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At Yess Yoga, we explore yoga, meditation and health on a rich and

personal level. It is our privilege to offer workshops and community

events in our schedule. Please join us for these opportunities to

expand and enrich your yoga practice.



Trauma, the Body, and Yoga

Saturday, April 7th | 9:30 am – 5 pm  |  $150

Facilitated by Jessa Walters, MA, E-RYT, TCTSY-F and Daniel Gaustad, DC, RYT, this workshop is designed for yoga teachers, yoga teachers-in-training and yoga students who are interested in exploring the connection between trauma and the body.


Participants will learn about neurological and physiological responses in the body during times of stress. We will explore how these responses become dysregulated as a result of chronic stress, single-event trauma and complex trauma. Keeping these responses in mind, we will discuss how to hold trauma sensitive space in a yoga class.


Jessa and Dan will guide embodied (somatic) practices throughout the day, including a trauma-sensitive yoga practice. Continuing education credits for this workshop are available for yoga teachers through Yoga Alliance.


Jessa Walters completed the 300-hour TCTSY certification with David Emerson through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute based in Boston. Jessa began teaching TCTSY in 2013 as part of a study through the University of MN and the Domestic Abuse Project researching TCTSY as a viable clinical treatment for trauma.


Daniel Gaustad is currently participating in the 3-year Somatic Experiencing Professional Trauma Training Program. He has completed the 40-hour TCTSY training at Kripalu with David Emerson and has been teaching yoga to men in recovery since 2012. He also integrates trauma-sensitivity into his practice as a chiropractor.

Recovery Yoga Teacher Training

Friday- Sunday,  May 18-20th | Friday: 6-9 pm. Sat/ Sun 12-6 pm  | $325

America is in the throes of a public health crisis: addiction. As our understanding of
addiction evolves, healthcare providers are incorporating yoga and mindfulness
practices into their programs.


Recovery Yoga Meetings® are group yoga practice intentionally designed to integrate the psychological, spiritual, and physical aspects of recovery and yoga. The practice incorporates tenets of mindfulness, peer support practices, and the spiritual principles of recovery into a standardized, trauma-informed curriculum.


Recovery Yoga Teacher Training will introduce you to Recovery Yoga Meetings® and help you authentically and effectively share yoga with others seeking recovery by giving you:

  • Personal experience working with recovery tools and philosophies
  • Education about the neurobiological aspects of addiction, mental illness, and
    compulsive behaviors
  • Information about the role of trauma in addiction, and trauma-sensitive teaching techniques
  • Skills to facilitate Recovery Yoga Meetings®, including teaching as a peer and ally, while being sensitive to and inclusive of each person’s personal path to recovery
  • Format, sequence, and practical suggestions for leading Recovery Yoga Meetings®


For those interested in teaching in healthcare facilities, an additional three-hour training and certification session is required. Prerequisite: RYT-200 certification.


Suzula Bidon is a person living in long-term recovery from addiction and depression, dedicated to smashing stigma and helping people thrive. She is the creator of Recovery Yoga Meetings®, a yoga curriculum designed to help individuals live and breathe the principles of recovery – on the mat and in their lives. She leads Recovery Yoga Meetings® in studios and treatment centers, and is building a network of certified teachers to bring Recovery Yoga Meetings® into healthcare facilities nationwide. Suz has trained with Nikki Myers (Y12SR), Tommy Rosen (Recovery 2.0), Rolf Gates, Will Kabat-Zinn, Seane Corn (OTM), Hala Khouri (OTM), and Suzanne Sterling (OTM), among others.


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Yess Yoga’s RYT Certified Teacher Training

Starts June 2018 | email:  | payment plans

Here’s the deal. We want you to know your personal practice, your intuitive side, how to teach with authenticity, and learn different styles of yoga. By the end of our teacher training you will be able to teach vinyasa, restorative, and yin. We value diversity, inclusive communities, and intelligence. If those qualities are important to you, this is your teacher training.


This is a certified RYT training with a variety of teaching styles (restorative, yin, and vinyasa) and teacher support (Lucia, Marnie, Victoria, Elisabeth, and Sara).


Email lucia@yessyogastudio for more information about the unique five sections. If you are currently a teacher and want to go through any of these trainings you are welcome to join! Open to all people.

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

Two weekends in July | dates & times below  |  $450 

Ancient Yogi’s knew that stress was the major cause of illness and dis-ease in the body, and thus created a entire system of wellness to clam the nervous system, increase the flow of prana (life-force), and promote overall mental and physical wellbeing. However, our modern world is even more stressed than ever before in history. That’s why Restorative yoga was created, to counteract the extreme demands of modern living. Join Marnie at Yess Yoga to learn the techniques, poses, and science behind this practical and vital yoga practice. Over two weekends you will learn about setting the mood for total body relaxation, restorative yoga poses, how to use props to support students, and the science behind rest and stress. This training is unique and is intended for you to become a more diverse and inclusive yoga teacher.


Dates and Times:
Friday, July 20th: 7:30-9:30 pm
Saturday, July 21st: 11:30-7pm
Friday, July 27th: 7:30-9:30 pm
Saturday, July 28th: 11:30-7pm

Yin Yoga Teacher Training

Two weekends in September | dates & times below  |  $450 

Marnie and Lucia are beyond excited to bring you yin training. In this 20 hour training you will learn multiple ways to enhance your practice and make it available and enjoyable for others. Together we believe our training will give you a diverse and comprehensive understanding of the immense benefits of yin yoga. Please join us for this training if you are currently a yoga teacher, want to begin Yess Yoga’s teacher training or want to deepen your yin yoga practice.


