Class Directory

Maggie Kessell

Maggie Kessell, has been practicing yoga for 50 years and teaching for over 20 years. She is certified at the 500 hour level through the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI), is registered with Yoga Alliance E-RYT-500, and is certified as a Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). She teaches classes in asana and pranayama, and studying and chanting the Yoga Sutras. She also sees students one-on-one to design personal practices or to address problems on the physical, physiological, or emotional level. For the past 14 years she has led yoga retreats to Mexico or other central American countries. Her primary teachers have been and are Gary Kraftsow (AVI) and Sonia Nelson (Vedic Chant Center). Maggie was a psychotherapist at HealthPartners for 9 years, and worked with Outward Bound in Adventure Programming. For Maggie, teaching yoga means being able to apply the tools of yoga in the context of a genuine student-teacher relationship.

Yoga for Awakening: Viniyoga all levels

Continuing Yoga: Viniyoga Levels I and II

Yoga for the Whole Person: Viniyoga Level 3

Study and Chant the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Beth Cleary

Beth Cleary is certified through the American Viniyoga Institute at the 500-hour level. She has been a student of yoga since 1984, and has been teaching in various settings--acting classes, nursing homes, yoga studios--since 1990. She has learned from excellent teachers in the kundalini and Iyengar traditions, and, in Minnesota, from Faye Berton and Maggie Kessell in the Himalayan and Krishnamacharya/Desikachar traditions. Beth is certified in the Global Somatics Process developed by Suzanne River in Minneapolis. For Beth, yoga is ground and sky, root and dream. She is also an Associate Professor of Theater and Dance at Macalester College.

Introduction to Viniyoga:  Breathe, Stretch, Relax

Viniyoga for a Vital Life

Mary Salisbury

Mary Salisbury, is registered with the national Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200.
She was certified by Maggie Kessell and the RiverGarden Yoga Studio after completing a rigorous two year training which included the study of human anatomy, the physiological and anatomical function of a comprehensive range of yoga poses, the art and science of appropriate, intelligent sequencing when creating a yoga practice, and the use of effective modifications/adaptations to make poses safely accessible for people with a wide range of body types, abilities, and limitations. Since completing her training, Mary has furthered her yoga education by participating in over 200 hours of additional workshops and intensives with senior teachers such as Gary Kraftsow , Kausthub Desikachar, Faye Berton, Mirka Scalcow Kraftsow, Maggie Kessell, Deborah Adele, and other experienced yoga teacher trainers/mentors. She has also partially completed training in the Bones for Life program and has for the last several years been a yoga instructor for the Minnesota MS Society.
In addition to her yoga training, Mary holds a B.A. in English, an M.Ed in Teaching and Learning, and an M.A. in Theology. In her free time she enjoys writing, reading, music, and gardening, visiting the North Shore of Lake Superior, hiking the national parks of the West, and conversing with good friends! She’s been married for 34 years to a terrific guy, and has two grown sons.

At a time of serious illness and stress in my life, I was lucky enough to find yoga.  It gently challenged, changed, and healed my life on many levels.  I now feel blessed to have the opportunity to help other people discover the transformational power of yoga for their own lives.

Viniyoga - Yoga for Strong Bones

Lauren Asheim

Lauren Sat Rattan Asheim began studying Kundalini Yoga in April 2007 and finished Level I Teacher Training Certification in February 2008. She graduated from Saint Olaf College in 2003 with a B. A. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts and an emphasis in Dance. Lauren is an active participant in the Twin Cities performing arts community.  Principles of Creativity, Prosperity, Projection and Radiance have intersected in her experiences with the fine arts as well as her continued study of yoga, meditation and other healing arts.  She is a RYT with the Yoga Alliance and a member of the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association and the Kundalini Research Institute.  Lauren Sat Rattan continues to deepen her knowledge of Kundalini Yoga through further study and is in the midst of completing her Level II Teacher Training.  She is also currently pursuing her Master's in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

In teaching Kundalini Yoga, my goal is to serve others in their quest for a connection within themselves and also a connection beyond themselves. I want to share the transformative tools of Kundalini Yoga so that my students can have the energy, focus and fearlessness to reach their full potential

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation

Susan Schwartz

Susan Schwartz has been practicing Yoga for many years and is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. Susan completed her teacher training through Corepower Yoga; specializing in Vinyasa Yoga. After running 17 marathons in 6 years, Susan found the path of yoga later in life. Susan believes that everyone has the capability to find serenity and peace through yoga and meditation. My role as teacher is to guide students to make their practice their own and their intention personal - each student is encouraged to embark on their own spiritual journey. Susan warmly invites you to her join her in healing through mindful and meditative Vinyasa Yoga.

I am only here to be your guide. You know your body best, listen to it and follow your intuition.

Hatha Yoga - 75 Minutes of Bliss

Vinyasa Yoga *Donation Class

Vinyasa/Restorative Yoga

Vinyasa Semi-private class limited to 5 students

Joy Laine

Joy Laine has been practicing and teaching Iyengar yoga for over thirty years. She became certified as an Iyengar yoga teacher in England in 1977 having trained with many well known teachers including  Sylva Mehta and Maxine Tobias. Joy has been to India five times to study with B.K.S. Iyengar himself, and also with his daughter and son, Dr. Geeta and Prashant Iyengar.  Joy continues her studies here with senior Iyengar teachers, including Kristin Chirhart and Chris Saudek, and In  November 2011 upgraded her certification,  passing her assessment for Junior Intermediate Level 1. in September 2014 upgraded her certification, passing her assessment for Junior Intermediate level II. Joy has a strong commitment to making yoga available to as many people in the community as possible and, when not teaching yoga,  teaches philosophy (including Indian Philosophies and the Philosophy of Mind) at Macalester College.

I teach yoga because I want to share something which has been so important in my own life, and which I have seen benefit many others throughout my years of teaching.

Iyengar Yoga Level 1

Iyengar Yoga Level 2-3

Andrea Sullivan

Andrea Sullivan has practiced Qigong and Meditation for 22 years, she began this process at the age of 6 learning from her father.Her parents used alternative therapys like herbal medicine, qigong and acupuncture to treat ailment and sickness, this exposed Andrea to the impact of subtle/holistic medicine. After graduating as a Shiatsu practitioner in 2005 she continued her study of medical qigong and meditation with Sarina Stone. In 2006 Andrea went to Chiang Mai Thailand to study with her teacher Master Mantak Chia and became certified as a Universal Healing Tao instructor in multiple areas of traditional taoist meditation, medical qigong and CNT chinese abdominal massage. Currently, she is a Shiatsu teacher at Centerpoint, Medical qigong teacher, Abdominal Massage therapist, Thai Massage Therapist.

I love what I do and am continually learning and inspired by my clients and students.It has become clear to me through my journey that all ailments and health arise from theunderstanding and purifying of emotions stored in the body. Emotions are beyond words and arethe primal language of the body. Qigong movement like yoga is the most effective way toexercise these emotions bringing the body/mind into balance.With each class I strive to bring all of my enthusiasm for Qigong and and love of traditional Chinese medicine into practical application and explanation of why these movements heal important aspects of the body, mind and spirit.

5 Element Qigong *Donation Class

Yin Yoga *Donation Class

Paula Coyne

It has been said that there are many paths up the mountain, and Paula Coyne has had a unique journey adding yoga to hers.  Old wisdom traditions and transformational systems have always called to her. She is a psychologist who practices and teaches meditation (including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, which has a yoga component); produces breathwork  (pranayama) and meditation CDs; has studied Qi Gong and Reiki.  Since 1998 she has apprenticed in an earth wisdom tradition, and teaches a two year training (“The Art of Peace”) in this way along with her husband. She guides transformational experiences here and at sacred sites around the mother earth, and is an annual Sundancer and Kiva Lodge dreamer.  She completed her 200+ hr yoga teacher training through The Yoga Center of Minneapolis in 2011 (which has a strong foundation in the sacred texts), having practiced over many years. She is inspired by such teachers as Tara Cindy Sherman and Seane Corn, & has taught Gentle Yoga.
Yoga means 'union', the union of breath and movement, the union of spirit, emotions, body and heartmind.  Paula is excited about the union of these sacred practices gathered over a lifetime, can see what they share in their essence, and how when brought together, they expand us exponentially. Look for this synthesis in her Hatha (“SunMoon”) Yoga classes.

