Tula Mission Statement



Tula Yoga Workshops & Events

The Sacral Chakra:

Our energy center responsible for creativity, open-ness, being present to emotion, going with the ‘flow’.

Tula’s ever-changing schedule of workshops and special events is an opportunity to tune in to something un-explored or to take it’s exploration to a new level.


AERIAL YOGA SKILLS WORKSHOP (pre-requisite to drop-in Aerial Yoga Classes)

This workshop is a prerequisite to attend the drop-in aerial yoga classes.  Learn how to stay safe and present in the fabric hammock as you invert, maneuver, balance, stretch and have fun!! Practice modification and propping techniques to help you work more comfortably in the fabric.  Elevate your yoga practice to a new level and experience it in a new way.

  • Thursday, September 4, 7:30-9:00 pm – OR -
  • Sunday, September 7, 1:00 – 2:30 pm – OR -
  • Thursday, September 18, 7:30-9:00 pm – OR -
  • Sunday, September 28, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Cost: $30
  • Click here to pre-register.  For questions, please call 651-645-5551 or email: ann@tulayogawellness.com

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TRAVEL DATES: Friday, January 30 – Sunday, February 8, 2015

$2,750 INCLUDES:

  • Round Trip Airfare between Minneapolis and Guatemala City
  • Round Trip Flight To Flores once in Guatemala
  • Ground & Water transportation: Private transportation to and from all cities and a boat tour of beautiful Lake Atitlan.
  • 9 Nights Hotel (double occupancy, single occupancy available, please inquire about pricing if interested) -2 nights in Antigua, 5 nights in San Lucas Toliman on the beautiful Lake Atitlan, 2 nights in Guatemala City and one night in Tikal (Rainforest and Mayan Temples site).
  • Meals: In Antigua, Guatemala City and Tikal two simple meals will be provided daily, while in San Lucas Toliman, three daily meals will be provided. Beverages are not provided with meals; however, fresh water is provided at each hotel with the exception of the rainforest.
  • Classes: Daily Yoga & Meditation. We will practice yoga and meditation along the journey. The time, location and style of yoga & meditation will depend on what we need to balance ourselves throughout. Some examples are: sun salutations at the organic macadamia nut farm, yoga & meditation at the Mayan ceremonial sites and candlelit restorative practices at our lodging before bed. Our mats will travel with us so we can be prepared and spontaneous. Throughout the trip, we will also be discussing yoga philosophy and ways to “live yoga.”  No experience necessary.
  • Volcano adventure: Transportation to and from site, guide and hike up volcano Pacaya, the most active volcano in Guatemala
  • Canopy Tour or Zip lining: While in the Rainforest we will have an amazing zip line experience through the forest canopy, a breathtaking adventure.
  • Cultural Immersion:
  • We have an amazing opportunity to hike to a mountaintop village to learn how to make tortillas, tamales and guacamole from a beautiful Mayan woman.
  • We will sit with an amazing 90-year-old Mayan man and “learn” his indigenous language called Kaqchikel, he may even play his marimba for us!
  • We will take a tour of various projects designed by and with the Mayan people to support them living how they desire to live.
  • We will have the opportunity to visit La Paz International Inc.’s fair trade partners, have a jewelry-making lesson and learn from a manager of a reforestation project.
  • And no worries, there will be plenty of time for rest, rejuvenation and relaxation!
  • Tours in each of the cities we visit, including visits to ruins, markets, an ancient Mayan ceremonial site, a coffee cooperative, artisan markets and more! We will also visit an organic Macadamia Nut farm where we will have a lovely breakfast while learning from the owner and operator of the farm. While in Tikal we will have an amazing tour of the Mayan Temples, go on a sunset journey into the forest to refresh, meditate and do yoga and we will have a very early sunrise tour for those interested to watch the jungle wake up – breathtaking and calming.
  • Village Visits:  Boat trip will take us to two communities on Lake Atitlan.
  • Extra costs to consider: beverages, snacks outside of designated meals or smaller meals in between larger ones if desired, souvenirs, tips (recommended for hotels, drivers and our guides in Tikal) and $3.00 fee to be paid directly at Tikal airport for their extra taxes.
  • Total package fee only $2750!

