The Minneapolis Yoga Workshop has a diverse group of well-trained and experienced instructors — with more than 90 years of combined teaching experience. Our teachers come from many distinguished traditions, including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Zen, Tibetan Vajrayana Tantra, Dance and Midwifery. 

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for more information about:

Studio Director:
William Prottengeier

Lisa Belfiori
Carrie Drinkwine
Amy Samson-Burke
Laura Kennedy
Velleda Schervee


William Prottengeier is a recognized senior teacher, having started the Minneapolis Yoga workshop in 1979.  Trained in India by BKS Iyengar, he is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. William trains and mentors teachers and dedicated students. He has also trained in the Raja Yoga, Vipassana, and Vajrayana meditation traditions, the principles of which he weaves into his yoga classes. In his classes, he is known for his humor, his depth of understanding and his therapeutic adjustments.

William: (612) 253-5115 or

Level 1 Beginner Iyengar
Tuesday 6:00–7:20 p.m.
Wednesday 6:00–7:20 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Level 2 Iyengar
Tuesday 7:30–9:00 .p.m
Wednesday 9:30–11:00 a.m.
Saturday 10:30 am–12:00 pm

Level 3 Iyengar
Wednesday 7:30–9:15 am

Level 4 Iyengar
Thursday 9:00–11:00 a.m.

Mixed Level Iyengar
Friday 7:00–8:30 a.m.

Master Class: Advanced Yoga*
* William's Master Class will resume Thursday, September 18 from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Classes with William at other studios:

Intermediate Iyengar
Tuesday 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Mind Body Solutions
17516 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345

Mixed Level Iyengar
Friday 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
The St. Paul Yoga Center
1162 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55104

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Lisa Belfiori has been teaching Vinyasa style classes for more than 15 years in the greater Twin Cities are. She has been the owner and manager of two yoga studios, and has taught fitness and movement 20-plus years. Her style is easy-going, with a sense of humor and sensitivity to special needs. She describes herself as Kapha dominant with the endurance and perseverance of a donkey. Lisa is honored to be at William's beautiful studio, and grateful to be a part of the Minneapolis Yoga Workshop community.

Lisa: or (612) 250-9203

Multi-Level Vinyasa Yoga
Wednesday 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.

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Amy Samson-Burke, MPT, CYT-C. Amy has been studying yoga since 2000 and has been a practicing licensed physical therapist since 1990. She is in the final stages of her training as a certified yoga therapist. She has apprenticed with William Prottengeier and continues to study with him. Amy also works with yoga teacher, Matthew Sanford, in his adapted yoga program at Courage Center in Golden Valley, MN. Her focus has been the incorporating the principles of yoga into her physical therapy practice, where she has witnessed the powerful, transformational changes that are possible with yoga. Amy wishes to share this experience in her Ambulatory Adaptive Yoga Class with those who feel they may be  limited from participating in a traditional yoga class.

Amy: (612) 859-4541 or

Ambulatory & Adaptive Yoga
Friday 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

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Carrie Drinkwine began practicing yoga in 2008 and immediately fell in love with the peace and serenity she found on the mat. Carrie has studied vinyasa/hatha yoga primarily, but has also practiced anusara and jivamukti yoga and meditation studies. Carrie strives to stay passionate and practice compassion for herself and others.


Multi-Level Vinyasa
Note: Sunday 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Carrie's class will begin March 2.

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Laura Kennedy received her certification to teach classical Astanga Yoga from Mount Madonna Center in 1996. She has studied yoga with many teachers. Baba Hari Dass is her primary teacher. She has traveled and studied in India, Nepal and Tibet. During her time in India, she completed a pilgramage in Almore region at the foothills of the Hiamayas. In 2004, she circumabulated Mt. Kailas in Tibet. She continues to study with Baba Hari Dass, and participates in retreats at MMC at least once a year.
In 1999 she began the study of Zen with Byakuren Judith Ragir, Guiding Teacher at Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul. Byakuren introduced her to the Medicine Buddha and the practice of sesshin (silent intensive meditation retreat). In November 2012, Byakuren Judith Ragir ordained Laura as a Zen priest. Both Baba Hari Dass and Byakuren are important teachers to Laura. Both have trained her to skillfully apply the practice of Zen and Yoga in the service of all, and specifically to those in trauma. The blending of these two beautiful traditions supports the ability to compassionately respond to the immediate moment.

Laura: (612) 343-8851or

Multi-Level Hatha
Friday 4:00–5:30 p.m.

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Velleda Schervee has been teaching for more than 25 years. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance-500), and a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute, San Francisco. Inspired by many years of intensive study with Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten, founders of Inner Body Yoga, Velleda brings a sense of creative exploration to her teaching of yoga and meditation. She blends philosophy, therapeutics and humor into her friendly teaching style. 

Velleda has studied many forms of yoga, bodywork and healing modalities. Her other primary teachers have been Judith Lasater, author of “Relax and Renew, Yoga for Stressful Times,” and Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum Movement. She graduated from the Minnesota Center for Shiatsu, the Acupressure Institute of Berkeley, and continues her study of mindfulness meditation, positive psychology and Buddhism. Velleda is also a visual artist and works in the wellness department
of a local co-op.

Velleda: (612) 388-6444 or

Restore & Renew Yoga
Monday 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

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