Meet Our Teachers

JQ Williams

JQ is a warm and energetic teacher, full of anatomical knowledge and biomechanical curiosity.

Her classes are a combination of flow, alignment and exploration. Just when you think you have a handle on her teaching, she will surprise you with some new twist or turn that will keep your practice growing for years to come.

Owner of Northern Yoga Center, JQ has been practicing for 15 years and teaching for 8. In Los Angeles, she trained under Kumudini Ma Nitha and was certified to teach in 2012. She then went on to complete her 300 hour training at Wanderlust's Hollywood Studio. Her 300 hour program included training with Annie Carpenter, Carrie Owerko, Scott Schwenk, Clio Manuelian, Tias Little and Joan Hyman.

Meg Veitenheimer

Meg is our resident Yoga Nidra expert and Restorative specialist. She also teaches flow classes, but her heart lies in transmitting the skills to access the subtle parts of your consciousness. If we heal the root of our issues, the internal world, then it is easier to heal the external body.

Meg’s priority as a teacher is empowering practitioners to connect with their internal knowing through the practice of presence. Meg uses the tools of guided movement, Yoga Nidra, and meditation to provide intuitive and grounding classes.

In a day and age where stress-related illness is prevalent, Meg is confident in the healing capabilities of these incredibly simple yet profound practices.

Credentials:

100-hour Restorative and Yoga Nidra Teacher Training (2017, Anahata Retreat Center)

6-week Pranayama course (2015, Benjamin Vincent)

Trauma-informed weekend training (2014, Street Yoga)

230-hour RYT Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training (2014, Your Yoga)



Jenna Lewins

Jenna Lewins is a kind and open hearted teacher, skilled in holding space for her students' growth. She has spent several years learning how to create the life of her dreams despite challenges with Anxiety and Depression.

These life experiences make Jenna the special teacher that she is; rich with empathy and wisdom.

Jenna's accreditation is impressive. She has over 700 hours of training! Her latest trainings include a 200 hour program with Yoga Girl & how to teach yoga to people of all abilities.

She has taught her slow & loving Vinyasa Yoga around North America & Europe.

These days you can find her here, at Northern Yoga Center, and out creating positive change in the community.

"I inspire my community to have gratitude and love for themselves & their life. I am an advocate for love.

Join me, your inspiration & love is waiting for you."

Amanda Frayeh

Amanda is a soccer player and runner who teaches yoga to athletes, university students, and the larger MPLS community. Amanda completed her 500-hr Registered Yoga Teacher certification through Radiant Life Yoga and YOGA Garden. She has a PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology, and has published research on body image and yoga.

Sara Sleeper

Sara’s yogic journey began nearly 15 years ago as she searched for alternative ways to combat mounting anxiety and insomnia. Sara pursued a holistic approach to her health, embracing a plant-based diet and a yoga practice.

After 9 years of dedicated practice and participation in her local yoga community, She studied yoga in Krakow, Poland under mentors Vinay Kumar Jesta & Syzmon Jaroslawski. Since then, Sara has received her E-RYT 200 teacher training, and is certified in yin-yoga. She spent 2 years studying with Christina Sell in the mountains of Colorado to earning her RYT 500, and continues to explore various lineages of yoga with the help of her mentors, Ali Certain and Christina Sell.

When she isn’t teaching or practicing, Sara enjoys spending time with her cocker spaniel, Madison, reflecting on Britney Spears and drag queens, and drinking wine through crazy straws.

Abby Leigh Hammes

Abby is a 200hr certified teacher from the Sattva Yoga Academy in Rishikesh. Her flow classes effortlessly weave in kundalini practices, mudras and a warm sense of grounding.

Koreen Valdovinos

Yogic philosophy not just yoga postures are the cornerstone of Koreen's teachings, yet niche yoga and non-traditional yoga movement is what sets her apart from the rest. This stems from her deep belief in the positive evolution of yoga and her dedication to personal growth. There is room for yoga to grow as a practice & room for everyone to take part!

Koreen owns Open Minds Fusion Studio in Uptown Minneapolis, but has been craving a space to just teach and be free, and WE are so lucky to have her with us.

Koreen has a large volume of life experience to pull her teachings from. Sensual Educator, Love Enthusiast, Tantric Practitioner, Performer, Healer, Yoga Teacher, Buti Yogini, Energy Worker, Dance Enthusiast, Activist & Ethical Philosopher, Meditation Teacher and Life Artist - enthusiastic about community and collaboration.

Come experience her special class format, Earth Warrior Yoga on Wednesday nights!


Laura Craig

Laura is a certified 200hr yoga teacher who then completed both a mentorship and internship under JQ Williams at Northern Yoga Center early in 2019.

Laura's teaching style is sweet, playful and loving.


Annalise John

Brittin Leigh

Brittin is the owner of Frestyl Fitness, a pole fitness company that hosts pole classes all over Minnesota. Check out Frestyl's website to learn more about their approach to physical therapy based pole classes!

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