Sheila Burns

Founder & Owner
Restorative Yoga | C-IAYT  Yoga Therapist | Meditation Teacher | Lead Teacher Trainer
Sheila was first introduced to yoga 40 years ago as a warm-up for theatrical performances. Since her first formal yoga training in 2004, she has completed many hours of training with master teachers in the US and internationally including Sally Kempton, Richard Miller, Mukunda Stiles, Dr Vasant Lad, and Dr N Chandrasekaran (Dr NC) of Chennai, India. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and continues to explore this emerging field through regular training with body-workers, master yoga teachers and medical professionals. Sheila is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher E-RYT 500, a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapy C-IAYT (indicating over 1000 hours of training and years of working with individuals and groups providing therapeutic yoga) and a Meditation Teacher. In 2016, under her guidance, Bliss Yoga Studio became a Registered Yoga School at the RYT 200-hour level and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). Sheila Burns founded Bliss Yoga Studio in January 2007.


Elen Bahr

SomaYoga | SomaYoga Therapist
Chronic illness brought Elen to a yoga mat to seek healing and calm in 2012. She found more peace and relief than she could have imagined. This profound experience inspired her to enroll in teacher training. Since her initial training as a Vinyasa teacher, she has expanded her education into the SomaYoga modality to serve those living with the effects of stress, injury or disease. In addition to teaching group classes, she works with individuals ranging from those with chronic pain or limiting medical diagnoses to athletes who want improved performance. Elen is an RYT 500 graduate of the SomaYoga Therapy program at Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute in Duluth, Minnesota. She is enrolled in RYT 1000 training (graduation June 2019) and looks forward to bringing her continued learning to the Bliss community.


Wendy Jo Cornelius

Strengthen and Restore
As a busy mom with a full life, Wendy knew she needed to find ways to unwind and take care of herself. In 2003, a friend invited her to attend a yoga class and Wendy immediately fell in love with the practice. The stillness of Shavasana and the bliss she felt afterward reminded Wendy of the importance of self care. Although Wendy’s life has changed since that first yoga class she has held her yoga practice as a way to unwind and restore. Wendy enrolled in Bliss Yoga Studio’s Yoga Teacher Training and completed RYT 200 certification in December 2016. The teacher training experience was a perfect fit for Wendy and she now is honored to share her love of yoga with her students.


Chava Curland

Slow Flow | Vinyasa
Chava guides all-level vinyasa flow classes to connect the body, calm the mind, and create movement from the heart. She began a physical asana practice as a child and, over time, awakened to yoga as a system of complete transformation. Chava has explored many body-spirit modalities including Tai Chi, Reiki, 5 Rhythms, ecstatic shaking meditation, and ritual magic. In yoga she found a way to unite aspects of the self within an ancient system that’s a practical guide to navigating modern life. Chava completed RYT 200 training in 2016 at CorePower Yoga, and continues her training at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. Chava is a freelance theater director, mask maker, and arts administrator. She enjoys knitting, reading, swing dancing, and taking walks with her husband and their corgi.


Anna Duus

Restorative Yoga
Anna took her first yoga class in the attic space of a historic building over 20 years ago. When her children were young, she experienced a chaotic home practice with her children’s limbs tangling with hers as their black lab mix dog circled the mat! A few years ago, Anna came to Bliss Yoga Studio to complement her home practice with a committed studio community. She experienced, and fell in love with, her first restorative yoga class and, in 2016 enrolled in and graduated from the Bliss Yoga Studio RYT 200 teacher training program. Anna loves helping students discover a sense of peace, calm and rest amidst busy lives and is pursuing certification in YogaCalm, an integrated yoga program for children and teens.


Adam Frydenlund

Vinyasa | Warm Yoga
Adam found yoga in 2010 during a tumultuous period of his life. During this time of transition, he quickly discovered that the benefits of a regular asana practice ran far deeper than improved strength, flexibility, and balance. He felt more grounded, centered and at ease than he ever had before and realized that these feelings came from within. In 2011, Adam’s practiced led him to RYT 200 Power Yoga certification and to Hot Yoga certification a few years later. Adam wants his classes to create a space where students discover and explore their own mind-body-spirit connection. Away from the mat, Adam can often be found roaming the woods. He is an avid backpacker and particularly loves the rivers, hills, and forests, along the shores of Lake Superior.


Tina Graham

Restorative Yoga | Yoga Therapy
Tina discovered yoga in 2003 and was amazed at how it elevated her mood, quieted her mind, brought ease to her body and expanded her awareness. How could simple poses and breathing techniques open her up and enliven her life in such a profound way? Tina’s curiosity soon led her to a Foundational Restorative Yoga Teacher training program and also to the study of Yoga Therapy. She has been teaching since 2008 and continues her training so she can deepen her understanding of all the facets of a yoga practice. Tina completed her RYT 500 certification with Svaroopa® Yoga in the summer of 2017. Tina loves sharing yoga because of the feeling of gratitude that is graced upon her when she teaches.


Kristina Kliber

SomaYoga
Kristina’s first yoga class was taught by someone wearing jeans in a high school classroom. (She was delighted to see that being a yogi doesn’t require black spandex pants.) She practiced for a few years and then put yoga aside while catching up on sleep as being a new mom took precedence. Eventually, she was drawn back to yoga. A milestone birthday brought the gift of a yoga retreat. Kristina left that weekend feeling recharged, refreshed and refocused and realized that yoga helps her live as a more authentic person. She stays curious about what she can learn on her mat and carries those lessons out into the world. Kristina completed RYT 500 SomaYoga certification at the International SomaYoga Institute in Duluth, MN.


Jessica Winters

Slow Flow Vinyasa

Jessica Winters was introduced to yoga in 2006 and instantly fell in love. She fell in love with how she felt after doing yoga - strong, flexible, confident, relaxed and compassionate for herself. She sees her yoga practice as an essential part of her life and wishes to encourage everyone to begin their practice and open to the possibility of change.In 2013, Jessica began her 200 Hour Teacher Training in Huntington Beach, California at Yoga Shakti Wellness Center and finished it here in Minnesota through Green Lotus Yoga and Healing Centers. She is currently training through Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute in Saint Paul and Duluth, Minnesota. Jessica brings humor, support and a non-judgmental attitude to her class showing her students that a yoga practice is a fun and valuable experience. She has taught in a variety of settings and maintains a daily personal yoga practice, in studio and at home.



Yoga Alliance Therapy Disclaimer

The therapeutic components of our Restorative Yoga classes and all other yoga classes are based on our teachers’ extensive training, study, and personal experiences. We are trained in healing modalities, including alignment-based yoga, restorative and therapeutic yoga, Positional Release Therapy, energy work such as Reiki, therapeutic yoga for treating pain, trauma-informed yoga, meditation, and our own personal journeys through loss, illness and injury. These techniques are not derived from our teachers’ status as ERYT-500, ERYT-200 or RYT-200 certified teachers with Yoga Alliance Registry.



Copyright © 2018 BLISS Yoga Studio. All rights reserved.