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Monica
2:58 pm

Teacher Spotlight - Jessa Brixius



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Name: Jessa Brixius

Hometown: Stillwater, Minnesota

Classes taught at Heat: Heat A, B, C, Intermediate, and Yoga Sculpt

How long have you been teaching? I received my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2010 and began teaching yoga immediately after.

Why did you become a teacher? Ever since the age of 16, my belief was, “No pain, no gain.” I was immersed in anything high impact; Cardio Kickboxing, Boot camp, Spinning, etc. I became a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, teaching anywhere from 12-15 classes a week for nearly 6 years, (back to back Spinning and Cardio Kickboxing classes were ‘the norm’ for me.) My body became overworked, tired, and I was constantly sore. I knew from experience that yoga brought balance and increased flexibility. I was looking for an opportunity to bring that to my clients, as well as myself. I soon learned Yoga is so much more than just the physical asanas.

Favorite pose and why? Matsyasana/Fish pose. I love the chest expansion/heart opener combined with the core strength!

Favorite tune to hear in class? Anything Bon Iver. I smile when anything random gets played by an instructor. One time I took a class and the instructor played N’Sync and Backstreet Boys during our Warrior series. So random and I loved it!

Motivational tip or favorite quote? “The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” –Marcel Proust

Advice to beginners? At the end of the day, yoga is a breathing class! If you can breathe and remain fully aware of your breath for the duration of the class, you’re practicing yoga. The postures are simply there to challenge your breath. That is all.

Where can we find you when not at Heat? Probably at a coffee shop. Coffee addict! (Decaf most days.) I love the relaxed atmosphere of grabbing a cup of Jo and catching up with a friend. I also enjoy going for walks, canoeing/camping, hanging out near a large body of water, baking or cooking new recipes in my kitchen, and cuddling up on the couch with a good read.

Who knew (fun bit of info about you)? I enjoy washing the dishes! I probably use our dishwasher once a month, if that. There is something therapeutic about the running water and cleanliness afterwards. Call me crazy, but it’s true.

What do you emphasize in your class? What would you like students to gain from your class? It’s so important to work with your body and not against your body. Yoga is about the journey, not the destination. Take advantage of the entire process and know that it will change each time you step onto your mat, that is why it is called a “practice.”

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Monica
9:42 pm

Teacher Spotlight - Nicole Christianson

Name: Nicole Christianson



Hometown: Plymouth, MN

Classes taught at Heat: Wednesday 6 AM, Thursday 530 AM, Saturday 8 AM & 930 AM.

How long have you been teaching? A little over a year.

Why became a teacher? Yoga has taught me so much about myself and the beauty of
simplicity. I believe you can learn so much on your mat about yourself and then carry it
with you into your everyday life. My hope is to help others see that yoga is much more
than a sequence of beautiful poses, but within each pose is the absolute ability to
bring healing and awareness to yourself.

Favorite pose and why? I love tree pose. I feel so strong and confident in this pose-it is
a wonderful feeling.

Favorite tune to hear in class? I am really into Magic by Coldplay or Bloodstream by Ed
Sheeran right now.

Motivational tip or favorite quote? Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make
a place beautiful.

Advice to beginners? Patience. Yoga is very different than a cardio class or a cross fit
workout. Your body may move in ways it has not moved in years. If you give yoga time,
commitment, and consistency, I believe any practitioner will fall in love with this yoga
thing. :)

Where can we find you when not at Heat? At home with my wonderful husband and my
two boys.

Who knew (fun bit of info about you)? My sister and I both married brothers.

What do you emphasize in your class? What would you like students to gain from your
class? Alignment, alignment, alignment! My primary goal is to keep my students safe
and my hope is they leave feeling stronger, calmer, and at ease.

Tell us about other jobs (other than yoga teacher) that you do or what you did before
teaching yoga: I graduated with Arizona State with a Finance degree and worked in the
field for sometime. After I got married and had children, I chose to stay home with my
boys.

What have you learned about yourself, on the mat, that is applicable to life off the mat?
The beauty of imperfection. I have learned to be true to myself and to live
authentically.

What difference have you noticed in your body or overall health since practicing yoga?
Physically I am more toned and stronger. Mentally, I am calmer, more relaxed, and at
ease.


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Monica
11:17 pm

Teacher Spotlight - Miriam Reeves

Name: Miriam Reeves

Hometown: I have a hometown in Virginia, Texas, and Minnesota but I spent the most time in Tyler, TX.

Classes taught at Heat: Heat A on Tuesdays at 7:00 & 8:30 pm at Maple Grove 

How long have you been teaching? Just started!

