I initially discovered and practiced yoga over 20 years ago as a form of exercise that I could do at home. I liked how it strengthened my body and immediately fell in love with the way it made me feel energetically. When the concept of yoga therapy was introduced to me, I understood what a tremendous healing tool yoga offered and became completely immersed. I became a certified instructor in 2011 and opened a studio a few months later. I was introduced to Thai bodywork at this time and started training to become a Thai therapist as well. My desire to continue to evolve as a teacher, student, healer, and human being inspires my ongoing growth and development.
I have scoliosis and suffered from years of severe back pain, which eventually led me to appreciate the physical results of a consistent yoga practice with decreased physical limitations. I have also struggled with anxiety disorder and value the increased peace and contentment found through the calming effects of yoga.
I embrace my journey and know that it has given me balance and the knowledge that life is truly a reflection of our own energy.
It is my desire to help empower each of my clients to gain adequate physical strength to lead a healthy and active life and to provide tools that lead to mental and emotional clarity.
Education - St. Cloud State University: Bachelor of Science (Business Management)
Yoga Training - Core Power Yoga 200 Hour Training
Thai Training - Thai Yoga Bodywork, Mpls.
Registrations - Yoga Alliance – Registered E-RYT 200
I found yoga in 2001 after the birth of my second child. I was working night-shifts as an RN in a hospital and struggled with anxiety, as well as finding the time and motivation to take care of my body while also being devoted to my family. I loved the way my body felt while doing yoga, and the calm my mind experienced after. I always looked forward to attending classes.
I completed my initial 230 hour yoga teacher training program at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis in 2008. I had decided to take the training to deepen my knowledge of both the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga, and began teaching part time after my completion of the program. I continue to expand my knowledge of yoga with ongoing training every year, and recently completed my 500 hour teaching certification with Christina Sell & Giaconda Parker at the San Marcos School of Yoga. Personally, the practice of yoga is slowly and steadily building my capacity to be content, even joyful, regardless of what is happening around me.
I also am a Registered Nurse and one of the family owners of Prairie River Home Care, which provides long and short term medical and supportive care to clients in their homes. I am inspired and humbled to work with an amazing group of people that strive to uplift others everyday, both in home care and in yoga. I emphasize physical alignment in my yoga classes. Strength and flexibility are balanced in order to gain control of the body in a graceful and purposeful manner.
After 11 years of teaching young elementary students, my life and career made a huge shift in 2012. With three kids in just four years, I chose to become a stay-at-home-mom. It wasn't long before I turned to some local fitness classes seeking to find some interaction and sanity! I soon realized how powerful, motivating, and fulfilling sweating it out with others like me could be! I loved the low-impact yet high intensity workout that Barre classes gave me. The transition from elementary teaching to fitness instructor was a natural fit! I have created my own style and flavor of Barre by fusing yoga, pilates, and plyometric functional exercises. I'm always cooking up something new and love to keep your workout fresh, challenging to all levels, and empower your whole self by building strength from within! Come embrace the shake with us!
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.
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.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the University of Minnesota. I was a principal of Pre-school through 8th grade, teacher, and coach; and education is what I love. My first experience with meditation was in Korea in 1968 while in the Army. Meditation was a major part of our karate training. I enjoyed the meditation but fell out of practice when I got back to the states. A few years back I was very ill and was barely able to walk. I was on many meds, pain, steroids, relaxers, high blood pressure, had asthma and was told I had to have surgery for my back problems. I had started doing Qigong with the encouragement of my wife. I took Level one twice and then Level two. I told my surgeon I would not do the surgery and took Level three and Level four of Qigong. Then I did another 18 months of study with Master Lin of Spring Forest Qigong.
After doing qigong every day and long hours of meditation my back was healed and the side effects were that I did not need any of my meds plus my asthma was gone. My reason for teaching is to pass this wonderful gift on to others. As Master Lin said “A healer in every family and a world without pain”. I have been teaching Qigong for around 4 years and I am a member of the Veterans Administration Energy Healer Team and teach Qigong for the VA. I am also a practitioner (teacher/healer) of the National Qigong Association (NQA).
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.