YF TEACHERS


 

Jen Vail Becky Harsma  Stephanie Kimble Shannon Sadler Tanya Boigenzahn
Al Bevier Taylor Huber  Jennifer Mankowski Aamera Siddiqui Tanya Boigenzahn
Serita Colette Stacie Hilliker  Brittany McArdell Hannah Strom 
Shira Charis Becka Janse  Amber Lee Olivier Michel Tigan
 Laura Church Susan Kulbitski  Billy Sadler Suzy Valek
 Carrie Garcia  Tanya Kula

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JEN VAIL (WYMAN), E-RYT 200, RYT 500, PRENATAL YOGA & BARRE TEACHER

Jen is the director and owner of YogaFresh and has been practicing yoga since 1996 and teaching since 2000.  Jen’s classes encourage students to find a balance of compassion and challenge on the mat through breath, awareness and proper alignment and are accessible for all levels of students to explore the benefits of yoga in a safe, fun and non-judgmental environment.

Jen began practicing yoga as cross-training for dance classes to increase flexibility, balance and strength; which not only improved her dance ability, but also improved her everyday life. In 2000, Jen began teaching yoga and mat pilates in the Twin Cities before moving to San Diego, CA in 2003 to continue learning, training and teaching where she completed her first 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training program with Beth Shaw.  Jen earned her advanced 500-hour teacher training certificate with Tanya Boigenzahn and Devanadi Yoga in Minneapolis, MN. Additionally, Jen has earned her Relax & Renew Advanced Therapeutic Restorative Yoga certificate w/restorative yoga founder Judith Hanson Lasater in San Francisco in 2015 and Barre teaching certificates with both Align Pilates in Minneapolis and Tracy Mallet’s Booty Barre in Chicago in 2011.  In 2016, Jen earned her Blooma Prenatal Yoga certificate.  Jen leads the YogaFresh Barre Burn Teacher Training Program and her teachings are contiguously influenced by local and national teachers including: Judith Hanson Lasater, Amy Ippoliti, William Prottengeier and Tanya Boigenzahn.

Jen has double Bachelors degrees from the University of Minnesota in both Human Resources and Business Management as well as Dance and Coaching minors. Jen lives in Woodbury, MN with her husband Andrew, newborn son Weston and dog-child Oliver. She opened YogaFresh in 2007 with the intention to offer Woodbury, MN and surrounding communities a place where EVERYONE can have an opportunity to learn and experience the benefits of yoga. YogaFresh has been named the “Best Yoga Studio” by Woodbury Magazine and Jen is honored to have the privilege of guiding you through a safe and fulfilling practice at YogaFresh.

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unnamed-6AL BEVIER, RYT 200

Al began his yoga career in 2012 after a skydiving injury grounded him. Facing several months of recovery, it became clear that he could not continue the physical activities he had relied upon in the past to keep him in shape. Searching around for a way to stay physically active, Al decided to try yoga. It was exactly what he needed.
About a month into classes, his schedule only allowed him to take an early morning Hot Power Fusion or Hot Yoga. A single class was all it took — he fell in love with the practice. Intrigued by the potential physical benefits of a Hot practice, Al picked up a Baron Baptiste yoga book. In the book Baron states that to really get a feel for what yoga can do for one, one should practice yoga for forty consecutive days.

Forty days later Al was completely hooked on yoga. He saw that yoga could do more that simply help repair his injuries. Yoga, for Al, provides a way to life-long health. More importantly, Al saw mental benefits that a practice could bring to all aspects of his life from business to skydiving so he entered into a series of teacher training courses. With a firm belief that one of the best avenues for learning is to teach, Al went on to become an instructor. He continues a daily yoga practice.
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SERITA COLETTE, RYT 200

Serita recognized dance at an early age as means to express her imaginative voice. It was through yoga that she awakened her innate capacity to live her truth and be present in her community.  In 2009, Serita studied Kathakali under Kalamandalam Shiva Das in Kerala, India.  While living in her homeland, Serita realized the incredible healing power yoga had to offer.  Upon returning to the U.S., her desire to yoke body movement with wellness became the precipice from which she launched herself toward a life-long commitment of self-care.

Serita has since completed 250 hours of yoga teacher training in Minneapolis under Becka Janse and continues to study with her teacher Ben Vincent in his 9-month Advanced Yoga Studies program.  Her style often combines Vinyasa, Restorative Yoga, mantra, pranayama, and Talking Circles as a methodology for reflection and community gathering. Serita is passionate about building sangha (a yogic community). As a lifelong dancer she is passionate about collaborating with artists in the Twin Cities in yoga, dance, and music.