SunMoon Yoga *Donation Class

Joyce Paxton

Joyce Paxton (Narayan) started practicing Kundalini yoga in 2001 and has been teaching since 2003 when she finished the KRI teacher training (200 hrs).  She has twenty five+ years of teaching experience in dance and fitness with certifications from the Cooper Institute and American College of Sports Medicine. Joyce works in Quality and Process Improvement at Metropolitan State University and holds an MA in Organization Development from the University of St. Thomas.

It is an honor and a privilege to share this powerful technology, from Yogi Bhajan, with others and to observe as students discover the blessings of a quiet moment and embrace their true light.

Kundalini Yoga (Joyce Paxton, Wes Cutter, Diane Harder)

Joyce Paxton

Nirmal Lumpkin enjoys helping clients and students on their path to their happiest and healthiest life.  She began her study of the body and wellness with extensive training in dance from the age of 3.  She took her first Kundalini Yoga class during high school and immediately fell in love.  Nirmal has been teaching Kundalini Yoga for 10 years, is a Level-2 (500-hr) certified teacher through the Kundalini Research Institute  and an Associate Trainer in the Aquarian Trainer Academy.  She also hold a BFA in Dance and is a practicing Massage Therapist.

I am constantly amazed and the transformative powers of Kundalini Yoga.  It is a blessing for me to hold a space of neutrality so people can find their true inner wisdom and begin walking on the path to their highest self.

Kundalini Yoga the Yoga of Awareness

Anna Vazquez

Anna Vazquez's training in Alignment Yoga, Brainwave training/Open Focus and music/therapeutic sound are interwoven to provide a transformative experience for the body, mind and spirit. She has enjoyed teaching yoga for over 15 years in a variety of contexts including yoga centers, Elder Hostel, the Department of Health, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Meditation Center, Music festivals and more. Anna is also a professional cellist with a DMA in performance, which included techniques to self-regulate states of being conducive to peak experience. Dr. Vazquez teaches at the College of St. Catherine and is also a freelance musician and cello teacher.
Anna Vazquez Approach to Yoga (PDF format)

Gentle Yoga for Every Body!

Judith Lies

Judith Lies, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is a founder of HEARTWOOD Mindfulness Practice Center, and an instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in medical, mental health, professional, educational, religious, and corporate settings.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Suzula Bidon

Suzula Bidon (Suz) is a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher (RYT). She was first introduced to yoga while studying Theatre in college, where she learned to use breath (pranayama) and movement/posture (asana) to develop the body as an instrument of communication and expression. She entered recovery in 2008, and her yoga practice has become an integral source of physical health, mental clarity, and spiritual connection.
Suz developed her Recovery Yoga curriculum as a facet of her own recovery from addiction. She has been teaching the class since 2012, and she speaks regularly at treatment centers, and in public and legislative forums, about her experience with addiction and the miracle of recovery. Suz has studied with Nikki Myers (Y12SR), Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, Suzanne Sterling, Tommy Rosen, Rolf Gates, and Heidi Sormaz, among others.
Suz is also an attorney at law, and a vocal and passionate advocate for the recovery community and drug policy reform.
You can contact Suz directly via

12 Step Recovery Yoga

Kim Ferrel

Kim Ferrel strives to lead accessible yet challenging classes where students feel comfortable, safe, and grounded. Each class ensures building strength in the body while exploring flexibility. Kim values teaching to a proper and safe alignment, while finding deep connection to breath and movement through a challenging and dynamic flow. You'll find yourself in a thoughtful, deeper pose with powerful connection to body and mind. When Kim isn't teaching yoga she is mostly likely chasing her little girl around, cooking healthy meals for her family, or practicing yoga and self-study. Inspired to heal her own Crohn's Disease through food, she is happiest when guiding others toward their own path of health and wellness. Kim is an ERYT 200 through CorePower Yoga and has been teaching for 8 years. She loves "teaching the teacher" and has led numerous 200 hour teacher training programs and advanced teacher training programs. She is also fluent in Ayurveda and loves leading workshops on the topic. She can't wait to meet you, get to know you and your practice, and work together on your mat.

Vinyasa Yoga $12

Dayne Thomas

Dayne Thomas has studied the Cheng Man-ch’ing and Yang Family styles of T’ai Chi Ch’uan and their associated meditations for the entirety of his adult life. Dayne graduated with honors in 2009, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota with health, disease prevention and scientific research as the focus of his curriculum. Chinese medicine, theory and philosophy have imbued his study and training since 2000, and have become life-long areas of interest. Dayne is a qualified instructor through the American Heart Association to certify others in First Aid and CPR/AED use at the HeartSaver™ level. He owns and operates the Institute of Taoist Arts out of Saint Paul, Minnesota and also trains with Eight Gates T’ai Chi Ch’uan in Minneapolis.

The Tao of T’ai Chi Ch’uan *Donation Class

The Tao of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Level 2 *Donation Class

Jan Mandell

Jan Mandell is a RYT registered Yoga Teacher having completed her teacher training with Maggie Kessell at the 200 hour level. Jan teaches in the St Paul Public Schools where she works with young people through social justice theatre classes and has taught yoga in the schools to both students and staff for the past 6 years.

I came to yoga in 1994 in search of relief  from  migrane headaches what I found was  a practice that  transformed every aspect of my life. I am always honored and excited to teach and pass this knowledge on.

Introduction to Viniyoga: Breathe, Stretch, Relax

Helena Raghubir

Helena Raghubir has been practicing yoga and studying holistic healing since 1993. She is a certified Kundalini Yoga Professional Teacher Trainer, Level III Sat Nam Rasayan Practitioner, Neurolinguistic Psychology Practitioner, Reiki Master Usui and Karuna, CMT, and Reflexologist.
  Trained at Golden Bridge in Los Angeles, Helena has taught yoga, meditation, and spiritual practice throughout the Twin Cities, in California, and internationally, and brings a compassionate strength and clarity to her classes.
    A great innovator in teaching and healing, she is the author of The Prayer Solution: Be Who You Came Here to Be and a prenatal yoga manual with Gurmukh. She holds an Art History BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Carleton College and a Master's Degree in Health Care Management from the College of St. Scholastica.

Embodiment Yoga *Donation Class ● All Levels

Anne McDonough

Anne McDonough has been studying yoga since 1998 and began teaching in 2006. A friend introduced her to the practice while she was recovering from a car accident, and yoga for health and healing has been a guiding force in her life ever since. In 2008, she completed the Heart of Yoga program at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India, founded by T.K.V. Desikachar. Originally certified by Yoga Europa in the Czech Republic, Anne continues her studies with Chase Bossart of Yoga as Therapy North America and the Yoga Well Institute. She is a graduate of Healing Yoga Foundation’s 500-Hour teacher training program, based in San Francisco. Anne is a passionate advocate for making healing yoga available to all populations. She is particularly interested in how yoga practices can provide us with healthy coping skills. In St. Paul, she teaches stress management to adults with mental illness for Guild, Incorporated. In the Bay Area of California, she has taught in similar programs with Kaiser Permanente’s Eating Disorders Program, Casa Serena Eating Disorders Program, the Niroga Institute, Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic, and other organizations emphasizing yoga for healing. She works with people privately in St. Paul.
Meditations for Healing
MN Yoga for Healing on Facebook

Bianca Matter

Bianca Matter - In my role as a Yoga teacher, I mostly follow an integral approach so as to offer a broad spectrum of Yogic tools to my students: chanting, breathing exercises, postures, philosophy, meditation and proper relaxation. I initially received my teacher certification with over 500 hours in the lineage of Swami Sivananda, a classical tradition with a strong emphasis on spirituality, guided more by intuition than a picture-perfect alignment with regards to postures. I have enriched my own Yoga practice and the way I teach immensely with the precise alignment wisdom of the Iyengar tradition (Thank you, William Prottengeier), and have taken delight in the heart-opening themed teachings of many former Anusara based teachers, including Sianna Sherman and Noah Maze. My classes tend to be a mélange of these traditions, and I only teach what I have assimilated and truly experienced myself.
Outside my role as a Yoga teacher, I am a mother of a beautiful 6 - year old girl named Enid, who has on occasion co-taught a Yoga class with me. I have always been a lover of nature and animals, and even more so since my recent internship on a biodynamic farm in Washington State. Spending time on the farm hand-milking cow and goats, and being constantly surrounded by the elements has evoked a new depth of yearning for simplicity and authenticity.

