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.
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.
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.
Vinaysa and Yin
When Dawn discovered yoga over 15 years ago she found that it helped to slow down her busy mind and provided her with healing space to turn inward. She believes that by moving with our physical body, being intentional with our breath and finding moments of quiet, we can learn to develop compassion and curiosity with ourselves and each other.
Dawn teaches Yin, Slow Flow and Vinyasa and seeks to create classes that are approachable to all levels of practice. She especially enjoys teaching people who are new to yoga or think they can’t “do” yoga. In the summer, she combines her love for the outdoors and yoga by offering workshops that combine yoga, hiking and wildlife tracking. More info: www.dawnengland.com
Dawn completed training in teaching trauma informed yoga and teaches classes in a trauma aware style.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Kassira started practicing yoga regularly about a decade ago. At her core, Kassira believes in radical inclusion through a lens focused on health at every size and anti-dieting, racial justice/antiracism, and intersectional feminism. She infuses this belief in her practice and classes. She loves yoga for its incredible way to unite the intangible with the tangible. The only rule she believes applies to all forms of yoga is safety: we should always feel safe when we practice–emotionally, physically, mentally.
When not on the mat, Kassira loves to read, be outdoors, and watch The Office and trashy reality TV. Mountains are her happy place
Kassira completed trauma-informed yoga training and teaches using a trauma-aware style.
Keith is a certified Tai Chi and Yoga instructor. He was first introduced to Tai Chi living in Taiwan some 30 + years ago and later spent many years in Paris, France styling Karate, Aikido, Tai Chi, Shiatsu and Qigong. Currently he is studying Tai Chi under Sifu Christophe Millner of Santa Barbara Kung Fu and Master Gu of the Wudang Taiost Wellness Academy in Wudang China. Yess Yoga in Minneapolis turned him into a yoga fanatic. He spends his time traveling, training and teaching these disciplines, all the while trying to de-mystify them and make them simple and accessible to all.
Lucia (she/her) 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.
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.
Yin and Vinyasa
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.
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. 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) 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!)
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.
Vaughn has been practicing yoga for years, but officially became enamored
when she realized that her daily practice enhanced her self-awareness and ability to think clearly. She is interested in the connection between mind and body and how we can use the breath to strengthen parts of the brain that make us mindful and present in our physical form.
Vaughn believes that when you move with your breath, you are increasing your understanding of how your body responds to different stimuli. A regular yoga practice allows you to notice what is happening in your body and gain the tools you need to regulate those sensations. A study of and
fascination with anatomy has helped her intelligently instruct and assist students as they practice as well as reinforce the bridge between mind & body awareness.
Vaughn completed training in trauma informed yoga and teaches classes in a trauma aware style.
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!
We are proudly located in the Whittier neighbor of Minneapolis, MN. Free on-street parking is available. The studio has changing areas and bathrooms but there is no locker room or showers available.