TERI SANDERS, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, AYS, YACEP, B.A., Education Coordinator for Yoga North ISYI
Teri completed her yoga teacher training and yoga therapy training through Yoga North ISYI, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist training through the Himalayan Institute, and Adaptive Yoga training with MindBody Solutions. Teri believes it is important to follow one’s passions and is particularly passionate about adapting yoga for physical disabilities and therapeutic benefits of yoga for supporting mental health. With years of teaching experience and working in health and human services, Teri enthusiastically brings yoga classes to a variety of settings and a broad range of people. Teri has been instrumental in establishing an Adaptive Yoga program in Duluth. Aside from being an experienced teacher and yoga therapist, Teri is an enthusiastic student. “Student of life, student for life.”
ROBIN DAVIDSON, RYT 500, PT
Robin Davidson is a physical therapist at Essentia Health Polinsky Medical Rehab Center specializing in neurological rehabilitation. Teaching adaptive yoga has blended her work experience and her love of yoga. She is a registered yoga teacher (RYT500) and received specialized training on teaching adaptive yoga from Matthew Sanford at MindBody Solutions.
MARY SAILSTAD, M.A., RYT 200
Mary began her practice of yoga about 20 years ago studying Iyengar yoga in St. Paul. She enjoys teaching hatha yoga and chair yoga classes at her neighborhood SNAP Fitness and Adaptive Yoga at the Woodland YMCA. Although not currently practicing, Mary has a degree in Occupational Therapy from the College of St. Catherine and a masters degree in Developmental Disabilities from St. Mary’s University. This background led her to teaching adaptive yoga and she is excited to be a part of the program!
Mary is a wife and mother of 2 teen-age age boys, who keep her very busy. Besides yoga she loves to be active running, walking, hiking, biking or swimming. Mary enjoys spending time with her family especially at her cabin on Lake Vermilion.
Lynda Parrella, B.S. RYT 200
Lynda is extremely gratified that yoga is accessible to everyone, through adaptive means and by meeting students where they are. An experienced ballet teacher, she loves sharing what she knows with others, especially what she is passionate about and what is beneficial to them. A heart attack brought Lynda to yoga and Yoga North, where, with loving guidance and support a whole new world opened up to her. After practicing SomaYoga and therapeutic yoga for three years, she decided to deepen her practice by taking the 200 hour Teacher training at Yoga North ISYI. A major take-away from the training was learning that in developing compassion for others, we must first have compassion and kindness for ourselves.
Lynda lives in Duluth with her husband Al, son Freddie, little dog and 15″ plecostomus fish. She loves the lake, animals, and working with her hands among other things. Lynda is an assistant instructor for the adaptive yoga program at Essentia Health – Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center with the True North Adaptive Yoga program.
Lois Opseth, BSN, RN, RYT 200, RYT 500
Lois started practicing Yoga in 2010 in her pursuit of her own self-care efforts. Realizing how much better she felt for the effort, she went on to complete her 200 training and RYT 500 at Yoga North in Duluth.
Lois has discovered for herself, that the reward of better health that Yoga promises, is real. And that the benefits are not only physical, but also in mind and spirit as well.
Lois teaches adaptive yoga, Yoga for 12 step recovery and soma yoga classes.
Amy McClellan, RYT 200
Amy is a lover of Yoga for 20+ years. In 2013 she decided to take her studies deeper into the ancient teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda. It has always been a strong desire of hers to assist all people with being able to access their fullest potential. Amy enjoys sharing all she has learned and learning from every person she shares with. Namaste.