Exploring and living the teachings and practices of Yoga has been a big endeavor ever since starting my first Yoga class in 1999. As is the case with many people new to Yoga, I only thought of it as stretching, strengthening and balancing. Little did I know that continuing to practice with dedication would cause that little voice inside to become louder and louder: the voice of the self/soul which prompts us and has us ask ourselves: "Who am I, and what am I doing here?"

Deep Restore Yoga

Mindful Flow Yoga

Hatha Yoga Study Group

Michele Anderson

Michele Anderson, HTCP, RN, RYT is a RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance and a member of the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association. Michele is deeply passionate about helping people to open their hearts to deep gratitude and love through the use of pranayam, meditation and asana. She believes Kundalini Yoga has a unique way of allowing people to connect to their inner beings and listen to their heart. Her teaching style blends her knowledge of human physiology and energy anatomy, with a little bit of humor, and she loves to play the Gong.

Kundalini Yoga & Healing Gong Meditation

Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, 651-331-8338

Patrice Clark Koelsch

Patrice Clark Koelsch, formally trained with a Ph.D. in Philosophy, is a writer, educator, and HIV/AIDS services specialist who began sitting at Common Ground Meditation Center in 1995. Patrice is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders Program, and completed a year-long Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.  She has practiced meditation at monasteries in Thailand and Myanmar. Patrice has been facilitating meditation groups in correctional facilities since 1999, and has a special interest in offering mindfulness and loving kindness practice in non-traditional settings.
Lovingkindness Meditation Practice

Anna Andaházy

Anna Andaházy has trained in yoga, dance, and meditation for over fourteen years and has worked in social services for ten years. She began teaching yoga in 2003, integrating the ancient practice into her care for individuals with disabilities. Under the tutelage of Zen Master Po Hwa Sunim in 2009, she led the Hwa Gye Sa Temple’s International Zen Center weekly meditations in Seoul, South Korea. She completed a 230-hour yoga instructor certification through the Yoga Center of Minneapolis in November of 2013. Anna works full time as a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner and has a passion for infusing psychotherapy with yoga and artistic expression. She holds a B.A. in Justice and Peace Studies from the University of St. Thomas and continues independent studies of anatomy, energy healing, and eastern philosophy. She has a deep love of nature, humanity, and the arts. Anna’s mission is to teach the art and science of yoga to support an environment in the human heart in which love can freely blossom.

Kristen Mansch

Kristen Mansch began a continuous practice of yoga in 2001. She has practiced Ashtanga Yoga daily without a break since 2012, soon after the birth of her second child. She is a forever learner and has always remained a dedicated student. In 2004-2005, she studied classical Hatha Yoga at The Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago, Illinois. In 2007-2008, Kristen went on to study Vinyasa-Ashtanga based yoga at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago, Illinois. Soon after the birth of her second child, Kristen took an Ashtanga Yoga workshop with Kino MacGregor. The practice drew to her like a magnet. Since that day in early June 2012, Kristen has maintained a daily Ashtanga Yoga practice. After moving to the Twin Cities area in 2013, she began practicing with Ellie Kaufman Wannemacher, a KPJAYI-Authorized teacher by Sharath Jois. In August 2015, Kristen began an apprenticeship with Ellie at Ashtanga Yoga Minneapolis and continues to learn with her in the Mysore room. Around this time Kristen incorporated pranayama, seated meditation and Ayurvedic practices. In July 2016, she practiced with Sharath Jois in New York City while on his U.S. tour. Kristen plans to study at the source in Mysore, South India, soon. Kristen is incredibly grateful for Ashtanga and all guidance received in learning this yoga method. She will continue to practice daily and study the tradition with bhakti (devotion).

Ashtanga Yoga-Half Primary Series, 708-704-0250

Selena Eischens

Selena Eischens is a 500 hour RYT. In 2013, she completed the Hot Yoga/ Hot Power Fusion Teacher Training-200 hour and in 2016, she completed the Power/Vinyasa Teacher Training - 200 hour both through Corepower Yoga in St. Paul, MN. Most recently, she took a leap of faith and left her desk job and decided to pursue her dream and travelled to India, where she receive her 300 hour RYT Teacher Training in Ashtanga / Vinyasa Flow. Now she currently teaches yoga full-time
She believes, yoga is the most effective way to become present and to bring our awareness inward by proper use our (Pranayama) breath. Her intention is to teach students a balance of strength and flexibly through yoga asanas that mindfully links breath to movement. She found that yoga is a way to begin to decrease our ego and increase our well-being and quality of life. One of her favorite quotes that best explains how she feel about Yoga, is from the Bhagavad Gita, which says: “Yoga is the journey of the self, thought the self, to the self.” She mindfully sequences her classes to be fun and challenging, yet accessible to all. Her goal is to continue to be a part of, grow with, support and contribute to a happy and healthy community.
When she is not teaching or taking a yoga class, she can be found usually outside, walking her new rescue dog, “Billy” along Summit Avenue or riding her bike.

Vinyasa (all levels) 651-797-8796

Continuing Yoga: Viniyoga Levels 1 and 2 (Maggie Kessell)

Breath-centered asana to help you develop a home practice based on your individual needs.  Teaching the basics of breathing, adaptation of poses, and intelligent sequencing.
An ongoing class to explore, practice and deepen your yoga practice and understanding of yoga principles. It includes Asana (Postures), Pranayama (Breath Work) and the development of a personal practice that includes sequencing, adaptation of postures/movement and the use of the breath. Newcomers, as well as students with mid-level skills, are welcome in this class which focuses on breath-centered movement. Regular practice contributes not only to increased strength and flexibility, but also to greater awareness of your physical, emotional and mental state. It can help you manage stressful situations and prevent the storing of stress in tight muscles. Becoming aware of habits and patterns on the mat can lead to awareness of habits off the mat, the first step in making healthy change. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows free movement and breathing. Avoid eating for at least one hour before class.
Mondays, 7:15pm – 8:45pm
drop-in rate: $17
Package of 10 classes to be used in 12 weeks: $150
Special Package: 6 Classes and one 60 minute private: $150
Private Session (offered at 129 Bates Ave., St. Paul)
Initial Session (1.5 - 2 hours) $130
Subsequent Sessions: 1 hour $90: 1.25 hours $110: 1.5 hours $130
     Package of 3 privates (3.5 hours) $270,  Use within 6 months
Special discount for seniors and families-talk to Maggie
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Yoga for Awakening: Viniyoga all levels (Maggie Kessell)

Enlivening the body, breath and mind through postures, breathwork, and sometimes poetry.
Start your day gently and build up your energy, using breath-centered postures, focused intention and silent time to move inward. All levels are welcome. Come see what a difference this start makes for the rest of your day.
Wednesdays 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
drop-in rate: $15
Package of 10 classes to be used in 12 weeks: $120
Private Session (offered at 129 Bates Ave., St. Paul)
Initial Session (1.5 - 2 hours) $130
Subsequent Sessions: 1 hour $90: 1.25 hours $110: 1.5 hours $130
     Package of 3 privates (3.5 hours) $270,  Use within 6 months
Special discount for seniors and families-talk to Maggie
see the calendar

Yoga for the Whole Person: Viniyoga Level 3 (Maggie Kessell)

This class addresses body, breath, mind and heart through the use of postures, conscious breathwork, chanting and meditation.
For students with more experience and the desire to work with more complex Asana and Pranayama practices. This class blends the yoga elements of asana, pranayama, meditation and chanting to create an experience for all levels of our system: the musculo-skeletal, the physiological, the nervous system, as well as our thoughts and emotions. Postures can be modified to accommodate the level of physical abilities, but experience with asana and breath work is advised.
Mondays 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
drop-in rate: $17
Package of 10 classes to be used in 12 weeks: $150
Special Package: 6 Classes and one 60 minute private: $170
Private Session; $90.00/hour
Special discount for seniors and families-talk to Maggie
see the calendar

