Meet Our Teachers

Our Minneapolis studio, Yess Yoga, has wise and thoughtful teachers that bring their unique personality and style to every class. We have a passion for being your inclusive third space. All are welcome. Let’s practice!

Collectively, we have been trained around the globe and in a variety of styles including: vinyasa, yin, restorative, Curvy, trauma sensitive yoga, hatha, yoga therapy, Kripalu, Street Yoga, ashtanga, and acroyoga.

alicia (She/Her)

Vinaysa & Teacher Trainer

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 teacher training in 2017, a 30 hour advanced sequencing training in 2018, and a 75-hour advanced level training called “The Art of Teaching Kula Style Yoga: or deconstructing creative alignment based flow with intelligence and precision” in 2019.

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.

Alicia completed training in trauma informed yoga and teaches classes in a trauma aware style.

Andrea (SHE/her)

Astrology, Slow Flow, Meditation, & Teacher Trainer

If astrology is Andrea’s first love, then yoga is her second. She is particularly passionate about blending yoga and astrology in creative ways, which she does regularly at Yess Yoga, through seasonal workshops, astrology-inspired slow flow classes, and an ongoing free meditation for the new moon and full moon. Her classes and workshops are designed to inspire and comfort her fellow community members through this unique blend of modalities.

Andrea has been studying astrology for over 20 years, and yoga for nearly ten. She completed her 200-RYT training at Yess Yoga, and a trauma-informed yoga training shortly after, and has taught in many different capacities since then, both at Yess and on the inpatient mental health units of the Minneapolis hospital where she has worked for years.

Her years of experience as a therapist have heightened her focus on the unique personal sensitivities and rich life histories that we bring both to the yoga mat and everywhere else that we journey in our vast, deep lives. Andrea is so thankful for every opportunity to share her love of astrology and yoga with anyone who might be enriched by these ancient languages and transformative practices.

Anna (She/her)

Yin & Teacher Trainer

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.

Annie (she/her)

Off the Mat & Vinyasa

Annie Maria Aguilar (she/her) is in love with creative embodiment. Her body, dance, and yoga studies have taken her to California, Vermont, Argentina, New York, and now Minneapolis. She began practicing Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin yoga over 9 years and has trained in modern dance, ballet, somatics, and the creative process for over 20 years. For Annie, the through-line between her dance and yoga practice is an immense love and respect for human bodies – their unique anatomy, identities, emotions, and expressions. Annie believes in  community movement as an entry point into healing, resilience building, and joy.

Annie earned a B.A. in Neuroscience from Middlebury College and completed training as a birth/postpartum doula. She has worked in child/youth education for the past six years. She currently studies Chiropractic medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University and teaches weekly classes at Yess Yoga.

 

Cecely (they/them)

Slow Flow, Yin, and Restorative

Looking for a gentle and intuitive way to move that wasn’t focused solely on fitness or the physical body, Cecely began practicing yoga in 2013. They have continued to practice because, for them, yoga facilitates connection with themselves and their community. Cecely strives to teach and practice in a way that is trauma-informed and true to yoga’s roots in social justice and equity. Cecely’s classes are designed to be options-based, offering people in all kinds of bodies full autonomy in choosing movements and shapes. Cecely is thrilled to be teaching and hopes to foster community through movement, breath, and intention, all while respecting the culture and philosophy of yoga.

Cecely completed training in trauma informed yoga and teaches classes in a trauma aware style.

Elizabeth (She/her)

Curvy,  Slow Flow,  Beginner, Studio Manager & Teacher Trainer

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.

Elisabeth works to provide support and modifications for yogis in bodies of all shapes, sizes and abilities and her classes are low key and accessible and fun. In addition to yoga, Elisabeth enjoys spending time with her grown daughters and their partners, cooking for friends, camping or dreaming of her next trip.

Elisabeth completed training in teaching trauma informed yoga and teaches classes in a trauma aware style.

izzy (she/her)

Vinyasa

Izzy began practicing yoga after a prolonged foot injury forced her to take a break from her professional training as a Contemporary Ballet dancer. She completed her first teacher training in Tucson with her teacher Darren Rhodes and then continued her yoga training in Asheville, NC eventually earning her E-RYT 500. Izzy taught throughout Asheville for 5 years offering variety of classes from restorative to power yoga. While in Asheville, Izzy also completed her Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification and birth and postpartum doula trainings, becoming a certified doula, CD/PCD(DONA). As a prenatal yoga instructor, RPYT, Izzy is certified through the Khalsa Way method and the Prenatal Yoga Center of NYC. Izzy moved back to her hometown of Minneapolis in 2020 and is currently enrolled in an accelerated PBSN program with the hopes of eventually becoming a nurse practitioner specializing in reproductive health. Her style as a yoga instructor is rooted in a strong foundation of alignment techniques and is inspired by a passion for movement and self-discovery. Using asana, pranayama, and meditation as an introduction into the practice of yoga, she hopes to ignite in her students a thirst for deeper inquisition into what the practice has to offer. 

