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. What's more, the fibromyalgia ended, she lost weight, and 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 would launch Green Lotus. In 2007, Green Lotus opened, and Marcia and business partner Merry Beth Hovey planted the seeds of service that have become 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 been blessed to study with talented and compassionate teachers, including Baron Baptiste for power vinyasa and Judith Lasater to become a registered Relax and Renew instructor. She leads a Restorative Teacher Training each year, based on the teachings of Judith and other restorative pioneers.

In May 2012 Marcia completed the RYT 300-hour progam – 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 trains teachers annually in Mindfulness Yoga and Mediation in a 20-hour weekend program and is co-leader of Green Lotus' 200-hour and 300-hour teacher training programs.

Marcia enjoys writing and reading, hiking, swimming, gardening, and studying yoga. She loves to travel with her friends and husband and adores her son, daughter-in-law, daughter, and remarkable mom, Henrietta (not to mention her dog, cat, and horse).


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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

Meghan Forrest

Meghan Forrest

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

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Meghan Forrest is an experienced acupuncturist with a passion for holistic living. She listens deeply and thinks creatively to help each patient rediscover balance and their own internal healing power. Her healing tools include acupuncture, cupping, tui na orthopedic massage, herbs, and nutrition/dietary therapy. Meghan also draws upon extensive training in Western allopathic and naturopathic medicine to create an appropriate, holistic treatment plan for each patient.

Meghan holds licenses from the Minnesota State Medical Board and certified by the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She received her Master of Acupuncture degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University.

Before pursuing her acupuncture degree, Meghan instructed experiential wilderness courses for Outward Bound. During her ten years as wilderness educator, Meghan witnessed too many people limited from living their fullest life due to chronic pain and/or illness. Dietary changes and acupuncture helped her recover from her own struggles with chronic digestive illness, women’s health issues, and pain from chronic injuries. This experience helps Meghan relate with patients and fuels her commitment to finding effective, individualized treatment plans.

Beyond natural medicine, Meghan enjoys outdoor recreation, gardening, keeping honeybees, and spending time with her husband and two children.

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 200-hour and 300-hour teacher 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.


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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. 


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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. 


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Kris Koestner

Kris Koestner, LICSW

Psychotherapy & Therapeutic Counseling


Kris's 21 years of experience as a therapist took root because she engaged in her own individual therapy process and realized that this thing called therapy really did work!  At the time she was a secondary English teacher and a volunteer advocate for the Women's Resource Center in Watertown, South Dakota, a center she helped to create.  Through her commitment to women's issues and a desire to integrate more of her passions into her work life, she entered the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota, graduating with her MSW in 1990. 

Upon graduating she joined Lakewood Counseling and Career Center and started her own successful private practice, with an emphasis on women's issues.  Over the years her practice has expanded to include working with both men and women, including couples's counseling.  Her specialties include trauma and dissocciation, anxiety, depression, spirituality, self-esteem, and attachment issues.  She is trained as a Level II EMDR therapist.  EMDR is a therapeutic tool used to help clients metabolize trauma and resolve past abuse issues in a more effective and efficient way than traditional talk therapy alone.  In addition, EMDR can be used for strengthening the internal resources of clients in such situations as passing medical boards and exams, performance anxiety, job interviews, etc.  One of the reasons EMDR is so helpful is that it works with the whole body experience, not only thoughts and feelings, but also physical sensations and body memories. 

Kris works out of a relational model of therapy that focuses on a client's strengths and creates a collaborative approach to helping people achieve greater life satisfaction.  "Being a therapist is privileged work and I feel honored to walk with people on their life journey," Kris says.

From the beginning of her therapy practice she has wanted to somehow integrate talk therapy with body work.  Being at Green Lotus Yoga and Healing Center is an answer to that lifelong dream of continued integraton between body, mind, and spirit. 

Kris has lived in Lakeville since 1992.  She and her husband are the parents of two adult children: a daughter and son, both of whom are married and live in the area, and the grandparents of two precious and rambunctious grandsons.

Kris says, "Therapy is all about the relationship.  During the first session, we will together be determining if ours is a good fit.  Your concerns will be heard in a supportive environment.  I will be as honest as possible in providing feedback and recommendations for treatment". 

Concerns that may bring you to therapy include, but are not limited to:

  • Relationship issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse
  • Family of origin issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Parenting
  • Caring for aging parents
  • Identity or orientation issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Addiction aftercare

Therapeutic Counseling Services Pricing

Therapy Session, 50-55 minutes, $160

Kris Is a Preferred One in-network provider and a HealthPartner's tier 2 provider. Many other insurance companies offer out-of-network benefits which can also help with the cost of therapy.  Check with your insurance carrier or HR person to determine what benefits are available to you.

Payment is due at each session, but Kris is willing to negotiate a payment plan if needed.  She has a few slots open for reduced or sliding scale clients.  Please discuss any concerns about cost or coverage with Kris directly. 

To schedule an appointment with Kris, please call her directly: 612.223.6784

Gwen Linden-Bruzek

Gwen Linden-Bruzek

Ayurveda Health Educator, Vedic Astrologer, Yoga Teacher & Teacher Training Faculty


Gwen is an E-RYT 500 yoga instructor and is a member of the Green Lotus Teacher Training faculty. She received her first certification in yoga from The White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California with Ganga White and Tracey Rich. She has studied with and been influenced by Erich Schiffman, Bryan Kest, Ana Forrest, Natasha Rizopolous, and Daren Friezen.   She is also an NASM-, NIHS-, and ACE-certified Personal Trainer. She has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and has been teaching yoga since 2004 in homes, studios, gyms, and businesses around the metro area.

