About Our Studio
What has evolved is a mission not based on a future objective, but rather the passions of the community drawn to The Barn. We strive to create an environment where the complexities of today are simplified back to the basics that our bodies call for—to build a balance of fitness and nutrition in an environment that encourages both.
The main level of The Barn has a full kitchen, a table that comfortably seats eight, a sitting area that seats eight to ten and a 3/4 bath. Our upper level can function as our fitness studio, or a reception room (please see "Host Your Own Event" for more information). It also has a 1/2 bath and a small lofted area that overlooks the space.
Host Your Own Event
Our mission is to share our beautiful space with the community through awareness of the body and mind. We aim to book events and workshops that land in this category and focus on health and wellness.
If you are interested in hosting an event, please contact Amy at email@example.com.
Amy Peterson: Barn Coordinator Yoga Instructor
It only seemed fitting Amy was drawn to The Barn, as she grew up on a small hobby farm 70 miles west of St. Paul. From a young age Amy was interested in health and wellness and during a stressful time in her life found yoga to be incredibly inspiring and healing. Self care rings high in her book as she believes taking care of oneself in mind, body, and spirit is the foundation to a happy and healthy life. Amy completed her 200 hour certification in 2010 at Core Power Yoga and went on to study with Tanya Boigenzahn at Devanadi Yoga to complete her 500 hour certification. She has worked closely with local yoga scholar Jes Rosenberg to bring yoga into the schools as well as into senior residences specializing in memory care and Alzheimer's. Amy teaches beginner vinyasa classes at the Barn, and is excited to share the ancient practice of yoga with the Yellow Barn community – because, as she puts it, yoga truly has something to offer everyone. Amy is also the Barn Coordinator. Her role is to answer any questions you have about The Barn and to turn your feeback into action. She looks forward to hearing from you.
Anna Decker: Barn Coordinator Support
Anna is Tom and Deb’s daughter. She will be supporting Amy, the Barn Coordinator, and is happy to answer any questions you may have. Anna frequents yoga classes at the Barn, and often has her three beautiful daughters in tow. To learn more about Anna and her passion please visit: http://prescribe-nutrition.com/the-team/
Brigitte Smith: Yoga & Dance Instructor
Brigitte has her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Minnesota and is 200-hour ERYT certified with the Yoga Alliance. Meant to move, she can be found riding around on her pink bicycle, dancing around the Twin Cities, and managing Fusion Yoga. She came to yoga to find a blissful state of being, moving her body in meditation, breathing and dancing through her asana practice. Brigitte is honored to share her passion, and believes in the power of yoga to understand and access the mind and body. She guides her yoga classes in a manner that challenges all dimensions of a person and encourages self expression through the asana practice. She is also excited to be teaching beginning dance classes to the young ones at the barn - a great space to facilitate coordination, creativity and exploration.
Deb Fee: Barn Founder and Yogi
Deb is co-owner of The Barn, alongside her husband and dream supporter, Tom. She wants their space to be a place of inspiration, learning and challenge—a place of welcoming gentleness and compassion to all who enter. Deb's yoga love story began on a beach in Mexico, and she hoped it would have the same calming affect when she returned home to a cold and snowy Minnesota winter. Deb happily discovered the passion wasn't weather dependent and pursued her curiosity and practice. This past spring, she completed her 200 hour teacher training at Kripalu Yoga Center in Massachusetts, and Deb is inspired to continue to learn and teach. She finds yoga a wonderful addition in her desire to grow and be all she can be as a: daughter, sister, wife, mother of four grown children, mother-in-law, "Babs" to 3 amazingly sweet grandchildren, friend, mentor, teacher and a woman of faith. Deb looks forward to sharing this place with all yogis, especially the late comers to yoga, such as herself!
