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Sydney Holly - Read Full Bio

My name is Sydney Holly and Kula is my 2nd home. I’ve owned and operated the studio since September, 2012. Yoga came into my life as a transition from dancing in New York City. I responded to this new form of movement right away. I knew I had found my path.

I went on to receive my 500 RYT E from Yoga Works NYC and I’ve been teaching since 2001. Prior to that, I got my BFA in dance from the University of Illinois. My teaching style is dynamic. I incorporate the alignment, pranayama and philosophy of Yogi Raj Alan Finger’s Ishta System with the flowing movement of Vinyasa.
My students know me for my elegant sequencing and ability to break down postures into their essential elements. I believe in developing a body that can perform at its maximum efficiency. I encourage my students to explore their perceived limitations. A thoughtful yoga practice can bring clarity, harmony, and inspiration to your life by allowing you to live your fullest potential.

I’m also a proud mama of 3 young boys. In my free time, I love to travel and read about fashion.
Can’t wait to meet you on the mat!

Margaret Hall - Read Full Bio

Margaret has been a dedicated student and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga for 10 years. She is drawn to the traditional and systematic approach of the Ashtanga method and feels that through consistent practice, subtle transformation begins both on and off the mat.

Margaret has had the opportunity to study with many respected teachers in the Ashtanga tradition including, but not limited to, Manju Jois, David Swensen, David Williams, Kino MacGregor, Tim Feldman and Christine Hoar. She is grateful for these experiences and continues to learn through her own daily practice.
Margaret brings a gentle and compassionate approach to her teaching with an emphasis on healthy alignment.

Through her teaching, she hopes to instill a willingness to be patient and kind to yourself, while inspiring a passion for practice.

Michelle Millar - Read Full Bio

I first started my yoga venture in my living room, followed by the gym. I had exhausted hours doing cardio and weight circuits. I kept on moving, but went no where until I discovered classes. I had dabbled in a personal home practice with DVDs (AM and PM Yoga was one of my favorites, starting or finishing my day with Rodney Yee). Then I found a set of classes that were challenging. They kept me coming back week after week, many times multiple times per week. I began to see what my body could do – reawakening my flexibility and uncovering strength. But it wasn’t only my body seeing the benefits, it was my whole being. Each time I returned to the mat, I was simply me. I could clear my mind and be led.

After years of personal practice, I became drawn to the notion of sharing the teachings of yoga with others. I received my 230-hour training with Radiant Life Yoga and am Yoga Alliance RYT-200 certified. Additional certifications include completion of 100 hours of advanced studies and training in Classical Restorative Yoga and Restorative YogaFlows for yoga educators, including Yin and Nidra, and 50 hours Creative Dynamic Vinyasa Sequencing through Nosara Yoga Institute. Having studied a variety of yoga styles throughout the years, including Ashtanga and Iyengar, my true passion unfolds during Vinyasa and Restorative practices. I believe the body needs an active practice, but also moderate and restorative, nurturing work. I am grateful for the many things yoga has brought to my life and want to share the benefits with others. Asana offers time to quiet the mind and strengthen the body, bringing mental, emotional and physical well-being. I focus on alignment as an integral element of the physical practice, along with pranayama (breath work) and the bandhas. By sharing the eight-limbed path of yoga, I hope to help students open a door to their inner wisdom.

Becky Golberg - Read Full Bio

I took my first yoga class in 1998, during a summer studying ballet and modern dance in New York City. I eventually quit dancing, but maintained an inconsistent and sporadic interest in yoga.
Ten years later, depressed and out of shape, I discovered pilates, which reminded me of the healing power of movement. I fell in love with the pilates method, and began teaching it in 2010. It was around this time that I met and started taking class from Sydney Holly, and it was only then that I finally learned what a spiritual practice yoga could actually be. I finally “got it,” and became hooked.

In 2013, I traveled to Goa, India, and earned my 200-hour Yoga Alliance teaching certificate in Ashtanga and Vinyasa. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to learn from such greats as Suzanne Sterling, Max Strom, Seane Corn, and Leslie Kaminoff.

I now combine my knowledge of the body, as well as both pilates and yoga, to teach with a focus on alignment and mind-body connection. I strongly believe in the power of mindful movement, breath, and positive thinking to heal and unite the body and the mind, and my wish is to share this faith in movement, along with a great love of life and laughter, with you.

Cheri Hannagan - Read Full Bio

Cheri has always received great joy from expression through movement.She has practiced yoga for 14 years and completed her teacher training from the Yoga Center of Minneapolis in 2014. Cheri’s vinyasa classes blend physical alignment and core strength in a fluid rhythm.

Her passion is to help her students find and maintain a strong, peaceful mind and body.

Meredith Forbes - Read Full Bio

I am a Pilates teacher who likes to lift things. I enjoy helping people gain strength in functional movements. I co-teach the Strength + Yoga Class with Sydney Holly.

