The 2018 Minneapolis Yoga Conference

March 23 - 25, 2018

Produced by Tula Software

Introducing our 2018 Presenters

The full schedule of events, and individual event registration, will be available at the end of October!

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Presenter: Faith Hunter Headshot

Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

Meet Faith Hunter, DC/NYC based Yoga instructor, global traveler, & Lifestylist, sprinkled with a dash of Louisiana charm. Faith began her life long love affair with yoga in the early 90s as a way to cope as her beloved brother Michael was dying from a complication related to AIDS. Through meditation and mindfulness Faith was able to release her fears and experience an awakening from within. From that day forward, she committed herself to sharing these practices with the world. Always eager to learn, explore, and share, Faith is an inspiring and generous mentor to yoga practitioners of all skill levels.

Presenter: Tara Stiles Headshot

Tara Stiles

Tara Stiles

Tara Stiles is the founder of Strala. Thousands of Guides lead Strala classes around the world in studios, gyms, and health clubs, and Strala is practiced by a very large online community in nearly 100 countries. Strala has been illustrated in a case study by Harvard Business School, and its practices of ease and connection are incorporated by business leaders, entrepreneurs, and well-being professionals everywhere.

Tara teams up with W Hotels, bringing Strala Yoga and healthy recipes to W properties around the globe. She collaborated with Reebok to create the Reebok Yoga lifestyle range, and has authored several best-selling books, including Yoga Cures, Make Your Own Rules Cookbook, and Strala Yoga, all translated and published in many languages. She has been profiled by The New York Times, Times of India, The Times (UK), and featured in most major national and international magazines.

Presenter: Indu Arora Headshot

Indu Arora

Indu Arora

Indu Arora, is an Ayurveda and Yoga Therapist based in Minneapolis. She is the author of "Mudra: The Sacred Secret" and "Yoga – Ancient Heritage, Tomorrow’s Vision". In her words, “I am a student for lifetime. My only qualification is the ability to share my experiences with truth, grace and simplicity. The answer to every query and conflict lies within us. Nothing has the greatest power to heal but Self”. She has been practicing and sharing Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda since the age of 19. She calls her journey in Yoga and Ayurveda as a pilgrimage of lifetime. Her classes are filled with wit, intensity of knowledge, clarity of message and sacred vibes.

Presenter: Finlay Wilson Headshot

Finlay Wilson

Finlay Wilson

Finlay is a certified Forrest Yoga teacher, Forrest Yoga Guardian-in-training and Senior Yoga Alliance teacher. He is the founder and principal teacher of Heart Space Yoga & Bodyworks in Dundee and is a widely sought-after international yoga teacher.

Finlay began Yoga in 2007 following surgical procedures on both legs and used Yoga for his rehabilitation. Finlay has completed over 1000 hours of training with Forrest Yoga Certification Programmes along with over 1000 hours of Ashtanga and Vinyasa training. He leads classes all over the UK, features on his online Yoga channel at Mat2Mat, presents at Yoga conferences and performs asana demonstrations at events and fundraisers.

He is highly passionate about working with children and young people and has established the Young Yogis Project to bring free Yoga to toddlers, children, teenagers and young people with special needs and disability in his hometown Dundee, Scotland.

Presenter: Dianne Bondy Headshot

Dianne Bondy

Dianne Bondy

Dianne Bondy is a celebrated yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive view of yoga asana and philosophy inspires and empowers thousands of followers around the world – regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability.

Dianne contributes to Yoga International, Do You Yoga, and Elephant Journal. She is featured and profiled in International media outlets: The Guardian, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, People and more. She is a spokesperson for diversity in yoga and yoga for larger bodies, as seen in her work with Pennington’s, Gaiam, and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition. Her work is published in the books: Yoga and Body Image, and Yes Yoga Has Curves.

Presenter: Molly McManus Headshot

Molly McManus

Molly McManus

Molly McManus C-IAYT, ERYT500, SE, AHC is co-owner of Yoga North, and holds certifications as a Yoga Therapist, Somatic Educator, Ayurvedic Health Counselor. She enjoys teaching specialized workshops and her work as faculty for the International SomaYoga Institute that is one of only 26 schools in the world that certifies yoga therapists.

Molly is sought out for her special areas of interest in chronic pain and the diseases of stress in programs she has designed such as SomaYoga for Chronic Pain, Making a Change for Good – 30 Days to Compassionate Self Discipline, The Chemistry of Joy, and Yoga for Stress, Anxiety and Depression. She has not only studied and practiced in these areas extensively she has up close and personal experiences with the incredible efficacy of Yoga Therapy with her own journey through chronic pain, and the diseases of stress.

Presenter: Lauren Walker Headshot

Lauren Walker

Lauren Walker

Lauren Walker is the author of Energy Medicine Yoga: Amplify the Healing Power of Your Yoga Practice (Sounds True, 2014) and The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription (Sounds True, 2017). She’s been teaching yoga and meditation since 1997 and created Energy Medicine Yoga while teaching at Norwich University. She teaches EMYoga across the US and internationally and has been featured in Yoga Journal, Mantra +, Yoga Digest, and The New York Times. She was recently named one of the top 100 most influential yoga teachers in America.

Presenter: Leo Rising Headshot

Leo Rising

Leo Rising

Leo Rising is a 250hr Accredited Yoga Teacher based in Manhattan. As a yoga teacher, Leo found that the physically rehabilitating practices of asana (yoga poses) and pranyama (breath work) open aspects of existence that are connected, grounded, stable and promote clarity upon every action, and the space to exist fully present, while still.

Leo Rising accredits his honed abilities to the generous teachers of his life and personal Gurus, that have been with him for his whole journey.

Presenter: Marni Sclaroff Headshot

Marni Sclaroff

Marni Sclaroff

Marni Sclaroff is a celebrated yoga teacher and mentor with over twenty years of experience in the healing arts. She leads workshops, retreats, mentoring programs, and teacher trainings throughout the US and abroad. She is also a writer and speaker on the transformative power of living Yoga and the healing work of anchoring the heart in the soul.

