Yoga with Ruth Fisk, Certified Iyengar Teacher of 25 Years

About Ruth Fisk


Ruth Fisk founded the very first yoga center in the greater Lansing area-Center for Yoga, 22 years ago. A visionary leader, and owner of the CFY, Ruth Fisk began studying yoga in 1980, and has been teaching for 35 years. She remains spirited and passionate in her delivery of this ancient art and science, and is dedicated to the teaching of yoga in traditional and kind way with abundant humor and self-reflection. Ruth is a long time, experienced Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher in the area who is authorized to teach BKS Iyengar's method. Her teaching of yoga and the continual expansion the Center for Yoga over the years has been instrumental to the growth of the yoga community of teachers and students in Mid-Michigan over the last 23 years. Generous by nature, Ruth provides an environment at the Center that is safe and caring with the intention to help students find the right place, right teacher to grow and transform through yoga.

Everyone comes to yoga for their own reasons, Ruth's was a dance injury. Little did she know it would turn out to be a life altering journey of self-discovery and a career filled with giving and heart centered work. For 36 years now she has practiced yoga and studied the art of teaching. Along with being the experienced teacher Certified in the tradition of BKS Iyengar she is also an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance and the founder of the Anandalay for Yoga Study. This one year program is offerred to assist students in deepening their understanding of Yoga overall.

Ruth moved to Michigan 23 years ago where she had been teaching at the first yoga center she opened; Yoga Center Santa Cruz. It too was the first yoga center in that area! Then after moving to East Lansing she implemented and began developing the yoga program at the Michigan Athletic Club and taught there for many years. Finally in 1997, she opened The Center for Yoga in East Lansing, Michigan. Her original reason for opening the center grew out of a desire to teach in an environment that supported the broad nature of yoga and it has since grown to fulfill one of her greatest dreams-which is to provide a space for teachers and students to uphold the traditions of yoga and fully bring them into their lives as a profession and a lifestyle and practice. With the support of Center for Yoga many of the Yoga Studio's in Greater Lansing today were developed and spawned from Ruth's support and encouragement. Hilaire of Hilltop began at CFY, as did Good Space Yoga with Kathy Ornish, Our Space Yoga with Cherie Ferro, Julie O'days movement studio and most currently People's Yoga with Misty Flahie. Each of these teachers built their confidence and student base and went onward to provide the community with their styles. Ruth's guidance and support has been undending and offers teachers exploration and her generosity of spirit is inspiring!

One of Ruth's greatest joys in teaching is to watch students grow through the natural evolution of yoga in their life and how it touches on many levels, inspiring their commitment to their health and life's purpose. 

At Center for Yoga as teachers, we embody the breadth of yoga traditions to support people in their movement toward wholeness. We are unique among yoga centers for offer traditional practices rooted in traditions that can be traced to a lineage. It is just this feature that allows us to meet the broad range of needs our students and clients have by helping them find the style of yoga class that is best for them.

To quote my teacher BKS Iyengar... “As honey is sweet from any part of the honeycomb, so is yoga.  It enables every part of the human system to become attuned to its essence, the conscious seer within.  Yoga alone enables the practitioner to perceive and experience the world within and around themselves, and to touch the divine joy of all creation, and then to share that nectar of divine wealth and happiness with their fellow beings.”