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 and challenge 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 certifications for Relax & Renew Advanced 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 her teachings are contiguously influenced by local and national teachers.
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, son Weston 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.
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.
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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Yvonne attended her first yoga class twenty years ago Portland, Oregon; her practice continues today as both a yoga student and teacher. While she appreciates a quiet, traditionally driven practice, she loves a high-energy power vinyasa yoga class accompanied by a playlist that drives the breath, creates a dance, and pushes the practice to the edge. Yoga is Yvonne’s elixir of life— it helps navigate this messy, beautiful, real-life exploration of how to become her best self. She believes that with a combination of yoga, meditation, self-care, a tribe of like-minded warriors, and a sense of humor, we can celebrate the happy, healthy lives we’re meant to live. Yvonne strives to live a life sustained by simplicity, punctuated by a continually growing yoga practice.
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.
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.
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.
Kris has been practicing yoga for 25 years and earned her RYT200 from Yoga Center of Minneapolis and has also earned her specialty training to teach Yin Yoga by Tara Cindy Sherman. Her goals as a teacher are to create a warm and welcoming environment for all levels of yogis and to provide the space needed for students to connect within and let go of daily stresses and worries. Kris likes to carve out plenty of time for meditation at the beginning of class and savasana at the end of practice to allow your time spent to go beyond just the physical. Kris truly loves connecting with others and feels privileged to be a guide in each students yoga journey..
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.
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.
Shauna earned her RYT 200 hour certification and also has a B.A. in Creative Writing. She continues to enhance her personal as well as her teaching practice by continuing to train with other yogis as often as possible. Also a student, performer, and lover of dance, Shauna enjoys the creativity and freedom of body, mind, and spirit that the discipline of yoga can inspire. Practicing and teaching yoga has brought Shauna the gift of a more steady mind in a world where chaos and anxiety are ever present.
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.
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.
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.
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
Crystal was exposed to yoga from a very young age but not until she deepened her practice at Yoga Fresh in 2012 did she notice a significant shift in her overall wellbeing, so much so she eventually completed both her 200 and 500 hour trainings through Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness at YogaFresh with Tanya Boigenzahn. Crystal also completed her Ayurvedic Certification through the Himalayan Institute and Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Blooma in 2015. Crystal continues to be a student and loves to share her knowledge and teachings with others and helping them achieve their unique goals. Crystal has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management and Innovation from Concordia University, St. Paul. and lives in Woodbury, Minnesota with her amazing husband, four beautiful daughters, son and crazy Italian Greyhounds. She likes competing in triathlons, swinging a kettlebell from time to time, and catching a MN Wild game whenever possible.