Serita is the energy exchange coordinator at YogaFresh and coordinates our work for trade opportunities at YogaFresh. For more information about these opportunities, please email energyexchange@yoga-fresh.com.

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Teacher-Shira-CharisSHIRA CHARIS, E-RYT 200

Shira has been studying yoga with passion since 2000 and teaching since 2003. Her curiosity has taken her to Bikram and Ashtanga yoga, Tantra, Bhakti and Laughter Yoga.  Shira’s yoga practice shows reverence for the classical yoga of Patanjali and inspiration from the expressions of modern western yoga. Whether the class is meditative, gentle or vigorous, Shira teaches from a place of heart and the focus of the practice is on breath awareness, encouraging others to explore their unique path to self-realization. With her mesmerizing voice and intuitive adjustments, Shira creates an overall experience of letting go of the stresses of everyday life and creating an environment in which to grow.

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LAURA CHURCH, PILATES MAT & BARRE TEACHER

Laura is a Certified Barre Instructor with over 15 years experience in classical ballet and additional study in contemporary, modern dance, pilates, yoga and barre training. Her teaching philosophy will work your entire body and allows you to leave class feeling grounded, strong, flexible and challenged.  Laura’s method of teaching involves a lot of cuing and metaphor and she likes to describe how a movement will feel in your body throughout classes. One millimeter of positional adjustment within the body is monumental and these cues are a distinct route to learning and feeling the strength and opening of the body that can occur over time with barre classes.  Corework is a centerpiece to the six principles of Pilates: Concentration, Control, Centering, Precision, Breath, and Flow and can be found in all of Laura’s classes.

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775236_10200319181323937_801634367_oCARRIE GARCIA, RYT 200

Carrie Garcia is a certified Vinyasa Yoga instructor, spiritual guide and artist who plants her roots in the Twin Cities. Her aim is to inspire people to love and believe in themselves, knowing that we are all interconnected. Her belief is that by quieting our minds through yoga, meditation and spiritual visioning we can learn to live in the present moment and find the joy that is our birthright. Her hope is that through this work, the love inside of us will be so contagious, so fantastic and bright that we will become a more peaceful, loving planet.

Carrie was unconsciously programmed by her mother as a young child to be a yoga teacher (and actor) by watching her mother do Yoga in the 1970’s (from a book from the library), join La Leche League and take pottery classes. By the 1990’s she had no other choice but to take a local community ed yoga class and then join an Iyengar yoga studio. In 2010 she found Vinyasa-style yoga. She became a certified yoga teacher in 2012. She has worked with at-risk and special needs youth for 17 years helping her to cultivate patience and inner peace. She has two spirit-filled boys who have shown her what unconditional love means. Besides yoga, she loves to move her body through dance, swimming, mud runs and races. She also enjoys acting, photography, reading and the outdoors, travel, music, stimulating conversations with strangers and hot chai in the morning.

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BECKY HARSMA, E-RYT 200

Becky is an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT) with Yoga Alliance, who completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2008 with CorePower Yoga. Her exploration of yoga started with simple self study, then was catapulted to love when she took her first vinyasa class in 2004. She has been passionate about continuing to expand her knowledge and experience in yoga. Becky has completed Street Yoga teacher training an outreach to bring yoga to at risk youth, building life skills and using yoga as transformational tool and also trained with Seane Corn.

As a teacher, Becky found she could bring the compassion, patience and joy she found in yoga to her students. Becky shows her love of yoga by offering a mix of simplicity and creativity that is accessible to all levels of practitioners. She strongly believes in the power asana has to transform body, mind and spirit; as each practice holds infinite possibility to awaken presence and deepen connections in each moment. Yoga can meet anyone anywhere, a great example of this is sharing yoga with a run club as we trained for a marathon together.

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unnamed-7STACIE HILLIKER, RYT 200

In 2009, Stacie was brought to her first ever yoga class by a close friend. With just taking a few classes, she was hooked and began practically at a studio on a regular basis. Not only did it give a great physical workout (without having to count the minutes), but it also provided a mental release. After dabbling in all types of yoga classes, hot yoga seemed to be the one that kept drawing her back for more. Stacie completed her Hot Teacher Training in 2013 to deepen her understanding of Hot Yoga and the effects on the body and to share it with those around her. She is excited to be a part of this community and cannot wait to see you in class!

