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Meet the 2021 Conference Presenters

Our Teachers are The Heart of NDYC

October 8-10, 2021 at the Bismarck Event Center

Angie Swiec Kambeitz

Angie Swiec Kambeitz

Bismarck, ND

Angie Kambeitz is an Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher, who has taken numerous trips to study with R. Sharath Jois at KPJAYI in Mysore, India. She has practiced yoga since 1998, studied with many teachers of different traditions of Hatha Yoga, and has been teaching since 2003. In 2007 she shifted her focus primarily to Ashtanga, which emphasizes connecting movement to the breath. She is also a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training teacher, focusing on advanced postures, yogic philosophy and Sanskrit. As a massage therapist, the healing quality of yoga is a primary focus, and yoga is used as a tool for optimal health. Angie is also an artist and filmmaker and has produced three films about yoga: ‘Mysore Magic’ , ‘Ashtanga Yoga with Basia Lipska’ and ‘‘Prenatal Flow with Basia Lipska’. Angie lives in Bismarck, ND with her husband and two kids, who keep her very busy and focused on practicing the “seventh series”.

Angie is teaching Breath, Bandhas & Bhakti on Friday at 6:30 PM.

Bonny Fetch

Bonny Fetch

Bismarck, ND

Bonny is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. She completed Jennifer Reis’ Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra Level I training in April 2020 and Level II training in September 2020 . She also became certified in Jennifer Reis’ Five Element Yoga ® training in May 2021. Bonny is also certified to teach Chair Yoga.

Bonny has been teaching yoga since November 2016 at various locations and virtually. Her particular interest is in teaching chair yoga and providing guided meditation and yoga nidra. In June 2021 Bonny partnered with another yoga teacher and launched “Yoga Talk with Bonny and Marlene,” a half hour ZOOM broadcast on various aspects of yoga.

Bonny’s interest in wellness is long-standing. She is a Reiki Master in traditional Usui Reiki and Tibetan Reiki, and she has been a Reiki and Healing Touch practitioner since 1990.

Bonny is one of the original co-founders of the North Dakota Yoga Conference.

Bonny is teaching Journey Through the Five Elements on Saturday at 2:00 PM.

 

Brenda Carey

Brenda Carey

Fort Collins, CO

Brenda’s Intention is to serve people to co-create healing & wholeness. She helps Energetically align people’s life with their beliefs and core values. She teaches holistic tools such as mindful yoga (not just “stretching”) to connect into our bodies, guided meditation to BE present to our thoughts and emotions in conjunction with Energy Work techniques to vibrationally clear old habits that no longer serve our Highest Good.

Brenda is the owner of Sacred Path Healing Yoga & Reiki, LLC. She is a RYT-500, YACEP & Reiki Master. When not teaching yoga and meditation in northern Colorado, you can find her hiking and rock climbing with family and friends.

Brenda is teaching Yoga & EFT for Stress Relief on Saturday at 8:00AM.

Brenda Stone

Brenda Stone

Bismarck, ND

Brenda Stone is the owner of Yoga for You, she has been practicing yoga for 22 years and has taught the practice for 14 years.  She is trained in many various yoga styles and other modalities relating to yoga including meditation. She specializes in Subtle Inspired Yoga which is a gentle style of yoga that is a sustainable exercise at any age which uses the breath to engage the nervous system. She also offers a coaching program called My Timeless Lifestyle for women who want to age gracefully.  This program focuses on mindset, yoga, nutrition, and meditation to help them enjoy life, feel younger and healthier. She loves exploring the outdoors, sailing, being with friends, and experimenting in the kitchen.

Brenda is teaching Subtle Inspired Yoga Saturday at 2:00 PM.

Abby Weber

Abby Weber

Bismarck, ND

As a yoga instructor, I strive to help yogis feel comfortable in their practice, learning, nourishing, and growing at their own pace. It’s so important to me that everyone who shares their practice with me feels comfortable, safe, and empowered.

RYT500-Certified to teach multiple styles including Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin, Restorative, SUP, Buti, Primal Flow, Buti Deep, and Hotcore. Creator and founder of Moxie Yoga which combines burlesque and yoga for empowerment and confidence.

