"Change is a journey, and the way to change is being real with myself and committing to the practice. To the intentional action—whatever that is, in the moment. And it’s also about the return—the coming back to the practice when life happens, which is inevitable. When we commit to personal transformation, we commit to changing the world. Everything is connected. This is what yoga is about to me—the union of everything.”
Kali first found yoga as a high schooler on a clearance shelf at Target. There was a DVD and mat for sale. (Hello, Rodney Yee; take the backseat for a minute, overactive mind.) In the beginning, most of her practice took place in her parent’s basement. Always drawn to wellness, she later completed her Masters Degree in Holistic Health at St. Catherine University in 2011. Kali deepened her studies of yoga and meditation at the Institute of the Himalayan Tradition in St. Paul. She studied and practiced there for two years before attending Devanadi Yoga and Wellness School in Minneapolis, where she received her 230 hour certification in 2013. Kali is certified in Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Kids Yoga, Trauma-Informed Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Her current classes emphasize accessibility to all bodies, including our energy bodies. She likes to focus on how the body/mind/heart feels and functions over form. Kali is a wellness practitioner, certified as a wellness coach, herbalist and pranic healer. She gives thanks to all of the people who have supported her in being a teacher and a student (too many to name). Special shout out to her some of her teachers including, her family, students, pranic healing community, Quinn Sullivan, Soojin Lee, Kristina Ahern and Indu Arora for their continued guidance and support on and off the mat.
A quote that Lynette loves is one that Aadil Palkhivala shares about yoga – ‘True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming.’
Lynette started her training and exploration of yoga in the late 1980s and began teaching 2002. She studied (and continues to study) with many different teachers. Her practice and classes incorporate movements based in the traditions of Hatha, Kundalini and Iyengar. Lynette believes the benefits of a regular yoga practice accumulate over time. As our lives and bodies change, our practice changes. Yoga meets us where we are, and yoga works every time.
“We all experience times of darkness and difficulty in our lives through disease, loss or injury. I am especially interested in how yoga can help us transform those rough patches into opportunities to wake up to our true selves and tap into our potential. I like to apply yoga to healing the whole person, on and off the mat.”
With minors in health education and coaching, Martha is passionate about wellness. She studied yoga in her college dorm room in the year 2000 before there were any yoga classes offered in Bemidji, Minnesota. Martha found the practice fascinating and a way to counter balance the intense training required to compete in NCAA DII cross-country and track. She later completed a 230 hour yoga certification program through Yoga Center of Minneapolis and has experience teaching a variety of classes. Influenced primarily by Vinyasa Power Yoga, Hatha, Asthanga and meditation, she continues her yoga studies through training with Sadie Nardini and Dylan Werner. Martha’s teaching style focuses on progress and longevity in an individual’s practice by teaching safe alignment and proper technique. Her other areas of interest include how yoga and meditation can help people prevent injury and improve performance in sports and connect people to their innate spirituality and life purpose.