About Our Studio
What has evolved is a mission not based on a future objective, but rather the passions of the community drawn to The Barn. We strive to create an environment where the complexities of today are simplified back to the basics that our bodies call for—to build a balance of fitness and nutrition in an environment that encourages both.
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The main level of The Barn has a full kitchen, a table that comfortably seats eight, a sitting area that seats eight to ten and a 3/4 bath. Our upper level can function as our fitness studio, or a reception room (please see "Host Your Own Event" for more information). It also has a 1/2 bath and a small lofted area that overlooks the space.
Host Your Own Event
Our mission is to share our beautiful space with the community through awareness of the body and mind. We aim to book events and workshops that land in this category and focus on health and wellness.
If you are interested in hosting an event, please contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Kelley: Barn Coordinator Yoga Instructor
It only seemed fitting Amy was drawn to The Barn, as she grew up on a small hobby farm 70 miles west of St. Paul. From a young age Amy was interested in health and wellness and during a stressful time in her life found yoga to be incredibly inspiring and healing. Self care rings high in her book as she believes taking care of oneself in mind, body, and spirit is the foundation to a happy and healthy life. Amy completed her 200 hour certification in 2010 at Core Power Yoga and went on to study with Tanya Boigenzahn at Devanadi Yoga to complete her 500 hour certification. She has worked closely with local yoga scholar Jes Rosenberg to bring yoga into the schools as well as into senior residences specializing in memory care and Alzheimer's. Amy teaches beginner vinyasa classes at the Barn, and is excited to share the ancient practice of yoga with the Yellow Barn community – because, as she puts it, yoga truly has something to offer everyone. Amy is also the Barn Coordinator. Her role is to answer any questions you have about The Barn and to turn your feeback into action. She looks forward to hearing from you.
Anna Decker: Barn Coordinator Support
Anna is Tom and Deb’s daughter. She will be supporting Amy, the Barn Coordinator, and is happy to answer any questions you may have. Anna frequents yoga classes at the Barn, and often has her three beautiful daughters in tow. To learn more about Anna and her passion please visit: http://prescribe-nutrition.com/the-team/
Brigitte Smith: Yoga & Dance Instructor
Brigitte has her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Minnesota and is 200-hour ERYT certified with the Yoga Alliance. Meant to move, she can be found riding around on her pink bicycle, dancing around the Twin Cities, and managing Fusion Yoga. She came to yoga to find a blissful state of being, moving her body in meditation, breathing and dancing through her asana practice. Brigitte is honored to share her passion, and believes in the power of yoga to understand and access the mind and body. She guides her yoga classes in a manner that challenges all dimensions of a person and encourages self expression through the asana practice. She is also excited to be teaching beginning dance classes to the young ones at the barn - a great space to facilitate coordination, creativity and exploration.
Deb Fee: Barn Founder and Yogi
Deb is co-owner of The Barn, alongside her husband and dream supporter, Tom. She wants their space to be a place of inspiration, learning and challenge—a place of welcoming gentleness and compassion to all who enter. Deb's yoga love story began on a beach in Mexico, and she hoped it would have the same calming affect when she returned home to a cold and snowy Minnesota winter. Deb happily discovered the passion wasn't weather dependent and pursued her curiosity and practice. This past spring, she completed her 200 hour teacher training at Kripalu Yoga Center in Massachusetts, and Deb is inspired to continue to learn and teach. She finds yoga a wonderful addition in her desire to grow and be all she can be as a: daughter, sister, wife, mother of four grown children, mother-in-law, "Babs" to 3 amazingly sweet grandchildren, friend, mentor, teacher and a woman of faith. Deb looks forward to sharing this place with all yogis, especially the late comers to yoga, such as herself!