ANNA VERHOYE:   I started La Paz International, Inc. over twelve years ago as a selfish effort to reconcile my own feelings of inadequacy and inability to effect change on the many social justice issues that plague our world.  I soon realized that the only way to effect change in our world is to offer opportunities for people to see a world view that isn’t easily accessible in a country that has so much privilege.  Awareness, mindfulness, yoga, meditation, education and reflection are our greatest weapons against apathy.
As the founder of La Paz International, Inc., I have traveled to Guatemala fifty times over the last decade taking college students, faculty and community members from around the country and approximately four other European countries. I have traveled extensively throughout the entire country of Guatemala from north to south and coast-to-coast as well as to 31 other countries.  Having advanced degrees in human communication and social justice, I emphasize the importance of human dignity, solidity and a reciprocal sharing of lives in all of my work and organized journey’s.
Our success focuses on a reciprocal sharing of livesan expressed philosophy that demands an emphasis on the fundamental dignity of every human being.  Many in the culture of the United States perceive “serving” to be something that we do “to” or “for” others; at La Paz International “service” is embedded in our honoring the people with whom we interact in ways that demonstrate humility, care, compassion and even love.  “Service” from our perspective will be listening to Mayan elders who desire to teach us about their trade or lived experience, learning to cook from a Mayan woman or learning about the history of the Mayan world through Mayan eyes.  We are not a mission group; we do not bring donations to the “poor” that we think they need; we do not go to countries where suffering is endemic and tell them how they should live so that their lives can be better.  As an organization and a people, we stand in solidarity with the suffering as they tell us how they would like to live — our responsibility in interacting with those who are culturally different from us is to help them live in a way that honors their desires and fundamental human dignity.

Importantly, travel with La Paz International is called a “journey.” Our voyages are a lived experience on foreign soil and they also require us to journey inward, excavating and refining pieces of ourselves. Sometimes these discoveries about self can take us out of our comfort zones, yet somehow allow us, through reflection and mindfulness, to refine our vision for how we want to interact with the world.

I am passionate about helping to create spaces for us grow and expand.  I’m very excited about Namaste Journeys as they are a perfect venue to facilitate a deepening in our awareness and understanding of self, other and how our thoughts and actions can lead to increased peacefulness in our world.

ANN BLACKBURN:  I opened Tula Yoga & Wellness in March 2012 to make yoga and wellness accessible to all.  With our donation-based philophy and mission: “Offering balance and vitality to life; delivered with compassion, joy and generosity”, I thought an adventure to Guatemala with Anna would be a wonderful way for us to live our yoga through travel, exploration and cultural immersion.   I hope you can join us!

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DANCING FREEDOM with Teresa Reid

  • DATE/TIME: August 30, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
  • DATE/TIME: September 6, 13, 20, 27, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • DAY: Saturday
  • COST: $17

Dancing Freedom is a transformative free-form movement practice. It engages the body, mind & soul simultaneously through body awareness, conscious movement & a shamanic partnership with the elements ~ Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. Dancing Freedom is a path of Embodied Awakening. It grounds & empowers, reveals & heals. It is a place of Connection ~ a place of active Creation. Turn to your body to uncover the wisdom that is inherently present. No experience required. Everyone is WELCOME! JOIN US!


MINI RETREAT SERIES with guides Robin Getsug and Stacy Dunn

  • TIME:      6:00-8:30 pm
  • DAY:        Mondays
  • COST:     $45 per session or 4-Session Series $160 ($20 savings)
  • TO REGISTER: Click here
  • MORE INFO: Call Robin Getsug at 651-485-8868 or robinlynngetsug@gmail.com

Mini Retreat: A Focus on Self Compassion: A mindful approach For  Self Esteem and personal growth. Our workshop includes guided group meditation with Stacy Dunn and a visual art experiential surrounding the topic of Self- Compassion with Robin Getsug.  Experience the blending of two powerful healing modalities for tapping into your intuitive guidance, listening , and self awareness.  This workshop will teach deep relaxation and self knowing through a self kindness meditation  to practice for ourselves, those we love, and for the world.  Enjoy a relaxing evening, taking time out for self care in our fast paced lives.  Light & healthy refreshments and art supplies included.

