Meet Our Team
Crystal Ann Hanson
Crystal Ann Hanson is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher(E-RYT500), Certified Ayurveda Yoga Specialist (AYS), Certified Fitness Nutrition Coach (CFNC), Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), Sacred Activist Leader and holds a BS in Psychology.
She uses an integrative approach utilizing all of these modalities when conducting private client consultations, workshops and teaching classes. Crystal enrolled in her first 200 Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) in 2009 through the Himalayan Institute. After feeling the many emotional, spiritual and physical benefits that Yoga and Meditation brought to her daily life, she had a strong desire to continue to learn and share with others.
Crystal teaches from her heart as she invites students to pause, connect, look inside and feel what is happening in the present moment, to observe the effects a practice reveals. Crystal’s classes include Mantra (chanting), Mudras, Pranayama (breath; prana practices) and teachings from the Vedas (ancient books of “wisdom”). Crystal is honored to teach and share from all of her training, modalities and life experiences respecting an integrative approach. Crystal Ann Hanson believes that we are ALL teachers and we are ALL students.
Anna is a firm believer that the essence of yoga can serve as a guiding light for every living being, embracing the unique bodies and varied histories that they possess. Her classes invite students to explore the many questions we ask ourselves and the identities we assign ourselves, while bringing awareness to the ever-changing nature of this world. Integrating mindful, playful, and gentle tones, she encourages us all to stay curious, offering a variety of physical manifestations of traditional yoga poses and a safe forum where students may arrive exactly as they are.
Classical ballet training became interwoven with a steady yoga practice when Anna was a young teen, thanks to her wise mother's encouragement to seek a holistic approach to structural misalignments. Yoga, Ayurveda, and other modalities continue to guide her towards balance, contentment, and a more resilient approach to life's challenges. She integrates these practices into her everyday life which includes lots of gardening, cooking, reading, full time 'corporate' work, and full time dog-mom to her rescue pittie.
When Matthew found Spirit of the Lake in 2012, he knew he had discovered his yogic home. Simple breath awareness while moving through yoga poses brought undeniable benefits to his life. Matthew completed his yoga teacher training at Spirit of the Lake and now he immerses himself in ancient wisdom texts, academic research, and all things yoga. Matthew's yoga classes provide a welcoming and safe space to practice the physical postures of yoga in order to cultivate peacefulness, clarity, strength, flexibility, and the countless other benefits of yoga. Learn more at matthewtift.com.
Inspired by her own personal yoga practice, Melissa is committed to helping others cultivate confidence & realize their own beauty & strength. Melissa offers mindfulness-based classes that promote awareness of body, mind & spirit, while creating intelligent & playful sequencing, empowering you to feel peaceful & at ease in your body as you step off your mat. Melissa is honored to hold a space for you as you progress on your personal yoga journey. Melissa is grateful that she has experienced the powerful benefits of yoga & is passionate about sharing that love & joy with others.
Melissa is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance & trained with Inner Fire Yoga Studio in Madison, Wisconsin. She is certified as a Karma Kids Yoga Instructor. She holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. Melissa taught for eight years as a classroom teacher in Chicago, Philadelphia & Rochester. Melissa taught for five years with the little om BIG OM team in Madison. She teaches vinyasa & power flow yoga classes in the Twin Cities area. When off of the mat, you can find Melissa seeking out travel adventures, reading good books, drinking wine & hanging out with family & friends, and exploring the beautiful local trails with her husband & three young children.
The Spirit of the Lake team is a group of compassionate owners, practitioners, and teachers who strive to assist with the health, healing, and happiness of all those we have the privilege to work with.
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Nicole’s Specialties Include:
Yoga and Energy Healing
Veterans and Military Families
Spirituality and Ritual
Nicole Lovald, MS, E-RYT, BCC, Reiki Master
Co-Owner, Yoga Teacher, Life Coach, Reiki Practitioner
Nicole Lovald is one of the co-owners of Spirit of the Lake Yoga and Wellness Center and is a master’s level counselor, certified life coach, master reiki healer, and registered yoga teacher. As a natural healer all of her life, she has worked with a variety of populations (at-risk kids, veterans, domestic violence and sexual assault victims and more) in various settings throughout her career.
Working from the perspective that everyone has the tools to heal within them, Nicole guides her clients to uncover their hidden potential and ability to heal. Nicole incorporates mindfulness, breathwork, guided imagery and relaxation, energy healing, as well as mind-body medicine techniques into her practice, when and where it is appropriate for clients.
Nicole works with all ages, from kids who may be struggling with anxiety or school pressures, to adults who are experiencing a life transition, grief, stress, or any other life challenge. She brings in a whole person (mind, body, and spirit) approach to working with her clients therapeutically.
When Nicole isn’t at the Wellness Center or teaching a yoga class, you will likely find her at home playing with her kids, her dog, and relaxing with her husband. She loves to travel and hosts yoga retreats across the world (typically in a tropical location during our frigid Minnesota winter).
