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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Studio Director:
William Prottengeier


Carrie Drinkwine
Amy Samson-Burke
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
Thursday 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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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
Sunday Noon - 1:00 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.

No class Feb. 23 and March 2.

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