Yoga Retreat Days


Saturday, June 19 Summer Solstice Yoga Retreat Schedule

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7:00 - 8:25 a.m.
Welcome and meditation

Sensory Garden
Karen Murray/Good Vibrations Yoga

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

  • Heart Opening Flow
    Naturalistic Garden
    Jenn Holm/Yoga 4 You
  • Yoga for Gardeners - all level Hatha class
    Sensory Garden
    Tracy Vacura/Yoga Sanctuary Mpls
  • Good Morning Yoga Sculpt
    Shrub Rose Garden
    Missy Bruggeman

10:15 - 11:45 p.m.

  • Vinyasa
    Shrub Rose Garden
    Tonja Arpin/Yoga Bella
  • Ashtanga
    Ornamental Grasses
    Dena Bretz/LifeTime Fitness
  • "be here now" Meditation - breathwork and gentle yoga
    Sensory Garden
    Holly Bustle/One Love Yoga

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (pre-purchase or lunch on your own)
Sensory Garden

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

  • Yin & Yang
    Shade Tree Exhibit
    Niki Cohen/Spirit of the Lake
  • T'ai Chi Chih
    Chinese Garden
    Sue Bitney/Sue Bitney Tai Chi
  • Mindful Vinyasa
    Sensory Garden
    Laura Reese/Yoga Sanctuary Mpls

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

  • Balance and Flow
    Naturalistic Garden
    Andrew Siefert/Good Vibration Yoga
  • TBD
    Shrub Rose Garden
    Shelley Pagitt/Yoga Sanctuary Mpls
  • Hatha Slow Flow
    Sensory Garden
    Marjorie Grevious

4:20 - 4:30 p.m.
Yoga Nidra

Sensory Garden
Marjorie Grevious

4:45 - 6:15 p.m.
Happy Hour

Sensory Garden


Instructor Bios

Karen Murray - Good Vibrations Yoga 
Karen began practicing yoga 30 years ago out of curiosity. Ten years later she realized it was necessary as part of her self-care routine. Karen has scoliosis and yoga has helped prevent the usual worsening of back problems. Karen is “constantly recovering from something”, so she's a compassionate and caring teacher and always happy to discuss with her students how to help an issue, injury (old or new) or strengthen/stretch something.

Jenn Holm - Yoga 4 You
Jenn Holm is the director and founding partner of Yoga 4 You. Yoga found her in March of 2003. It began as a way to restore flexibility and get in shape, but after experiencing a wave of emotion while in half pigeon pose, she realized there was much more to “this yoga thing” than simply exercising. As her practice evolved, the mental and emotional benefits of yoga followed. It became apparent that the work on the mat was applicable off the mat as well, in every aspect of our lives. As this realization became clear, so did her desire to bring the experience to others and she decided to become a certified yoga instructor.

Tracy Vacura - Yoga Sanctuary Mpls
Tracy Vacura teaches both online classes and outdoors near the Lake Harriet Rose Garden. Tracy seeks to provide tools so that each individual can feel and live better — through breathing techniques, tapping into personal, innate wisdom, smart physical alignment, and just changing perspectives with insights from Yoga Philosophy. Yoga for Gardeners will focus on supporting the habit of gardening with gentle strengthening for the core to support the constant squatting, getting up and down, and bending over that gardeners undertake.  After centering energy along the spinal column, we will focus on releasing tightness in the hips and low back.

Missy Bruggeman
Bio coming soon

Tonja Arpin - Yoga Bella
Tonja has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. During that time she mainly practiced Iyengar and Ashtanga. She completed her first 200 training in June of 2019 and recently completed her second 200 hour training in LYT yoga. LYT yoga is a core-based vinyasa method created by physical therapist Lara Heimann, who implemented her own background in neurodevelopmental rehabilitation to rewire the brain and reestablish more optimal movement patterns in the practice of yoga and for life. Tonja fell in love with the method and how good it made her feel physically and emotionally. As an avid runner and cyclist, she was used to fighting little injuries and imbalances. She noticed that after practicing LYT for a year, she was having fewer issues, feeling and moving better. 