When I’m not workout out or helping other people get stronger, I love to eat good food with people I love. I’m also an aspiring gardener and chicken owner.

Janet Hannaford - Read Full Bio

Janet Hannaford teaches a yoga practice called “Flexible for Life” which is designed to improve and maintain flexibility, that normally decreases with aging and muscle building. FLY includes practicing techniques to manage stress (breathwork). FLY fosters a caring community in a class that meets you where you are with props and accommodations as needed. This is an all levels class appropriate for beginners and those wishing for a routine to add to their fitness.

Janet brings her skills as an Occupational Therapist as well as her traditional yoga training. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at The Yoga Center of Minneapolis. She completed a 6 month Anusara Immersion and has also trained in Hatha as well as at the renowned Kripalu School of Yoga in Stockbridge, MA. Janet is a certified Yoga Calm teacher and has completed Adapted Yoga Teacher Training for adults with physical disabilities with Matthew Sanford, owner of Mind Body Solutions, Minnetonka, MN. Janet has excellent knowledge of anatomy and neuromuscular issues through her work as an Occupational Therapist for special needs children in Minneapolis Public Schools.

Janet lives in Golden Valley with her husband and has a son and 2 daughters, two in college and one graduated. She currently teaches yoga to children and adults in after-school activities at Minneapolis Public Schools and is honored to have the opportunity to teach at Kula Yoga.

Kirsie Schwender - Read Full Bio

Kirsie celebrates a vibrant and passionate life and yoga is a central part of it. Kirsie is a long-time fitness enthusiast but it wasn’t until she discovered yoga that she experienced a deeply profound awakening of self. Connecting to her breath, allowed her to quiet her mind, so she could hear her intuition and see things clearly, without doubt, for the very first time.

This inward focus eventually lead to the completion & certification of Power Vinyasa Teacher Training in 2009, Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 and Davinci Body Board Training in 2015.

Kirsie loves to guide and be witness to the evolution of students as they breathe, feel, and awaken something new inside themselves. One of the most essential teachings yoga has bestowed upon her is to be flexible and accept the ever changing nature of life.

“Kula Yoga provides a space where I can be vulnerable and continually challenge my body and mind, in a safe, supportive, environment. I am grateful to be a part of of such an amazing community.”

Greta Ertl - Read Full Bio

Hi! I’m Greta Ertl. I’m the Marketing Manager at Kula. I handle the website, soulful (social) media, newsletters, PR and other promotional opportunities. When it comes to marketing, I believe it works like karma. What goes around comes around and give more than you take. Please feel free to use me as a resource if you run into technical difficulties. Also, if you’d like to partner with Kula on a project you have in mind, I can help you with that, too!

I also practice and teach yoga around the Twin Cities. Sometimes you’ll even catch me filling in at Kula! I started practicing when I was 16 after a troublesome phase in high school. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. Through yoga, I learned the power of gratitude, compassion and positivity. It wasn’t long until I got the call to share the amazing gift of yoga with others.

I got my 230-hour Teacher Training Certificate from the Yoga Center of Minneapolis in 2010. I taught my first 10 classes at my aunt and uncle’s karate studio in St. Paul. Since then, I’ve taught at non-profits, boutique studios and big gyms like LA Fitness. My favorite class to teach is a challenging Vinyasa Flow with a strong emphasis on spirituality.

In my free time, I love to blog, eat Thai food and listen to Serial. I love to socialize and come up with new business ideas. I believe we’re on this planet to do what we love and share that passion with others. I think true service comes from loving yourself and practicing joyful acceptance in every moment.

Alison Moehnke - Read Full Bio

Alison Moehnke is an actor turned entrepreneur turned “artist-preneur” turned yogi. She began acting on the professional stage as a child at The Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis. After receiving her B.F.A in Theatre from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Alison spent the next 8 years in NYC as a performing and teaching artist touring nationally and internationally in dozens of productions with a focus on interactive children’s theatre.

Alison’s teaching experience includes: instructing theater and dance yearly workshops to children ages 5-16 at Northern Stage in Vermont, developing a unique Shakespeare Residency program at Lebanon High School in New Hampshire for 9th graders, collaborating with CUNY’s Creative Arts Team developing curriculum through the arts to increase literacy in NYC schools, and instructing kids gymnastics at MyGym NYC where she was a lead instructor in gymnastics for ages 3 months to 6 years old.

In 2008, she co-founded a small website graphic design boutique, ArtistUpgrade LLC providing creative marketing solutions for artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. In 2014, Alison created All Access Performing Arts, her life-long passion project devoted to providing theatre performance and workshop opportunities to children and adults with special needs.

Alison is currently working toward her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification with an additional 90-hour specialization in kids yoga through Cosmic Kids.

With a passion for children, she looks forward to teaching the Kula Kids summer 2016 yoga workshop where we will explore connecting to each other and our community through creative storytelling, movement, music and the practice of yoga.

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