ABOUT US

 

MEET THE INSTRUCTORS  

Tressa Bushaw

I walked into my first yoga class eighteen years ago amid personal tragedy.  That class set me on a path of healing and profound change.  I was immediately drawn to the mind-body connection, and the balance that a consistent yoga practice brought to my life. 

I have been a Yoga Alliance, Registered Yoga Teacher since 2000.  I began teaching yoga at Sun Moon Studio in Mankato sixteen years ago.  I have also spent time teaching at the Mankato Family YMCA, Gustavus Adolphus College and many "lunch hour classes" at local businesses.  In 2004, my husband, David, and I purchased the historic Odd Fellows building and the St. Peter Yoga Studio was born.  It has been a labor of love over the years, a love that David and I share with our seven children. 

Over the years, my teaching has been influenced by some amazing people.  I have had wonderful opportunities to study with Baron Baptiste, Tias Little, Seane Corn, Cindy Lee, Gary Kraftsow and Marsha Wenig.   



Liz Power Hawkinson


I have been a Yoga Alliance, Registered Yoga Teacher since 2002.  I initially taught at SunMoon Yoga Studio and have been teaching in the beautiful studio at St. Peter Yoga since 2003.  I am very appreciative of the opportunities to study with Mona Ceniceros, Gary Kraftsow, Nischala Joy Devi, Jon Kabat Zinn, John Teasdale, Christina Feldman, Joen Snyder O'Neal and Saki Santorelli, Sri VBN Rao, Shyam Naraim of Hyderabad, and the teachers at Kripalu.  In addition to teaching Monday night yoga, I facilitate a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course.  I love to spend time reading poetry aloud, digging in the dirt and heading out of town on road trips.  My favorite moment is watching the Monday night yogis drift off into savasana--it's a maternal thing.

 



 


Kelly Holland

I began teaching at Sun Moon Studios in Mankato about 10 years ago. Currently I am teaching at the Mankato Area Family YMCA, St Peter Yoga Studio and Dance Express in Mankato. I have had experience teaching children, seniors, adults, athletes and individuals with special needs.

My training has been varied and extensive throughout the United States. Some of the teachers who have influenced my style include: Judy Lucier, Mona Ceniceros, Baron Baptiste, Bryan Kest, Gary Kraftsow and Ana Forrest. Some of my favorite yoga experiences have been traveling and training with my dear friend Tressa Bushaw who has allowed me to express and share my true love of this practice through her support and ownership of the beautiful yoga studio in St Peter, MN.

In addition to my regular scheduled classes I am available for teaching private, small groups and any special occasions.



Michele Rusinko

Michele is a teacher, choreographer, dancer and writer.  She has taught at Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minnesota, for 29 years.  She received her B.A. from St. Olaf College and M.F.A. from Arizona State University.  While at ASU, she was the recipient of several academic and artistic honors including a first place award in technical performance and choreography from the American College Dance Festival Association, an invitation to perform her solo work, Seed For Planting: Homage to Käthe Kollwitz, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and being named the outstanding graduate of the Graduate College.  Prior to coming to Gustavus, Rusinko spent four years as the Director of Dance at Weber State University in Odgen, Utah. 


She is also a breast cancer survivor, yoga teacher and resiliency coach.  Michele has spent her entire career integrating the life of the mind with the wisdom of the body.  Navigating her cancer diagnosis gave her new skills which allowed her to feel empowered and joyful as she adapted to the changing landscape.  It is these skills, and this dance, she enjoys sharing with students of all ages and backgrounds.


Michele holds a 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Sun Moon Yoga, Chair Yoga teacher certification from Strong Spirits: Mindfulness and Movement Program, and Y4C (Yoga4cancer) teacher certification.