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BeckaBECKA JANSE, E-RYT 500

Becka Janse has been teaching yoga since 2005. A self-described “yoga mutt”, she has well over 1000 hours of teacher training and yoga education under her belt from a variety of schools and traditions. Becka is known for her intelligent approach to sequencing, clear technical instruction, sense of humor and gentle spirit. In addition to teaching public classes, Becka has been on the faculty of dozens of yoga teacher trainings, and is frequently a guest presenter on a variety of yoga-related topics. After nearly a decade of teaching and thousands of hours of classroom experience, Becka remains a sincere and well-rounded student of both the physical and contemplative aspects of yoga. Her teaching stems from a dedicated personal practice, and she actively continues her education and training with mentors and senior teachers of a wide range of yoga styles and disciplines. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Aaron, and their cat-child, Sukhi.

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SUSANKSUSAN KULBITSKI, RYT 200

Susan has been practicing yoga for the past ten years and knew in her heart for all those years that she wanted to become a yoga teacher. Susan earned her 200-hour RYT, Yin Yoga Training and Mindfulness Training and was also the owner of YogaSoul in Eagan.
Her primary interests of study and practice are in Yin, Gentle and Mindfulness Yoga. Susan believes the mind, body and spirit connection formed in a yoga practice is an eternal reward and enjoys creating an inviting environment for her students to grow and explore.

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Teacher-Stephanie-KimbleSTEPHANIE KIMBLE, RYT 200 & KIDS YOGA 

Stephanie has been practicing yoga periodically since 2002, but it wasn’t until she heard the words, “Smile, this is supposed to be fun,” that her own practice really resonated with her. In 2012, Stephanie completed her 200 Hour Power Yoga training from Core Power Yoga with the intention to become a kid’s yoga teacher. Taking the skills she learned and incorporating her personal playful approach to yoga, Stephanie received her certificate in the Adventures of Super Stretch Yoga and has been practicing yoga play ever since. As a pre-school teacher and kid’s yoga teacher, Stephanie teaches yoga asana, pranayama, and the golden rule through children’s natural inclination toward play. Through instruction and encouragement, Stephanie works to teach letting go of perfection so that all of her yoga buddies feel inspired to try yoga without judgment, after all this is supposed to be fun!

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TANYA KULA, Teacher-Tanya-KulaE-RYT 200, RYT 500 & BARRE TEACHER

Tanya began teaching group fitness in 2010 and never imagined she would ever teach or practice yoga. She enjoyed high intensity workouts and thought the only benefit of yoga was greater flexibility. She decided to enroll in a beginner yoga workshop to offer yoga stretches in her classes and was surprised by how open and relaxed she felt after each class. Tanya soon found that yoga made her feel physically and mentally balanced. The physical postures were challenging, but learning to quiet her mind and focus on her breath was even more difficult. As she continued to practice it became less about the physical and more about the inner peace she felt each time she stepped on to her mat. She enjoyed the sense of community and non-judgment that yoga provided in her life. Excited to introduce others to the many benefits of yoga, Tanya decided to enroll in teacher training.

Tanya is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and completed her 500 Yoga Training from the Yoga Center of Minneapolis and Yoga Sculpt and 200 Hour Power Yoga training from CorePower Yoga in 2011.  Additional trainings and certifications also include: Barre Certification with YogaFresh in 2013, Yin Yoga Certification with Yoga Center of Minneapolis in 2013, Kids Yoga Certification in 2014 and Prenatal Yoga Certification in 2015.  She’s grateful for the opportunity to guide students through their yoga practice as they discover what yoga means to them.

Tanya is the Assistant Studio Manager at YogaFresh and helps to make sure each of our clients have an amazing experience every time they join us at the studio. For any questions or front desk requests, please email frontdesk@yoga-fresh.com.

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JENNIFER MANKOWSKIJENNIFER MANKOWSKI, RYT 200 & KIDS YOGA

Jen has dabbled in yoga since 2006, but it wasn’t until 2010 that she began a consistent practice. Drawn to the healing qualities of yoga, Jen fell in love with the connection between breath and movement. Her motto is, “You can do anything if you just breathe through it.” Being an elementary school teacher, Jen brought yoga to kids in and out of the classroom. She became certified to teach kids yoga through Little Lotus Kids Yoga in 2011 and created her own unique classes infusing yoga, character development, and body confidence for kids and teens. As her own practice evolved, so did her scope of teaching. In 2014 Jen completed her 200 hour training and now enjoys teaching adults as well. Jen is also a certified Life Coach and Spirit Mentor who continues to use breath work to empower women and children in her sessions.

