Our mission at Kula is to provide the Grand Rapids community with thoughtful, intentional, and accessible body-mind-and-spirit nourishing yoga. Our team is comprised of informed and attentive instructors who are ready to guide you, wherever you are on your yoga journey, at Kula. I'd be honored to have you make Kula your home for yoga in Grand Rapids.
Megan Rader - ERYT 500, YACEP, Buti Yoga
I grew up just outside of Chicago, where I began practicing yoga in high school. After years exploring on my mat, I completed my first 200-hour yoga teacher training through CorePower Yoga in Chicago. I then deepened my understanding of yoga with two more teacher trainings in Seattle, Washington. My partner and I moved to Grand Rapids in 2014, and I opened Kula Yoga not long after. My classes are both accessible and challenging, with a strong focus on safe alignment, steady breath, pushing limits, and really tapping into the fluid flow that is Vinyasa. I created Kula, because I wanted to provide Grand Rapids a warm, welcoming, beautiful space to explore all that yoga has to offer. Kula is the spot where you can show up on your mat, just as you are, move with your breath, and spend time with your neighbors. It’s a true honor to serve you.
Mary Williams - RYT 200
I was introduced to yoga by a woman I babysat for while in high school, but it never resonated with me until 2010 when I moved to Grand Rapids. I tried a drop-in class and kept coming back. In more recent years, I have pursued my educational and occupational goals, all while keeping yoga in the background. It wasn’t always a priority, but it was never far from my mind, and I was never far from my mat. My yoga practice provided me a sense of solace amidst the whirlwind of life. I decided to make yoga a priority after finishing grad school in December of 2015. I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Megan Rader Yoga in August. I could have never imagined the incredible people yoga would bring into my life or the change in perspective it would provide. The effects of this practice continue to amaze me, and I want to share them with my students. Come be a part of this Kula--I think you’ll like what you find.
Brittany Nawara - RYT 200, Buti Yoga
I was first introduced to yoga while taking classes at Grand Rapids Community College, but it was not until 2013 that I began to practice regularly. When I take a yoga class, I find myself so focused on my breath, movement, and the teacher's cues that my mind does not wander for the duration of the entire class. It is so refreshing to do something good for my body and mind and I look forward to offering that same experience to my students. Yoga has brought many new friends to my life, and I am very happy to be a part of Kula
Karolina Delange - RYT 200, Buti Yoga
When I moved from Grand Rapids to Colorado, I discovered yoga. I was first made aware of yoga as a child, but was never really sure I wanted to practice. While living in Fort Collins, I discovered Bikram Yoga, and I was hooked. I loved the feeling I would get after class, as if all the cells in my body had been renewed. I continued to practice into my early twenties and entertained the idea of participating in a teacher training one day. My journey to yoga has always been about self-discovery, self-love, and becoming aware of what my body and mind are capable of doing. When I moved back to Grand Rapids, I searched for a yoga community that would match my values and continue to push me to discover more about myself, to love my self wildly, and to connect to my body and mind further. I am extremely excited to be linked to Kula and to be able to teach, learn, grow, and connect in this beautiful space with this incredible community.
Jenny Tanis - 200 RYT
I discovered yoga as I was in the throws of grad school and half-marathon training, and I never would have believed my journey would have led me here. Yoga has brought mindfulness and empowerment into my life in a way I never expected. My yoga practice is a way to stay grounded in gratitude, connecting with myself and my spiritual beliefs, as well a connecting with others through shared breath and movement. It is an honor to share this practice with others, as they discover the power of strong mind-body connection in their lives. I am eager to meet you and share this Kula with you. See you on your mat!
Kathleen Pedres - RYT 200
I discovered the beauty of yoga while I was going through a challenging phase in my life. When I moved to Grand Rapids years ago, my practice became my constant companion through the transition. I eventually made new friends and joined a community through yoga. It has kept me grounded and present through the ebb and flow of life. I decided to take the Megan Rader Yoga Power Vinyasa Teacher Training in order to better understand yoga and all it encompasses. Little did I know that I would want to share the knowledge I gained with others. The sequences I create for my students form fluid patterns of dynamic movement and grounding energy and are designed to rejuvenate your mind and body. I am beyond excited to be part of Kula and to connect further with the yoga community here in Grand Rapids.