Presenter: Kristi Taylor Headshot

Kristi Taylor

Kristi Taylor

Kristi Taylor is an International Presenter, Co-Founder & Co-Owner Global Body Health, Thai Massage Therapist, Speaker, Certified AcroYoga and Certified Baptiste Power Yoga Instructor. An exceptional teacher who actively transforms fear into joy through her exquisite instruction, her extraordinary ability to empower others and transform lives by creating trust, connection and community where we learn together, play together and see where once there was fear, there now is possibility...and joy...

"In my work with Kristi there have been things in both Yoga and AcroYoga that I feared doing, because they seemed so difficult. Kristi always, simply, said, "You can do it. You will do it." I knew she really believed that but I still didn't. Until, with her help, my thought changed from I can't do that to I can't believe I'm doing this!" - Michael McGlone

Presenter: Nicole Nardone Headshot

Nicole Nardone

Nicole Nardone

Nicole learned to read and balance chakras around the same time she learned to tie her shoes. Raised around yogis, healers, and wild women, she has a natural fluency in the spiritual and metaphysical realms.

Her personal healing journeys have lead her through trainings in earth-based spirituality, Thai massage, herbal medicine, tantra hatha yoga, and more. Kundalini Yoga was a natural fit when she discovered the practice in 2003. She has trained in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan© with world renowned teachers through the Kundalini Research Institute. She remains a lifelong student of this rich practice.

Presenter: Mike Taylor Headshot

Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor the co-founder of Strala, and our resident healer. He studied mind-body medicine at Harvard, and complementary medicine at Oxford. Mike has practiced Eastern movement and healing, including tai chi and qi gong, for more than 30 years.

In his younger years, Mike challenged centuries of reasonable and well-tested martial traditions in hundreds of competitions, by applying unruly imagination to a world where rules were unbreakable. His record established the strength of finding your own way in your own body, rather than copying the techniques of other people’s traditions. As he got older, he continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university. After running into walls with standard medical practice in the U.S. and England, Mike left his healthcare roots. The internet was just getting started, so he joined a web company, and then founded a few more.

Through Strala, Mike has found his way back to health care done right: helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, and become their own best caregivers and creators. Mike climbs mountains and explores the backcountry on ski and snowshoe in his spare time.

Presenter: James Ford Headshot

James Ford

James Ford

James has been practicing yoga for 7 years, having a foundation in Yoga Nidra, Yin and Restorative styles, which progressed to incorporate asana combined with vinyasa, pranayama, meditation and mantra. He completed his 200 hr RYT yoga teacher training at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA.

James aims to create a safe space to explore yoga with open and accessible classes for students who are diverse in gender, race, religion, age and ability. As an African American male he feels it is important to create access and opportunities for people of color to explore yoga. Yoga has the ability to loosen the hold of trauma, in any form, that prevents us from living our lives to its fullest.

He teaches in the Himalayan tradition, rooted in dynamic and flowing sequences of asanas, a strong emphasis on diaphragmatic breathing, pranayama and systematic relaxation. Over the course of his classes students will cultivate a deeper connection with the breath and the body. You can practice more with James at One Yoga in South Minneapolis and Johnson Street Yoga in Northeast Minneapolis.

Presenter: Cassi Stuckman Headshot

Cassi Stuckman

Cassi Stuckman

Cassi teaches yoga at a variety of places in Chicago, where she leads classes that focus on the partnership of the breath and movement while cultivating mindfulness with a playful tone.

Cassi has completed over 1000 hours of teacher trainings and loves being a student of yoga. Cassi has developed her personal style of yoga over the last ten years of teaching. Her kids yoga classes include games, singing, dancing and other creative activities focused on bringing the benefits to yogis during all stages of life.

Cassi founded Om Slice Kids Yoga in spring 2013 after leading her first Kid's Yoga Teacher Training. The mission of Om Slice Kids Yoga is to empower children with yoga. Om Slice Kids Yoga teaches a play based approach that provides accessible tools for relaxation, balance, flexibility and strength at any age. Cassi also leads international yoga retreats for adults and teaches adult yoga classes around the city.

Presenter: Ann Maxwell Headshot

Ann Maxwell

Ann Maxwell

Ann Maxwell, MAed, ERYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist, Somatic Educator, Co-Owner Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute

Ann holds certification in Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Cancer Survivors and is an experienced teacher trainer and yoga therapist. She gets great satisfaction in supporting the teachers in training to find their niche, grow their skills and become great yoga teachers and therapists.

Ann brings the spirit of adventure and curiosity to her expertise as a yoga instructor and business owner, grounding her ability in the practicality and expertise of the body. Ann is a model of yogic living for her students and brings a sense of wisdom and fun to the daily practice of yoga.

-Jodi Christensen E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Somatics Educator, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, Reiki Practitioner

Presenter: Leah Murtagh Headshot

Leah Murtagh

Leah Murtagh

Leah is a sexual trauma survivor and uses her extensive recovery work to inform her private sessions with clients who have also suffered from sexual and other traumatic wounds.

Leah has held just about every group exercise credential under the sun, as well as leadership tenure at every level from group fitness and yoga class instructor to multi-department management in large gyms, to studio ownership.

Leah is a published author (Sex on Fire: Finding Embodied Intimacy After Trauma, Paper Angle Press, 2017), blogger, and has also written a number of accredited continuing education sessions for fitness professionals. Today, she enjoys running her yoga studio in Robbinsdale, MN (Embrace The Wobble Yoga), certifying new yoga instructors through her 200-hr Yoga Alliance-accredited training curriculum, and building her speaking career at places like the Minneapolis Yoga Conference.

