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About Our Studio
The Yoga Sol team believes that by practicing yoga regularly, one's physical, mental, and spiritual health can be greatly enhanced, creating a powerful radiance that transforms individuals and communities.
Yoga Sol is an innovative yoga studio committed to making yoga accessible to all by creating a meaningful community of passionate yogis. The studio, with a team of more than 30 teachers offers over 30 weekly classes on a pay-what-you-can basis and serves more than 1000 practitioners per month. Yoga Sol is funded entirely through student donations (suggested donation $10) and provides an alternative to corporate studios where cost can be significant barrier. Yoga is a $27 billion industry and in Minneapolis, rates often run as high as $20 per class. The studio opened its doors on May 1, 2012 and is connected to a larger movement of donation-based studios across the country.
The studio provides the opportunity for both teachers and students to get back to what yoga is all about: the collective spirit. Teachers at Yoga Sol are committed to building a more vibrant community and are encouraged to be creative, think outside the box, and experiment with new teaching methods. So far, the rapidly growing list of experiments includes a David Bowie-themed class on the rocker's recent birthday, regular yoga to live music, monthly happy hours, open-house tea tastings, pizza parties, and workshops.
Founders Flor and Peter Frey, a husband and wife team, provide the strategic direction for the social enterprise, applying the same level of intention and consciousness to their business as yoga requires of its practitioners. So far, the experiment is working.
Yoga Sol is also a founding member of the
, a local cohort of artists, musicians and community enthusiasts devoted to creating interactive events in which all participants can share equally in the joy of creation. We invite you to join the fun!
Flor Frey, Founder
Flor did not fall in love with her first downward facing dog. It felt awkward in her body. But she did fall in love with the magic of her first yoga class. Yoga seriously appeared on her path after an adventurous move to Minneapolis from Austin, TX in 2010. The move prompted the pursuit of some of Flor’s personal passions. She was drawn to the auspicious world of yoga and the deep complexity of Eastern philosophy. Remembering the magic of her first yoga class and feeling the need to share it with others birthed her adventure into Teacher Training in the spring of 2011. Not exactly sure what she was looking for, but compelled to discover it, she immersed herself in intense yoga training where she deepened her practice, created life-long friendships, and found a way to make an impact in the yoga community. She launched Yoga Sol in May 2012. The vision for Yoga Sol was to make the health benefits of yoga accessible to all through a pay-what-you-can model. Flor believes the power of yoga and the power of doing good business can happily co-exist! She is currently pursuing her MBA at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and sincerely welcomes you to the Yoga Sol community.
Krista Costin, Operations Manager
Breath. Music. Heart. These three collide to create a vinyasa experience with Krista Costin. A trained opera singer, Krista came to yoga as an undergraduate student in Minneapolis. The process of performing is about communicating with raw honesty and heart to an audience. You cultivate those tools every day by rolling out your mat, getting real with yourself, and noticing what shows up. Krista received her 200 hour Vinyasa RYT certificate (2011) and Yoga Sculpt certification (2013) at Vibe Yoga in Bloomington, Indiana. She also received her Yin Yoga teaching certification (2013) at Yoga Center of Minneapolis. "To perform every action artfully is yoga." -Swami Kripalu
Stephanie Dalager, Marketing Manager
Steph first stumbled onto yoga in college. Although, she walked out of those first couple classes feeling like she would never be able to touch her toes let alone know the difference between a downward dog and an upward bow, she stuck with it and eventually began to feel not only physically stronger, but also more relaxed and tuned in. After graduating college, she started attending classes more regularly and became hooked, loving the connection - between body, mind, and heart and with the yoga community, the blissed out feeling of walking out of a really great class, and most importantly, she loved feeling more mindful and joyful in her life off the mat. She completed her 200 hour yoga certification in Goa, India with Tribe Yoga. In her classes, Steph wants to encourage students from beginners to experienced yogis to listen to their bodies and minds and tuning in to their personal needs in each class. Above all, she hopes to share the joy that yoga brings her with her students and that they too will share this joy with others. When she's not in the yoga studio, you can find her getting dirty in her garden, playing music or catching a live show, hunting for treasures at antique shops, reading a book with a good cup of coffee, or trotting the globe in search of adventures.