Study and Chant the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Maggie Kessell)

Learn to chant by the ancient method of Listen and Repeat, focusing the mind and absorbing the Sutras.  Followed by discussion relating the wisdom of the Sutras to our everyday life.
Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Classes held at 129 Bates Ave., St. Paul
8 week session $96
Drop-ins require permission of instructor

Vinyasa Yoga (Susan Schwartz)

Vinyasa Yoga heals, detoxifies and exhilarates the body and mind with emphasis on movement, balance and intention. Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic, challenging program that combines strength, flow and spirituality. Vinyasa Yoga is a practice that appeals to everyone. During class, time and space and the worries of the day disappear and the focus is solely on flow, movement, balance and intention. A Vinyasa Yoga is a style of yoga which focuses on core strength, balance and flow to build a solid practice based on strength and spirit. Accessible to beginners and advanced students, Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes breathing to connect the body and mind.
Fridays 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
see the calendar for current dates and times
Donation Class
Some teachers at River Garden Yoga Studio have adopted the practice of Dana, the Pali word for the Practice of Generosity, as both a spiritual practice for the class community and a practical way to meet financial needs.
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Restorative Yoga (Susan Schwartz)

This  class will involve 45 minutes of slow restorative yoga & stretching, followed by 15 minutes of progressive relaxation, and rest (shavasana). This class is for all levels, primarily aimed at the beginner level. The class size will be limited to 6.  A reservation is required.
Thursdays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
see the calendar for current dates and times
Cost: $15 per class.
The class size will be limited to 6.  A reservation is required.

Hatha Yoga - 75 Minutes of Bliss (Susan Schwartz

What is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha Yoga is a tradition of yoga centered on balancing.  Hatha (pronounced "Ha Ta") has an ancient oral lineage.  The somatic form of Hatha Yoga began to emerge in India some time in the 6th Century AD.  In ancient times Hatha Yoga was practiced for many years as a preparation for higher states of consciousness. (Hatha Yoga Pradipika, written by Swami Muktibodhananda)
What is the objective of Hatha Yoga?
The primary objective of Hatha Yoga is to bring into balance "Ha" and "Ta." Consider Ha to be sun energy, otherwise known as Yang--- think of it as active, hot, day, light, conscious energy.  Consider Ta to be moon energy, otherwise known as Yin--- think of it as inactive, cold, night, dark, subconscious.
The main objective of Hatha Yoga is to create an absolute balance of the interacting activities and processes of the physical body, mind, and energy. When the balance is created, the impulses generated give a call of awakening to the central force, sushuna nadi (the flow of spiritual energy residing in the channel of the spine) which is responsible for the evolution of human consciousness.
What does a Hatha Yoga practice involve?
You are lucky students because for the past year I have been practicing Hatha Yoga in my personal practice.  I have been bringing you bits and pieces of the Hatha Yoga sequence to our classes--- sneaking it in here and there.
If you have been regularly practicing with me, you are familiar with 85% of the Hatha Yoga sequence.  What will be different is that each poses is held 3-5 breaths creating a deeper meditative experience.  The class will also be 75 minutes allowing me the opportunity to do more breath work (pranayama), a longer shavasana, and also have some time for meditation.  These are necessary pieces of the Hatha Yoga practice.  The Hatha Yoga sequence will not change from class to class. This means, as you become more familiar with it, you will be able to find a deeper, meditative practice focused on breath.
This class is accessible to ALL of my students.  I can offer options for all poses regardless of ability.
  Investment: I have taken great efforts to bring this to you at an accessible cost. As you know, my service to our community is held in my highest regard.
Mondays 9:00-10:15 a.m.

All-Levels Vinyasa Semi-private class limited to 5 students (Susan Schwartz)

Vinyasa Yoga heals, detoxifies and exhilarates the body and mind with emphasis on movement, balance and intention. Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic, challenging program that combines strength, flow and spirituality. Vinyasa Yoga is a practice that appeals to everyone. During class, time and space and the worries of the day disappear and the focus is solely on flow, movement, balance and intention. A Vinyasa Yoga is a style of yoga which focuses on core strength, balance and flow to build a solid practice based on strength and spirit. Accessible to beginners and advanced students, Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes breathing to connect the body and mind.
Wednesdays 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
see the calendar for current dates and times
$15 drop-in
Please contact Susan for availability & to make a reservation:

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Drop in: $15.00/class or 5 class sessions $60.00
All Hatha Class payments can be made in person OR online: Happy Baby Yoga

Yoga for Strong Bones: A Class for Women 50+ (Mary Salisbury)

Do you have a mother, grandmother, or sister who developed osteoporosis after they reached “a certain age?” Have you perhaps been told by a doctor that you’ve already experienced bone loss? YOGA FOR STRONG BONES is for women like you who are concerned about maintaining optimal bone & body health as they age. Even if you do not have family risk factors for osteoporosis, it is smart to take early steps to prevent this debilitating condition. In the United States due to sedentary lifestyles, the average American diet, and physically/emotionally stressful lives, women are being diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis in epidemic numbers.

This class, which is taught in the viniyoga tradition, (please see a full description of viniyoga elsewhere on this website) will give you the tools to slow down, stop, or even reverse bone loss. Come learn sequences that will safely stimulate bone production, build muscle strength in vulnerable joints, and help you establish a stronger sense of balance. You will also learn how to incorporate free weights into your practice to further enhance its bone building potential, and you will hear about the newest (and growing!) research on osteoporosis and its treatment.

As a viniyoga class, Strong Bones will be designed according to the needs and limitations of the students in the class. No student will be expected to conform to a generic “one size fits all” yoga practice. Modifications will be encouraged wherever there is a need for a student to access a pose in a different way in order to fully experience the function or the purpose of a pose. Function is always considered more important in viniyoga than the perfection of an ideal form of a pose.

In this class students will also experience an emphasis on the breath… especially the coordination of breath with movement in and out of poses. In the Strong Bones class, we explore various simple, but practical breathing techniques (pranayama) that can be used to increase energy, to relax or lower energy, or to bring balance to the mind and body.

The viniyoga tradition understands yoga to be a discipline that nurtures the whole person…not just the body. So our classes also teach students how to begin to quiet and focus the mind, and to “lighten the loads” that are carried in the heart. This is an important aspect of the Strong Bones class because stress, which creates worry, physical tension, and emotional anxiety, also raises cortisol levels which in turn contribute to the silent but steady loss of bone over time. With this in mind, each class will end with a series of restorative, calming poses as well as time for personal reflection—all of which will give body, heart, and mind a chance to unwind, deeply relax, and renew.
Come join us and learn how to keep your bones strong!
Tuesdays 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
drop-in rate: $14
10 classes, use in 3 months: $120 ($12/class) (10% discount for 65+)
20 classes, use in 6 months: $200 ($10/class) (10% discount for 65+)
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Iyengar Yoga level 1 (Joy Laine)

This class focuses on a range of introductory postures and breathing techniques, allowing students with some prior experience to develop their current practice in Iyengar Yoga. This level 1 class will build from a foundation of basic standing poses to cover more complex standing poses, seated poses and forward extensions, simple backward extensions, twists and the shoulder balance cycle.

Students with no prior experience of Iyengar Yoga are welcome to join this class but should do so on the first Saturday of the month.
Iyengar Yoga, named after its founding teacher B.K.S. Iyengar, is a practical system that focuses on āsansa practice as a way of realizing the broader philosophical teachings of yoga in our lives. It is also a tradition that emphasizes individual instruction and correction in order to ensure a beneficial and sustainable practice for participants of different levels and physical abilities. Because Iyengar Yoga builds systematically from the simpler to the more complex poses, it is important to attend class at the level appropriate to one’s knowledge and experience.

