Anna moved to Bend in 2016 from Minnesota. She brings with her years of experience teaching various yoga styles. A long time Ashtanga practitioner and dancer, she finally decided to become a certified yoga teacher at The Yoga Center of Minneapolis. She also completed Ashtanga teacher training with David Swenson.
As a dancer, Anna loves to bring the beauty of movement into her yoga classes, finding that perfect balance between strength and flexibility.
Growing up in Latvia, Anna traveled the world extensively before moving to the US. When she is not practicing yoga, you can find her hiking with her dog, mountain biking, or watching her three kids play soccer.
Anna loves to help students grow in their individual practices, helping them get stronger and more confident in their bodies with each class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stephanie began the voyage down the yogic path in 1998. After one class she shifted gears from her work as a personal trainer and started to explore yoga through personal practice. In 2008 she completed her 230 hour teacher training at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis, then in 2010 completed a 100 hour Anusara immersion program. Stephanie continues to seek gifted teachers who guide her as a student and instructor of yoga and meditation.
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.
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."
Niki Scarpa-Cohen, Owner
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).
Nicole Lovald, Owner
Nicole enjoys teaching yoga to all ages and all levels. Her classes are playful and range from more restful to challenging and invigorating. She is passionate about the healing benefits of yoga and how it can be used for overall stress management and positive mental health.
Nicole is a certified yoga teacher as well as a Reiki Master and Life Coach. Nicole is registered through the yoga alliance as a continuing education provider. In addition, she is certified to officiate weddings and other spiritual ceremonies through the Universal Life Church. She is currently completing licensure requirements to be a marriage and family therapist (LMFT). Learn more about Nicole at: www.nicolelovald.com.
Tiffany Bergin, Owner
Iyengar Yoga Teacher
Tiffany is both a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher as well as a Yoga Therapist.
Tiffany was introduced to yoga and mediation at a very early age and found the teaching of B.K.S Iyengar in 2004. She has been a devoted student to the principles of integrity and precision in the path of yoga ever since and dedicates much of her time to her teaching and exploring the therapeutic applications of yoga. She approaches each class and student with care, enthusiasm, and a true desire to help others develop awareness and find joy through the practice of yoga.
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.
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.