Yoga Farm Teacher Bios

We are pleased to present our skilled and caring yoga teachers to you. Drop in on one of our yoga classes here at Yoga Farm and see what we collectively have to offer. Having many teachers on the staff of Yoga Farm makes it possible to have multiple classes every day of the week, and our breadth of experience and teaching styles makes it possible for people of all abilities to learn yoga and wellness here. We have also collaborated to create a highly-acclaimed curriculum with longer yoga courses.

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Christopher, Yoga Farm

Christopher Grant, RYT200, Director of Yoga Farm

“I am here to help you feel at home in your body and thrive in your life. Take a look at a recent blog article I wrote about the Yoga Of Being Your Self

Christopher says: “I am incredibly passionate about bringing the benefits of yoga to people of all ages, all shapes, and all levels of experience in a way that is accessible, helpful, and meaningful.  I believe that introducing more people to the deeply healing benefits of yoga has the power to completely transform our world. I believe the best way to get more people practicing yoga and meditation is to offer ongoing group yoga classes in Lansing, yoga courses for beginners and experienced yogis, and transformational private programs that meet people, right where they are.”

Here’s a sample of Christopher teaching a short, 18-minute yoga set:

Christopher is a certified and registered yoga teacher, who received his 200-hour teaching certificate in Yoga in 2013 at the Kaivalya Yoga School, Ithaca, NY and an additional teaching certificate in 2014 from Naam Yoga Therapies in NYC.  In 2015 he continued his expansion of yoga therapy skills with a teacher training course called ‘The Science of the Private Lesson’.  He is a graduate of Cornell University school of Engineering and lives on Yoga Farm just outside Ithaca, in Lansing, NY.

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Christopher Grant, photo by Farr Carey

Christopher has been studying and teaching yoga for over 20 years.  He has explored, loved and learned from many of the active forms of yoga such as Vinyasa, Iyengar, Kripalu and Ashtanga Yoga.  More recently he has been drawn to the roots of yoga, and learned to practice and teach effective breathwork, meditation, and relaxation in the Art of Living, Kundalini, and Naam Yoga schools.  Together, the physical yoga, breathing practices and easy meditations have helped him understand how to reduce stress, calm the mind, offer the body and nervous system healing and rest, and allow the smile within to rise up naturally.

Read about Christopher’s educational presentations

Read more about Yoga Farm founder Christopher Grant

View his business profile on LinkedIn

Here is his introduction to Yoga Farm:


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Emily Healy, RYT200

Emily’s passion for yoga developed out of a passion for dance.  She first turned to yoga first for its physical restoration and therapy and was amazed at the healing capacity of the practice not just within her body but within her mind and spirit as well.  Emily practiced vinyasa and ashtanga regularly for several years, and soon felt the call to share the power of yoga with others.  She completed her 200-hour training in April 2015 with Siddhi Yoga in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India and began teaching as soon as she returned to the States.

The privilege of guiding others on their individual yoga journeys is inspiring and humbling.  Yoga is a path for the body and mind towards gentle strength, grace, power, and humility, and teaching yoga has enabled her to help others to find these qualities as well as to deepen them within herself.  Emily’s classes are based on breath and a deep level of body-awareness.  She strives to guide her students to reflect, release, and renew through movement.  Emily is also a practicing AcroYogi and is certified in Thai massage.


Neko Three-Sixty, RYT200

nekoNeko’s intro to yoga began as a three year old. Meditating on a tiny pillow her Aunt gave her, she would peek out from her tightly squeezed eyes while trying to sit still. She found yoga again as a teenager, doing yoga to Rodney Yee’s VHS tapes in the living room at her dad’s house. He made fun of the guy in the speedo on the TV. She persisted, received her teaching certificate in March 2011, and joined the Mattamayura Kula in 2013. Now she lives and works here at the Yoga Farm.

Neko practices & teaches yoga to find balance inside of her self and with all beings. Yoga is her medicine, her antidote to her over-thinking mind and anxious, tired, or stressed out body. It is more than just a physical practice. It is her life. It connects to her mind, body, spirit, and to the Divine. It has deeply enriched her life and she has no doubt in her heart that this is a gift that she’s devoted to sharing with any and all who seek peace.

Read one of Neko’s blog articles about a very special wedding day class she lead this past summer.

