Marcia Appel

Marcia Appel

Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Teacher Training Faculty & Green Lotus Partner

Marcia stepped onto her mat in 2000 to ease grief caused when her beloved father developed a serious illness and also to combat the effects of fibromyalgia. Her practice deepened, her mind calmed, her body strengthened, and her spirit renewed. The fibromyalgia ended, and she felt as vital as she had in years. "Yoga and meditation changed everything for me and for my family," she says.


In 2006, Marcia, a former journalist and corporate executive, wrote the plan that launched Green Lotus. In 2007, Green Lotus opened, and Marcia and business partner Merry Beth Hovey, who joined in 2009, planted the seeds of service that are the foundation of the Green Lotus philosophy. "As teachers and healers," Marcia says, "we meet students and clients where they are. We learn and grow from each other -- and have fun doing it."

Marcia has studied with talented and compassionate teachers, including Baron Baptiste for power vinyasa and Judith Lasater to become a registered Relax & Renew instructor. She created Green Lotus’ Restorative Teacher Training, based on the teachings of Judith and other restorative pioneers.

In May 2012 Marcia completed the RYT 300-hour program – Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training - at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. It explored the integration of mindfulness meditation and yoga with teachers Phillip Moffitt, Mark Coleman, Anna Douglas, Janice Gates, Anne Cushman, Richard Miller, and Chip Hartranft. She now is credentialed to teach Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation, including Yoga Nidra, and teaches classes and workshops in these subjects at the centers. She also teaches yin, hatha, and vinyasa. She completed Level 1 of iRest training in 2018; based on the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra and made accessible for the modern world, it combats PTSD, sleeplessness, fatigue, anxiety and depression, and much more. She trains teachers annually in Mindfulness Yoga and Mediation and also in Yoga Nidra in two 20-hour weekend programs. She helped to develop Green Lotus' 240-hour teacher training programs and is a co-leader of them.

Marcia enjoys traveling, writing and reading, hiking, swimming, gardening, and studying yoga. She and her husband adore their daughter, son, and daughter-in-law (not to mention their dog and cat).


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Mariah Bowen

Mariah Bowen

Massage, CranioSacral, Shiatsu, Thai Yoga & Cupping Therapy

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Mariah is dedicated to affecting positive change in each client — physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually — through bodywork that is intuitive, anatomically informed, energetic, and customized to best address any pattern of disharmony. She takes a proactive, holistic, and integrative approach to healthcare, individualizing bodywork treatments through energetic healing: Swedish, therapeutic, rehabilitative, trigger-point massage, craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, Thai yoga bodywork, ampuku, and traditional Chinese medicine modalities including auricular therapy and cupping.

Mariah developed her passion for the maintenance of the human form and spirit from a place of reverence and wonder. Growing up in the tiny Athabaskan village of Tanana, Alaska, she learned to harvest, subsist, and observe. She cultivated gratitude for every last pebble and snowflake and was humbled by the power of the river, the wind, the northern lights. Nature taught her the tao before she ever heard it described. She remains a lifelong student of nature, cycles, growth, and decay. A winding road has led her from her home on the Yukon river to graduate from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, to spend five years raising two beautiful daughters in Washington, D.C., to relocate to the Twin Cities, and to discover bodywork as her mode of serving and promoting health. She completed the East/West program at CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu school. Bringing a third daughter into the world in the summer 2015 has been her most recent joy.

Mariah offers clients the opportunity to stop and breathe, to reconnect with themselves, and to affirm that in order to live full, satisfying lives, their bodies need to be utilized, respected, cared for, and celebrated. She finds it rewarding to work with people of all sorts, particularly those most needing healing. It is her calling and a great honor to help people navigate the delicate space between their structural bodies and their ethereal well-being.


Learn more about services with Mariah in Mendota Heights

Elizabeth Cabalka

Elizabeth Cabalka

Yoga Teacher & Annandale Licensee

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In May 2017, Elizabeth opened the doors to her Green Lotus Yoga & Healing Center in Annandale, Minnesota. An exurban community of the Twin Cities and a popular vacation destination, Annandale sits amid beautiful lakes and rolling prairies of verdant farmland. Its population swells (like the waves of the lakes) to more than 20,000 spring through late fall.

Green Lotus Yoga & Healing Center - Annandale delivers a wide range of integrative healing techniques to its community, including reiki and other energy work; therapeutic massage and Thai yoga massage; infrared sauna; life counseling; workshops about wellness, and classes in yoga and meditation.

