This class is taught by:

Laura Sainio

LAURA was introduced to yoga 9 years ago and immediately recognized the value in the wisdom of the ancient teachings. Yoga’s impact on her life was profound and she knew that it was something she needed to share.

In 2005, Laura spent a month in Costa Rica, under the instruction of Don and Amba Stapleton, and received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification and then went on to complete her 500 hour Y.A. Teacher Certification at Yoga North in Duluth. In her classes, Laura intricately weaves her lbelief in yogic teachings and her love of anatomy to create an invigorating & therapuetic experience for all students.

Laura will teach vinyasa flow & gentle flow yoga at CENTER this fall. She says about her classes, “The physical practice of the asanas (postures) will prepare you for meditation. Meditation will transform you.”

Geri Downing

geri has been an avid yoga student for the last six years and has recently completed her 200-hour teaching certification at Yoga North in Duluth, MN. She teaches gentle flow, yoga basics & Kundalini yoga classes to all levels and ages of students. Geri has a warm heart and a patient teaching style that impacts students in a delightful & powerful way.

Students can expect asana, meditation and relaxation in every class she instructs. When not at the studio, you can find Geri teaching middle school or enjoying the outdoors.

Her philosophy of life:"Life is just a series of moments. If you miss the moments you miss your life."
~ Robin Sharma

Christina Andersen

If your life was a soundtrack what would your theme song be?
Life is a Highway

What 5 words would your friends use to describe you?
Steady, resourceful, driven, logical, and funny

What is your teaching style / philosophy?
Classes should offer intelligent and creative sequencing so people will stay engaged, feel successful and become strong, but perhaps more importantly, each class should deliver a message that inspires.

What kind of students will love your teaching style?
People who like to laugh; people who want to become better versions of themselves; people who want a great workout but would rather poke out their eyeballs than grind out tedious and repetitive rounds of the same few moves hour after hour.

Who in the yoga world continues to inspire, mentor, and teach you?
I love the steady consistency and deep wisdom of Rod Stryker and am inspired by the flowery language and mythology of Sianna Sherman. I would also love to meet and take training with Maty Ezraty.

Jamie Bennett

Jamie’s passion for yoga began in 2006 while doing research in New Zealand. It was there that she was first introduced to Yoga and Eastern Philosophy. The physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga were immediately apparent to her, and so began her yogic journey. Jamie’s life long study of dance & movement coupled with her love of yoga, have influenced her teaching style and philosophy. Jamie strives to help students at any level feel accepted, supported, and safe as they gently begin to explore movement and postures-(Asana) within their bodies. Her teaching style encompasses the 8 fold path of yoga, through the incorporation of meditation, philosophy, and breath work in many of her classes. She also attempts to help students raise self awareness and build confidence while exploring their natural life path. Her main objective in teaching is to share yoga’s ancient wisdom in a fun, welcoming, and enthusiastic way. In the spring of 2010, through intensive study at Yoga North in Duluth, MN, Jamie received her 200hr level Yoga Alliance Teaching Certification in the style of Hatha Yoga derived from the Himalayan Tradition. She has been an instructor for CENTER in Grand Rapids, MN since that time.

Catherine McBride

Catherine was introduced to yoga in high school and a began deeper practice later to supplement triathlon training. She studies with Dharma Mittra and Rod Stryker, with whom she is pursuing Master level training, and her teaching is influenced by Bryan and Johnny Kest, Donna Farhi, Gary Kraftsow, Sean Corn and Pattabhi Jois. She is certified to teach Ashtanga yoga by David Swenson and Yin yoga by Paul Grilley. Catherine continues to study the Yoga Sutras and deepen her understanding of the fullness of yoga. Catherine’s teaching style is based in Ashtanga with a healthy dose of creative ad lib. Her classes include chanting, yoga history, asana (postures) and deep relaxation.

Karen Walker

If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be? Willing – to try, to explore, to create, to help, to understand, to discuss, discuss, discuss,

If your life was a soundtrack what would your theme song be? Climb Every Mountain – Sound of Music


What type of student do you recommend take your classes? All types! I enjoy working with new students, students with mobility/strength issue and the experienced yogis. I really like students who come to class with an open and inquiring mind, willing to try something new or a different approach to a pose. I’m really passionate about alignment based Yoga and BKS Iygenar style Yoga. I’m working more of that approach into my practice and classes with a kind, gentle, and creative approach.


What does Yoga mean to you? By practicing Yoga I have opened myself up to the possibilities. The chance to really feel and understand better my body and mind. My spiritual practice is evolving too. I have been able to be less judgmental about situations and people, be more willing to be flexible (mind, body and spirit), and open to new things. Yoga has helped me in the fear arena too. I am less fearful and willing to take more risks and experience the “new”. I breathe a whole lot better too! 


Jenna Hass

If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?


What five things make you a great person?
I’m caring, passionate, organized, loving, and love people!

Any embarrassing stories where you learned a valuable lesson?
Embarrassing moments come often. I’ve learned mistakes are a part of life – laugh it off!

What is your mission, your vision, what yoga means to you?
My mission is to show everyone that everybody can do yoga. I hope to see a day when everyone does some kind of yoga.

Jenny Erickson

If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?

How did Yoga come into your life?
I started taking classes at a time in my life when my body needed to move and my mind needed to be quiet.


What is your mission, your vision, what yoga means to you?

Yoga is the beautiful dance of mental, physical, and emotional choreographed together to teach me, strengthen me, and challenge me to be more than what I thought possible. My vision would be for others to discover that same thought process for themselves.


Nothing fancy & nothing pretzel shaped. Get to know the basic postures with a focus on alignment and breathing. This class is equally great for beginners and experienced practitioners.