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Prerana is a sanskrit word used to describe the initiaiating life force of nature. In the natural world, we see prerana everywhere. It is the way an acorn becomes a massive oak or the way plants will grow as high as they can toward the light. Prerana is our ability to grow to our maximum potential. Prerana yoga is dedicated to unlocking this force within us all.​

ELISSA VOIGT

B.S. Wholistic Health STudies, OWNER & INstructor AT PRERANA YOGA
E-RYT 200 & YACEP with the Yoga ALLIANCE
PADDLEBOARD INStructor & PADDLEBOARD YOGA TEACHER TRAINER FOR THE AMERICAN CANOE ASSOCIATION
​state stewardship director for the AMerican canoe association
AERIAL YOGA & AERIAL ARTS CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR

I have been practicing yoga for nine years, teaching for eight and every day that goes by I am amazed by the transformation that has taken place in my life, from anxiety-ridden, depressed and addicted to a more peaceful purpose.  Through yoga and thanks to my all of my teachers (including students), I have found a freedom I did not know was possible and it is my ultimate goal to share this freedom with every student I have.  I received my yoga therapy credentials from Hilaire Lockwood at Hilltop Yoga studio of Lansing and I continue to study the Ashtanga and Ghosh traditional lineages as well as functional yoga.  I believe that everyone can benefit from what a yoga practice has to offer, no matter what your goals are.  Yoga develops a heightened awareness that encompasses your whole being, allowing you to become the freest and most alive version of yourself.

When I was seven I was sitting on a dock, dangling my feet into the St. Lawrence Sea Way.  All of a sudden, I was in the water.  I only remember reaching for the surface as I was pulled down deep.  Terrified, I began to kick and try to fight my way back up.  Then something came over me.  For an instant, it was like I could breathe underwater.  Everything became calm and quiet, inside and out.  I floated back up to the surface...  I teach SUP because I believe reconnecting with nature, our fluid nature in particular, is healing and fulfilling for restless minds and wounded hearts.  I believe that water must be respected and regarded as an invaluable life source.  Already too many bodies of water are polluted and too many bodies thirst for clean drinking water.  If we want to continue to enjoy our ponds , lakes, rivers, resevoirs and oceans, we must protect and care for them.  This is why YOGAWILD, Prerana SUP Yoga Teacher Trainings and  Prerana SUP classes exist.  I look forward to sharing the healing power of nature with you.
I teach aerial and aerial yoga because it is absolutely thrilling!  Also because I am a firm believer in the practice of varied learning or mutiple learning styles approach.  In aerial, we learn how to change our relationship to gravity and to the world as we know it.  Perhaps it is called the same posture as traditional yoga, but it suddenly takes on a whole new meaning when you flip it upside down!  Through exploring all the angles and ways we can position ourselves with the assistance of aerial silks, we get to know a newer, more integrated and spatially aware version of ourself.  I am a certified aerial yoga instructor who has been teaching for the last four years. and am also an aerial circus arts teacher certified in 2017.  I cannot wait to show you how fun, simple and therapeutic aerial and aerial yoga can be!