Elizabeth's decision to become a Green Lotus licensee follows a vibrant career in high tech. Her lifelong interest in integrative healing and yoga led her to complete Green Lotus's certified 200-hour teacher training in 2015, after teaching for eight years. She also is a noted lecturer, workshop leader, and author of two non-fiction books dealing with self-discovery: her 2003 memoir Wednesdays at the Fluff 'n' Fold and 2016's Yoga Expression Spirit in which she chronicles the three pillars of her life. In 2004, Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network hired Elizabeth to author a collection of interviews with family members and friends of prostate cancer patients. The Circles of Love Collection still is available from the organization.

Elizabeth lives in Annandale with her husband. An avid bicyclist, she often can be found pedaling throughout the Annandale area and around the country.

Annandale brings the number of Green Lotus facilities in Minnesota to four: two which are corporately owned (one each in Mendota Heights and Lakeville) and two licensees (Eden Prairie and Annandale).


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Pablo Charis

Pablo Charis

Yoga & Meditation Teacher & Thai Yoga Massage Therapist


Pablo was introduced to yoga in 1992 while working as a touring musician. Traveling city-to-city and country-to-country for almost five years, while glamorous and exciting, had begun to take a toll. Seeking a means for better sleep and a clear mind, Pablo found ashtanga yoga, a practice handed down from Krishnamacharya, the godfather of all modern yoga, to his pupil Sri K Pattabhi Jois. Pablo immersed himself into his practice, studying postures, alignment, breathwork, anatomy, and philosophy.

Pablo has studied ashtanga with David Swenson, Kino MacGregor, Tim Feldman, and Patrick Nolan, and hatha yoga with Rod Stryker and Bikram Choudhury. He has taken pranayama classes with Max Strom and Patrick Nolan and anatomy and yin classes with Dr. Paul Grilley. His Thai yoga massage studies with Cheri Clampet Borda and Arturo Peel allowed him to deepen his knowledge, specifically with bodies that have experienced injury or trauma. He has put this training to work for many years as an outreach volunteer with Lutheran Social Services, Project Pride for Living, and The Link where he teaches yoga to homeless youths, people recovering form addiction, and those transitioning in life.

Drawing on his years of direct experience and training Pablo will help guide you to a deeper understanding of your own practice. Pablo's yoga training and experience includes a 200-hour vinyasa certification, 40-hour Primary Series Ashtanga certification, 40-hour Intermediate Series certification, 40-hour Para Yoga Certification, 40-hour training in Therapeutic and Thai yoga massage, and over 24 years of yoga practice.

Pablo is available for private instruction, offering posture alignment and breath work, discussion of yogic practice and philosophy, and Thai yoga massage.


Practice with Pablo in Lakeville and Mendota Heights

Robin Davidson

Robin Davidson

Yoga Teacher & Thai Yoga Massage Therapist

Robin took her first yoga class in 2003 at the Twin Cities’ first hot yoga studio. The hot style is still a personal favorite and how she began her teaching career in 2006. She holds certifications in Hatha yoga, Silver Sneakers™, mat Pilates, and Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner, nicknamed “lazy man’s yoga”. She is a member of Yoga Alliance.

In alignment with Green Lotus’ mission, Robin integrates these disciplines to create safe, fun, and challenging classes. “Yoga meets us right where we are,” Robin says. “I want to make yoga accessible for every body – as we age and change, we individually can adjust our yoga practice. I help people craft the tools to create a practice that can serve them for their entire lifetime.”

Amy Dirksen

Amy Dirksen

Yoga Teacher & Eden Prairie Licensee


Amy Dirksen has combined her passion for wellness, for service to others, and for business by opening Green Lotus in Eden Prairie, Minnesota in 2015. A former marketing executive for a national banking company she also has many years of experience in teaching fitness and yoga classes in the Y system and at Green Lotus. She gives attention to students' individuals needs and is adept at adapting poses to make yoga accessible to as many people as possible. As owner of Green Lotus' first license, Amy brings new insight and energy, laughter, and care to its mission of integrated wellness. She lives in Eden Prairie with her wonderful husband and son (The Dude).

Merry Beth Freienmuth

Merry Beth Freienmuth

Yoga Teacher, Teacher Training Faculty & Green Lotus Partner


Merry Beth (Hovey) Freienmuth was introduced to yoga at the YMCA in 2000. She found the physical asana practice was the perfect transition for her aging body that could no longer tolerate a classical ballet practice. After more than fifteen years of practicing and teaching ballet, she began teaching Body Flow, Pilates, and yoga at the YMCA in 2002. The non-asana benefits of yoga gave her the strength and ability to balance a demanding full-time job, raise two children into adulthood, and share her passion for yoga with hundreds of students at the YMCA.

