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Minneapolis Yoga Conference

Year 6: March 22 - 24, 2019

Introducing our 2019 Presenters

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Presenter: Mathew Sanford Headshot

Mathew Sanford

Mathew Sanford

Matthew Sanford is an expert in the process transformation through the healing power of yoga. Paralyzed from the chest down at age thirteen and beginning yoga at age twenty-five, Matthew knows firsthand the transformative effect that yoga can have on the mind-body relationship and how it can transform trauma, loss, disability. He is an internationally recognized yoga teacher, a sought-after public speaker. He is the author of the critically acclaimed WAKING: A MEMOIR OF TRAUMA AND TRANSCENDENCE (Rodale: 2006). Matthew is a leader in the accessible yoga movement and has also emerged as a leading voice in the integrated health movement. He won the 2010 Pioneer of Integrative Medicine Award from the California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute of Health and Healing. Previous recipients include Dr. Deepok Chopra, Dr. Dean Ornish, and Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Presenter: Faith Hunter Headshot

Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter ~ International yoga and meditation instructor, wellness philanthropist, movement motivator, healing guide, music head, and Spiritually Fly theorist.

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: 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: Indu Arora Headshot

Indu Arora

Indu Arora

Indu Arora, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapist considers herself a student for lifetime. She has been sharing about Yoga philosophy, Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda since 1999. She is inspired by and taught under  Kriya Yoga, Himalayan Yoga, Kashmir Shivaism and Sivananda Yoga lineages. She has studied both Yoga and Ayurveda in a traditional Guru paramapara setting.

Her teaching style is rooted in empowering and inspiring students to awaken the inner Guru. Her core philosophy is,  ‘Nothing has the greatest power to heal, but Self!”

Authored: Mudra: The Sacred Secret Yoga - Ancient Heritage, Tomorrow’s Vision (known as The little Red Book on Yoga) 

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. For more of her work, see EMYoga.net

Presenter: Carly Brown Headshot

Carly Brown

Carly Brown

Carly Brown has been teaching Yoga for the past 9 years under the watchful eye of her Guru, Shri Prasad Rangnekar and other esteemed teachers. Her teachings are always student-centred, helping others connect to their own light, wisdom and bliss within. Often playful, but always sincere to the traditional teachings of yoga, Carly has a way of providing a great balance of her knowledge in anatomy, yoga philosophy and life experiences in a way that sparks a light in anyone present. Carly often guest lectures and speaks on various Yoga/Mindfulness topics around Canada. She is the creator of ShineOn! an empowerment program for 7-14 year old girls and her Simplicity Training for Inner Peace program which helps adults realize their true potential. Carly is also a Yoga Therapist, has her degrees in Kinesiology and Education and is an associate teacher of the Yogaprasad Institute 200hr & 500hr yoga teacher trainings. Carly is the recipient of numerous local awards for her community-centred studio Lokah Sangha Yoga in Dryden, ON.

Presenter: Avanti Kumar Singh Headshot

Avanti Kumar Singh

Avanti Kumar Singh

Avanti Kumar-Singh is a physician who, after medical training in emergency medicine, began a journey to find her joy again- and to help people truly heal. Realizing that you can “quit your job but you can’t quit your calling”, Avanti set out to discover what really makes people healthy and what predisposes them to illness. She is now on a mission to evolve the conversation and to create a movement in which medical professionals reclaim the “art” of medicine and become heart-centered, healing catalysts that practice true medicine and support self-healing in their patients.

Over the 20 years of her training, study and research, Avanti has shared her expertise with Fortune 500 companies, elite undergraduate and graduate institutions and at prestigious industry and medical conferences. She has also been featured in the Huffington Post and was a member of upwave.com’s review board—Turner media’s former health and wellness entertainment brand. Avanti is currently the co-lead facilitator of the Faculty Scholars Program in Integrative Healthcare at the OSHER Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago.

Presenter: Tanya Boigenzahn Headshot

Tanya Boigenzahn

Tanya Boigenzahn

Tanya Boigenzahn is the Founder and Executive Director of Devanadi School of Yoga & 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 yoga mat and 30+ years on the meditation mat, she is a multi-certified yoga teacher honored to be one of the first ParaYoga® Level III Teachers and Certified Four Desires Trainers in the world recognized by her teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker. She also regularly studies with Indu Arora, and completed her Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy program in 2015. Tanya also continues to study Sri Vidya, Ayurveda, and Vedic sciences regularly with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, James Bailey, and many others.