Joshlyn Goepfrich, Sculpt Program Manager
Joshlyn began her yoga practice during college in 2008 and was immediately amazed at how strong, focused, and relaxed she felt after each class. Initially, she practiced yoga to relieve stress and achieve fitness goals, but over time she recognized and appreciated its positive spiritual benefits in every part of her life. Overall, Joshlyn believes yoga brings tranquility and happiness into her life and seeks to share the gift of yoga with others. A former dancer and Gopher cheerleader, Joshlyn became a certified Yoga Sculpt teacher at CorePower Yoga to share the positive influences of yoga with her community. Joshlyn was born and raised in Minneapolis and is passionate about exploring different cultures, living a healthy lifestyle, and advocating for environmental sustainability. Joshlyn believes there are lessons to be learned from all experiences and that life is most fulfilling when we do what we love and are compassionate and kind to others.
Brittany Carrico, Vinyasa Program Manager
Brittany first came onto her mat in 2008 and has fallen in love with practice ever since. Having been athletic from a young age, she welcomed the new physical challenges yoga offered, but soon her practice would evolve into something much more personal. Yoga offered her growth and flexibility not only in her body but also in her mind. She soon found lessons she learned on her mat come into play in other areas of her life. This new found mind body connection inspired her not only to deepen her own practice but share her love of yoga with others. In spring of 2011 she complete her RYT 200 through Saint Paul College and Yoga Sculpt training through CorePower Highland Park. She now teaches classes focused on finding strength and flexibility both in the mind and body! Brittany will continue she education in India in the Spring. Off her mat you can find Brittany at the beach, running, or in a nearby coffee shop with a good book! Check out Brittany's
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Nicole Haffield, Community Experience Manager
Nicole’s yoga journey began in 2009, when she was just 16 years old. Originally, she just wanted to try yoga to see what all of the hype was about and thought it could be a good supplement to her regular workout routine. After going to a handful of different types of classes with her girlfriends, she fell head over heels in love. Not only was yoga a great workout, but it also allowed her to focus on breath, let go, and relax. Yoga began to change Nicole’s outlook on life and taught her the importance of the present moment on and off of her mat. Specifically Nicole enjoyed Yoga Sculpt classes because they made her feel mentally and physically stronger than she had ever felt before. As she started to see the way yoga was positively impacting all aspects of her life, she knew she couldn’t keep this feeling all to herself. Nicole went through Yoga Sculpt teacher training at CorePower Yoga in order to give back and share the positive message and practice of yoga with others. Nicole believes in the importance of physical, spiritual, and mental wellness, and hopes to spread this gift with others through the power of yoga. Along with being a yogi, Nicole is a student at the University of Minnesota, loves reading, volunteering, traveling, and everything chocolate.
Halen Bower, Vinyasa
As an athlete most her life, Halen initially came to yoga as a gentler way to stay in shape. She soon realized that yoga also helped ease her busy mind and encouraged her to become a more aware and present person. One of her main goals in teaching yoga is to help others build a greater awareness and connection to their body and to their breath - the two things that are always in the present moment.
In 2010, Halen completed her 200 hour training with Frog Lotus International in Guatemala and has been traveling with yoga ever since. She taught yoga in Switzerland, Alaska, and California - and recently received her Radiant Child Yoga certification in Boston. In her travels, often the only way Halen could afford to practice yoga was a donation based studios. She is therefore thrilled to be a part of Yoga Sol's mission to make yoga accessible to everybody.
Kelley Dorn, Sculpt
Kelley first rolled out her yoga mat as an attempted method of disconnect from the work blackberry for a few hours each week. The obsession was immediate. Not only did yoga prove to be a fun and calming break from life’s daily demands, but she left feeling stronger, energized, and at ease. Kelley moved home to Minnesota in early 2012, and immediately fell in love with Yoga Sculpt – a class that added more strength and cardio to her existing vinyassa practice. Feeling at her best physically, mentally, and spiritually, Kelley made the decision to become a Sculpt Instructor to be able to share her practice with others. Kelley completed Yoga Sculpt Training at Core Power Yoga the summer of 2013 and is eager to begin to lead new and experienced yogis in a practice that has been so formative in her life!
Victoria Downey, Ashtanga
Victoria began practicing in 2003 and has been blessed to be guided by a host of talented and inspiring teachers since that time. Coming from a competitive synchronized swimming background, Victoria found yoga to be a welcome challenge for her flexibility while encouraging her to let go of her competitive tendencies. Additionally, and happily, yoga actually encouraged breathing! Over the years, Victoria's practice has transitioned alongside her exploration of different forms of yoga. Through yoga, she has been able to improve her concentration and balance while becoming more centered and blissful. Victoria completed an Ashtanga Teacher Training in 2008 with Kathleen Kastner Mortenson and Wade Mortenson and completed her 200-hour Power Yoga Teacher Training in summer 2011 with Joel Klausler and Lauren Hopps. As an instructor, Victoria hopes to inspire her students to not only develop strong asana practices by also to take their yoga off their mats, finding peace and contentment within themselves and in the outside world. Off the mat, Victoria teaches geography at a community college, sings eclectic jazz, and roots emphatically for Kansas basketball (her alma matter).