Why became a teacher? I love yoga! It has gotten me through so many tough times. I believe it can help every person by teaching stability, focus, peace and so much more within everyday life. I want to be a part of the change that yoga can make in a person’s life.

Favorite pose and why? My favorite pose is Tree.  This pose makes me feel strong, steady, and graceful.  I love the mind set this pose helps me to get into. I have a tendency to overthink things and in this pose I can calm my mind and simply be on my mat.

Favorite tune to hear in class? Skinny Love- by Bon Iver

Motivational tip or favorite quote? “A toad in a well can only see a part of the sky.”  -A Chinese proverb. Always be open to climbing out of your comfort zone and trying to see as much of what the world has to offer.

Advice to beginners? Bring a friend if you are nervous to start Yoga, it helps! Also, always remember that everyone in class was once a beginner too. No one is born doing yoga.

Where can we find you when not at Heat? Either at home with my husband, Kyle, in Fridley or somewhere in Minneapolis! I love the art district in Minneapolis!

Who knew (fun bit of info about you)? I am the oldest of 6, I have a sister and 4 little brothers; I love Mexican food and grew up in Texas; Most of my family does Irish Step dancing and compete in Ireland every year; I hate peanut butter and jelly; my favorite flowers are tiger lilies; My favorite color is deep red.

What do you emphasize in your class? What would you like students to gain from your class? In my class I like to emphasize the strengthening and neutrality of your spine.  Your back is so important and in our daily lives we consistently are hunching forward.  I had a hyper Kyphotic upper back (overly hunched) before I started to strengthen my back muscles in Yoga.  It changed my entire life.  I hope my students can gain confidence and peace within my class as I did when I started Yoga.

Tell us about other jobs (other than yoga teacher) that you do or what you did before teaching yoga: Before teaching yoga I went to school for Studio Art, mainly ceramic/pottery.  I have worked at daycares, Caribou, as a janitor, and as a packer for a moving company. I love art and have worked hard to be where I am with my Yoga practice which I think is a kind of art in itself.

What have you learned about yourself, on the mat, that is applicable to life off the mat? I learned how to be confident with my body on my mat.  I learned how to control my body- keep it still or push it to its limit. This changed my life off my mat.  Anyone can tell you how much more confident I am in myself, my body, and what I can do than I used to be.

What difference have you noticed in your body or overall health since practicing yoga? I am incredibly healthier than I was before I started practicing yoga! I can now stand up straight; I can move with more ease because of my increasing flexibility; I am stronger in my body, my breath, and my mind. It opened the door to a more healthy way of living in general.  Yoga really helped me to see and become the person I think I am supposed to be. 

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Monica
10:53 pm

Tuesday Teacher Spotlight

 

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Name: Krista Nielsen

Hometown: Blaine, MN

Classes taught at Heat: Heat A

How long have you been teaching? Started May 2014

Why became a teacher? I love the physical aspect of yoga and wanted to not only understand more about the poses, but also be able to share my passion with others hoping that they could see similar benefits.

Favorite pose and why? Savasana – allowing myself this time is so important to my day. Without it, I’m frazzled and frantic!

Favorite tune to hear in class? I love music but when I’m doing yoga, I don’t necessarily have a favorite tune.

Motivational tip or favorite quote?

“When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite (positive) ones should be thought of. This is Pratipaksa bhavana.” Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 2:33

Advice to beginners? Don’t worry about doing the poses well. Just be present and focus on what you’re doing each moment. Improvement and understanding will come with practice and time.

Where can we find you when not at Heat? Driving to my kids various sporting activities or school activities. On most weekends during the summer, I’m up at my parents’ cabin!

Who knew (fun bit of info about you)? I grew up showing Arabian horses.

What do you emphasize in your class? What would you like students to gain from your class? Alignment and safety are very important to me. I hope that students gain a better understanding of being safe in a pose versus pushing too far.

Tell us about other jobs (other than yoga teacher) that you do or what you did before teaching yoga: I have a BS in Chemical Engineering which has led me to be a recruiter in the engineering area. I currently work part time at an engineering firm doing recruiting, marketing, event planning and various other random tasks.

What have you learned about yourself, on the mat, that is applicable to life off the mat? That you have no control over what has already happened, or what will happen. The only thing you can do is stay present and be in the moment.

 

What difference have you noticed in your body or overall health since practicing yoga? I have gained strength, muscle tone and flexibility. Yoga has done more for my body than any other form of exercise!


