About Us

Our Team

Sydney

Instructor / Owner
Namaste! 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!

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I've been in the "healing arts" for my entire adulthood. As a Massage Therapist, Pranassage Practitioner Trainer, Prenatal Specialist and a Yoga Educator I feel extremely grateful for the tools and teachings I have gained along the way.  My yoga home and my self- inquiry journey truly began at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Nosara, Costa Rica in 2005. 

I was on faculty at NYI for seven years as a senior teacher (Nosara Yoga Institute- is now called Self Awakening Yoga).  During this time I was also the Director for 46 prenatal yoga teacher trainings that expanded the globe, for the company Blooma 2011- 2017. I most recently served on the faculty of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Massachusetts for their 1,000 Hour Teacher Training Program. I'm honored to share my teachings with the Kula community!

 

My classes, workshops, and retreats have been described by students as a heart centered, grounding and transformative journey.  I share the experience of my own healing of being a cancer survivor and how yoga helped me through that crazy, wild process. I have a deep wanderlust and travel the world as often as possible!  I look forward to meeting you on the mat.

Kim

Instructor / Studio Manager

I first stepped onto a yoga mat in my basement with Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga VHS tape (yes, tape!) about 25 years ago and was immediately hooked. Initially it was the discovery that yoga could be physically challenging that kept me putting the VHS tape into the VCR week after week but soon I discovered there was much more to yoga. The little power nap at the end was as important as the “workout”???

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It didn’t take long to segue into Community Ed classes and ultimately studios. With three small children at home, yoga became my mini-vacation once a week. Then week after week, year after year, I became aware of the sacred space I had created for self-care and how what learned on the mat shaped my life off the mat.

In an “Aha” moment, I realized I could combine my love of teaching, coaching, and yoga by becoming a yoga instructor. I took the leap and ventured to Costa Rica to study multidimensional yoga at Pavones Yoga Center with Indira Kate Kalmbach. Although many people enter the yoga world with physical aesthetics as the goal, multidimensional yoga approaches the practice as sadhana, meaning to “draw forth nascent abilities.”

I enjoy teaching a vinyasa style class that is rooted in the basics of Iyengar sequencing while mindfully incorporating stamina and strength building with a connective mind, body, spirit flow. My intention in class is to offer a space of possibility for yogis to evolve and grow their own practice.

Anne

Instructor

My deep desire is to share the wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda while guiding students to experience yoga as postures, breath, nourishment and connection with their soul. I teach with a skillful awareness of our broader connection to the rhythms of nature. My classes are intuitively designed to help direct you toward your highest potential. By inviting students to listen, reflect, and know their true self, I gain the privilege to watch students transform in each and every class. That’s the gift of yoga.” Anne Gustin is a 500hr RYT through the Devanadi Yoga School in Minneapolis and a Certified Ayurveda Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. Her trainings are deeply rooted in the Himalayan Tradition.

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She actively studies with master teacher Yogarupa Rod Stryker and has completed 6 of his Parayoga Master Level trainings. In 2009, Anne completed training in prenatal yoga through Blooma in Minneapolis. She has also recently completed her level II restorative yoga training through Devanadi. Today, her passion for living her yoga has evolved into a strong interest in yoga anatomy, holistic nutrition/Ayurveda and devotion in practice. Anne believes in the healing nature of yoga and that most injuries to the body and the heart can be prevented and/or remedied using the tools of yoga. Anne teaches a number of classes at Kula including Kula Calm, Kula Restorative and Kula Conditioning. Additionally, she leads workshops in Ayurveda and has a love of meditation and pranayama so her classes are often highly influenced by these ancient practices. For the past 4 years Anne has been a member of the teacher training staff at Devanadi. She is an avid outdoorswoman, loves to travel and seeks to find adventure in the ordinariness of everyday life. She lives in Edina with her husband Todd and two daughters Livia and Gianna.

Becky

Instructor
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.

