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Studio 818 (formerly Wellspring Studio) is a Peaceful, Energetic and Sacred space perfect for Movement, Healing and Wellness. Balanced Pilates is honored to share this space with a talented group of independent Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation and Wellness Instructors.

Studio 818’s regular schedule of yoga classes, special classes and events support health of body, mind and spirit.


Studio Schedule

Most of our classes do not require registration are just $10 to drop in unless otherwise noted.

Classes requiring pre-registration are noted in the calendar and in our Class Descriptions.

If you have questions about a class, please contact the instructor.
Contact information is included in the Class Descriptions and Instructor Bios.

 Yoga Classes

Yoga classes are $10 on a drop in basis unless otherwise noted.

The Yoga Studio classes are not included in Balanced Memberships. Most teachers offer a 10 class punchcard which will reduce the costs per class. Inquire with your teacher for this option!


Beginner Yoga

Join Peg for a class a class offered especially for Beginners to Yoga of all kinds.

We will practice in a slow way, working on poses as needed, trying new things in a gentle way and working toward a nice slow flow where we combine movement with breath. Anyone is welcome!

If you have wanted to try yoga for the first time, feel a little intimidated by other classes or don't feel flexible, give this a shot! All props are available for your use: mats, blankets, blocks, straps, bolsters, etc! If you have completed the Foundations of Yoga Flow Series (with Peg), this would be a great option for a weekly class.

For questions about this class, please contact Peggy at pegwhisler@gmail.com


Peggy Whisler

Chair Yoga

Using chairs for props, this class offers many benefits of regular yoga by encouraging proper breathing and posture, while developing better flexibility and balance.

Don't give up on yoga because you can't get down to the floor -- join this enthusiastic group and experience the joy of practicing with others whose knees, hips, backs, and shoulders aren't "what they used to be".

Wilma published the book on Chair Yoga (literally). You can learn more about it on her website here or purchase it on Amazon here.

For questions about this class, please email Wilma at rrcwlc@gmail.com

Wilma Carter

Forrest Yoga

Forrest Yoga is a strong yet slower-paced practice that uses extended holds of poses (5-8 breaths) paired with an intimate connection with your breath to feel deeply into your body.

Named after its internationally renowned creatrix Ana Forrest, this style of practice is a truly unique and powerful way to develop a rich awareness of self, with a particular focus on deep healing and growth of both the physical and emotional bodies.

The challenging and intelligent sequencing cultivate a balance of strength and flexibility, the abdominal exercises in every practice connect you to your core, and the sustained holds of each posture allow for nuanced observation of your body – all with the goal connecting you with your Feeling self. Sarah’s Forrest Yoga classes are trauma-informed, alignment based, injury sensitive, and open to everyone.

Forrest Yoga Basics

Forrest Yoga Basics classes are perfect for those newer to yoga or unfamiliar with the Forrest style of practice, as well as anyone who wants a simple yet satisfying practice. No music will be played. Expect to be challenged both physically and mentally, and throughout the empowering experience of Forrest Yoga, expect to FEEL as you create more space in your body and your mind.

Forrest Yoga

This class is more challenging than the Forrest Yoga Basics class, but all levels of ability are welcome. The room may be slightly warmer than other classes and no music will be played. Expect to be challenged both physically and mentally, and throughout the empowering experience of Forrest Yoga, expect to FEEL as you create more space in your body and your mind.

To pre-register (optional) click here.

If you have questions about Forrest Yoga classes, please email Sarah at sarahlissanelson@gmail.com


Sarah Nelson


Foundations of Yoga Flow

The Foundation of Yoga Flow is a series of 4 classes over 4 weeks for $50. Pre-registration is required with an Instructor.

This class is not taught every week, please see calendar schedule for dates offered. Pre-registration is necessary with Peggy — contact her at pegwhisler@gmail.com

Start on the journey to learn some of the basics of yoga!

After completing this class, you will be confident enough to attend other public yoga classes without feeling intimidated or lost!!! In a series of 4 classes over 4 weeks, we will tackle postures that are prevalent in many of your regular classes. These foundational postures are important for 3 reasons:

  1. Because of the frequent appearances throughout the yoga practice.

  2. Because they’re entire body strengtheners.

  3. And most importantly, the predisposition to cause injury when practiced incorrectly.

You will be introduced to a well-balanced practice that includes: deep breathing techniques, quiet centering, physical poses, and some high level background on yoga history and the 8 Limb Path. By the end of the 4 weeks, you will be able to complete some basic Sun Salutation Flows using everything we've learned.