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Monica
11:18 pm

Tuesday Teacher Spotlight

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Name:   Jessica Wiehle

Hometown:  Maple Grove, MN

Classes taught at Heat:  Heat A on Wednesday nights at 7 and 830 and aromatherapy workshops

How long have you been teaching? 2.5 years

Why became a teacher? I became a teacher because yoga has been so transformational for me that I wanted to help guide others through the same transformation.  Yoga is one of those things I find I gain a lot more from when I "give it away" to others.  There are days when I know something is missing.  I go to teach and I leave with my bucket filled.  So though it might sound selfish, giving it away is part of what moves and invigorates me.

Favorite pose and why? Oh wow, this will be a difficult decision.  I love one leg balancing poses because of how profoundly they can fine tune the mind and the body and bring about a sense of calm and accomplishment at the same time.  My favorite would be Ardha Chandrasana.  I also love a good heart opener like Urdhva Dhanurasana because it is physically and emotionally liberating.

Favorite tune to hear in class?  I love diversity.  I try to make my playlists from a combination of inspiring tunes, meditative beats and soothing sounds.  So when I go into a class that has that same diversity, I am happy. I also like it when a teacher's playlist represents who they are - it allows me to connect with them not only though yoga but the music they chose. 

Motivational tip or favorite quote? Nothing changes if nothing changes.

Advice to beginners?  Embrace humility.  Learning this skill early on is what allows the beginner to remain optimistic in the face of challenge.  Learning the art of yoga is a journey and not something you will ever master.  The truth is we all must remain humble in our practice because every day is different and regardless of skill, there is no conquering yoga.  A new yogi with the understanding that growth is easier when we allow ourselves to learn through mistakes - will indeed be very successful in their practice.

Where can we find you when not at Heat?  When I'm not at Heat you can find me with my family or working hard on my aromatherapy and cosmetic companies I am buliding.  I also might be in my organic garden or in my kitchen cooking up healthy meals.

What do you emphasize in your class? What would you like students to gain from your class?  I emphasize the finding of one's self through the journey of yoga - and often in the poses.  I want my students to be comfortable, challenged, and walk away from each class with a little more confidence than when they arrived.

Tell us about other jobs (other than yoga teacher) that you do or what you did before teaching yoga: 

I spent 7 years working as a paralegal in the area of family law.  I did a lot of research and writing and enjoyed this career but eventually I grew out of it and longed for something more.  I naturally love to learn and do so I myself natural cosmetic chemistry and medical aromatherapy (which I was already studying and have for ten years now) and learned that I am an entrepreneur at heart.   I started my businesses in 2012, coincidentally as I was starting to find myself along the path of yoga. 

What have you learned about yourself, on the mat, that is applicable to life off the mat?

I have learned to listen to myself and give my thoughts and intuitions the credit they deserve.  A lot of teachers will tell you to "listen to your body".  I learned to listen to that voice inside that told me to back off because I wasn't strong enough to take the pose further or, that I could challenge myself because a pose was getting to easy for me.  This same voice allowed me to learn how to trust myself and my inner intuition - to listen to and have faith in myself.  I used to be indecisive and doubt myself, but now that has been replaced with confidence and a better understanding of myself and the world around me. 

What difference have you noticed in your body or overall health since practicing yoga?

Everything has changed.  I used to exclusively weight train and what I love about yoga is I get the same satisfaction but with the added elements of breath, stretching, cardio, heat and mediation wrapped within the same hour.  My legs and arms are longer and leaner vs. the bulking that can happen from too much leg training on the weights.  And when I learned how to do yoga properly (how we teach at Heat), and learned how to engage all the right places - that is when everything changed - I mean every part of my body.  And it happens fast - if you give it the effort it deserves.  My focus, emotional stability, confidence and spiritual health have all vastly improved from my yoga practice as well.


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Monica
9:41 am

Tuesday Teacher Spotlight

Name: Sue Morem

Hometown: Born in St. Louis Park, currently live in Plymouth

Classes taught at Heat: Heat A, Heat B

How long have you been teaching? 3 years

Why became a teacher? Originally I took teacher training to gain a deeper understanding of my own yoga practice due to the emotional and physical changes I was experiencing as a result. During the process I had an opportunity to teach and found that I loved connecting with people through yoga so decided to teach and share all I am learning with others!

Favorite pose and why? Tree pose. It’s grounding, calming and meditative; a time to be still, lift my gaze and express gratitude, and it challenges my balance every time!

Favorite tune to hear in class? Om by Soulfood

Motivational tip or favorite quote? There are so many I like. Here are two favorites that summarize my philosophy:

When you don’t get what you want, learn to want what you get.

You’ve only got three choices in life: Give up, give in or give it all you’ve got.