Abby is teaching DEEP by Buti Yoga on Sunday at 8:00AM.

Brenna Rollie

Brenna Rollie

Fosston, MN

After spending a decade working in college athletics I created Aham Love Yoga to help highly driven and motivated woman implement and maintain self-care strategies so they can continually show up for their work healthy, vibrant, and aligned. Over the years, this vision has evolved to include Yoga Alliance Continuing Education hours and weekend retreats.

Now, I help teachers, healers, and deep feelers discover how to trust their intuition and lean into their emotional experience so they can lead with clarity, compassion, and insight. Sometimes this looks like radical self-care and BE-ing, other times it requires bold DO-ing. The integration of both provides us the energy we need to create a more equitable and just world for all.

I bring my years of higher education experience, formal education, and travels around the world to my work with others. Together we rise!

Brenna is teaching Set Your Subtle Body Free on Sunday at 8:00AM.

Courtney Fergel

Courtney Fergel

Bismarck, ND

Yoga has been a part of my life for quite some time and has become a staple in my daily life. Through pranayama, meditation and asana practice, I continue to become a better version of myself and who I strive to be in the future. I too continue to grow each and every time I step on my mat and cannot wait to see where my practice leads me down the road.

Yoga has helped me stay grounded and humble. I have learned how to honor my mind, body and soul throughout my practice. Yoga has also taught me that I am enough and I am loved, just as I truly am. The strength and flexibility are just a perk to what I really want to accomplish on my mat which is self-love and confidence.

I completed my RYT200 training through Transitions Yoga Studio, and also completed certification courses for aerial yoga and yin yoga.

My drive and focus is to help guide others in achieving some clarity to their day, whether that be in a slow flow, vinyasa, yin or aerial class. Helping people let go of what is not serving them emotionally and to unblock those daily stressors so they can achieve something truly magically on their mat is what I strive for. And in the meantime, possibly guiding fellow yogis to overcoming a goal pose that they had their mind set on would be an added bonus for me to witness. We all have unlimited potential to achieve something amazing and if I can help open your mind and inspire others to see the possibilities of what you can accomplish in life, on and off the mat then I have done exactly what I have been guided to do.

Courtney Fergel is teaching Movement and Mandala: emergence of creativity through art and sound on Sunday at 10:00 AM.

Danielle Turk-Bly

Danielle Turk-Bly

Burlington, ND

Danielle is a 500 RYT marathon running mom of three boys. She believes in yoga for everybody. Her passion is to teach a yoga that is inclusive in nature. Danielle currently loves teaching yoga to youth through Minot Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports as well as teaching athletes how to be more mindful to live an injury free life in their sport.

Danielle is teaching Yoga for Everybody – Teaching Inclusivity on Saturday at 8:00 AM.

Elicia Faul

Elicia Faul

Bismarck, ND

Elicia Faul is a practicing massage therapist and acupuncturist. She is a married mother of three daughters and enjoys the practice of chanting qi gong along with Yoga. Also a recorded Singer/ Songwriter music director at Unitarian Universalist Church in Bismarck.

Elicia is teaching 5 Element Qi Gong on Sunday at 8:00 AM.

Heather Dressler

Heather Dressler

Dickinson, ND

Heather’ has owned BodyLift Fitness in Dickinson ND for over 6 years. Her advice to her clients is to keep it simple and learn to love to move. She believes in training in a manner that teaches her clients to utilize their own bodies, learn to train pain free, to be creative in any space they have and Most importantly find movement for mental health.

Heather is teaching Yoga & Mobility Fusion for Pain-Free Movement on Saturday at 8:00 AM.

Heather Hottovy

Heather Hottovy

Longmont, CO

Heather’s path started as a 10 year old with scoliosis and a deep dislike for her chiropractor. Then, she found yoga. 17 years and one straight spine later, Heather is grateful to have learned more than how to touch her toes and stand straight on this journey and is filled with deep passion for sharing the lessons she has learned on her healing path. With a 4 year teaching career and a 500 RYT certification under her belt as-of June 2020, Heather brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to each class and workshop to assure each student leaves with a deeper connection to their mind, body, and spirit.
In every class with Heather, the practitioner can be guaranteed the best of both worlds – themes and cues to encourage a deep connection to Self with humor and tenderness paving the way to true embodiment.

