Teachers 



ALEXANDRA (ALEX) KISITU


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Aloha! I am Alexandra Kisitu - Alex, for short. I have been dancing all my life, and specializing in tribal fusion bellydance for the past 11 years. I had the privilege to spend the past three years in Honolulu dancing with the Shakti Dance Movement, a professional tribal fusion dance troupe. Along with my passion for belly dancing, I am also a yoga instructor. I received my 200 yoga teacher certification at Tula Yoga Wellness through Yoga North in 2014. I believe that dancing and yoga are some of the best pathways to a balanced body and mind. I enjoy teaching both belly dance and yoga, and I look forward to having you in class! 

Alex teaches frequent Bellydance Workshops

 

ANN BLACKBURN


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At 19, yoga came to me as a way to access my inner strength and voice while going through some difficult times. My practice has continued to support me over the last 33 years. My husband Dan and I have co-owned Tula Yoga & Wellness since March 2012. Our mission is to make yoga & wellness within everyone’s reach and to create a space where people can be themselves. I completed my Yoga Therapy certification (C-IAYT) through Yoga North’s International SomaYoga Institute in 2016. I enjoy the diversity of family (three children 12, 17, 21), running a business, working with private clients, teaching group classes & workshops, leading retreats, and facilitating team-building projects with business groups. I am blessed everyday to learn, practice, and teach how to weave yoga, Ayurveda, and energy work into all aspects of life for healing physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Ann’s classes: Wednesday (12:00-1:00 PM)–SomaYoga, Wednesday (6:00-7:15 PM)–Tula Yoga, Thursday (9:30-10:45 AM)–Slow Flow, Sunday (8:30-10:00 AM)–Tula Yoga

 

AUTUMN ONELOVE


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Namaste, Sat Nam! I am a lifelong student of yoga. I’ve received so much healing from the practice and study of yoga (self-love, trusting my inner voice), which is what inspires me to share and teach yoga. I am trained in Vinyasa, Hatha, Raja and prenatal yoga. I am inspired daily from the tradition of Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan.

As a teacher, I work on creating a safe place for my students to be, explore, move and breathe. I work on connecting students back to their wisdom, inner voice and intuition that always knows. Throughout my class you will experience fluid movements, breath, sound and guided visualization. As a teacher, I honor and trust your inner voice. I am here to be only a guide during your yoga journey.

Outside of teaching and practicing you will find me caring for mamas and babies as a Postpartum Doula, devotional singing with my husband, painting mandalas and walking amongst the trees.

Autumn’s classes: Tuesday (6:00-7:00 PM)–Vinyasa, Sunday (11:30-12:30)- Vinyasa

 

BETH GILES


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I discovered Nia in 2004 and it has transformed my body and my life. I am a Nia Black Belt Instructor, who has been teaching full time since 2014. My passion and purpose in life is to share the joy of movement and the Nia practice with people of all ages, shapes, and sizes. I teach eight Nia classes a week, plus I offer workshops, dance parties, and one-on-one movement sessions in the Twin Cities.

I thrive on the fun and freedom of dancing Nia and empower my students to move in their bodies’ way to feel better, improve their stamina, strength, ease, and personal outlook. Dancing Nia is energy medicine for a healthy, joyful and loving life. For more information check out my website.

Beth’s classes: Tuesday (9:30-10:30 AM)–Nia, Friday (10:45-11:45 AM)–Nia

 

BETH ONWARD


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I grew up in a very holistic household, and came to alternative health and wellness at a very early age. Experiencing illness myself and within my family is what guided me to explore helping others find wellness through yoga and other holistic approaches. I believe it is crucial to meet your body where it is each day, in each class. I bring an element of lightheartedness to my classes that makes me a favorite wherever I teach. Being drawn to help more people and in larger ways and fulfill my passion for travel, I co-founded Global CitiZen Retreats; a retreat company that gives back through service work, fundraising, and much more! You can find more information about that here.