As a Certified Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, Thai Yoga Bodywork Therapist, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Reiki Master/Instructor, Tanya uses this experience to help deepen students’ knowledge of the traditional practices of healing and wholeness. She is also the forthcoming Executive Director and a registered Instructor with Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI), and offers one of the only multi-level certification programs to learn the art of Thai Yoga Bodywork outside of Thailand.

Presenter: Marni Sclaroff Headshot

Marni Sclaroff

Marni Sclaroff

Marni Sclaroff is a yoga and meditation teacher, spirit guide, and wellness mentor, with over twenty years of experience in the healing arts. She leads workshops, retreats, online courses, mentoring programs, and teacher trainings throughout the US and abroad. Her yoga classes are a unique blend of soulful inspiration woven into functional body mechanics, with a side of light-hearted playfulness, and earth based spirituality

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: Ben Vincent Headshot

Ben Vincent

Ben Vincent

Ben Vincent is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist and life coach based in Minneapolis. His teachings are rooted in Tantra, Classical and Hatha Yoga, of Para Yoga and The Himalayan Tradition. Ben Offers in-depth yoga study, trainings, retreats, immersions, public and private teaching. He aspires to share yoga that is authentic and accessible, supporting students to realize freedom and fulfillment in life.

Presenter: Nikki Myers Headshot

Nikki Myers

Nikki Myers

An accomplished speaker, teacher and practitioner, Nikki Myers is an MBA, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Parctitioner, Addictions Recovery Specialst, and Certified Health Coach. Born from her personal struggle with addiction, Nikki is the founder of Y12SR, The Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. Based in its theme 'the issues live in the tissues', Y12SR is a relapse prevention program that weaes the art & science of yoga with the practical tools of 12-step programs. Y12SR meetings are now available throughout the world and the curriculum is rapidly becoming a feature of addiction recovery treatment centers. Nikki's work has been featured in the New York Times, Black Enterprise, The Huffingtoon Post, Origin Magazine, and CBSnews.com. She is honored to be a co-founder of the annual Yoga, Meditation and Recovery Conferences at Esalen Institiute and Kripalu Center. Nikki was named as a Yoga Journal Game Changer in 2015 and honored as a recipient of the esteemed NUVO Cultural Visionary Award in 2014.

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 study in earth-based spirituality, shamanism, Thai massage, herbal medicine, classical tantra, kundalini yoga, sacred sexuality practices, sexual tantra, Taoism and more.

She has extensive training in kundalini and tantra. She is trained as a teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan© through the Kundalini Research Institute. She has trained with world renowned teachers since 2003.

Nicole currently sees private clients, and leads classes, workshops, online courses, and retreats around the world. Her work has been described simply as “life changing”. She weaves ancient tradition with modern application, reverence with laughter, deep grounding with cosmic expansion. She is a powerful force for activating the innate vitality within. She is passionately, eternally devoted to awakening the sacred within all, to coming fully alive.

Presenter: James Orione Headshot

James Orione

James Orione

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: Rhiannon Kirby Headshot

Rhiannon Kirby

Rhiannon Kirby

Very humbled and honored to be the resident yoga teacher at Tula Yoga Studio in Chicago, the breath is the guiding force to Rhiannon's practice and teaching style. With a BA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Mills College in Oakland, California, Rhiannon has always had a deep understanding and appreciation for the body, exploring, fine tuning and understanding the information it presents in time and space in any given moment.

Using inspiration from her self practice, the traditional Ashtanga many series' and her dance background, Rhiannon's workshops/classes offer the opportunity to dive into the intuitive body in order to safely and intellectually, self practice, sequence, become strongly aware of the internal body space, challenge the mind to quiet down and serve the information your body is asking to give you, and to turn your practice and teaching style into a constant ebb and flow of grace.

Rhiannon has been practicing yoga for 19 years, teaching for 11 years and has had the pleasure of studying with Larry Schultz, Tom Quinn, Quinn Kearney, Claire Mark, Mark Whitwel, Seane Corne, Tim Suh, Manju Jois and Tim Miller. ERYT500 Certified: It's Yoga San Francisco 200hr, Yogaview Chicago 300hr, Manju Jois Intensive 30hr, many more hours in between, in depth anatomy background and has publicly and privately taught and organized yoga teacher training programs.

