Victoria Cartwright, RYT-200, CTRC, is a trauma-informed yoga instructor and graduate of Body Mind Being Institute. Victoria has always been interested in health and wellness with a focus on mental health. Since earning her 200 RYT, she continued her education to include a 300 hour training in Trauma Informed Yoga Educator through Body Mind Being Institute, Certified Trauma Recovery Coach through IAOTRC, Embrace Yoga’s Roots with Susanna Barkataki, Wisdom of Trauma with Gabor Mate, Breathing Coach with Yoga Body College, Certified Curvy Yoga Teacher with Anna Guest-Jelley, and currently enrolled in a Master’s degree program for Integral Health at California Institute for Human Science with a concentration in Yoga Therapy through The Soul of Yoga. Victoria enjoys teaching classes that involve deep rest, relaxation, restoration, and resilience for PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, and chronic stress.
When Victoria is not offering yoga in community, she finds joy and peace with her children, grandchildren, and her partner. Victoria loves hiking in the forest, connecting with mother nature and supporting organizations that plant trees, help people have clean drinking water, and programs that help people gain access to yoga classes, yoga mats, and props.
Victoria volunteers her time with Resilience MI on the Survivors Advisory Council (SAC) in an effort to help create change for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Her vision is people connected in community, healed and at peace. Her mission is to create an offering of her vision in an embodied way, on and off the mat.
Jessica Gladden (E-RYT 200, RYT 500) has been practicing yoga for about 20 years and has been teaching for six years. Her focus is on using yoga as a tool to support mental health through grounding, the breath, and awareness of physical movements. She includes yoga-based therapy in her private practice as a social worker. She enjoys teaching slower classes that allow students to focus on increasing their connection between mind and body. Jessica and her partner Matt Jarrells have been teaching yoga through Two Trees Yoga for about six years at multiple studios in the Grand Rapids area, as well as with individual clients. Jessica loves traveling and exploring new cultures as well as spending time with the two family cats.
Melanie McQuown, ERYT 500 & YACEP, has been practicing yoga since 1999 and teaching in the community for over 15 years. She received her 200 Hour certification while studying the Anusara ™ method and her ERYT certification in 2015. She started a Yoga School in 2012 and led 200- and 300- Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings up until 2020.
For Melanie the mat is a place for experimentation and wonderment, and her classes promise to be thoughtful, challenging, and uplifting (with a side of sweat!). She is passionate about building community where everyone feels welcome, and hopes to see you in her class soon!
Kaitlyn has been blessed to have earned her 200 hour Yoga Alliance teacher certification traveling to Upaya Yoga School located on the stunning beaches of Goa, India with the disciplined yogis of India in 2018. When starting her teacher training, she was looking for guidance on proper alignment and a deeper understanding of this practice that felt so natural and healing to her whether during her youth practicing with her VHS as well as through her college days in hot yoga studios and now as a young woman as she continues her practice. She began teaching three years ago and unexpectedly fell in love with teaching and sharing this beautiful practice. Together with her students, Kaitlyn aims to deepen her understanding of this ancient philosophy and wisdom to experience the mind, body, and soul healing and sometimes, even miracles, that are available to those who continue to show up on their mat.
Kaitlyn brings a gentle approach to her classes, highlighting proper alignment of the body while moving through postures as well as introducing beginner breathing and meditation techniques to cultivate awareness and stillness of the mind, reducing stress and with the intention of ultimately healing mind, body, and soul.