Merry Beth became a partner in Green Lotus in 2009 and in 2013 retired from her corporate position as vice president of marketing for a global franchise company to focus full-time on Green Lotus. She is the director of training for Green Lotus' Registered Yoga School and a core faculty member of the training programs.

Certifications: E-RYT 500; Yoga Fit2, yin, and restorative yoga; mat Pilates, barre, qi gong, tai qi - yang short form, Body Flow, Balletone, Senior Fitness.

Merry Beth enjoys spending time with her family, including three adorable grandchildren, sailing, reading, and, of course, practicing yoga.


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Nicole Gougeon

Nicole Gougeon, MSSW, LICSW

Psychotherapy & Therapeutic Counseling

Nicole is a Clinical Social Worker with 22 years of experience with adults, children, and families in outpatient therapy. She has spent the majority of her career working in outpatient mental health clinics where she conducts individual, family, and group therapy using a variety of techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, behavior therapy, and supportive therapy. 

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Nicole earned her BA in Psychology at UW-Eau Claire and her master of science degree in Social Work from UW-Madison. She takes an integrative and client-centered approach to therapy, starting where the client is at in his or her journey to improvement and using traditional talk therapy combined with any holistic practices a client may choose. Nicole strives to create a safe and sacred space for clients to gain insight and growth and to become the experts of their own lives. 

Working at Green Lotus allows her the opportunity to combine her career as a therapist with her passion for the mind-body-spirit connection. She welcomes clients who want to incorporate practices that promote emotional, physical, and spiritual balance. She also enjoys educating clients about how nutrition, sleep, exercise and the neuroplasticity of the brain can improve mental health and foster resiliency, change, and joy.   

Issues you can bring to therapy: 

  • Anxiety 

  • Depression 

  • Relationship issues 

  • Parenting challenges/concerns 

  • Grief/Loss 

  • Life transitions (divorce, aging parents, job/career, empty nest, health) 

  • Family of origin issues 

  • Shame and guilt 


Therapeutic Counseling Services Pricing

Green Lotus can provide you with an itemized receipt to submit to insurance to assist you in receiving benefits for an “out-of- network” provider. Many people now successfully are using their Health Savings Account (HSA) to cover session fees.

55-minute intake session,  $160

55-minute follow-up session, $140

See Nicole in Lakeville


Shelly Grant

Shelly Grant

Shelly Grant, MSW, LICSW practices Psychotherapy and Therapeutic Counseling at Green Lotus Yoga and Healing Center of Eden Prairie. Shelly believes that the relationship between therapist and client is key, and she considers it a privilege to work with her clients and earn their trust. A life fully lived includes both pleasant and unpleasant emotions and experiences, many beyond our control or sphere of influence, and how we navigate - even allow, welcome, and embrace those emotions and experiences - is life-defining. Shelly focuses on her client's strengths and on helping them to identify their goals and values and, ultimately, how to build their unique life, a life that is truly and wholly worth living. 

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Anna Harvey

Anna Harvey

Massage Therapist


After experiencing the healing benefits of massage first-hand, Anna was inspired to become a massage practitioner, graduating from Northern Lights School of Massage Therapy, in Minneapolis, in 2000. She received training in Swedish, sports, trigger point, prenatal, energy anatomy healing, body mobilization technique, hakomi, and integrative therapies. She  also earned certification in neuromuscular therapy through the Upledger Institute. Through her experience, with many clients over the years, Anna has learned the importance of incorporating mindfulness and energy work into her sessions to facilitate healing with greater efficiency. She truly enjoys working with people and assisting them in achieving their wellness goals. Anna enjoys spending time with her family, doing anything outdoors, practicing yoga, reading, gardening, and dabbling in crafts when time allows.


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Dr. Brenda Kress Higgins

Dr. Brenda Kress Higgins

Expert Chiropractic Care

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Dr. Brenda Kress Higgins, originally from Dubuque, Iowa, says she is happy to be at Green Lotus! She attended St. Catherine University in St. Paul, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy (OT). After graduating she worked in a chiropractic office for a short time as an OT and was inspired to continue onto chiropractic school. After graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, she opened her first practice in St. Paul where she remained for nearly nine years. After selling that practice, Dr. Higgins opened her second location in Hopkins and remained there until March 2018.

