Meet Our Teachers


Elle brings a decade of experience teaching yoga to her classes, as well as a sense of humor and an ability to work with a variety of student’s needs. Her trainings include 200 hours of Vinyasa Yoga training. Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training. She also has specialty trainings in: Yoga for Back Care, Pre-natal Yoga, and Yoga for Seniors.

Elle teaches a variety of classes from challenging Forrest Inspired Vinyasa classes to Gentle Yoga. She also works with individual students to help them deepen their practice. Her own practice includes Forrest Yoga, Yin, Vinyasa, Pranayama, mindfulness, and SomaYoga.

Alanna grew up in a northwest suburb of Chicago and enjoyed Irish dancing, gymnastics, and being an all-around pool rat with her three younger brothers. Besides “playing school” and teaching her brothers, she began coaching gymnastics at age 16 and teaching swim lessons at 17. She came to Winona in 1999 and has attended Winona State and Saint Mary’s Universities. She has been participating in Iyengar-style yoga classes for fourteen years and leading vinyasa-style hatha classes for ten years around Winona, including on stand-up paddleboards.

Alanna thinks of a yoga practice as a journey: the poses (“stops along the way”) are linked together with the breath. We begin by focusing on the breath in a seated position becoming more mindful of the space and our bodies; we end the practice coming full circle back to a seated position. Alanna believes you can take your yoga “journey” to whatever level you desire! She has received teacher training through YogaFit and she also enjoys teaching yoga and mindfulness to children. She enjoys learning more along her personal journey of yoga and recently completed the 200 hour RYT requirements.

Lynn remembers her first class and the teacher proclaiming, “What was lost can be found again! All that is required is an open mind.” Lynn studied three years with T’ai Chi Instructor, Dr. Brice Wilkinson, including an 18-month internship at Grace Place. Since 2006 she practices daily movements such as those found in Qi Gong for Health & Vitality by Michael Tse and T’ai Chi The Supreme Ultimate Exercise For Health, Sport and Self-Defense by Cheng Man Ch’ing.

In 2007 Lynn added to her daily practice Dr. Baolin Wu’s Qi Gong for Total Wellness, and since 2008 is leading classes. 2013 she studied “Eight Brocades Qigong.” Fall of 2014 under Xin Yuen Zhuang’s instruction she studied more closely the Tiger Form, or Yang 24 T’ai chi. Spring of 2015 she studied Wuji Qigong which has roots to the monks who practice at the Shaolin Temple.

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Mollee is a certified 200-hour yoga instructor and longtime practitioner with advanced certification in Trauma-Informed Yoga.

Over the past two decades, Mollee’s yoga practice and teaching has evolved into a therapeutic style that utilizes the tools of yoga to heal body and mind, and support wellbeing and aliveness. She has experienced how yoga can help us live more empowered, connected and resilient lives and become more present in the way we show up for ourselves and for one another.

She enjoys creating workshops, series, and one-on-one private sessions that allow participants to explore, heal and grow.

Mollee also teaches future yoga teachers in regional 200-hour training programs. Ever the student, she is currently taking advanced in trainings in Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda, and Wellness Counseling through Yoga North and the Himalayan Institute.

April began practicing Iyengar style yoga in 2007 as part of a journey to become physically active and to help control her blood sugar. She found the practice of Iyengar, which involves the use of props to support the body and accommodate different levels of ability, in keeping with one of her key life philosophies: all bodies and people are valuable and capable and worthy of love and joyous movement.

For the last several years, however, April was presented with a new challenge, which encouraged her to expand her practice to different styles of yoga. (more…)

Hailey loves sharing her knowlede of Kinesiology to help others on their fitness journey. Her personal yoga practice started 5 years ago when she was introduced to it in highschool. Currently she is a senior at WSU where she is completing her degree in Movement Science. She plans to go on to graduate school to become a physician assistant.

