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About

Our Mission

WE PRACTICE YOGA TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES.

Rise is a community of people who use yoga to take care of their hearts, bodies, and minds. In a world so full of stress we use yoga and meditation to feel better in our bodies and calmer in our minds. A natural consequence is that we are more clearly connected to who we are and what we value.

WE PRACTICE YOGA TO TAKE CARE OF THE COMMUNITY

We believe that taking care of ourselves is the best gift we can give to others. When we have less pain, when we move in ways that feel really good in our bodies, when our minds are more calm, we are generally kinder to others. If there’s one thing we know, it’s that being kind makes a difference.

It’s gotta start with someone. It might as well be you. Come join our community.

THINGS TO KNOW

All ARE WELCOME HERE

There is no right skin color, age, gender, sexual orientation, length of time you’ve been practicing, or hierarchy.

If you’ve been to other studios and felt like you didn’t fit in, come take class with us. We might just be your yoga home.

THERE IS NO “RIGHT” CLOTHING

You don’t need $80 yoga pants to practice here. Wear what you are comfortable in. (If you love $80 yoga pants, still come practice here. #allarewelcomehere)

THERE IS NO PERFECT POSE

There are only people exploring the bodies that they have.

YOU DON’T ALWAYS HAVE TO BE DOING WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE IS DOING

You are always welcome to change your shape or do something different entirely. We’re skeptical of any studio or teacher that requires conformity.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE FLEXIBLE TO PRACTICE YOGA

Yoga is one of the few physical fitness modalities that can actually help you improve flexibility. So for the love of all things, don’t let inflexibility prevent you from trying yoga.

YOGA CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR MENTAL HEALTH, PHYSICAL HEALTH AND THE OVERAL QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE
Your doctor, friend, sister, brother, that newspaper article wasn’t lying when they said that.

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Our Teachers

Anna  has a depth of body knowledge that can only show up when years of experience in multiple movement modalities is combined with with dedication & intelligence.  As both a writer and an avid reader she loves discussion, conversation and finds comfort in the discomfort of having many viewpoints at the table. She grew up in Maryland and lived in Massachusetts and California prior to settling in to the Twin Cities.  Her passion for movement and her skill with words makes her classes distinctive and powerful experiences to be part of. Her confidence in her body and her ability to be at home in her mind give you, as the student, permission to do the same when taking class with her.

Anna has a depth of body knowledge that can only show up when years of experience in multiple movement modalities is combined with with dedication & intelligence.

As both a writer and an avid reader she loves discussion, conversation and finds comfort in the discomfort of having many viewpoints at the table. She grew up in Maryland and lived in Massachusetts and California prior to settling in to the Twin Cities.

Her passion for movement and her skill with words makes her classes distinctive and powerful experiences to be part of. Her confidence in her body and her ability to be at home in her mind give you, as the student, permission to do the same when taking class with her.

Carla  is our in-house mindfulness guru, encouraging us to use our minds in meditation/yoga to  feel  our bodies instead of using our minds to think about our bodies. For her, yoga classes subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) help us be us kinder to ourselves and others. She writes, “I’ve found that the chronic stress, anxiety, and traumas of this life can be healed, calmed and soothed through this practice.” That’s a pretty big deal and high praise coming from a woman who is also both a social worker and a mental health therapist.

Carla is our in-house mindfulness guru, encouraging us to use our minds in meditation/yoga to feel our bodies instead of using our minds to think about our bodies. For her, yoga classes subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) help us be us kinder to ourselves and others. She writes, “I’ve found that the chronic stress, anxiety, and traumas of this life can be healed, calmed and soothed through this practice.” That’s a pretty big deal and high praise coming from a woman who is also both a social worker and a mental health therapist.

Catie  is the boss lady who owns and manages Rise Yoga along with her spouse Eric. In addition to teaching, she also makes sure that everything runs smoothly at the studio, creating an atmosphere where everyone is welcome and encouraged to show up exactly as they are. Catie, how has worked as an ICU Nurse and a mental health nurse, is endlessly fascinated with how things work and how they are connected. Humans are her favorite subject. She is a runner, a yogi and a weightlifter and she passionately incorporates knowledge and love for the body into classes. You’ll leave Catie’s class feeling more in tune with your mind-body-spirit.

Catie is the boss lady who owns and manages Rise Yoga along with her spouse Eric. In addition to teaching, she also makes sure that everything runs smoothly at the studio, creating an atmosphere where everyone is welcome and encouraged to show up exactly as they are. Catie, how has worked as an ICU Nurse and a mental health nurse, is endlessly fascinated with how things work and how they are connected. Humans are her favorite subject. She is a runner, a yogi and a weightlifter and she passionately incorporates knowledge and love for the body into classes. You’ll leave Catie’s class feeling more in tune with your mind-body-spirit.