Presenter: Elizabeth Sullivan Headshot

Elizabeth Sullivan

Elizabeth Sullivan

Elizabeth Sullivan is a Yoga Therapist who trained and studied with Yoga North's International SomaYoga Institute, Indu Arora, and Hymalayan Institute. Along with these advanced studies she also integrates SourcePoint Therapy and her certification as an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, to blend her passion for optimal health and full potential to support a person's next best steps on the path to freedom and wholeness, and remembering the divine brilliance within.

From simple daily rituals of Ayurveda to energy medicine and energy pattern changing protocols, meditation and the whole eight limbs of yoga; Elizabeth draws on these ancient tools and newer modalities to educate and support healing, lifting veils, or blockages. Elizabeth writes for Yoga International and other publications where she is motivated to share these tools with all ages to support freedom, health and full potential!

Presenter: Cindy Senarighi Headshot

Cindy Senarighi

Cindy Senarighi

Cindy received her M.Div at Luther Seminary in 2008. Her first call was as a psychiatric nurse at Regions Medical Center. Her call to ordained ministry developed thru her call as a parish nurse at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi, also the church that called her to be their congre-gational care pastor. A life long fitness instructor, she trained to teach yoga in 1999. Having a profound experience of God’s Presence during the training she went on to found a faith inclusive yoga company, Yogadevotion. Yogadevotion partners with 30 churches and community centers across the Twin Cities, Duluth and in Indianapolis. Most recently she and co-author Heidi Green published their first book, Yogadevotion, Practicing in the Presence.

Presenter: Nick Bez Headshot

Nick Bez

Nick Bez

Since leaving behind a decade of addiction in 2008, nationally renowned yoga teacher and SYNDICATE.YOGA co-founder Nick Bez has been working to shatter the myth that yoga is solely meditative and/or all about that sitar. Yoga is, in his experience and the words of the Bhagavad Gita, “the journey of the self, through the self” – and sometimes that’s a wild, profanity laden ride, while at others it’s legitimately unicorns and rainbows.

As an ERYT-500 and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), Nick has traveled the country to lead thousands of practitioners through variations of Ashtanga Vinyasa and yoga fusion formats, as well as 200hr and advanced yoga teacher trainings. He has studied at CorePower and LifePower yoga in MN. And, At One Yoga in AZ, he co-created life time fitness’ WARRIOR SCULPT and has also trained and worked extensively with Jonny Kest from the Center for Yoga in MI.

With each practice he is a part of, as teacher or student, he seeks to embody his personal mantra, “each inhale - can i?, each exhale: i. just. did.”

Presenter: Beth Onward Headshot

Beth Onward

Beth Onward

My passion for yoga stems from my desire to bring wellness and therapeutic tools to people of all ability levels. While I have practiced Pilates and Yoga for over 15 years, my desire to become a teacher began after my mother was diagnosed with a rare and debilitating illness. While seeking ways to help her I discovered a deep desire to help people be well and active. This sparked my passion for the healing arts and holistic medicine.

In 2013 I fell in love with Unnata® Aerial Yoga for it's playfulness and accessibility and was certified the same year. Unnata® is a blend of all of the things I strive for in my practice and in life - fun, dynamic, mindful, and inspiring. I fell in love with all things aerial and in 2014 became certified in Aerial Play & Fitness as well. Aerial Play & Fitness is a blend of aerial skills from many disciplines and is both challenging and fun.

In 2017 Beth joined forces with Becky Golberg and started Global CitiZen Retreats; together they lead retreats all over the world with a focus on being actively involved in improving the world we live in and helping those in need. You can find Beth locally at Tula Yoga Wellness and Imbue Yoga Studio.

Presenter: Robin Stamp Headshot

Robin Stamp

Robin Stamp

Robin Stamp is an Ayurvedic chef, health counselor and director of relationships and development at Hale Pule Ayurveda and Yoga. After a career in the restaurant industry and later leading community development initiatives for local government and nonprofits, Robin discovered Ayurveda. Through it, he found he could unite his dual passions for using food and self-awareness to heal. He received his Ayurveda certification from the American Institute of Vedic Studies and has worked closely with master teacher and esteemed practitioner, Myra Lewin, since 2014. As the director of relationships and development at Hale Pule Ayurveda and Yoga, Robin manages daily operations, supports expansion and staff management and connects students to their calling to study Ayurveda and Yoga.

Robin continues to expand his awareness of the expansive healing power of Vedic sciences through the study and practice of Jyotish, Vedic astrology. He lives on Kaua’i with his wife, Sonja, and their daughter, Leonie.

Presenter: Kimberly Hofner Headshot

Kimberly Hofner

Kimberly Hofner

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Kimberly honors the interconnectedness of all life and feels deep connection with the Divine. She was magnetically drawn to the Art and Science of Yoga, Devotional Chanting, ancient healing modalities, teachings and ceremonies. With profound gratitude and presence, Kimberly shares these practices and experiential wisdom. She holds sacred space for all to journey into a heart-opening, healing experience.

In awe of the infinite love that is the fabric of our very being, she embraces every moment and individual with humor and authenticity. Kimberly cultivates the treasures of simplicity, patience and compassion. It is her daily prayer to be of selfless service and create soul-nourishing, spirit-igniting memories on and off the mat.

“Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.”~Khalil Gibran

Faith Hunter

Meet Faith Hunter, DC/NYC based Yoga instructor, global traveler, & Lifestylist, sprinkled with a dash of Louisiana charm. Faith began her life long love affair with yoga in the early 90s as a way to cope as her beloved brother Michael was dying from a complication related to AIDS. Through meditation and mindfulness Faith was able to release her fears and experience an awakening from within. From that day forward, she committed herself to sharing these practices with the world. Always eager to learn, explore, and share, Faith is an inspiring and generous mentor to yoga practitioners of all skill levels.