Dr. Higgins' goal is to find the root cause of pain and symptoms. Utilizing spinal and/or extremity adjustments, muscle/ soft tissue work, and wellness care, she has seen great results with patients. Her expertise is in spinal correction, rehabilitation, and family wellness care. She loves seeing babies and kids and has been taking care of her own son since he was born. Dr. Higgins thinks that educating people on the wellness and preventive aspects of how chiropractic can enhance their health and healing is the best part of being a doctor because of the adage, " You are your own best doctor." To stay true to what she advises, Dr. Higgins sees her own chiropractor at least weekly and checks her son regularly to maintain his health.

Dr. Higgins loves to spend time with her family and friends, especially her six-year-old son, Jameson. She enjoys lifting weights, reading, cooking, and red wine.


Dr. Brenda Kress Higgins can help you and your family in Mendota Heights



DeDe Hinrichs

DeDe Hinrichs

Massage Therapist, Shiatsu Practitioner, Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, Essential Oil Therapy, Ear Candling,  Reiki & Hands-On Healing


DeDe Hinrichs believes people heal most completely and effectively when concerns are addressed from a holistic perspective that includes body, mind, and spirit. DeDe was educated at CenterPoint School of Massage & Shiatsu, holds an AOS Degrees in Mind Body Transformational Psychology from Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA), and is a Reiki Master. With her education, plus years of experience working on herself, transforming her wounds and traumas into growth and healing, she is able to be help and guide others from a place of compassion to transform their own lives. With training and experience in numerous modalities, she is able to create a unique healing experience just for you. She is passionate about working with people going through life transitions, those on a healing journey, and those on a path to spiritual awakening. DeDe creates a safe, nurturing, and high-vibrational space to heal and rejuvenate. Her powerful healing energy is nurturing, grounding, and profound.

DeDe specializes in massage, shiatsu, reiki energy work, hypnotherapy, life coaching, essential oil massage, cupping, and ear candling. Upon request DeDe teams up with her husband Roger, also a talented healing service provider, and they work together offering couples massage, couples reiki, and a self-coined technique called vibrational alignment.

Life Coaching & Hypnotherapy Services Pricing

Initial appointment, $125
Follow-up appointment, $100
Three follow-up appointments, $270
A free consultation is available. 


Experience a session with DeDe in Lakeville or Mendota Heights

Roger Hinrichs

Roger Hinrichs

Massage Therapist, Shiatsu Practitioner, Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master, Ear Candling & Essential Oil Therapy

Roger believes people heal most completely and effectively when concerns are addressed from a holistic perspective that includes body, mind, and spirit. Roger was educated at CenterPoint School of Massage & Shiatsu, holds an AOS Degrees in Mind Body Transformational Psychology from Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA), and is a Reiki Master. With his education, plus years of experience working on himself, transforming hir wounds and traumas into growth and healing, he is able to be help and guide others from a place of compassion to transform their own lives. With training and experience in numerous modalities, he is able to create a unique healing experience just for you. He is passionate about working with people going through life transitions, those on a healing journey, and those on a path to spiritual awakening. Roger creates a safe, nurturing, and high-vibrational space to heal and rejuvenate. His powerful healing energy is safe, protective, gentle, and profound.

Roger specializes in massage, shiatsu, reiki energy work, hypnotherapy, life coaching, essential oil massage, cupping, and ear candling. Upon request Roger teams up with his wife DeDe, also a talented healing service provider, and they work together offering couples massage, couples reiki, and a self-coined technique called vibrational alignment.

Life Coaching & Hypnotherapy Services Pricing

Initial appointment, $125
Follow-up appointment, $100
Three follow-up appointments, $270
A free consultation is available. 


Learn more about taking charge of your health with Roger in Lakeville or Mendota Heights

Dorothea Hrossowyc

Dorothea Hrossowyc MA, RMPA, ABMP

Rosen Method Somatic Bodywork & Self-Led Transformational Counseling


Dorothea Hrossowyc, MA, RMPA, ABMP, is passionate about human liberation beyond the stuck or held-back places, engaging emotional mindfulness in the embodied self to release stress, tension, old emotions, and beliefs. Dorothea can help you work with fear or other emotions that live in your unconscious and teach you how to allow your body to release them in natural healing ways. This process often creates immediate long-lasting relief from the physical pain that can accompany long-held emotional tension, along with a deep sense of emotional and physical ease.

Sessions with Dorothea are for those who want more consciousness in their lives and true mind-body-spirit-emotional work. She helps clients gain more self-confidence and feelings of self-worth.  She is skilled at working with the unconscious, as it is held in the body, and limits and blocks you. Dorothea's aim is to help you reclaim the natural healing processes in your body, to empower you in your personal life, to help you bloom into your full intelligence and creativity, and to live without self-imposed limits.