Greta Wenzel: Substitute Yoga Instructor
Greta’s 200hr RYT is enriched by a degree in Psychology and a personal practice that spans more than 20 years. With a strong interest in stress reduction and Yoga for Trauma Recovery, she brings humor and patience to every class. Greta believes that every single person looks their most beautiful enjoying the well-deserved bliss of savasana at the end of a yoga class. If you’re new to yoga, she’ll help you develop the confidence and strength to move through poses; if you’ve got more experience, she’ll challenge you to reach even deeper within. Greta lives in Eagan and is kept busy by her three teenagers, a pair of saucy cats, and numerous creative pursuits including costume design. Greta does not have a regularly scheduled class on the schedule but she makes guest appearances as a substitute teacher to assist our teaching community.
Kate Webster: Substitute Yoga Instructor
Kate began practicing yoga in 1999 in the Lone Star State as a means to release tension in her physical body. She got her 200-hour RYT certification in 2008. Kate is a lighthearted and compassionate teacher. As a teacher, she creates a nurturing environment that encourages students to find acceptance wherever they are in their journey. She embraces her love of music/movement in her yoga classes and as a music educator in the Stillwater Public School District. During the summer months, Kate teaches movement and music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and North Dakota State University. She is also a passionate runner and marathoner. Kate anonymously donated her kidney in December of 2008. Her gift of life was a life changing experience and she is grateful to all the support she received from friends, family and the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
Katie Jasper: Barn Yogi and Nutritionist
Katie Jasper comes to The Barn with a complete love of what it represents. A place for community and to connect the mind, body and spirit. Katie's life up until now has been preparing her for the present. Owning a Functional Nutrition business and teaching yoga - a couple of her life's loves! Each day presents a new lesson, new opportunity and new way to practice, think and feel. She holds a Masters Degree in Holistic Health Studies and is a certified in Integrative Nutrition. Katie will be teaching a variety of yoga classes at Yellow Barn as well has holding nutrition and wellness workshops and events there! She can't wait to meet you. Other loves: Her husband Matt, dog Max, and cats, Biscuit and Boots. Katie loves to travel and learn. Get her on a beach with a Julia Ross or Dr. Emmons book and she's in heaven!
Kendra Henseler: Kids Dance Instructor
Kendra is a life long movement and music enthusiast that believes in the power of dance for all. With over 15 years of dance teaching experience for ages 2-60, intensive dance training since 1994 and a Batchlor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Minnesota, dance has played a formative role in Kendra's life. Children are drawn to Kendra's compassion, curiosity and ability to interact on their level to make learning a collaborative and fun process. As a performer, she's danced for acclaimed choreographers such as Trisha Brown, Anna Sokolow, Nautilus Music Theater and Global Worship Movement on stages, museums and community classrooms. As a choreographer, Kendra's work has been shown primarily through her Boston based dance company, Six One Seven Dance Collective. When she's not at The Barn, you can find Kendra dancing in her living room with her two year old daughter, Evelyn; gardening; practicing yoga or taking photographs for her business, Summer Street Photography
Lisa Johnson: Substitute Yoga Instructor
Lisa Johnson started practicing yoga 15 years ago once a week at the YMCA. Lisa has a true appreciation for a wide variety of yoga styles, but it is the flow in Vinyasa practice that resonates most deeply with Lisa. In 2009 Lisa received her 200-hour RYT certification, she continues to explore and teach other styles of yoga and look for new ways to help her students find their way to a blissful savasana. She loves to teach almost as much as she loves to practice. Lisa’s passion for yoga has rubbed off on her children and husband, all of them practicing yoga.
Lisa Michaux: Yoga Instructor
Lisa began teaching yoga after a 20-year career as a curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. She remains passionate about French 19th-century art, but now organizes exhibitions as the owner of Michaux Fine Art and loves working with private clients to acquire their own museum-worthy pieces. She is an avid traveler and writes about her adventures in Paris (and beyond!) on her blog, MadameMichaux.com. A constant companion on all her travels is her yoga mat. When writing her first book and sending her oldest off to college, yoga was her life preserver and the one time all week she could actually breathe. Leaving the museum allowed her the time for a deeper exploration of yoga and the ability to share her enthusiasm for this life changing practice. Lisa’s classes reflect her own goals of being a bit more balanced, flexible, and grateful both on and off the mat.