Beth’s classes: Sunday (10:15-11:15 AM)–Aerial Yoga, Tuesday (7:30-8:30 PM)— Candlelight Aerial

 

BRIANNA DARLING


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Yoga teacher is one of the many titles I proudly and joyfully claim (some of my other top picks are: mother, priestess, Shamanic Minister, wife, daughter, sister, artist, and donut-lover). After leading a yoga club in high school and teaching sun salutations to a group of orphans as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania I took the plunge and journeyed through a number of teacher trainings. To me, yoga is self-care, self-love, inquiry, and freedom explored and realized through movement and stillness. I believe there is nothing more healing than becoming still so we can connect with the wisdom embedded within the body. I teach Yin and Yoga Nidra on Sunday evenings- a class I’ve been teaching for a few years and absolutely adore. I also teach workshops laden with ritual and organic movement that are centered around the cycles of nature. Visit my website for more information!

Brianna’s class: Sunday (5:00-6:15 PM)–Yin & Yoga Nidra

 

CATHERINE SQUIRES


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I recently completed Yoga North’s 200-hour training program, and am excited to continue teaching Soma yoga at Tula. Yoga has been a lodestar for me during many periods of my life, and I decided to make the leap to becoming a teacher to solidify my commitment and deepen my learning. I enjoy geeking out about the philosophies and sciences of yoga, somatics, birds, and books (which is not surprising since I am also a professor at the University of Minnesota!) and love sharing stories.

Catherine’s class: Thursday (6:00-7:10 PM)–SomaYoga

 

CRYSTAL HARRIS


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We are human beings, not human doings. Crystal (she/her/hers) believes in the transformative and healing power of resisting all the eternal messages about “doing” and nourishing our inner authentic “being.” Through her yoga classes, she invites you to join her in a radical self-care practice of slowing down, deepening our breath, and being present with our emotional, physical, mental, and energetic bodies. When not practicing and teaching yoga, Crystal can be found exploring other avenues for community healing or grassroots education for social change, attempting photography, or painting in her studio.

Crystal’s classes: Wednesday (5:00-6:00 PM)–Vinyasa, Sunday (6:30-7:30 PM)–Vinyasa, Sunday (7:45-8:45 PM)–Candlelight Yoga

 

DAN BLACKBURN


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I’ve been a student of health and wellness since I can remember. Having a deep curiosity of the human body and physiology brought me to the Body Therapy Institute 30 years ago to pursue massage therapy and became a deep tissue therapist in Raleigh NC with an emphasis in chronic and acute pain. I had the pleasure of teaching deep tissue technique for a time and been blessed to learn from great leaders in body work including Rick Rosen, Michael Shae, John Latz and Paul St. John. I left my practice to pursue a career with Whole Foods Market and move home to Minnesota in 1995 to marry my high school sweetheart. My admiration of eastern culture and alternative health have remained constant. I recently completed the 500 hour training in SomaYoga with Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute. My wife, Ann, and I have been supporting people’s goals of wellbeing for over 25 years and we are the co-owners of Tula Yoga Wellness. We have three kids each of whom give me pause to reflect on the many blessings and opportunities in life.

Dan’s class: Saturday (8:00-9:00 AM)–Tula Yoga

 

DYLAN GALOS


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Slow down, shut up; four words to summarize my classes. I (he/him/his) am a scholar, activist, athlete, geek, and most of all a human. Yoga brings me a grounding home base, humbled by over a decade of practice. I am a health researcher by day and seek to integrate evidence-based principles of movement into my teaching and challenge students to go off of the script. I am a Yoga for All certified teacher, a member of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition leadership team and seek to brings inclusivity, science, and kindness into the yoga classroom. When not practicing yoga, I enjoy lifting weights, biking, and riding scooters and motorcycles. I hope that students leave my class able more grounded and aware of their choices.

