Sheila Burns

Restorative Yoga, Meditation and Yoga Therapy

Sheila Burns is the founder and owner of Bliss Yoga Studio. She was first introduced to yoga 40 years ago as a warm-up for theatrical performances. Following her first formal yoga training in 2004, she has since completed many hours of yoga teacher training with master teachers in the US and internationally including Sally Kempton, Richard Miller, Mukunda Stiles, and Dr N Chandrasekaran (Dr NC) of Chennai. Sheila 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. She teaches regular weekly classes at Bliss Yoga Studio as she has for the past eleven years and has also has been a presenter at several workshops and conferences throughout the Twin Cities. Sheila is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher E-RYT 500, a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and 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).

Elen Bahr

SomaYoga Classes & Individual Sessions

Elen Bahr is the Bliss Yoga Studio Manager. If you ask Elen what her job is she will say, "I help people feel better in their bodies." First trained in Vinyasa, Elen has expanded her education into a broader system of helping students gain more freedom of movement and feel less pain in their bodies. She works with people who live with recurring tight muscles, chronic pain or medical diagnoses that impede the body's full function. Elen revisits her Vinyasa teaching roots from time to time and guides classes with a keen eye on finding the balance between challenge and what's best for the body on that particular day. Elen is an RYT-500 graduate of Level 1 SomaYoga Therapy program at Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute in Duluth, Minnesota. She is enrolled to begin Level 2 (1,000-hour) training, October 2017, and looks forward to bringing new learning to the Bliss community.

Nora Beckjord

Restorative Yoga, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy

Nora practiced Hatha yoga regularly from 1991-2000.When she got a sales job that involved traveling almost every week, including international travel, eventually it took a toll on her body including a lot of neck and back pain.She returned to yoga again in 2008 and discovered the restorative yoga that she now teaches. "After the first class I knew something had changed deep within me. I felt an ease in my body and my mind was calmer than it had been in years." She began her training to become a Svaroopa® Yoga teacher and has been teaching since 2009. Nora is certified at the 500 hour level and is an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist.

Rebecca Curland

Vinyasa and Women's New Moon Sadhana

Influenced by Classical yoga and Bhakti traditions, Rebecca guides heart-centered vinyasa flow classes with specific attention to alignment and body awareness. Rebecca’s classes infuse skillful sequencing and intelligent cueing with themes that illuminate and honor the core of the yoga teachings. Rebecca has been studying yoga since 2008, completed her 200-hour Teacher Training and at CorePower Yoga in 2011 and her 40-hour vinyasa training with Seane Corn in 2012. Fueled by a desire to connect to the roots of Yoga and immerse in the devotional culture of India, Rebecca embarked on pilgrimage to holy sites in the motherland of yoga twice in 2013 with the Bhakti Fest Yatra groups. Rebecca draws on her experiences to channel authentic teachings while cultivating sacred space in which students are encouraged to access the Self and revel in the perfection of each breath on their journey.

Adam Frydenlund

Vinyasa and Warm Fusion

Adam first 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 and centered, more at ease than he ever had before and realized that these feelings came from within. The peace of mind and lightness of spirit Adam found in yoga opened new paths for personal growth and discovery. In the summer of 2011 one such path led him to complete power teacher training and receive his 200-hour RYT certification. He recently completed a 200-hour Hot Yoga teacher training and intends to continue studying as he shares his passion with his students. Adam hopes to create a welcoming space where students are empowered to discover and explore their own mind-body-spirit connection through the moving meditation of a challenging and dynamic practice. 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 and 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 is excited to be deepening her understanding of yoga and completing her 500 hour 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.

Andrea Wollenberg

Vinyasa and Intro to Vinyasa

Andrea has been practicing yoga since graduate school in 1998, when she started learning one pose a day to de-clutter her mind. She gradually added more poses and kept practicing, until she finally took classes in New York in 2006. She discovered that being fully aware of her body and breath while in the presence of others doing the same is a very powerful experience. Coming from a background as an actor and musician, she is drawn to the idea of linking breath to movement and the wonder that comes from repeating movements in an effort to find something new every time we move. Andrea received her 200-hour Power Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 from CorePower Yoga. Andrea is also a massage therapist, and her understanding of anatomy and kinesiology inform the way she practices and her ability to help students understand postures in their bodies through careful attention to alignment.

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.

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