September 22nd, :  Finding Your Balance

September is a time when we transition into our busy lives after a summer respite.  If life seems to be moving too fast, join us to balance your mind, body and spririt.  Experience deeply relaxing hypnosis  and a Visual Art Experiential designed to tap into your intuition, self awareness, and creativity.  Snacks provided.

October 20th:   Life Transitions

 In this focus forward workshop we will explore looking at life’s progressions with eagerness and vitality.  Experience deeply relaxing hypnosis and a Visual Art Experiential designed to tap into your intuition, self awareness, and creativity.  Snacks provided.

November 17th:  Gratitude

Celebrate the season of abundance with a focus on thanksgiving and gratitude in daily life.   Simple to learn, but profoundly effective, gratitude can contribute to a healthier, more satisfying life.  Experience deeply relaxing hypnosis and a Visual Art Experiential designed to tap into your intuition, self awareness, and creativity.  Snacks provided.

December 15th: Develop Intention to Practice:

 10 – 10  minute rituals

You don’t need more time to experience the benefits of stress reducing habits.  We’ll show you ten that can be easily incorporated into your current life with big benefits.



  • DATE:  September 12, 2014
  • TIME:  9:00 am – 12:30 pm (includes healthy breakfast & snacks)
  • DAY: Friday
  • COST: $75

Are you a thoughtful, dynamic business women who are making a positive different in this world?

Prepare your business to thrive with other supportive women. Combine your energy, action and awareness for balanced business success. This program provides a framework for creating and sustaining an inspired work life combined with a pragmatic focus on business and financial goals.

Join us Friday, September 12 to listen and attune to the highest wisdom of your business, and focus on a clear action plan. As we move through the 5 elements for business symmetry, and align with the natural cycles of the seasons, you will draw upon the energy of Fall.

This season is known as the harvest:

  • Learn how to optimize your business and your environment using Feng Shui principles.
  • Clarify specific tips and techniques that will positively influence your business and create more support and harmony in your work environment.
  • Establish the systems and routines required to sustain business success.

Last meeting of this year is Nov 14 – Refine your mission

We welcome entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and free agents to join this new community for more support and business expansion.  Hosted by Tula Yoga & Wellness



  • DATE:  September 13, 2014
  • TIME:  12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • DAY: Saturday

You are invited to our Fall Open House and Student Appreciation to celebrate the new season, try new classes, meet teachers & bodywork practitioners, enjoy chair massage, an art project, and prepare your own healthy snack.   This is an opportunity for us to show our appreciation for our Tula Community and welcome new faces.

Please bring your friends and family!!


12:00 – 12:30 – Vinyasa
12:45 – 1:15 – Zumba
1:30 – 2:00 – Aerial Yoga
2:15 – 2:45 – Boot Camp
3:00 – 3:30 – Bellydance
3:45 – 4:15 – Aerial Yoga
4:30 – 5:00 – Dancing Freedom
1:30 – 2:00 – Yoga Basics
2:15 – 2:45 – Yin & Restorative
3:00 – 3:30 - Tula Yoga
3:45 – 4:15 – Soma Yoga
4:30 – 5:00  - Gentle Yoga




FASCIA AND ASANA with Scott Anderson, visiting instructor

  • DATE:  September 20, 2014
  • TIME:  3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • DAY: Saturday
  • COST: $30

When we think of connective tissue, our thoughts generally turn to tendons and ligaments. While we don’t  hear about fascia as often, it’s the connective tissue that literally holds our bodies together. Without the integrity of fascia, our bodies wouldn’t have their familiar shape, form or functionality.  In this workshop, you will learn what fascia is, and how it transmits forces from one part of the body to another. Using easy-to-learn yoga techniques, you will develop a strategy to release long-standing biomechanical restrictions, and gain insight into the wisdom of the yoga poses.

With a background in physics and biomechanics, Scott deeply explores anatomy and how the body’s systems work together. He has a grounded, creative and fun teaching presence. Scott studied with Hatha Yoga masters including Dona Holleman and Ramamand Patel, and spent six years studying intensively with Roger Eischens. Through the teachings of Eischens and Holleman, Scott came to recognize the human body as a microcosm of the greater natural world. Scott is also a dedicated student of meditation master Mingyur Rinpoche.