Saturdays 11:15 - 12:45 p.m.
Drop In: $15.00 - 10 class pass: $130.00
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Iyengar Yoga Level 2/3  (Joy Laine)

This class is intended for students who have a minimum of two years experience with the practice of Iyengar Yoga. Śirśāsana (head balance) will be taught along with more complex poses that develop from the poses taught in level I. In addition to learning new poses, poses from Level I will be explored in greater depth to foster a more nuanced understanding. Along with instruction in the āsanas, there will be an opportunity for more in depth study of the philosophical ideas that inform the practice of the asanas.  

Saturdays 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Drop In: $15.00 - 10 class pass: $130.00
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Level II:  Viniyoga for a Vital Life (Beth Cleary)

Students in Level II will develop deeper yogic connections among breath, awareness and movement, through more challenging asanas and pranayama practices.  Each class, as always, will respond to the needs of students on a long-term and daily basis.  Emphasis on skeletal alignment, muscle actions and antagonisms, and organ support will encourage deeper levels of students' knowledge about their bodies and their yoga practice.  Practices such as chanting and mantra will be used occasionally to intensify and enrich students' experience of yoga.
Saturdays 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
10 classes, use in 12 weeks: $120 ($12/class)
10 classes, use in 6 months: $140 ($14/class)
drop-in rate: $14
Discounts for pre-paid packages:
10% discount for seniors (65+) 5% discount for 2 or more family members.
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Community Yoga:  Breathe, Stretch, Relax
(Beth Cleary & Jan Mandell)

A special one hour class reaching out to those who work and live in and around the W. 7th Community.  If you ever thought you would not fit into a "traditional" yoga class - this is the class for you.  Everyone Welcome
Viniyoga is the yoga of adaptation.  Through awareness of breath support, thoughtful instruction that takes the student's physical histories to heart, and a gentle-movement approach to postures, viniyoga offers a safe approach to beginning a yoga practice.  The lead teachers, Jan and Beth, will offer take-home materials for students to practice on their own and continue to explore yoga history and philosophy.  This class is also appropriate for any ongoing viniyoga students who missed some "basics."  The teaching time is 5:30-6:30;  the teachers will be available for an additional 15 minutes for questions about adaptation or concepts.
Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 class, 6:30-6:45 questions and consultations
Donation class:  $12 suggested, but all donations welcome
Teachers:  Beth Cleary and Jan Mandell, certified viniyoga teachers
Pre-Registration appreciated. With questions or to register, email either:
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Kundalini Yoga & Meditation (Lauren Sat Rattan Asheim)

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® combines meditation, mantra, physical exercises and breathing techniques; it is a Raj Yog, encompassing the eight limbs of yoga into a singular practice of excellence and ecstasy. “Kundalini” literally means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved.” Kundalini Yoga is also known as the Yoga of Awareness; its focus is on self-awareness and delivering an experience of your highest consciousness. The technology of Kundalini Yoga is a science of the mind and body, to elevate the spirit, which has no boundaries, no discrimination. Therefore it is for everyone, universal and nondenominational.  The primary objective is to awaken the full potential of human awareness in each individual; that is, recognize our awareness, refine that awareness, and expand that awareness to our unlimited Self. Clear any inner duality, create the power to deeply listen, cultivate inner stillness, and prosper and deliver excellence in all that we do.  In this tradition, meditation is not considered separate from asana or yoga; it is integral to the practice. The exercises in the kriya (set) bring the body and mind to a state where deep meditation is easily achieved.  Our fundamental objective is to awaken the power of the individual to excel—to experience their Infinity and fulfill their personal destiny.
Sundays 10:00-11:30 am
10 classes for $130
Drop-in rate is $15 for one class
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Aquarian Sadhana (Lauren Asheim)

Aquarian Sadhana is a special practice in Kundalini Yoga and Meditation to boost self-discipline, gain physical and mental balance and to welcome the full potential and truth of our soul. We conduct this practice in the early morning hours when the world is still quiet and neutral, this is the space in which we can cultivate a conversation with our soul, our consciousness and our higher Self. This practice has numerous benefits from gaining deeper personal awareness and insight, to supporting your personal practice, to opening up to a group consciousness and building community. We begin Aquarian Sadhana by listening to and reciting the prayer JapJi Sahib, the Song of the Soul. This prayer and its sounds stimulate and balance the chakras, the mind and the spirit. We follow Japji with a set of Kundalini Yoga exercises and finally we chant seven mantras. This sequence of events gives us the awareness, fearlessness, compassion, kindness and the spirit to serve, teach and prosper no matter what happens within and around us.
Sundays 5:00 - 7:15 a.m.
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Donation Class
Some teachers at River Garden Yoga Studio have adopted the practice of Dana, the Pali word for the Practice of Generosity, as both a spiritual practice for the class community and a practical way to meet financial needs.
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Hath/Restorative Yoga - All Levels (Anne Dresen)

Enjoy a rejuvenating yoga class paired with restorative postures to gradually build strength and flexibility while also promoting deep rest, healing, and wellness. Downgrade tension and achieve physical release through four or five gentle poses in each class. These poses are softly held for a longer period of time with the use of props to allow you to breathe more deeply and relax more fully. Perfect for those people who feel overwhelmed and need to spend time learning how to slow down, as well as those new beginners who are concerned that yoga may be too physically challenging.
With Anne’s gentle guidance, you will learn to modify the poses to fit the needs of your own body, so you can enjoy your yoga practice to the fullest. This soothing practice creates a fine balance between effort and grace, strength and surrender. All levels welcome.
Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:45  pm
Single Class-$15.00
5-Class Pass-$70.00
10-Class Pass-$130.00
6-Class Pass + one hour private-$100.00
Passes are non-transferable and expire 3 months after date of purchase
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Five Elements Qigong (Andrea Sullivan)

Qigong is a meditative exercise that aligns the body with breath and movement, to strengthen and cultivate Qi in the internal organs.  The movements are all very gentle and simple, but the effects are exceptionally profound and build the long term health of the body. This Qigong 5 Element class brings new focus each week to another element / organ system and it's many associations within the body and mind.  The exercises for each week will feature an element and movements to exercise the organ and meridians as well as Qigong movements for the emotional and spiritual aspects of each element. There is no previous experience necessary.   These classes utilize Basic Qigong principals & incorporate Traditional Chinese Medical theory to advance ones understanding of the body & healing on many levels. This 5 Element Qigong series is full of fascinating & useful information as well as meditative & playful ways to exercise your body & unleash your elements. With the practice of Qigong movement, Meditation and Tai Chi, you can nourish & cleanse the organs of the body. As well as align yourself with your purpose, & embody it!
Sundays 11 - 12 pm
5 Element Qigong is a donation based class. All donations go to supporting these ongoing classes.
Previous experience is not required.
Contact Andrea;  651-230-1629
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Yin Yoga (Andrea Sullivan)

Known also as Tao Yin uses movements that are Hatha yoga-like in nature and originate from ancient China and Tibet. Tao Yin incorporates breath with movement to collect Qi in key parts of the body. Tao Yin uses twisting and stretching to push out the bodys toxins, improve bone health by twisting tendons, core strength, and over all increase circulation and vitality to the meridians and organs.
Sundays 10 - 11 am (lower studio)
Yin Yoga is a donation based class. All donations go to supporting these ongoing classes.
Previous experience is not required.
Contact Andrea;  651-230-1629
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SunMoon Yoga (Paula Coyne)

Yoga means 'union', the union of breath and movement, the union of spirit, emotions, body and heartmind.  Paula is excited about the union of many sacred practices gathered over a lifetime, can see what they share in their essence, and how when brought together, they expand us exponentially. Look for this synthesis in her Hatha (“SunMoon”) Yoga classes.

This class is for all levels.
Mats, blankets provided, or bring your own.
Dress in comfortable clothes that are easy to move in.

