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 completed her RYT 1000 training in February 2019 and looks forward to bringing her continued learning to the Bliss community.


Wendy Jo Cornelius

Strengthen and Restore/ Yoga Nidra

As a busy mom with a jam packed life, Wendy instinctively knew she needed to find a way to unwind and to take care of herself. In 2003, a friend invited Wendy to attend a yoga class. The quiet solitude, the serene stillness of Shavasana, and the unquestionable bliss she felt after class clearly and unequivocally whispered to her soul. Wendy immediately fell in love with her yoga practice and never looked back. Although life has changed significantly since then, Wendy’s continued her beloved yoga practice throughout the years—not only to relax and restore, but also to gain and maintain flexibility and physical strength.

Wendy’s love of yoga made it a perfect fit for her to enroll in Bliss Yoga Studio’s Teacher Training program, and she completed her RYT 200 certification in December 2016. Wendy also enrolled in and completed her teacher training certifications for Yoga Nidra and Yin Yoga in 2019.

Wendy’s heartfelt passion for helping others dovetails perfectly with her love of teaching and guiding students through a yoga practice—she finds it a distinct honor and a great blessing to have the opportunity to lead others through the journey of life to find peace, contentment and joy.


Hayley Crabb

Gentle Vinyasa

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.


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.


Haley Krehbiel

Vinyasa

Having always been active in dance and theater arts, Haley found refuge in yoga in 2017. Creating a daily yoga and meditation practice inspired her to pursue her practice further. This led her to finding a Yoga Teacher Program that was fluent in the asana practice as well as yogic philosophy. Haley completed her 200-Hour Teacher Training at Bliss Yoga Studio in St. Paul, Minnesota in the fall of 2018. Her goal is to create an experience that leaves all her students feeling refreshed and in tune with themselves, ultimately helping them find the very best feelings in their body and mind. With a “come as you are” attitude, Haley brings a fun, nonjudgmental atmosphere for all to enjoy. Haley is also the owner of an all-natural skincare line, creating products that substitute common toxins found in many skincare products with non-toxic alternatives. When she isn’t in a yoga studio, or truckin’ away at her business you can find her in nature, whether in her garden or taking a hike in the woods. She also enjoys snuggle-time with her two cats while enjoying a good book and cup of tea.

Mai Joua Yang

Vinyasa

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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