Dylan’s classes: Monday (7:15 -8:15 PM)–Tula Yoga, (8:30 – 9:30 PM) Candlelight

 

ELIZABETH EILERS SULLIVAN


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I am a Certified Yoga Therapist C-IAYT, SomaYoga Therapy Trained along with advanced studies in SourcePoint Therapy and a certification as an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist. I blend my passion for optimal health and full potential to support your next best steps on your path to wholeness and remembering your divine brilliance. There is no greater healer and teacher than your higher Self and being in an intimate connection with the blueprint for human health to support your fullest potential. From simple daily practices of Ayurveda to energy medicine and energy pattern changing protocols, meditation and the whole eight limbs of yoga; I draw on these ancient tools and newer modalities to support your healing and help you remove blockages that have held you back. I write for Yoga International and other publications where I am motivated to share these tools with all ages to support health and potential! I teach and see clients at Tula Yoga & Wellness and also teach with Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute training teachers. Find more information about me here.

Elizabeth’s classes: Tuesday (9:30-10:30 AM)–Tula, Tuesday (12:00-1:00 PM)— SomaYoga

 

GRANT FOSTER


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I first found SomaYoga in the late summer of 2014 and have been a devoted practitioner ever since. At the time I was debilitated by injuries to my spine and hip socket, which re-appeared quite suddenly when the limits to my understanding collided with my actual condition. Within the span of a few weeks I went from not feeling my injuries to loudly sensing how deep they were. Once I realized and accepted where I was, I also saw there was so much I needed to learn. After a half year of searching for ways to mend myself I discovered Tula with its brilliant offering called SomaYoga. I immediately recognized the marriage of somatics and yoga. With almost no thought I signed up for the 200 hour SomaYoga training. There I found the means to reshape myself and have discovered endless fascination with all of the forms I take. From the moment I first accepted I could no longer function, acceptance formed the paving stones of my recovery. It begins when the mind is still and quiet and perched to observe without altering. From there the body starts to become re-enchanted. Check out my website here.

Grant’s classes: Monday (10:45-11:45 AM)–SomaYoga, Friday (12:00- 1:00) — Tula Yoga, Friday (1:30-2:30 PM)–SomaYoga 

 

GRACE PANIAN


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I fell in love with my personal practice in 2016 after experiencing the mental, physical and spiritual healing power of yoga. As my personal practice began to deepen, I was inspired to complete a yoga teacher training. I received my RTY-200 credentials in Rishikesh, India in May 2018. My philosophy teacher always emphasized “We all are students, and we always will be” no matter where I am in my personal practice or teaching, I will never stop learning. I learn just as much from my students as they learn from me. My goal is to have students walking out of class more at ease, calm, connect to their true self and to the universe. To me, yoga is literally a way of living, bringing more awareness to the body, mind and perception.

Grace’s classes: Tuesday (7:15- 8:15 PM) — Slow Flow, Tuesday (8:30- 9:30 PM) — Candlelight, Wednesday (8:30- 9:30 pm)— Candlelight

 

JACLYN SEMLAK


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Yoga leaves me restored and rejuvenated, which is how I hope my students leave after each class. I believe that practicing yoga is just that–a practice, in which we are continuously growing, learning and discovering. I have been practicing yoga for 8 years and teaching for 7 years. I took the training after realizing how much yoga supported my physical and mental well-being and I wanted to learn more. I teach 4 and 5 year olds during the week as a Preschool Teacher and lead Vinyasa classes with adults on the weekends. My teaching style is light hearted and fun. My classes incorporate music that matches the stage of the class. We begin and end with calm, restorative postures and flow through a more challenging sequence in the middle. There is a yoga practice out there for everyone and we all need to find the right fit for us. Coming together in a community and taking time to practice self-care is a gift we give not only to ourselves, but to all those we encounter.