Heather is teaching Chakra Activation Fusion Yoga on Friday at 6:30 PM.

Jenn Shanahan

Jenn Shanahan

Williston, ND

Director of Fitness & Wellness, Williston Parks and Recreation District Yoga Teacher. Groove Facilitator. Stand Up Paddler. Mom. Lover of the outdoors. With over 20 years in the health and fitness industry teaching a variety of modalities Jenn has found her purpose and passion for teaching self care and wellness through TheGROOVE(TM) and yoga. Jenn has been a World Groove Movement Master Teacher and Presenter since 2010 and 200hr Yoga teacher since 2016. Jenn’s philosophy is to move to feel good in our bodies and be mobile for life. “No one is going to talk about our 6 pack abs at our funeral but they will talk about our outlook on life and what we contributed to society. Let’s start by taking care of ourselves to live happier and healthier from the inside out.”

Jenn is teaching The GROOVE Experience Friday at 4:30 PM.

Kari Donner

Kari Donner

Williston, ND

Kari Donner was born and raised in North Dakota. She is a real estate agent by trade and teaches yoga on the side. She recently fell in love with Crystal Singing Bowls and the power they can hold in healing. She has been studying the effects of sound healing and attended a 3-day training in Sedona, AZ  where she studied with The Sedona Crystal Temple! She is very excited to continue learning what these beauties can do and looking forward to bringing their power to her students, friends, and family. Kari is the owner of The Vault yoga studio and a distributor for Crystal Tones Alchemy bowls.

Kari is leading the Chakra Sound Bath Meditation on Friday at 6:30 PM.

Karla Hensrud-Wagner

Karla Hensrud-Wagner

Moorhead, MN

Karla Hensrud-Wagner is a Registered 500 Hour Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS). She also is Reiki Master, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, does Thai Yoga Bodywork, and has an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise Physiologist Certification and because of all the years of teaching she opened her own certification Fitness company called FreeStyle Fitness Academy (FSFA).

She  has been in the fitness industry since 1985 and has spent the last 36 years teaching a variety of Group Fitness classes and in 2007 found a love for yoga and then became a 500 Hr Yoga teacher.

She has taught and trained at various facilities throughout the years and currently is teaching as the Group Fitness Manager at Family Wellness in Fargo, ND.  Her love of knowledge, education has led to the passion to share it with others to help them on their own special journeys in life to live a natural and healthy lifestyle in order to be happy and live a life true to oneself.

Karla is teaching Yoga, Adrenal Fatigue & Menopause on Sunday at 10:00 AM.

Katie Heupel

Katie Heupel

Minot, ND

I am a Registered Yoga Teacher-500 with a focus on trauma-sensitive yoga. I have been teaching both group and private yoga for six years. At various conferences and trainings, I have presented on the topic of mindfulness, meditation, and trauma-sensitive yoga! I am a co-author of the book 101 Mindfulness and Meditation Practices that I wrote with my mother, Dr. Terry Eckmann. In my yoga classes, I focus on building strength, flexibility, and better focus. Students in my class are challenged while at the same time provided with many options and modifications for the various poses taught, creating an inclusive environment for all levels of experience with yoga.

Find Katie on IG or FB: @practiceyogawithkatie

Katie is teaching Yoga for Anxiety and Depression on Saturday at 10:30 AM.

Keri Vammer

Keri Vammer

Mandan, ND

My passion for yoga started in 2017. It was a place of challenge, peace and inspiration. But more importantly the studio became a place of security and protection to be me! It was a place of finding myself and sending me on a healing journey that I never dreamt of and yet am truly greatful for all it has presented. Life’s journey is about self-love and self-care so we can exist in this crazy planet in peace. I find my peace in YIN and Restorative yoga and want others to do the same. On June 3rd, 2018 I completed my RYT200 from Transitions Yoga. I also hold additional certifications in Arial and Yin yoga, Reiki 1 and 2 and a master in Kundalini Reiki. And in April of 2019, I was able to start using all of my education on a daily basis when I opened The Studio.