Stacey da Silva - RYT 200
I first became intrigued by yoga when I was in high school. I bought a book and began to study it on my own. I soon began to participate in classes. Through some periods of life, I have practiced consistently, and other times I have stepped away from the mat for long periods. Each time I return to my mat, I find peace and renewed energy. Becoming a teacher of yoga and sharing that peace and renewed energy with others is something that I have long dreamed of. The right time came along in the summer of 2017 when I enrolled in the Megan Rader Yoga Teacher Training which only grew my love for yoga even more. I am so excited to be at this part of my yoga journey and share this amazing practice with you
Cristin Jamba - RYT 200
Having been in dance my entire life, yoga seemed like a natural progression, but I hadn’t encountered a studio where I felt I belonged or was truly accepted. I decided to finally try yoga during a very difficult time in my life where I was faced with numerous uncertainties, both personally and professionally. After my first class at Kula, I knew I had discovered my yoga home. The welcoming community and grounding practice filled me with the sense of belonging and purpose that I had been craving for many years. I then decided to further my practice and signed up for Megan’s 200 hr YTT Program. I never imagined the immense growth and change I would encounter throughout my training, not only in my practice, but in my understanding of myself and others. I recently chose to deepen my yoga knowledge and expand my practice by earning my Yin Yoga Certification in June 2018. I am elated to be a part of the Kula team where I can teach, learn, grow, and connect with this community!
Danea Mather - RYT 200, Buti Yoga
I have been drawn to yoga for many years, however, when I found the Kula community, something clicked in place. I began taking my yoga practice seriously and practicing more regularly. Shortly thereafter, I knew I was meant to share this practice with others. In April 2018, I became a 200 hour RYT with Megan Rader, and also certified in Buti Yoga. What drives me most to practice and teach is the change in perception of self and the world that takes place, as well as the grounding and connection that students experience. From my classes you can expect dedication, intention, challenge, and growth, and a little lighthearted fun. Come meet me on your mat!
Chelsea Miller - RYT 200
I discovered yoga while living in Denver for a summer internship. I not only loved the physical challenge brought by yoga, but I also loved the mental benefits. After graduation, I moved to Chicago where my yoga practice became a daily ritual. It was an escape to clear my mind and get moving after a long day of sitting at a desk. I also grew up with scoliosis, a curvature in my spine, which led to discomfort and back pain. I noticed the release in my back pain through my daily yoga practice. After about five years of integrating yoga into my life, I began toying with the idea of deepening my practice and participating in a yoga teacher training. I quit my job, traveled Europe for a month, and promised myself that the next place I moved to I would take the plunge and enroll in a program. An awesome new job landed me in Grand Rapids, where a few synchronicities led me to Kula and Megan's teacher training. I am excited to continue to grow and learn with the Kula family, and bring students creative and challenging sequences paired with fun, light-hearted playlists!
Marissa Wilson - RYT 200
Yoga has always been a part of my life. My mom took me to yoga classes as a young child. My practice has changed over the years, but yoga has always helped me to notice how my body felt. It has allowed for me to tune into my own needs and express myself in a unique way. After completing graduate school, wanted to better understand the connection between our brains and bodies. I chose to complete Megan’s Yoga Teacher Training in 2018, and it was transformative to my life. Yoga has helped me to live by my heart first, to practice living in the moment, and to live in an authentic way. I am passionate about assisting people as they uncover the layers that they’ve built around themselves I encourage my student to find the connection between their breath, minds, and bodies. Yoga is so powerful, and I am eager and excited to share this practice with others!
Kelsea Bischoff - Child care facilitator
If you are a fellow member of Kula, you have likely seen during the best part of my day, my time spent on the mat with all of you. A close second love of mine has always been caring for children, and in the past decade I have worked in daycare, been a nanny and sitter, educator, and even a part of the big sister’s program. You can enjoy your time on the mat in peace knowing that your children are being well taken care of by me in the studio, and I look forward to meeting and spending time with them.