Tara Stiles

Tara Stiles is the founder of Strala. Thousands of Guides lead Strala classes around the world in studios, gyms, and health clubs, and Strala is practiced by a very large online community in nearly 100 countries. Strala has been illustrated in a case study by Harvard Business School, and its practices of ease and connection are incorporated by business leaders, entrepreneurs, and well-being professionals everywhere.

Tara teams up with W Hotels, bringing Strala Yoga and healthy recipes to W properties around the globe. She collaborated with Reebok to create the Reebok Yoga lifestyle range, and has authored several best-selling books, including Yoga Cures, Make Your Own Rules Cookbook, and Strala Yoga, all translated and published in many languages. She has been profiled by The New York Times, Times of India, The Times (UK), and featured in most major national and international magazines.

Indu Arora

Indu Arora, is an Ayurveda and Yoga Therapist based in Minneapolis. She is the author of "Mudra: The Sacred Secret" and "Yoga – Ancient Heritage, Tomorrow’s Vision". In her words, “I am a student for lifetime. My only qualification is the ability to share my experiences with truth, grace and simplicity. The answer to every query and conflict lies within us. Nothing has the greatest power to heal but Self”. She has been practicing and sharing Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda since the age of 19. She calls her journey in Yoga and Ayurveda as a pilgrimage of lifetime. Her classes are filled with wit, intensity of knowledge, clarity of message and sacred vibes.

Finlay Wilson

Finlay is a certified Forrest Yoga teacher, Forrest Yoga Guardian-in-training and Senior Yoga Alliance teacher. He is the founder and principal teacher of Heart Space Yoga & Bodyworks in Dundee and is a widely sought-after international yoga teacher.

Finlay began Yoga in 2007 following surgical procedures on both legs and used Yoga for his rehabilitation. Finlay has completed over 1000 hours of training with Forrest Yoga Certification Programmes along with over 1000 hours of Ashtanga and Vinyasa training. He leads classes all over the UK, features on his online Yoga channel at Mat2Mat, presents at Yoga conferences and performs asana demonstrations at events and fundraisers.

He is highly passionate about working with children and young people and has established the Young Yogis Project to bring free Yoga to toddlers, children, teenagers and young people with special needs and disability in his hometown Dundee, Scotland.

Dianne Bondy

Dianne Bondy is a celebrated yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive view of yoga asana and philosophy inspires and empowers thousands of followers around the world – regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability.

Dianne contributes to Yoga International, Do You Yoga, and Elephant Journal. She is featured and profiled in International media outlets: The Guardian, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, People and more. She is a spokesperson for diversity in yoga and yoga for larger bodies, as seen in her work with Pennington’s, Gaiam, and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition. Her work is published in the books: Yoga and Body Image, and Yes Yoga Has Curves.

Molly McManus

Molly McManus C-IAYT, ERYT500, SE, AHC is co-owner of Yoga North, and holds certifications as a Yoga Therapist, Somatic Educator, Ayurvedic Health Counselor. She enjoys teaching specialized workshops and her work as faculty for the International SomaYoga Institute that is one of only 26 schools in the world that certifies yoga therapists.

Molly is sought out for her special areas of interest in chronic pain and the diseases of stress in programs she has designed such as SomaYoga for Chronic Pain, Making a Change for Good – 30 Days to Compassionate Self Discipline, The Chemistry of Joy, and Yoga for Stress, Anxiety and Depression. She has not only studied and practiced in these areas extensively she has up close and personal experiences with the incredible efficacy of Yoga Therapy with her own journey through chronic pain, and the diseases of stress.

Lauren Walker

Lauren Walker is the author of Energy Medicine Yoga: Amplify the Healing Power of Your Yoga Practice (Sounds True, 2014) and The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription (Sounds True, 2017). She’s been teaching yoga and meditation since 1997 and created Energy Medicine Yoga while teaching at Norwich University. She teaches EMYoga across the US and internationally and has been featured in Yoga Journal, Mantra +, Yoga Digest, and The New York Times. She was recently named one of the top 100 most influential yoga teachers in America.

Leo Rising

Leo Rising is a 250hr Accredited Yoga Teacher based in Manhattan. As a yoga teacher, Leo found that the physically rehabilitating practices of asana (yoga poses) and pranyama (breath work) open aspects of existence that are connected, grounded, stable and promote clarity upon every action, and the space to exist fully present, while still.

Leo Rising accredits his honed abilities to the generous teachers of his life and personal Gurus, that have been with him for his whole journey.

Marni Sclaroff

Marni Sclaroff is a celebrated yoga teacher and mentor with over twenty years of experience in the healing arts. She leads workshops, retreats, mentoring programs, and teacher trainings throughout the US and abroad. She is also a writer and speaker on the transformative power of living Yoga and the healing work of anchoring the heart in the soul.

Kristi Taylor

Kristi Taylor is an International Presenter, Co-Founder & Co-Owner Global Body Health, Thai Massage Therapist, Speaker, Certified AcroYoga and Certified Baptiste Power Yoga Instructor. An exceptional teacher who actively transforms fear into joy through her exquisite instruction, her extraordinary ability to empower others and transform lives by creating trust, connection and community where we learn together, play together and see where once there was fear, there now is possibility...and joy...

"In my work with Kristi there have been things in both Yoga and AcroYoga that I feared doing, because they seemed so difficult. Kristi always, simply, said, "You can do it. You will do it." I knew she really believed that but I still didn't. Until, with her help, my thought changed from I can't do that to I can't believe I'm doing this!" - Michael McGlone

Nicole Nardone

Nicole learned to read and balance chakras around the same time she learned to tie her shoes. Raised around yogis, healers, and wild women, she has a natural fluency in the spiritual and metaphysical realms.

Her personal healing journeys have lead her through trainings in earth-based spirituality, Thai massage, herbal medicine, tantra hatha yoga, and more. Kundalini Yoga was a natural fit when she discovered the practice in 2003. She has trained in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan© with world renowned teachers through the Kundalini Research Institute. She remains a lifelong student of this rich practice.

Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor the co-founder of Strala, and our resident healer. He studied mind-body medicine at Harvard, and complementary medicine at Oxford. Mike has practiced Eastern movement and healing, including tai chi and qi gong, for more than 30 years.

In his younger years, Mike challenged centuries of reasonable and well-tested martial traditions in hundreds of competitions, by applying unruly imagination to a world where rules were unbreakable. His record established the strength of finding your own way in your own body, rather than copying the techniques of other people’s traditions. As he got older, he continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university. After running into walls with standard medical practice in the U.S. and England, Mike left his healthcare roots. The internet was just getting started, so he joined a web company, and then founded a few more.

Through Strala, Mike has found his way back to health care done right: helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, and become their own best caregivers and creators. Mike climbs mountains and explores the backcountry on ski and snowshoe in his spare time.

James Ford

James has been practicing yoga for 7 years, having a foundation in Yoga Nidra, Yin and Restorative styles, which progressed to incorporate asana combined with vinyasa, pranayama, meditation and mantra. He completed his 200 hr RYT yoga teacher training at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA.

James aims to create a safe space to explore yoga with open and accessible classes for students who are diverse in gender, race, religion, age and ability. As an African American male he feels it is important to create access and opportunities for people of color to explore yoga. Yoga has the ability to loosen the hold of trauma, in any form, that prevents us from living our lives to its fullest.

He teaches in the Himalayan tradition, rooted in dynamic and flowing sequences of asanas, a strong emphasis on diaphragmatic breathing, pranayama and systematic relaxation. Over the course of his classes students will cultivate a deeper connection with the breath and the body. You can practice more with James at One Yoga in South Minneapolis and Johnson Street Yoga in Northeast Minneapolis.

Cassi Stuckman

Cassi teaches yoga at a variety of places in Chicago, where she leads classes that focus on the partnership of the breath and movement while cultivating mindfulness with a playful tone.

Cassi has completed over 1000 hours of teacher trainings and loves being a student of yoga. Cassi has developed her personal style of yoga over the last ten years of teaching. Her kids yoga classes include games, singing, dancing and other creative activities focused on bringing the benefits to yogis during all stages of life.

Cassi founded Om Slice Kids Yoga in spring 2013 after leading her first Kid's Yoga Teacher Training. The mission of Om Slice Kids Yoga is to empower children with yoga. Om Slice Kids Yoga teaches a play based approach that provides accessible tools for relaxation, balance, flexibility and strength at any age. Cassi also leads international yoga retreats for adults and teaches adult yoga classes around the city.

Ann Maxwell

Ann Maxwell, MAed, ERYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist, Somatic Educator, Co-Owner Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute

Ann holds certification in Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Cancer Survivors and is an experienced teacher trainer and yoga therapist. She gets great satisfaction in supporting the teachers in training to find their niche, grow their skills and become great yoga teachers and therapists.

Ann brings the spirit of adventure and curiosity to her expertise as a yoga instructor and business owner, grounding her ability in the practicality and expertise of the body. Ann is a model of yogic living for her students and brings a sense of wisdom and fun to the daily practice of yoga.

-Jodi Christensen E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Somatics Educator, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, Reiki Practitioner

Leah Murtagh

Leah is a sexual trauma survivor and uses her extensive recovery work to inform her private sessions with clients who have also suffered from sexual and other traumatic wounds.

Leah has held just about every group exercise credential under the sun, as well as leadership tenure at every level from group fitness and yoga class instructor to multi-department management in large gyms, to studio ownership.

Leah is a published author (Sex on Fire: Finding Embodied Intimacy After Trauma, Paper Angle Press, 2017), blogger, and has also written a number of accredited continuing education sessions for fitness professionals. Today, she enjoys running her yoga studio in Robbinsdale, MN (Embrace The Wobble Yoga), certifying new yoga instructors through her 200-hr Yoga Alliance-accredited training curriculum, and building her speaking career at places like the Minneapolis Yoga Conference.

Elizabeth Sullivan

Elizabeth Sullivan is a Yoga Therapist who trained and studied with Yoga North's International SomaYoga Institute, Indu Arora, and Hymalayan Institute. Along with these advanced studies she also integrates SourcePoint Therapy and her certification as an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, to blend her passion for optimal health and full potential to support a person's next best steps on the path to freedom and wholeness, and remembering the divine brilliance within.

From simple daily rituals of Ayurveda to energy medicine and energy pattern changing protocols, meditation and the whole eight limbs of yoga; Elizabeth draws on these ancient tools and newer modalities to educate and support healing, lifting veils, or blockages. Elizabeth writes for Yoga International and other publications where she is motivated to share these tools with all ages to support freedom, health and full potential!

Cindy Senarighi

Cindy received her M.Div at Luther Seminary in 2008. Her first call was as a psychiatric nurse at Regions Medical Center. Her call to ordained ministry developed thru her call as a parish nurse at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi, also the church that called her to be their congre-gational care pastor. A life long fitness instructor, she trained to teach yoga in 1999. Having a profound experience of God’s Presence during the training she went on to found a faith inclusive yoga company, Yogadevotion. Yogadevotion partners with 30 churches and community centers across the Twin Cities, Duluth and in Indianapolis. Most recently she and co-author Heidi Green published their first book, Yogadevotion, Practicing in the Presence.

Nick Bez

Since leaving behind a decade of addiction in 2008, nationally renowned yoga teacher and SYNDICATE.YOGA co-founder Nick Bez has been working to shatter the myth that yoga is solely meditative and/or all about that sitar. Yoga is, in his experience and the words of the Bhagavad Gita, “the journey of the self, through the self” – and sometimes that’s a wild, profanity laden ride, while at others it’s legitimately unicorns and rainbows.

