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KAT SOPER

Kat, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, is a mama, wife, yoga student who teaches, and loves avocados, tacos, the outdoors, and live music. In her late teens she discovered she had an autoimmune disease which sparked a life-long curiosity about health and healing from the inside out.

More about Kat's education and experience:

  • Founder of PALM + PINE

  • Lead Faculty for PALM + PINE 230hr Yoga Study & Teacher Training

  • 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification from CorePower Yoga

  • Level 2 Teacher Certification from CorePower Yoga

  • 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Devanadi Yoga School

  • Certified ACE Health Coach

  • Facilitator/Faculty for Yoga Center of Minneapolis's YTT offsite in LaCrosse, WI

  • Managed a prominent Yoga Six studio in San Diego for 2+ years as the company grew from a start-up to a national brand

  • Completed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course at the University of Minnesota 

  • Completed ‘Coaching & Mentoring’ as part of the Mindful Executive Program at UC San Diego

HANNAH POLLACK

Student, teacher, Studio Coordinator for our Jackson Plaza location, and lover of movement are all roles Hannah synchronizes within her life with yoga. Growing up as an athlete in a health oriented home, the importance of physical activity and nourishing the body has always been instilled in her repertoire. Until a few years ago, her practice bobbed in and out of life, until she noticed its persistent presence and its ability to nurture her needs wherever she was/is in life. From this place of discovery she hopes to share yoga with you!


More about Hannah's education and experience:

  • 200 hour Yoga Certification with YogaFit

  • Specialty trainings in: Yoga Nidra, yoga for PTSD, yoga for seniors and prenatal yoga

  • Bachelor of Science in Community Health and Wellness Coaching

SARA WOODEN

Sara Wooden is a yoga teacher, wellness coach, and mother of two littles. She has been practicing yoga for over 18 years. After being involved in a car accident which resulted in a neck injury, she used modified yoga practices as a way to accept her limitations. These helped her to develop a practice focused on strengthening, stretching, healing, and growing. Seeing the power of yoga to heal has inspired Sara to make yoga accessible for individuals of all ability levels.

More about Sara's education and experience:

  • AAAI/ISMA Level I and II Yoga Teacher Certifications

  • 230 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification from Alignment Yoga

  • Adapting Yoga for disability level I and II from MindBody Solutions

  • Foundations in Craniosacral Therapy

  • Additional training and experience in Pilates and Pi YO (Pilates/Yoga fusion)

  • Faculty for PALM + PINE 230hr Yoga Study & Teacher Training

  • Faculty for Yoga Center of Minneapolis's YTT offsite in LaCrosse, WI

KAITLIN GELBMANN

Kaitlin was first introduced to yoga while working for a chiropractor and practiced in the office during lunch breaks. Being a trained Massage Therapist, Kaitlin has always valued the mind/body connection and living a healthy life. “What you put in is what you get out.” She has learned that the combination of yoga with all other active regimens is the greatest of all worlds: BALANCE! Becoming a yoga instructor empowered her to find her inner voice and self confidence. She wishes to give back to the community the way that she was encouraged to embrace her fitness journey.

More about Kaitlin's education and experience:

  • 200 hour Power Yoga Teacher Certification from CorePower Yoga

  • Yoga Sculpt Teacher Certification from CorePower Yoga

  • Licensed Massage Therapist since 2008 with special focus in overuse injuries of the upper body, deep tissue, therapeutic, and sports massage

BARB STELLOH

Studio Coordinator for our Holmen Square location, Barb, was originally drawn to yoga by the physical practice, but she quickly sensed shifts in the body and noticed how those shifts affected life off of the mat, and that's what kept her coming back to eventually dive deeper. Barb's passionate about emphasizing the energetic elements of the yoga practice and supporting people to tune-in with their bodies externally and internally. When not on the mat, Barb enjoys canoeing, camping, wine & kombucha making, gardening, hiking, hockey.

More about Barb's education and experience:

  • 230hr Yoga Teacher Certification from Yoga Center of Minneapolis

  • Certified Reiki Master

  • Completed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course

  • B.S. in Sociology & Psychology

BETH FOOR

Beth is a wife of an amazing husband, a mother to 3 fabulous girls, a lifetime student of numerous interests, a really good friend to all. She came to her mat for the physical aspect and from her very first class was intrigued by the power of the breath. With love and support of her family Beth continues to experience and study holistic wellness methodologies. You can also find Beth in the kitchen, she loves to cook! She loves being with her family, traveling and hanging out with friends. She is currently studying the healing power of crystals and meditation/mindfulness practices.

More about Beth's education and experience:

  • 500 YTT Wild Abundant Life/Debbie Williamson

  • Certified in the following: Yoga Life Coach, Senior Yoga, Restorative and Yin Yoga, Sound Healing and Private Yoga

MICHELLE MONTET

Michelle came to yoga in the late 90's. The peace, inner joy, and self-acceptance she found through her practice urged her to support others find their paths. She delights in bringing yoga to new audiences while helping others continue their journey. A practice that quiets inner dialog, along with meditative elements, are key to her teaching. Her private life blossoms with family, fur babies, and nature. Michelle's hands are often in the earth or in a good book.