Watch a yoga farm student rave about Neko’s classes


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Taryn Thompson, RYT200

Taryn was first introduced to yoga when she was 14: her cross-country ski coach suggested a side-angle pose as part of the warm-up at practice one day. An avid skier, runner, and swimmer, the vinyasa classes at her local gym were a natural fit in high school and college. She was drawn to the grace, fluidity, and integrity that yoga demands, and quickly became inspired to deepen her practice.

A high level of self-discipline has helped Taryn develop a thorough understanding of anatomy and movement. Her classes are informed by over 10 years of dedicated experience practicing Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, and Bikram.  Taryn completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Brigette Neidringhaus Finley and Mitchel Bleier in 2012, and a 200-hour Yogahour Teacher Training with Darren Rhodes in 2014. In 2015 she was certified to teach prenatal and postpartum yoga and completed Judith Lasater’s Relax and Renew training for Restorative Yoga.


_MG_9515Meredith Mickelson, M.S., MELTMethod Advanced Instructor

Meredith Mickelson,MS, is professionally trained in MELT NeuroStrength, MELT Length, and the New Science of the Living Body by Sue Hitzmann, founder of the MELT Method®.  She is also certified to teach MELT for Pilates.  Meredith offers clients – from athletes to retirees – a way to create a healthy body where all systems effortlessly connect, support, and maintain balance.

Restoration is an essential part of Meredith Mickelson’s career. With more than 20 years as a nationally recognized expert in fine art conservation, preservation and collection management, she continues to enjoy working with clients in the arts. Meredith developed a simultaneous professional interest in complementary healing and holistic self-care realizing that our bodies are an amazing work of art!  She also has background in Chemistry, Studio Art, History of Art, Museum Studies and certifications in a wide range of healing arts modalities.  In her wellness practice, she specializes in the MELTMethod® 

Learn more about Meredith at her website


Michelle523Michelle Csonka, RYT200

Michelle is a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor. She studied at Golden Bridge Yoga in New York City in 2008. 

Michelle is warm-hearted, intuitive, passionate and has an unwavering stand for those she comes in contact with. Her warmth and authenticity are clear in every interaction as is her commitment that we be our best selves. Her diverse background includes being a certified Life Coach, teaching in the public schools, degrees in Spanish and International Studies, an M.A. in Caribbean Studies, study of photography, and work as a healer. 


Hilary Kimball, RYT200

HilaryBioPicWhen Hilary found herself in the midst of a transformation affecting every aspect of her life, yoga and meditation became her tools to connect to her authentic Self. 

Yoga was, and is, her means of mindfully and skillfully navigating life’s inevitable challenges.  Hilary’s immersion into yoga began in India in 2009, and continued throughout Southeast Asia, where she spent over two years living, studying and practicing various forms of yoga.  In 2011 she lived at The Yoga Institute in Mumbai, India for three months training to be a yoga teacher, studying the classical texts of yoga, learning about therapeutics, and living a yogic lifestyle.  A year later she completed a second teacher training at The Yoga Garden in San Francisco. 

More recently Hilary has become interested in women’s wellness.  She has done Jalaja Bonheim’s Circlework Training for women, and she recently finished Shashi Solluna and Minke de Vos’s Sacred Femininity TaoTantra teacher training in Thailand.  Hilary is also certified in Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage and Water Flow, a form of hydrotherapy.  Hilary splits her time in her hometown of Ithaca, NY, and the beautiful island Koh Phangan in Thailand.  

Hilary views yoga as much more than a series of complicated bodily postures or stretches; to her it is more holistic and has to do with the ways we live our lives – physically, emotionally and spiritually.  The development of mindfulness in everyday life, cultivation of positive mental/emotional virtues, and connecting with her Self, others, nature and spirit are her priorities.

Hilary trusts in the healing powers of yoga, and knows its fruits are available to anyone who practices.  Her mission as a teacher is to guide students to a place deep within themselves where they experience a sense of wholeness, healing, health, love, and inspiration.


JD Starman,  Certified, Full Instructor, Qigong; Universal Tao

JDJD derives great happiness from showing people the Taoist practices as the “Operating Manual” of our bodies.  His love of Biology and has led him to find the evidence in modern science for the effectiveness of these powerful practices.

JD has a background in Biological Sciences, Brainwave biofeedback, and brain fitness. He has studied the Healing Tao / Universal Tao, Iron Shirt Qigong, Primordial Qigong and other practices, principally under the guidance of Mantak Chia.

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