Advice to beginners? Keep showing up! The more you come to class the sooner you will reap the benefits. Yoga can literally transform your life! You will become stronger, calmer and so much more. Don’t worry if the sequence or poses are challenging. One day you will find yourself easing into a pose you used to struggle with. Getting there is the hardest part. You won’t ever regret your decision to come to class; you will always feel better as a result, so just focus on showing up!

Where can we find you when not at Heat? You will find me teaching yoga around the Twin Cities, taking classes, spending time with my husband and the ‘boys’ our dogs, Max and Moe; babysitting my granddaughter Brooke, and working with my favorite nonprofit, Dress for Success Twin Cities. I coordinate and lead programs for women overcoming poverty and a variety of other challenges to help them gain the confidence and skills they need to obtain and retain employment.

Who knew (fun bit of info about you)? I’ve written six books on personal and professional development and wrote a syndicated weekly business advice column that appeared in the StarTribune for over 10 years. You can still find my columns online at careerknowhow.com

What do you emphasize in your class? I like people to understand that yoga is much more than a physical practice; it is a gateway to serenity, acceptance and peace within. My personal mantra and one that I frequently stress in class is to surrender and let go.

 What would you like students to gain from your class?  To understand the poses and their benefits, to gain strength, self acceptance and self love;  to let go of self criticism and judgment and see the beauty and potential in themselves and others.

Tell us about other jobs (other than yoga teacher) that you do or what you did before teaching yoga:

My most important job has been as a mother; I have three incredible daughters. I’ve been an entrepreneur most of my life; my focus over the last 20 plus years has been speaking and writing about career success to help people gain the edge in their life and career.

What have you learned about yourself, on the mat, that is applicable to life off the mat?

I’ve learned to take and make time for ME. Every time I take a yoga class I feel like I had a mini vacation; and I always feel better than before. It’s easy to find reasons not to do yoga, and easy to fill the time it takes to go to a class, but stepping away makes me a better person.

What difference have you noticed in your body or overall health since practicing yoga?

I am much stronger physically and more relaxed, even under stressful situations. I’ve found that inner peace I was seeking, and even when I feel stressed I rebound back much faster!


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Monica
7:33 pm

Tuesday Teacher Spotlight

Name:  Veronica Walters             

Hometown: Champlin, MN

Classes taught at Heat: Heat A

How long have you been teaching? Since Oct. 2013

Why became a teacher?  I enjoy helping people, yoga has so many benefits. Being a yoga instructor allows me to pursue my passion and be a humble guide for others on their personal journey.  Being a certified Reiki Master, I wanted to bring together these two forms of healing arts.

Favorite pose and why? Savasana because I love long meditations

Favorite tune to hear in class? I enjoy instrumental uplifting music, depending on the theme and mood of class will determine the soundtrack for that hour.  

Motivational tip or favorite quote? “In our struggle for Freedom, Truth is the only weapon we posses” ~ Dalai Lama

Advice to beginners? Yoga is not about being flexible! Yoga is about you!! 

Where can we find you when not at Heat? In an ice rink! We are a hockey family J

Who knew (fun bit of info about you)? I feel sunsets in my heart, a reminder that every day is a gift.

What do you emphasize in your class? What would you like students to gain from your class? In my classes we open the possibilities of exploring not just your physical body, but to bring awareness to what lies beneath the surface of who we are. By focusing on the energetic centers we can explore what governs the sublet body of a particular chakra, while bringing in to focus the physical area – for balance and in harmony.  Together we work on not only physical strength, but inner strength as well.        

Tell us about other jobs (other than yoga teacher) that you do or what you did before teaching yoga: I have a full time job on the opposite end of the spectrum; I’m a Project Manager for an Electronic Contract Manufacture.

What have you learned about yourself, on the mat, that is applicable to life off the mat?  I’ve learned to let go of expectations and allow for events to unfold how they are meant to.   By quieting the mind I am able to hear my intuition and divine guidance.  I’ve learned to look for the positive in every situation and feel gratitude more deeply. 

What difference have you noticed in your body or overall health since practicing yoga? I was in a car accident a few years back and used to have pains in my shoulders and upper back, these have completely gone away due to my practice! 


