Sheila Burns

Founder & Owner
Restorative Yoga | C-IAYT  Yoga Therapist | Meditation Teacher | Mentor & Coach
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. 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 completed her RYT 1000 training in February 2019 and looks forward to bringing her continued learning to the Bliss community.

Hayley Crabb


Hayley was first exposed to yoga her freshman year of college, but yoga didn’t become an integral part of her life until 2013, when I (begrudgingly) signed up for a vinyasa class at the request of a good friend (it was her birthday). I then found myself hooked by the calm and renewal I found each time I came to my mat.

Four years later Hayley moved from Chicago to the Twin Cities and used this change as an opportunity to deepen her yoga practice and build a community in her new home. She completed the 230-hour registered yoga teacher training program at Yoga Sanctuary in spring 2019.

“I truly believe yoga is for everybody and every body – it’s about finding the right yoga for YOU! As a teacher and a human, I value and practice compassion and kindness (with a bit of humor sprinkled in here and there). In my classes I encourage you to come as you are, and I will offer a space that allows you to find stillness, practice mindfulness, and explore your edges. Expect modifications and lots of encouragement to play with props!

Ever since I bought my house in the Como neighborhood last year, I have been a student at Bliss Yoga Studio. It is a true honor to practice with you as a student AND a teacher!”

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.

Lisa Edstrom

Warm Yoga  Candlelight Yoga  Vinyasa

Lisa began practicing yoga in 2008 as a method to relieve stress and improve flexibility.   As her body awareness improved, she realized how much yoga complimented her other physical activities and how calm she felt.  In 2018 she started to practice yoga consistently, taking classes at a local studio.  In 2019, seeking to deepen her own practice and better understand the principles and philosophy of Yoga, Lisa completed a 200-hour yoga teaching certificate. She immediately expanded her teacher training to include Hot Yoga.   She has jumped into guiding students in her community and is eager to share her passion and knowledge with others. 

As a teacher, Lisa is engaging and insightful. She grounds students in their personal journey and awareness while guiding them through poses with clear directions, and hands-on adjustments. Open and spiritual in her approach, she provides a physical practice that students of all levels can easily modify. 

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.

Monique Keffer


Monique Keffer, M.A. has been practicing meditation for 19 years and teaching it for 15. She has taught disciplines such as meditation in workshops, retreats, and classes. She was trained in the 6-year formation and certification program in sacred companioning at Sacred Ground in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has also earned certification in yoga teacher training and in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices from the University of Minnesota. She is a member of Contemplative Outreach and Spiritual Directors International, serving as a regular contributor to their Presence magazine.

Ali Kirkpatrick

Kundalini Yoga - Restorative Yoga

A decade long student of yoga, I finally took the plunge and completed my 500 hours in Kundalini and Hatha Yoga and 100 hours of Yin Yoga in Rishikesh, India in 2018 and 2019. My soul fell in love and I immediately began teaching full time, internationally, from the United States, to India, to Bali to Australia back to Minnesota, from that moment on. Although Kundalini may be my personal practice of choice, I love teaching everything from Hatha to Restorative to Slow Flow to Yin to Kids and Corporate Yoga. Apart from teaching yoga and meditation, I'm also an International Soul Based Wellness, Life and Spirituality Coach (INHC, ChasingLife Wellness), Speaker, Reiki Level 2 Practitioner and Sound Healer.

Bringing light, love, humor and a big ol’ dose of authenticity to all of the mediums I work in, I am over the moon excited to fuse together everything that fills up my heart and soul, and share this knowledge and passions with fellow students, teachers and life learners alike. I passionately blend meditation, mindfulness and my coaching background into every single one of my classes, creating that nurturing space for true self care, self love and self examination to take place, on and off the mat.

Kristina Kliber

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.

Mai Joua Yang


MJ completed her 200 hour RYT at Bliss Yoga Studio in October of 2018 and is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She is known for her soft and calming voice as well as her compassionate teaching style. MJ teaches from a place of authenticity and openness, inviting her students to show up as they are. She weaves meditation and inspiration throughout her sequences honoring yoga as a spiritual discipline. She believes love is the answer to many issues we all face, whether our struggles are internal or external. Therefore, she strives to empower each student, hoping they leave with a sense of peace, encouragement and connection. One of her long term goals as a Hmong yoga instructor is to make yoga more accessible to all of the Hmong community and bridging generational gaps. MJ does not allow her petite frame to define her, instead she walks with resilience, strength and courage.  

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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