HY Vinyasa 1

This class is taught by:

Shannon Brendel

Hi, my name is Shannon. I added yoga to raising 3 kids, 2 dogs, running, biking and striving to keep fit 2 years ago. Its been a great addition to my life giving me focus and clarity but also strength and endurance. I seek to teach people in an authentic, approachable way. I would love to help guide you in classes at Heat Yoga! Shannon completed her 200 hour yoga certification through YogaWorks in June 2012.

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer took her first yoga class about 10 years ago. She liked the fact that she could actually slow down and still get a good workout. As a mother of 3, yoga was a really nice break and she did as much of it as she could. Jennifer’s hunger to learn more grew. So, she signed up for a yoga journal conference and took classes with Shiva Rea, Sean Corn, Cindy Lee, and other nationally known teachers. Shortly after she got back, Jennifer signed up for yoga teacher training through yogafit and started teaching in the year 2004 at Lifetime Fitness. Her desire to teach and learn has continued to grow. She has taken the 200 hour training at Corepower, completed trainings through Lifetime Fitness, and continues to take classes as much as possible.

Anna Miller

Anna credits yoga with keeping her sane and centered through graduate school and two cross-country moves. Having spent much of her childhood and young adulthood training in ballet and contemporary dance, she was initially attracted to yoga as a way to stay connected with her body without the mental and physical pressures of the performance arts. Anna completed her teacher training in 2013 at an Astanga-based vinyasa yoga studio in Santa Barbara, California. She enjoys working with students of all abilities and is committed to fostering a non-judgmental space within which individuals can embark upon or continue their own yoga journeys.

Connie Garritsen

My yoga journey started about 5 1/2 years ago at Heat Yoga during a difficult time in my life. My husband was in the late stages of cancer at the time, and I found peace in yoga. Actually, I think that yoga found me when I really needed it. As I continued my yoga journey and experienced changes in body, mind and spirit, I became totally hooked!
In 2016 I took the 200 hour teacher training and started teaching at work and in the community. I received a lot of encouragement when I started doing yoga, and it is important to me to offer that to all students. I love yoga, I love teaching it, and I love the yoga community! I am excited and grateful to be part of the Heat Yoga community and look forward to seeing you on the mat. Namaste

Nikki Lee

Playing almost every sport as a kid, Nikki was inspired by training with her triathlete father, joining her mom’s avid step aerobic regimen, and just having an unrelenting love for dance and movement. After pursuing a degree in Health and Physical education at St Cloud State University, she taught fitness education in a Montessori School for two years along with a full-time position of designing and managing fitness programs for an international government defense contractor. With both NETA group and ACE personal training certifications, Nikki recognized her love for igniting the broadest possible community with a love for physical wellness and led almost every format of group fitness at the YMCA, Gold’s Gym and Lifetime.

Then – within a single fateful month – Nikki suffered debilitating back injuries from both a car and snowboarding accident. But the recovery path would afford new insights on strength and wellness, eventually leading her to yoga. Learning the benefits of hot yoga, Nikki went to California for training in a specialized practice which opened her eyes to the numerous and subtle ways people unknowingly abuse their bodies. Not only did this training help restore her back, Nikki also found inspiring insights on the mind-body connection. This realization profoundly changed her perspective, even shifting her parenting philosophy to the benefit of her son, who was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. The clarity and calm offered through yoga practice helped to convert life’s obstacles into opportunities. Since her initial training, Nikki also completed the renowned Yogaworks 200 hour program, then was subsequently invited as teacher training apprentice and co-teacher for another 200 hour training with Chrissy Canning of Yogaworks. Nikki followed that up with an additional 340-hour training from Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness.

Continuing her drive to make wellness and healing accessible for all, she completed a training for physical and emotional trauma from the Boston Trauma Center in 2016 and has expanded her practice to help those with brain injuries, physical disability and trauma on a path to wellness. Even after teaching thousands of classes, Nikki calls herself a perpetual student. Through each interaction, her understanding of a safe and effective practice is expanded and deepened. She believes that gaining alignment awareness, practicing consistently and a willingness for honest self-study, we can tap into the creative life force that exists within each of us. She passionately guides her students back to their bodies with a light-hearted and playful style steeped in substance. When not in the yoga studio, you can find her sipping coffee in a hammock, globe-trotting to new places or climbing a tree with a camera over her shoulder.

Tasha Pitra

Tasha found yoga with our community, here at Heat Yoga Studio, in 2013. Since then, her practice & love for yoga has grown. In January of 2018, she set off on a trip to Hawaii, for intensive yoga training. There, she received her 200 Hour RYT Certification, Buti + Hot Buti Certifications. She is excited to bring Buti Yoga and share her love & knowledge of yoga, to the yoga community!

When she is not in the studio or practicing on the mat, Tasha can be seen in Maple Grove shopping with her daughter, having date nights with her husband & spending time outside with her 2 adorable dogs, Coco & Bandit. She, also, enjoys attending concerts, cheering her daughter on at sports events and spending time with friends & family.

"My hope is to help you grow your yoga practice & awaken a fire within you, when practicing on your mat."

HY VINYASA 1 is an ALL LEVELS class accessible to students of any experience. Teachers will guide you through a 60 minute vinyasa style class in less heat than our HEAT A classes. Emphasis in level 1 classes will be foundational postures. Vinyasa yoga is a rhythmic practice that energizes the body and quiets the mind by using conscious breath to flow dynamically from posture to posture through a variety of transitional movements. 
Appropriate for student at ALL levels can create their own physical intensity by choosing offered modifications and variations every practice you attend

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Jan 17 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Shannon Brendel
  • Thu Jan 17 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Shannon Brendel
  • Thu Jan 17 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Jennifer Lee
  • Fri Jan 18 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Anna Miller
  • Sun Jan 20 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Shannon Brendel
  • Mon Jan 21 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Connie Garritsen
  • Tue Jan 22 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Connie Garritsen
  • Tue Jan 22 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Nikki Lee
  • Wed Jan 23 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Anna Miller
  • Wed Jan 23 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Tasha Pitra
  • Thu Jan 24 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Shannon Brendel
  • Thu Jan 24 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Shannon Brendel
  • Thu Jan 24 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Tasha Pitra
  • Fri Jan 25 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Anna Miller
  • Sun Jan 27 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Shannon Brendel