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Weekly Classes

Sundays at 8 and 10am. Nordeast Yoga, 1304 University Ave NE, Minneapolis.
$15 drop in

I teach two drop-in weekly classes. Sundays at 8am is a led primary series (90-100 min), geared towards folks with a basic understanding of the primary series (no perfection is required). Sundays at 10am is a beginner class, appropriate for all, guiding you through the basic structure and principles of Ashtanga (60 min).

Thursday Mysore classes. Dow Artist Building, 2242 University Ave W, St. Paul.
$20 drop in. 8-week session $135. Begins September 5.

This Mysore class is open to anyone with an existing Ashtanga practice as well as anyone with a sincere desire to learn. Newcomers must commit to the 8-week session. **You MUST contact me first before attending to choose a start time, as the front door to the building is locked and I will need to let you in. You may start at 6am, 6:30, or 7, and must finish by 8:30am. Earlier start times may be available based on need.

Fall Workshop Schedule

The following workshops will take place in the second studio at Nordeast Yoga, 1304 University Ave NE, Minneapolis.

Chanting in Sanskrit: Saturday September 28, 1-4pm

Chanting in Sanskrit is one of the most beautiful ways to access deeper layers of consciousness. This workshop is for anyone with a spark of interest: we will go over pronunciation and meaning, delve into the science of why it feels so good and what it is doing to body and mind, and best of all we will have a good amount of time to chant together and sit in silence afterwards. You will leave with your koshas buzzing.

Yoga Philosophy: Saturday October 26, 1-4pm

This workshop is perfect as an introduction or an opportunity to clarify the central teachings of yoga philosophy. We will situate the teachings of Yoga within the Six Darshanas that refer to the Vedas as scripture, then go on to explore the central points and differences between the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. A dense subject for sure, but we’ll take a lighthearted approach that will focus on relevance to this era and your personal yoga practice. Sometimes getting comfortable with a new paradigm is what you need for a shift in consciousness.

Pranayama: Saturday November 23, 1-4pm

Conscious, vibrant breathing is essential for going down the rabbit hole in your yoga practice. In this workshop we will look at the anatomy, physiology, and energetics of breath, and learn techniques for building a seated pranayama practice. You will learn not just theory but the practical application of these techniques, we will practice them together, and you’ll come away with a game plan for a home pranayama practice that is appropriate for your level of experience.

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About Ellie Wannemacher

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I have had a daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga since 2005, and have been teaching in some capacity since 2007. I was trained to teach properly by Magnolia Zuniga starting in 2010, and since 2013 I have had an ongoing teaching mentor in Angela Jamison. Both of these senior teachers have my deepest gratitude and respect. I travel to study with Angela at least once a year in addition to bringing her here to Minneapolis for annual workshops.

My practice has stayed with me through two pregnancies and post-partum periods (with appropriate time taken off asana) and I find that this yoga practice is an invaluable resource both for the mental and emotional challenges that come with pregnancy, birth and motherhood, and for the physical healing required. 

I have taken four trips to Mysore, India to study with Saraswathi and Sharath Rangaswamy (now Jois). After being given authorization by Sharath to teach in 2014, I taught a daily Mysore program for five years, and as of spring 2019 I have somewhere in the ballpark of 8,000 hours of teaching and 7,000 hours of practice under my belt. I have stepped back from teaching full time in order to be home in the morning with my two young children, and I'm so happy to be able to continue connecting with the Ashtanga community in Minneapolis through weekly classes and monthly workshops.