Greta Wenzel: Substitute Yoga Instructor
Greta’s 200hr RYT is enriched by a degree in Psychology and a personal practice that spans more than 20 years. With a strong interest in stress reduction and Yoga for Trauma Recovery, she brings humor and patience to every class. Greta believes that every single person looks their most beautiful enjoying the well-deserved bliss of savasana at the end of a yoga class. If you’re new to yoga, she’ll help you develop the confidence and strength to move through poses; if you’ve got more experience, she’ll challenge you to reach even deeper within. Greta lives in Eagan and is kept busy by her three teenagers, a pair of saucy cats, and numerous creative pursuits including costume design. Greta does not have a regularly scheduled class on the schedule but she makes guest appearances as a substitute teacher to assist our teaching community.
Helena Kriel: Yoga + meditation instructor
Helena Kriel is a certified yoga teacher in Vinyasa, Kundalini, and prenatal yoga, and has additional certification in yoga for cancer patients and the elderly. She holds Yoga Alliance certification as a Continuing Education Provider, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, and teacher training program director. A trauma specialist, Helena earned a certification from the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA, as a Facilitator of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY-F) as taught by David Emerson. Helena earned a Master's degree in health care management and currently works as a case manager helping individuals with chronic physical and mental health conditions. Helena is working on a dissertation studying utilization of therapy by patients practicing TCTSY.
Jodi Peltier: Acupuncturist & Healer
Jodi L. Peltier has spent the last 20 years in the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM Therapies) in various capacities focusing on deep tissue massage (akin to Rolfing) for chronic pain and injury. She has had the pleasure of working with many celebrities and athletes in Los Angeles and Minneapolis in efforts to maintain optimum performance and 'get back into the game' with a focus on prevention. Jodi's passion for helping and healing others through natural approaches has only been reinforced through a lengthy, formal, and rigorous training in Chinese Medical School. During her 3 years of graduate training, she has had the honor to work with, and under a diverse, and amazing faculty at Northwestern Health Sciences University in MN.
Kate Webster: Substitute Yoga Instructor
Kate began practicing yoga in 1999 in the Lone Star State as a means to release tension in her physical body. She got her 200-hour RYT certification in 2008. Kate is a lighthearted and compassionate teacher. As a teacher, she creates a nurturing environment that encourages students to find acceptance wherever they are in their journey. She embraces her love of music/movement in her yoga classes and as a music educator in the Stillwater Public School District. During the summer months, Kate teaches movement and music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and North Dakota State University. She is also a passionate runner and marathoner. Kate anonymously donated her kidney in December of 2008. Her gift of life was a life changing experience and she is grateful to all the support she received from friends, family and the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
Kendra Henseler: Kids Dance Instructor
Kendra is a life long movement and music enthusiast that believes in the power of dance for all. With over 15 years of dance teaching experience for ages 2-60, intensive dance training since 1994 and a Batchlor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Minnesota, dance has played a formative role in Kendra's life. Children are drawn to Kendra's compassion, curiosity and ability to interact on their level to make learning a collaborative and fun process. As a performer, she's danced for acclaimed choreographers such as Trisha Brown, Anna Sokolow, Nautilus Music Theater and Global Worship Movement on stages, museums and community classrooms. As a choreographer, Kendra's work has been shown primarily through her Boston based dance company, Six One Seven Dance Collective. When she's not at The Barn, you can find Kendra dancing in her living room with her two year old daughter, Evelyn; gardening; practicing yoga or taking photographs for her business, Summer Street Photography
Leah Getsinger: Yoga Instructor
Involved in dance and sports from a young age, Leah has always loved to move. As an exercise physiology major at the University of Miami, FL Leah started to explore various styles of yoga and found an instant physical and mental connection. Leah completed her 200-HR Teacher Training in 2010 and has been teaching since. Leah is passionate about sharing her love for movement, health and wellness with her students.