As an ERYT-500 and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), Nick has traveled the country to lead thousands of practitioners through variations of Ashtanga Vinyasa and yoga fusion formats, as well as 200hr and advanced yoga teacher trainings. He has studied at CorePower and LifePower yoga in MN. And, At One Yoga in AZ, he co-created life time fitness’ WARRIOR SCULPT and has also trained and worked extensively with Jonny Kest from the Center for Yoga in MI.

With each practice he is a part of, as teacher or student, he seeks to embody his personal mantra, “each inhale - can i?, each exhale: i. just. did.”

Beth Onward

My passion for yoga stems from my desire to bring wellness and therapeutic tools to people of all ability levels. While I have practiced Pilates and Yoga for over 15 years, my desire to become a teacher began after my mother was diagnosed with a rare and debilitating illness. While seeking ways to help her I discovered a deep desire to help people be well and active. This sparked my passion for the healing arts and holistic medicine.

In 2013 I fell in love with Unnata® Aerial Yoga for it's playfulness and accessibility and was certified the same year. Unnata® is a blend of all of the things I strive for in my practice and in life - fun, dynamic, mindful, and inspiring. I fell in love with all things aerial and in 2014 became certified in Aerial Play & Fitness as well. Aerial Play & Fitness is a blend of aerial skills from many disciplines and is both challenging and fun.

In 2017 Beth joined forces with Becky Golberg and started Global CitiZen Retreats; together they lead retreats all over the world with a focus on being actively involved in improving the world we live in and helping those in need. You can find Beth locally at Tula Yoga Wellness and Imbue Yoga Studio.

Robin Stamp

Robin Stamp is an Ayurvedic chef, health counselor and director of relationships and development at Hale Pule Ayurveda and Yoga. After a career in the restaurant industry and later leading community development initiatives for local government and nonprofits, Robin discovered Ayurveda. Through it, he found he could unite his dual passions for using food and self-awareness to heal. He received his Ayurveda certification from the American Institute of Vedic Studies and has worked closely with master teacher and esteemed practitioner, Myra Lewin, since 2014. As the director of relationships and development at Hale Pule Ayurveda and Yoga, Robin manages daily operations, supports expansion and staff management and connects students to their calling to study Ayurveda and Yoga.

Robin continues to expand his awareness of the expansive healing power of Vedic sciences through the study and practice of Jyotish, Vedic astrology. He lives on Kaua’i with his wife, Sonja, and their daughter, Leonie.

Presenter: Kimberly Hofner Action Shot

Kimberly Hofner

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Kimberly honors the interconnectedness of all life and feels deep connection with the Divine. She was magnetically drawn to the Art and Science of Yoga, Devotional Chanting, ancient healing modalities, teachings and ceremonies. With profound gratitude and presence, Kimberly shares these practices and experiential wisdom. She holds sacred space for all to journey into a heart-opening, healing experience.

In awe of the infinite love that is the fabric of our very being, she embraces every moment and individual with humor and authenticity. Kimberly cultivates the treasures of simplicity, patience and compassion. It is her daily prayer to be of selfless service and create soul-nourishing, spirit-igniting memories on and off the mat.

“Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.”~Khalil Gibran

The Minneapolis Yoga Conference is an exploration of what yoga is. It is designed to serve the community not as a proclamation of answers, but instead as an unending set of questions. Our primary aim is to explore the practice of yoga in an open, welcoming space for everyone in the yoga community. We embrace and celebrate the different and unique perspectives across the wider yoga community, so that together we can feel can feel a unity that is all too often missing. We are a conference that accepts, embraces and celebrates everyone for exactly where they are in their yogic journey, no matter where they are.

For the 2018 conference we have once again curated a group of world-class presenters, providing countless offerings and hundreds of available workshop hours. Whether you’ve been practicing for twenty days or twenty years, the 2018 Minneapolis Yoga Conference will have something for you.

Own a yoga studio? Partner with the Minneapolis Yoga Conference to receive a pass to the conference, your logo on our website, a mention on our social media profiles and the option to purchase our "studio ten-packs".

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Yess Yoga Studio

Yess Yoga Studio

Yess Yoga, located in Minneapolis, has brilliant and diverse yoga classes in a community atmosphere. Our ultimate goal is to help you discover a deeper sense of contentment and inner peace. The common thread, each teacher wants to share movement and mindfulness with everyone who enters the studio. We dare to call most of our yogaclasses “Intuitive Yoga”. We'd like to personally welcome you to our local and woman owned yoga studio, and invite you to any of our classes or events. All are welcome. Hope to practice with you soon. Namaste.

Studio Partner: Imbue Yoga Studio Logo

Imbue Yoga Studio

Imbue Yoga Studio

Imbue Yoga is an intimate new yoga studio in the Corcoran/Powerhorn Park neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Body positive classes for all levels & flexibility. Hatha, Viniyoga, Kundalini, Prenatal, Restorative, Yin, Power Vinyasa, Gentle/Chair, Kids, Plant-based Yoga and more! Imbue your life with well being, energy and compassion!

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180 Balance

180 Balance

180 balance is about finding the inner depth of who you are, nurturing your body and mind and transforming your future into what you want it to be. Your body and mind will be pushed as much as you need and you will absorb all the goodness of what the studio and instructors have to offer. 180 balance is where you learn to “be” and enjoy the moment and all it has to offer.

Studio Partner: Azitalia Yoga Logo

Azitalia Yoga

Azitalia Yoga

AzItala, LLC is committed to providing a welcoming and safe yoga studio where the community of the Minneapolis Northwest Metropolitan Area can come to learn, grow strength, empower through postures, or relax and lose themselves in meditation. A studio where anyone can come to practice yoga guided by certified instructors holding to pure intentions of the 8-limbed yoga path resulting in peaceful mediation, stress relief, weight loss, strength building, and or peace. Central to the mission of azItala, LLC is the belief that commands deep respect for individuals in and outside the company and supports the communities of which they are a part.

