Staff List


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.
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
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 experience...one 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.
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.
Nikki Lee
Nikki has 12 years of diverse experience in the health and fitness industry. Teaching step, kickboxing, hip hop, ethnic dance, cycle, boot camp, and core training at the YMCA, Lifetime Fitness and Gold's gym are among her accomplishments. She has also worked as a certified group personal trainer for Lifetime fitness and managed a corporate fitness center. After five years of practicing yoga, Nikki became a certified Yogafit instructor in 2007. Since then, she has taught yoga to a diverse demographic including children, seniors and a variety of athletes. Recently she had the opportunity to travel to Encinitas, CA to receive personalized mentoring in hot yoga. Nikki has made a lifestyle out of helping others feel healthy in body, mind and spirit. Through her own dedicated practice, she has experienced the healing power of hot yoga and hopes to share the amazing benefits with all of you! Nikki completed her 200 hour yoga certification through YogaWorks in June 2012.
Bobbi Shroyer
Hello everyone! My name is Bobbi. I'm very excited to be a part of the heat family! Here is a little about myself. I was born in MN, but grew up in Phoenix Az. I have a home with my wonderful fiance and 9 year-old daughter in the great city of Champlin. I love to run, hike, weight train, paint, and pretty much just spend time with my friends and family. About 3 years ago I randomly jumped into an advanced hot yoga class.... And fell in love! The physical change was the first thing that turned me on to the yoga scene, but it wasn't long before I realized what yoga did for me mentally and spiritually. In short, yoga has completely changed my life (as over the top as that sounds). It helped unleash a part of me that would have never surfaced without my regular yoga practice. I figured my passion for yoga can be shared by becoming a teacher, and I could not be more excited! I completed my 200 hour teacher training through YogaWorks in June of 2013. I look forward to working with you all, and diving right into this new chapter! Namaste :)
Adam Tills
STUDIO DIRECTOR
 
I began my Yoga journey over 12 years ago as a curiosity and for fitness. I quickly realized that it was so much more. Once understanding the mind/body connection and learning to practice what my body needed, my practice began to grow. 
I became interested in guiding students in 2012 and received my 200 RYT certification in 2015. I have led over 700 classes in my short teaching career. I love watching students grow in their own practice and helping them learn what Yoga is all about. I look forward to seeing you on your mat or just around the Studio. I am excited to be the Studio Director at Heat and have a lot of great ideas to take our community to the next level. Always feel free to share any comments, questions or feedback with me. Stay inspired...