Lisa Johnson: Yoga Instructor
Lisa Johnson started practicing yoga 15 years ago once a week at the YMCA. Lisa has a true appreciation for a wide variety of yoga styles, but it is the flow in Vinyasa practice that resonates most deeply with Lisa. In 2009 Lisa received her 200-hour RYT certification, she continues to explore and teach other styles of yoga and look for new ways to help her students find their way to a blissful savasana. She loves to teach almost as much as she loves to practice. Lisa’s passion for yoga has rubbed off on her children and husband, all of them practicing yoga.
Lisa Michaux: Yoga Instructor
Lisa began teaching yoga after a 20-year career as a curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. She remains passionate about French 19th-century art, but now organizes exhibitions as the owner of Michaux Fine Art and loves working with private clients to acquire their own museum-worthy pieces. She is an avid traveler and writes about her adventures in Paris (and beyond!) on her blog, MadameMichaux.com. A constant companion on all her travels is her yoga mat. When writing her first book and sending her oldest off to college, yoga was her life preserver and the one time all week she could actually breathe. Leaving the museum allowed her the time for a deeper exploration of yoga and the ability to share her enthusiasm for this life changing practice. Lisa’s classes reflect her own goals of being a bit more balanced, flexible, and grateful both on and off the mat.
Mollie Schellinger: Yoga Instructor
Mollie came to her mat in 2011 to find another way to be active. She soon realized that yoga was more of an internal practice with external benefits. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Fusion Yoga in 2014. Mollie shares her passion with others by combining her knowledge of yoga and appreciation for self-expression. Mollie creates a space where you can let go of your need for perfection and simply be present in the moment. She incorporates fluid and dynamic sequences that establish internal awareness, balance, and inspiration that will leave your body, mind, and soul feeling whole. Mollie is an elementary teacher who lives in St. Paul with her Husband and their dog named Moses.
Patty Kelley: Substitute Yoga Instructor
Patty Kelley is a holistic health coach, assisting clients with nutritional challenges and food sensitivities as well as a recently certified RYT 200 yoga teacher. She has been part of the Yellow Barn family since the beginning and is thrilled to be a sub now.
Happy Hour Yoga
Join us for a rinsing-and-twisting-the-day-away class. Come connect your breath to your movement as we flow through beautiful Vinyasa style yoga. Our room will be kept at a comfortable temperature (approximately 75 degrees), and wonderful music will be playing to motivate and inspire you. This class is open to all levels, and modifications will be provided for beginners. Expect a "real" savasana (5 minutes), and great conversation after class for all those who can stay and connect with their instructors and peers.Attend A Class
This class is perfect for those that are new to yoga or have limited experience. Each yoga posture will be cued from the ground up, focusing on foundation and proper alignment, in addition to developing body/breath connection. More importantly, this class will be fun! A smile and willing spirit is all that’s needed here! Please bring a mat, water, and remember to wear clothing that you will feel comfortable moving in.Attend A Class
Sunday Sunset Yoga
Join us as we connect our breath and movement and flow together in the dimly lit barn. This is an intermediate level, vinyasa yoga that is heated to approximately 78 degrees. We hope you enjoy inspiring music and a "real" shavasana (4-5 minutes). You are welcome to stay after class as we enjoy refreshments and great conversation downstairs. We think this is the perfect way to end a weekend and begin a new week!Attend A Class
Join us for an intermediate level vinyasa style class intended to challenge you, ground you, and leave you feeling at peace. This class will consist of varying sequences of postures that integrate breath with movement to open your body and release tension and tightness. And you better believe it, class will end with a "real" shavasana (4-5 minutes).Attend A Class
Yoga + meditation + gong relaxation
Join Helena for an all-levels yoga and meditation class. We will draw guidance cards for fun and focus (that you may keep)...practice grounding all-levels yoga to develop the capacity for interoception, awareness of your deep physical knowing to connect you to what is most true for you...experience a meditation from the Kundalini tradition for clearing blocks on the path...and enjoy a special extended sivasana with the gong and essential oils to rest and restore mind, body, and beyond.Attend A Class