Hailey Richter developed Interval Flow at the request of Dr. Kristin Noble, combining her knowledge of cardiovascular training with her love of Vinyasa Flow.

Deb brings a diverse background to her teaching. She currently teaches Pilates, indoor cycling, and bootcamp classes and is also trained in Step Aerobics, Water Fitness and Body Pump.

Deb has been physically active most of her life enjoying athletic pursuits such as volleyball, softball and flag football during her “early” adult years.

After the birth of her daughter, she was re-inspired her to prioritize her health and joined the YMCA where she was soon recruited by the Y Fitness Director to become an instructor.

Currently, Deb is the Community Wellness Operations Manager of Live Well Winona where she’s able to mesh her professional life with her desire to help others with her passion for fitness and general wellness.

Eri Fujieda, RYT 200 — Eri has been practicing yoga over 15 years and recently completed Yoga North International Somatic Yoga Institute’s 200 Hour teacher training program. She is excited to share the opportunity to practice SomaYoga for more freedom and awareness in the body along with a connection to the purest part of the self.

Jacque Paulsen lives and works in the Winona area as an educator and movement artist. Her credentials include a Nia Black Belt and Nia 5 Stages Certification. She has trained with Nia founder Debbie Rosas, and Educator of the Year – Winalee Zeeb. Recent projects include the development of Ignite, a local fire and fibre optic performance arts troupe.

Additional credentials include a BA in Theatre with an emphasis in dance from UW-Madison, a BS in elementary education, Montessori Certification from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, and an MS in Educational Leadership from Winona State. When not dancing, Jacque is the Project Manager for Main Square Montessori. Jacque believes that healing begins from within and she can’t wait to move with you!

Gretchen Cohenour (MFA, RSME) is evolving with a 35-year career as a teacher, movement artist and choreographer. Gretchen is a Somatic Movement Educator (SME), and is certified in ‘Embodied Anatomy and Yoga’ and ‘Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga’ from the School of Body Mind Centering©. In addition to BMC, her practice includes Meditation, Iyengar Yoga, Qigong, Alexander Technique, and playing with puppies and dancers.

She directs the Winona State University dance program where she integrates somatic practices, art making, interdisciplinary collaboration, meditation, yoga, and embodied movement research as a ground for living, teaching and learning.

Sharon brings twenty-five years of experience as an interdisciplinary contemporary dance artist and educator. Originally from Boston, MA, Sharon has been involved with the Winona community since 2005 in addition to her ongoing work on the East Coast. Minnesota area teaching includes Winona State University and the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, as well as throughout the United States and abroad in the UK, Argentina, Mexico, Ireland and Ecuador.

Her experimental performance/installation projects and dance films have been presented in various venues such as theatres, galleries, clubs, apartments, train stations, empty storefronts, warehouses, fields, rivers and other intriguing and unexpected spaces, with support from the Virginia Commission on the Arts, and the Maryland State Arts Council, among others.

Sharon loves dance, visual art, somatics, improvisation, yoga, qigong, tai chi, walking, hiking, and biking. And creating experiences where active viewing, participation and imagination are welcome. She also enjoys collaborating and playing with other adventurous artistic types, and finding ways to support and build the creative ecology within a community. Sharon holds an MFA in Dance from George Mason University, is a Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, a Reiki Master Practitioner, and Massage Therapist. mansurdance.com

Nicolle brings a balance of alignment and movement to each class, creating a positive and fun environment for deepening asana practice. Her classes are accessible, yet challenging for all levels of practice, from beginner to lifelong practitioner. As a singer, Nicolle dove deeply into the teachings of chanting, the yoga sutras, and Sanskrit right away on her yogic journey, and now teaches across the country.

Nicolle has been teaching yoga since 2008, and is a 500-hour certified Prajan Yoga teacher. Prajna yoga is the infusion of Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar Yoga, a dynamic combination of movement, strength, alignment, and therapeutic application of yoga asana.