Dorothea trained with Rosen Method Founder Marian Rosen and is a certified teacher of Rosen Method Somatic Bodywork.  She also is trained in Hakomi Body Psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma, Development, and Attachment Issues and is a Level III practitioner of Self Leadership, also known as Internal Family Systems. She leads workshops on many healing and liberating topics including somatic bodywork, listening skills, self-compassion, developing good boundaries, and healing early sexual and physical hurts and internalized oppression.

Dorothea is available for Rosen Method Somatic Bodywork appointments and Self-Led Transformational Counseling appointments for individuals and couples. 


Rosen Method, 60-minute session, $95
Self-Led Transformational Counseling, 60-minute session, $95
Self-Led Transformational Counseling, 90-minute session, $130 



To schedule your first appointment in Lakeville contact Dorothea directly at 612.817.5777


Renay Ingledew

Renay Ingledew

Reiki & Healing Touch


Renay Ingledew is a healer with the special gifts of intuition and compassion. She joined Green Lotus at its inception in December 2007 and offers healing touch and reiki energy healing sessions. Renay received her Certificate as a Healing Practitioner in the Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry program at the St. Croix Center for the Healing Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin, and also completed the Certificate for Aromatherapy and Certificate for Reflexology there. She currently is studying meditation with a teacher of Thai techniques. Renay continues to work on her own well-being to most effectively help her clients on their healing journeys. She is compassionate and sensitive to the stresses of daily living and is passionate about her work in guiding and assisting others towards wellness and wholeness through these healing techniques.


Experience energy healing with Renay in Lakeville

David Kaley

David Kaley

Massage Therapist, Lomi Lomi Practitioner & Reiki Master


David is a massage therapist and a Reiki Master/teacher whose touch heals, inspires, and relaxes. David has been practicing and teaching Reiki for more than ten years. Reiki is used to aid the body’s natural ability to heal itself from headaches, colds exhaustion, sleeplessness, and any other forms of “dis-ease”. David completed his massage therapy training through The Healing Arts Center in Prior Lake, Minnesota. He is trained in Swedish, sports, and clinical massage and in acupressure. He also is experienced in area-specific methods and can conduct massage sessions tailored to aid the healing of specific areas of the body such as lower back pain, tension headaches, neck, and shoulder issues. David has completed training in Lomi Lomi, an ancient and ritualistic Hawaiian form of healing massage, integrating long sweeping strokes with rhythmic music that allows you to experience complete relaxation and healing.


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Marcia Kirk

Marcia Kirk

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine


Marcia is a Licensed Acupuncturist with a master's degree in Oriental Medicine, which means that, when necessary, she integrates acupuncture with custom herbal formulas to complement and strengthen the treatment.  These herbal formulas can be used for common and complex problems and are powerful, effective options for people who are looking for safe natural alternatives to drugs or for those that cannot tolerate the side effects of drugs.

Marcia became interested in Chinese medical theory when, as a designer, she began incorporating elements of feng shui into her home design.  When energy in a space flows well and is conducive to the task of that space it is also a much more enjoyable room in which to be.  As her interest in physical space evolved to include the healing influence of energy in the body her journey into Chinese medicine began.      

Marcia says, "I’ve always felt that being heard  is extremely healing for people.  It is very soothing to me personally to just be with people and to listen to them.  Add to that a really effective, tried-and-true system of medicine that treats the whole person and the potential for healing and wellness grows immeasurably. Finally, I love a good puzzle.  That is how I practice.  We work together, bringing together my healing medicine and your concern and vision for your health.”  

Marcia's experience covers many areas including women’s health, acute and chronic pain, digestive concerns, and more.  She has undergone specialized training in pain and rehabilitation at the Courage Center and in using acupuncture to enhance outcomes and quality of life during cancer treatment through the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. 

Marcia is happy to do a free 15-minute consultation by phone or in person.  “If you’ve never had acupuncture, it’s probably not what you think.  It is calming, it doesn’t hurt, and people often fall asleep during a session - I encourage that.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call and ask.”

Marcia serves on the board of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Association of Minnesota, and was president in 2012.  She lives in Prior Lake with her husband.  They have five grown children living throughout the world with their spouses and children - two in the Twin Cities area, two in Hawaii, and one in New Zealand,  Whenever possible, Marcia and her husband spend holidays traveling.

Marcia is available for both therapeutic acupuncture sessions and cosmetic acupuncture sessions. 


Schedule a treatment with Marcia in Lakeville