Dates & Times:
Friday, August 31st: 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Saturday, September 1st: 11:30 am-7:30 pm
Friday, September 7th: 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Saturday, September 8th: 11:30 am-7:30 pm


Brianna Darling

Spring Equinox Yin and Yoga Nidra

Saturday, March 24th | 7-9 pm | $30

What wisdom are you bringing with you from the dark of winter? What are you awakening in yourself? Night and day are in equal balance at the time of the Spring Equinox. Spring is the season for the liver and gallbladder meridians which are associated with liver, gallbladder, eyes, blood, tendons and ligaments, anger, frustration and courage. Opening through these meridians can lead to health, vitality and contentment.


Join Brianna for a two hour long Yin and Yoga Nidra practice that will help to clear the stagnate chi from the mind and the body. Use this humble and nurturing practice to welcome your body out of hibernation. Yin Yoga is a soft, still, deep and nurturing seated practice. It goes beyond stretching the muscles. It opens and creates space in the body while cultivating elasticity in the fascial system. Yoga Nidra is a practice of guided deep relaxation. Through this practice we will incorporate visualization and intention practices. Join us to create space in the mind and body that allow the unfolding of a fertile spring.

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Donation Dance Classes

Sunday, March 25th | 1-2 pm  | Donation

Dance your heart out at two donation dance classes this March. We’ll learn some essential dance moves you can use at the next wedding or spontaneous dance party in your living room. and put them together into a short combination by the end of class. Each class will be different so you can come to one or both!  This is the perfect opportunity to get to know Claire and her teaching style ahead of her upcoming April dance series. Her goal for every class is that you feel good in your body and walk out feeling confident in a few new moves you didn’t know before. This class is for everyone, so no experience is necessary! Comfy clothes and sneakers or bare feet are best.

Becoming Your Own Best Oracle: An Immersive Workshop in the Tarot

Saturday, March 31st | 2-5 pm | $50

“Becoming Your Own Best Oracle” is a supportive invitation to experience the magic of the Tarot. In this workshop, participants will learn about the history and structure of the Tarot, as well as various approaches for working with these ancient cards to promote insight and greater self-awareness. Connecting to intuition through gentle movement and quiet reflection exercises, you will conjure a personal reading and have the option to discuss with the group the meaning revealed through the cards. In this safe and sacred environment, we will celebrate the archetypal Tarot with a spirit of curiosity, humor, and reverence for the magic that moves through our lives.

Co-lead by Andrea Halverson and Kira Washington

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April Dance Series

Tuesday’s in April |  7-8:15 pm  | $70 or FREE for Members

Dance has always been used in ceremonies to mark beginnings, endings and transitions. These days we have far fewer opportunities like these to help us navigate through ever-changing waters. In this series we’re bringing dance back to help us mark the passage of time, celebrate abundance and look to the future. Each week we’ll explore a different dance style and theme: Celebration, Reflection, Creativity and Taking Bold Steps. We’ll learn moves from a variety of dance styles (hip-hop, lyrical, modern, salsa) so each class will not only center around each theme, but will also give you few dance moves to keep in your back pocket for later. Each class will learn a new, short combination of moves, so it’s no problem if you have to miss a week. And classes are open to everyone, beginners are encouraged! Come prepared to move in comfy clothes and bare feet or tennis shoes.

Body Love

Saturday, April 7th | 6:30-8:30 pm  | $30

Yess Yoga is creating space to come together in this monthly gathering where we will use movement, community, and creativity to explore ways to love your body a little move every day.  Led by Curvy Yoga certified instructor, Elisabeth Pletcher, this circle helps us look look for ways to accept ourselves in this life, in this body, in this moment.


Everyone….and every body is welcome to join in, whether you are completely new to yoga or an experienced yogi.


Clockwerks Brewery Yoga

Saturday, April 14th | 10:45-11:45 am  | $20

We would love to say studies show that a beer after yoga is good for the soul, but we know it works for us! Yess Yoga will be hosting yoga at ClockWerks Brewing in Downtown Minneapolis each month. Elisabeth and Sara have sampled the beer and it is fabulous! We are really excited to partner with another locally-focused business. Each month there will be a one hour yoga class onsite with your choice of a pint ($20). Cheers!

Women’s Moon Medicine: Moon in Aries, Element of Fire

Saturday, April 14th | 7-9 pm  |  $35

As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries represents the raw, primal fire of life force energy. With Aries as our teacher, we learn that we have the right to stand up for our own wants and needs. Autonomy, boundaries, assertiveness, the heat of our own passions and desires: this is the path of Aries. Building courage is the evolutionary aim. By facing our fears, taking risks, adventuring beyond the edges of our comfort zones, we embody high Aries energy and feel the fire of strength and courage intensifying in our bones.


To embody this Aries Moon energy, we will experiment with freestyle movement to music to awaken and explore our own instinctual, primal natures. There will also be drums/sound makers to engage with during the movement if you wish. Please wear comfortable clothing in which you can move easily. After the embodiment, we will circle for a time of reflection and sharing. Women’s Moon Medicine events are led by Evolutionary Astrologer, Jessa Walters.


Women’s Circle: Faith

Saturday, April 21st | 1-3 pm  |  $35

Yess Yoga’s women’s circle is back for its 4th year! Winter is a great time for gathering with other women and going inward to explore our own shadow. Led by Lucia Yess and Anna Befort, this women’s circle helps us look into some of our hidden places while calling in humor and community. Everyone is welcome, whether you are new to yoga or a longtime yogini.
Want more? Join us for women’s circles in April
  • April 21- Faith: Believing in Ourselves and What’s Good in the World
Reserve Your Spot

Please note: There is a 48 hour cancellation policy due to the limited amount of space in our workshops and often having a waiting list.