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January 18-May 24, 2018.
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Meet your trainers and mentors
E-RYT 200/RYT-500(May 2017), YACEP
Allison first came to her mat for fitness and flexibility but was hooked when she found simplicity and connection. Originally drawn to yoga for the flexibility benefits that complimented her professional dance career, each time on her mat Allison realized how grounded and connected she felt and her lifelong practice launched from there. Through her personal practice she discovered that Yoga helps remove the layers revealing her true self and it strengthens an initiate connection, union with others.
Practicing for over 18 years and teaching for the last 10, Allison has guided over 3,000 yoga classes. She completed the CorePower 200 hour program, YogaWorks 200 hour program under the training of Alexandria Crow and most recently the Devanadi 340 hour program. LifeCore Yoga studios are a dream come true for this Entrepreneurship and Communication Studies grad from the University of St. Thomas. She humbly watches this labor of love develop into a great community for spreading the joy and benefits of yoga. Allison truly believes that yoga will change the world one mat at a time.
RYT-200/RYT- 500(May 2017)
As a mother of four kids, Janet, has committed herself to becoming a lifelong learner of the human body and how to bring restoration and ease into every day living. She received her B.S. in accounting from Northern Arizona University, but it wasn’t until after her youngest child was in high school that she began her journey into yoga. Yoga has taught Janet that every individual has various potential and capacities within their own yoga practice and life. She looks forward to sharing her personal experiences and knowledge with her students. Janet specializes in yoga for beginners, restorative, and special populations.
Janet completed her 200-hour certification program with Master Trainer Alexandria Crow of YogaWorks, followed by the Devanadi 340-hour certification program, and she is also certified in Chair Yoga and Restorative Yoga. She is a Healing Touch Practitioner Apprentice and volunteers weekly with patients at St. Josephs Hospital in St. Paul, Mn. Healing Touch is a relaxing nurturing energy therapy that uses gentle touch to assist in balancing the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and well being of an individual. These trainings and hands on experiences have inspired Janet to become the yoga teacher she is today.
MS, E-RYT 200/RYT-500(May 2017), YACEP
Maria’s yoga and wellness journey has been about the transformational power of nutrition, yoga, and self-love. Maria has been a student of yoga for 15+ years and a teacher for 6. The physical postures combined with philosophical texts have provided Maria with a rich understanding of the importance of living in the present and unconditional love for one’s truest self. Maria shares her personal experience, knowledge, and creativity on how to fine tune your yoga practice, diet, and overall wellbeing to suit your individual needs. Her approach is through a combination of the ancient wisdoms of holistic medicine backed by the research of modern day science.
Maria completed the CorePower Yoga 200-hour certification program, followed by the Devanadi 340-hour certification program, and has extensively studied under Master Trainer, Alexandria Crow. She received her Masters of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Colorado State University. Maria’s graduate work has been published in the academic journal, Nutrition, and she has also published a cookbook called Favorite Things.
E-RYT 200/RYT-500(May 2017), YACEP
Dawn apprehensively came to yoga after a shoulder injury. Her physical therapist recommended, urged, and finally insisted she try yoga as part of her rehabilitation. After practicing yoga for only a couple of months, she was released from physical therapy. Recovered from her injury, Dawn felt she no longer needed to attend classes. Within a week or two of not practicing, she realized yoga had become vital to her wellbeing for many other unexpected reasons. Dawn realized her yoga practice had enriched her life with, not only, physical strength and flexibility, but mental clarity, emotional balance, and an overall sense of peace in her day to day life. She went back to her yoga practice with commitment, passion and full of gratitude.
Eager to deepen her personal practice, Dawn enrolled in the YogaWorks 200 hour teacher training program under the training of Chrissy Canning Beutel, completing her certification in June of 2012, and began teaching right away. Practicing for more than 7 years and teaching for the last 5, Dawn has lead over 1300 yoga classes. A life long lover of learning, she has participated in numerous workshop courses under the training of Alexandria Crow. Eager to go deeper and attain her 500 hour certification, Dawn enrolled in the Devanadi 340 hour training program under the training of Tanya Boigenzahn, graduating in May of 2017. Dawn personal yoga journey has been a profound experience and influence in her life, but even more life-changing has been the gift of being able to share yoga and yoga philosophy with her students. “Everyone is unique! I feel honored to share the experience of learning, exploring, and celebrating the differences each student brings to their practice, on and off the mat.” Dawn Marie Wenisch.
MS, E-RYT200/RYT500(May2017), CPT
Marina first came to yoga needing a low impact work-out after a knee injury. It didn’t take long to discover that a yoga practice is so much more than just a “work-out”. She was drawn to the feelings of calm and peacefulness that practicing yoga brought, as well as the vast amount information to learn about the history of yoga and it’s different traditions. Marina loves being a student, and upon completing her Masters of Science in Education, decided to embark on a new journey and entered her first yoga teacher-training program.