Dallas  brings a deeply thoughtful approach to her teaching informed by her inherent ethic of care. Having done animal advocacy work in the nonprofit sector for over a decade and as a current student of American Sign Language, she is passionate about the complexity and beauty of diverse communities. She loves that her role as a yoga teacher allows her “to bring goodness into the world in a way that feels healthy and sustainable for both students and me.” We’re grateful for all the ways that she models this renewable goodness both in and outside the studio. In her classes, you will be encouraged and empowered; with a background in Muay Thai (martial arts), she’s the perfect person to help you push through discomfort to experience the pride and joy that comes with a breakthrough. She teaches us all how to be more curious and excited to take risks.

Dallas brings a deeply thoughtful approach to her teaching informed by her inherent ethic of care. Having done animal advocacy work in the nonprofit sector for over a decade and as a current student of American Sign Language, she is passionate about the complexity and beauty of diverse communities. She loves that her role as a yoga teacher allows her “to bring goodness into the world in a way that feels healthy and sustainable for both students and me.” We’re grateful for all the ways that she models this renewable goodness both in and outside the studio. In her classes, you will be encouraged and empowered; with a background in Muay Thai (martial arts), she’s the perfect person to help you push through discomfort to experience the pride and joy that comes with a breakthrough. She teaches us all how to be more curious and excited to take risks.

Eric  isn’t your stereotypical yoga instructor, having grown up in rural Wisconsin playing football and currently working as an engineer in a corporate setting. And that’s why we love having him on our teaching team; he brings a fresh perspective and reminds us that a yogi is someone who is breathing on their mat, regardless of their background. Eric’s classes will help you realize that your best existence is achievable. There is more then one way to be a yogi, on and off the mat.

Eric isn’t your stereotypical yoga instructor, having grown up in rural Wisconsin playing football and currently working as an engineer in a corporate setting. And that’s why we love having him on our teaching team; he brings a fresh perspective and reminds us that a yogi is someone who is breathing on their mat, regardless of their background. Eric’s classes will help you realize that your best existence is achievable. There is more then one way to be a yogi, on and off the mat.

Ginny  emanates warmth and profound care. One of the quotes that guides her teaching is from Amber Karnes, “My yoga mat is where I have a cease-fire zone with my body. It’s a place where I can make peace with the body I’m in today.” It’s not a surprise then that attending class with Ginny is like taking a deep breath and knowing that everything is going to be okay. She teaches both our Flow and Restorative classes, threading pearls of wisdom throughout from her experience as a meditation teacher.

Ginny emanates warmth and profound care. One of the quotes that guides her teaching is from Amber Karnes, “My yoga mat is where I have a cease-fire zone with my body. It’s a place where I can make peace with the body I’m in today.” It’s not a surprise then that attending class with Ginny is like taking a deep breath and knowing that everything is going to be okay. She teaches both our Flow and Restorative classes, threading pearls of wisdom throughout from her experience as a meditation teacher.

Molly  is insightful and intelligent. She has a way of making you feel at home. Molly has been practicing yoga for over a decade and is trained to teach vinyasa and chair yoga. Outside of the studio, she knows first-hand the impact of a high-stress, fast-paced career, as well as the skill and courage it takes to figure out how to actively shape a purposeful path and practice self-care to find balance and eliminate burnout. After working for 15 years in the marketing and advertising industry, she bravely started her own strategy and consumer insights consulting business. She teaches an intelligent, yet light-hearted class that in her own words, “can help you lighten up, loosen up, and live in your whole body, rather than getting tangled in all the thoughts in your mind!

Molly is insightful and intelligent. She has a way of making you feel at home. Molly has been practicing yoga for over a decade and is trained to teach vinyasa and chair yoga. Outside of the studio, she knows first-hand the impact of a high-stress, fast-paced career, as well as the skill and courage it takes to figure out how to actively shape a purposeful path and practice self-care to find balance and eliminate burnout. After working for 15 years in the marketing and advertising industry, she bravely started her own strategy and consumer insights consulting business. She teaches an intelligent, yet light-hearted class that in her own words, “can help you lighten up, loosen up, and live in your whole body, rather than getting tangled in all the thoughts in your mind!

Molly was drawn to the creativity and empowerment she felt when she first began practicing yoga. A former dancer, yoga filled the void of self-expression that was missing in her life. As she spent more time on her mat, her connection to her mind, body, and breathe flourished, and she noticed the positive effects of the practice ripple into her life outside of the studio. Guided by an on going personal exploration of deepening these connections and a desire to share it with others, she crafts classes that challenge you to explore the dynamic range of living in the human body. She is a true believer that you are your own best teacher.  Molly works in community relations at the University of Minnesota Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. She consistently expresses gratitude for being able to do work that makes wellbeing more accessible across a wide range of communities.

Molly was drawn to the creativity and empowerment she felt when she first began practicing yoga. A former dancer, yoga filled the void of self-expression that was missing in her life. As she spent more time on her mat, her connection to her mind, body, and breathe flourished, and she noticed the positive effects of the practice ripple into her life outside of the studio. Guided by an on going personal exploration of deepening these connections and a desire to share it with others, she crafts classes that challenge you to explore the dynamic range of living in the human body. She is a true believer that you are your own best teacher.

Molly works in community relations at the University of Minnesota Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. She consistently expresses gratitude for being able to do work that makes wellbeing more accessible across a wide range of communities.