Ziya Tarapore, RYT 200

Ziya Tarapore, RYT 200

Ziya first went to a yoga class at the age of seven.  Living in India, yoga was practiced by both parents and kids.  As an adult, yoga and meditation helped her get through the nastiness of cancer treatment and the aftermath.  Using her experiences with treatment, illness, and lymphedema, she conceived a class that helps cancer survivors to breathe deep, stretch, relax, and begin to visualize what being healthy and whole is all about. From there, with the encouragement and support of Green Lotus, she developed a training program for yoga teachers - Yoga for Cancer Care --empowering them to understand emotionally and physically what people with cancer experience and to be able to teach to them.

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Jennifer Mankowski

Jennifer Mankowski

Jennifer has been a teacher with Stillwater Area Public Schools since 2000.  She holds a Bachelor's of English and a Master's of  Education degrees. Jennifer became certified in Kids Yoga in 2011 and created her own unique yoga and character-development classes for kids which she teaches throughout the St. Croix Valley. As she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training, Jennifer created and developed specialty classes designed for girls ages 9-14, focusing on body confidence and self-esteem. Jennifer is also a Certified Life Coach and Spirit Mentor as well as owner of The Light Within Coaching, Spirit Mentoring, and Yoga.

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David Kaley, Reiki Master

David Kaley, Reiki Master

David Kaley is a Reiki Master and massage therapist whose touch heals, inspires, and relaxes. He has been practicing and studying an array of healing modalities for more than 20 years. David is an inspired reiki practitioner and teacher.  He makes both the history and the practical application of reiki healing energy accessible to all.  He creates a safe and sacred space for you to explore your own innate healing abilities as he provides guidance, direction, and inspiration. 

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Rachael Huyck, E-RYT 200

Rachael Huyck, E-RYT 200

Rachael started practicing yoga more than 20 years ago as a way to bring balance to her body after years of competitive athletics and also to address anxiety in a natural way. In 2010 she began attending heated yoga classes, which helped her heal from a serious back injury. In 2011, Rachael completed a 200-hour hot yoga/hot fusion yoga teacher training. She earned a vinyasa yoga certification in 2013. Yoga provides a balance to her other roles as social worker, mother, and spouse. Off the mat, she loves adventure, great food, reading, hiking, kayaking, and a recent new passion - yoga on the stand-up paddle board.

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Shelagh Burke, E-RYT 200

Shelagh Burke, E-RYT 200

Shelagh initially was drawn to yoga for the physical benefits of increased strength and flexibility. She quickly came to realize that yoga was having a positive impact on her mentally and spiritually. As a stay-at-home mother of four busy kids, coming to her yoga mat became a time to rejuvenate. Over the years, Shelagh has developed a deep appreciation for the self-discovery and subtle life lessons yoga has to offer. She is particularly drawn to the intuitive nature of a vinyasa practice, linking breath and movement to create a joyful moving meditation. 

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Marcia Appel, E-RYT 500

Marcia Appel, E-RYT 500

Marcia has been practicing and studying yoga since 2000. She is a co-leader and senior faculty member of Green Lotus' RYT 200-hour program and co-creator of its 300-hour program. Yoga deepens her connection to herself, to others, and to the world around her. She has trained with Baron Baptiste (Baptiste Power Vinyasa), Judith Lasater (restorative yoga), Janice Gates, and Anne Cushman over the years. Marcia guides her students to try many kinds of classes and deeply believes that yoga asana (poses) are simply an extension and beautiful expression of breath and meditation. In May 2013, she completed a two-year study of the integration of yoga and mindfulness meditation at Spirit Rock Retreat Center in California, earning her 300-hour credentials there. Marcia is a partner in Green Lotus with her beloved friend Merry Beth Freienmuth and loves teaching there.

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Merry Beth Freienmuth, E-RYT 500

Merry Beth Freienmuth, E-RYT 500

Merry Beth is director of Green Lotus' Yoga Alliance-certified school and a senior faculty member. She has been practicing yoga since 2000. She found the physical asana practice to be the perfect transition for her aging body that could no longer tolerate a classical ballet practice. She taught ballet for more than 15 years, then she began teaching Body Flow, Pilates, and yoga in 2002. Merry Beth also has experienced the more subtle benefits of yoga; it has given her the strength and balance to navigate a full-time career in corporate America and to raise her children into adulthood. Now she devotes her work time to being a Green Lotus partner and teacher. 

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Gwen Linden-Bruzek, E-RYT 500

Gwen Linden-Bruzek, E-RYT 500

Gwen is senior faculty member of the Green Lotus 200-hour Teacher Training Program. Gwen also is a co-creator of Green Lotus' 300-hour program. She received her first certification in yoga from The White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California, with Ganga White and Tracey Rich. She has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and has been teaching yoga since 2005. In October 2009, she received her 300-hour certification as a Yoga and Ayurveda Health Educator from Dr. David Frawley, Director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies.  Dr. Frawley  (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is considered one of the foremost scholars and teachers of Vedic ways of knowledge (vidyas) in the United States. In 2012 Gwen earned her 300-hour credentials from the Yoga Loft.

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Tracy Hovde, E-RYT 200

Tracy Hovde, E-RYT 200

Tracy has a background in dance, bodywork, aromatherapy, martial arts, and personal training. After a dance injury led her to yoga for physical healing, she found that her yoga practice not only supported her body, but it also changed her perspective of the world and her connection to it. For her, yoga engenders peace and clarity, both on and off the mat, and gives her a way to balance her energetic anatomy.  Inspired to share her perspectives with others, she completed her 200-hour training with Devanadi Yoga and now teaches workshops, classes, and trainings for Green Lotus. For the 200-hour program, Tracy shares wisdom about chakras and energetic anatomy. 

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Maureen Farley, E-RYT 200

Maureen Farley, E-RYT 200

Maureen began her yoga practice in 1992, studying one-on-one with a tantric yogi for four years and experiencing dramatic healing on all levels of her being.

Maureen attended graduate school for Chinese medicine and has studied Tibetan and Ayurveda medicine, along with western herbalism, native American herbalism, and nutrition. In addition to her E-RYT 200 certification with Yoga Alliance, Maureen is certified to teach Yoga for CancerCare. and developed and teaches Green Lotus's Yin Yoga Teacher Training program. 

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Randi Henning, RYT 500

Randi Henning, RYT 500

Randi has been studying and practicing yoga for more than 20 years. As a fifth-grade teacher, she first began teaching yoga to our most precious resource, children.  Then Randi completed her teacher training in Green Lotus' 200-hour program.  She studied with Judith Lasater, completing her certification in Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga. She also earned yin yoga teaching credentials from Green Lotus.

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