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 - S1 Founder and 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.
Becca Cerra - Studio Manager and Instructor
Becca Cerra is a graduate of Shiva Yoga Peeth's 200-hour Teacher Training Course and recipient of Yoga Alliance’s Aspiring Yoga Teacher Scholarship. She encourages her students to use yoga as a tool to practice self-love and develop a positive body image. In addition to practicing and teaching yoga, Becca Cerra is a sculptor and choreographer whose work is a catalyst for a body positive revolution. She has been a guest writer for teen development specialists and body image experts, won the International Association of Eating Disorder Professional’s Art Competition, served as a mentor for the LGBTQIA community, and held community-based programs combating violence against women. You can find out more by visiting www.beccacerra.com
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."
Adam Tills - Assistant Manager and Instructor
Adam started his yoga journey over 5 years ago as a curiosity and for exercise. He quickly discovered it was so much more! Yoga is now his way of life and he loves to share its benefits. Yoga is different for everyone and every body. He was first interested in teaching a few years ago and completed his certification in early 2015. He is looking forward to growing as a teacher and with the amazing community at Studio One!
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.
Alex Bergan - Instructor
Alex took a yoga class on a whim with a friend, and instantly fell in love and knew that it would be a part of her life. She had never before found a form of physical activity that so beautifully strengthens the body and mind simultaneously. She truly believes her outlook on life has changed because of it. Currently, she works full time as a research chemist, but her dream has always been to work in the world of physical fitness. She is honored and overjoyed to teach at Studio One!
Emily Rose - Instructor
After stepping onto the mat in 2004, Emily Rose has been no stranger to the mentally, physically, and spiritually healing powers of yoga. Emily Rose has shared her love of teaching yoga internationally in China, France, and Senegal. She is thrilled to be back in the Minnesota Yoga community and is ready to share intuitive and fun classes with her students. When not trying on mala beads at the studio or with her nose in a book, Emily Rose loves going to coffee shops and doing theatre around the twin cities. Emily Rose is so thankful to all of her teachers from Power Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Sculpt, Chair Yoga, Kid's Yoga, and Hot Yoga/Hot Power Fusion Teacher Trainings and every student she meets who encourages her to keep learning.
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.
Danielle Graczyk - Instructor
Question: Hey what's up?
Answer: Yoga and Dogs
Danielle fell in love with dogs before she could walk so she grew up and became a dog trainer. She fell in love with yoga in 1999 so she woke up and became a yoga teacher.
The two saved her life and pointed her to sobriety and service which birthed her NPO: Canine Inspired Change. She uses her yoga training to support this therapy dog program by teaching the students 3 deep dog breaths which is usually their first exposure to guided meditation and pranayama. She believes this work supports her yoga teaching and vice-versa. As usual, it's all connected.
She has a 200-hour Hot CYT and a 200-hour Vinyasa CYT
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!
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.
Angi Amal - Instructor
Angi stumbled into a yoga class in 2010, unable to reach her fingers past her knees in a forward fold. That was the goal; to someday reach her fingers past her knees and maybe even touch the ground. One day, her palms reached the ground and it reminded her of how far she had come! This journey eventually led her to a teacher training program at Your Yoga Minneapolis, and she became a certified instructor in 2015.
When Angi is not teaching, you'll either find her in the kitch cooking up a weird new recipe, fighting off imaginary crime with her 7 year old son, giving hugs to people she may or may not know, or jammin' on her ukulele with my band mate.
Anna Mein - Instructor
Anna fell in love with the challenge of Sculpt - the practice is always new and pushes you to be your best. She also fell in love with the camaraderie and community of the class, and in 2013, Anna became certified to teach with the pursuit and passion to help students see beyond what they think they can achieve. Come squat, pulse, sweat and smile with her!
Josie first found yoga in 2008. Feeling slightly disillusioned with life and looking for something more she tried her first yoga class. For Josie, it was love at first asana! Since her first time on the mat, she has realized that yoga goes beyond her physical practice and can heal and connect the mind, body, and soul. Through this discovery, yoga has taken Josie through several positive transitions in her life. For her, yoga is a way of life, a never ending journey to her highest self. This is what she hopes to share with each and every student that crosses her path. When Josie is not in the studio, you can find her exploring her other passions; music, gardening and spending time with her family.
