Staff List

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Dale Kukielka
Dale took his first yoga class over 20 years ago, and has been practicing yoga since, intensifying considerably over the past five years. In May of 2009, he completed the 230 hour teacher training at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis, and is registered as 200 RYT with Yoga Allliance. He has recently completed his 500 hour teacher training program at Devanadi studio in Minneapolis. In addition to yoga, Dale is certified in Taiji and Qigong, teaching both for over 8 years. Through yoga, he strives for the union of body, mind, and spirit.
Jeanne Clauer
Growing up I was very active and participated in sports. I got married, had a beautiful daughter and my focus quickly changed to taking care of my family. As the years passed, my age and weight inched up and I realized I couldn’t do all the things I used to. It wasn’t until my mom became ill and passed away that I realized it was time to take care of ME! At the age of 50, I hired a personal trainer and began working out 3 days a week. I lost weight and inches and felt so much better. With the support of my family and the encouragement of my trainer, I became a Certified Personal Trainer over 3 years ago and currently do in home personal training. I was introduced to hot yoga in the spring of 2010. I was surprised and pleased how yoga complimented my weight training regimen increasing my flexibility, balance and strength. I found yoga to be therapeutic, and learning how to breathe correctly further helped relax my mind and body. I love people and wondered how I could get involved. In April 2011, I received my Prenatal Certification from Blooma and currently teach the Relaxation class at Heat Studio and Prenatal Yoga at Synergy in White Bear Lake. I am thrilled to be part of the Heat family. Take control of your life…it’s never too late to start! Jeanne completed her 200 hour yoga certification through YogaWorks in June 2012.
Natalie Hanlon
Hi, my name is Natalie and I have been practicing yoga for 3 years. I have been a teaching for 1 year. I have been active all my life but never really considered yoga. I thought I was pretty flexible already. I decided to try it and I fell in love. I began to practice on a regular basis and immediately wanted to learn more. In September 2011 I completed my 200 hour certification through Core Power Yoga, and began teaching at a small gym north of the Twin Cities. I then found Heat Yoga, and really love the sense of community as well as practicing in the heat. I am very excited to be part of this community and look forward to sharing the gift of yoga with you
Monica Nepote
Studio Director/Teacher

Monica began practicing yoga as another workout option that was easier on the body than running or weights but continues to practice because of what it gives her mentally, physically and spiritually. Yoga challenges her in a way mentally and physically that no other workout had before, yet she leaves the mat each day feeling happy and balanced. Monica completed her 200 hour training certification through YogaWorks in June 2012.
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.
Anna Bakke
Anna began practicing Yoga in high school as a means of getting a little more movement into her day. What started out as a hobby turned into a passion for exercise and leading an active, healthy lifestyle. Her classes have an emphasis on finding correct alignment and engagement, cultivating strength and maintaining presence. Anna completed her RYT 200 hour through Yoga Works in 2014- she has been teaching ever since. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota and is currently a graduate student at the U of M, studying Exercise Science. Additionally, she holds certifications in mat Pilates and Barre.
Veronica Walters

Veronica began her yoga journey in 2003 when she became pregnant with her first child.  Being a physically active person as a professional Mexican folkloric dancer and avid runner, Veronica wanted to continue exercising safely throughout her pregnancy.  This led her to try yoga for the first time. Yoga gave her physical strength and mental endurance which she believes she would not have found without it. An eternal student of life and spirituality, Veronica is constantly seeking knowledge specifically in Eastern philosophies and medicines. Naturally drawn to energetic healing work, she has traveled around the United States and overseas to study reiki, holistic healing and the use of crystal energy. Veronica uses her knowledge as a Reiki Master to bring awareness of the subtle body and chakra systems into her yoga classes. In 2012, Veronica joined the Heat Yoga studios community to deepen her practice.  She was inspired to pursue her teaching certificate, taking every workshop available to expand her knowledge during her training.  These included Hands on Adjustments, Working with Props, Sequencing and Restoratives. In June 2013, she earned her 200 hour certificate through Yogaworks. She is excited for the opportunity to share her knowledge and to help people heal and grow.

