Sarah began her career 1999 as a massage therapist, simultaneously incorporating yoga into her life. She was hooked on the heat & movement. She continued to make bodywork & breath a major part of her life, understand that Yoga wasn't just about physical flexibility, but it taught her rules to live by. In 2009, she became a certified vinyasa and hot yoga instructor. Yoga taught her to use breath to move through difficulties on and off the mat, to stay flexible, which she loves to share in her teachings as it parallels life so well. She opened S1 Yoga Stillwater in November 2011 with her husband. Sarah's is passionate about bringing "Community's together as One." They live in Stillwater with their 5 children.
Dariush Moslemi - Instructor
Always a skeptic of yoga or anything like it, Dariush grew up in the pool as a competitive swimmer while also practicing martial arts. Having spent his college career in the military and training in Tae Kwon Do, Dariush felt he knew all there was to know about health and wellness....until yoga. Talked into a power vinyasa class by a girl (of course), he figured if he went and got it out of the way he could be left alone about trying it. Seven days and seven classes later, he knew he was hooked and was already sharing with everyone in his life the benefits he was experiencing and how much he loved the well-rounded workout, through body, mind and spirit. Not too long after his first class, Dariush enrolled in teacher training and became a certified 200-hour yoga instructor, following that up with an extended training refining his knowledge. He has since been an instructor throughout the twin cities in both large format classes and small private lessons. Dariush strives to bring yoga to the “everyman, woman or child.” Having been such a skeptic himself, he relates to his students through humor and humility while showing everyone how they are flexible, strong, confident, and ready for yoga.
Sara Wait - Director of Education and Instructor
Sara first stepped onto her yoga mat for a college PE credit in 2003. She immediately fell in love with the practice and discipline of connecting one's mind, body, spirit with breath and movement. Sara's love for her practice and desire to redirect her life's path inspired her to complete her first 200-hour teaching certification in the Spring of 2014. Since then she has committed to hundreds of hours of continuing education and lives by the mantra "if you stop learning you stop growing."
Jessie Hess - Instructor
Jessie began her yoga journey in 2006 and quickly realized that a regular practice allowed her to finally slow down and look inward; it gave her space to unravel everything, and celebrate everything from joy to challenges. This transformation inspired her to share the benefits of yoga with everyone; she completed Power Yoga Teacher Training in 2010 and Hot Yoga Teacher training in 2012, she continues to grow her knowledge and practice by attending various workshops and trainings.
Jessie’s primary focus in class is linking intentional breath with mindful movement to facilitate the experience of moving meditation with emphasis on alignment; she encourages students to develop a strong relationship with breath as a means of changing their emotional state and managing stress on the mat, but also in daily life.
Jessie has taught classes throughout the Twin Cities and can’t wait to experience the Roseville yoga community.
Caitlin Gottschalk - Instructor
Caitlin is RYT200 in Vinyasa style yoga which emphasizes linking breath and movement through a fluid series of postures. She found her practice over ten years ago and has enjoyed every moment of this powerful journey ever since. When not on her mat, she can be found reading up on astrology, pulling tarot cards, or playing with her crystal singing bowls...which sometimes tag along with her to classes! Caitlin works closely with her community bringing free yoga and mediation to at-risk youth and she also coordinates astrologically-inspired meditation events through her company CTG Yoga.
Jamie Mason - Instructor
Jamie loves yoga. There is just so much to love; the practice of mindfulness and awareness, the time for self-care and reflection, the well-rounded physical benefits that include strength, balance, coordination and flexibility, the exploration of physical abilities (sometimes with grace and control, sometimes falling down, laughing and getting back up), the endless opportunities for growth, and the pure joy of linking breath and flow for a moving meditation. Jamie is passionate about sharing all of this with her students. She strives to create classes that are both accessible and challenging to all, from beginners to experienced yogis. She works to create a safe space where students feel free to explore their practice on their own terms and in a way that is deeply meaningful to them. Jamie completed her 200-hour RYT-certified Power Yoga Teacher Training and an additional Extensions program at CorePower Yoga in the spring of 2016. She is grateful to all of the teachers and students who have shared in her yoga journey and have taught and continue to teach her so much. When she is not in the studio, Jamie can be found running, reading, spending time with her husband and three children, volunteering at her kids’ schools, or talking to her cats. She looks forward to seeing you on the mat!