Dena Bretz - Life Time Fitness
Dena has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and has completed both her 200- hour and 300- hour teacher training.  Aside from teaching a variety of classes each week, Dena is a faculty member for Life Time, training new teachers via their 200-hour Life Power YTT.  Join Dena for a glimpse into the amazing practice known as Ashtanga. This set series of pose and counterpose brings the student through a true celebration of opposites that combines both effort and ease, breath and vinyasa. Jois once stated, "the full Ashtanga system practiced with devotion leads to freedom within one's heart."  

Holly Bustle - One Love Yoga 
Holly has a passion for people and connection. Naturally, it was love at first breath when she found yoga. Since then, she's completed her 200 E-RYT & 300 RYT. Holly embraces being a student, teaching, leading workshops, retreats and Teacher Training. Her passion is to help individuals develop tools through their own practices. She strives to cultivate a personal sense of love, connection and encouragement through each class she leads and the connection she makes. 

Niki Scarpa Cohen - Spirit of the Lake Yoga
Niki guides well-rounded classes that flow in a thoughtful manner to encourage balanced energy, and mindful presence. Practicing since 2001 and teaching since 2011, her studies of Tantra, Ayurveda and Yin Yoga are among the philosophies that inform and inspire her teaching. In the Yin & Yang session, we will explore the potential for presence and ease with a yin practice that will be mindful of the fact that you, hopefully, just ate a good lunch. After exploring stillness, the practice will move into an exploration of movement. Explore your internal space...mind, body, and breath. 

Sue Bitney
I have had the honor of teaching T’ai Chi Chih for 15 years. I have been teaching through Nokomis Community Center, in view of Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, for the past 10 years.

Laura Reese - Yoga Sanctuary Mpls
Laura was introduced to yoga in 2002 while living with chronic health issues that kept her from school, work and truly living life. Practicing yoga was the first time she ever sensed a true connection with her body and calmness with her inner life. In 2019, she enrolled in Yoga Sanctuary’s 230-Hour Holistic Yoga Teacher Training & Personal Transformation and found it to be transformational. She is completely filled with joy to be able to share yoga with others. She enjoys teaching vinyasa classes to intentionally connect the breath with movement while inviting lighter energy into the body. She looks forward to sharing yoga and kindness with all who are willing wherever they are on their paths.

Andrew Siefert - Good Vibrations Yoga
After an initial brush with yoga in high school, the lure of the practice caught up with Andrew in 2005. Yoga helped him transition through a challenging time in his life and allowed him to go through what is usually a bitter process with an open heart. After several years of regular practice, he enrolled in a YTT program and embarked on a great journey. Since his initial training, he has dedicated himself to a process of continual learning. Whether it is a ParaYoga workshop, Yin Intensive or other platforms, the joy of yoga is that we always have more to learn.

Shelley Pagitt - Yoga Sanctuary Mpls
Shelley is a teacher at heart. She has been learning, living and sharing holistic ways for 30 years. Her passion for practicing and teaching yoga with intentions of personal integration are rooted in Child Psychology and love of people. Shelley created Yoga Sanctuary, a holistic, nonprofit studio, after completing her 200-hour Teacher Training in California at White Lotus in 2011. She has subsequently completed a nine-month intensive Yoga Studies Program with Ben Vincent and is an eager, lifelong student. Shelley co-created and co-leads Holistic Yoga Teacher Training & Personal Transformation, a 230-hour YTT, structured holistically around the elements and rooted in a compassionate, vulnerable, equitable community.  She is passionate about teaching teachers to teach yoga in ways that bring wholeness to self, to others and to the world.

Marjorie Grevious - Yoga Sanctuary Mpls
Marjorie has been practicing yoga for over 40 years and has grown more serious about yoga study and teaching over the last 10 years. She completed 230 hours of Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. In 2011, she volunteered at Kripalu Yoga Center for over four months as a residential volunteer, where she lived and worked in a community with other yogis from all over the world and attended workshops with leading yoga teachers. Marjorie is certified in Street Yoga for trauma-informed yoga teaching, Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga training. 


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