Vinyasa, Yin, and Owner
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.
Curvy, Slow Flow, Beginner, and Studio Manager
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.
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).
Restorative and Yin
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.
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.
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.
Yoga teacher’ is one of the many titles Brianna proudly and joyfully claims (some of her other top picks are: mother, priestess, wife, daughter, artist, and donut-lover). After leading a yoga club in high school and teaching sun salutations to a group of orphans as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania she took the plunge and journeyed through a number of teacher trainings. To Brianna, yoga is self-care, self-love, gratitude, and freedom expressed and realized through movement and stillness in the body. She believes there is nothing more healing than connecting with the intuitive mind and the wisdom embedded within the body. Brianna teaches Yin classes full of passivity and surrender, and workshops laden with ritual and centered on the cycles of nature.
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.
Anne is a nomadic yogi from Minneapolis. Completion of her first 200-hour teacher training in 2013 changed the trajectory of her life. No longer wanting to fit into the 9-5 corporate lifestyle, she bought a one-way ticket to India in January of 2014 and co-founded www.TheYogaNomads.c
With a desire to cultivate a deep sense of mindfulness in each class, Anne encourages her students to bring conscious awareness to their breath as they move their bodies. She holds space for self-inquiry and examination of the practice with curiosity and patience. Her classes offer alignment-focused cues sprinkled in with philosophy and breath work.
When she’s not teaching or practicing, you can find Anne moving her body be being active outdoors, cooking reading, watching live music of traveling to a new destination.
Slow Flow and Yin
Mandee started practicing yoga to alleviate back pain, but discovered the added benefit of also alleviating her depression and anxiety. She believes yoga should be accessible to everyone, and has a particular affinity to those who are affected by physical limitations, mental health, or a history of trauma. The world is a much lighter place when we become empowered to take care of ourselves.
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.
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!
Melissa’s yoga journey began back in 2010 while earning her BA degrees in NYC for Dance and Psychology. The shift towards a more spiritual, holistic approach to movement and life immediately intrigued her as someone who grew up going to church and pondering the mysteries of life at a very young age. Later she began taking a variety of yoga and meditation courses around NYC and committed herself to becoming a conduit for healing and enhancing the health and lives of others around her. Melissa is now a passionate yoga instructor and reiki practitioner with advanced training in areas such as Hatha, Yin, Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga principles. No matter what style class Melissa is teaching her hope is that each student becomes just a little more connected to the divine within them, where all the answers they will ever search for reside.
Teaching beginner through advanced yoga, Annie pays particular attention to alignment and safety as students move from posture to posture, connecting breath with movement, while finding stillness in the mind. She strongly believes that yoga is a lifelong practice that cultivates a better awareness of achieving balance on (and off) the mat. Annie encourages students to focus their energy inward and to be active participants in creating their own experience by listening to their bodies and drawing awareness to both the physical and mental practice of yoga. Though she’s trained to teach a variety of styles of asana, Annie primarily teaches an athletic style of vinyasa inspired by Ashtanga. She has over 1,300 hours of teaching experience and completed over 500 hours of yoga teacher trainings, including: O2 Yoga’s 200-hr teacher training program, 100-hr Yoga for Emotional Health and Healing, a 40-hr prenatal yoga teacher training, a 60-hr yin yoga training, yoga for action (social justice), and countless hours of continuing education through workshops, conferences, and presentations. Annie holds a MA in Gender and Peace Building and a MPH in Global Health. In 2013, Annie married her passions for yoga and international health by co-founding Firefly Yoga International, a nonprofit which uses yoga as the public health intervention for survivors of trauma: www.fireflyyoga.org. Through Firefly, she co-facilitates a 30-hr trauma-informed yoga training for teachers and social service providers across the country. In November 2016, Annie completed training to become a certified Health and Wellness Coach. She thrives on building strong communities locally and globally!
Moon Medicine Workshops
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.
The ache of being homesick spurred Colin to try yoga for the first time. Through developing her practice she discovered the gift she desired yet was there all along — connection. She sees yoga as a therapeutic tool for the sensory system, the gateway for how we experience the world and understand our place in it. As a teacher Colin’s classes explore this spectrum from strength to softness and she is passionate about making this accessible to people of all ages and abilities. We all have our own lessons to learn on the mat, and Colin hopes to see you there with a smile.