Laura Edeburn, Vinyasa
Laura initially found yoga to relieve work stress-related ailments. Even though she was always physically active, moments on her mat healed her mind and body in ways she never expected. With renewed mental and physical strength, she insists on living balanced, fulfilling days. As she continues to grow her practice, she especially loves the quiet strength involved with flowing from pose to pose. She received her 200-hour certification through Core Power Yoga in 2012 and looks for every opportunity to practice and share yoga with everyone she can.
When she’s not on the mat, she spends time with her 3 beautiful children and husband. She cooks, gardens, knits, reads books, volunteers, tries to eat homemade bread and ice cream every week... and always has her eye on the sky with the hope of chasing storms.
Jenny Ernie-Steighner, Vinyasa
Jenny's sister introduced her to yoga 13 years ago during a giggly, impromptu yoga session. Jenny has been giggling ever since! While healing from an illness & completing her graduate studies, she found herself doing yoga daily. She fell in love with the creative & nourishing expression yoga offers the body, mind, & spirit. As an athlete, yoga also spoke to her love of movement.
After a yearlong teacher training, Jenny received her RYT-200 certification through the Yoga Center of Minneapolis in early 2011. During her studies, she pursued tutelage in a variety of practices including: vinyasa, hatha, gentle, restorative, & yin yoga. Jenny is also a holistic fitness trainer & loves working with athletes—both professional & aspiring—to prevent injury & improve performance through yoga. Jenny's dream is to inspire and empower students through joyful movement that honors the inherent wisdom, strength, and health of their bodies, minds, and souls. In sharing the peace and bliss yoga offers, she hopes to help students find the space within to be adventurous, creative, & compassionate!
When not teaching, Jenny can be found laughing with family and friends, running in the sunshine, & helping to empower girls in Northern Kenya through an amazing non-profit called PEAK.
Tatum Fjerstad, Vinyasa
As many wonderful things do, yoga entered Tatum’s life during a dark time. Through movement, breathing and just being, she was able to find bright pockets of light within the darkness. Soon the light grew and she couldn't keep it to herself. Her first yoga class was in 2005, but a severe love affair with yoga began in 2011. After teaching herself sequences at home, she realized yoga was more than a few postures. In March of 2012, she graduated from the yoga teacher training program at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis.
Without judgment and without goals, Tatum believes your mat is a space to explore being present. Present with whatever is, right now. The truth is, you already have everything you desire; you just have to tap into it. And if you're unhappy with what you have – don't worry – it will change. Everything always changes.
Carrie Garcia, Vinyasa
Carrie Garcia is a certified Vinyasa Yoga instructor, spiritual guide and artist who plants her roots in the Twin Cities. Her aim is to inspire people to love and believe in themselves, knowing that we are all interconnected. Her belief is that by quieting our minds through yoga, meditation and spiritual visioning we can learn to live in the present moment and find the joy that is our birthright. Her hope is that through this work, the love inside of us will be so contagious, so fantastic and bright that we will become a more peaceful, loving planet.
Carrie was unconsciously programmed by her mother as a young child to be a yoga teacher (and actress) by watching her mother do Yoga in the 1970’s (from a book from the library), joined La Leche League and took pottery classes. By the 1990’s she had no other choice but to take a local community ed yoga class and then join an Iyengar yoga studio. In 2010 she found Core Power Yoga and moved into Vinyasa-style yoga. She became a certified yoga teacher in 2012. She has worked with at-risk and special needs youth for 17 years helping her cultivate patience and inner peace. She has two spirit-filled boys who have shown her what unconditional love means. Besides yoga, she loves to move her body through dance, swimming, mud runs and races. She also enjoys acting, photography, reading, the outdoors, travel, music, stimulating conversations with strangers and hot chai in the morning.
Abbey Jensen, Sculpt
Abbey has been an athlete most of her life, but when college ended and the ‘real world’ began, Abbey found that she was slowly losing her drive to take the extra time out of her day to work out. That changed in 2010 when a friend introduced her to the world of hot yoga, yoga sculpt and boot camps at CorePower Yoga. Abbey found an instant physical and mental connection.
