Louisa is a dedicated practitioner of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Since delving into these practices in her early 20s, she has been awed by the profound healing and transformation she has experienced. Her heart-felt intention in sharing yoga is to create a safe and sacred space for all to slow down, turn inwards, and connect with the divine self. Her offerings are always gentle and focused on moving from a place of relaxation, awareness, and self-love. Louisa has completed a 200hr training from Devanadi School of Yoga & Wellness in Minneapolis, a 300hr training from Durga’s Tiger School of Yoga, Arts & Shamanism in Ecuador, and additional trainings in Yin Yoga, Meditation, and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. She draws inspiration from many traditions including earth medicine, tantra, and taoist philosophy.
Louisa looks forward to practicing Yin & Restorative Yoga with you on Monday nights from 7:00-8:15pm.
Nathaniel is an east coast boy with a lot of midwest love. He came to yoga because he was working too many hours and not resting enough. While this sort of learning is a gift, the asana practice taught him to be in his body and with his breath in brand news ways. His trained in StreetYoga in 2009 and received his RYT-200 in 2012 with Beyond Asana in Philadelphia, PA with a focus on alignment based vinyasa and soon after trained in Yin with Wake Up Yoga. He will often incorporate Nidra and pranayama to class. He studied Reiki at the Reiki School of Philadelphia for 2 years and is a Reiki Master.
His practice has included youth, folks experiencing homelessness, femmes, people of color and queer and trans bodies. He holds space that is intersectional, heart-based, and healing justice centered.
Class description: Yin & Reiki is a slow paced class that focuses on the deep connective tissues and fascia. Together we will sit in poses for 3-5 mins at a time. During that time, participants will have the option of receiving reiki in their poses.
Reiki is an healing modality that increases ease in the body through light touch or hovering.
Much of this practice will be seated. Everyone is welcome, class is accessible for all bodies and modifications can be given for each pose as necessary. This class is rooted in holding space for a community practice, as such donations are appreciated but not expected.
Calley Bliss (Yoga Alliance RYT-200) teaches yoga with the approach that the science of the mind is intrinsically connected to the state of the body. Learning, and re-patterning that state is often an emotional journey by way of a physical practice. The practice is always a practical tool to combat life’s challenges, and find opportunity for growth, health, and progress for your body and life. Calley has lived, practiced, and studied across the US, with gratitude for the guidance of her teachers: Siri Cavanna (New York City- Anusara),Christina Reich (New York City- Ashtanga), Gretchen Arguedas (Boise, ID- Ashtanga), and Laurel Van Matre (Minneapolis, MN- Alignment). Her thirteen-year practice guides her teaching at her Minneapolis yoga home, YOGA Garden MPLS.
Calley’s yoga journey started innocently in 2002 at her university’s rec. center in Denton, TX. Yoga would become her most powerful and versatile implement in the “life toolbox,” helping to deal with bouts of anxiety, depression, stress, and enabling her to stop being reliant on medications and shots for chronic allergies. As a musician and voice over artist, she has traveled the US, UK, and the Caribbean, and worked with brands such as General Mills, New Balance, and several smaller agencies and production companies. For creative work, see entertainmentjill.com
James has been practicing yoga for 6 years, having a foundation in Yoga Nidra, Yin and Restorative styles, which progressed to incorporate asana combined with vinyasa, pranayama, meditation and mantra. He completed his 200 hr RYT yoga teacher training at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA.
Regardless of who you are, what you look like, or whom you love, creating a space for everybody is very important. Society places many expectations and roles as to how, what, when, where, and why you are doing something instead of simply being. Through conscious movement connected to breath, you have an opportunity to learn how to be in this moment. Yoga is an opportunity to create, rediscover, and connect to the experience of being human and overcome obstacles that stand in your path. I invite you to join me.
Angelique is a yoga teacher, actor, and dancer. Though a trapeze accident paralyzed her and landed her in a wheelchair in 2012, she continued teaching yoga within 2 months and it helped propel her recovery as did performing again through the world of integrative dance. Being a yoga instructor has been one of the biggest gifts life has given. “I continue to learning a whole new way of listening that has, in turn, made me a better teacher and a better dancer.”
The word "Vinyasa" means "breath-synchronized movement." Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes breath and movement to build internal heat. You will increase your awareness of breath and your body while building a stronger, healthier, more flexible back and core. Come explore the practice of uniting the body, mind and spirit in this fun and lighthearted environment.
Lauren Henley "Laurelin" is the songwriter and musician behind multiple musical projects and collaborations ("Irenic", "Little Whale").
Using improvisation mixed with a stream of collected songs and compositions, Lauren weaves guitar and voice into the flow of each class. Currently in training for expressive arts therapy, Lauren is pursuing a path that brings sound healing into diverse therapeutic settings.
"Music is how I feel connected, the rhythms imitating the pace of life and melodies striking the chords within that resonate to the frequencies of life's circumstances, that can describe an emotional reaction when words alone simply cannot. Music paints the landscape of the soul, and is beloved companion to the theater of life. Music is a creative force that can change everything."