Tuesday 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Donation class ($1-15)
(612)703-4785 - see the calendar for current dates

Kundalini Yoga (Joyce Paxton, Wes Cutter, Diane Harder)

Kundalini yoga is for everyone who wants the skills to cope successfully with the challenges of living in this day and age.  The practice of Kundalini yoga balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system and enables us to harness the energy of the mind and the emotions, so we can be in control of ourselves, rather than being controlled by our thoughts and feelings. Classes includes physical postures and movements, breath work, meditation, relaxation and chanting and is largely practiced with the eyes closed.
These classes present Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Each class will include a warm-up, a kriya (set of exercises), relaxation and meditation.  Exercises can be modified for varying fitness levels and no previous experience required. To help with your comfort during meditation and with some postures please bring a mat, blanket and/or pillow.
In the spirit of collaboration, teaching responsibilities for this Wednesday class are shared by three IKYTA certified teachers Joyce Paxton, Diane and Wes Cutter.

Wes Cutter (Amarbir) has studied spiritual disciplines and a variety of yoga off and on since the late 60’s. He started practicing Kundalini yoga in 2005 and completed the KRI level-one teacher training in March of 2008. Currently he teaches yoga for patients and staff at Regents Hospital and the St. Paul YWCA. Wes has a wide variety of interest, tap dancing, bonsai trees and cooking, his careers are also varied from international business, engineering new inventions and patient research. Wes is a nationally certified clock and watch maker and runs his own business, Cutter Edge.

Diane Harder (Sahej Gyan) took her first Kundalini Yoga class in 2004. She started with one class a week, then two, then three… Eventually, she took Teacher Training and was certified as a Kundalini Yoga teacher in 2010.  She also has experience with Iyengar Yoga, Tai Chi, and Body Mind Centering.  Diane is an artist, a Reiki Master, and a retired health economist.
Wednesday 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.
Single Class-$15.00
5-Class Pass-$70.00
10-Class Pass-$130.00
Class Passes good for 4 months.
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Kundalini Yoga the Yoga of Awareness (Nirmal Lumpkin

Kundalini yoga classes typically include held postures, energetic movement exercises, mantra (chanting), pranayam (breath work), meditation and relaxation.  These classes can bring a greater sense of well being, energize, heal the body, bring stress relief, help to maintain healthy weight and improve flexibility.  Kundalini Yoga is much more than just a system of physical exercise it is also a dynamic, powerful, tool for expanding awareness. Classes are designed to challenge each student at their own level and are do-able by everyone!
Saturday 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Saturday classes are Pay What You Can for drop-ins
10 class pass for $130 good for 6 months
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Kirtan-Bhakti Yoga

Come join various Kirtan artists along with other guest musicians for call and response Kirtan & Meditation with live music to open your heart and sing the mind into bliss!
7:30 - 9 pm, first Fridays of the Month
Kirtan is an ancient practice of Bhakti Yoga that harnesses the power of devotion through music & mantra to unite consciousness and emotion in a creative prayer of love A call and response style of Devotional singing and Chanting using Sanskrit mantras, Kirtan encourages deep meditative states and transcendent bliss.
There is no need for experience or a great voice to participate - just an open heart and a willingness to learn.
cost: donation
contact Andrea - All Welcome!

Gentle Yoga for Every Body! Real Yoga for Real People   (with Anna Vazquez)

A welcoming environment for students of all shapes and sizes particularly those of us who may be plus size, aging, or have chronic conditions.
Anna’s blend of carefully guided foundational yoga postures, Open Focus™ exercises, breath work and soulful cello music are effective tools to manage the wear and tear of everyday life, as well as chronic conditions.
• Increase strength, balance, vitality & range of motion.
• Understand the postural alignment that enables healthy movement and breath.
• Learn how to us the 3 A's - Awareness, Acceptance, and Adjustment –  as a healthy process for dealing  with chronic conditions.
• Increase overall sense of well-being.
Tuesdays 5:30-7pm (upper studio)
Fridays 10:30-noon (upper studio)
Saturdays 11-12:30 (lower studio)
Class size limited to 8, pre-registration required.

Call or text Anna 651-487-5073, e-mail:
Drop-in rate: $15
Package of 10 classes (3 month exp.) $130
Package of 5 classes (2 month exp.) $70
Private Session; $60-80.00/hour
Anna honors an “open heart” policy to teaching. Students will not be turned away due to financial hardship.
Anna Vazquez, DMA, RYT
call/text 651-487-5073

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Vinyasa Yoga   (with Kim Ferrel)

An intermediate class that welcomes all levels. Each class is thoughfully and skillfully created to balance all areas of the body with a focus on breath, safe alignment, warming the body while building strength, and exploring each students individual relationship with flexibility. Each class provides a great mix of asana (posture) exploration with longer holds while also feeling the freedom of movement through vinyasa flow. You'll experience an intentional warm-up, spend time connecting movement to deep breath, and then find yourself easing into your final savasana. Class is most often set to music (with very little lyric) that is intended to help focus the mind, build energy and spark inspiration of spirit that is often found through our innate connection to music.  

Sundays 8:30-9:30 am
Cost: $12
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12 Step Recovery Yoga   (with Suzula Bidon)

Recovery is more than just abstinence. Recovery is a lifelong process of healing, transformation, and growth. Regardless of how addiction manifested in our lives, we were trapped in a cycle of spiritual disconnection, mental obsession, and physical compulsion. We emerged from active addiction beaten, wounded, and unwell, only to discover that the problem wasn’t outside; it – and the solution - is inside ourselves.
12 Step recovery programs provide a solid structure for psychological and spiritual healing, but they offer little guidance when it comes to physical healing and how to reunify the body with the mind and spirit. That is why yoga and the 12 Steps work so well together.
In Recovery Yoga class, we explore how yoga offers us the awareness and the discipline that make it possible to rediscover and reconnect with all aspects of ourselves. After a brief, anonymous small-group-style “check in” meeting, we breathe and move our way through a sequence of postures designed to embody the spiritual principles of 12 Step recovery. From surrender in Step One through service in Step Twelve, we “work” all 12 Steps physically in one hour.
This class is open to everyone and is accessible to students at all levels of practice and stages of recovery.

Sundays 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
7:30 - 9 pm Thursdays

$10 / class or by donation
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The Tao of T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Dayne Thomas)

T’ai Chi Ch’uan is also known as taiji, which means ‘grand ultimate’ and the movements of this art are essentially designed to align our mind, body and spirit until they are a unified existence. I have familiarized myself with this concept and many others throughout the course of my study and have found the forms, postures and Qigong related to this beautiful art to be an essential aspect of human life. Under the right guidance practitioners of any age will be able to tone and strengthen muscles, relax their body and energize their inner organs. T’ai Chi has also been known to restore functionality and reduce pain in joints and tendons that have been injured. My passion for sharing this knowledge with others is a commitment I take seriously and I am honored to practice with you at the River Garden Yoga Center.
Tuesdays 6 - 7 pm (lower studio)
This is a donation based class.
Contact: Dayne Thomas:  651-235-0415
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The Tao of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Level 2 (Dayne Thomas)

In this class, we will learn the 13 postures of T'ai Chi Ch'uan (among other movements) and gain a higher understanding of the basic training exercies (qigong) that develop the fluid body movement found in this art and the philosophies behind them. Focus your mind, find your center and your breath, and relax for this hour of T'ai Chi in the lower studio of the River Garden Yoga Center.
Tuesdays 7:15  - 8:15 PM (lower studio)
This is a donation based class.
Contact: Dayne Thomas:  651-235-0415
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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction   (with Judith Lies)

These courses teach people how to integrate 2,600 year old Eastern practices into contemporary Western everyday life. Physical, emotional and spiritual suffering can be healed by integrating body and mind in the present moment without judgment or expectation. Each session involves learning and practicing: walking, eating, sitting and/or yoga meditation; didactic presentation; group discussion; and homework assignments.
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Meditations for Healing   (with Anne McDonough)

In this class, we will explore timeless techniques for meditation which have been handed down for centuries, yet are still very relevant and useful for modern life. Students can expect practical, personalized adaptation for their best experience. We will use tools described by the sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras—gentle asana to allow the body to release the stress of the day; accessible pranayama breathing techniques to bring the mind into a focused and clear state; plus soothing guided imagery and points of inquiry to create links with our inner knowing and innate healing response. Traditional chants for healing, strength, renewal, and peace may be used to support your meditation. All levels of experience are welcome and those new to meditation are encouraged.
Wednesdays 5:45 - 6:45 pm
drop-in: $14
5 classes for $60 (3 months)
10 classes for $110 (6 months)
Special package: 2 private + 2 group classes for $175 (2 months)
The package includes a 90-min assessment (and copy of your personalized practice) + 60-min follow-up + 2 group classes
If financial hardship is a concern, please talk with Anne.
Contact: Anne McDonough:  415-424-8798
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Deep Restore Yoga (Bianca Matter)

