Fit Young Man


Assistant Instructor

It’s clear that Jesse Neimus loves what they do. They began their yoga training after suffering a difficult injury, and have since become passionate about sharing its powerful restorative effects with their students.



What started out as a quick daily practice for Morgan James soon transformed into a full-blown career. Having trained in a variety of techniques and styles, Morgan James brings together this eclectic mix into classes that you are sure to enjoy.

Confident Young Woman
Confident Fit Woman


Senior Instructor

If you are on a path to lasting personal growth, Reese Whiteman is the Senior Instructor for you. Their classes are the perfect blend of fun and challenging, bringing you a burst of positivity to carry you through your day and beyond.



love people first. committed to engineering a better workplace & world. the fave aunt. enneagram 2.

I believe in loving people first. I am an engineer committed to creating and maintaining a better workplace & world. I have been practicing yoga for 12 years. I started by taking a course in college and using VHS tapes in my basement. I spent the past 5 years practicing at Intentional Yoga in Portage, MI and I highly recommend their practice for those looking to take their flows to the next level. I love being an aunt. I love summers on my ‘83 Rinker & my bright pink kayak. I love long walks in the colder months. I talk way too much. I laugh often. I am an advocate of mental healthiness & body neutrality & equity & human rights. I tell silly jokes. I mess up my right and left. I am awkward and weird but people keep coming back. thanks for that.
Kalamazoo Backyard Yogis came about because, throughout the pandemic, I started to feel paralyzed by the enormity of all the devastation in the world. I felt like I couldn’t easily make change while working my 9 to 5 & coming home & wincing at social media. I knew I wanted a better place to live in but I didn’t have the platform or the means to do what I think needed and still needs to be done. I had a the skill and basic knowledge of yoga and I decided to use that to try to bring a polarized society back into community. And, in doing so, I found ways to also bring provisions to those in this community affected by the world we live in. We are here to do yoga. But we are mostly here to enjoy ourselves & walk out with our cups a little more full than when we walked in so that if we encounter someone with an empty cup, we might be a able to spare a little. We started in my backyard. And then it expanded. We've made an impact already. And for that, I am humbled & grateful. See you out back!