Presenter: Alyson Iannicelli Headshot

Alyson Iannicelli

Alyson Iannicelli

Alyson Iannicelli completed her Bachelors in English & IT in Boston, MA prior to joining Teach For America, an AmeriCorps program serving under-resourced communities. She worked with AmeriCorps for a total of 5 years before taking her 200-hour yoga teacher training in Spain to help manage stress. Upon completion of her yoga teacher training, Alyson decided she wanted to continue to dedicate her time to helping people, but in a different way, with an emphasis on healing the mind, body and spirit. After beginning to teach yoga full-time, Alyson pursued and completed a Masters in Integrative Health and Healing to further propel her skills and knowledge in the health field. Through her masters program, she began to work as an intern for Lauren Walker to help develop the Energy Medicine Yoga School. Alyson currently works as the Director of Education of the Energy Medicine Yoga School and teaches yoga to group classes and one-on-one with clients. She is passionate and committed to sharing EMYoga and healing with the world.

Presenter: Ann Blackburn Headshot

Ann Blackburn

Ann Blackburn

Full bio coming soon!

Presenter: Tiffany Denny Headshot

Tiffany Denny

Tiffany Denny

Dr. Tiffany Denny is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and physical therapist with over 13 years of yoga teaching experience, and is the current Executive Director of a body-positive nonprofit, Embody Love Movement. She has a knack for weaving anatomy and movement science into mindful, creative class sequences, and a passion for nerdy anatomy discussions. Tiffany loves to offer practices that facilitate a deeper understanding of physical and energetic anatomy, and the development of a healthy, positive relationship with the body.

Presenter: Calley Bliss Headshot

Calley Bliss

Calley Bliss

Calley Bliss is the owner / founder of Entertainment Jill, offering voice over, content creation, and strategy for business. After a dozen years as a jazz and pop vocalist, composer, and educator across the US, UK, and Caribbean, Bliss took her passion for all things “resonance,” and applied them to helping businesses and organizations grow through storytelling (aka content), and content strategy (aka branding). A fifteen-year practitioner of yoga in styles including Anusara, Ashtanga, and Alignment, Bliss also teaches yoga classes, workshops, and individual sessions, guided by a deep connection to the energy / matter relationship and intuitive movement.

A junkie of experience, Bliss approaches yoga, music, voice over, writing, and business with the same philosophy: observe structure, adapt to the moment, and follow the light.

Presenter: Nathan Paulus Headshot

Nathan Paulus

Nathan Paulus

Nathan has more than 10 years teaching experience.  His approach is centered in deep listening combined with clarity of intention and awareness. Nathan is also a dedicated Taiji practitioner and teacher and sees Yoga and Taiji as one in the same, for him both are used for internal development and refinement. Beyond Yoga and Taiji, Nathan has extensive training and study in kinesiology, anatomy and physiology, Chinese Medicine and bodywork. He is one of the owners of Five Point Holistic Health, a worker owned health cooperative in Chicago.

Presenter: Mindi Bez Headshot

Mindi Bez

Mindi Bez

Since her first yoga experience in 2005, via a VHS tape (Google it, kids), to her present-day pursuits as the co-founder of SYNDICATE.YOGA, Mindy Luv has become known for her innovative and progressive delivery of Ashtanga-based vinyasa, Yin-Yoga, yoga sculpt, and kid's yoga programming and classes.

A true moon child and a lover of the stars, Mindy's mantra is that believing is healing. Her mission is to create a world where everyone can feel whole and healed. She is a second degree reiki practitioner and finds her center in drawing owls, lions and trees, dancing in the warm rain with her 3 kids and meditating. She loves the mountains, devours books by authors such as Gabby Bernstein, Jennifer Sincero and Louise Hay, isn't known for her cooking but can bake just about anything,

Presenter: Mollie Silver Headshot

Mollie Silver

Mollie Silver

Mollie Silver is an Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner and Authorized Instructor, EMYOGA Senior Teacher, and Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. Mollie’s passions for travel, adventure and alternative healing have carried her across the globe where she has studied her craft with everyone from a medicine man in Fiji to a Mayan midwife in Guatemala to a Shaman in Bali. Her diverse and varied background includes a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina and volunteering throughout Central America, Australia, Mongolia, and Southeast Asia before eventually landing at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, WV where she’s been teaching Yoga and practicing Massage Therapy and Energy Medicine since 2007. She is thrilled to share this self-empowering modality of healing with you!

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: 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.