 “In this modern day of information overload, to which we are under constant stress and pressure ~           I believe we as a collective can find the inner strength and peace, through the teachings and practice of yoga and reiki.”  ~ Veronica Walters

Sue Morem
Named a “Woman to Watch” by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Sue is an author and speaker who has been empowering people to “go for the edge” for over two decades. Her longtime practice and interest in alternative healing and wellness led her to receive her 200 hour yoga certification from Core Power. Her youngest daughter introduced her to yoga over 8 years ago, but it wasn’t until Sue started attending classes regularly that her chronic back pain healed. She noticed a decrease in her stress level and an increase in her over all wellbeing. Having raised three daughters and building a career over the last 20 years, yoga has helped Sue learn to slow down, find gratitude for what is and live in the moment. She is thrilled to be a part of the Heat Yoga team. She is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher and excited about sharing all that yoga has to offer!
Barbara Sandarin
I am inspired by the many benefits of a consistent yoga practice, those that can be measured such as increased flexibility & strength, to less tangible aspects as heightened self-awareness & a sense of calm. I believe there is no division of mind, body and spirit, but all of these exist as facets of the whole. Above all, my goal and duty as a teacher is to provide my students with the best possible that leaves them feeling challenged and more aware of their own potential.
Ellen Haines
I found yoga in 2011 during my last semester of college. After years of competitive soccer and track, running began to cause so much hip and knee pain, that exercising became a chore. So, I set a New Year’s Resolution to seek out an alternative form of exercising and stumbled upon a 21 day online yoga challenge. Over the course of those 21 days and beyond, I fell in love yoga and the benefits that followed with consistent practice. I continued learning and growing my home practice via youtube videos and a gaiam subscription for 2 ½ years before making the leap to travel to Rishikesh, India for a 200 hour Ashtanga/Hatha teacher training that blew my mind. It was there that yoga became more than just an outlet and form of exercise; it became a lifestyle for me that continues to teach me patience, help me slow down, and to appreciate the “little things”.
When I teach, I don’t show up with a specific sequence or plan, but rather an intention to let go and plug in to the energy of the students. My classes blend the alignment based foundation of Ashtanga, with creative sequencing and an emphasis on breath. My hope is that students will have fun on their mats, feel both challenged and supported to try new things, and will ultimately experience a deeper mind-body connection.
Krista Nielsen
Krista started practicing yoga after an old knee injury made running and other forms of exercise injurious. What she once thought of as just a form of exercise now challenges her body, mind and spirit all at the same time. Throughout her practice and training, she has come to believe that she can integrate yoga into every part of her life. Through teaching, Krista hopes to inspire others to appreciate the practice of yoga, the way her teachers have inspired her. Krista completed her 200 hour teacher training through YogaWorks in May 2014 with trainer Alexandria Crow.
Wendy Parent
In 2008 I was experiencing yoga in a large, cold gym as part of my fitness regime. It wasn’t until 2010 when I found HEAT Yoga in Blaine that an energy and curiosity for yoga was sparked within me. Immediately I knew I had to experience more of this heat, humidity, and liveliness. I felt complete peace and awareness; something that I had not felt with any other form of exercise. In spring of 2015 I received my 230-hour teacher training through Radiant Life Yoga in Minneapolis. I love to have my own time on my mat and also guide classes for others. My practice has a strong focus on breath and listening to what the body has in store in the present.
When not in my Yoga clothes, you can find me spending time with my husband and our 5 kids at our favorite spot on earth, our cabin on Bay lake. Practicing Yoga on my Stand up Paddle board while on the lake is something that feeds my soul. I also enjoy long bike rides, hikes and photography. I consider myself lucky to love my other job as an Interior Designer. Whether it’s working with an independent client or on a model home for my husband
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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.
Jennifer Dejarlais
Ever since I can remember, dancing and any many forms of movement has been a primary part of my life. My transfer for my love of dance easily transferred to the love of the movement of yoga. The reason I started doing yoga was due to an injury, when I was able to stop going to the chiropractor due to my yoga practice is when I knew there was something so much more to this movement to be explored. This lead me to want to share my love of yoga with others and thus led me to teacher training at St. Paul College. Yoga is something I love and crave to do daily. Having trained for over twenty-five years in a diversity of dance disciplines, I bring an innovative, expressive, and soulful element to my teaching style. I have been developing a strong Yoga practice for the past twenty years, and decided to get Yoga alliance certified training to instruct Yoga in 2012. Being able to help people develop and grow through their own yoga practice is an especially rewarding experience for me. Helping people to connect to their body, mind, and spirit through their yoga practice is what I love to do!

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