instructors
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, Kripalu, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Zen, Tibetan Vajrayana Tantra, Dance and Midwifery. 

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for more information about:

Studio Director:
William Prottengeier

Instructors:
Lisa Belfiori
Carrie Drinkwine
Amy Samson-Burke
Laura Kennedy
Christine Ojala
Valleda Schervee


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William Prottengeier has been practicing yoga since 1975. He founded the Minneapolis Yoga Workshop in 1979, where he continues to teach. He trained with BKS Iyengar in India, and is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. His primary teacher in the U.S. is Ramanand Patel. William brings the perspectives of Patanjali, Vipassana, Vedanta, and Tibetan Nature of Mind traditions to the practice of asana. His teaching emphasis is on asana as a practice that reveals our inherent freedom, by developing concentration and precision in asana practice, and mindfulness and compassion in daily living.

William: (612) 253-5115 or mplsyogaworkshop@gmail.com


Level 1 Beginner Iyengar
Tuesday 6:00–7:20 p.m.
Wednesday 6:00–7:20 p.m.
Saturday 12:15 – 1:45 p.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
Monday 9:30 a.m. - Noon


Classes with William at other studios:

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

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


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Lisa Belfiori has been teaching Vinyasa style classes for more than15 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: lisabelfiori@gmail.com 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 amy@mindbodysolutions.org

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.

Carrie: carriedrinkwine@gmail.com

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 casamaya@MSN.com


Multi-Level Hatha
Sunday 2:00–3:30 pm


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Christine Ojala has been a student of yoga since 1996. She holds two yoga teacher certifications and a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Minnesota. Her teaching reflects her background in the Ashtanga vinyasa system and the Iyengar yoga tradition. Christine considers William Prottengeier to be her primary teacher and is honored to be teaching in his space. Other major influences include Angela Farmer, Ramanand Patel, and many senior Ashtanga teachers, including Sri K. Pattahbi Jois.

Christine: (612) 804-4493 or christine.ojala@gmail.com

Multi-Level Vinyasa Yoga
Saturday 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

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Valleda

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.

Valleda: (612) 388-6444 or vschervee@gmail.com

Restore & Renew Yoga
Monday 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.
Note: Class starts April 7.

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