December teacher highlight: Kundalini & Gong Bath
Jessica Skilar has been practicing Yoga for her whole adult life, but found Kundalini Yoga in 2017 after buying an unlimited pass at a local studio. She was instantly in love. The class was really different than anything she had ever done before and at first she almost left, because it seemed so “weird” to her! Thankfully she didn’t because she left the class feeling like she was floating two feet from the ground. She was hooked right away. Jessica experienced healing from chronic pain in her back as well as healing from emotional issues including PTSD and she is passionate about sharing this healing with the world.
Vinyasa and Yin
This is my practice I want to share with you – show up. We can spend hours thinking and talking about all the wonderful benefits one receives from yoga; physical, mental, emotional, etc. And all of that is well and good. But the practice is about showing up. This isn’t performance, you don’t have to dress a certain way, or hold a posture to look a certain way. You don’t need to wait until you feel good enough, or are in need “of something”. We just show up and start. When we show up for ourselves, it increases our capacity to show up for everyone else in our lives; our friends, family, partners and pets. When we take care of ourselves, we are taking care of everyone in our lives. Where ever you are right now on this journey is just as important as where you are going. We don’t need to wait for something to change or happen, we can show up for ourselves.
Mary Sandstrom loves teaching Yin and Restorative yoga, as well as Kids Chakra yoga, and she particularly loves Yin Yoga for the stillness, silence, space, breath, and renewed energy. She has over 20 years of experience as a yoga student, and since completing her yoga teacher training she has been teaching a weekly Yin Yoga class to friends and family. Her full-time work as a social worker provides her with an understanding and compassion for each person’s unique role in this world, which informs her yoga instruction and practice.
Yoga is the foundation for Mary’s spiritual ascension. Completing yoga teacher training helped her take her practice more seriously and to the next level. Like many people, Mary originally looked to yoga for the physical benefits, but now she more deeply appreciates the emotional benefits. Yin Yoga is part of her regular soul care and part of how she cares for her whole self (physical care, mental cleansing, emotional nurturing, and spiritual connection) – and she is excited to share that with you!
Mary thinks of herself as a young crone – yogi focused on spiritual ascension while remaining grounded in the third dimensional realm. She is passionate about yoga, the health of the planet, and connecting with people. Mary believes in the power of love and the power of connection to create a more inclusive world.
Sara has been practicing yoga for more than ten years; she has spent time in the back row, front row, and pretty much every row in between. In winter 2014, she decided it was time to learn what it was like to practice from the teacher’s row. Sara loves to experience how each Yess student makes every class special and unique.
Curvy, Slow Flow, Beginner, and Studio Manager
Elisabeth began practicing yoga 10 years ago, and quickly fell for the practice which help her shed years of negative body image issues. Her desire to teach grew from understanding how it feels to practice yoga in a body doesn’t fit prescribed yoga stereotypes and her goal is to help students come to the mat from a place of acceptance where ever they are at in their yoga journey.
Jenn Pray is a dancer who sings and a yogi who climbs things. She started teaching yoga in 2010 to a room full of students at a Dutch university and ever since, she’s been sharing her passion for movement and mindfulness at studios, festivals, and retreats around the world. Known for flowing, lighthearted classes, Jenn takes an alignment based approach to teach you about your body and all it is capable of.
Jenn taught at Your Yoga from 2013-2018 under the guidance of Megan Doll and David Frenk. Her training includes Your Yoga, James Miller Yoga, and Kula Yoga Project’s 75-hour advanced training. Jenn is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where she has a degree in Dance and International Studies. Beyond teaching yoga, Jenn is a dance artist and choreographer. You can learn about her open classes and special events at www.yogawithjennpray.com
Yin and Slow Flow
Practicing yoga allows Sarah Bonneville to feel as though she is lounging in her body. As a life-long athlete, yoga has always been an integral part of preventative care and recovery. She discovered yin after a lengthy globe trotting stint and was so deeply impacted she felt inspired to study more and eventually undertake the yoga teacher training at Yess Yoga!
Off the mat, Sarah B races bicycles and runs a wildly successful private practice where she sees clients for integrative bodywork sessions including modalities such as craniosacral therapy and myofascial release. You can find more information about her work here >> https://www.
Gabriela found yoga while living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, after years of looking for a form of movement that worked for her body. The mind-body-spirit connection she found in yoga was a bonus she hadn’t realized she was looking for, and because of this connection, yoga has stayed the most constant practice in her extensive and frequent travels. In addition to yoga, Gabriela spends a lot of time with her motorcycle, her other vessel for meditation. Her classes mirror her humor, honesty and ease, and encourage students to have fun!
