Duluth Yoga was founded by Kristin Hill and Sheila Wixo, both of whom are certified in Vinyasa Yoga through CorePower Yoga. Together, Kristin and Sheila have over 25 years of experience in teaching yoga, health and wellness and in successful business operations. Though they don't usually speak in the third person, they can't emphasize enough how excited they are to meet you.
Kristin is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with Vinyasa Level 1, Level 2, Sculpt and Candlelight Flow training through CorePower Yoga and has been teaching since 2007.
Kristin has her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Minnesota and currently practices Sports Medicine at Essentia Health.
Kristin loves being with her family, playing tennis and other sports, tending bees, and singing in the church choir.
Favorite Pose: Dancer Pose because it is a very strong posture that requires strength, balance, mobility, and an element of letting go.
Sheila is a Certified, Registered Yoga Teacher (C-RYT) with Vinyasa Level 1 and Sculpt training through CorePower Yoga and has been teaching since 2014.
Sheila's experience with yoga was so powerful that she decided to teach because "everyone should have the opportunity to feel this good".
Sheila is a Certified Massage Therapist and has been employed in the service industry since 1979. Sheila enjoys traveling, gardening, adventurous outdoor activities, cooking and entertaining at her lake home with her friends and family.
Favorite Pose: Warrior 2 because it energizes the entire body, builds stamina, concentration and the feeling of being grounded.
Sarah has taught yoga since 2005. She studied with Nancy Ruby in Bozeman, MT and with the late Lynda Schweich in Northfield, MN. Sarah earned a MEd with an emphasis in physical education and is a Certified Personal Trainer through American College of Sports Medicine. Sarah was the head tennis coach and a Professor of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation at Carlton College.
Sarah's teaching style is marked by her energy, playfulness and love of teaching.
Sarah enjoys her home on the lake which includes her husband, John, and 2 very spoiled dogs.
Stacy is a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and received her certification in 2009 at Yoga North in Duluth. She is passionate about all aspects of health and wellness, and has taught both yoga and group fitness classes for many years.
Stacy’s Mantra: Be the Change!
Jillian completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through CorePower Yoga in 2014, and had been practicing yoga for over 11 years prior to being certified. For her, yoga was for a form of exercise that was physically challenging yet easy on her joints. In addition to providing a great workout, Jillian also discovered that practicing yoga regularly helped her find focus in all areas of her life! Her desire to teach came from wanting to share the many benefits, both physical and mental, that came from her yoga experiences.
When not teaching Yoga, Jillian enjoys spending time with her husband. They love all outdoor activities and the daily adventure of living off the grid.
Daniela is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) through Yoga Alliance. She completed Vinyasa Flow, Yoga Sculpt, Hot Yoga and Hot Power Fusion trainings through CorePower Yoga and has been teaching yoga since 2005. Daniela initially enrolled in her first yoga teacher training to deepen her yoga practice, as she found yoga to be a great way to release stress and find balance from daily life. A native of Mexico City, but a Duluthian at heart, Daniela has returned to Duluth to train as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Her own yoga experiences have inspired her to expand her knowledge of human anatomy and rehabilitation.
Shawna received her 230-hour teacher training through the Yoga Center of Minneapolis in 2008, and had practiced for 10 years prior to being certified. Shawna creates a safe space, a welcoming environment, and teaches from a place of compassion that allows students to explore their own potential. She hopes students can open their minds and bodies to the profound benefits of yoga. Her love and gratitude for the practice is apparent in her teaching. Shawna holds a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Health and Addiction Counseling and is also a practicing dental hygienist. When she is not on her mat she enjoys nature, traveling, dancing, and spending time with her three teenage daughters, friends, and family.
Kate Taylor is a certified prenatal yoga instructor through Blooma of Minneapolis and completed the 200-hr Teacher Training program at Yoga North. Prior to becoming a yoga instructor, Kate worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in women’s mental health, trauma, and most recently maternal mental health. Both personally and professionally, Kate is a strong believer and advocate for the importance of the mind-body connection,. As a mama to 3 busy boys, she practices yoga to maintain energy, flexibility, and sanity! Besides yoga, Kate is a foodie with many hobbies, including Pilates, running, mountain biking, hiking, movies, and drinking wine. She loves to spend time with her family, and taking advantage of all the outdoor activities Duluth has to offer.
Amy has been a certified yoga instructor since 1998 through Yoga for Athletes in Colorado. Amy has taught Vinyasa Yoga to all levels of students in Vail, Colorado and in Minneapolis and has attended yoga workshops around the United States. Prior to her yoga studies, Amy danced with a classical ballet company for 10 years. Outside of yoga, Amy holds a Master’s in Public Policy and actively volunteers in the Duluth community. Amy enjoys her houseful of 2 kids, one husband, a dog, a cat and some birds.
Elke is a Registered Yoga Instructor in Vinyasa Level 1 through CorePower Yoga since 2013. As a lifelong athlete, health and wellness are an integral part of Elke’s life, and she immediately fell in love with yoga after her first class; her body needed a form of exercise that was still intense yet low impact after years of ski racing training. Elke continues to be amazed how yoga improves her strength and flexibility. In addition to her yoga practice, Elke loves CrossFit, cooking Paleo meals with her mom, and spending time exploring the Superior Hiking trail with her yellow lab, Sophie.
Richelle completed her 200-hour vinyasa teacher training in Boulder, CO in 2012 and is currently studying with her teacher, Shannon Paige, to register as a 500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance. Richelle went to her first yoga class in college looking for a fitness routine that felt like the classical ballet training she had experienced as a teenager. She found much more than a graceful workout! When not studying yoga, Richelle studies all aspects of human movement as a physical therapy student at St. Scholastica. She loves to spend time in nature, explore new places, and admits to a terrible case of wanderlust.
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