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BRITTANY MCARDELL, RYT 200

Brittany McArdell, 200 RYT, is a dedicated yoga teacher influenced by her prior career as a gymnast. Her objective as a yoga teacher is to help students of all levels develop their own relationship with their practice as the needs arise. One day it’s physical, the next emotional, spiritual or intellectual. When you come to her classes, you can expect clear informative instruction, to be inspired to cultivate greater stamina, strength and flexibility and be challenged to reach beyond your perceived limitations. Each class focuses on one category of poses, is organized around a specific nurturing theme and offers modifications for all levels. Her teaching style is inspired by Ashtanga, Anusara and Vinyasa Yoga. Off the mat Brittany enjoys spending time with her 3 dogs, skijoring, gardening, reading and traveling.

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AMBER LEE OLIVIER, RYT 200

Amber began practicing yoga at college, the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland, but didn’t start teaching until several years later. She received her Yoga Alliance 200hr training through Frog Lotus Yoga in 2008. Amber has taught yoga at resorts in Los Cabos, Mexico, Granada, Nicaragua and around various studios throughout Chicago. Through her traveling and teaching along the way, her teaching evolved to a focus on communication. Now Amber is back where she began, the green pastures of Minnesota. In addition to her yoga life, Amber is an actress, puppeteer and visual artist.

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BILLYBILLY SADLER, RYT 500 

Billy started practicing Yoga in 2007 because he thought it would be good physical fitness. He discovered it was that and a lot more. Yoga gave Billy a whole new toolbox to use to meet the challenges that life sets before me and he attended teacher training in 2010 to give others what he had experienced. Billy’s classes are alignment based and offers his students a safe, focused yet challenging practice. Some of Billy’s teachers and mentors include:Noah Mazé, Christina Sell, Darren Rhodes, Ali Certain, Annie Carpenter, Kai Trinh, Desiree Rumbaugh, Seane Corn and Jason Crandell. It is an honor and privilege for Billy to serve his students by sharing the many benefits of a Yoga practice. As a teacher, he will always be student.

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SHANNON SADLER, E-RYT 500Shannon

Shannon has been whole-heartedly devoted to the study of yoga since beginning with a few video-guided yoga postures in her living room in 2001. Upon moving to Minneapolis in 2005, she began practicing primarily vinyasa yoga with real live teachers at real live yoga studios. Shannon’s first Yoga Teacher Training was in 2009 through CorePower Yoga. This first teacher training led her to Ali Certain and Anusara yoga, and she continues to study primarily with teachers from that tradition, namely Noah Mazé and Christina Sell. Following her first training, she has taken advanced trainings with Seane Corn, and sought out the teaching of Christina Sell, Darren Rhodes, and Sianna Sherman. In 2014 Shannon completed her 500 Hour Teacher Training from Noah Mazé in Los Angeles.

Shannon’s passion for teaching yoga is rooted in her devotion for continued development of her own personal practice of yoga: the best yoga teachers are always first and foremost devoted students of the practice. Shannon’s classes make yoga accessible yet challenging to everyone, where students can find a joyful and loving connection to conscious alignment, movement and breath, and a connection to the Highest in themselves and in others.  When not practicing and teaching yoga, Shannon is a concert pianist, performing on concert stages all over the globe. Shannon is grateful for so many things: for the many inspiring teachers who have encouraged her, especially Sarah Goble and Ali Certain, for her loving husband and two dogs, and for the transformative, empowering practice of yoga.

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Teacher-Aamera-SiddiquiAAMERA SIDDIQUI, RYT 200

Aamera’s journey with yoga began over ten years ago as an actor. She found that practicing yoga increased her ability to focus, concentrate and be more present in her roles on and off stage. Aamera has practiced various forms of yoga including Hatha, Vinyasa, Bikram and an ancient martial art form known as Kalari which has its roots in yoga. But what got Aamera hooked was the sense of joy she experienced after every single yoga practice. In 2010 Aamera decided to delve deeper into her practice by becoming certified yoga instructor to share her passion for yoga with others. Her goal as an instructor is to help you find what yoga means to you and how it can improve your life- on and off the mat.

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HANNAHHANNAH STROM, RYT 500

Hannah’s personal experience with yoga has changed many aspects of her life and she is convinced that yoga can provide a means of transformation and healing for anybody.  She believes that the mind and the body are not separate entities, but rather they are one phenomenon, and the practice of yoga supports this integration.  In her classes, Hannah works to guide students through creative and accessible sequences with an emphasis on postural alignment and concentration on the breath, to eventually facilitate greater self-awareness and inward focus. When we place our focus inward and drop the voice of the ego, our possibilities are limitless. We then permit our minds to be open and more receptive to the experience at hand, and that, she believes, is where the real healing begins.

