Little Dresses for Africa. She taught English as a second language in Southwest Detroit and is always looking forward to new opportunities to serve.
She currently volunteers with ChristNet, an organization dedicated to serving the homeless in Southeast Michigan. She works one night a week at the ChristNet Nighttime Intake Center from October through May, and helps as the host site coordinator one week each year at a local church. Sue also serves as secretary on the board of directors for Yoga 4 Peace and ChristNet, both 501(c)3 organizations in the Downriver area.
It was only a few years ago when she started practicing Asana, the physical side of yoga, at Rising Sun Yoga in Southgate, Michigan. She quickly became hooked. To help broaden her understanding of yoga, she took teacher training, never expecting to teach. In 2010, an opening for an early morning yoga instructor became available, so in 2011 she became an RYT through the Yoga Alliance and now teaches seven classes a week at the Y4 Peace studio and in her local community.
When asked how she feels about yoga, her response was, “Yoga will always be a part of my life. It keeps me focused on what is important both physically and spiritually. I can’t imagine my life without it.”

Regina Mitchell
Yola Johnson


Marita Dyer

Sheri Giorio

Megan Slaven

Joyce Antel

Kathy Martich

Debbie Mullins

Brittany Puste

Founder of Yoga 4 Peace - Jim Pero