Michelle Cooper, owner of CDA Power Yoga, is a 200 Hour Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher. As a combat veteran and former teacher, she immediately fell in love with the physical and mental challenge of yoga. Shortly after beginning to take classes herself, she knew she wanted to become a teacher and share the transformative and powerful practice she’d experienced. The Baptiste Methodology has taught Michelle to live with freedom, let go of fear, and never give up. She feels energized, full of possibility and inspired by community each time she steps on the mat.
In addition to attending Level 1, Level 2 and Art of Assisting with the Baptiste Institute, Michelle completed Expand Your Power Teacher Training at Willamette Valley Power Yoga in Oregon. She has also attended the Crisis and Trauma training with the Veterans Yoga Project and is currently working to deepen her understanding of the practice, techniques, and leadership skills through WVPY’s 300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training. By January 2019, Michelle will receive her 500 RYT certificate through Yoga Alliance.
Michelle believes strongly in the connection between practice on the mat and practice off the mat outside of the studio. She is committed to sharing the practice of yoga and creating a community based on health, wellness, and healing, teaching yoga as a lifestyle and a tool to enable people to live their best life. Her classes are challenging, yet accessible for all levels- plus they’re fun! She encourages her students to stretch beyond their comfort zones and into new possibility. Alongside her husband, Michelle appreciates the hard work of first responders and works with veterans as well as CDA Power Yoga’s community of first responders and military members.
When Michelle is not in the studio, she serves as a yoga teacher volunteer at the local VA, homeschools her 3 incredible kids, rides motorcycles with her husband, and loves traveling, dining out, and enjoying a good beer with family & friends.
Mike Shamberg is an educator passionate about sharing the practice of yoga with others. Mike loves the fact that every day offers a new approach to the yoga practice, both physically and mentally. With a love for arm balancing, he has been working diligently on his handstand practice over the past year.
He completed the 200-hour Be Bold Teaching Training right here at Baptiste Affiliate Studio CDA Power Yoga. He feels the fullest watching others flourish on their mat and in their lives. When not on his yoga mat, you can likely find him with his wife, Rachel, and dogs on the lakes or in the mountains of beautiful North Idaho.
CDA Power Yoga resident "do-it-all-man" Kyle Cooper was first introduced to yoga in 2014 when he went to a couples class at Willamette Valley Power Yoga in Oregon with his wife, Michelle. He was surprised at the difficulty of the practice and immediately saw the value and power Baptiste Yoga offers. Because every pose can be modified to accommodate his various knee injuries, it is possible for Kyle to maintain intensity and challenge on his mat, giving him a thorough workout, both physically and mentally.
As prior military and law enforcement, Kyle understands and appreciates the hard work of first responders and continues to passionately serve by working with veterans around the northwest. In the coming months, you’ll find him volunteering, spearheading and encouraging the CDA Power Yoga community of first responders and military members by organizing, scheduling, and promoting our weekly free classes offered specifically to this invaluable and worthy group.
Along with supporting his wife at the studio and being a full-time dad to 3 amazing kids, Kyle is the President of Veterans Back 40 Adventure, a nonprofit helping veterans connect and get outdoors. You’ll also see him on his motorcycle, on the water, or fixing just about anything. Kyle has completed the 200-hour Be Bold Teaching Training right here at Baptiste Affiliate Studio CDA Power Yoga. He will begin leading, influencing, and inspiring this community through yoga very soon.
Yoga Kim has over 30 years of experience in the health industry including personal trainer of professional athletes, public speaker on such topics as wellness and nutrition, and yoga teacher at retreats, workshops, classes, and privates. Her education includes Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science with an Exercise Physiology emphasis, a Masters in International Management, and RYT 200. Kim’s style is upbeat and fun loving as her anatomical focus emphasizes foundation and alignment to safely find strength through range of motion. Her modality of choice is power vinyasa as it unites breath and movement and gives her the freedom to incorporate arm balances and inversions within the flow. Kim enjoys the community energy of a class and also embraces teaching privates to focus on specific needs from challenging injuries, how to correctly transition through the basics, and teaching new poses such as crow pose and handstands.
Kim discovered early in her practice that the movement through poses not only made her feel better physically but also calmed her busy mind and brought additional ease to her life. She still considers savasana her hardest pose. When not practicing or teaching you may see Kim paddle boarding, hiking, and simply enjoying our beautiful lake community with her family and friends. You may even find her handstanding around town. Feel free to say Hi and maybe even join her in some handstand play or acro yoga.