More about Michelle's education and experience:

  • NETA Certified Yoga Instructor

  • 230 hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Yoga Center of Minneapolis

BRYAN CRIGLER

Bryan first found yoga and meditation through his martial arts practice over a decade ago. Pushing his body to the limits through his training was taking its toll physically so on a friend’s recommendation, Bryan found himself in a yoga class. That first class had such a profound effect on him that it drove him to continue exploring the depths of his physical, mental and spiritual practice for over a decade now. Bryan loves to study and integrate the teachings in ancient yogic scriptures into his classes and expose students to this wisdom passed down through the ages. Bryan is a dedicated practitioner of Raja and Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Zen mediation, Qi Gong and the Wim Hof Method and brings a unique flavor of all the practices he embodies to the classes he teaches. He is also rumored to have fought a grizzly bear but we have yet to confirm this….

More about Bryan's education and experience:

  • 230 hour Yoga Teacher Certification from PALM + PINE

  • Wim Hof Fundamentals Training

  • Black Belt in Shito Ryu Karate

CHRISTINA SPIEWAK

Christina is a lifelong student and teacher of yoga. She came to yoga as a former dancer who enjoyed the physical practice but gained so much more as the practice nourished her mind, body, and spirit. It has transformed the way she relates to herself and the world. Off the mat, you can find her covered in glitter and shaving cream in her other passion as a pediatric occupational therapist. She loves exploring the outdoors, traveling, and meeting new people. She cannot wait to continue to grow alongside yogis of all ages and abilities in this community!


More about Christina's education and experience:

  • 230 hour Yoga Teacher Certification from PALM + PINE

  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from UW-Madison

APRIL STOKES

April found yoga through an early adulthood struggle with chronic pain and mental health. The relief she found through the practice of yoga paired with somatics completely turned around her outlook on life and debunked the myth that “pain is just a part of growing older.” She hopes to pass along her learnings and spread an appreciation for the power of mentally releasing held tension.

More about April's education and experience:

  • 200 hr SomaYoga certified through Yoga North

  • Level 1 Reiki practitioner

  • Taught One-on-one sessions at the Minneapolis Yoga Conference 2019

JILL O'OBRIEN

Dr. Jill has dabbled in yoga over the years.  She began to realize that her mind as much as her body felt stronger and more stable every time she left the yoga studio, which encouraged her to return to the mat each time.  A more consistent practice over the past several years also allowed her to realize how much yoga complimented her love of anatomy and the human body. Jill is a Physical Therapist who specializes in Pelvic Health and chronic pain and is absolutely stoked to offer her services to the folks of the La Crosse area! When Jill is not seeing patients or on the mat, you will find her on a bike, trailing behind her husband and son on their hot pink tandem or in her garden with a glass of wine close by.

 

More about Jill's education and experience:

  • Bachelor of Science, Exercise and Sport Science, Iowa State University

  • Master of Physical Therapy, University of Iowa

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis

  • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, APTA

  • RYT - 200, PALM + PINE

  • Certified in Functional Dry Needling, Kinetacore

TOM ROBERTS

Tom is a retired Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist. He has over 40 years of experience in clinical psychotherapy and has been a practicing Zen Buddhist for nearly 50 years. Over the past 20 years Tom has routinely utilized Tibetan Singing Bowls, chimes and Symphonic Gongs in both his clinical Psychotherapy practice as well as the retreats he leads.

A bit more about Tom's education and experience:

  • In 1992 he received lay Buddhist vows from Thich Nhat Hanh

  • Author of The Mindfulness Workbook: A Beginners Guide to Overcoming Fear and Embracing Compassion (New Harbinger Press, 2009).

  • Over the past 35 years, Thomas has become a leader in the fields of mind-body healing, clinical hypnotherapy, and mindfulness

  • Continues to present retreats locally as well as throughout the United States

Jen Schmitt

Jen is a creative and compassionate Pisces whose classes are powerful, playful and heartfelt. She has an insatiable passion for knowledge; her shelves are filled with books about physical health, mental wellness, essential oils, nutrition & spirituality. She loves yoga because it makes her feel good and reminds her to “go with the flow,” and to breathe through life’s challenges. She is currently studying the healing power of crystals and mindful self-compassion practices.

  • 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification with Midwest Power Yoga/Debbie Williamson 2008

  • Independent Distributor with Young Living Essential Oils since 2012

  • Additional training in:

  • Life Coaching with Debbie Williamson 2009

  • Tantric Massage with Peter Ross Voigt 2009

  • YogaKids Foundations 2013

  • Trauma Informed Yoga with Hala Khouri 2018

Jamie Pedretti

Yoga found its way to Jamie when she was in college and needed 2 pesky P.E. credits.  That initial experience opened the door for Jamie to a lifelong path of curiosity, self-acceptance, and joy.  Jamie utilizes her personal yoga practice to consistently create space for personal growth but also to support balance in her life.  Jamie has found such magic in the PALM + PINE community and is so grateful to be able to continue growing as a yogi while teaching. You may find Jamie hiking with a coffee in hand, reading, going to a concert, or laughing.  

More about Jamie’s education and experience: 

  • 230 Hour Yoga Certification from PALM + PINE Yoga Studio & School

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work specializing in Adoption and Trauma

  • Certified Red Cross First Aid and CPR Instructor

  • Certified in Trauma-Based Yoga Techniques