BREATHING AND ALIGNMENT with Scott Anderson, visiting instructor                                        

  • DATE:  September 21, 2014
  • TIME:  1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • DAY: Sunday
  • COST: $30

Using simple anatomical images, Scott will demonstrate how restarting healthy breathing will facilitate healthier posture, which helps release chronic neck tension, reduce severity of headaches and reduce lower back pain. Suitable for all levels of yoga students, even if you don’t have prior experience.

With a background in physics and biomechanics, Scott deeply explores anatomy and how the body’s systems work together. He has a grounded, creative and fun teaching presence. Scott studied with Hatha Yoga masters including Dona Holleman and Ramamand Patel, and spent six years studying intensively with Roger Eischens. Through the teachings of Eischens and Holleman, Scott came to recognize the human body as a microcosm of the greater natural world. Scott is also a dedicated student of meditation master Mingyur Rinpoche.


EATING HEALTHY ON THE GO with Karin Wells, Nutrition Coach

  • DATE: September 24, 2014
  • TIME: 7:15-8:30 pm
  • DAY: Wednesday
  • COST: $25
  • MORE INFO: Email Karin Wells (mooretohealth@gmail.com)

Is it a challenge making a plan for eating healthy for the week in your busy schedule? In need of ideas for making healthy food fast and yummy meals efficiently? A little planning goes a long way. Come learn simple strategies for making fresh snacks and meals that you and your family will look forward to eating. You will leave with a meal plan and some great ideas for simple, fresh, fast recipes. Oh and of course we will do some food sampling in class!



with Brianna Darling

  • DATE: September 28, 2014
  • TIME: 1:00 – 3:00
  • DAY: Sunday
  • COST: $35
  • TO REGISTER: Click here
  • MORE INFO: Please contact Brianna (brianna.zeigler@gmail.com)

Chakras are energy centers located throughout our bodies that govern different aspects of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. Understanding and working with these centers can provide information for deep and profound transformation.The Vishuddha Chakra is located at the throat center. It powers our self expression, creativity and artistic side. The search for your inner and spiritual voice is looking for “the pure place”, the meaning of Visuddha. The Throat is responsible for decision making and the ability to speak up for yourself. In this workshop we’ll explore all aspects of the throat chakra through instruction, reflection, meditation, chanting and gentle asana. Come in comfortable clothes, wear blue if you have it. Bring a journal and a curious and open mind! 


HIP FREEING WORKSHOP with Alexandra Kisitu

  • DATE: October 4, 2014
  • TIME: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • DAY: Saturday
  • COST: $25
  • TO REGISTER: Click here
  • MORE INFO: Call Ann B. at 651-645-5551 or email ann@tulayogawellness.com

Hips don’t lie! Millions of Americans suffer from chronic and acute hip pain related to injury, inactivity, physical and emotional trauma, sitting for long hours in the car or at a desk, and overall wear and tear. Our hips support our spine and vital processes, so it’s important to give them the love and healing they deserve. Rooted in SomaYoga principles and therapeutic movement, this workshop is an opportunity to get in touch with your hips, release tension and pain, and have a little fun too! 




  • DATE: October 25, 2014
  • TIME: 9:30 – 11:30 am
  • DAY: Saturday
  • COST: $18
  • TO REGISTER: Click here
  • MORE INFO: If you have any questions, please contact Brianna at brianna.zeigler@gmail.com

At yoga studios it’s typical to find hour long and 75 minute classes. These classes serve a purpose- they fill us up, help us connect, give us space, allow us to breathe- AND- fit in our busy lives! Ever feel like 60 minutes isn’t enough? This 2 hour class will include gentle vinyasa, hatha, meditation and yin! Rather than getting a sampling of what our regular classes offer, you’ll have the opportunity to dive a little deeper, hang out a little longer and enjoy a little more time ‘just being.’

All levels of students welcome- though some yoga experience is preferred.



with Molly Mcmanus & Ann Maxwell from Yoga North Duluth

  • DATES: October 16-19, 2014
  • TIME:  Oct. 16: 6:00-9:00 pm, Oct 17: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 pm, Oct 18, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Oct 19: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • DAY: Thursday – Sunday
  • COST: $495

Intensive is October 16th-19th.  The Bridge Program is October 16th-21st

Learn the movements, methodology, and neuroscience of SomaYoga and Somatics.  This training is perfect for Yoga Teachers wanting to understand this profound work, PTs, OTs, Chiropractors, and curious students.  The Bridge Program is required for those taking the Yoga Therapy Training and didn’t receive their 500 hr training through Yoga North.