Keri is teaching Reiki Restorative Yoga & Meditation on Saturday at 8:00 AM.

Laura Parson

Laura Parson

Fargo, ND

Laura has been teaching yoga since 2015. She received her yoga teacher training from Inbody Academy and completed her Yoga Anatomy training in 2020. Her background as a multi-sport athlete informs her anatomy-based power flow classes. She pulls from her own experience as an endurance athlete and scholarly research to craft classes that integrate alignment, anatomy, and mindfulness. Laura’s classes are accessible for beginning to advanced practitioners.

Laura is teaching Yoga and Mindfulness for Empathy on Saturday at 4:30 PM.

Lori Hill

Lori Hill

Fargo, ND

Lori Dean Hill is the owner of Inspirational Journey, LLC and has been working in the health and fitness industry for more than 20 years. She is a certified group exercise instructor and a registered yoga instructor, trained in Integrative Yoga Therapy. Lori is also certified in Gentle Somatic Yoga (GSY) which is a unique brain to muscle re-education that combines traditional yoga poses, Hanna Somatic Education, breathing techniques, and visualizations to expand awareness of self. She has also received training in the Stott Pilates mat and reformer. Lori trained with Sue Hitzmann, creator of the MELT Method, and now offers workshops and classes in private settings, fitness centers and corporate wellness programs. Her passion is to educate, motivate, and inspire students to explore movement and life style changes to move towards a pain-free, graceful, and joyful life.

Lori is teaching Gentle Somatic Movement Flows on Sunday at 10:30 AM.

Rachael Schauer

Rachael Schauer

Lutsen, MN

Rachael Schauer is the founder and owner of True Earth Yoga, a virtual yoga studio and wellness space based in her cozy log cabin in the Superior National Forest and available everywhere online. When not teaching yoga, Rachael can almost always be found outside. In fact, True Earth Yoga is founded on Rachael’s combined passion for selfcare through wilderness experiences and yoga. Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras 1.3 teaches, tada drashtuh svarupevasthanam: practicing yoga will guide you to your true nature within, and Rachael uses this to guide everything True Earth Yoga offers. Rachael’s favorite offerings are MeaningFULL Moments and True Nature Discovery. In MeaningFULL Moments: Making the MOST of Your Everyday Life, Rachael guides people who are passionate about self growth to understand and use their breath, body, mind, and spirit. In True Nature Discovery, Rachael and her co-guide Jodi Middendorf guide woman through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Rachael is teaching No More Surface Level Living on Saturday at 10:30 AM.

Shauna Hylenski

Shauna Hylenski

Longmont, CO

Shauna’s quest for the wisdom of the ancient art of yoga led her from the beaches of Thailand to the Pagodas of Japan, all the way to the sacred Ashrams of Rishikesh in India. Every step of her journey led her closer to her true self. Shauna knew that teaching the traditions and wisdom of yoga would be the natural progression of her journey. What can you expect from a class with Shauna? To feel grounded, calm well as invigorated and energized. Shauna expertly guides her students deep inside their own bodies and minds, where they will discover their own inner wisdom and true teacher, themselves. Shauna is one of the owners of the Longmont Climbing Collective and it’s full time program director as well as yoga teacher. She designs programs for youth and adults in climbing, fitness and yoga with the expert help of her coaches and teachers.

Shauna is teaching Powerful Themes and Cues on Saturday at 10:00 AM.

Sigrid Strebe

Sigrid Strebe

Bismarck, ND

Sigrid began her yoga journey in 2001 after being recruited by friends who were trying to gather enough people to get a class started. Barely able to touch her toes and never really “exercising” before, she took the bait and joined. Little did she know how Yoga would change the course of her life.

After teaching at various studios and fitness centers across the country since 2007, she opened Transitions Yoga in 2015. Starting her own studio created opportunities to expand her teaching and mentoring of students and teachers. The small 6 person studio has since expanded to a new space, added a regional 200 hour Teacher Training, retreats, and an additional aerial-based studio at Transitions Yoga at Balancing Goat in February 2020.