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Yoga Loft

Yoga Loft

Yoga Loft is owned by Mary Beth Nehl, RYT/EYRT 500 along with her husband Larry. Yoga Loft Studio is home to a variety of classes, workshops and study groups. It is and has been a foundation of Classical Yoga and Study in the West central area for the past 15 years and prior to the studio, Mary Beth has taught since the late seventies. At Yoga Loft, we believe that those who come to practice will discover and share their energy with self, each other, family, friends and community.

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Yoga North

Yoga North

Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute (ISYI) with home sites in Duluth & St Paul, Minnesota is known for our Yoga Teacher Training and YogaTherapy Certification. We are honored to be to be one of the first schools in the world, and one of more than 20 schools to hold accreditation from the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT) for our Yoga Therapy Program– drawing on a progressive approach, blending SomaYoga and therapeutic yoga, bridging these techniques back to classic Hatha postures. Our curriculum is also steeped in yogic philosophy, including the 8 limbs of yoga and sacred text, as well as Yoga's sister science of Ayurveda.

Studio Partner: Veda Yoga Therapy Logo

Veda Yoga Therapy

Veda Yoga Therapy

Veda Yoga Therapy and Massage is owned by Lisa Fecarotta and combines Ayurveda, Yoga, Reiki, iRest Yoga Nidra, Therapeutic massage and nutrition to bring healing to all aspects of the body, mind and spirit. I work one on one working with each client’s needs and goals, together finding an accessible, fun and long-term practice.

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Headstands Everywhere

Headstands Everywhere

Headstands everywhere offers yoga any where, any way, for every one through compassionate, fun instruction in a comfortable environment. Yoga. Where it’s meant to be. Everywhere. No actual headstands required.

Candice Clemens, RYT 200; trained by Tanya Boigenzahn of Devanadi Yoga in Minneapolis, MN, and currently in training for RYT 500 with Mary Beth Nehl at Yoga Loft in Willmar, MN. Additionally, Candice is trained in Restorative SUP Yoga instruction.

Studio Partner: Green Lotus Yoga Center Logo

Green Lotus Yoga Center

Green Lotus Yoga Center

With four community-based centers, Green Lotus offers yoga, movement, and healing services for all levels, bodies, and ages. Explore an integrated approach to balanced living with talented, experienced teachers and healers. A wide-range of weekly classes, workshops and events, retreats around the world and closer to home, 200- and 300-hour superbly rated teacher-training programs, and a menu of continuing education yoga intensives for teachers creates a robust community. Interested in a wellness center of your own? Why wait to do what you love? Licensing opportunities available.

Studio Partner: SYNDICATE.YOGA at TIGERFIT Logo

SYNDICATE.YOGA at TIGERFIT

SYNDICATE.YOGA at TIGERFIT

"Syn·di·cate" defined as a group of persons or concerns who combine to carry out a particular transaction or project, or to promote some common interest.

With great excitement, killer playlists, and a dynamic style honed over 10 years of teaching, nationally recognized yoga teachers and innovators Nick Bez and Mindy Luv partnered, in 2017, with Minnetonka based TIGERFIT as their exclusive yoga division! The resulting program, SYNDICATE.YOGA, brings PROGRESSIVE methodologies of movement and meditation that unlock an ABSOLUTE healing power. Trust us: It's ADDICTIVE af.

In addition to TIGERFIT + SYNDICATE programming, the studio also offers both Halo Cryotherapy treatments, and Reneu Sport + Health assessments and services. Visit their website to see their full schedule, for more information on classes, workshops, and for their upcoming yoga teacher training program, and more!

Studio Partner: Yoga with Stacy Logo

Yoga with Stacy

Yoga with Stacy

At Yoga With Stacy we share traditional yoga values with the heart of yoga being minimally as important as the poses themselves. The focus of the studio is on sharing yoga with the community, and guiding them to a better place, physically & mentally. There are workshops held by various teachers, as well as different levels of yoga classes through the week. There is a Spring Equinox/Yoga mala held each year in March, where we welcome in the Spring with 108 Sun Salutations, the energy is amazing, and all profits from this event are donated to a local charity.

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Devandi Yoga

Devandi Yoga

Devanadi School of Yoga & Wellness offers a wide variety of trainings, workshops, retreats with renowned guests and faculty teachers. Deepen your practice and/or study and get certified in our trainings including 200/300hr Yoga Teacher Intensives, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Reiki, Ayurveda, ParaYoga® Master Trainings, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, and others. We also offer workshops, wellness services, mentorship programs, and continuing education for students and teachers. Devanadi operates with ethical, sustainable, and green business practices, and seeks to empower people with authentic and time-tested tools and teachings to help reach their highest potential. We invite you to join our great community of yogis and yoginis! Devanadi is also Yoga Alliance Registered and licensed with the State of MN as a Private Career School.

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YogaFit

YogaFit

Trust us, yoga is accessible to everyone. It comes down to finding the best studio for you. You don't need the latest apparel or experience to get a great, heated workout in at YogaFit Studios. All you need is an open mind and a mat, and we'll take it from there. No judgments - just your neighborhood yoga studio waiting to give you the practice you deserve.

Yess Yoga Studio

Yess Yoga, located in Minneapolis, has brilliant and diverse yoga classes in a community atmosphere. Our ultimate goal is to help you discover a deeper sense of contentment and inner peace. The common thread, each teacher wants to share movement and mindfulness with everyone who enters the studio. We dare to call most of our yogaclasses “Intuitive Yoga”. We'd like to personally welcome you to our local and woman owned yoga studio, and invite you to any of our classes or events. All are welcome. Hope to practice with you soon. Namaste.

Imbue Yoga Studio

Imbue Yoga is an intimate new yoga studio in the Corcoran/Powerhorn Park neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Body positive classes for all levels & flexibility. Hatha, Viniyoga, Kundalini, Prenatal, Restorative, Yin, Power Vinyasa, Gentle/Chair, Kids, Plant-based Yoga and more! Imbue your life with well being, energy and compassion!