Don’t wait for the next Ice Age to cool you down! Try Deep Restore – a meditative, and soul-centered approach designed to help you access your innate wisdom to balance and heal. In this class, several profound practices on their own – Yin Yoga, Restorative postures, Gentle somatic movements and Yoga Nidra - complement each other so that students learn to listen deeply to the unheard voice of their bodies, and to enter more fully into the present moment. Yoga Nidra is a thorough guided relaxation-meditation based in ancient Yogic teachings, that has recently received a lot of research attention and is thus backed by an extensive body of positive study outcomes as to the effectiveness of Yoga Nidra to alleviate many stress-related diseases as well as addictions, as the placement of a positive affirmation during a time when the subconscious is very receptive helps re-negotiate stuck mental patterns.
Sundays: 6:30 - 7:45 pm
Drop-in; $12.00, 10 Class pass: $100.00. (no one turned away due to lack of funds)
Unlimited monthly rate: Includes access to all of Yoga Matters classes (4 per week) and includes handouts, lesson plans, and personal guidance for the Hatha Yoga Study group classes:  $125
Contact: Bianca Matter:  612-860-9642
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Mindful Flow Yoga (Bianca Matter)

In Mindful Flow we utilize components of breath work, asana (physical postures), visualization and mantra along with techniques of self-observation. The idea behind this integrative approach is to not only stretch and strengthen our bodies but to evolve mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually moving us toward a place of balance and healing. Physically, this class integrates Sun Salutations with static classical postures and encourages resting postures between movement so as to experience a place of calm abiding - the cradle of change, transformation and true healing.

Level 1-2 Friday mornings: 7:00 - 8:15 am.

Drop-in; $12.00, 10 Class pass: $100.00. (no one turned away due to lack of funds)
Unlimited monthly rate: Includes access to all of Yoga Matters classes (4 per week) and includes handouts, lesson plans, and personal guidance for the Hatha Yoga Study group classes:  $125
You are encouraged to contact: Bianca Matter:  612-860-9642
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Hatha Yoga Study Group (Bianca Matter)

These classes foster progress in your physical path of Yoga (Hatha) and enhance your personal development by incorporating elements of the other main Yoga paths (Raja, Jnana, Bhakti, Kundalini, Karma). This self-practice is intended for continuing students of Yoga. While practicing alongside the teacher, students get to honor and experience their own pace. Detailed handouts will be provided at the beginning of each theme block -- the themes related to any of the mentioned Yoga paths above – so that students can familiarize themselves with the content before each practice.
*Please note that the class will not be led by the teacher-this is an opportunity to practice alongside the teacher at your own pace. There will be handouts and time for Q&A after each class and by email depending on what arises in each individual experience during the practice.
Monday and Wednesday 7 - 8:30am  (begins Sept. 18th)
Pricing: $50.00 per month
Unlimited monthly rate: Includes access to all of Yoga Matters classes (4 per week) and includes handouts, lesson plans, and personal guidance for the Hatha Yoga Study group classes:  $125
Contact: Bianca Matter:  612-860-9642
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Kundalini Yoga & Healing Gong Meditation   (with Michele Anderson)

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan blends posture (asana), mudra, mantra, breath work (pranayama), and meditation to elevate the practicer to a higher consciousness and balanced energy system. It is practiced with the eyes closed, so as to invoke self reflection and deep inner awareness. All classes are geared for beginners and will end with a Healing Gong relaxation. The healing vibrations of the gong release us from our flood of thoughts, allowing a shift in our though patterns, as well as stimulating the glandular system to a higher level of functioning. All levels of experience welcome.
Tuesdays 7:15-8:30pm
10 classes for $130
Drop-in rate is $15 for one class
Contact: Michele Anderson:  651-331-8338
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Lovingkindness Meditation Practice (Patrice Clark Koelsch)

Cultivating lovingkindness and the related qualities of compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity enables us to embody Mahatma Gandhi’s challenge to “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Through ancient, gentle and gradual practices, we learn to let go of fear and ill-will and to open our hearts to ourselves and to others, known and unknown. Our time together will include instruction, guided meditation and discussion.   (Garden Studio-lower level
Mondays, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Cost: donation
Contact: Patrice Koelsch:
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Iyengar Yoga level 1 (Michael Moore)

This class focuses on a range of introductory postures and breathing techniques, allowing students with some prior experience to develop their current practice in Iyengar Yoga. This level1 class will build from a foundation of basic standing poses to cover more complex standingposes, seated poses and forward extensions, simple backward extensions, twists and the shoulder balance cycle. Students with no prior experience of Iyengar Yoga are welcome to join this class but should do so on the first Wednesday of the month. Iyengar Yoga, named after its founding teacher B.K.S. Iyengar, is a practical system that focuses on āsansa practice as a way of realizing the broader philosophical teachings of yoga in our lives. It is also a tradition that emphasizes individual instruction and correction in order to ensure a beneficial and sustainable practice for participants of different levels and physical abilities. Because Iyengar Yoga builds systematically from the simpler to the more complex poses, it is important to attend class at the level appropriate to one’s knowledge and experience.
Wednesdays, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Drop In: $15.00 - 10 class pass: $130.00
Contact: Michael Moore:
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Weekly Drop-in Embodiment Yoga Class (Helena Raghubir)

Embodiment Yoga is a practice that helps reduce stress physically and emotionally by experimenting with three principles....choice, invitation, and interoception. When we don't have choices, or think we don't, stress can mount and life force can diminish. Within a yoga context that offers opportunities to explore what options work best for your body, you may experience a greater feeling of physical or emotional empowerment or vitality. When you are invited to practice choice-making rather than being told what to do, you may experience yourself as being in charge of your body. And developing the capacity for interoception, or the sensations experienced from inside your body, may correlate with an increased capacity to recover from stress and ward off stress-related health challenges, again due to a greater access to your own vital energy.
Embodiment Yoga draws on somatic studies such as Trauma-sensitive Yoga, flow practice such as Vinyasa and Kripalu Yoga, and Kundalini kriya and meditation. Expect a gentler, slower practice than a typical Kundalini class.
Fridays, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
All level, no registration needed, co-ed
Cost: Donation (suggested $10-15.00 but nobody turned away due to lack of funds. All monies go to the teacher and to support the studio)
Contact: Helena Raghubir:

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Ashtanga Yoga-Half Primary Series (Kristen Mansch)

In this 75 minute breath-centered class, students are guided in unison through the postures of Half Primary Series. The practice will create internal heat (expect to sweat) to purify the body and calm the mind. This class is taught in a supportive way and is appropriate for those new to, and familiar with, the series. Expect to practice sun salutations, standing and seated poses. There will be time for questions afterward.
Thursdays 6 - 7:15 am and Saturdays 7 - 8:15 am
Pricing: $12 drop-in, 10 class pass: $100
Contact: Kristen Mansch: 708-704-0250 or,

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Vinyasa (all levels) (Selena Eischens)

This class will work every muscle through movement and breath at a moderate pace. Classes are designed for all levels and focus on traditional yoga postures and breathing techniques using proper alignment. This class is designed to increase flexibility, strengthen muscles and improve balance while detoxify the body and mind and creating awareness to your breath and body.
Fridays: 5:00 - 6:00 pm and Wednesdays: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Class Price - $12.00 Drop ins welcome
Contact: Selena Eischens: 651-797-8796 or

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Dana - the Pali word for the Practice of Generosity

Some teachers at River Garden Yoga Studio have adopted the practice of Dana as both a spiritual practice for the class community and a practical way to meet financial needs.  Generosity invites us to explore the effects of giving and receiving freely. Each member of the class is asked to reflect both on the joy of receiving the gift of these teachings and this class and also on the joy of supporting the class, the teacher(s) and the community. Please give according to your ability.