Yoga North uses unique techniques based on the Yamas & Niyamas and a progressive approach to classic yoga using somatics, therapeutic yoga and bridging these techniques back to classic postures/asana. This teacher training 500 hour program begins after completing a 200 hour program at Yoga North or another qualified yoga studio. Once you have gained “the essentials” from your 200 hour training, you are invited to deepen your study with advancing the areas of study in body, breath, mind, and philosophy. The course consists of nine intensive weekends, one per month with additional home study, practicum work and a mentorship program.  Final weekend of the training will be spent on retreat in Northern Minnesota

Yoga North known for Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Certification programs joins with Tula Yoga and Wellness to provide a 500 hour teacher training combined with a level one yoga therapists training beginning  October 2014.

2014 TT500 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training/ Level 1 Yoga Therapy Certification Program St Paul Fall Start

Oct 16-19, 2014
Nov 6-9, 2014
Dec 18-21, 2014
Jan 8-11, 2015
Feb 19-22, 2015
March 19-22, 2015
April 16-19, 2015
May 14-17, 2015
June 25-28, 2015

Cost $4500 (plus $50 application fee) or enroll by September 1, 2014 for discounted early enrollment price of $4300

2015 TT200 St Paul Spring Start

March 12-15, 2015
April 9-12, 2015
May 7-10, 2015
June 4-7, 2015
Practicum: June 8- July 15, 2015
July 16-19, 2015

Cost $3200  (plus $50 application fee) or enroll by February 1, 2015  for discounted early enrollment price o$3000 .

MORE INFO: For more information on Yoga North offerings click here!



  • DATE: November 1, 2014
  • TIME: 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • DAY: Saturday
  • COST: $35
  • TO REGISTER: Click here
  • MORE INFO: If you have any questions, please contact Brianna at brianna.zeigler@gmail.com

Chakras are energy centers located throughout our bodies that govern different aspects of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. Understanding and working with these centers can provide information for deep and profound transformation.The Anja Chakra is located at the third eye center and the Sahasrara Chakra is located at the crown. When the Anja chakra is balanced we experience high mental ability, we are able to separate between reality and imagination and best combine logic and emotion. When we live with a balanced Third Eye chakra, we experience overall good health, clear thinking and focus. A balanced Crown Chakra gives you access to your subconscious, allows you to see your true nature and to accept the self as a part of the universe. Through a deep connection to Sahasrara you may fulfill your highest potential. In this workshop we’ll explore all aspects of these two closely related chakras through instruction, reflection, a soft and gentle asana practice that washes through all chakras as well as meditation and chanting. Come in comfortable clothes, wear violet if you have it. Bring a journal and a curious and open mind!


DRUM MAKING WORKSHOP with Wayne Manthey, the Drum Maker

  • DATE:  November 15, 2014
  • TIME: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • DAY: Saturday
  • $140 per 13″ drum,
  • $165 – per 16″ drum
  • Click here to register.  For questions, please call 651-645-5551 or email: ann@tulayogawellness.com

“Making your own drum is a journey that you will remember for the rest of your life.  The healing properties of a drum are found in the elements that make it:  wood and animal hide.  The drum symbolizes the heartbeat of life, the heartbeat of community.” – Wayne Manthey



  • DATE: December 21, 2014
  • TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • DAY: Sunday
  • COST: $25
  • TO REGISTER: Click here
  • MORE INFO: If you have any questions, please contact Brianna at brianna.zeigler@gmail.com

Join Brianna for a luxurious two hour candlelight Yin class that ends with Yoga Nidra  (a guided deep relaxation practice). Yin Yoga is a soft, still, deep and nurturing seated practice. It goes beyond stretching the muscles. It opens and creates space in the body while cultivating elasticity in the fascial system. When we practice Yin, energy is able to move more freely throughout the body. The class comes at a perfect time with the Holidays approaching as well as theWinter Solstice- it’s a time of transformation.  Give yourself the time and space to feel and experience the now. Cultivate meaning and understanding as we transition into the winter months. Unwind and open.

All are welcome, no experience necessary. Please pre-register and pre-pay, this class will be capped at 15.



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