Jaclyn’s classes: Thursday (7:20-8:20 PM)— Vinyasa, Saturday (9:15-10:15 AM)–Vinyasa

 

JESSICA WINTERS


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I was introduced to yoga in 2006 and instantly fell in love with how felt after my practice; strong, flexible, confident, relaxed and compassionate toward myself. My yoga practice is as an essential part of my life. My goal is to encourage everyone to begin their practice and open themselves up to the possibility of change in their lives.
I started my 200 Hour Teacher Training in Huntington Beach California at Yoga Shakti Wellness Center and finished it here in Minnesota through Green Lotus Yoga and Healing Centers and from there I went on to complete the 500 Hour Teacher Training through Yoga North International Soma Yoga Institute here in Saint Paul and Duluth Minnesota.

I have taught in a variety of settings and maintain a daily personal yoga practice, in studio and at home. I aim to bring humor, support and a non-judgmental attitude into class to show everyone that a yoga practice is a fun and valuable experience.

Jessica’s classes: Monday (6:00-7:00 PM)–Vinyasa, Wednesday (9:30-10:30 AM)–Vinyasa

 

MARY KLINE


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When I was a competitive dancer, I recall standing backstage before a performance, clinging to the curtains with anxiety. At times my heart would beat so loudly, I could barely hear the announcer call my name or category over the house speakers. Typically that anxiety dissolved away after stepping on stage and allowing myself to get lost in my favorite escape. Dancing continues to force me out of my introversion, and allows me the freedom to express myself through movement and music.

Interestingly, that anxiety has never entirely gone away. I experience a little of it before every Zumba class, and it allows me to relate to new students who may have apprehensions. My hope is that every student, whether their first class or whether they’ve been coming to Zumba for years, feels free to be themselves. I’ve never stopped being passionate about dance, but the beauty is now-it’s not about competing, but connecting.

Mary’s Class: Monday (6:00-7:00 PM)— Zumba

 

MELANIE HARPER


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I’ve always been drawn to physical movement, and enjoyed practicing flexibility and balancing. In 2010 I started going to a weekly yoga class. I help special needs children in elementary school and attended a Yoga Calm training. It inspired and resonated with me deeply, so I pursued the Yoga Calm certification. I teach an ongoing Yoga Calm class at Tula on Sunday mornings. The children’s enthusiasm and energy is delightful, it’s a fun class.
I explored going to a variety of classes at Tula, which led me to taking the 200hr Soma yoga training by YogaNorth, and recently I went through Yin Training. I teach hatha series to staff at school.
It’s an honor to continue learning and sharing the experience of yoga with children and adults. I love the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual connection that yoga brings through breathe, movement, relaxation, and community.

Melanie’s class: Sunday (11:30-12:30 PM)–Yoga Calm (ages 4-10)

 

NANCY GIGUERE


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Because I began practicing yoga when I was in my late 50s, I’m especially interested in working with older and “non-typical” students. I firmly believe that there is a practice for everyone. I have completed 500 hours of training with Scott Anderson of Alignment Yoga, along with additional training in somatics.
I teach Gentle Yoga, a kind of “laboratory class” during which we explore the mind-body connection using techniques derived from asana, somatics, and other movement practices.
The mind-body connection is a “two-way street.” We know the mind affects the body, but we often forget the body also affects the mind. As we deepen our relationship with our body and become more at home in it, we become more fully human and more fully ourselves.

Nancy’s classes: Tuesday (10:45-11:45 AM)– Gentle Yoga

 

NANCY HERZOG


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I’ve always loved fluid, creative, and holistic movement. I was a gymnast, dancer, and devotee of Pilates, but when I started practicing and studying yoga, a whole new way of moving and being opened up to me! In 2005, I decided to combine my love of movement and education, and set out to earn a variety of mind-body fitness certifications and began teaching classes around the Twin Cities.