Mathew Sanford

Matthew Sanford is an expert in the process transformation through the healing power of yoga. Paralyzed from the chest down at age thirteen and beginning yoga at age twenty-five, Matthew knows firsthand the transformative effect that yoga can have on the mind-body relationship and how it can transform trauma, loss, disability. He is an internationally recognized yoga teacher, a sought-after public speaker. He is the author of the critically acclaimed WAKING: A MEMOIR OF TRAUMA AND TRANSCENDENCE (Rodale: 2006). Matthew is a leader in the accessible yoga movement and has also emerged as a leading voice in the integrated health movement. He won the 2010 Pioneer of Integrative Medicine Award from the California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute of Health and Healing. Previous recipients include Dr. Deepok Chopra, Dr. Dean Ornish, and Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter ~ International yoga and meditation instructor, wellness philanthropist, movement motivator, healing guide, music head, and Spiritually Fly theorist.

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.

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

Indu Arora

Indu Arora, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapist considers herself a student for lifetime. She has been sharing about Yoga philosophy, Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda since 1999. She is inspired by and taught under  Kriya Yoga, Himalayan Yoga, Kashmir Shivaism and Sivananda Yoga lineages. She has studied both Yoga and Ayurveda in a traditional Guru paramapara setting.

Her teaching style is rooted in empowering and inspiring students to awaken the inner Guru. Her core philosophy is,  ‘Nothing has the greatest power to heal, but Self!”

Authored: Mudra: The Sacred Secret Yoga - Ancient Heritage, Tomorrow’s Vision (known as The little Red Book on Yoga) 

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. For more of her work, see EMYoga.net

Carly Brown

Carly Brown has been teaching Yoga for the past 9 years under the watchful eye of her Guru, Shri Prasad Rangnekar and other esteemed teachers. Her teachings are always student-centred, helping others connect to their own light, wisdom and bliss within. Often playful, but always sincere to the traditional teachings of yoga, Carly has a way of providing a great balance of her knowledge in anatomy, yoga philosophy and life experiences in a way that sparks a light in anyone present. Carly often guest lectures and speaks on various Yoga/Mindfulness topics around Canada. She is the creator of ShineOn! an empowerment program for 7-14 year old girls and her Simplicity Training for Inner Peace program which helps adults realize their true potential. Carly is also a Yoga Therapist, has her degrees in Kinesiology and Education and is an associate teacher of the Yogaprasad Institute 200hr & 500hr yoga teacher trainings. Carly is the recipient of numerous local awards for her community-centred studio Lokah Sangha Yoga in Dryden, ON.

Avanti Kumar Singh

Avanti Kumar-Singh is a physician who, after medical training in emergency medicine, began a journey to find her joy again- and to help people truly heal. Realizing that you can “quit your job but you can’t quit your calling”, Avanti set out to discover what really makes people healthy and what predisposes them to illness. She is now on a mission to evolve the conversation and to create a movement in which medical professionals reclaim the “art” of medicine and become heart-centered, healing catalysts that practice true medicine and support self-healing in their patients.

Over the 20 years of her training, study and research, Avanti has shared her expertise with Fortune 500 companies, elite undergraduate and graduate institutions and at prestigious industry and medical conferences. She has also been featured in the Huffington Post and was a member of upwave.com’s review board—Turner media’s former health and wellness entertainment brand. Avanti is currently the co-lead facilitator of the Faculty Scholars Program in Integrative Healthcare at the OSHER Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago.

Tanya Boigenzahn

Tanya Boigenzahn is the Founder and Executive Director of Devanadi School of Yoga & 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 yoga mat and 30+ years on the meditation mat, she is a multi-certified yoga teacher honored to be one of the first ParaYoga® Level III Teachers and Certified Four Desires Trainers in the world recognized by her teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker. She also regularly studies with Indu Arora, and completed her Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy program in 2015. Tanya also continues to study Sri Vidya, Ayurveda, and Vedic sciences regularly with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, James Bailey, and many others.

As a Certified Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, Thai Yoga Bodywork Therapist, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Reiki Master/Instructor, Tanya uses this experience to help deepen students’ knowledge of the traditional practices of healing and wholeness. She is also the forthcoming Executive Director and a registered Instructor with Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI), and offers one of the only multi-level certification programs to learn the art of Thai Yoga Bodywork outside of Thailand.

