Team Happy Dog


Rhonda Jones

RYT200, ACA Level I SUP Instructor, Owner

Yoga has been a passion of mine for many years. It brings a sense of calm and balance to my hectic lifestyle. I had been waiting for a dedicated Yoga Studio to open in the Port Huron area for many years. My family and I decided to wait no longer and I earned my RYT200 with UpDog Yoga in Rochester and Happy Dog Yoga Studio was born in February 2015. As the studios and our community have grown, I have witnessed the transformation Yoga can provide on a spiritual, physical, and mental level. Furthering my education feeds my passion for this practice and the benefits it provides for so many that are searching for a holistic way to overcome health challenges. I am currently working towards my RYT500 with Yoga Medicine. Their 500hr advanced training focuses on a deeper understanding of western anatomy & physiology and its application to the traditional yoga philosophy. This continued education will allow me to cross over my love for this practice with my 25-year career providing support services to long-term healthcare facilities.

It is our goal that the studios are a safe and happy place for ALL to learn and practice Yoga. Please stop in and meet our caring, talented, certified instructors and practice with us for free your first week.



Penny Carroll

LMT, RYT500 & ERYT200

Penny Carroll is a 500hr-RYT/E-200-RYT and Licensed Massage Therapist. Penny's yoga training included the YTT through Santosha Yoga, Warriors at Ease Program for yoga for trauma, PTSd, and TBI, Yoga for 12-Step Recovery, and Yoga Nidra. She completed her certification in myomassology in 2018 with Healing Hands Holistic Health School of Massage after wanting to learn more about anatomy and body work. With deep gratitude for the ancient yoga texts, she incorporates themes from the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita into her classes which are rich with inspiring cues to allow every body an opportunity to experience the yoga. Her massage certifications include Reiki, Cranio-Sacral, Myofascial Release, Hot Bamboo Fusion and AromaTouch therapy. Penny is a military daughter, wife and mom and a former military officer with a Masters’ Certificate in Servant Leadership from Gonzaga University. She completed the 2015-2016 session of the Cardoner Institute for Contemplative Leadership with Alan Haras of Hamsa Yoga. Her credo: “Trust the journey. You’ve been in the right place all along.”



Emilee Hartwig

RYT200 & Thai Yoga Therapist

When I was 25 I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. As a mom of 2, I had no choice but to stay active and not let my diagnosis get me down. I started going to yoga and really started to feel positive changes in my body. I no longer needed steroid shots every 12 weeks and stopped taking so many anti-inflammatories! I knew that I wanted to spread the awareness and love for yoga, so I went through the 200-hour teacher training and also became certified in Thai Yoga Therapy. My background with vinyasa and ashtanga yoga are the foundation of my classes with a main focus on the breath. I look forward to sharing my passion with everyone! Om Shanti



Marleigh Jones

RYT200 & Thai Yoga Therapist

Hi friends! For the first 18 years of my life soccer lit my fire. I had a passion for the game. Soccer was my home and my team was my family. As I aged out of youth soccer, I began my search for something that would replace those feelings the sport gave me. Much to my displeasure, I also quickly realized that I needed to find a new fitness routine. After years of under-used gym memberships, I was introduced to yoga as a way to stay fit, and welcomed with a warm embrace. I have been practicing ever since. Yoga has become my new home. It cares for my mind, body, and soul. Yoga brings a sense of peace and clarity to my often hectic life and it connects me to a tribe of generous and devoted yogis who keep me grounded. They are like family. I decided to get my 200 RYT in order to spread the love I have been shown through my practice. I look forward to sharing it with you. Much metta!



Paul Barr

RYT200, Yoga Therapist

Founder of Never Give Up Fitness, I am compassionate and sensitive to the needs of clients with mental illness. In 1998, I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as well as Clinical Depression. Regular exercise helped me as part of my treatment and I want to help others discover the natural treatment of exercise in the care and treatment of their illness. I am also ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Certified. Personal Training & Fitness Certifications: NPTI Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, A-CPT Advanced Certified Personal Trainer, TRX CORE Member, TRX Suspension Training Course, TRX Group Suspension Training Course. American Red Cross- Adult CPR/AED, Standard First Aid. Nutrition Certifications: NPTI Certified Nutrition Consultant, and Pn1 Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified. Coaching Resume: Cardinal Mooney High School – Boys & Girls Cross Country and Track Teams, Certified Level I USA Track and Field Certified Coach, and RRCA Certified Running Coach.