180 Balance

180 balance is about finding the inner depth of who you are, nurturing your body and mind and transforming your future into what you want it to be. Your body and mind will be pushed as much as you need and you will absorb all the goodness of what the studio and instructors have to offer. 180 balance is where you learn to “be” and enjoy the moment and all it has to offer.

Azitalia Yoga

AzItala, LLC is committed to providing a welcoming and safe yoga studio where the community of the Minneapolis Northwest Metropolitan Area can come to learn, grow strength, empower through postures, or relax and lose themselves in meditation. A studio where anyone can come to practice yoga guided by certified instructors holding to pure intentions of the 8-limbed yoga path resulting in peaceful mediation, stress relief, weight loss, strength building, and or peace. Central to the mission of azItala, LLC is the belief that commands deep respect for individuals in and outside the company and supports the communities of which they are a part.

Yoga Loft

Yoga Loft is owned by Mary Beth Nehl, RYT/EYRT 500 along with her husband Larry. Yoga Loft Studio is home to a variety of classes, workshops and study groups. It is and has been a foundation of Classical Yoga and Study in the West central area for the past 15 years and prior to the studio, Mary Beth has taught since the late seventies. At Yoga Loft, we believe that those who come to practice will discover and share their energy with self, each other, family, friends and community.

Yoga North

Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute (ISYI) with home sites in Duluth & St Paul, Minnesota is known for our Yoga Teacher Training and YogaTherapy Certification. We are honored to be to be one of the first schools in the world, and one of more than 20 schools to hold accreditation from the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT) for our Yoga Therapy Program– drawing on a progressive approach, blending SomaYoga and therapeutic yoga, bridging these techniques back to classic Hatha postures. Our curriculum is also steeped in yogic philosophy, including the 8 limbs of yoga and sacred text, as well as Yoga's sister science of Ayurveda.

Veda Yoga Therapy

Veda Yoga Therapy and Massage is owned by Lisa Fecarotta and combines Ayurveda, Yoga, Reiki, iRest Yoga Nidra, Therapeutic massage and nutrition to bring healing to all aspects of the body, mind and spirit. I work one on one working with each client’s needs and goals, together finding an accessible, fun and long-term practice.

Headstands Everywhere

Headstands everywhere offers yoga any where, any way, for every one through compassionate, fun instruction in a comfortable environment. Yoga. Where it’s meant to be. Everywhere. No actual headstands required.

Candice Clemens, RYT 200; trained by Tanya Boigenzahn of Devanadi Yoga in Minneapolis, MN, and currently in training for RYT 500 with Mary Beth Nehl at Yoga Loft in Willmar, MN. Additionally, Candice is trained in Restorative SUP Yoga instruction.

Green Lotus Yoga Center

With four community-based centers, Green Lotus offers yoga, movement, and healing services for all levels, bodies, and ages. Explore an integrated approach to balanced living with talented, experienced teachers and healers. A wide-range of weekly classes, workshops and events, retreats around the world and closer to home, 200- and 300-hour superbly rated teacher-training programs, and a menu of continuing education yoga intensives for teachers creates a robust community. Interested in a wellness center of your own? Why wait to do what you love? Licensing opportunities available.

SYNDICATE.YOGA at TIGERFIT

"Syn·di·cate" defined as a group of persons or concerns who combine to carry out a particular transaction or project, or to promote some common interest.

With great excitement, killer playlists, and a dynamic style honed over 10 years of teaching, nationally recognized yoga teachers and innovators Nick Bez and Mindy Luv partnered, in 2017, with Minnetonka based TIGERFIT as their exclusive yoga division! The resulting program, SYNDICATE.YOGA, brings PROGRESSIVE methodologies of movement and meditation that unlock an ABSOLUTE healing power. Trust us: It's ADDICTIVE af.

In addition to TIGERFIT + SYNDICATE programming, the studio also offers both Halo Cryotherapy treatments, and Reneu Sport + Health assessments and services. Visit their website to see their full schedule, for more information on classes, workshops, and for their upcoming yoga teacher training program, and more!

Yoga with Stacy

At Yoga With Stacy we share traditional yoga values with the heart of yoga being minimally as important as the poses themselves. The focus of the studio is on sharing yoga with the community, and guiding them to a better place, physically & mentally. There are workshops held by various teachers, as well as different levels of yoga classes through the week. There is a Spring Equinox/Yoga mala held each year in March, where we welcome in the Spring with 108 Sun Salutations, the energy is amazing, and all profits from this event are donated to a local charity.

Devandi Yoga

Devanadi School of Yoga & Wellness offers a wide variety of trainings, workshops, retreats with renowned guests and faculty teachers. Deepen your practice and/or study and get certified in our trainings including 200/300hr Yoga Teacher Intensives, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Reiki, Ayurveda, ParaYoga® Master Trainings, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, and others. We also offer workshops, wellness services, mentorship programs, and continuing education for students and teachers. Devanadi operates with ethical, sustainable, and green business practices, and seeks to empower people with authentic and time-tested tools and teachings to help reach their highest potential. We invite you to join our great community of yogis and yoginis! Devanadi is also Yoga Alliance Registered and licensed with the State of MN as a Private Career School.

YogaFit

Trust us, yoga is accessible to everyone. It comes down to finding the best studio for you. You don't need the latest apparel or experience to get a great, heated workout in at YogaFit Studios. All you need is an open mind and a mat, and we'll take it from there. No judgments - just your neighborhood yoga studio waiting to give you the practice you deserve.

Join the ranks of our studio partners  

We have created a number of sponsorship opportunities designed to enhance the experience of our core customer, the conference-goer, while also providing valuable name, brand and company exposure for our sponsors.

For the 2018 conference we have invited in a select group of vendors, each chosen to help us serve our core customer the conference goer, so they can purchase items to practice in comfort and leave the conference with a few mementos.

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1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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The full schedule of events, and individual event registration, will be available at the end of October!

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