With gratitude, Barbara feels privileged to introduce new participants of yoga to breath awareness, asana, and relaxation. Barbara is a RYT-200 certified yoga instructor and teaches group and private lessons in vinyasa, chair yoga, and restorative yoga. She is a Level 2 certified Reiki practitioner and often employs hands-on relaxation techniques to clients during Restorative Yoga sessions. Barbara is available for private or semiprivate lessons. Please contact the studio for information.
Elle returned to a yoga practice in 2006. Shortly thereafter she noticed her chronic experience of a stiff neck stopped occurring, her feet were no longer sore, she felt taller and stronger. Yoga also released deep pent- up emotions that lightened her from the inside out. Elle's teaching style encourages participants to deeply connect mind, body, and breath for a gentle and profoundly mindful experience.
Mary took her 200hr RYT training through Yogafit. She came to yoga after 30+ years of running, needing to stretch and re-center and balance, literally and figuratively. She enjoys teaching gentler styles of yoga. Per Mary ”Breathing and care in alignment is the foundation of the practice. I try to integrate this into my classes, because one needs to build poses from the bottom up and from the inside out. Yoga also allows calming of the mind and finding the present moment. I want yoga to be fun for you! I don’t want you to say, “I can’t do that” or,” I’m not flexible”, or “I can’t touch my toes”…it really doesn’t matter, you do what you can! No expectations and no pressure. Often my classes change, depending on who walks in the door. I often ask what you need and we go from there."
Laurie Bushlack is former owner and instructor/trainer at BRX Fitness. Having trained for many years in dance (including intensive study at the Gus Giordano Center), she parlayed her interest in the anatomy of movement into a role as a fitness instructor in 1987. Even so, continuing involvement in the dance arts came through creating choreography in the Miss America pageant system for over 20 years. Laurie loves exploring all the possibilities different modes of fitness offer. As a result her certifications and experience include: General Fitness: NETA Certified Group Fitness Instructor; Crossfit Level 1; KBC Level 1 Kettlebell Trainer; TRX Suspension Trainer and TRX Rip Trainer; R.I.P.P.E.D.; NETA Indoor Cycling; TABATA Bootcamp; Outdoor Bootcamp Mind/Body: 200+Hour Registered Yoga Trainer; Yin Yoga; Buti Yoga; Stott Pilates Mat & Reformer; Barre; Tae Kwon Do upper belt levels Dance Fitness: Zumba 1 & 2; Zumba Toning; Zumba Gold; Zumba Kids; Strong by Zumba; Keeping workouts fresh with challenging variety and focusing on adaptation to individual client needs, Laurie's belief is that many modes of exercise can be complimentary and that the best of these can be tailored to each individual to achieve the ultimate in functional fitness.
In 2011, Marcia started taking a class at week at Yoga 4 You to add some "stretching” to her cardio/weight lifting routine. There she fell in love. She took more classes varying the types. In the summer of 2017, Marcia became a RYT-200 Certified Yoga Instructor through training at Green Lotus Yoga & Healing Center adding Yoga Sculpt training that fall. Marcia eventually moved to Duluth, but you can still find her leading all the early morning virtual classes, as well as in-person workshops and events when she comes through town. And she also remains the Facebook and Instagram diva for Yoga 4 You!
Christopher fell in love with yoga at Yoga 4 You and has been practicing intensely since 2015. Along with his wife Jacquelyn, Christopher completed his 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at the studio in 2019. His favorite practice is a flowing vinyasa style, with a focus on the Ashtanga sequences, postures and alignment. Christopher is most happy when afloat and enjoys connecting people's yoga practice with their daily physical needs, especially kayaking.
As an athlete and lover of high intensity workouts, it took only a few yoga classes for Carolyn to realize the benefits of slowing down, looking inward, and focusing on her breath. Carolyn is always up for a challenge so she jumped into power teacher training and now she cannot remember what life was like before yoga! Carolyn loves introducing yoga and barre to those who are not yet familiar and tries to make these accessible to people of all abilities. When she's not on her mat, Carolyn enjoys drinking coffee on her deck, playing volleyball with her husband, and walking her American Bulldog.
Kristi is relatively new to yoga, having practiced for the past 8 years or so, but has always known that she wanted to be an instructor, as her day job has always involved teaching, presentation, and coaching others. She started her yoga teacher training journey in 2020 and was thrilled to complete the esteemed RYT program at Yoga 4 You in May 2021. She has been leading classes at Yoga 4 You since September 2021.
Jacquelyn’s love for yoga grew out of a way to get exercise, while joining her husband, Christopher, in something he was passionate about. Through classes, teacher training and various yoga retreats, Jacquelyn has experienced a variety of different types of yoga practices and not only discovered, but truly appreciates that there is so much more to yoga than exercise. In her personal practice, Jacquelyn enjoys Flowing Strength, hot yoga, “sleepy time yoga”, meditation and alignment focused practices. She completed her RYT200 hour training under Jenn Holm and Carolyn Gross at Yoga 4 You in Savage, MN. Jacquelyn and her husband, Christopher, guide practices at kayaking events and have created a couples focused workshop. Jacquelyn leads vinyasa practices at Yoga 4 You in Savage.