Our Team:

Professional Yoga Dealers

Larissa Link - our team

Larissa – Yoga Director, Teacher

Larissa has been practicing yoga since 1997, where she fell in love by accident when the choice was either Bowling or Yoga for a final credit in college.  #yogaworks #stillnotagoodbowler.

E-RYT 500 Certified. YACEP (Certified Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) 

THINGS LARISSA LOVES: 

  • Half Way Lift.  Every yoga tool I need is in this little pose! 
  • Reading ALL. THE. BOOKS. 
  • Cats. ALL. THE. CATS. #crazycatlady
  • Lentils. 
  • Star Wars. #luminousbeingsweare
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Lindsay – Teacher

Lindsay was at the Funky Buddha on OPENING DAY…..the very first day, and hasn’t left since. #funkybuddha4life 

RYT 200 Certified.

THINGS LINDSAY LOVES: 

  • Riding the bus. #ridetherapid
  • Minimalism.
  • Disrupting business as usual. 
  • Michigan & all things local. #smittenwiththemitten

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Laurie – Teacher

Laurie – Lifetime Yoga Enthusiast & Self-Proclaimed Food-iac. When Laurie grows up, she wants to be a traveling rock star yoga teacher (JT, Adam, GaGa, Katy…just reach out). #foodie #rockstarsneedyogatoo

E-RYT 200 Certified.

THINGS LAURIE LOVES: 

  • The kind of travel where you get bludgeoned with scenery. #naturebabe
  • Making scones. #chocolatetoffee
  • The kale Caesar salad with roasted salmon at Terra. #kaleyeah
  • Music that forces you to dance. #salsa
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Amanda – Assistant Coach, Teacher

Amanda wasn’t always a yoga teacher, but all roads (sometimes lakes) led her to yoga at Funky Buddha in 2011. Ask Amanda what a “Rockstar Job” is and her answer is “Doing something that is your passion.” #neverworkadayinyourlife

E-RYT 200 Certified.

THINGS AMANDA LOVES: 

  • Water – both drinking it & floating on it. #SUPyoga
  •  Coffee. 
  • Wearing red assistant towels in her pants. #assistant4life
  • Meticulously clean spaces. #msclean
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Katie – Teacher

Katie is Team Funky Buddha All. The. Way. She believes in transformation, hard hard work, and geeking out on anything that has to do with functional movement. #wanttobeabletogetoutofachairat90 #yogaeverydamnday

RYT 200 Certified. CMT.

THINGS KATIE LOVES: 

  • Salads in jars. #pinterestworthy
  • Movement. Movement. Movement. And doing it in a way that won’t kill your body.
  • Stories that are so happy or funny that they make you cry.
  • Peppermint oil. #happysmells
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Christina – Teacher

Christina is obsessed with the science of movement & the science of cooking. She will try any food once & will likely go back for more! #kitchenscientist

E-RYT 200 Certified.

THINGS CHRISTINA LOVES: 

  • Thinking of things to cook for Yogis in the Kitchen. #tribenewsleter
  • The orange “Does Your Mother Know?” juice from SIP.
  • Chin stands. #whenyogisinvert
  • Crazy leggings.
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Jen M – Teacher

A lover of all things fierce, fun and challenging, Jen knew she was meant to be a part of The Funky Buddha team as soon as she found the studio. Jen is always looking for adventures – in fitness & in life. #cantstopwontstop

E-RYT 200 Certified. NASM CPT Certified. AFAA GFC Certified.

THINGS JEN M LOVES: 

  • Golden Retrievers. #sofluffy 
  • Lunch boxes filled with ALL THE SNACKS.
  • Favorite food is salt & things under the salt. #NaCl
  • Sprinter vans & Sprinter van adventures. #vanlife
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Kim – Teacher

Long time fitness junkie, Kim began practicing yoga at home years ago, but it wasn’t until after having twins in 2010 that she decided to explore what a studio practice had to offer. #twinsdrovemetoyoga

RYT 200 Certified. AFAA GFC Certified.

THINGS KIM LOVES: 

  • Coconut LaCroix. #yogislovelacroix
  • Black clothing. Only black.
  • Boxing. #boxingyogi
  • Singing in the car. By herself. #lipsyncbattlechampion
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Audra – Teacher

A dancer in her past life, Audra was immediately drawn to the “Flow” of Funky Buddha Power Flow. Audra credits her yoga practice for learning how to balance her nose-in-a-book tendencies with talking to people in real life. #introvertsrock

RYT 200 Certified.

