Gentle Yoga


This class is taught by:

Nicole West

RYT 200 Yoga Instructor, Certified Massage Therapist, Reiki Master/Teacher

I fell in love with yoga in 1997 after taking my first class when I was going to school for massage therapy. My new career as a massage therapist quickly became challenging on my physical body and I began practicing yoga regularly for self-care. Yoga has not only helped me stay strong physically, but also has allowed me to quiet my anxious mind, to heal, feel more grounded in my body, and be more present in my life. Over the years I have found yoga to be transformational not only for my physical body, but also for my mental and spiritual health. My most favorite fascination with a yoga practice is when you are in a posture and begin to become aware of that witness part of yourself, the part of you that is your truest and highest self. Experiencing this quality of pure presence (BEing) inspired me to continue to practice, to study and begin to teach yoga.

As a massage therapist, I have enjoyed helping people not only reach their health goals, decreasing pain and increasing flexibility, but also facilitating sessions that help clients understand how to heal themselves by quieting their nervous system. This is what led me into continuing my education in energy medicine and yoga. I have spent the last few years of my career teaching massage therapy, introductory workshops for energy work, chakra balancing techniques and all levels of Reiki. In May of 2013, I completed my yoga teacher training at Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness studying classical Hatha yoga with an influence of Para yoga, Tantra, energy work and meditation. Now in 2016, I will begin teaching at Saddha Yoga! In classes we will focus on becoming more aware of our alignment in our physical body so that we can move with greater ease, stability and flexibility, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Outside of teaching yoga and being a massage therapist, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two kids, going for long walks, watching the hummingbirds in my garden and baking.

Shannon Simon

RYT 200 Yoga Instructor

I have been married for 20 years to my best friend and I am the mother of 2 beautiful teenagers. My background includes a degree in psychology with a focus in chemical dependency. I have been teaching yoga for about 10 years and I am a 200RYT with the Yoga Alliance. If you ask me about my yoga journey, I will always tell you that it found me! I was homeschooling my then, 2 young children and feeling like I really needed something for myself. I had an extensive background in dance, so when I stumbled into my first yoga class, I was completely taken with the experience of feeling my limbs again and discovering my breath in a whole new way. Natural progression, someone who saw a yoga teacher in the making and my willingness to jump into the unknown all led me to where I am today. My work extends from teaching classes to all levels to well into the senior community, to 1:1 work with cancer survivors, stroke survivors, bereavement, etc... Compassion, encouragement, patience and acceptance are just some of the key ingredients to my teaching style. We begin where we are at. Just breathe and know that your beautiful yoga story will unfold from there.

Megan Peterson

RYT 200 Yoga Instructor

Megan began her yoga journey 10 years ago as a form of therapy. Following the death of her grandmother, she started practicing in earnest and was amazed at yoga's capacity to heal her heart. To deepen her personal practice, she enrolled in the 235-hour yoga teacher training at Devanadi Yoga in Minneapolis without the intention to teach. After subbing her first class and seeing students fully immersed in themselves during the practice and relaxation, she changed her mind. She loves helping students explore their bodies and connect with their true selves through yoga. Megan completed her training in August 2015 and is currently enrolled in the 300-hour program at Devanadi. Megan finds peace and strength in the connection of the mind, body, and breath and has a strong personal practice that guides her teachings in studio. In addition to teaching yoga, Megan is also training to become a registered Thai bodywork practitioner and offers Thai bodywork sessions. She lives in Eagan with her husband, rambunctious daughter, and yogi kitty.

Jocelynn Mehrman

RYT 200 Yoga Instructor
I began practicing yoga in 2014 when I noticed I let myself slip into a very low state of being. I was experiencing a lot of anxious and depressive thoughts, which lead me to make unhealthy choices in my life. I initially sought a doctor who prescribed me to a few different medications, after about a month of being on them I realized they were taking me even farther away from myself. So I stopped taking the medication and began looking for a way to pull myself out of darkness. Starting an asana practice was the answer to that. I began by teaching myself and very quickly tapped into my energy, my higher self. I created my own meditation and yoga practice with the use of crystals and energy work. I learned how to heal myself through the movement of energy. I worked through all the imbalances in my mind, body, and spirit which allowed a whole new way of living to channel through me. In January 2016 I decided to take a 230 hr teacher training through The Yoga Center of Minneapolis. I did this with intentions to inspire others to learn more about themselves, to guide others through their imbalances and chaotic energy.
A class lead by me will include guided meditations, asana poses linked strictly with the flow of your breath, and some references to energy work. I serve as a guide to allow you to be your own healer.

 

Caitlin Heller

RYT 200 Yoga Instructor
I’m a high school teacher, and I found yoga in 2014 on an experiential learning trip with my students. I remember seeing and feeling the waves of calm wash over the entire class, and I knew the physical practice provided so much more than a good workout.

I began practicing on my own, and realized that my time on the mat had an enormous positive impact on my life off the mat. Yoga changed the way I walked through the world. I chose to pursue my teacher certification during the spring of 2018 through an organization called Breathe for Change. Their mission is to bring yoga and mindfulness to teachers and their students with the hope of fostering more balanced and healthy lives. I was truly overwhelmed by my spiritual growth through the deepening of my own practice. Yoga, in the sanskrit definition means union-- to connect mind, body, and spirit. In a world that can be so disconnected, my hope is to encourage connection within individual yogis, as well as the collective. I’m passionate about sharing yoga with all ages and experience levels.

This class is a 60 minute slow flowing sequence of postures intended to build balance, strength and flexibility of the physical body to quiet the mind, increase energy flow, open the spine and prepare the body for stillness. Students will experience longer holds in the postures to allow time to focus on the foundation of the pose, alignment of the physical body, the breath and quieting the mind. This class is suitable for a student new to yoga, and for those that wish to deepen their practice.