Our Board Members

Meet Carmen...

Carmen Meurer is Journey of Hope Yoga's secretary.  

Hello!  I'm Carmen Meurer and I'm honored to be a part of Journey of Hope Yoga!  it is my mission to encourage women to flourish in their daily lives despite the circumstances they're living with.  During those times when we feel we've fallen victim of unexpected life-changing events.

As a woman and momma who has experienced not only emotional symptoms, but also physical symptoms--issues in my tissues--due to stress, betrayal, grief, loss and depression, I am a whole-hearted believer in JOHY's philosophy for healing through spirit, mind, and body.  Our journey's begin with a first step.

Our heavenly Father lifts us up from darkness and carries us through our messes while we wait to get to the other side.  I hope you'll find the peace, hope, and freedom you need to overcome and life pain-free every day!  You too can experience positive emotions such as happiness, joy and contentment.  This time is only a page in the book of your life, the story has not been finished.  

"For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with good."  Psalms 107:9 AMPC

Together, lets BELIEVE.  Believe in ourselves, our healing and our trust in our one true God.

To follow my community of flourisher's or even join us click

http://www.bloomandlake.com/flourish

Hope to meet you soon!  Carmen

Meet Sherry...

Meet one of our board members and blogger, Sherry Hoppen.  

 

"My name is Sherry Hoppen, and i am passionate about this ministry for many reasons.  I am a Daughter of the King, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Recovering Alcoholic.  I am a board member for JOHY ministry, and i am very excited about the launch of this program for many reasons.  The biggest reason is that I believe that yoga can aid immensely in the healing journey of recovery.  Whatever you are recovering from.  I believe that the process of recovery is a spiritual, mental, and physical journey.  In my recovery I had an incredible spiritual awakening.  I could not have gotten sober without my faith.  My physical journey came next as I explored ways to better my health after abusing it for so long.  The mental journey was the biggest challenge.  My concentration was lacking in everything I did and it was hard to keep my head in right thinking and focus on the things I needed to do to stay sober.  This is where yoga can help.  To help calm the mind and stay peaceful when the temptations come.  Learning to do life sober forces us to experience our emotions often for the first time without the buffer of a drug.  Yoga can help you do life on life's terms.  I look forward to participating in these classes and also helping to lead this non-profit organization.

 

For more info on Sherry's heart for this ministry, please visit her blog post at shesurrenders.com

Meet Sharon...

Having worked as an administrator for a large hospital in England for 17 years, Sharon is passionate about women's health and well-being.  She has managed various hospital departments including Women and Children's Services (Obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, and child and adolescents mental health services).

Sharon moved to Holland in 2007 with her husband Paul, daughter Lily and son George and enjoys exercising, playing the bassoon and sailing.

Sharon is Journey of Hope's treasurer, and says "Being on the board of Journey of Hope Yoga has been a blessing for me.  I've witnessed and experienced the positive way in which these Christ-centered yoga classes generate change by providing the ability to access a peaceful, restorative inner state that integrates mind, body, and spirit.

One of her favorite verses is "The eternal God is your refuge, and His everlasting arms are under you" (Deuteronomy 33:27).

Meet Bonnie...

Bonnie’s passionate about giving back, and feels there is nothing better than sharing her faith with the healing aspects of yoga, to surround those experiencing difficulties in their life journey.

Bonnie and Ria are the co-founders of Journey of Hope Yoga. Bonnie is the President of JOHY, and has been a yoga teacher for 8 years, and has been in the fitness industry for close to 30 years. She has completed her 200 hr RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) and continues to educate herself with annual trainings which have included Y12SR (Yoga 12 Step Recovery), anatomy and alignment, yoga for addiction recovery, and restorative yoga. Bonnie has volunteered as a client advocate at Lakeshore Pregnancy Center for 16 years until she strongly felt God’s calling to join with Ria in a yoga ministry.

Bonnie feels truly blessed to be doing what she loves. Her prayer is that each individual that comes through the door at “Journey of Hope Yoga” will experience healing, restoration and renewed hope! She feels God is abundantly blessing this ministry in so many ways, and is so excited to see Him work in the lives of those we connect with. On a personal note, she is married to Terry, has three married children, and eight grandchildren!

One of Bonnie’s favorite verses is Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him., so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”.

Meet Ria...

Ria Nieboer (E-RYT 200, YACEP, LMSW, CAADC, ADS) is an embodied movement/yoga practitioner & educator and Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist who finds joy in guiding students in mindfulness-based, breath-centered, trauma-informed, anatomically-aware yoga practice.  She has completed specialized training, including Level 1 and 2 of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, certification program for Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) and Prison Yoga Project.

Ria would describe herself as “Jeffy's wife, an Army mom, a cat mama, and a yogi who worships the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.” Ria grew up in Japan in a non- Christian family which experienced bitter divorce, mental health problems, and suicide. She came to know Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior in Russia at age 20. Her life verse is Psalm 18:28: “You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light” (NIV). Ria strives to grow as a person and strengthen her relationship with God by learning to lean on Him who is the love, the light, and the truth.  She has attended Parkside Bible Church in Holland since 1997 and has served as Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School Director, and Worship Team vocalist.  

Since 2005, Ria’s personal yoga practice and teaching has evolved from being purely physical to being truly holistic, connecting mind, body, and spirit. Ria maintains personal practice as a student in a local studio.  She believes learning to be still in the here and now on the yoga mat has cultivated her ability to be be more mindful and worshipful of God off the mat. Ria deeply understands the power of our thoughts and emotions as a fully licensed Master’s level mental health and substance abuse therapist who specializes in mindfulness, trauma recovery, serious mental illness, suicidality, chronic illness and pain, and active duty/veteran care.  She skillfully blends her clinical expertise and yoga practice in delivering a whole-person care on and off mat.  She would like to share God’s love in serving and coming along side of her clients,  in their journey of hope, by holding a safe space for them to cultivate acceptance, surrender, authenticity, vulnerability, and inner space to change and grow. 

 

Ria currently teaches various yoga classes at http://www.girlfriendsfitclub.com/, and http://www.mibodhitree.com/  and provides counseling services at www.pinerest.org.