Thea Jensen - Instructor
Thea was first introduced to yoga in 1998 while attending her parents massage school in South Dakota. In 2008 she felt compelled to read The Artists Way. Through the vehicle of writing and art she discovered that she wanted to teach. She completed a 230 hour program at The Yoga Center of Minneapolis in 2009, a 340 hour program at Devanadi in 2011, and a 300 hour Advanced Yoga Therapy program with Dr. Indu Arora in 2015. She has been initiated by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait in the Himalayan tradition and continues her studies with many teachers and styles. Her classes weave in the therapeutic, philosophical, and scientific aspects of yoga and tantra. Yoga is a gift, a way to gain direct experience, and create an environment for deeper connection within Self. Thea lives in Uptown with her 2 year old son Luca and her partner Carlos.
Jennifer Maxwell - Instructor
Meet Jenn! Sculpt Classes you can find her teaching include Mondays 6am and 4:30pm, Thursdays 5:30 am and Fridays 6 am. Jenn felt a strong calling soon after her practice began. Feeling blessed with the gifts she received from yoga her next chapter was to share it. She received her vinyasa and sculpt level 1 and 2 training in 2016 and loves to share her passion and energy with students and her community. This high energy, fun loving student of life will make you embrace your early mornings with smile and strength. For Jenn yoga is more than a practice, it is a way of life… It is a journey inside out for her. “Life throws you many curves and leaves you feeling like a spinning top, wobbling back and forth, teetering for balance day in and day out… yoga helped me to find balance, counterbalance, and breath, allowing me to be in the now and giving me strength inside and out.” Jenn brings her energy outdoors with hiking, skiing, rafting or golf. spending time with her kids, husband, pets and friends.
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.
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.
Kaitlin Streitz - Instructor
Kaitlin has over 400 hours of yoga certification through Core Power Yoga in Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative and Hot Yoga. She graduated from the Green River Dance for Global Somatics in 2015 and became a practitioner of Global Somatics TM. She studied each system of the human body through dance, sound, vibration, touch, and psychophysical processing with teacher Suzanne Green River. Her yoga classes are truly of a Global Somatics inspiration channeled through yoga asana. She teaches from the wisdom of her own natural body and her energy reading of the bodies in the room. She puts a lot of love into her classes – all of her teachings are personalized moment-to-moment; based on the studio environment and students’ needs. Kaitlin’s yoga classes are intended to be liberating physically and spiritually for all students present. She often guides through and beyond self-limiting thinking and emotional energy moving through bodies; Kaitlin believes all of this can be navigated and released over time if we are willing and ready to experience real freedom! She also speaks often about the chakra system. Certain movements, combined with breath and intention, clears these passageways. She sees that most everyone on this planet carries around a great deal of past trauma, it’s in our DNA.
“Real freedom in the human body takes courage to feel and a burning desire to experience the real joy of the soul. Healing is fun! Each of us has access to unlimited happiness and a natural exuberance to be alive. That is who we really are! A consistent yoga practice can be a path to open those doors. I am always learning through my work as a healer, teacher, artist, and writer. I also love to dance everywhere, be goofy with my boyfriend whom I adore, hang out with my family, connect authentically with friends, and read inspiring books. See you in class!” -Kaitlin
Kammi Debes - Instructor
It was initially the physical asana practice that drew Kammi to her mat. However, her practice quickly grew from just a physical asana practice into a passion for the full meaning of yoga both on and off her mat. As yoga began to have a greater presence in her life she knew she wanted to find a way to share the joy that yoga had brought into her life with others. She completed her 200-hour Power Teacher Training with CorePower Yoga in the fall of 2010. Kammi realizes she has barely touched the surface of the many levels of yoga and its philosophies. She believes the practice of yoga is an ongoing process. She continues to search out opportunities to grow in her own self-awareness as a student and as a teacher. When she is not teaching or taking yoga she loves being active in other ways…running, biking, hiking, paddle boarding. She also loves spending time with her family and traveling. Kammi hopes to share the gift of yoga with her students no matter where they are in their own life journey.
Leslie Maher - Instructor
Leslie fell in love with yoga when she started heated classes in an attempt to incorporate some strength and balance training into her workouts. She loves that yoga is about the process, not the end result. Never very athletic growing up, yoga finally provided a workout that taught her how to get stronger in a safe way. Leslie loves yoga sculpt for its high energy and its ability to challenge people of all abilities and have a blast in the process.
In 2016, she took the leap and checked "teacher training" off her bucket list! When not on her mat, she loves junk markets and chai lattes with shots of espresso. She is so excited to be sharing yoga sculpt in the Studio One community and can't wait to see you in the studio!
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