Marni Sclaroff

Marni Sclaroff is a yoga and meditation teacher, spirit guide, and wellness mentor, with over twenty years of experience in the healing arts. She leads workshops, retreats, online courses, mentoring programs, and teacher trainings throughout the US and abroad. Her yoga classes are a unique blend of soulful inspiration woven into functional body mechanics, with a side of light-hearted playfulness, and earth based spirituality

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.

Ben Vincent

Ben Vincent is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist and life coach based in Minneapolis. His teachings are rooted in Tantra, Classical and Hatha Yoga, of Para Yoga and The Himalayan Tradition. Ben Offers in-depth yoga study, trainings, retreats, immersions, public and private teaching. He aspires to share yoga that is authentic and accessible, supporting students to realize freedom and fulfillment in life.

Nikki Myers

An accomplished speaker, teacher and practitioner, Nikki Myers is an MBA, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Parctitioner, Addictions Recovery Specialst, and Certified Health Coach. Born from her personal struggle with addiction, Nikki is the founder of Y12SR, The Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. Based in its theme 'the issues live in the tissues', Y12SR is a relapse prevention program that weaes the art & science of yoga with the practical tools of 12-step programs. Y12SR meetings are now available throughout the world and the curriculum is rapidly becoming a feature of addiction recovery treatment centers. Nikki's work has been featured in the New York Times, Black Enterprise, The Huffingtoon Post, Origin Magazine, and CBSnews.com. She is honored to be a co-founder of the annual Yoga, Meditation and Recovery Conferences at Esalen Institiute and Kripalu Center. Nikki was named as a Yoga Journal Game Changer in 2015 and honored as a recipient of the esteemed NUVO Cultural Visionary Award in 2014.

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 study in earth-based spirituality, shamanism, Thai massage, herbal medicine, classical tantra, kundalini yoga, sacred sexuality practices, sexual tantra, Taoism and more.

She has extensive training in kundalini and tantra. She is trained as a teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan© through the Kundalini Research Institute. She has trained with world renowned teachers since 2003.

Nicole currently sees private clients, and leads classes, workshops, online courses, and retreats around the world. Her work has been described simply as “life changing”. She weaves ancient tradition with modern application, reverence with laughter, deep grounding with cosmic expansion. She is a powerful force for activating the innate vitality within. She is passionately, eternally devoted to awakening the sacred within all, to coming fully alive.

James Orione

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: Rhiannon Kirby Action Shot

Rhiannon Kirby

Very humbled and honored to be the resident yoga teacher at Tula Yoga Studio in Chicago, the breath is the guiding force to Rhiannon's practice and teaching style. With a BA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Mills College in Oakland, California, Rhiannon has always had a deep understanding and appreciation for the body, exploring, fine tuning and understanding the information it presents in time and space in any given moment.

Using inspiration from her self practice, the traditional Ashtanga many series' and her dance background, Rhiannon's workshops/classes offer the opportunity to dive into the intuitive body in order to safely and intellectually, self practice, sequence, become strongly aware of the internal body space, challenge the mind to quiet down and serve the information your body is asking to give you, and to turn your practice and teaching style into a constant ebb and flow of grace.

Rhiannon has been practicing yoga for 19 years, teaching for 11 years and has had the pleasure of studying with Larry Schultz, Tom Quinn, Quinn Kearney, Claire Mark, Mark Whitwel, Seane Corne, Tim Suh, Manju Jois and Tim Miller. ERYT500 Certified: It's Yoga San Francisco 200hr, Yogaview Chicago 300hr, Manju Jois Intensive 30hr, many more hours in between, in depth anatomy background and has publicly and privately taught and organized yoga teacher training programs.

Presenter: Alyson Iannicelli Action Shot

Alyson Iannicelli

Alyson Iannicelli completed her Bachelors in English & IT in Boston, MA prior to joining Teach For America, an AmeriCorps program serving under-resourced communities. She worked with AmeriCorps for a total of 5 years before taking her 200-hour yoga teacher training in Spain to help manage stress. Upon completion of her yoga teacher training, Alyson decided she wanted to continue to dedicate her time to helping people, but in a different way, with an emphasis on healing the mind, body and spirit. After beginning to teach yoga full-time, Alyson pursued and completed a Masters in Integrative Health and Healing to further propel her skills and knowledge in the health field. Through her masters program, she began to work as an intern for Lauren Walker to help develop the Energy Medicine Yoga School. Alyson currently works as the Director of Education of the Energy Medicine Yoga School and teaches yoga to group classes and one-on-one with clients. She is passionate and committed to sharing EMYoga and healing with the world.

