Coming summer 2021: 200-hr RYT yoga teacher training

Join us at Desert Streams Yoga teacher training in 2021 and become 200-hr RYT-certified, with an emphasis in Christian yoga.

“Thank you, Desert Streams Yoga! The instructors stay true to yoga form and technique while gracefully applying the word of God with music to meditation. They’re full of knowledge and encouragement, never wavering from the proper technique. I grew so much under their teaching—in yoga, worship, prayer, and meditation with Jesus. I’m so excited to take what I’ve learned and now begin teaching others!” — Colleen C.

About Desert Streams Yoga

Desert Streams Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training is a  Yoga Alliance competency teacher training, done from a Christian perspective. 

We’d love to have you join us next summer—dates and location to be announced soon!

All levels are welcome. Whether you want to teach yoga or simply deepen your personal practice, Desert Streams is for you.

Our mission is to help people grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ by strengthening their bodies, minds, and spirits through Christian yoga. Participants will learn how to set up and teach a variety of classes. The training meets Yoga Alliance’s RYT-200 hour requirement.

Our prayer is that Desert Streams will help you find a moment of stillness and create a rhythm of gratitude in your life so that you can come before the One who loves you faithfully and share His love with other yogis.

What is Christian yoga?

Christian yoga facilitates worship through yoga sequences and meditation on God’s word. Christian yoga reminds us that, regardless of life circumstances, only Christ can give us true inner peace, strength, and endurance.

Graduates will be qualified to register with Yoga Alliance RYT 200 and receive a Desert Streams 200-hour yoga certificate.

Meet the Teachers

Marna Getz

Marna completed her 200-hour teaching certification under Yahweh Yoga in 2009, and since then has performed over 1,000 hours of professional yoga instruction, earning Yoga Alliance’s E-RYT credential. 

After establishing her initial certification, Marna co-founded a Christian Yoga studio in Detroit, Michigan, in 2010. The studio was among the first Christian Yoga studios under Yoga Alliance in the U.S. As co-owner, Marna was able to train and mentor other instructors on her staff, both in refining yoga techniques and in nurturing each person’s Christian faith.

Marna currently teaches at The Pilates Place and Bellevue YMCA in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to her yoga pursuits, Marna also works full-time as a paraprofessional in the Nashville public school system.

Highlights of Marna’s ministry experience includes serving 11 years as a leader in Women’s Ministry at Cross Point Church in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, where she also served as a member of the diaconate. She led Bible Study Fellowship small groups for seven years and facilitated several neighborhood women’s bible studies. She currently co-chair’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Marna lives with her husband in Nashville, and they enjoy four adult children and ten grandchildren. 

Click here to contact Marna for private lessons in the Nashville area.

“We love Him because He first loved us.”

1 John 4:19

Ashley Melichar

Ashley earned her 200-hour instructor certification through Yahweh Yoga in Arizona in 2007, and has been teaching yoga continuously ever since. Ashley first taught on staff at Yahweh Yoga before running her own programs in New York City; Beirut, Lebanon; and Richmond, Virginia. Her practice is informed by her studies in human movement, having achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Dance from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from the Pratt Institute.

Ashley worked as a certified Dance/Movement Therapist for six years in New York City, using dance, yoga, and movement to guide psychiatric patients toward better psychological, emotional, and cognitive health. In addition to Christian Yoga, Ashley’s ministry experience includes serving as Young Life staff for three years and as a community group leader under Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City for six years. Her current yoga ministry is in Midlothian, Virginia, where she lives with her husband and son.

Click here to contact Ashley for private lessons in the Charlottesville/Midlothian, Virginia, area.

“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent, Oh Lord my God I will praise you forever.”

Psalm 30:11-12

Heidi Brown

Heidi earned her 200-hour yoga certification through Yahweh Yoga in Arizona in 2009. Heidi began her yoga teaching program while a student at Indiana University. She continued conducting private training in Michigan, Nashville, and Chicago, including yoga ministries for local church congregations.

Heidi has been a yoga instructor at the Brentwood YMCA in Nashville, Tennessee, since 2016, during which she has continued to teach uninterrupted through two pregnancies. Heidi is certified in Elementary Education and taught for three years, including physical education incorporating yoga techniques.

Heidi’s ministry experience includes serving as the President of Greek Intervarsity Fellowship at Indiana University, and small group ministry at different congregations. Heidi lives in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, with her husband and four children.

Click here to contact Heidi for private lessons in the Nashville area.

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

Bronwyn Fromm

Bronwyn completed her 200-hour yoga certification through Yahweh Yoga in Arizona in 2009 and has continued her personal practice ever since. Bronwyn’s ministry experience includes youth ministry and overseas missions to Korea and Mongolia under Youth With A Mission.

Bronwyn and her husband have lived in Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and recently moved to Colorado with their four children.  As a family, they enjoy traveling, hiking, and snowboarding. Bronwyn enjoys her personal bible study time, baking, running, interior design, and arts and crafts. Bronwyn’s favorite type of yoga is Power Vinyasa and her favorite pose is exalted warrior. She also loves practicing inversions and arm balances.

Click here to contact Brownyn for private lessons in the Denver area.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

Register for Desert Streams

Register today for our June training. Use the form below to sign up. We will reach out soon with more information.

Please don’t hesitate to call Marna at 313-268-2437 with any questions. We look forward to meeting you!