Peggy Whisler

Gentle Yoga

Gentle Yoga is a slower paced yoga class that improves flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness. This gentle, but beneficial class is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Refresh, renew, and enjoy. Give your body the break it needs with yoga's proper breathing, mindful movement, and relaxation. Be inspired to offer your best effort the rest of your day.

No experience necessary. Poses are taught using modifications and props to accommodate those of us whose body is stiff with arthritis, age, or past injury.

If you have questions about this class, please email Wilma at rrcwlc@gmail.com


Wilma Carter

Kids Yoga

Mini Sprouts for Yoga Preschoolers

Ages 2.5 - 5 with Parent or Favorite Grown-Up

Mini-Sprouts was created specifically with the preschool-aged child in mind. Our classes provide a space for imaginations to soar and where adventure brings yoga poses to life! We create a space that nurtures relationships and connection through playfulness and movement. Yoga, mindfulness, breathing, relaxation and more!

Little Sprouts for Yoga, Ages 6-11

Little Sprouts provides children ages 6-11 with the opportunity to explore and take root in ancient practices for health and wellness! A 45-minute class offering yoga, breath-work, mindfulness exercises, relaxation and yoga games that teach focus, concentration & cooperation. This class nurtures connection, self-exploration and self-care. It provides a space where movement fosters learning and teaches body awareness and where children are reminded of their innate power to find calm and ease within.

For class & schedule information and enquiries, please visit the Well Bean Kids Yoga website.

Morning Flow Yoga

Join Akiko to increase flexibility, balance, strength and endurance with this creative slow flowing sequence (postures) class.

Modifications and instructions with proper alignment will be given throughout the practice. Come and practice mindful awareness with this fun Morning Flow.

If you have questions about this class, please email Akiko at akikodyk@gmail.com

Akiko Dykhuizen

Restorative Yoga

Gentle breathing exercises lead you to further relax and release tension in body and mind. Pose modifications are given to accommodate for individual needs. This class aims to leave you feeling stretched, relaxed, calm, and peaceful; restoring your body, mind, and soul.

Restorative yoga is gentle class suitable for everyone. Bolsters, blankets and other props are used to support the body in seated and reclining poses allowing the body to relax and stretch.

Restorative Yoga classes are $10 -15. Pre-registration is required with an Instructor.

This class is not taught every week, please see schedule for dates offered. Pre-registration is necessary with Akiko (akikodyk@gmail.com) or Peggy (pegwhisler@gmail.com).

Peggy Whisler


Akiko Dykhuizen

Senior Yoga

Join this group of active seniors who practice yoga to increase stamina, lower blood pressure, improve balance and flexibility and to promote overall good health. Props are available when needed (chairs, blocks, straps, blankets, pillows). You are encouraged to work at your own pace, always listening to the message of your body.

For questions about this class, please contact Wilma at rrcwlc@gmail.com

Wilma Carter

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

In this class, we synchronize breath to movement, break down poses as needed to learn them completely, move through basic flow sequences (like Sun Salutations), and build strength and flexibility. All poses will be incorporated over time: standing, seated, balance, light inversions, backbends and we will use props as required to assist with proper foundation and healthy alignment for all levels of students. All classes will incorporate the practice of connecting our Mind (breathing and meditation), Body (physical asana/poses) and Spirit (re-energizing your body)! Many classes are all-level so don’t hesitate to try even if you are a beginner.

If you would like to register or have questions about this class, please email Peggy at pegwhisler@gmail.com

Peggy Whisler

Yin / Gentle Yoga

The class starts with gentle yang practice (slow movement) then leads into quiet yet intense long held floor poses (yin practice). We practice each pose as is appropriate for each person's body in a respectful manner. Practice of both yin and yang complement each other, helping to bring balance to our bodies and our lives. Slow down, stretch deeply and relax into this therapeutic practice.

If you have questions about this class, please email Akiko at akikodyk@gmail.com

Akiko Dykhuizen

Other Services


Tai Chi for Arthritis

Tai Chi is a form of exercise that involves both the mind and body.

It can improve muscle strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance as well as reduce stress, improve breathing and quality of overall health.

The slow gentle movements of Tai Chi focus on controlled weight shifts of balance with mindfulness. This class welcomes all level of students including beginners.

Level I - Perfect for Beginners, no previous experience

Level II - Previous experience expected!

For questions about these classes, please email lauramc1@charter.net


Laurie McGuire

Massage Therapy

Marena’s goal is to provide a relaxing yet therapeutic massage targeting areas of stress and chronic tension.

Marena uses a variety of modalities during the massage in hopes that her clients will walk out feeling relaxed and revitalized.

Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.


Marena Dassay



In meditation, we shift our focus from the externalities of life—our social conditioning, mental gymnastics, personal history, the body we inhabit—to the core of our being.

If we were to call the core of our being our Soul, then meditation is a practice that shifts our awareness from body and mind to our Soul.

This beginning meditation class will focus on the basics: breathing, mindfulness, and some discussion of what meditation is. It is suitable for beginners and for those who want a refresher.

Meet the Studio Team


Wilma Carter

Wilma Carter (RYT 200), author of All I Need is This Chair Yoga, brings a genuine belief in the power of yoga to improve physical health while creating a positive and peaceful attitude within. Her classes, whether traditional yoga or chair yoga, offer the student a sense of body and spirit awareness. Enjoy her website at Wilma Carter.

Contact Wilma at rrcwlc@gmail.com


Marena Dassay

I went to Baker College of Cadillac for two years and graduated with my Associates Degree in Therapeutic Massage. While going to school I was trained in a varieties of modalities including: Swedish massage, hot stone therapy, reflexology, pregnancy massage, and much more. After getting my massage state license I worked at The Riverwalk Place in Gladwin until 2018, at which time I became a full time therapist at Wellsprings in Midland. My goal as a massage therapist is to be able to adjust my treatments based on each clients needs in hopes of increasing their overall wellbeing.

Contact Marena here.


Akiko Dykhuizen

Akiko began her personal practice and study of yoga in 2003 after she moved from Japan. She has been teaching various styles of yoga in the Tri City area since 2009. She completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT). She has also taking additional trainings, and is a certified yoga teacher for Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga and Yoga for All (inclusive yoga). Her classes emphasize alignment, mindfulness, balance and a gentle approach for increasing body awareness, safe and sustainable practice for every body.

Contact Akiko at akikodyk@gmail.com


Laurie McGuire

Laurie has been practicing Tai Chi for several years and has started teaching within the past year. Her Tai Chi training in multiple forms is through the Tai Chi for Health Institute and she is currently certified in Tai Chi for Rehabilitation. Classes are structured although emphasize the joy of Tai Chi in a relaxed atmosphere. Tai Chi focuses on slow flowing movements for improved balance, flexibility and strength. Laurie’s students have shared that “Tai Chi is a great way to strengthen your body and increase your fitness level. Laurie is a wonderful instructor who makes the class fun and ensures everyone is included. Whatever your fitness level Tai Chi is something I recommend you add to your plan”.

Laurie is a practicing physical therapist specializing in osteopathic manual medicine and is the owner of Physical Therapy Center of Midland. Her physical therapy knowledge and background supports her Tai Chi instruction.

Contact Laurie at lauramc1@charter.net


Sarah Nelson

Sarah is a certified Forrest Yoga and Trauma-informed instructor (RYT-200), who trained under Ana Forrest in England in 2016 and earned the Yoga to Transform Trauma certification in 2017/18. Her goal as a teacher is to support and inspire others to find a connection deep within themselves, and to create a safe space for her students to go deeper and be curious – about what their body can do, how it communicates, what its needs and limitations are, and how to facilitate a nourishing mind+body+spirit Connection.

Having first experienced yoga in 2010, she dabbled casually on her mat for a few years before falling head over heels in love with Forrest Yoga nearly four years ago. After committing to a dedicated Forrest yoga practice, she has felt her life completely transform in more ways than seemed possible. Over her first two years of teaching, Sarah has taught over 560 hours of yoga in the form of public classes, private sessions, and workshops! She has continued to learn and hone her teaching skills by attending various continuing education programs, and is currently in the process of completing the Forrest Yoga Level 3 certification requirements.

Contact Sarah at sarahlissanelson@gmail.com


Peggy Whisler

Peggy has been practicing yoga for several years and is RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance. She has completed training on Mindfulness for Stress Management through Mindfulness of Mid-Michigan and has completed extended teacher training for Trauma Informed Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Myofascial Release, and Yin Yoga. Her love for her own yoga practice, and the balance and grounding she has personally experienced through the connection of mind, body and spirit drove her toward deeper study. Her goal is to integrate the practice of Yoga (pose/asanas, breathing, centering/meditation) along with mindfulness discipline to increase the health and well-being for all students. Her classes are a Vinyasa (breath + movement) flow style with options offered for all levels to encourage safety and alignment. A variety of sun salutation flows and different focus areas (muscle groups, peak poses, yoga philosophy) are offered to keep each class interesting and inspiring!

Contact Peggy at pegwhisler@gmail.com

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