YF Teachers


Our teachers bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, and individuality to each of our classes at YogaFresh. They will inspire you to find the breath and nourishment you need now as each teacher at YF is an expert in their field and will help to connect you to the power of this ancient practice. YogaFresh teachers are certified through Yoga Alliance approved 200 &/or 500-hour programs and are committed to offering you a welcoming, inspiring and safe class experience that is rooted in community. As you begin or continue to deepen your practice, you will always find opportunities to connect with our community of knowledgeable teachers available to help support your practice.


AMBER, 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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BeckaBECKA, 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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BILLY, 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 offer 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 a student.

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CARRIE, RYT 500

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 1970s (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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CHAVA, E-RYT 200

Chava aims to teach classes that connect the body, calm the mind, and create movement from the heart. She began a physical asana practice as a teen and over time, awakened to yoga as a system of complete transformation. Chava has explored many body-spirit modalities including Tai Chi, Reiki, 5 Rhythms, kundalini meditation, and ecstatic shaking meditation. In yoga, she found a way to unite aspects of the self within an ancient system that’s a practical guide to navigating modern life. Chava has been teaching yoga since 2016, with continued training in Yoga Sculpt, Hot Yoga, AcroYoga, and guided meditation. When she isn’t teaching, Chava is a freelance theater director, mask maker, and arts administrator. She enjoys knitting, reading, swing dancing, and taking walks with her husband and their corgi.

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CLAIRE, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, L.M.T. & REIKI HEALER

Claire found the physical practice of yoga in 2002. Rather than focusing on fitness, yoga became a practice of wellness and peace. With encouragement from her teachers, she began to investigate the spiritual and philosophical origins of the practice, which she continues to value, study, and share today.

Claire completed her initial 200-hour teacher training in 2013 through LifePower Yoga, which created a foundation of experience from the Ashtanga/Vinyasa lineage of David Williams, Pattabhi Jois, and S.T. Krishnamacharya, and Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka. In 2020 Claire completed her 340-hour teacher training through Devanadi Yoga under the guidance of Tanya Boigenzahn, who centered the program on tantra and Ayurveda. Additional training includes: Yoga for All, Move Mindfully, Trauma Sensitive Training through Yoga Behind Bars, Y12SR, and Chair Yoga.

Claire is passionate about making the practice of yoga asana, meditation, and pranayama accessible to all. She carefully weaves together meaningful themes to support each student on their journey. She loves practicing the harmonium and joining in Kirtan, a form of Bhakti yoga (devotional singing/chanting). When she is not teaching, Claire works as a massage therapist and reiki healer. She and her husband (and cat!) live in Eagan, not far from Lebanon Hills, where they enjoy walking, kayaking, and appreciating nature all year round.

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ELEN, C-IAYT 1000, E-RYT 500

Elen is trained as a yoga teacher and certified somatic yoga therapist. She has earned her E-RYT 500 teaching and C-IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) designation with a focus on somatics, an area of study which emphasizes moving the body based on how it feels from the inside. Elen works with clients who want to regain lost mobility and alleviate physical pain. Find more information about Elen’s therapy services at elenbahr.com.

She is passionate about inclusivity and empowerment in yoga. She is a founding member of the Yoga & Body Image Coalition and holds personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Elen’s training programs are customized for non-athletes who want to feel stronger and more present in their bodies. She earned a 200 hour Power Yoga certification from CorePower Yoga, followed by 500 and 1000 hour SomaYoga certifications from Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute where she also serves as adjunct faculty. When not in the studio or working with therapy clients, you’ll find Elen hiking, digging in the dirt, or planning a new travel adventure.

Elen is the Membership Coordinator at YogaFresh and helps to make sure our clients have an amazing experience each time they join us at the studio. For any questions about all things membership-related, please email membership@yoga-fresh.com.

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HANNAH, RYT 200

Hannah’s yoga practice began at age 16 when she started attending classes at YogaFresh. This initial introduction sparked a deep interest in yoga, meditation, Eastern philosophy, and mindful movement. In addition to teaching yoga, she has a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy and is passionate about helping others get back to the activities they love to do. Hannah is fascinated by anatomy, posture, and bodywork, and how to create healing and transformation through movement and mindfulness. Hannah is the owner of Awake Pelvic Health located inside YogaFresh and when she is not teaching or working as a PT, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, skiing, running, cooking, and checking out the food scene in the Twin Cities.

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JEN E-RYT 200, RYT 500 & BARRE TEACHER/TRAINER

Jen is the director and founder of YogaFresh and opened YogaFresh in 2007.  With an intention to offer Woodbury, MN, and surrounding communities a place where everyone can have an opportunity to learn and experience the benefits of yoga, Jen’s classes encourage students to find a balance of compassion, challenge and grace on the mat through breath, awareness and proper alignment.  Jen has been practicing yoga since 1996 and teaching since 2000.  Her classes are accessible for all levels of students to explore the benefits of yoga and barre in a safe, fun, and non-judgmental environment.

