Healing and Wellness Day Classes and Presenters



“Why should you practice yoga? To kindle the divine fire within yourself. Everyone has a dormant spark of divinity in him which has to be fanned into flame.” – B.K.S. Iyengar

jend10-16hs-copyThis tapas inspired vinyasa class will help to stoke your inner fire and connect you to your strength. A fun and fire themed playlist will make you smile, lift your spirits, and your energy level.  Come breathe, flow, and light that fire within.

Led by Jennifer Grubba

Jennifer is the Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of MN YOGA + life Magazine. She is a 200 RYT, and teaches in corporate settings, fitness centers, studios, and events such as the Minnesota State Fair, and the Minneapolis Yoga Conference. Jennifer also teaches and hosts yoga retreats as the founder of Blue Lotus Yoga Retreats. She is passionate about making yoga and wellness more accessible to others, and travel for growth. You can find her writings in MN YOGA + life Magazine as well as other YOGA + life™ regions, and her personal blog MNyogalife108. Jennifer is also a proud mother, holds graduate degrees in psychology and education, and practices as a School Psychologist. Her mission is to help unite the Minnesota yoga community and to offer MN YOGA + life Magazine as a resource giving local Minnesotans a voice.


Balance Your Energy with Meditation

gracia-pic-meditation-classLearn visualizations and breathing techniques to balance your whole energy system. These practices are very effective and simple enough to use on your own.

Led by Gracia Gimse McKinley

Gracia radiates love and acceptance. She empowers students to attune to their inner wisdom in order to live authentic and meaningful lives.  Gracia answers the MN YOGA + life column, “Ask the Swami,” and has a MFA, E-RYT 500 designation with Yoga Alliance, Hanna Somatic Education Certification, and ordination from the Temple of Kriya. Gracia and her husband, T McKinley, are the founders of My Spirit Community, and live in Northfield, MN.


Yin Yoga and Singing Bowl Sound Bath

Wu wei…to walk quietly and reverently through life. This is the gentle way of the Yin Soldiers of Love. Join us as we take a step back and reunite with our true selves in this gentle most patient practice.  Yin yoga gives us each permission to slow down as we validate our peaceful nature.

Yin Yoga postures are more passive postures, mainly on the floor.   Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time. Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. A more meditative approach to yoga, yin aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality.

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Jan Johnson, Yoga Teacher, healer and MN Yoga + LIfe Magazine Ambassador


Kris Groth, Craniosacral energy healer/spiritual mentor of Body Whispers Therapy is dedicated to providing you with the best in craniosacral therapy, holistic energy healing, somatoemotional release, myofascial release, and other healing services. Kris brings 20+ years of experience to healing services and will help you tune in more deeply to the self with her singing bowls and sound baths in your yin yoga practice.


Journey through the chakras in this unique innovative and enlivening yoga experience. Discover the places in your physical, energetic and psycho-emotional sheaths where you might be restricted and how you can create greater awareness, ease, and connection. Using all of the regular props in a yoga session as “space and honesty-makers”, this class will include basic breath work, warm-up and traditional postures, functional yoga therapy and guided visual meditation as a means to engaging with your True Self. Accept the invitation to be inspired by the essentials of Integrative Yoga Therapy. No previous yoga experience required.

img_3527Led by: Susan Perry

Susan Perry is the Co-Director and Co-Founder of Minnesota Yoga Therapy Institute an Empowering Yoga Therapeutics Training and Teaching Institute that promotes psychological health, physical well-being and inner peace with an integrative approach of attending to the entire person to develop, cultivate, and sustain optimal wellness. Susan is a Certified, Kripalu and Integrative Yoga Therapy trained Yoga Instructor and Certified Yoga Therapist with over 700 hours of Yoga Teacher and Therapy Training. She is also the Founder of Live Big 365 an online gathering place for Inspirational Integrative Yoga. Susan has served thousands of clients in private individualized and group therapeutic yoga sessions throughout the United States. She is known for her compassion, intuitive healing sensibility, creative mind and unique ability to identify areas of pain and ways to heal. Susan believes her mission with Minnesota Yoga Therapy Institute and Live Big Big 365 is to introduce as many people as possible to the transformative power of Empowering Yoga Therapeutics and to instill the belief that yoga is for everyone. She is a member of Yoga Alliance, and an ERYT-500, the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association, Integrative Yoga Therapy and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Susan holds an M.A. in Theology from the College of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ and is currently in training to receive her Professional Yoga Therapist Certification (1000 hours), to be completed at the end of 2016.