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I've been in the "healing arts" for my entire adulthood. As a Massage Therapist, Pranassage Practitioner Trainer, Prenatal Specialist and a Yoga Educator I feel extremely grateful for the tools and teachings I have gained along the way.  My yoga home and my self- inquiry journey truly began at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Nosara, Costa Rica in 2005.  I was on faculty at NYI for seven years as a senior teacher (Nosara Yoga Institute- is now called Self Awakening Yoga).  During this time I was also the Director for 46 prenatal yoga teacher trainings that expanded the globe, for the company Blooma 2011- 2017. I most recently served on the faculty of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Massachusetts for their 1,000 Hour Teacher Training Program. I'm honored to share my teachings with the Kula community!   My classes, workshops, and retreats have been described by students as a heart centered, grounding and transformative journey.  I share the experience of my own healing of being a cancer survivor and how yoga helped me through that crazy, wild process. I have a deep wanderlust and travel the world as often as possible!  I look forward to meeting you on the mat.

Cheri

Instructor

I have always received great joy from expression through movement.  I have practiced yoga for 14 years and completed my teacher training from the Yoga Center of Minneapolis in 2014.

My vinyasa classes blend physical alignment and core strength in a fluid rhythm. My passion is to help her students find and maintain a strong, peaceful mind and body.

Cynthia

Instructor
Hello! My name is Cynthia and I’m a yoga instructor specializing in Vinyasa Flow, uniting breath with movement. Through my Psychobiology B.S. from UCLA, Mindfulness courses provided through the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA, 3 years of work as a Medical Assistant to a pediatric psychiatrist, and my own experience teaching Mindfulness and Yogic breathing to children in LA, I’ve gained a deep understanding of the mind-body connection and its significance in approaching human health and happiness.

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Remembering my own healing through and teaching of pole dance as a therapeutic outlet, I create a soft nurturing space of curious exploration. Utilizing my experience as a dance choreographer, I ensure the presence of intelligent fluidity in my sequences. Inspired to share a cognitive tool I personally use and value, I infuse Mindfulness into my classes. I wish to nurture my students--mind, body, and soul--and empower them to be agents of their own healing.

Erin

Instructor
I’m passionate about yoga and love exploring the connection between breath and movement. My roots are in Ashtanga, but it’s the creative sequencing and mindful flow of Vinyasa that I love most as a student and teacher. I’ve had a consistent personal practice since 2007, and completed my 200-hour teacher training through Radiant Life Yoga with Matt and Jaina Portwood in 2015.

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I've been in the "healing arts" for my entire adulthood. As a Massage Therapist, Pranassage Practitioner Trainer, Prenatal Specialist and a Yoga Educator I feel extremely grateful for the tools and teachings I have gained along the way.  My yoga home and my self- inquiry journey truly began at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Nosara, Costa Rica in 2005.
I was on faculty at NYI for seven years as a senior teacher (Nosara Yoga Institute- is now called Self Awakening Yoga).  During this time I was also the Director for 46 prenatal yoga teacher trainings that expanded the globe, for the company Blooma 2011- 2017. I most recently served on the faculty of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Massachusetts for their 1,000 Hour Teacher Training Program. I'm honored to share my teachings with the Kula community!  
My classes, workshops, and retreats have been described by students as a heart centered, grounding and transformative journey.  I share the experience of my own healing of being a cancer survivor and how yoga helped me through that crazy, wild process. I have a deep wanderlust and travel the world as often as possible!  I look forward to meeting you on the mat.

Holly

Instructor
Holly Schramm has practiced at Kula Yoga since it’s inception. She is a 500 hour RYT (registered yoga teacher). She taught for 11 years at the Yoga Center of Mpls. (YCM) and received both her 220 hour and 500 hour trainings there. For the past 5 years Holly taught in the 220 hour YCM teacher training program. She has completed trainings in Ashtanga, Meditation, Yin, Chair Yoga, Yoga Nidra and is a level II Reiki practitioner.

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Holly has a private practice at her husband Jeff’s chiropractic/wellness clinic (Spine Care P.A.) in St. Louis Park. Her yoga classes embody spirituality and playfulness. She is blessed to call Sydney Holly her teacher for over 10 years. Holly is excited to be launching Kula SOUL (a variety of ways to give back to our community). Kula means community and SOUL for these purposes stands for: Signs of Universal Love. Community Signs of Universal Love. It’s an honor to be part of the Kula team!

Janet

Instructor
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.

