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, restorative yoga and "Warrior Kids" trauma-sensitive kids 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”.
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.
We are super excited to introduce Katie Fowler! (Katie will begin teaching when we are able to re-open)
Katie is a new member of Journey of Hope Yoga, but her journey with yoga began about 20 years ago while living in California. She was introduced to yoga by a friend and has been actively practicing ever since.
In 2015, Katie moved to Michigan with her husband and two kids. She received her 200 RYT to strengthen and expand her practice while being a full time mom. Yoga has always been something that has helped ground Katie in her life through hardships and transitions, and her favorite thing about yoga is knowing that when you step into a class the time you have there is your own. Its not a time to be competitive or compare, rather to strengthen your body, relax your mind, and to rest.
Katie strongly believes in community and feels God led her straight to Journey of Hope. "I wasn't sure where to teach or how to use my training until I met Bonnie. There is such beauty in the Journey of Hope space. The combination of practicing yoga while sharing the love of Jesus is an ideal place to be." We are all on a journey, and there can be comfort in walking together.
Psalm 37 says: "Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you. Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act."
Katie is excited to gain experience teaching at JOHY and is really thankful to be a part of this community!