Ann Blackburn

Full bio coming soon!

Tiffany Denny

Dr. Tiffany Denny is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and physical therapist with over 13 years of yoga teaching experience, and is the current Executive Director of a body-positive nonprofit, Embody Love Movement. She has a knack for weaving anatomy and movement science into mindful, creative class sequences, and a passion for nerdy anatomy discussions. Tiffany loves to offer practices that facilitate a deeper understanding of physical and energetic anatomy, and the development of a healthy, positive relationship with the body.

Calley Bliss

Calley Bliss is the owner / founder of Entertainment Jill, offering voice over, content creation, and strategy for business. After a dozen years as a jazz and pop vocalist, composer, and educator across the US, UK, and Caribbean, Bliss took her passion for all things “resonance,” and applied them to helping businesses and organizations grow through storytelling (aka content), and content strategy (aka branding). A fifteen-year practitioner of yoga in styles including Anusara, Ashtanga, and Alignment, Bliss also teaches yoga classes, workshops, and individual sessions, guided by a deep connection to the energy / matter relationship and intuitive movement.

A junkie of experience, Bliss approaches yoga, music, voice over, writing, and business with the same philosophy: observe structure, adapt to the moment, and follow the light.

Nathan Paulus

Nathan has more than 10 years teaching experience.  His approach is centered in deep listening combined with clarity of intention and awareness. Nathan is also a dedicated Taiji practitioner and teacher and sees Yoga and Taiji as one in the same, for him both are used for internal development and refinement. Beyond Yoga and Taiji, Nathan has extensive training and study in kinesiology, anatomy and physiology, Chinese Medicine and bodywork. He is one of the owners of Five Point Holistic Health, a worker owned health cooperative in Chicago.

Mindi Bez

Since her first yoga experience in 2005, via a VHS tape (Google it, kids), to her present-day pursuits as the co-founder of SYNDICATE.YOGA, Mindy Luv has become known for her innovative and progressive delivery of Ashtanga-based vinyasa, Yin-Yoga, yoga sculpt, and kid's yoga programming and classes.

A true moon child and a lover of the stars, Mindy's mantra is that believing is healing. Her mission is to create a world where everyone can feel whole and healed. She is a second degree reiki practitioner and finds her center in drawing owls, lions and trees, dancing in the warm rain with her 3 kids and meditating. She loves the mountains, devours books by authors such as Gabby Bernstein, Jennifer Sincero and Louise Hay, isn't known for her cooking but can bake just about anything,

Presenter: Mollie Silver Action Shot

Mollie Silver

Mollie Silver is an Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner and Authorized Instructor, EMYOGA Senior Teacher, and Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. Mollie’s passions for travel, adventure and alternative healing have carried her across the globe where she has studied her craft with everyone from a medicine man in Fiji to a Mayan midwife in Guatemala to a Shaman in Bali. Her diverse and varied background includes a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina and volunteering throughout Central America, Australia, Mongolia, and Southeast Asia before eventually landing at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, WV where she’s been teaching Yoga and practicing Massage Therapy and Energy Medicine since 2007. She is thrilled to share this self-empowering modality of healing with you!

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.

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.

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 2019 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 2019 Minneapolis Yoga Conference will have something for you.

Thank you 2019 studio partners! Own a yoga studio? Become a Studio Partner today!

Studio Partner: Yess Yoga Studio Logo

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: Blooma Logo

Blooma

Blooma

Through yoga, Barre, Massage, Childbirth Education, Wellness and a community of support, Blooma, nurtures the mind, body and the spirit of Mom-to-be, new mamas, and their families.

Our owner Sarah Longacre mc'd the Mpls Yoga Conference years ago, and we have been a vendor and part of a panel in the past. I have attended the Mpls Yoga Conference every year since it's opening, and I noticed last year, that you brought in a Prenatal teacher from Chicago. We would love to be considered to teach any and all things Prenatal and Postnatal in the future, because we have such a large presence in the community and would love to reach even more teachers.

Studio Partner: 180 Balance Logo

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: Awaken Vibrance Logo

Awaken Vibrance

Awaken Vibrance

Awaken Vibrance is a full-service Holistic Health Center and Yoga Studio located in downtown Waseca, MN. We offer Yoga, Massage, Classes, Holistic Products & Gifts.