Crystal Yoga with Veronica Walters and Harpist Tami Briggs

Join Veronica Walters in this unique class to learn how to incorporate crystal healing in your yoga practice.  Each participant will receive their own quartz crystal to ground and balance into the New Year. Focus on balance, asana and tuning in. Accompanied by the healing sounds of Tami Briggs and her beautiful harp.

Led by Veronica Walters, Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master, and Folkloric dancer. Energetically sensitive sensitive since childhood, Veronica offers healing insight through yoga and energy work, yoga classes and private sessions at Yoki Life. From its inception, Yoki Life was created to interweave the healing arts of reiki and the benefits of the whole body health system of yoga. Through yoga we learn to move from the outside in, and through reiki we learn to heal from the inside out.

An eternal student of life and spirituality, Veronica first sought knowledge in Eastern philosophies and alternative healing methods as a teenager to learn more of the energies she felt around her. As she continued on her path, she was naturally drawn to energetic healing work. Veronica received her Reiki Master certification in Glastonbury, England through the Institute Center for Reiki Training where she is an active member of the professional reiki association.


Tami Briggs is a therapeutic harpist and in 1999, founded Musical Reflections, located in Minneapolis. She has a certification from the International Harp Therapy Program and has played the harp at the bedside of hundreds of hospital and hospice patients. As a composer and recording artist, she has released 15 CDs for relaxation, comfort, healing, and sleep; she has also written two books. She has been a BioMat distributor the for past six years.

img_3544MINDFUL happier hour – Gentle Vinyasa Flow

A gentle Vinyasa flow, linking breath to movement. Happy – hour style just when you need it. This yoga class will also incorporate some partner stretching.  A mid-day peaceful flow, when you might need some mellow/grounding/loving energy.

Led by Jes Rosenberg, MN Yoga+ Life Magazine Ambassador, founder of The Adventures of Super Stretch kid’s yoga program, long time Minneapolis based yoga teacher of such places as Modo Yoga and as troop leader of Gorilla Yogis.



Buti Yoga – introducing Tribal Dance into your Yoga Practice

Buti Yoga fuses TRIBAL DANCE and POWER YOGA that comes from your core. Here we refer to  “the core”  as the midbody, as we use spiral techniques that strengthens and support all your movements.  But, “the core” also means the center of your primal being! Tap into sensual enlightenment.  This dynamic movement and meditation practice is set to drumming beats and a variety of world dance music.  Focus on breath control moving to the drum beat and your own heartbeat. Flow through yoga poses as you roll your hips, and shake your asana in goddess pose. It feels like dance, yet it is yoga. We will engage the Mula Bandha and feel the pull of your primal energy into higher chakras. Every movement  will be honored as sacred and meditative. Tap into feelings of connectedness and owning your own power, as you encounter your life force that is breath, dance, creation, your “Big Self ” and the Oneness.

img_4025Led by Koreen Valdovinos
Koreen Valdovinos, founder and co-owner of Open Minds Fusion Studio (a boutique Minneapolis yoga and aerial studio) and MN Yoga +Life Magazine Ambassador has considered Yoga her healing art for over 10 years. She has trained in many traditions of yoga, from studying the rigid poses in Bikram Yoga, to teaching Hot Yoga, Power Yoga, Vinyasa, Yin, to becoming a leader in Buti Yoga movement – a distinctive freestyle moving meditation and yoga  practice that incorporates traditional asana with tribal dance. Her non-conformist nature, along with her background in traditional and philosophical teachings, can be palatable and uplifting in her unique class offerings such as Dark Yoga and Buti Yoga.

Koreen helps people tap into their own power and the inner, primal rhythm. In Koreen’s classes you are asked to tap into self-love for your body, and cozy up to your vulnerabilities and your intimacies with self, and others.  Koreen considers herself to be forever student, a life artist, a sensual shaman, an energy worker, a love enthusiast and activist who is always seeking new teachers and experiences working towards a more open mind.


What is Dis-ease, and what is Healing Energy? A learning workshop with Vermont Healer, John Foster and his experience with Bats, Bears, Humans and other Wildlife

Curious about what it means to be a healer? John Foster will outline these concepts from a first person perspective as a storyteller and a healer with much experience in both dis-ease and healing.
The basic concepts of human energy and how it can be affected will be introduced.  We will examine how,  in an energetic way, people accumulate dis-ease. How people commonly go into a thought processes that create imbalances in their energy systems (call it what you will; aura, prana, life-force, spirit, etc.) which can lead to dis-ease and injuries. It is important that people understand how they can be energetically pro-active/active  with their overall well-being. Having a clearer understanding as to how the process of disease, weakness and injury occurs can be very powerful!