Tobi Couture


I am trained in Ashtanga and slow-flow styles and like to teach with a theme, focusing on linking breath to movement in an energetic flow. As in the Ashtanga tradition, I incorporate breath work, concentration, and meditation as well as the physical aspects of yoga. In my classes, I like to use mindfulness-based practices to help people feel comfortable in their bodies and in the present moment with compassionate awareness. Namaste!



Alyssa Sullivan


Yoga and I were introduced by divine intervention when I was in college at Central Michigan University in 2013. This was a very challenging time in my life and Yoga became my saving grace. Simply put, practicing yoga makes me feel good and nourishes my mind, body and spirit. This good feeling has reverberated through every aspect of my life. No matter how often I step onto my mat, Yoga always welcomes me like an old friend. Never judging, no expectations, and is a compassionate and quiet reminder that I’m worthy. Yoga has provided me with so many benefits; a remedy for mental challenges such as chronic anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. I gained spiritual healing from negativity, numbness and self-doubt. And physical benefits like relief from lower back pain, migraines, and obesity. I believe in the power of Yoga and this past Fall 2017 I completed my RYT 200 teacher training through Updog Yoga in Rochester! I’m excited to share my knowledge and love for Yoga with you all and continue to grow our Yoga practice and our community!
Om Shanti



Kathleen McLain


I came to yoga because I was experiencing some serious stress in my life. So much so that it started to take a physical toll. So I decided to take a physical approach to overcome it. That is how I found myself in my first yoga class. Since then I have been reaping the physical, mental and spiritual benefits that have made yoga a central part of my life.



Katie Morey

RYT200, Social Media/Event Coordinator

I discovered my passion for yoga in 2014. As soon as I realized yoga could help me find peace and balance outside of my corporate job, I was hooked. I immediately committed to my practice and enrolled in teacher training only a few short months after beginning my yoga journey. I completed my 200-hour teacher training in November 2015 through Empower Yoga, an Ashtanga based studio. I am driven to help others find their own peace and balance through yoga. The never-ending process of learning continuously inspires me to practice and teach. In November 2016, I received my Thai Massage certification which is a complementary therapy to yoga. In October of 2017, with great excitement, I officially started my RYT500 educational journey with Yoga Medicine. This program will provide me with a deeper level of training and knowledge of the body, from both eastern and western perspectives, so that I am better able to understand and serve my students.



Kristy Maxwell

LMT & Reiki Healer/Level I, Studio Manager

Early 2012 I received my first professional massage after the birth of my second baby. I had always dabbled in massage, working on friends, but after that day I went home and immediately signed up for classes. It was the best decision of my life! I attended Lakewood in Port Huron, graduating top of my class June 2013 with 820 hours. My certifications include Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Hot Stone, Carpal Tunnel, Table Shiatsu and Myofascial Release, as well as work in Swedish (relaxation), Deep Tissue, Lymphatic Drainage, Scar-Tissue Release, Pre-Natal(non-high risk) and Reiki. I feel very passionate about what I do as a massage therapist, and believe massage is an essential part of health and wellness. I truly strive to take the information my clients give me to help them reach their goals with massage. Find out how it can help you!



Alice Erickson


Currently I teach chair yoga where I help students focus on alignment, balance and restoration. Vinyasa is one of my favorites, and I find yoga to be an empowering escape, bringing balance to both mind and body. I was first introduced to Yoga while at university and shortly after found myself a certified yogi from White Lotus Yoga and Healing (Romeo, Mi). Please join us in a class and feel free to reach out with any questions.



Marianne Moses-Hill


I was introduced to yoga by a friend in 2001 and remember feeling so light and flexible after my first class; I was instantly hooked. I practiced on and off for many years thereafter, focusing mainly on the physical practice of yoga. It was only during my teacher training with Theresa May that I discovered how yoga is beneficial not only physically, but mentally as well. Throughout the course of the teacher training, I learned how to take the peace and calm that I feel on the mat and carry it with me each day.

Yoga has helped me find within myself more compassion, more understanding, discipline, mindfulness and contentment. It is an honor to have the opportunity to share the practice of yoga with others and it is my hope that I will be able to help my students experience both the physical and non-physical benefits of yoga.