Sigrid’s mission is to encourage others to be the best version of themselves, to dream a little bigger and make you laugh with one of her terrible jokes. She believes that as business owners we are stronger together. If COVID taught us anything, it’s that we need to learn to collaborate, be creative when thinking about how business runs and that business as usual is unusual during challenging times.

And in case you’re wondering, Sigrid can now touch her toes, completed her first Ironman and survived a heart attack.
Owner of Transitions Yoga, Transitions Yoga at Balancing Goat & Transitions School of Yoga.

Sigrid is teaching Yoga for Sleep on Saturday at 10:00 AM.

Sirena Dudgeon

Sirena Dudgeon

Longmont, CO

Sirena Dudgeon, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP, engages in a yoga practice that goes beyond the mat as she raises two young children with her husband in CO. She connects deeply with her students, encouraging that they embrace their own practice for where they are in their own journey, on and off the mat. She motivates her students to study the “Self” and shares her passion for Astrology, building it into her classes as themes. Students leave her class feeling supported, inspired, and understood.
Sirena holds accessible ritualistic workshops on Astrology for Yoga Teachers and Practitioners to help yoga teachers and students deeply connect with the natural cycles and energies of the universe for teaching and practicing yoga. A co-founder of Yoga in the Church, she conducts spiritual workshops exploring themes in yoga and Christianity, publishing a book in Spring 2022. Every person’s yoga path is different, and Sirena encourages this self-discovery through compassion, kindness, understanding, and love.

Sirena is teaching Astrology for Yoga Practice: Moon Phases on Saturday at 2:00 PM.

Stephanie Strand

Stephanie Strand

Bismarck, ND

I started my first yoga class in college as an extra credit class with my friend and loved it. From there began my journey through the yoga world. I took my first training in Minneapolis with YogaFit and started teaching at Cross-Fit gyms. I traveled west after college and did another intensive training with Jaya Yoga for their anatomical and fundamental movement-based practices. I completed another training in Minneapolis with Devanadi and than progressed through to a Yoga Therapy program with Yoga North.

Holding space for functional movement is what I want for students, so they can tune in to their own creative side and find their yoga path. With this life experience, I want to inspire connection, healing, and wholeness, where people are gathered to breathe, sweat, move, and achieve more than just a physical workout. Yoga is all about the balance between strength and flexibility, holding and releasing; with music and syncing of people as a community that creates a whole new experience, you can’t get anywhere else.

Stephanie is teaching Movement and Mandala: emergence of creativity through art and sound on Sunday at 10:00 AM.

Terra Scharnowske

Terra Scharnowske

Bismarck, ND

Terra’s passion for yoga started after her first yoga class, over 15 years ago. As someone who is curious by nature and always wanting to learn more, just going to classes was not enough. She began to explore the aspects of yoga that go beyond the physical practice. With what she has learned and practiced over the years, she has experienced a greater sense of self and well-being. As a Registered Nurse by trade, she knows how beneficial this can be for all who practice. In 2018 she completed her first yoga teacher training to learn how to share these ‘on and off the mat’ practices with others. In class it is her priority to create a safe environment for students connect with themselves like she has been able to do. Outside of teaching yoga she is a wife, dog mom and enjoys hiking, snowboarding and gardening.

Terra is teaching Cultivate Compassion Through Restorative Yoga on Saturday at 4:00 PM.

Allison Rissel

Allison Rissel

Longmont, CO

My passion and inspiration for helping yoga teachers is contagious and I harness this to inspire other yoga teachers to overcome self-doubt and burnout. I am dedicated to assisting yoga teachers to connect with their authenticity, enabling them to become powerful leaders of transformation in their yoga communities.

I became a yoga teacher in 2006. In addition to my master’s degree in exercise physiology, I have completed over 1,700 hours of formal yoga and yoga therapy trainings. I use my knowledge and experience to guide yoga teachers along their yoga teacher journey, supporting them through the mental, spiritual, and physical challenges that they face.

I am the co-founder of the North Dakota Yoga Conference, the 406 Yoga Conference and the Yoga Teacher Conf.

I’m an extroverted optimist and I love hiking, skiing, and connecting in nature with my husband, Sean.

Allison is teaching Yoga Story Time on Saturday at 4:00 PM.