Our gorgeous restored building is a feast for the eyes and a haven for the spirit. Walk into our divine yoga space and breathe in its relaxing, zen atmosphere. It will delight and surprise you, like it has for many new visitors. We often hear, “WOW, this is incredible! I can’t believe we have this in Waseca!”

Founded by Tracy Jevning, Awaken Vibrance opened its doors on November 9, 2015. Tracy started the company to follow her passion of helping people with their health and wellness. Her primary goal is to help her clients achieve optimal health so they can look, feel, and BE their best!.

Studio Partner: Yoga Sanctuary Logo

Yoga Sanctuary

Yoga Sanctuary

Yoga Sanctuary is a non-profit, holistic studio, offering a place of respite and integration for your body, mind, and spirit.

We seek to teach safe, fun, relational yoga every day to EVERY BODY through classes, workshops, community outreach and our annual Karma Service + Yoga Trip to Guatemala. Our studio prices align with our intention to increase access, and limit obstacles, to holistic yoga.

The practice of yoga tells us that everything we need for peace and wholeness is already inside us, but living and practicing yoga is best done in the context of a supportive community. Together, we will work to ignite the transformative healing power of being fully present in our bodies and in our lives.

Studio Partner: Green Frog Yoga Logo

Green Frog Yoga

Green Frog Yoga

Green Frog Yoga is welcoming community of beginning and experienced yogi’s in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We offer a variety of different yoga styles that are perfect for students of all skill levels and body types. Our offerings include vinyasa flow yoga (hot power and slow flow), core yoga flow, restorative yoga, and Silversneakers FLEX yoga.

Studio Partner: Yoga Tree Yoga Studio Logo

Yoga Tree Yoga Studio

Yoga Tree Yoga Studio

Yoga Tree Yoga Studio was created in 2012, in the rural, NW town of Roseau, Minnesota.

Since Yoga Tree first opened, we have offered a sacred space that is non-competitive, non-judgmental and guided by warm and loving hearts.

Yoga is a mind-body-spirit practice, which shows us our divine path to our authentic -self. A regular Yoga practice offers a peaceful mind, a feeling of balance inside and out, and the release of stress.

Yoga Tree believes in working not only with our selves, but with our community to improve lives, and our planet. Yoga Tree is committed in striving to support each other in our personal growth through our yogic transformation and journey. We believe that yoga is for everyone, that it transforms everyone, and that yoga is for you.

Yoga Tree is a community of committed teachers who understand, from deep personal experience, the benefits and energy that Yoga brings. Our teachers, Desi Klimesh and Catherine Stenzel, bring their insight, dedication, years of practice and training, as well as openness, creativity and caring hearts to each and every class, creating an environment filled with learning, compassion, challenges, and fun.

We look forward to Practicing with you~ Namaste

Studio Partner: Yoga Branch Logo

Yoga Branch

Yoga Branch

At The Yoga Branch 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 locally.

The Yoga Branch also holds donation based classes, where the funds are put into scholarships to accommodate those in the community who need and want yoga but can not afford it.

Studio Partner: Open Sole Yoga Logo

Open Sole Yoga

Open Sole Yoga

Open Sole Yoga is located in Litchfield, in central MN. We offer a variety of class from Hatha to Ashtanga to Men's to Prenatal Yoga. All of our instructors are Registered Yoga Teachers with a passion for bringing yoga to all.

Studio Partner: Tula Yoga Studio Logo

Tula Yoga Studio

Tula Yoga Studio

Located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, we are a Vinyasa-based studio that truly believes that yoga, like most things in life, is all about Balance.

Our approach to yoga is a harmony of traditional principles & philosophy combined with modern practicalities & accessibility. We aim to create classes that are a healthy mix of playfulness and exploration, while maintaining mindfulness and respect for the origins and traditions of yoga and attention to the anatomy and alignment of the body.

We believe that through this balance, yoga can help one to develop greater self-awareness, physical strength and flexibility, resulting in an overall sense of well-being and inner peace.

We want to empower our students to find their own path through yoga, to create their own unique balance, both while on the mat at TULA and off the mat into this wild world.

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.

Blooma

Through yoga, Barre, Massage, Childbirth Education, Wellness and a community of support, Blooma, nurtures the mind, body and the spirit of Mom-to-be, new mamas, and their families.

Our owner Sarah Longacre mc'd the Mpls Yoga Conference years ago, and we have been a vendor and part of a panel in the past. I have attended the Mpls Yoga Conference every year since it's opening, and I noticed last year, that you brought in a Prenatal teacher from Chicago. We would love to be considered to teach any and all things Prenatal and Postnatal in the future, because we have such a large presence in the community and would love to reach even more teachers.