Creating schedules for a living as a project manager, Abbey discovered that yoga gave her time that was not focused on calendars and deadlines but rather on herself. It was this personal time that renewed her drive for having a healthier lifestyle, and building self-confidence. Inspired by the changes she was seeing in herself, Abbey decided to further her practice and share her passion with others. She completed Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training in 2012.
Abbey is excited to share her teaching journey with all of you. Off the mat she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Abbey also loves good food, going to concerts, and cheering on her beloved Minnesota Vikings!
Steph Kwan, Vinyasa
Steph first came to her mat as a teenager in college 2,000 miles away from home. Growing up playing hockey and running competitively, college was the first time Steph was not on a sports team with a strict training schedule. Steph felt out of her element, yet intrigued to rediscover herself. She turned to yoga and instantly fell in love with the mental and physical benefits experienced after just one practice.
Steph found strength and humility in yoga which kept her coming back to her mat. Yoga immediately became a part of her daily routine where neither ego nor judgment had a place. Steph’s practice and journey with yoga has helped her breathe through stress and provide her the courage to let go of expectations.
In 2013, Steph took a leap of faith and completed both Power Yoga and Yoga Sculpt teacher training and at CorePower Yoga. Steph believes yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about one’s identity. Yoga has helped Steph find her voice and she is excited to share her passion for yoga with others.
Kim Lewis, Vinyasa
Kim practiced yoga for the first time in 1995, during a dance class. After class she recorded stick figures of yoga sun salutations in her journal, because she wanted to remember what made her feel graceful. Eleven years later, after a career in advertising, business operations, and being a dancer in NYC and Minneapolis, Kim decided to try her first yoga class. The calming effect of being still on a yoga mat made Kim feel profoundly more focused and relaxed. In the next few months, Kim completed 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training. Then she immersed herself in learning many styles of Hatha yoga including Ashtanga, Jivamukti, ParaYoga, Iyengar, Yoga Nidra and Anusara. She completed Level II Power Yoga teacher training in 2010 and a Power Yoga Extensions Program in 2011. Kim incorporates exercises from various yoga styles into a simple and sweet restorative yoga class. Along with practicing yoga, Kim enjoys cooking, watching British and Australian sitcoms, ballet, modern dance, hip hop, jazz, and taking long urban walks.
Caitlin Oliverius, Sculpt/Vinyasa
Caitlin began her journey with yoga in 2009 to eliminate the external noise of life that caused her stress. At first she just enjoyed being on her mat, focusing on her breath and movement. These were the first benefits Caitlin received from yoga – the mental and spiritual benefits. After months of practice, Caitlin started to notice the physical changes in her body - the strength from the chaturanga’s, the concentration during chair pose and increased endurance during extended side angle. She later decided to explore all of the benefits of yoga, including teaching and completed her Power Teacher Training at Core Power Yoga in 2012. Caitlin is excited to share her passion for yoga with everyone who is willing to take the leap of faith onto their yoga mat.
Holly Sutton, Sculpt
As a former collegiate soccer player, Holly understands what it takes to train hard and get into shape, but it wasn't until she attended her first Yoga Sculpt class that she felt truly challenged mentally. The demand that Yoga Sculpt brought to her body and mind was everything she had been looking for after her tenure as a competitive athlete.
When she suffered a severe knee injury in January of 2013, she needed a way to get back into shape and exercise without impact on her joints. Holly decided to take the plunge and go through Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training through Corepower Yoga to help kickstart her recovery, and better understand the practice of Yoga.
Holly is a high school physical education teacher and soccer coach, and is currently working towards a Masters degree at the University of Minnesota in Sports Management. She enjoys cooking and cuddling with her cat Duchess in her down time!
Annie Vanasek, Sculpt
Annie discovered her love for yoga when she was introduced to Vinyassa flow. She loved how yoga not only gave her a well-rounded workout, but also cleared her mind of stress and reminded her to breathe. She always knew she wanted to be involved in helping others with their fitness, but wasn't sure how until started her journey to become a yoga sculpt instructor.
Always looking for ways to challenge her body and her fitness, she found that yoga sculpt did just that. Annie loves how sculpt gives her positive energy and a feeling of accomplishment after every class. She found her passion teaching yoga sculpt and is excited to share it with her students.
