beginners


This class is taught by:

Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon has been teaching yoga classes and workshops for the past 20 years. He is Owner/Director of Big River Yoga and is also a healer, specializing in Thai Massage and leads Thai Massage Trainings in the twin cites and beyond. Chris delights in his meditation practice and loves being active. He enjoys bicycling, running, and gardening. In his classes, Chris applies the ancient teachings of yoga to everyday life. He is passionate about teaching, is clear, down to earth and reverent.

Gretchen Fellon

Gretchen felt a pull to yoga for its ability to nurture the body, mind, and spirit in a compassionate, loving way. She found her way to the Colorado Eldorado Mountain Ashram where she studied Shambhava Hatha Yoga and has been teaching since 2003. As a mother of two, Gretchen's yoga practice serves as a retreat from the day-to-day; an opportunity to indulge in self-care and self-love. Her classes encourage turning inward to allow your inner light to shine and your inner wisdom to guide. When we are in union with our natural state, we live a life of balance and harmony, free from negativity and dis-ease. She brings intention, passion, and big love to her yoga practice and encourages her students to do the same.

Liz Wentworth

Liz Wentworth began her exploration of the science and art of yoga about 11 years ago with a dear friend and an open heart. In 2008 Liz began her 200 hr. level training at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis and is now a certified yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. This journey has continued to bring new opportunities and revelations of the complexity, beauty and grace of the human body, mind, and spirit. Liz aims to teach a class that emphasizes self-trust and love, true body alignment (both inside and out), and holds the space for her student's own personal development. Her personal practice and teaching style is influenced by many people, experiences, & styles including:  Kripalu, Kundalini, Prenatal, Vinyasa flow, and dance/organic body awareness & movement.  Classes are steeped in breathwork, asana, & meditation.

Stephanie Mauceri

Steph is a native New Yorker who relocated to The Twin Cities in November 2009. She has been practicing Yoga since 1991 and teaching since 2003. Her first teaching certification was from OM Yoga NYC with additional studies/certifications in Prenatal Yoga, Yin Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga for Children, and Anatomy for Yoga Teachers.

Although initially beginning her Yoga practice in the Ashtanga and Vinyasa traditions, she was in a car accident in 2004 and this caused her to reestablish her practice as more of a restorative and rehabilitative modality. Steph's classroom teaching style especially blends Vinyasa and Iyengar techniques with a strong emphasis on anatomy and kinesiology.

She is also a writer, proud mom of healthy fraternal twin boys-- born in 2010, and starting in summer 2015 will begin coursework towards a masters degree in Integrative Health Coaching.

Leona Starnes

Leona started practicing yoga in 2005, and received her RYT 200 hour certification through Chicago’s Yoga Now in February 2011. Leona is passionate about sharing the empowering message of yoga. Her own practice continues to get her in touch with her inner strength and knowledge, constantly reaffirming that by cultivating self-awareness and self-compassion we find our own innate power to heal. Leona teaches her students how yoga can be used to connect to their inner healer both on and off the mat. Whatever your level or reason for practicing, Leona looks forward to sharing some breath and laughter with you!

Geraldine Hickerson

Geraldine is a teacher; it is her calling. She has taught Health and Wellness in public schools for 25 years before beginning her second career as a yoga instructor and Thai body worker. Her educational career combined with the teaching of yoga results in well-planned classes accessible to all levels. She is able to meet individual student needs on the fly and create unique modifications when necessary. Geraldine is passionate about self-care and healing through movement and breath practice that is accessible to every body. Outside the studio you can find her creating memories with her family and friends in a variety of ways; good meals shared, live music experiences, travel, and watching hockey…yes, she is a hockey fanatic!
Ideal for those new to yoga. Build a solid foundation for a safe and joyful yoga practice.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Oct 22 10:45 am - 11:55 am with Chris Gordon
  • Mon Oct 23 6:00 pm - 7:10 pm with Gretchen Fellon
  • Tue Oct 24 9:30 am - 10:40 am with Liz Wentworth
  • Thu Oct 26 6:00 pm - 7:10 pm with Stephanie Mauceri
  • Fri Oct 27 9:30 am - 10:40 am with Leona Starnes
  • Sat Oct 28 11:00 am - 12:10 pm with Geraldine Hickerson
  • Sun Oct 29 10:45 am - 11:55 am with Chris Gordon
  • Mon Oct 30 6:00 pm - 7:10 pm with Gretchen Fellon
  • Tue Oct 31 9:30 am - 10:40 am with Liz Wentworth
  • Thu Nov 02 6:00 pm - 7:10 pm with Stephanie Mauceri
  • Fri Nov 03 9:30 am - 10:40 am with Stephanie Mauceri
  • Sat Nov 04 11:00 am - 12:10 pm with Geraldine Hickerson
  • Sun Nov 05 10:45 am - 11:55 am with Chris Gordon
  • Mon Nov 06 6:00 pm - 7:10 pm with Gretchen Fellon
  • Tue Nov 07 9:30 am - 10:40 am with Liz Wentworth
  • Thu Nov 09 6:00 pm - 7:10 pm with Stephanie Mauceri
  • Fri Nov 10 9:30 am - 10:40 am with Stephanie Mauceri
  • Sat Nov 11 11:00 am - 12:10 pm with Geraldine Hickerson
  • Sun Nov 12 10:45 am - 11:55 am with Chris Gordon
  • Mon Nov 13 6:00 pm - 7:10 pm with Gretchen Fellon