1229 Tyler Street NE
Suite 140
Minneapolis, MN 55413

YG Team

Minneapolis Yoga Instructors

Laurel Van MatreLAUREL VAN MATRE E-RYT 500 (Owner/Founder of YOGA GARDEN) Laurel is a Minneapolis, MN based Yogi, Designer and Entrepreneur.  She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching for almost two decades.  Her yoga studio, YOGA Garden, is considered one of the leading studios in Minneapolis.  She teaches her students to use Design Thinking concepts on their mats and how to use that experience as a metaphor for their creative pursuits.  She is a teacher to many successful C-Level executives, artists and entrepreneurs who are curious, creative and understand yoga as a way to increase creative confidence through movement.In addition to YOGA Garden she is the owner/operator of LVMGardens Design. She holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin, has lived in London and travelled extensively through Europe and Asia.Visit her blog at: www.laurelvanmatre.blogspot.com.

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img_1548STEPHANIE LOES – Discovered her passion for yoga as a solution to the wears and tears on her body as a result of more than a decade as a hair stylist. Since, yoga has centered her in becoming and being a mother. Stephanie’s primary focus and motivation is to empower women and their families in pregnancy, labor, and parenthood through the strength and balance yoga provides. Stephanie strives to create an environment that is wholly inclusive to all levels, abilities, and perspectives. Stephanie is guided by the principles of Anusara Yoga.  She has also completed Blooma’s Level 1 Prenatal Teacher Training with Sarah Longacre and Stacy Seebart.For more info please contact Stephanie at  Stephanie.loes@gmail.com www.yogamamampls.com
Pete CairnsPETE CAIRNS – RYT-230 from Radiant Life Yoga – Pete has been practicing Asana for the past 2 and a half years. Pete’s practice of Being Here Now began around the age of 19, in beginning to develop a meditative focus within Yoga Nidra sessions. Discovering physical fitness to be a moving meditation, Pete took the next step and began focusing his energy directly into the practice of yoga. Pete’s classes combine an emphasis on alignment, a balance of yin and yan, as well as engaging self-reflection. Pete has a dedicated daily practice, and continues education through weekly classes, workshops, and further trainings.
Calley BlissCALLEY BLISS – Calley’s yoga journey started innocently in 2002 at her university’s rec. center in Denton, TX. Yoga would become her most powerful and versatile implement in the “life toolbox,” helping to deal with bouts of anxiety, depression, stress, and enabling her to stop being reliant on medications and shots for chronic allergies. Calley believes “The science of the mind” is often an emotional journey by way of a physical practice, but always a practical tool to combat all of life’s challenges and find happiness in everyday life. Calley has lived, practiced, and studied across the US, with gratitude for the guidance of her teachers: Siri Cavanna (New York City- Anusara), Christina Reich (New York City- Ashtanga), Gretchen Arguedas (Boise, ID- Ashtanga), and Laurel Van Matre (Minneapolis, MN- Alignment). Her thirteen-year practice guides her teaching at her Minneapolis yoga home, YOGA Garden MPLS. As a musician, she has traveled the US, UK, and the Caribbean, and returning to her hometown of the Twin Cities in 2013 to start Entertainment Jill, a boutique business offering voice over and music for creative digital production.Learn more about Entertainment Jill!
Paige GarrettPAIGE GARRETT – Paige first discovered yoga at her local gym during her senior year of high school. She began practicing to combat the tightness and injuries that had accumulated from playing lacrosse, field hockey, and running. After a few months of regular practice, she ventured out to a yoga studio in her hometown of San Diego, CA, and fell in love with its community. In addition to vinyasa, hatha and restorative classes, they offered free yoga philosophy discussions, and there Paige learned about the philosophical system that defines the practice of yoga. Now, this philosophy weaves its way into the classes she teaches, and her daily life. While attending college in Northfield, Minnesota, she graduated from Heartwork Studio’s 200 hour teacher training program in May of 2014. Paige’s yoga classes emphasize playfulness, non violence, acceptance, and self care. She is beyond excited to have the privilege of sharing this wonderful practice with others!
ELISSAELISSA MEYER – RYT 200 YOGA Garden Minneapolis (Dec. 2016), LifePower Yoga (June 2015).
Elissa’s connection to yoga began in the mid ’80s, with a small children’s book featuring kids in shapes of trees, cobras, mountains, and more (plus awesome knee socks and gym shorts) – she remembers hours spent admiring the pictures in the book and mirroring the pages on her living room floor. Off-and-on in the many years since then, Elissa dabbled further into her practice, always finding benefit and joy there, but other priorities intervened. In early 2015, after a purposeful career transition and seeking to restore her energy and passion, Elissa dived into Yoga Teacher Training. She is committed to ongoing growth and training as a teacher and student, and in the fall of 2016 completed a 200-hour study with Laurel Van Matre at YOGA Garden. Elissa’s teaching style emphasizes calm and gentle acceptance, while challenging the mind and body and relishing the yoga bliss. In addition to yoga, Elissa fills time working as a Program Attorney for Minnesota Continuing Legal Education—and she loves finding ways to combine these two endeavors.
MELISSA SCHOELLER – Melissa Joy has completed several trainings and workshops, while continuing to learn and grow: 200hr Vinyasa Training at Core Power; 500hr Sadhana Yoga at SchoolYoga Institute Guatemala; Yin Yoga Training with Jill Carey; 300hr Advanced Vinyasa, Ayurveda, Meditation and Tantric Yoga Philosophy with Lorin Roche, Coby Kozlowski, Katie Brauer and Danny Argeutty; and Yoga Nidra with Jennifer Reis (Oct 2017). She is trained in Barre, Cycling, and Personal Training. Forever a student of yoga and of life, MJ’s mission is to inspire and elevate others to live their best life and to fully inhabit, enjoy, and heal their bodies through asana, fitness, and meditation.