Amy Zitur, MOT, OTR/L
Co-Owner, Occupational Therapist
With a background in Occupational Therapy, Amy came to Spirit of the Lake in search of life balance between a demanding career and starting a family. She has experience of owning a business of her own, and enjoys the "behind the scenes" work that comes with the in's and out's of owning and growing a business. Although Amy's passion of helping others is rooted in the world of pediatrics, she has special training in stress and tension reduction exercises, extensive knowledge and training on how primitive reflex patterns impact function as a result of stress and trauma, and a deep understanding of the nervous system leading to strategies that assist in regaining homeostasis and overall function in a chaotic world.
In her spare time, Amy enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her husband, dogs, and twin babies.
Tiffany Bergin, M.Ed, CIYT, C-IAYT
Co-Owner, Yoga Therapist & Functional Nutrition Counselor
Tiffany offers 15+ years of success supporting others in finding their balance. She was raised in Hawaii and meditation was one of her first teachers of alignment at an early age. She then went on to study psychology and human behavior which ultimately led me to a Master's degree in Education and working as a behavior analyst. She found the teaching of B.K.S Iyengar in 2004 and has been a devoted student to the principles of integrity and precision in the path of yoga ever since.
After many years of study she became a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and is also certified as a yoga therapist. The therapeutic healing she experienced personally recovering from the traumatic delivery of her first son drove her to explore the depths of yoga therapy. Working with her own spirit and nervous system led her to the practices of Reiki and Nervous System Reset training. After struggling with GI issues most of her life and being someone who was fearful of the consequences of any meal, she naturally gravitated to the study of nutrition and how to heal through food. She is trained through the Functional Nutrition Alliance in functional nutrition.
Tiffany's work centers on identifying the root of imbalances and returning optimal function to the body, mind and spirit. Through careful consideration, active listening and discerning intuition she offers education to those who are ready to take the next step in finding their alignment.
If the focus is structural, therapeutic and traditional Iyengar Yoga will be the primary focus. If chronic conditions or support with healing and optimization are wanted than she will approach the individual physiology through the lens of functional nutrition. If stress management or nervous system rebalancing is desired, she will bring in modalities such as energetic, nervous system rebalancing practices, meditation and breathwork to restore alignment. Tiffany's goal is to impart the modalities she has developed through personal and professional experience over the years and empower her clients to find their true alignment.
Niki Scarpa Cohen E-RYT500, AYS, YACEP
Co-Owner, Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Yoga & Lifestyle Coach
Niki guides well-rounded classes that are light-hearted but meditative. They flow in a thoughtful manner and are designed to create balance, a feeling of calm energy and mindful presence. In her classes you will learn proper alignment of poses while you build strength, self-awareness, flexibility, focus, and the ability to relax. An experienced teacher with advanced training, Niki is registered with the yoga alliance as an E-RYT 500, and YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider).
As a guide/coach Niki pulls from her training in yoga philosophy, energy medicine, Ayurveda, spiritual development, and her personal experience of living with anxiety, depression, and addiction. With a bottomless well of empathy for her students, Niki holds compassionate and non-judgmental space for all whom she teaches and mentors.
Outside of the studio Niki is passionate about finding balance with the natural world, focused on finding a harmonious balance with the natural world, native plant & pollinator gardening, a lover of long hikes, and laying in the hammock.
Judy is a 500 hour E-RYT, teaching Yin, Adaptive, Nidra and Aqua Yoga in the local community for over seven years. She has studied with several outstanding teachers including Paul Grilley, Judith Lasater, Indu Aurora, Sarah Powers, Gary Kraftsow, and Ken Nelson. Judy says, "My earliest yoga experience started back in the 70's in my college days - and became my centering and calming practice. After moving on to other activities, I returned to an active practice over the course of the last decade."
Nancy came to her mat in 2001 for her first yoga class and has been hooked ever since. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200 hour teacher. She loves experiencing the benefits of yoga and is excited to share those with her students. Nancy will lead you through a strong steady flow from posture to posture with focus on building strength and stability, balance, stillness, awareness, and breath. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics, and she is an aroma therapy practitioner, as well as a Reiki practitioner.
Amber Huttner, E-RYT 500, was certified as an Anusara yoga teacher in 2001. Teaching for almost 20 years, her classes are fun, informative, and always emphasize learning new ways to progress and succeed on the mat. Amber brings an abundance of technical expertise along with her humor, compassion, and heart-felt instruction to her classes. Her students benefit from her enthusiasm for life and dedication to help them learn, heal, and grow on every level.
Rosie began practicing Yoga in 2005 as means of self care while working as a massage therapist. She noticed that practicing yoga helped her gain strength in her body and her mind. She fell in love with the profound lessons yoga has to offer and is inspired by assimilating them into her classes. She completed the RYT-200 at Spirit of the Lake. She loves to create classes that encourage self love and mindful movement. She enjoys teaching creative, active flows as well as deeply relaxing yin classes.