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 (and barre) 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 Prenatal Yoga certificate with Blooma. 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, 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.
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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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.
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.
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. Serita experienced the grace, transformative power and awakening of yoga in her homeland Kerala. Her desire to yoke movement and wellness became the launchpad toward a life-long commitment of self-care.
Serita studied 10-month Advanced Yoga Studies, Tantra, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, The Four Desires, and Sankalpa Shakti with Ben Vincent and Nidra, Marma Vidya and Ayurveda with Indu Arora. As an avid student of yoga she works with mantra, pranayama, mudra, the vayus, and the doshas when building her own practice and a practice for her students. Her work has been recognized by Allina Healthcare, The Star Tribune and Learning Dreams. Serita is passionate about building sangha, (a yogic community). As a lifelong dancer collaborates often with artists in the Twin Cities in performance art, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brandi began yoga in 2013 when she was faced with some health issues and turned to yoga for help to find movement and peace. She was amazed by how quickly she started to feel better, both physically and mentally with less stress. As her love for yoga grew, she became certified to teach yoga in 2014 and additional training in children’s yoga, Yoga4Cancer, and chair yoga. There is so much joy in learning more.
Yoga changed her life in so many ways and Brandi feels so blessed to be able to share yoga with others in her classes that flow with clear cues with an emphasis on finding peace, love and joy throughout the movement and the breath. In her spare time, Brandi enjoys her 4 adult children, grandchild, spoiled doggie and wonderful husband. She loves to bake, walk with her doggie, read and practice yoga.
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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.
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.
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!Back to the top
Taylor’s yoga journey began in 2013 with Yoga Fresh. After several years of being a professional ballet dancer, instructor and becoming a mother she discovered Barre Burn classes as a wonderful new challenge. Taylor was an accomplished professional ballet dancer with Ballet Minnesota from 2000-07. She trained and performed all over the nation under scholarship. She has taught ballet and privately coached all over the Twin Cities, including Larkin Dance Studio from 2008-15, focusing on their competition lines.
Taylor is an American Ballet Theatre® certified teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® teacher training in Primary through level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum and completed her Barre Burn Training at YogaFresh in 2015. She is known for her non-stop energy and loves to motivate her students. She enjoys the challenge of keeping ones motivation and stamina in check during her classes.
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!Back to the top
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
MAREN MARKS, RYT 200
My mission as a yoga instructor is to empower students with a practice that nurtures awareness of their authentic-self. When we are close to our truth we effortlessly cultivate contentment in our lives. The physical practice of yoga strengthens the body and cleanses the mind, which balances the entire being. When there is balance in the body and mind there is space within the physical structure, so that the true soul may emerge and live peacefully. When the body is balanced…when the mind is strong…when the soul is actualized….then we are peaceful and share peace with all beings. It is my passion to offer students a comprehensive understanding of proper alignment and foundation, so that the student feels confident and strong in their practice. I am a certified yoga instructor at the 200 hour level through Feel Your Best (FYB) Teacher Training. FYB is recognized as a Certified Teaching Training School, as well as a Style of Yoga by Yoga Alliance. FYB Yoga is influenced by Ashtanga, Iyengar and Vini Yoga. As an FYB Certified instructor it is my belief and practice that Yoga is for Every Body! Consequently I meet my students where they are in their yogic journey to offer individualized guidance.
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.
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.
MARIA RANGEL, RYT 200
Maria’s passion for yoga led her into teacher training in 2014 after attending yoga in hybrid fitness classes. She has continued to add additional knowledge with supplemental certifications and trainings since then. Maria is an educator by profession and has found a path to holistic health and well-being that led her to massage therapy and cleaner living. She has been able to incorporate yoga into all aspects of her life and is happier and more balanced because of it. She’s excited to share this gift with others at YF!
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.
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.
AAMERA 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.
HANNAH STROM, RYT 500
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 is currently a physical therapy student at Concordia University in St. Paul with the goal of one day combining both yoga and physical therapy to help people heal their bodies. 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.