Kjirsten (she/her)

Vinyasa

Kjirsten received her 500-Hour YTT Certification in Kelowna, BC in 2017 with the goal to own and operate a successful and sustainable studio in the Twin Cities. In the summer of 2018, with more curiosity surrounding her love of movement, and dance, she completed her 80-Hour Barre Certification, and 100-Hour Vinyasa Certification that has allowed her to expand both her knowledge, and teachings. Kjirsten has over 1000 hours of training in yoga and meditation, and has taught over 3000 classes. She is focused on building future programs and offerings that will support the growth and development of BIPOC dreamers, entrepreneurs, and creatives. 

Kristin (She/Her)

Slow Flow and Yin

I found yoga over a decade ago.  As a former volleyball player living with chronic pain, yoga became essential for my well being.  I quickly fell in love, for the physical practice and the impact on my mental health.  As someone who has dealt with anxiety and depression, yoga is where I can come to and be with myself, my heart, and my inner wisdom.  I love teaching slower practices because it allows the time & space to connect with myself and listen.  In a culture that encourages achievement, I welcome the beauty of the pause.

Outside of the mat, I love connecting with other humans through humor, dance, food, and animals! I have a passion for learning, exploring the outdoors with my partner and dogs, and taking each moment as it comes.  I look forward to practicing with you!

Kristin completed training in trauma informed yoga and teaches classes in a trauma aware style.

LISA (She/hER)

Qigong

Lisa found qigong over 25 years ago when a class was offered at her gym. She loved the movement, playfulness and variety of qigong. After regularly taking classes for many years from John DuCane and others in both qigong and tai chi, Lisa added yoga to her fitness routine 20 years ago when she started doing triathlons. She no longer participates in triathlons but yoga, qigong and tai chi still play an important part in her wellness routine. Life is all about balance and these softer practices are so very important to aging well.

Off the mat, she enjoys cycling, cooking and spending time playing with her dog and partner.

 

Lucia Yess

Lucia (she/her)

Vinyasa, Yin, & Teacher Trainer

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.

Lucia completed training in teaching trauma informed yoga and teaches classes in a trauma aware style.

Paige (she/her)

Vinysa

Paige fell in love with yoga in high school as a way to practice gentle movement and build body awareness in between sports seasons. She continued to practice through college where she discovered the stress relieving benefits of yoga and attended her first yoga retreat. Yoga has been with her through her most impressionable years, providing a solid spiritual foundation to help navigate life’s biggest challenges. She believes that yoga is something we will never master. Instead, it teaches us to detach from the idea of perfection, which helps us approach life off the mat with a beginners’ mindset and a willingness to learn. With her playful sequencing, she aims to bring out the inner child, and she is honored to share the practice with others.

Sarah (SHE/HER)

Slow Flow and Yin

Sarah began practicing yoga for the physical aspect but never felt very connected to it until she signed up for teacher training, on a whim. The lightbulb went off and she felt an emotional and spiritual connection like never before. She fell in love with yoga’s deep cultural roots, spiritual teachings and philosophy. She is passionate about community and awareness and how yoga brings these two aspects together so beautifully. Sarah believes that the connection we are seeking already lives within each of us and that we can find this when we turn inward and listen. She encourages her students to be curious, playful and to follow their intuition on and off the mat. She enjoys teaching both slow and quiet classes to allow for space to be created and faster paced classes that are dynamic and energy building. She believes that yoga is for everybody and every-body and that we often practice yoga without ever stepping foot on a mat.

Sarah completed training in trauma informed yoga and teaches classes in a trauma aware style.

Steve (he/him)

Vinyasa

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. Wherever 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.

Tara (she/her)

Yin & Restorative

Tara (she/her) was introduced to yoga in high school, and has been teaching since 2016. Tara enjoys practicing with both new and familiar students, and she invites you to be curious, let go of expectations, and connect with your playful and intuitive nature. No two classes are the same, and Tara encourages you to explore how your practice on your mat complements your practice off your mat.

Outside the studio, Tara is a grad student at the University of Minnesota and also works at the student health clinic on campus. She loves animals, traveling, cross-stitching, and cooking. (And yes, she’d like to see all the pictures of your pets!)

Timmy (They/Them)

Yin and Vinyasa

Timmy came to yoga as a dancer, falling in love with union of breath and movement as a healing and transformational practice. Their background in dance and embodied movement give the practice an emphasis in alignment, intuition and play, as well as a desire to create balance in daily routine. Expect a focus on breath, intelligent and accessible sequencing of postures, and the invitation to experiment and experience your body in new and supported ways!

Victoria (She/Her)

Vinyasa & Teacher Trainer

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.

Our Story

Yess Yoga’s focus is to be a just, third space for all to practice the ancient and timeless wisdom of Yoga. You will connect to this dynamic yoga practice through asana (postures), pranayama (breathwork), and meditation. It would be common for our classes, workshops, or trainings to include the following themes; yoga theory and philosophy, Trauma Informed, Ayurveda, Astrology and many more.

Our expansive offerings are based on the teacher’s personal interest and authenticity. There will be no two classes or teachings alike so that we can truly have an inclusive and intuitive community. Feel free to express your own needs and wants in class and the teachers will do their best to include your requests.

We hope you will join us via zoom or in person!

Location

We are proudly located in the Whittier neighbor of Minneapolis, MN. There is a small parking lot that is reserved for studio employees. Free on-street parking is available for customers. The studio has changing areas and bathrooms but there is no locker room or showers available.