JOCELYN NELSON - INSTRUCTOR
Jocelyn's personal yoga practice of 6 years has driven her to share her passion with others through teaching. In July 2014, she traveled to Bali, Indonesia and completed a 200-hour Yoga Teaching Certification from Frog Lotus Yoga International. From September 2014 to December 2015 she taught Vinyasa at Evolve Duluth; additionally, she volunteered her time at the University of Minnesota Duluth where she led a weekly class for the UMD Yoga Club. And from January - June 2016, she led classes at Yoga Forest in Forest Lake.
Her goal is to lead people through a motivating flow and inspire them to take their yoga practice into the world and everyday lives. The mental and spiritual aspect of her yoga practice and instruction deepens daily. Every class leaves her with a light heart and creates beautiful energy. She look forward to letting her energy enlighten you, along with sharing the positive physical and mental benefits of yoga. Yoga is such an instrumental part of her life and she hopes for it to become part of yours. She is so excited to continue her journey of educating others!
Motto: May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the light within you guide your way on.
Ian Crawford - Instructor
Ian began his journey on the yogic path many years ago through a chance meeting with a wonderful yoga teacher who shared not only yoga teachings, but support and encouragement beyond measure. Through that support, Ian found the inspiration he needed to finally begin exploring his passions more courageously. After a number of happy detours, including training in music therapy and energy healing, Ian found his way back to yoga in early 2016. He completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training, followed by a 40-hour advanced teacher training, at Core Power Yoga in the Summer of 2016, and began teacher shortly after.
Ian’s teaching is inspired by the innate wisdom that resides in each of us (body, heart, and soul), and the idea that this wisdom becomes available not only through sitting meditation but also through dynamic exploration of our physical experience. Yoga has the remarkable ability to increase communication within the body and mind. By making honest and full contact with our embodied experience, a deeper level of living becomes available. Through arriving on our mats and reveling in the beauty of our practice, accepting ourselves without judgment, and embracing challenges with a playful spirit, we can develop a deeper inner harmony.
Kristen Verhoeven - Instructor
Kristin became more dedicated to her yoga practice to cultivate physical and mental endurance as well as to develop a greater sense of connectedness during her undergraduate studies. She has been teaching a Hatha-style of yoga since 2014 after many years of personal practice. Yoga has invited peace, compassion and joy into her life along the way. Kristin has studied the use of yoga for addiction and recovery to share yoga’s ancient wisdom with patients she works with as a registered nurse. She also has studied ways to integrate other healing modalities such as essential oil therapy, Reiki, and Tibetan Medicine into her nursing practice through the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing. The opportunity for guiding yogis and yoginis to self-discovery and personal empowerment drives her passion to share the practice with others. Kristin enjoys creating an environment of inclusivity and accessibility to all who come to their mat regardless of where they are in their own yogic journey.
Laura first came to her mat during law school, seeking to get out of her head, find calm in her life, and facilitate her physical (and mental and emotional) wellbeing. Being an athlete who has suffered injuries over the years, the low impact yet challenging nature of yoga was the sweet spot she was looking for. In 2010, Laura decided to deepen her practice by participating in teacher training. In teaching yoga, Laura seeks to make yoga accessible to all and to guide her students in experiencing their own version of yoga and realizing the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of their practice. She works hard to inject a little fun into her classes, as she finds it difficult to not be a little goofy from time to time. Off her mat, Laura is an attorney, a policy professional, a law school professor, and a general lover of life. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, kickin’ it with her dog (Rune), engaging with her community, and learning and experiencing new things.
