Owner, Certified Yoga Specialist
Lucia 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.
Restorative, Yin, and Freebody
Marnie’s classes emphasize the art of slowing down, being present, and learning to flow with the currents of life. Her “slow and flow” philosophy translates as balance. She specializes in the slow forms of yoga such as restorative, yin, yoga nidra, meditation, pranayama and gentle yoga. She also enjoys the flow styles, Chinese medicine and therapeutic movement. Marnie works with all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, and finds special joy in guiding each individual on their own personal journey.
Vinyasa and Ashtanga
Through yoga, Victoria has been able to improve her concentration and balance while becoming more centered and blissful. Victoria hopes to inspire her students to develop strong asana practices and to take their yoga off their mats, finding peace and contentment within themselves and in the outside world. She also teaches geography at a community college, sings eclectic jazz, and roots emphatically for Kansas basketball (her alma matter).
Curvy, Slow Flow, and Beginner,
Elisabeth is excited to bring the Curvy Yoga philosophy to Minneapolis, inviting those who are uncertain about whether yoga is for them (yes, it is!) to find a supported, safe environment to explore and experience the physical and spiritual benefits of a yoga practice. Elisabeth is teaching our “beginners” class and will use her knowledge of body positive poses and modifications in class.
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.
Yoga quickly became Anna’s sanity – the perfect balance to the always-in-her-head rigors of work as a magazine editor and writer. Anna loves yoga’s potential to help people find calm, balance, and openness in an often-chaotic world, and she dreams of creating yoga and wellness programs for at-risk teenage girls (which, let’s be honest, is most teenage girls in one way or another).
Dylan began exploring yoga through home videos and started stepping into studios in 2008. It was after the challenge of balancing work, fitness and graduate school that Dylan began a very regular practice. In addition to physical benefits, Dylan found that a regular yoga practice cultivated a sense of calm, courage, and patience both on and off the mat. In addition, yoga brings him a safe space to reflect on social justice issues. He aims to give students a challenging and playful space to step into the present. When Dylan’s not teaching, you can find him running, cycling, riding his scooter and of course, taking pictures of his cat and dog.
Jessa has traveled down many roads in her study and practice of wisdom traditions (and the journey continues on!). Her classes and workshops reflect over a decade of questing in the realms of yoga, Buddhist teachings and meditation, traditional Chinese medicine, evolutionary astrology, women’s spirituality, sound healing and ecstatic dance. Jessa shares with her students what most deeply strengthens and supports her own life. Her offerings are rooted in direct experience and born of the intention to inspire and support flourishing growth, authenticity and joy.
Brianna took her first yoga class fifteen years ago. What hooked her was the practice’s ability to drop into their body and experience their entire being from a seat of compassion and gratitude. After leading a club in high school and teaching to a group of orphans when she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania she took the plunge and journeyed through 500 hours of training. In training she learned that sharing yoga and other healing practices filled her up in a way that her personal practice alone couldn’t. Through her offerings she assists people in settling into their wholeness and embracing their full authenticity. Come as you are to her classes and embrace all the pieces that make you who you are!
argo O’Dell practiced yoga off and on for decades: OFF – when her chronic pain of 30 years didn’t allow it and ON – when she pushed through the pain and did it anyway. Now enjoying pain-free movement, increased happiness and tranquility, she celebrates by sharing the benefits of Integral Yoga Hatha.
Anne is a nomadic yogi from Minneapolis. She completed her first 200-hour teacher training in 2013 and it changed the trajectory of her life. Soon after completing training, Anne left her 9-5 lifestyle behind and bought a one-way ticket to India! The past 3 years she’s been traveling the world, teaching yoga and attending more training.
During class, she encourages students to have a deeper sense of self-inquiry to allow space for more acceptance and freedom in their own lives. Anne guides mindful vinyasa practices that offer alignment-focused cues sprinkled in with philosophy and attention to breath.
Vinyasa and Yin
Kelsey brings a body positive attitude to all her yoga classes, having once believed that yoga required a certain body type (it doesn’t!) in order to be successful. She hopes to teach her students that you don’t have to look a specific way to practice yoga, and that it’s okay to sometimes appear silly in the poses. Kelsey encourages everyone to challenge themselves to try something new because yoga can be so playful. Yoga has taught Kelsey many lessons that she takes off of her mat, the most significant being the importance of self-love and self-care. You will see her at all forms of yoga, she loves Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha, Restorative, and Acro.
Kirstie found yoga when she was fifteen. Already hooked on high-impact cardio, yoga healed her injuries and taught her to see her body not for what it looks like but for what it can do. In all styles of class that she teaches, her passion is heart: both working it physically and opening it. She believes that the body in motion is a way in to the mind and uses yoga as a catalyst for change.
Originally from Lake City, Minnesota, Kristin returned to her adopted home of Minneapolis after 9 years in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, VA where her love of yoga was sparked for good. Kristin began teaching at her gym near the Pentagon in 2011 and still visits her old class on return trips to the area. She loves to foster a community vibe in her classes, which feature a strong and energetic flow that offers a challenge to advanced students while welcoming those new to yoga as well. Her favorite thing to hear from students is how yoga has helped them to enjoy other facets of their lives, whether that means the ability to compete in grueling endurance races without (much) pain, or finding calm in dealing with the stresses of life.
A lifelong athlete, Zoe turned to yoga in the fall of 2015 as a form of cross-training and injury recovery for her weight lifting and running hobbies. She quickly discovered that yoga challenged her and was fun too! Not only was yoga doing wonders to improve her flexibility and recover from some injuries, it also provided her with a calmness and peace of mind she previously had been lacking. Yoga had positively impacted every area of her life, and she wanted a way to share that experience with others. Zoe hopes to help improve the lives of others as well through her yoga classes. Her goal is to teach challenging classes that create strength and openness of both body and mind, and that awaken the athlete in all of us.
Yin and Vinyasa
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.
Tyler, a lifelong competitive athlete, started practicing yoga in 2008 to stretch as a counterbalance to triathlon training. He immediately realized that yoga had more to offer than just loosened muscles. As his practice grew, he noticed that he slept better, had more energy, spent less time injured and sick, and was calmer off of his mat. Tyler completed teacher training in the winter of 2010. He continues to study yoga and is inspired by a love of the mind/body connection and the endless process of self-discovery.
As a mover and a maker Kate teaches a strong yet fluid, breath-centered flow. She uses repetition and rhythm in her sequences to create a form of moving meditation. She also likes to leave space for exploration and play in her classes in order to give room for the intuition to shine through. Her approach is sure to move through and shake loose tension in the body while allowing the mind to shift into a more peaceful state. She believes the way we see (perceive) the world affects our experience of the world. The way we breathe affects the way we perceive the world and therefore the way in which we interact with it.