Jen has earned her RYT 500 designation, including additional training and education from a variety of yoga schools and traditions including advanced certifications for Therapeutic Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater in San Francisco,  Prenatal Yoga with Blooma in Minneapolis, Barre teaching certificates with both Align Pilates in Minneapolis and Tracy Mallet’s Booty Barre in Chicago. Jen leads the YogaFresh Barre Burn Teacher Training Program and Beginner Workshops and her teachings are continuously influenced by local and national teachers alike.

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 Bayport, MN with her husband Andrew, sons Weston & Grayson, and morkie pup Oliver. 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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KIM KANSKI E-RYT 200, REIKI HEALER

Kim has been studying yoga since 2001 and teaching yoga since 2009. Having struggled with anxiety for many years, Kim personally taps into the power of yoga as a tool to release tension, calm anxieties, and balance the nervous system.  As a sensitive empath, she is very much in tune with the needs of her individual students and the powerful energy of the class as a whole. Her classes – whether gentle yoga class or dynamic power vinyasa – focus on breath and awareness as pathways for each student to tap into their own energetic potential.

She is passionate about anatomy and how to keep our bodies safe from injury.  She knows that each body has its own unique anatomical function and needs for support. Kim encourages each student to study their own unique body using the shapes of the yoga poses as their guide. She offers clear and concise instruction while guiding well-planned and thoughtfully sequenced classes.

Her well-rounded training and experience include Ayurveda and nutrition, Reiki II certification, and current study toward Reiki III.

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LEE ANN, RYT 500 & AYURVEDA SPECIALIST

Lee Ann has been part of our yoga community since joining YogaFresh in 2009.  What began as an alternative stress reducer, evolved into a practice of possibilities and a centerpiece of grace and self-renewal in her life.  She completed her 200RYT through Devanadi Yoga in 2012 and her 500 Hour RYT in 2014 through Devanadi Yoga.

Initially drawn to the Ashtanga and Power practices, Lee Ann felt the shift to diversify and seek more balance in both the subtle and physical self which is reflected in her present course of study which includes Reiki, Yoga Nidra, Restorative, and Yin.  She has discovered through her training and personal practice that a universal mind/body connection exists and that yoga practices can cultivate and nurture our own health and well-being.

In-studio, you will find Lee Ann’s classes are welcoming and supportive to all and filled with clear and thoughtful sequencing combined with an emphasis on breath and alignment to provide a safe and balanced practice.  When not teaching, Lee Ann enjoys golf, skiing, reading a great mystery, gardening, and travel.  Lee Ann has a wonderful husband, two daughters, and three grandchildren.

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STACIE, RYT 200 & BARRE TEACHER

In 2009, Stacie was brought to her first-ever yoga class by a close friend. After taking just a few classes, she was hooked and began practicing 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 its 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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STEPHANIE, RYT 500, KIDS YOGA & BARRE TEACHER

Stephanie has been practicing yoga 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 and her 500 Hour Yoga training from the Yoga Center of Minneapolis.  Taking the skills she learned from teacher training 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 (and adult) yoga teacher, Stephanie teaches yoga asana, pranayama, and the golden rule through the 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.

Stephanie is the New Client Coordinator at YogaFresh and helps to make sure each new student is set up for success. For any questions about getting started with live stream or in-person classes at YogaFresh, please email welcome@yoga-fresh.com.


shannonSHANNON, E-RYT 500

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 training 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 to the 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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TACY, RYT 200 & REIKI HEALER

Tacy began practicing in 2006. After her first class, she was addicted! Yoga gives her an opportunity to quiet her busy mind and challenge herself both physically and mentally. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in Costa Rica in 2014 with Marianne Wells. Tacy moved to San Diego with her husband for 2 years where she completed additional training including Power Yoga, Yin Yoga Teacher Training, and Yoga Nidra Teacher Training. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Reiki Master. Tacy owns Sapphire Healing, where she offers Reiki Healing, Myofascial Release, and Cupping Therapy.

Tacy is passionate about holistic healing and believes that yoga is a key element in a healthy lifestyle. It is important to her that her students have fun and leave class feeling confident, challenged, and successful. Tacy’s yoga journey is constantly evolving and she loves teaching because she learns something new with every class and from every student.

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TAYLORTAYLOR, BARRE TEACHER

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 one’s motivation and stamina in check during her classes.

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THERESA, RYT 200 & REIKI HEALER
Theresa earned her 200-hour power yoga certification & yoga sculpt certifications and is also a certified Piyo instructor with several advanced yoga training certifications. She enjoys teaching a wide variety of classes from restorative, yin, meditation, and energy to Hatha, vinyasa flow, power, Piyo, and sculpt. Theresa has taught young children through elderly clients how to be present in the bodies they are in and has met individual’s needs by teaching them how to modify and how to extend their practice or with props and leveled options.

With her coaching and teaching background, Theresa has specialized in working with injury rehabilitation and yoga, and she has brought her love of laughter and lightness to her students by mindfully helping them let go of that in their lives that do not serve them. As an EDS/chronic pain warrior who has battled multiple injuries (like three knee surgeries on one knee) and who has recovered from bulimia, Theresa is convinced that yoga has literally saved her life. She passes on that life by teaching from a seat of service that seeks to honor those in her classes. Theresa is rooted in the philosophy that yoga is really for EVERYbody and looks forward to meeting you at YogaFresh.

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