Rachel Deeb Tressel: Substitute Yoga Instructor
As a mother of two young girls, Rachel's yoga practice has grown and changed in many ways since it began 12 years ago. What started as a mainly physical practice, has now evolved to be so much more. Rachel completed her 200-RYT in 2008, and has additional training in prenatal and kids yoga. Rachel works as a physical therapist and is also a certified athletic trainer. Rachel and her husband, Luke, live in Eagan with their two daughters and love to be active outdoors. From marathons and triathlons, to being out on the water with her paddleboard, Rachel is always up for a challenge!
Beginners Dance Classes
Fall Session: September 9th - November 11th
Ages: walkers through three year olds. Let's move to music in The Barn!! Bring your little ones in for 45 minutes of moving to the music. There will also be some stretching and free-dance playtime, all while increasing coordination and having a blast.
The children should wear something they can move in comfortably. Moms and siblings are welcome to watch, hangout in the living room below, or play outside. Drop-ins welcome!
Happy Hour Yoga
This class was designed for you and lets be honest the end of the week (and all that entails). You will be guided through a vinyasa style class with intent to deepen your breath, soothe any of your worries, and allow you to enter the weekend with ease. We encourage you to stay after class for our Happy Hour 'Yellow Barn' style. Tea, water, wine, beer, it doesn't matter - conversation and connection is what we look forward to the most.Attend A Class
Hotdish for the Heart
Jen Grant is the founder and passion behind Inspiring Radiance, a business that allows her to focus on her mission to lead with love! She’s the author of the book, “Dying to be Good Enough” and travels locally and nationally speaking, writing and coaching people that life is a choice. Jen is the co-host of the “Happy, Healthy and Fit Life” Podcast, has been a featured expert on KARE 11 News in Minneapolis and is a certified instructor in Kundalini Yoga. Jen’s deep life experiences and focus on growth will show you that you can fill your life with love and make your dreams a reality! She most recently published "Hotdish for the Heart" and we want to share this awesome book with you!
Jen will open at 6:30pm with a short presentation, followed by Q&A and time to personally autograph your book! $15 at the door includes a signed copy of the book. Additional copies of the book will be on sale for $10.
Our gentle restorative yoga is both healing and thereputic, making it wonderful for anyone experiencing pain from injury or stressful life transitions. Props will be provided to all students to aid reaching total relaxation in each pose. This yoga is for all levels. Rather than charging, Deb Fee (co-owner) would rather you donate whatever feels right for you.Attend A Class
Slow Flow-Beginner's Yoga
This class is perfect for those that are new to yoga or have limited experience. Each yoga posture will be cued from the ground up, focusing on foundation and proper alignment, in addition to developing body/breath connection. More importantly, this class will be fun! A smile and willing spirit is all that’s needed here! Please bring a mat, water, and remember to wear clothing that you will feel comfortable moving in.Attend A Class
Sunday Sunset Yoga
Join us as we connect our breath and movement and flow together in the dimly lit barn. This is an intermediate level, vinyasa yoga that is heated to approximately 78 degrees. We hope you enjoy inspiring music and a "real" shavasana (4-5 minutes). You are welcome to stay after class as we enjoy refreshments and great conversation downstairs. We think this is the perfect way to end a weekend and begin a new week!Attend A Class
Fall Session: September 9th - November 11th
It is never too early to introduce your child to yoga! Join us as we celebrate movement through fun and creative yoga postures appropriate for children. In this 45 minute class toddler and caretaker will have the opportunity to practice yoga poses together and learn about the breath. Class activities may include a variety of props & interactive music. Children are encouraged to use their imagination!
Ages: 18 months - 3 years. Mothers are encouraged to attend with child. Older siblings are welcome to tag along, too!Attend A Class
Join us for an intermediate level vinyasa style class intended to challenge you, ground you, and leave you feeling at peace. This class will consist of varying sequences of postures that integrate breath with movement to open your body and release tension and tightness. And you better believe it, class will end with a "real" shavasana (4-5 minutes).Attend A Class