THINGS AUDRA LOVES: 

  • Alton Brown. #foodsciencegeek
  • Goats. 
  • Really expensive chocolate. #chocolateisafoodgroup 
  • The idea of teaching a yoga class in all rap lyrics. #bucketlist
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Alli – Teacher

Alli is all about all things fitness & movement and has decided to pursue her passion and make it her career. #nevergrowup

RYT 200 Certified.

THINGS ALLI LOVES: 

  • To squat EVERY. DAY.
  • Donuts. #balance 
  • Lake Michigan. #happyplace
  • Halloween. #favoriteholidayboo
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Jen S – Teacher

Jen S. believes that a stranger is just a person that she hasn’t met yet and that yoga is for everybody. #borntoconnect #actuallythisenthusiasticnaturally

RYT 200 Certified.

THINGS JEN LOVES: 

  • Pizza. Pizza. Pizza. #ninjaturtle
  • Talking to strangers. #nooneisastranger
  • Lip gloss. #desertislandnecessities
  • Thrift stores.
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Student Assistant Staff 2016-17

Walk into any of our locations and it’s hard to miss our amazing Student Assistants. Look for their smiling faces as you enter our practice spaces, and then enjoy the art of their expert hands-on assists. This world-class team makes you their priority every day by welcoming you, ensuring you have the gear needed for a safe and successful practice, and skillfully aligning your body during class. Simply put, they’ve got your back and can’t wait to show you what you’re capable of each time you step onto your mat. Our Student Assistant team is in on-going professional development with their Assistant Coach, Amanda, and Larissa Link. #redtowelclub #assistantsrock

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Anna – Executive Director

Anna is pretty positive that the cosmos aligned in just the right way to bring her to the Funky Buddha team. Prior to joining the Funky Buddha Tribe Anna lived in the world of ballroom dancing, owning two Arthur Murray studios in Indiana. Having flirted with yoga for most of her adult life, her mad love of hot yoga began when she realized its awesome cross-training benefits for her ballroom dance teachers. With an extensive background in teaching, teacher development, corporate creativity training and generally “just keeping a lot of balls juggling,” When Anna is not yoga-ing, she’s having kitchen dance parties with her two children and oppressively loving dog. A voracious reader (and listener of audiobooks), Anna loves movement, teaching, sneaking nutritional relevance into her kids’ food and learning about what motivates people to do and be better. Every once in a while she knits a baby hat. #audibledotcom #eatthegreenstuff

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Michele – Operations Director

If you asked Michele how she found yoga and the Funky Buddha team, she would explain it in one word: Serendipity. Her journey with The Funky Buddha has continued along this serendipitous route, and has landed her as the Operations Director, which means that she manages all of the non-yoga-related things that make Funky Buddha Yoga-land work. When she is not smiling behind the desk, helping with memberships, sweating on her mat or performing 90’s rap for her colleagues, Michele loves to spend time with her two sweet and sassy daughters and super supportive husband. #servicefirst #freshprinceofbelair

 

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Brittany – Marketing & Communications Manager

A collegiate athlete with a degree in Sports Management, Brittany (aka B.Bott) did not come to the Funky Buddha with visions of epic life change and yogic transformation, but it found her anyway. A lot of sweat, an embarrassing number of Lululemon tank tops, and five 30-Day Dares later – Britt is still rocking her yoga life. In fact, she has turned Funky Buddha yoga into her life and career. #yogigrownupjobs #professionalfacebooker

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Chelsea – Studio Operations Coordinator

Chelsea, our Grand Rapids Studio Operations Coordinator, is a free spirited, nature loving, fitness enthusiast. This North Carolina native is rarely seen without a smile on her face, and is passionate about getting to know people. She has been part of the Funky Buddha in many capacities since 2013 including Student, Student Assistant, Front Desk-er, and now SOC. Outside of her yoga practice she rock climbs, lifts heavy, and loves to play futbol out on the pitch. Oh, and I guess we should also mention she’s a HUGE geek; strike up a conversation with her about Dr. Who, Star Wars, Firefly or Harry Potter and you’ll be chatting for hours. #hufflepuff #fooootbol

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