Every person's situation will be different and may vary from week to week. Some people may want to leave a contribution after each visit while others may find it more appropriate to come up with a weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly schedule. You may leave donations in the bowl in the entranceway of River Garden Yoga Studio or let your teacher know if you have time and skills that you would like to contribute.

Your donations go to rent of the space, including use of props and supplies, utilities, a livelihood for the teacher, guest teacher stipends, promotional materials and outreach into the community.

Please feel free to ask questions and give feedback. Dana is meant to be a source of joy and connection, and is an essential step in awakening the heart to freedom. This is a creative process and we expect that our understanding of generosity will deepen as we continue to practice and talk together.


The word viniyoga comes from the Yoga Sutras. It refers to the importance of starting where you are and adapting your practice to your goals. Its roots are in the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya, (1888-1989), a revered teacher, yogi, and healing practitioner in India. Among the teachers who owe their beginnings to Krishnamacharya are B.K.S. Iygengar, Patabhi Jois, Indra Devi, and Krishnamacharya’s son T.K.V. Desikachar. Gary Kraftsow is the founder and director of the American Viniyoga Institute, a name given by Desikachar to Gary’s school in 1999. Gary was Desikachar’s student for 25 years. He lives in Oakland, CA and travels nationally teaching at conferences and workshops, in addition to conducting Teacher Trainings and Yoga Therapist trainings. Please see for further information.

What can you expect in a viniyoga class?
Your practice will have a clear intention and will be carefully sequenced to move toward that intention. The intention will be more about function than form.
You will learn to pay close attention to your breathing and to move with the breath, so that breath and movement support each other.
Your teacher will check in with you at the beginning of class for any special needs you may have, and she will be attentive to each student and provide adaptations of poses when needed. She may touch you, with your permission, to bring awareness to an area, but she will not “adjust” you.
Your practice may include a breathing practice (pranayama) at the beginning or end. In some classes, meditation will follow the asana (postures) practice, and chanting in Sanskrit or English may also be included.
Over a period of time, you will learn a selection of poses, with adaptations, and learn how to use them for your own unique body and system. You will learn what kind of sequence and what kind of breathing can raise your energy, or can calm your nerves, or soothe an aching back. You will be encouraged to have a home practice, and your teacher can help you get started with that.
You can expect to have a teacher who is certified, who continues to study with her teacher or mentor, who has her own practice, who is observant of her students, and who is available to help you privately if you wish a private class.
So…whether you are coming to yoga to strengthen an area of the body, or become more flexible, or to reduce the level of stress in your life, to recover from an injury or illness, to learn to quiet the mind, to improve your relationships, or to deepen your spiritual roots, viniyoga can help you to develop a practice that will lead you to your goals. The tools of yoga are many: postures, breathing, various stages of meditation, chanting, the study of ancient wisdom texts, such as the Yoga Sutras, which give us guidance for our practice and our daily life, the use of ritual and gestures—all these can be used as appropriate depending on your goal.

Iyengar Yoga by Joy Laine

Iyengar Yoga derives its name from its architect B.K.S. Iyengar who has taught yoga for over seventy years, both in his native India and throughout the rest of the world. B.K.S. Iyengar has been referred to as the ‘Michelangelo of yoga’ and in 2004 was named by Time magazine as one of the world’s hundred most influential people. Under the sponsorship of the well-known violinist Yehudi Menuhin, Mr. Iyengar began teaching yoga in England over fifty years ago. Gradually his following outside of India grew and today his style is practiced by many thousands of students throughout the world –in Europe, Australia, Africa, and the United States, for example. Mr. Iyengar’s renown grew with the publication of his book Light on Yoga, published in 1966, and still considered to be the gold standard for all yoga books. Until fairly recently he traveled extensively teaching and giving workshops, visiting China for the first time in the last years of his life. Now, over ninety years old, he spends more time in Pune, India where he teaches at his purpose built institute. Mr. Iyengar passed away in Pune in August 2014 at the age of ninety-five, leaving behind him an enduring legacy of committed practitioners. His daughter, Geeta Iyengar and son, Prashant Iyengar are also world-renowned teachers in their own right.

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga, the oldest of all yoga forms, is also called the Yoga of Awareness.  Kundalini yoga classes typically include held postures, energetic movement exercises, mantra (chanting), pranayam (breath work), meditation and relaxation.  By stimulating the nervous, immune and glandular systems and tapping into the mental and physical bodies Kundalini yoga works to bring a greater sense of well being, energize, heal the body, bring stress relief, help to maintain healthy weight and improve flexibility.

Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is a comprehensive technology to create an expanded consciousness, mental clarity and spiritual insight.  It is much more than a system of physical exercise. It is a dynamic, powerful, tool for expanding awareness.  Kundalini Yoga is typically referred to as the path of the ‘householder.’  This means it is a quick technology for spiritual and personal evolution that can still fit into a life that includes work, family and play.  While Kundalini Yoga is a spiritual practice it does not require any particular dogma or creed.  This technology can be used by those of any, or no, faith tradition to expand their relationship with themselves and with the Infinite.

Kundalini yoga was first taught openly in the West by Yogi Bhajan.  He came to the United States in 1969 and saw that people were desperately in need of a technology to deal with the rapidly changing times and their own shifting consciousness.  Yogi Bhajan taught tirelessly until his passing in 2004.  Most of his lectures and classes were captured in video or notes and we teach kriyas (sets of exercises) exactly as he taught them.  Kundalini Yoga classes have wide ranging themes, from healing the Liver to expanding our capacity to love ourselves.  And wide ranging methods, some classes incorporate stillness, breath and silence and other classes include chanting, yelling, dancing and everything in between!

Classes are designed to challenge each student at their own level and are do-able by everyone.  Generally classes are practiced with the eyes closed.  This allows each student to experience the practice from an internal perspective and takes out the tendency to compare or compete with others in class.  Each person in a Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class is able to tailor the experience to work for their body at that particular moment in time.

For more Information please see these resources:
Kundalini Research Institute
3HO - Happy Healthy Holy Organization

Hatha Yoga

The word hatha means willful or forceful. Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body—especially the main channel, the spine—so that energy can flow freely.

Hatha is also translated as ha meaning "sun" and tha meaning "moon." This refers to the balance of masculine aspects—active, hot, sun—and feminine aspects—receptive, cool, moon—within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose.

Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.

Vinyasa Yoga

Derived from hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga differs in some important ways from its predecessor. Vinyassa yoga is often faster paced, and the assanas (postures) are linked together in a series of movements that are synchronized with the breath. Much emphasis is placed on the breath and the transition in and out of the assanas.

The routine practice of vinyasa yoga can increase muscle strength, endurance and flexibility, and reduce levels of stress.

Vinyasa yoga offers much diversity. The pace can vary and there is no one particular sequence that instructors must follow. In fact, the name vinyasa is a Sanskrit word that translates as "variations within parameters." This flexibility allows the teacher to tailor the sequences to their own philosophy.

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga is a breath-centered healing method of yoga. The word “Ashtanga” literally means “eight limbs” (ashta=eight, anga=limb). These eight limbs, or steps, are described in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. One begins the eight-limbed path with asana, the physical postures of yoga. The heartbeat of the Ashtanga practice is the synchronization of breath and movement called vinyasa. Each breath literally leads each movement. Through conscious breathing (breath), purposeful movement (posture/bandha), and concentration (drishti), the practice gradually creates steadiness in body and mind.

What can you expect in an Ashtanga Yoga class?
All begin with the Primary Series called Yoga Chikitsa, which translates as yoga therapy. This fixed sequence of postures purifies and aligns the body. Primary Series classes are taught as either half or full. Each asana in the series prepares for the following. The more one becomes familiar with the set sequence, the more practice becomes a moving meditation.

What is Yoga?

The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as "union" or a method of discipline. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini. The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago. The Sutra is a collection of 195 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today. It also outlines eight limbs of yoga: the yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyani meditation), and samadhi (absorption). As we explore these eight limbs, we begin by refining our behavior in the outer world, and then we focus inwardly until we reach samadhi (liberation, enlightenment). Today most people practicing yoga are engaged in the third limb, asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.

Eight Limbs of Yoga