The highest light and love live within each of us and it is the only real teacher. 
Om bolo sat guru bhagavan ki, Jai!

Laurie - Yoga Instructor & Ayurvedic Yoga Lifestyle Consultant

Founder of Svasti Yoga, Laurie discovered yoga as a student of modern dance & somatics. Movement as an evolutionary spiritual practice resonated deeply with her, and in 1998 she began private studies of Yogic lifestyle and Ayurveda. In addition to her private studies in yoga & other movement based practices, Laurie has over 1100 hours of formal training in Yoga & Ayurveda & she is a Reiki Master. Laurie studied with David Frawley earning certifications as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant & as a Yoga & Ayurveda Wellness Consultant from the American Institute of Vedic Studies. She has a background in Kundalini Yoga & completed a Yoga Therapy training diploma and certification in Nashik, India at Yoga Vidya Gurukul. The Gurukul teaches classical Indian Yoga, Naturopathy & Ayurveda and is a research center for the University of Pune. 

Laurie has over 3000 hours of teaching experience & her classes approach Yoga as a holistic means to growth & spirituality, combining asana (postures) with mantra (chanting), pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation and kriyas (dynamic cleansing movements).

Laurie also offers Ayurvedic massage & bodywork at Svasti & teaches continuing education programs in Yoga, Ayurveda & Reiki. She is passionate about 
making yoga & healing practices accessible to all people & promoting diversity, ethics, & social justice in the yoga community. 

Elise - Jivamukti

" You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state. " -Sharon Gannon

Elise Radtke-Rosen began practicing yoga in 2007 with the wonderful Chrissy Baker, and later took her first Jivamukti class with the amazing Rachel Hiltsley and was immediately hooked on the method. She took the Yoga Center of Minneapolis teacher training in 2011  and then graduated from the Jivamukti 300 hour teacher training in Costa Rica in 2012 where she met many howler monkeys, and her beautiful teachers Sharon Gannon, David Life and Jules Febre. 

She believes in yoga as a way to heal relationships- relationships with other beings, and the relationship between the body and the mind. Yoga brings her mental and emotional peace, physical health and healing, and makes her a much nicer person to be around.She believes yoga is for all bodies and all abilities. If you can breathe, you can practice yoga.  She is immensely grateful to be practicing and teaching Jivamukti yoga and will forever be a student, always learning, always growing. 

The highest light and love live within each of us and it is the only real teacher. 
Om bolo sat guru bhagavan ki, Jai!

Kara - Mindful Flow Yoga

Kara was introduced to yoga in 2008, in a free class in a church basement and has been practicing ever since. As a former cheerleader, dancer, and gymnast, Kara connected with the physical aspect of yoga quickly, but the subtle energetic experiences ignited her interest to take her practice deeper. Kara continues to study at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis, where she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training. Kara enjoys teaching a variety of classes and workshops, including Meditation, yoga for chakras, partner yoga, yoga and meditation for peace and grounding, intuition, yoga for the workplace and has taught at national conferences. Kara's classes are a vinyasa inspired style she has coined "Mindful Flow". Kara's classes are intuitively inspired and are thoughtful to the diverse communities she teaches in, deeply honoring the idea that yoga is for every body, regardless of body shape, ability, race gender, orientation, age, and background. Kara teaches from a place of peace loving empathy and hopes that students leave her classes feeling renewed and inspired to live in the here and now.

Alex McLaughlin - Yin Yoga

Alex is a yoga instructor, social worker, mama of two fur babies, and nature lover. Alex began practice yoga in 2010 for the grounding and centering aspects it offered. After practicing regularly, she noticed her mind would chatter less, she held less tension in her body and approached difficult situations with a greater sense of calm and adaptability. She also apprecaited the physical benefits; feeling more strength, agility, flexibility and overall comfort in her body which lead to a deeper awareness of her body and a desire to lead a healthier lifestyle. Alex believes that the time we spend on our mats is a sacred time; time to ground, center and become more in touch in our inner wisdom and true selves.

Seeing the benefits that yoga has brought to her life, Alex wanted to help others find more balance and connect with their true selves through this ancient practice. She recieved her 200-hour teacher training in August of 2016 through Green Lotus Yoga and Healing Center and recieved her Yin training in November of 2016. As a social worker by training, she teachers trauma-informed classes that are inclusive to all ethnic identities, gender identities, sexual identities, religious affiliations, body types, age and experience levels. Practicing Yin Yoga is a great way to balance a 21-century Yang-styled life, as well as more Yang practicies. She hopes that you leave each Yin classes feeling more grounded and refreshed.

Jacque - Beginner Vinyasa

Jacque first began her yoga journey in 2005. As someone who loves being physically active as well as receiving a diagnosis at a young age with a form of Rheumatoid Arthritis, she was initially drawn to the asana practice. However, it didn't take long for the calming, meditative and compassionate aspects of Yoga to enchant her curiosity for the spiritual and mystical realms of the Universe. Along her journey, she graduated with her 230-hour registered teaching training certificate in 2015 from The Yoga Center of Minneapolis. Jacque has a particularly strong passion for introducing yoga to those who have yet to experience the many benefits. She invites those with little to no experience as well as the regular practioner to join her in a gentle, slow vinyasa class aimed at calming one's mind, stretching and strengthening the body while connecting you to the present moment with all beings.

While off the yoga mat, Jacque enjoys cooking, baking, nature explorations, gardening, skateboarding and philosophy. Other accomplishments include earning her Associate in Applied Science Degree in Western Clinical Herbalism and a bachelor’s degree in Art from the University of Minnesota. She is also a certified Personal Care Assistant for those with physical and mental disabilities as well as a horse trainer.

Jai Kirti (Kate) - Kundalini Yoga

Jai Kirti (Kate) discovered Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan while living and working in France. She completed her Level One teacher training in 2011 (KRI certified). Passionate about helping others live healthily, happily and wholly, Jai Kirti shares the technology and power of these teachings authentically and from the heart. She challenges students to show up for themselves and push their boundaries in a safe and supported way. She dispels the mystery of the practice with clear language and raw encouragement. Jai Kirti aims to make Kundalini Yoga and Meditation accessible to everyone and she creates an experience of playful and meaningful exploration of the Self.​