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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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

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.
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.
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.
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