Now, I develop and teach my own fusion classes – blending simple and effective moves from Hatha yoga, Pilates core, Tai Chi-style full body, and mindful breathing. I hope to inspire people to move with joy and freedom, live pain-free, maintain good posture, and address the common effects of sitting long hours and too much screen-time. I love to see people leave class feeling centered, renewed, and open.
To learn more, visit my website.

Nancy’s class: Saturday (10:30-11:30 AM)–Slow Flow

 

RUTH SILVA


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The first time I experienced yoga was while working as a dancer. It helped me with some injuries at that time, but it wasn’t until later that I took it on more frequently and received my training in it. I started teaching Zumba as a way of keeping dancing in my life and have continued to teach it for 6 years now.
When teaching my classes I want my students to succeed and to have a better understanding of their bodies! I teach Slow flow, Vinyasa, Yin and Zumba, and bring SomaYoga practices into each of those styles… even Zumba.
Yoga has helped me in many ways on and off the mat and I try to incorporate it into my classes and all other aspects of my life. In my spare time I love hanging out with my husband, and our cat Winnie. I also love dancing, baking and watching British Murder mysteries. For more Information visit my website.

Ruth’s classes: Monday (9:30-10:30 AM)–Slow Flow, Wednesday (10:45-11:45 AM)–Zumba, Friday (9:30-10:30 AM)–Vinyasa, Saturday (11:45-12:45 PM)–Yin & Restorative

 

SANDY MIGHELL


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I am a Certified Black Belt instructor in the Nia Technique, and a Certified Qigong Instructor in Supreme Science and Organ Cleansing (Medical) Qigong. My classes have been described by my students as being “like a spa treatment for the body,” “rejuvenating”, and “grounding”.

Through the harmonizing body awareness practices of Nia and Qigong, we make possible the transformation of our cell tissue by infusing it with positive conversation, good energy, conscious motion and our own sense of authenticity. I have been sharing my movement practice for 11 years in yoga studios, recreation/community centers, YMCAs, spas, pilates studios, government facilities, corporations and in countless private and small group venues. I would love to have you join me for class.

Sandy’s class: class series

 

SARAH TURINO


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I’ve been teaching various forms of movement for 14 years now as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and yoga instructor. Because I’m trained in a bunch of modalities, I try and meet each person wherever they are on their journey.

My hope is that you can connect and move with your body in a way that feels just right for you, because the body is a part of the body.mind.spirit chain. Your body is where you sense, feel and move. It is how you give and receive physical love. Your body, needs to be loved and cherished. The body is your best teacher – and I am simply a guide to help you connect, honor and move yourself with loving kindness. I teach two classes here at Tula: Bootcamp with Soul which combines strength, cardio and mobility and is taught in gears so you can customize the workout to make it work for you. Sunrise Yoga which helps you greet your day with a blend of SomaYoga and SlowFlow. For more information, visit my website.

Sarah’s classes: Wednesday (6:00-7:00 AM)–Boot Camp with Soul,  Wednesday (7:15-8:15 AM)–Soma Yoga

 

TERESA REID


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Whether I am facilitating, coaching, mothering or mentoring, I consider myself an advocate of en-LIFE-enment. With a passion for movement and metaphor as paths of liberation, my offerings blend my love of dance, somatic inquiry, archetypal and depth psychology, earth based wisdom, and whole systems healing. Through powerful, embodied explorations of deep purpose, I support others in awakening awareness, summoning resilience and choice, and welcoming wholeness home; one step at a time.

Having lived a life guided by curiosity, wonder, and in service to the unknown, I have learned to trust in the wisdom of my body, rest in the questions rather than the answers, and ponder rather than claim to know. Free form, conscious dance is my primary practice, along with weaving ritual, connecting with nature, listening to dreams, and activating my imagination through creative writing and art.
It is my great honor to share and breathe and BE in this dance of life with you.
To learn more about my offerings, visit my website.

Teresa’s offerings: Dancing Freedom and Rhythm of the Year workshops.