Winter Watson, Sculpt
Winter was born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Minnesota. She is currently studying Family Social Science and Spanish at the University of Minnesota. She started her yoga practice in 2008 and immediately fell in love with Yoga Sculpt, as it demanded physical, mental, and spiritual presence. Over the years yoga has become her outlet, and every day that she practices, Winter says she feels a strong energy that keeps her motivated throughout the entire day. Winter is grateful to be part of such an inspiring community of yogis in the Twin Cities. She is also inspired by her two cats, who she adores more than life itself.
Gavin Yseth, Sculpt
Yoga came into Gavin’s life in the winter of 2011. It was a cold January day and a heated room sounded nice, so he agreed to go with a friend to a sculpt class at CorePower Yoga. Up to that point he had no contact with the yoga community. He had heard that it was a great way to get more flexible though, which sounded good. An hour later he stepped out of the studio dripping sweat and hooked on this intense yoga class. As a track athlete at the University of St. Thomas, Gavin began to practice religiously as a supplement to weight lifting and running. As his practice progressed, however, he began to realize there was much more to yoga than the physical practice. These nuances were brought into focus when a year later Gavin signed up for teacher training to bring this variation of yoga to others. The mental and spiritual aspects began to reveal themselves, and with these new discoveries, he found himself increasing engaged. Gavin believes that yoga has something to teach people from all walks of life, and enjoys facilitating the realizations of these lessons in his students.
Amani began his yoga Practice in 2008 and was immediately impressed by the relaxing but surprisingly challenging nature of Yoga. Initially experimental, Yoga has become a fixture in Amani’s schedule. Amani believes that yoga has a unique ability to be a stress reliever and appreciates that people of all cultures and backgrounds gather together often to practice. Amani Joined the Karma Yoga program at Yoga Sol because he believes the program offers a special opportunity to do something outside of his typical daily activities and can provide more memorable learning experiences. Born in Minneapolis, Amani has always been drawn to trying new activities and finding passions while sharing time with a variety of people.
Kendra began doing yoga while she was in high school. Being a figure skater, she was surprised how much it helped improve her balance and helped calm her mind after a stressful day at school and at the rink. Once she started college at the University of Saint Thomas, she found Yoga Sol and feel in love with the great workout that the sculpt classes gave her. Kendra also enjoys the calming atmosphere of the vinyasa classes. She joined the Karma Yoga program as a way to give back to the Yoga Sol community since it has done so much for her mind, body, and soul.
Having recently found her way back to yoga, Katie has promised herself to never let it go again. As a high school athlete she found it a great supplement and alternative to keep her body in top shape, but lost sight of it after starting college. Bored with the hum-drum treadmill routine she began attending sculpt classes at Yoga Sol, and found that the vinyasa classes helped to quiet her brain which was still short circuiting after finishing her Masters degree. The most invigorating thing about yoga for Katie is the polarity in the challenges to ones mind, breath, and body. Wellness, health, and inspiration should never be a commodity. Participating in the Karma Yoga program keeps her humble and grateful for her practice, and allows her to show the immense amount of appreciation and respect she has for Yoga Sol’s mission.
Although she had some previous experience with yoga, Becky did not get serious about her practice until early 2013. At first it was primarily a way to burn calories, treat her body better, and build muscle after losing over 70 pounds through changes in her diet. Now it is one of the most important things she does for mental fitness as well. The sense of accomplishment she gets from making it through a grueling sculpt class makes it easy to meet her self-imposed minimum of three classes per week, and as she works to expand her practice, she is excited to be able to drop in whenever she finds that a free slot in her schedule coincides with any type of class. As a big fan of non-standard business models and the exchange of goods and services without the traditional use of currency, Becky is positively thrilled to be a part of the Yoga Sol community as a Karma Yogi.
Amanda first began practicing yoga as an undergrad in North Carolina. As a competitive runner and soccer player, she was at first puzzled by yoga's slower pace and emphasis on non-judgment and non-competition. However, she soon began to crave the sense of calm and mental clarity that she felt while on the mat. After moving to Minnesota to pursue a graduate degree in exercise psychology at the U of M, she bounced around a few different yoga studios in town, but never felt at home. She discovered the newly-opened Yoga Sol when she was biking around her neighborhood, and has been attending classes and happy hours ever since. She credits Yoga Sol with helping her survive the MN winters, reducing her school-related stress, healing her aches and pains from soccer and marathon training, and connecting her to a wonderful community of instructors and fellow students. She is very excited to express her gratitude toward this community through her work as a Karma Yogi.