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Monica
8:00 am

Tuesday Teacher Spotlight

Name:  Cassie
Hometown: 
Coon Rapids
Classes taught at Heat: 
Heat A, B, B ADV, Warm 75
How long have you been teaching:  2 yrs
Why did you decide to teach:
Became a teacher because the impact that my own practice had on my life was profound...and I knew I wanted to share that with others!
Favorite pose:
Ustrasana is my favorite pose because it combines strength and vulnerability! 
Favorite song to hear during practice: is a chant "Gaytri Mantra" 
Favorite saying: dont over think anything...it creates a problem that was never there.
Where can we find you when you're not at Heat:
I like to hang out with friends and family of course! I also love to get lost in a bookstore...with a good read and a good cup of coffee;) 
Fun Fact:
I studied martail arts for several years...I have a black belt. I am also fluent in American Sign Language.
What do you emphasize in your classes: 
In class I want to emphasize the practice of mindful poses. Not throwing yourself into a pose just because...really learning to use your breath to find the pose that works in your body. And remember that pose may look totally different than your yogi neighbors pose!
What did you do prior to teaching: 
In my previous careers I was in retail management and office admin positions. 
What has yoga taught you: 
Yoga has taught me a deeper sense of awareness in my own body and heart. The practice of yoga allows me to be present, and connected day by day. Although I still struggle, I would say that by far I worry less, I have less anxiety, I have less headaches and over all notice a greater sense of clarity in my thoughts. Yoga is what keeps my heart and emotional life in check and balanced. I have had a lot of loss in my 38 years...and yoga has kept me a float. Actually better than a float... ALIVE and JOYFUL!! It is my passion...and Im so grateful for it and that I have a great studio and students to share it with!! 

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Monica
8:00 am

Teacher Spotlight Tuesday

Name:  Jeanne Clauer

Hometown:  Coon Rapids

Classes taught at Heat:  

Gentle Flow, Heat A

How long have you been teaching?

3 1/2 years

Why became a teacher?

Teaching and helping people are a passion of mine. I love people!

Favorite pose and why?

Savasana.  Because it allows me to absorb my practice, relax and renew my body.  I always feel better after practice.

Favorite tune to hear in class? 

I like all kinds of music. 

Motivational tip or favorite quote?

Courage doesn’t always roar.  Sometimes courage if the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow”.

Advice to beginners? 

Pay attention to your body and how it feels.  Remember to breathe.   

Where can we find you when not at Heat?

Spending time with family and friends

Who knew (fun bit of info about you)?

I was the high school mascot in my sophomore year

What do you emphasize in your class?

Breathing    What would you like students to gain from your class?  Staying connected to your breath calms the body and quiets the mind. Helps to slow down the beating of your heart and lowers blood pressure.  So focusing on breath is not only good in class but helpful outside of class as well. 

Tell us about other jobs (other than yoga teacher) that you do or what you did before teaching yoga:

I was a Development Specialist (trainer - teacher) for CenterPoint Energy until recently retiring.

What have you learned about yourself, on the mat that is applicable to life off the mat?

Every day is a new experience.  Live with patience and stay connected with breath. 

What difference have you noticed in your body or overall health since practicing yoga?  

I am more flexible, my core is stronger and I’ve learned how to breathe correctly. 


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Monica
10:39 pm

Teacher Spotlight Tuesday

Name:   Sam Lickteig

Hometown:  Algona, Iowa

Classes taught at Heat: 

All formats at Heat

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching yoga for 4 years, but personal training for 10 years

Why became a teacher?

I love to teach!  I wanted to become a positive influence in people’s lives and I felt yoga was such a great experience for me personally so why wouldn’t other people want to know about the yoga lifestyle.

Favorite pose and why?

Pincha Mayurasana (ForeArm Stand).  I think that this pose represents a balance between strength, flexibility, and confidence.  I also love to be inverted throughout my yoga practice

Favorite tune to hear in class? 

Anything Pink Floyd

Motivational tip or favorite quote?

“Just breath and stay consistent with all areas of your life”

Advice to beginners? 

Relax, let go of expectations of mastering a pose and enjoy your yoga journey

Where can we find you when not at Heat?

The gym working out, at Tavern restaurant eating, or at my house playing with my 2 girls

Who knew (fun bit of info about you)?

I was homecoming king in high school

What do you emphasize in your class? What would you like students to gain from your class?

Knowledge, I want them to learn how their bodies truly function and how that can change their life from day to day.  Becoming aware of who you are can help tell a story on why you feel the way you do.

Tell us about other jobs (other than yoga teacher) that you do or what you did before teaching yoga:

I have been a personal trainer for 10 years, but I also worked with financial brokerage firm for 5 years before we started Heat Yoga

What have you learned about yourself, on the mat, and that is applicable to life off the mat?

Learning patience has been a big challenge on and off of my yoga mat

What difference have you noticed in your body or overall health since practicing yoga?

Since I started practicing yoga I have become more athletic and coordinated for sure.  My physical body has become more lean and strong than ever before, but most importantly it eases my stressful mind.


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