"In spiritual practice there are only two things: you sit and you sweep the garden. And it doesn't matter how big the garden is." - Zen Tradition, Jack Kornfield
Amanda was introduced to yoga in 1999 after some prodding from her college roommate. She was immediately drawn to the grounding aspects of yoga and loved how it provided the ability to see how her body, heart, and mind were responding to the world around her. Ten years later Amanda received her 200-hr RYT teaching certifications from Savannah Yoga Center in Savannah, GA and again at Laughing Lotus in San Francisco, CA so that she could share the gifts she’s received from this practice with others.
In her classes, you can expect to experience thoughtful sequencing, holistic and fluid movement, some breath work, and meditation. Amanda loves to weave in yoga philosophy into class to inspire her students and help them bring the benefits of this practice both on and off the mat. When not doing yoga, Amanda loves to make art. She enjoys working in oil paints, watercolor, and relief cut prints. Amanda and her husband are currently restoring their 19th century home in Stillwater, where they live with their two cats.
"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 in the year 2000 on a clearance shelf at Target. There was a DVD and mat for sale. 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 yoga teacher training 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 feel and function 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 current 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.
“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.” - Aadil Palkhivala
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.
“One of my favorite quotes is ‘Life is one percent what happens to you, and ninety-nine percent how you respond to it,’ by Charles R. Swindoll. I believe that we are here on this earth to learn to live life joyfully. No matter what happens around us, it is possible to maintain a peaceful state within ourselves and act from that perspective. Our full-time job is to learn to always be joyful; on this, we must never give up.”
Lynn was born in Stillwater and recently moved back home after living in California and Arizona. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Cultural Anthropology. She studied at Yoga Village in Scottsdale, AZ and later received her advanced yoga teacher certification (500 hours) at the Yoga Retreat Center of Minneapolis. Lynn also attended the University of Complementary Medicine in Beverly Hills, California where she trained to become an Ayurvedic Practitioner (660 hours of training). As part of her certification she spent one month shadowing an Ayurvedic Physician in Kerala, India. Being personally touched by the transformative power of Yoga & Ayurveda in her life, Lynn is passionate about sharing the healing wisdom of these ancient practices with people seeking holistic approaches to well-being. One of Lynn’s greatest joys is to present concepts of Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga Nidra Meditation to the community and at yoga teacher trainings. She currently travels the U.S. offering continuing education courses in Ayurveda at yoga teacher trainings and teaches at The Meditation Center in Minneapolis.
“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.