You can find MJ riding her bike, spending time with family and friends, meandering the farmer’s market, thrift store hunting, and planning her next yoga and fitness retreat. She loves all things mountainous, sunshiny, tree filled, and beachy!

HANNAH STROM – Hannah’s yoga practice began at age 16 when she started attending classes at a small local studio in her hometown. This initial introduction sparked a deep interest in yoga, meditation, Eastern philosophy, and mindful movement. To better understand the mysteries of the human body, she went on to complete a degree in exercise physiology from the University of Minnesota and is currently pursuing her clinical doctorate in physical therapy at Concordia University. Hannah is passionate about teaching yoga, movement, and helping others better understand their amazing bodies. Hannah is fascinated by anatomy, posture, and bodywork, and how to create healing and transformation through movement and mindfulness. She is excited to be part of the Yoga Garden Teacher Training Team and to connect with you!


– I was first introduced to yoga by my dad in grade school. We attended weekly Hatha classes led by a local Swami. I was always intrigued by the sense of calm and ease I felt in the presence of such a wise teacher. Years later, working for AmeriCorps in Milwaukee, I reconnected again with yoga, diving in fully.  I feel so grateful to have completed my 200-hour certification with Shayne Broadwell and Ryan Hader of Core Essence Yoga and my 300-hour Advanced Teacher of Yoga Therapy certification through Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT), as well as Blooma’s Level 1 Prenatal Teacher Training, Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Michelle Pietrzak-Wegner, and Anatomy Training with Awaken Pilates. I am currently pursuing my 1000-hour Professional Yoga Therapist certification, accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

As a lifelong athlete, I bring athleticism to my invigorating classes, and emphasize alignment, balance, strength and playfulness. Each and every person can benefit from the yoga practice, and by working individually with students in a therapeutic setting, each person can find the right practice for his or her particular body, needs, and goals. I’m so grateful to be assisting students on their transformational journeys leading to greater health and happiness in body, mind and spirit.