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.

Awaken Vibrance

Awaken Vibrance is a full-service Holistic Health Center and Yoga Studio located in downtown Waseca, MN. We offer Yoga, Massage, Classes, Holistic Products & Gifts.

Our gorgeous restored building is a feast for the eyes and a haven for the spirit. Walk into our divine yoga space and breathe in its relaxing, zen atmosphere. It will delight and surprise you, like it has for many new visitors. We often hear, “WOW, this is incredible! I can’t believe we have this in Waseca!”

Founded by Tracy Jevning, Awaken Vibrance opened its doors on November 9, 2015. Tracy started the company to follow her passion of helping people with their health and wellness. Her primary goal is to help her clients achieve optimal health so they can look, feel, and BE their best!.

Yoga Sanctuary

Yoga Sanctuary is a non-profit, holistic studio, offering a place of respite and integration for your body, mind, and spirit.

We seek to teach safe, fun, relational yoga every day to EVERY BODY through classes, workshops, community outreach and our annual Karma Service + Yoga Trip to Guatemala. Our studio prices align with our intention to increase access, and limit obstacles, to holistic yoga.

The practice of yoga tells us that everything we need for peace and wholeness is already inside us, but living and practicing yoga is best done in the context of a supportive community. Together, we will work to ignite the transformative healing power of being fully present in our bodies and in our lives.

Green Frog Yoga

Green Frog Yoga is welcoming community of beginning and experienced yogi’s in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We offer a variety of different yoga styles that are perfect for students of all skill levels and body types. Our offerings include vinyasa flow yoga (hot power and slow flow), core yoga flow, restorative yoga, and Silversneakers FLEX yoga.

Yoga Tree Yoga Studio

Yoga Tree Yoga Studio was created in 2012, in the rural, NW town of Roseau, Minnesota.

Since Yoga Tree first opened, we have offered a sacred space that is non-competitive, non-judgmental and guided by warm and loving hearts.

Yoga is a mind-body-spirit practice, which shows us our divine path to our authentic -self. A regular Yoga practice offers a peaceful mind, a feeling of balance inside and out, and the release of stress.

Yoga Tree believes in working not only with our selves, but with our community to improve lives, and our planet. Yoga Tree is committed in striving to support each other in our personal growth through our yogic transformation and journey. We believe that yoga is for everyone, that it transforms everyone, and that yoga is for you.

Yoga Tree is a community of committed teachers who understand, from deep personal experience, the benefits and energy that Yoga brings. Our teachers, Desi Klimesh and Catherine Stenzel, bring their insight, dedication, years of practice and training, as well as openness, creativity and caring hearts to each and every class, creating an environment filled with learning, compassion, challenges, and fun.

We look forward to Practicing with you~ Namaste

Yoga Branch

At The Yoga Branch 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 locally.

The Yoga Branch also holds donation based classes, where the funds are put into scholarships to accommodate those in the community who need and want yoga but can not afford it.

Open Sole Yoga

Open Sole Yoga is located in Litchfield, in central MN. We offer a variety of class from Hatha to Ashtanga to Men's to Prenatal Yoga. All of our instructors are Registered Yoga Teachers with a passion for bringing yoga to all.

Tula Yoga Studio

Located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, we are a Vinyasa-based studio that truly believes that yoga, like most things in life, is all about Balance.

Our approach to yoga is a harmony of traditional principles & philosophy combined with modern practicalities & accessibility. We aim to create classes that are a healthy mix of playfulness and exploration, while maintaining mindfulness and respect for the origins and traditions of yoga and attention to the anatomy and alignment of the body.

We believe that through this balance, yoga can help one to develop greater self-awareness, physical strength and flexibility, resulting in an overall sense of well-being and inner peace.

We want to empower our students to find their own path through yoga, to create their own unique balance, both while on the mat at TULA and off the mat into this wild world.


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".  

We partner with companies and organizations to enhance the experience of conference-goers, while also providing valuable name, brand and company exposure for our sponsors. Check out our 2019 Sponsors below!

We partner with companies whose products and services are congruent with the experience we create for conference-goers, and we're thrilled to introduce our 2019 Vendors! If you're interested in being a vendor at the 2019 conference, please get in touch!

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Hyatt Regency in Downtown Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Hotel Reservations open in January 2019

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