Jen Vail Carrie Garcia  Stephanie Kimble Shannon Sadler
Megan Adams Stacie Hilliker Tacy Nielson Lee Ann Schmitz
Elen Bahr Taylor Huber Amber Oliver Theresa Stehula
Shira Charis Becka Janse Billy Sadler Hannah Strom
Marissa Leitschuh    
Marissa Leitschuh
Adam Frydenlund 

YogaFresh teachers bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and individuality to each of our classes.  Our amazing community of knowledgable teachers at YogaFresh are each certified through Yoga Alliance approved 200 &/or 500 hour programs and are experts in their field. The variety of styles influencing the YogaFresh teachers provides a breadth of knowledge on physical poses, philosophy and breathing techniques, so your practice will stay lively. Commitment to a welcoming, inspiring and safe atmosphere will always be the core of your experience. As you begin or grow in your practice, you will always find satisfying opportunities to unite with the YogaFresh community. Together we support one another in our unique journey to connect, inspire and thrive.


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 trainings 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 contiguously 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 dog-child 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.

Back to the top


Megan sought out yoga 15 years ago as a form of exercise to compliment her running hobby. She discovered not only the physical benefits of a well-rounded yoga practice, but the positive impacts that yoga had on her own mental health and overall well-being. For years, she aspired to share her love of yoga as a yoga instructor, but it wasn’t until she sought out yoga teacher training, where she received her 200-hour Power Yoga Teacher certificate as well as her 50-hour Yoga Sculpt teaching certificate.

Prior to becoming a yoga instructor, Megan practiced School Psychology for years in a school setting. Now, in addition to providing yoga instruction to students within studios, Megan teaches yoga to individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, and addiction, at an individual level. Students find Megan’s teaching style to be light yet encouraging, accessible yet challenging, and inspiring yet approachable. You can find Megan on her mat often, always seeking to learn from other teachers so that she herself can offer students new and creative sequencing. When not teaching or practicing yoga, Megan enjoys family movie/game nights, nature hikes, and trips to the library with her supportive husband, and three young, spirited children.

Back to the top


Elen is trained as a yoga teacher and certified yoga therapist in the Himalayan tradition of Hatha yoga. She has earned her RYT 1000 teaching and CYT designation with a focus on Somatics, an area of study which emphasizes moving the body based on how it feels from the inside.

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 faculty. Elen lives in St. Paul with her Great Pyrenees, Raja.  When she’s not in the studio, you’ll find Elen planning her next travel adventure and sharing as much laughter as possible with her friends and family.

Elen is the Membership Coordinator 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 about all things membership related, please email membership@yoga-fresh.com.

Back to the top


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.

Back to the top


12342581_10101632330838005_128476805683098844_nSTACIE HILLIKER, RYT 200 & BARRE

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.

Back to the top


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.

Back to the top


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 livestream or in person classes at YogaFresh, please email welcome@yoga-fresh.com.



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 trainings 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.

Back to the top


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.

Back to the top



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.

Back to the top



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.

Back to the top


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 possibilites 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 trainings 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.

Back to the top

Theresa earned her 200-hour power yoga certification & yoga sculpt certifications and is also 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 does 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.

Back to the top


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. When 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.

Back to the top