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I've been in the "healing arts" for my entire adulthood. As a Massage Therapist, Pranassage Practitioner Trainer, Prenatal Specialist and a Yoga Educator I feel extremely grateful for the tools and teachings I have gained along the way.  My yoga home and my self- inquiry journey truly began at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Nosara, Costa Rica in 2005.  I was on faculty at NYI for seven years as a senior teacher (Nosara Yoga Institute- is now called Self Awakening Yoga).  During this time I was also the Director for 46 prenatal yoga teacher trainings that expanded the globe, for the company Blooma 2011- 2017. I most recently served on the faculty of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Massachusetts for their 1,000 Hour Teacher Training Program. I'm honored to share my teachings with the Kula community!   My classes, workshops, and retreats have been described by students as a heart centered, grounding and transformative journey.  I share the experience of my own healing of being a cancer survivor and how yoga helped me through that crazy, wild process. I have a deep wanderlust and travel the world as often as possible!  I look forward to meeting you on the mat.

Michelle

Instructor

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…

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I've been in the "healing arts" for my entire adulthood. As a Massage Therapist, Pranassage Practitioner Trainer, Prenatal Specialist and a Yoga Educator I feel extremely grateful for the tools and teachings I have gained along the way.  My yoga home and my self- inquiry journey truly began at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Nosara, Costa Rica in 2005.  I was on faculty at NYI for seven years as a senior teacher (Nosara Yoga Institute- is now called Self Awakening Yoga).  During this time I was also the Director for 46 prenatal yoga teacher trainings that expanded the globe, for the company Blooma 2011- 2017. I most recently served on the faculty of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Massachusetts for their 1,000 Hour Teacher Training Program. I'm honored to share my teachings with the Kula community!   My classes, workshops, and retreats have been described by students as a heart centered, grounding and transformative journey.  I share the experience of my own healing of being a cancer survivor and how yoga helped me through that crazy, wild process. I have a deep wanderlust and travel the world as often as possible!  I look forward to meeting you on the mat.

Stacy

Instructor
I’ve always been truly fascinated with the mechanics of movement, energy and healing.  It was at my first yoga class at age 19, while attending Montana State University, that I discovered my passion for practicing this awesome new form (new to me at the time) of the body/mind/spirit connection that is Yoga.  It was the beginning of what is now my life’s work.

I’ve been in the “healing arts” for my entire adulthood. As a Massage Therapist, Pranassage Practitioner Trainer, Prenatal Specialist and a Yoga Educator I feel extremely grateful for the tools and teachings I have gained along the way.  My yoga home and my self- inquiry journey truly began at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Nosara, Costa Rica in 2005.

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I was on faculty at NYI for seven years as a senior teacher (Nosara Yoga Institute- is now called Self Awakening Yoga).  During this time I was also the Director for 46 prenatal yoga teacher trainings that expanded the globe, for the company Blooma 2011- 2017. I most recently served on the faculty of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Massachusetts for their 1,000 Hour Teacher Training Program. I'm honored to share my teachings with the Kula community!

 

My classes, workshops, and retreats have been described by students as a heart centered, grounding and transformative journey.  I share the experience of my own healing of being a cancer survivor and how yoga helped me through that crazy, wild process. I have a deep wanderlust and travel the world as often as possible!  I look forward to meeting you on the mat.

Tracy

Instructor

Tracy is a Yoga alliance RYT-200 certified yoga instructor, teaching Vinyasa Flow for all levels,   Restorative Yoga, and Kula Conditioning.  Her strong focus on breath and proper alignment provides a safe environment for her students to explore their edge while tuning into the needs of their body.  Tracy offers a safe, playful, non-judgmental environment for all students to experience the joy of yoga.

Her teaching stems from a dedicated personal practice and she actively continues her education and training.  When not on the mat, Tracy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, rock climbing, and reading.

Our Mission

Kula yoga is a studio designed by our community, for our community. By building and shaping the studio workspace together, we are creating an environment that allows you to explore and deepen your yoga practice in fresh and exciting ways...while meeting your scheduling and lifestyle needs.

Our Promise

Kula contributes its time and resources to schools and fundraisers. We also help cultivate the Minneapolis yoga community by participating in local collaborations.

We strive to not only give our best to our studio community, but also give back to the larger community.

If you’re interested in working with Kula through a give back campaign, please contact us.