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 Americas’ foremost scholars and teachers of Vedic ways of knowledge (vidyas). 


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Gwen, thank you so much for the expertise and insight that you provided during my Ayurvedic Consult! I refer back to the written information and program you provided me with when I feel unbalanced. You have made a difference in my quality of life and I am forever grateful! Live, Love and Laugh,
~ Linda

Cindy Messer

Cindy Messer

Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner & Pilates Teacher


Cindy is passionate about health and wellness especially in how the mind-body connection effects us and shapes the experience of our lives.  She was raised in a holistic-minded family that utilized preventive medicine, recognizing the link between body, mind, and soul and the value of human touch.

Cindy became a massage therapist in 2010 with an associate's degree in Clinical Therapeutic Sports Massage from St. Paul College. She is an experienced practitioner of Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, sports, pregnancy, warm stone, and reflexology massage techniques.  She also performs cupping and scraping, is a level two reiki practitioner and is trained in polarity therapy and matrix energetics balancing modalities.

Cindy recognizes the necessity of movement and exercise to well-being and longevity.  After seeing how a regular Pilates practice, along with diet and lifestyle modifications, changed how she was living in her body - she lost 80 pounds - she became a STOTT Pilates instructor in 2012.   She now is thrilled to be able to guide her clients and students and to witness the changes they are able to make in their health, in their bodies, and in their overall well-being.  She teaches Pilates and offers massage at Lakeville and Mendota Heights.


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Bobby Sullivan

Bobby Sullivan

Intuitive, Past-Life Regression Facilitator & Reiki Practitioner


Nothing about Bobby Sullivan's quick wit and laid-back approach speaks of his unusual gifts. Take a closer look, though, and you'll find that Bobby ventured down a road that has taken him a long way from where he started. After a long career as a senior executive in the Minneapolis advertising industry, Bobby developed his intuitive and healing abilities possessed from an early age.
In 1998, Bobby signed up for a class taught by well-known author Echo Bodine. “Meeting Echo for the first time was like seeing a long-lost friend. We quickly became close, and after a year of being her student, she asked me to work along side her as a teaching assistant," Bobby says.  In early 2005 Bobby partnered with Echo to open up “The Center,” a healing and teaching facility located in South Minneapolis.
Bobby has since left “The Center” and offers classes on numerous meta-physical topics at different venues around the country. As well as developing his practice as a healer, ghost buster, and past-life regression facilitator, Bobby is respected for his aura energy readings. During these sessions he uses his intuitive abilities to interpret the auras of his clients he photographs with his aura-imaging equipment. “It is really fun for people to actually see how what is happening in their lives can show up in their auras," he explains.

“The energy of the world is changing quickly,” Bobby says. “My mission is to be a catalyst for people who are looking to understand, embrace, and find their place in this change. The last undiscovered frontier is going to be the ability to explore what’s inside of each one of us. I hope my work can spread some light for people that are willing to take this journey”.


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Amy Vasterling

Amy Vasterling

Intuitive Pathfinder

Amy has an intuitive for many years and started reading for others in 2007. She is a self-taught intuitive who believes each of us has this ability. Amy defines an intuitive pathfinding role as one who shares information in a motivational way helping you through this information to build half of a bridge. Then she shares tools you can use to fully bridge the expanse of the situation.  By nature Amy is a teacher and counselor which is a perfect match to intuitive reading.

Her two favorite things are a bustling city and the quiet woods. Growing up in Minneapolis made room for both of these desires. As well as being a reader she is an artist with a B.A. degree in Fine Art from Hamline University. She has trained to Level 3 Spring Forest Qigong.

When not doing intuitive readings or making art, Amy can be found cross-country skiing, biking, knitting, reading books, or playing with her kids, husband, and cats.

Intuitive Reading Services Pricing

Private Reading, 30 minutes, $65
Private Reading, 60 minutes, $120

Get a reading from Amy in Lakeville or Mendota Heights

Paulo Woods

Paulo Woods

Massage Therapy

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Paulo graduated from the massage-therapy program at Lake Superior College in Duluth where he integrated his love and understanding of yoga and meditation into each massage to offer very individualized and therapeutic sessions. One of his greatest understandings of life is this: "Not one shoe size fits all.” He does his very best to honor that understanding on his massage table. Paulo has collected stories of helping his clients through physical aches and pains that have been acquired from either accident, stress, inefficient body postures, and other challenges. Paulo calls on his evolving intuition to serve his clients and is grateful for every opportunity to also assist with their emotional/spiritual evolution. Paulo provides therapeutic massage inspired by Swedish techniques with great ability to apply as much pressure as needed. His intention is to continue to build a body of healing stories.

Paulo is also a yoga teacher. He was first was inspired to get onto his mat by one of his most-admired and adored human beings, his baby sister, who seemed to instinctively know yoga poses. Paulo found challenge and connection in linking breath with movement during his first practice and knew yoga would forever be a significant part of his life. He then moved to Maui for a time where he had some memorable practices in solitude with the Pacific Ocean as his witness. Soon after returning home to Minnesota, Paulo completed his RYT 200 training with CorePower in 2013. (One of his teachers, Lisa Bloom, happened to remind Paulo of his baby sister; Joel Klauser was the other.) Since then, Paulo has enjoyed guiding uplifting classes for teens and adults. Paulo continues to broaden his knowledge and is currently working towards becoming a certified Ayurveda Practitioner at the Minnesota Institute of Ayurveda.