Marina has completed two 200-hour trainings through CorePower in Hot Yoga and Vinyasa styles, and has been teaching yoga since 2011. She completed prenatal yoga and barre teacher trainings through Blooma, and most recently, the 340-hour program through Devanadi. Marina continues to study under Master Trainer Alexandria Crow. She is a certified personal trainer, and has coached the dance team at Mounds View High School for over 10 years. Marina spends her days working as the Program Director at Blooma, and loves creating community and supporting women as they journey into motherhood. Learning is a life long process, and Marina is excited to continue her studies in yoga and western herbalism for many years to come.
MA, ERYT, Mentor
Sara Howard came to yoga in 1999 and fell in love with the strength and beauty of the practice. She is an ERYT yoga instructor trained in an interdisciplinary style; she favors Restorative, Yin and Anusara styles of yoga but is constantly in search of the most harmonious way to move body, mind and spirit. Sara believes in teaching yoga in a structurally conscious way that serves the body and soul and spirit of the practitioner.
E-RYT 200/RYT-500(May 2017), YACEP
Playing almost every sport as a kid, Nikki was inspired by training with her triathlete father, joining her mom’s avid step aerobic regimen, and just having an unrelenting love for dance and movement. After pursuing a degree in Health and Physical education at St Cloud State University, she taught fitness education in a Montessori School for two years along with a full-time position of designing and managing fitness programs for an international government defense contractor. With both NETA group and ACE personal training certifications, Nikki recognized her love for igniting the broadest possible community with a love for physical wellness and led almost every format of group fitness at the YMCA, Gold’s Gym and Lifetime.
Then – within a single fateful month – Nikki suffered debilitating back injuries from both a car and snowboarding accident. But the recovery path would afford new insights on strength and wellness, eventually leading her to yoga. Learning the benefits of hot yoga, Nikki went to California for training in a specialized practice which opened her eyes to the numerous and subtle ways people unknowingly abuse their bodies. Not only did this training help restore her back, Nikki also found inspiring insights on the mind-body connection. This realization profoundly changed her perspective, even shifting her parenting philosophy to the benefit of her son, who was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. The clarity and calm offered through yoga practice helped to convert life’s obstacles into opportunities. Since her initial training, Nikki also completed the renowned Yogaworks 200 hour program, then was subsequently invited as teacher training apprentice and co-teacher for another 200 hour training with Chrissy Canning of Yogaworks. Nikki followed that up with an additional 340-hour training from Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness.
Continuing her drive to make wellness and healing accessible for all, she completed a training for physical and emotional trauma from the Boston Trauma Center in 2016 and has expanded her practice to help those with brain injuries, physical disability and trauma on a path to wellness. Even after teaching thousands of classes, Nikki calls herself a perpetual student. Through each interaction, her understanding of a safe and effective practice is expanded and deepened. She believes that gaining alignment awareness, practicing consistently and a willingness for honest self-study, we can tap into the creative life force that exists within each of us. She passionately guides her students back to their bodies with a light-hearted and playful style steeped in substance. When not in the yoga studio, you can find her sipping coffee in a hammock, globe-trotting to new places or climbing a tree with a camera over her shoulder.
RYT200, RYT 500 (May 2017)
As long as she can remember, Kim has immersed herself in sports and various physical activities, including coaching many athletic teams over the years. She received her B.S. in Accounting from the College of St. Catherine in 1991 and was married and started a family shortly after. Kim has a lot of creative energy and teaches many levels of yoga including: Gentle, Level 1, All Levels, Mixed Level, and Tone. Yoga has helped her find calmness, not only on her mat, but in her daily life, while also maintaining strength and stability. She believes in the connection between mind, body, and spirit and hopes to teach students how to integrate them. Through breath and meditation, yoga has taught her how to surrender to things she can’t control, creating a happier, more balanced life.
Kim graduated in June 2014 with her 230-hour teacher training certification from Yoga Center Minneapolis, followed by the Devanadi 340-hour certification program in 2017. Her certifications also include Chair Yoga and MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). She feels truly blessed to have such a fulfilling life as a wife and mother of 3 daughters, and is excited that they have already started their yoga journey. She is very passionate and is grateful to be part of LifeCore Yoga.
RYT 200/RYT-500 (May2017)
Chrissie’s yoga journey started 15 years ago by accident and has now grown into a love and regular deep practice. She has now been teaching yoga for 6 years. She grew up dancing, running, snowboarding and just having a true love for exercise of any kind. After adding yoga to her life and exercise regimen Chrissie found herself changing inside and out in great ways. She loves that she has been able to do yoga through many life transitions including becoming a mom of two and doing yoga daily through each pregnancy.
She works as a full time Registered Nurse and finds yoga to be a relaxing way to center and take care of herself after such busy days taking care of patients. Chrissie has a true passion for fitness and nutrition and is looking forward to furthering her career in wellness and nutrition.
She has completed CorePower Sculpt training, YogaWorks 200 RYT training with Alexandria Crow and 340 RYT through Davanadi with Tanya Boigenzahn. She is also certified in Chair yoga.