Merry Beth Freienmuth, E-RYT 500, YACEP

Merry Beth Freienmuth, E-RYT 500, YACEP

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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Marcia Appel, E-RYT 500, YACEP

Marcia Appel, E-RYT 500, YACEP

Marcia, co-leader and senior faculty member of Green Lotus' school, says yoga deepens her connection to herself and to others. Marcia encourages all students to try many class styles and deeply believes that yoga asana (poses) are 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. The faculty included Dr. Richard Miller, Anne Cushman, Janice Gates, Mark Coleman, and Phillip Moffett. Her other certifications include Judith Lasater’s Relax & Renew® (restorative yoga), Baptiste Power Vinyasa (Level One), and iRest ® Level One (Yoga Nidra). Marcia is a partner in Green Lotus with her beloved friend Merry Beth Freienmuth .

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Elizabeth Bayer, E-RYT 200

Elizabeth Bayer, E-RYT 200

In 2017 Elizabeth opened the doors to Green Lotus Yoga & Healing Center in Annandale, Minnesota. 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.

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Gwen Linden-Bruzek, E-RYT 500, YACEP

Gwen Linden-Bruzek, E-RYT 500, YACEP

Gwen is a senior faculty member of the Green Lotus 240-hour Teacher Training 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, YACEP

Tracy Hovde, E-RYT 200, YACEP

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.

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Jessie Sandoval, E-RYT-200, RYT-500

Jessie Sandoval, E-RYT-200, RYT-500

Jessie Sandoval is the owner and founder of Shanti Yoga Center which she opened in summer 2019. She has personally practiced yoga for more than 20 years and has been teaching classes for more than 15. During these experiences, she realized that yoga is a place to come home to no matter which path leads you through the door. For that reason she decided to evolve this passion into a lifelong career that ultimately helps others. She teaches in Green Lotus’ 240-hour program at Shanti Yoga Center.

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