Barbra, or Yogi Barb, is a volunteer at CYA and an integral part of our team! She is honored to be part of a supportive group alongside like-minded brothers and sisters in the Christian Yoga Association. If you haven’t already connected, she works behind the scenes and in front of the scenes too with membership connections and inquiries. You can reach her at

Favorite posture of prayer: A good deep child’s and just exhale everything out!

Now, this means that when we come together and are side by side, something wonderful will be released. We can expect to be co-encouraged and co-comforted by each other’s faith! Rom. 1:12

Michelle Thielen founded the Christian Yoga Association in 2018 as a means to represent Christian yoga practitioners and schools as there wasn’t one place where people could find faith-based yoga teachers or schools. Michelle loves the Lord first and foremost and the practice of yoga. Christian yoga is a beautiful gift that one can worship Jesus Christ wholly, mind, body, spirit and soul. Michelle is also the founder of YogaFaith, a Christian Yoga School providing bible-based education and events since 2013.

“Though CYA is still in its infancy I am honored to be a part of a community that helps bridge the divide between Christianity and the practice of yoga.”

Favorite Posture of Prayer: Seated Pigeon – I could live here.

All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. John 1:3

Nick Magnuson has been involved in yoga since 2016, but not how you might expect. After helping his friend Kristen Campbell start a Christian yoga studio, he had the idea to create online yoga resources and take their offerings to the web. They eventually launched providing resources for both students and teachers. While Nick doesn’t teach yoga, his expertise and experience in business, in the online/technical world, and digital content (video/audio/photography) helps him equip and empower yoga teachers get unstuck and take their next steps. He loves to use his gifts to help Christian yoga teachers reach more people, expand their influence, and grow their business. He also runs a video production company based in Tulsa Oklahoma.

Megan is R-YFMT 500, R-CYAMT certified, and a yoga and wellness instructor who earned her street cred by surviving breast cancer, eating plants, and is continually learning how to live a life where joy and grief coexist. Her health journey has given her the drive to make yoga and wellness accessible to everyone, and she has a special spot in her heart for other cancer survivors finding their way back to health.

Favorite posture- Thread the needle Gotta take care of those shoulders!

When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2

Megan handles all CYA’s Member Services and can be reached at