As someone who wasn’t too interested in team sports the individual-personal nature of yoga drew him in. After a few months of showing up to class he realized he was gaining so much more than just physical benefits. Yoga helped him find community and confidence that became the consistency amidst a world of change. Dan completed his first 200 Hour Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training. Hot Yoga Teacher Training presented itself; Dan graduated with his 200 hour Hot Yoga Teacher Training in spring of 2017 and is thrilled to share the practice he has become so passionate about.
Outside of Yoga Dan teaches Middle School at Metro Deaf School and loves reading, journaling, cooking and enjoys anything pertaining to coffee or wine.
Jenilee Rowley - Instructor
I first tried a yoga class in 2007 and loved it right away. I didn't know why it made me feel so good, but it didn't matter. I got more consistent with my personal practice after having my daughter in 2014. Yoga each day became my time for self care and reflection. With an infant relying on me for every need- it was clear self care needed to be a priority!
My practice has improved my emotional, physical and spiritual well being. I wanted to share that gift with others. I completed my 200 hour teacher training at Core Power in August 2016. Before my training I never would have thought I would be able to stand up in front of a group to speak, let alone teach something! Teaching yoga helped me to find a voice I never knew I had! Being in the studio on my mat feels like home. I am currently trained to teach vinyasa. I am looking forward to exploring some more training in other styles this year.
I am honored to be a part of Studio One and can't wait to share a class with others in my community.
Ashley Nissen - Instructor
Ashley first came to her mat in 2010 as a way to help with flexibility and mobility. A few years ago, through her work as a mental health therapist, she became interested in the mind, body and soul connection and dove head first into learning all she could about holistic practices, including yoga. From there her personal practice and her passion for yoga grew exponentially, and an inner calling lead her to go to Guatemala and complete her 200-hour yoga teacher training through School Yoga Institute. What she loves most about yoga is that the benefits extend far beyond the physical, to include mental, emotional and spiritual growth. Ashley believes that yoga is for every body and teaches a mindful flow that is accessible yet challenging, emphasizing the use of breath to find power and strength and to connect with our inner selves. She hopes her students leave class feeling more grounded, connected and rejuvenated. When she's not teaching yoga you can find Ashley reading, journaling, being in nature, studying astrology, consulting her oracle cards, practicing reiki or finding the best brunch spot in town. She is excited to get to know the S1 community!
Nicki - Instructor
At a very early age Nicki experienced self-expression through her love of dance and movement. Yet, it wasn’t until she took her first yoga class almost 15yrs ago that she experienced the beauty and bliss of embodying her spirit through this sacred movement. From that very first class, a light had been ignited from deep within to embark on this path called yoga. In October of 2014 she completed her 230hr Teacher Training with the Yoga Center of Minneapolis and shortly after, completed her Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Michelle Pietrzak-Wegner. As a practicing Licensed Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, and Therapeutic Coach®, Nicki’s accumulated knowledge and experience of the multidimensional landscape of the physical body, mind and spirit graciously informs her approach and ability to tailor movement to each student’s needs. Nicki continually strives to create a space which invokes self-inquiry, self-reflection and awakening to the Truth of who & what we are. She believes the practices and teachings of yoga are keys which unlock our innate power and wisdom to heal, transform, and return to the Source of our inherent Divine nature.
found my way to my yoga mat for the first time in 2010. Always an active person, I was skeptical that yoga would provide the physical challenge that I desired from a workout. What I discovered was so much more. I was challenged in more ways than I thought possible, and not only found that I achieved new levels of physical fitness, but I discovered the concept of physical awareness. For the first time, my mind and my body were in tune with each other, working together, and I learned that this new “workout” I was experimenting with was also strengthening my mind, feeding my soul, and carrying over into the rest of my life. I have been hooked ever since. The journey to become a teacher has been met with many great challenges and also many great successes. And while the journey is far from over, I look forward to sharing my passion and inspiration with as many people as I possibly can. Namaste!
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