How does healing work? There is a vast knowledge of how it works and we as humans have been practicing energetic healing for 10’s of thousands of years. John will explain with dynamic examples from those in attendance, how healing, is an essential way to lead happier, healthier lives.

img_3534Steps will be outlined that one can take to reduce or reverse pain or dis-ease, as well as the negative impact of life stresses, anxiety, our environment and our own thoughts.

Led by John Foster

Healer, speaker and founder of Vermont Healing with a private practice in southern VT as well as distance healing clients across the country. His mission is to find people who need help creating lasting changes in their health (emotional and/or physical) and assisting with that process. He practices Healing Touch. This modality is effective on the full range of dis-ease or un-ease that could affect a human being.
Before becoming a healer he had been a wildlife biologist specializing in black bears and bats. He survived, uninjured, a hellacious auto accident at full highway speeds. The experience of waking up, alive, galvanized his need for a radical life change. Shortly after the accident he met an extraordinary healer, trained in Tibetan healing, and began his life studies as a healer.

Mantra Meditation & How to Use a Mala

A “mantra” is a yogic tool to help protect the mind. A “mala” is a necklace of 108 beads that one uses to count their mantra recitations. Repetition of the mantra as a daily practice is a great way to help train the mind to align with healing and cosmic principles that help our highest selves become more accessible. In this workshop, Tanya will teach you a variety of healing mantras, as well as basics of how to use a mala. If you have a mala, please bring it. Otherwise just show up. No experience necessary. All levels.

tanya-boigenzahn_editedLed by Tanya Boigenzahn

Tanya Boigenzahn is honored to share her life in the pursuit of dharma, health and wellness for all beings. She is the founder of Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness as well as Thai Yoga Bodywork, LLC, empowering people with authentic and time-tested tools and teachings to help reach their highest potential. With 25+ years on the mat, she is a multi-certified yoga teacher studying mainly with Yogarupa Rod Stryker, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Indu Arora and is a ParaYoga® Level 2 Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, Thai Yoga Bodywork Therapist, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Reiki Master. Tanya is also affiliated with the Himalayan Institute and is a featured teacher on www.YogaInternational.com.

As a long-time wellness educator, Tanya uses this experience to help deepen students’ knowledge of the traditional practices of healing and wholeness. Annually, she offers intensives and retreats to Thailand, India, Costa Rica and other areas in the world with rich healing traditions to go deeper and study with masters. With travel as a passion, you will often find her chanting with Buddhist monks, cooking a curry with her son, or discovering a long lost healing technique when abroad.

Healing from the Inside Out – Honoring your Body through Simple Nutrition

Through nutrition we can create balance. Dr. Joessa Austin will discuss healing physically, emotionally, spiritually through nutrition and more. This busy season is a wonderful opportunity to look at how we can better manage stress and the food that we can use as medicine to heal the mind/body connection.

drjoessaheadshotPresented by Joessa Austin, DC – Owner and healer at Jai Healing Collective.

Dr. Joessa is a local healer, momma, and healing collective owner who resides in South Minneapolis.  Her formal education is in human biology, chiropractic care and functional nutrition.  She has also spent much of her time studying the mind/body connection, quantum healing techniques, and real-food supplementation and nutrition approaches to heal the body from the inside out.

Dr. Joessa uses several techniques with her one-on-one clients to approach their healing journeys from a truly holistic perspective; addressing the mind, body and spirit.



The Power of Touch: Self Care with Acupressure and Traditional Chinese Medical Massage

whitneyhorstmanAt the most fundamental level, Traditional Chinese Medicine is based upon the movement of Qi and Blood in the human body.  Pain and tension result from a lack of flow, or stagnation, of the Qi and Blood.  Tui Na massage and acupressure are the hands-on methods of dispersing stagnation and restoring that flow.  We will be learning and practicing how to apply these techniques to ourselves for basic management of pain and injury prevention.

Newly arrived in Minnesota after spending the last decade in Hawaii and Santa Fe, Whitney Horstman is an acupuncturist at Healing InSight in Saint Paul.  Having started her career as a massage therapist, she naturally gravitated towards the hands-on modalities in acupuncture school and now practices a strong blend of bodywork and acupuncture in her treatments.



Healing Heart Space

kristin-cromie-headshotEnjoy a mindfully crafted flow to open your heart-space, and find the rhythm within to create room for healing. Energetic movement will enliven the body, therapeutic breath will make space, and visually guided meditation will provide closure. All levels are invited to attend.