Yin, Restorative, Gong Bath and Kundalini
I first stepped onto a yoga mat almost 20 years ago having no idea what a profound impact this ancient technology would have on my life. When I first began, I was in search of figuring out who I was and what defined me. Today I know that I can never truly define myself because I am always in constant creation. Yoga has taught me that a good portion of the journey is not trying to figure out ‘who I am’ but letting go of who I am not. By letting go which is not me, I create space for the inspiration and creation that is me.
At the point in my journey, I teach teachers and students yoga in the styles of Yin, Restorative, Kundalini and yoga for health and healing. To me it is all yoga. The spiritual science of bringing the little self in union with the big Self. Today parts of me are a teacher and a student, tomorrow I might just be an artist and a farmer. At my core, I like to make things and help people. At the end of the day we are all stars wrapped in skin, here for a human experience. Yoga happens to be the template which guides me on how to make the best of it. Sat Nam
Mary Bue is a registered yoga teacher (e-RYT 500), an indie musician, and a teacher in the Viniyoga tradition. Viniyoga is a breath-centered, flowing practice that believes in adapting postures to fit the whole person (not forcing a person to fit into a posture!). Mary received her certification at Whole Life Yoga in Seattle, WA by Tracy Weber (student of Gary Kraftsow, student of T.K.V. Desikachar) and her 300 hour from Yoga Center Retreat (formerly Yoga Center Minneapolis). She is also trained in prenatal yoga, yoga for anxiety & depression, pranayama, and trauma-informed yoga. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. She founded and ran Imbue Yoga Studio in the Corcoran neighborhood of Minneapolis for nearly 3 years.
When she’s not making music or teaching yoga, Mary enjoys running (10 half and 2 full marathons), writing, painting cow portraits, being in nature, and cooking vegan food. For more about Mary’s music, please check out marybue.com.
As a lifelong athlete, Meghan brings athleticism to her invigorating classes, and emphasizes alignment, balance, strength, and playfulness. She has extensive training in Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, and Prenatal Yoga, and specializes in Yoga Therapy. Meghan weaves yoga philosophy, precise alignment, a deep understanding of functional anatomy, and a sense of lightheartedness into all her classes, in order to give students a unique, thoughtful, and transformational experience. She truly believes that there are as many ways to do yoga as there are humans. As a lifelong learner and forever student, Meghan has made it her mission to immerse herself in as many different lineages of yoga, in order to be able to share the gifts and magic of yoga with as many people from different backgrounds and life experiences as possible.
Anna discovered yoga in 2003 as a perfect balance to the always-in-her-head rigors of magazine editing, and since then it’s become a way of life. She loves yoga’s potential to help people find calm, clarity, and vitality in an often-chaotic world, and her yin classes offer students an opportunity to slow down and connect more deeply to themselves and their own wisdom. She’s also honored to be the co-founder and co-facilitator of Yess Yoga’s women’s circle. When she’s not on her mat, you’ll usually find her writing, playing in the dirt, traveling the world, or dancing up a storm at Dance Church.
In love with the concept of balance, Alicia first saw yoga as a natural counterpart to high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. Alicia completed teaching training (RYT-200) in 2017 and a 30-hour advanced sequencing training in 2018. Her approach to yoga is focused on developing a symbiotic relationship between movement and breath. Allowing space for the body to work as a whole is near and dear to her heart. An exuberant and inquisitive individual, Alicia strives to bring both characteristics into her classes. In addition to yoga, Alicia also loves contortion, rock climbing, reading, HIIT and tennis. She is thrilled to be teaching and hopes to see you soon!
Victoria has been practicing yoga for over fifteen years and teaching for over seven. With a background in Ashtanga and Vinyasa styles, her classes tend to be physically challenging but lighthearted, in an effort to help students to explore their practice in a different way. Victoria aims to incorporate yoga philosophy into her classes, as well as to encourage her students to take their yoga off of their mats. Outside of yoga, Victoria also teaches Geography at a local community college and is involved in advancing sustainability at the college and in the Twin Cities.
Restorative & Yin
Tara has always been drawn to yoga, but moving to Minneapolis in 2013 gave her the push she needed to deepen her practice. She calls many places home and is grateful to call Minneapolis one of them. As a traveler, yoga keeps her grounded while also giving her the curiosity to explore both on and off the mat. She guides her students to connect with their playful and intuitive nature in a cozy, welcoming, and supportive space. She loves animals, airplanes, candles, and coffee.
Vinyasa, Yin, and Owner
Lucia (she, her, hers) has traveled around the globe in her pursuit to learn all she can about the art of yoga. She has studied ancient approaches to the practice and realized yoga is more than a workout. It is a way of life. Lucia’s classes are focused on integrating a healthy mind, body and soul, both on and off the mat. By applying the principles of yoga to everyday life, Lucia has found a deeper sense of peace and happiness. Her goal is to help others discover a new level of contentment.