Hannah completed her 200-RYT training through CorePower Yoga Minneapolis and her 500 hour-RYT training at Sampoorna Yoga School in Goa, India. In addition to yoga, Hannah has always had an interest in holistic health and wellness, exploring different forms of movement, endurance sports, and human performance. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and hopes to continue onto graduate school. When not on her mat Hannah enjoys exploring the restaurant scene in the Twin Cities, riding her bike, going to shows, spending time with friends and family and international travel.

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Teacher-Michel-Tigan-e1388858985742MICHEL TIGAN, RYT 200, PRE/POSTNATAL YOGA & BARRE TEACHER

Michel continued her yoga journey when she moved to Maine to work on an organic raw milk dairy farm teaching environmental education. It was there among the waves and the salt kissed air that Michel fell in love with the Vinyassa flow. It not only brought about the same relaxation and intention that Kripalu yoga did, but it also offered a physical component much loved by an avid camper, canoer, kayaker, snowshoer and all around outdoor enthusiast.

Michel completed her 200 hour certification from Corepower Yoga in 2005, Barre training with Align Pilates in 2011 and Prenatal Yoga training with Blooma. Michel encourages all her students to live yoga off the mat, take time to breath, set daily dedications, manifest peacefulness and live with as much intention as you give your practice. “May there be peace in your hearts, peace in your practice and peace in the world you create around you, blessed be”  She hopes to continue to share this joy of yoga and of life with others by teaching.

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suzySUZY VALEK, RYT 200,

 

Suzy teaches classes with an emphasis on alignment and breath work. She is a 500 RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) who completed her training at Devanadi School of Yoga & Wellness in Minneapolis. Suzy has studied with and is influenced by her teachers, Tanya Boigenzahn, Amy Ippoliti and Rod Stryker.

In 2009, when Suzy first started yoga it was solely for the physical practice. She quickly realized there were many more benefits to yoga. Not only was Suzy stronger and more flexible physically, she was less stressed and living with more awareness and ease. Yoga was changing her life!
Suzy has a down-to-earth nature and loves connecting with others. She is passionate about teaching her students how to tap into all of the amazing benefits that yoga offers – on the mat and off!

Suzy’s classes are creatively sequenced and often times include meaningful themes that link the physical practice (asana) to our daily lives. Her classes are strong, deep, compassionate and playful.

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bio_tanya-250x375TANYA BOIGENZAHN, E-RYT 500, RTT, CHTP, AYS & REIKI MASTER

Tanya Boigenzahn is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with an approved and active Registered Yoga School (RYS).

Tanya started practicing yoga since the early 90s and has been teaching since 1996. She has meditated since age 15, and has a daily practice. Tanya devotes her life to sharing the gifts of yoga, wellness and well-being with clarity, ease, and joy while keeping in mind the constant evolution of the soul. For over 20 years, Tanya has travelled and worked in a variety of foreign places from London to Wyoming to Portland to San Francisco, and has studied yoga with many respected teachers. In 2005 she met her teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, and has been initiated into the 5000+ year old Himalayan tradition that includes the lineage of master teachers such as Swami Rama, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, and Bengali Baba. Rod’s style of yoga, known as ParaYoga, blends the three rivers of Tantra Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda and the Yoga Sutras into one comprehensive study. Through this wisdom, Tanya specializes in helping students create a therapeutic practice based on their physical, energetic, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. She continues to study under Rod, Pandijit, Rolf Sovik, and many other teachers channeling the sacred tradition of yoga, tantra and meditation.

She completed her 500 hour Yoga Alliance teaching credentials through ParaYoga® and is one of the only Level 2 Certified Teachers in the world, and the only one in MN. Her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training was completed in 2001 through the It’s Yoga Ashtanga Teacher Training Program in San Francisco with Larry Schultz. Tanya blends her studies of Tantra Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Vinyasa Flow in each class. Focus is on aligning the physical with the subtle by using breath, awareness, alignment, and ancient yoga techniques including meditation, pranayama, kriya, bandha, chakra work, mudra, and mantra. Tanya currently teaches at her yoga, bodywork and wellness studio, Devanadi Yoga, located in the Linden Hills area of Minneapolis and offers a satalite teacher training program at YogaFresh.

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