Rob began his study of yoga in 1975 in St. Paul. His interest in yoga continued through the 1980s in classes at the Healing Center in Brainerd. He began teaching with LAYA in 1999. He has attended teacher training intensives in Colorado for several years, and has also received teacher training in Iyengar yoga at Minneapolis yoga studios. Rob includes nutritional information, audiovisual aides and some music in his teaching. Rob’s goal is to help students develop a home practice.


Since my first yoga experience 17 years ago it has accompanied me through the proverbial walks, runs, and crawls of my unorthodox life. Along the way, I have had the fortune of being a student of many great teachers with varying styles. Among these are: Jenny Smith (Ashtanga),  Lori Snyder (Vinyasa Flow), Sean Bertsch (Hot Yoga), and Janine Melter (Forrest Yoga). In 2011, I completed Lori Snyder's 200hr teacher training in the style of Vinyasa Flow and became a Yoga Alliance RYT200. 

Having moved to the Brainerd Lakes Area in August of 2014, I am pleased to share my practice with you.

RYT-200.  Jassmine, better known as Jazzi, loves Vinyasa Flow styles of yoga!

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My yoga practice started in 2008 with a Rodney Yee DVD, and I never looked back. I was blessed with the opportunity to study at the Shoshoni Shambhava yoga ashram in Rollinville CO in October of 2016. As an nurse and Reiki master I love being able to share my passion for self love and healing though yoga and meditation.

The Lakes Area Yoga Association was founded in 1995 as a not-for-profit association dedicated to bringing Yoga to the Lakes area. LAYA, and the late Healing Center,  were the first organizations offering yoga in the Brainerd area.  As yoga has grown in popularity, so have the number of places to find yoga in the area.  We remain dedicated to what we are doing, and teaching, and try to provide an authentic and sincere slate of classes rather than a "fitness-model-one-size-fits-all" style of yoga.  As a non-profit organization, we depend entirely on class fees to operate.

Our classes are generally eclectic and vary with each teacher’s background. Our teachers respect each individual’s abilities and needs, and offer appropriate variations and props for the asanas (poses) as appropriate. We make Yoga accessible to all, regardless of age, size or abilities.  As yoga has proliferated in the Lakes area, and throughout the country, we have begun to specialize in gentle, restorative and therapeutic styles of yoga.

LAYA offers classes year-round in Brainerd, with a variety of levels and experiences available.  We also offer classes in Nisswa, during the school year at the Nisswa School.  In addition, we can offer private yoga sessions at your home or business. 

​Our Board of directors is currently made up of 4 community members with diverse backgrounds and expertise in their fields. They work together to make decisions to encourage the growth and integrity of Lakes Area Yoga. 

E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) and member of LAYA's board of directors.   Sarah has been teaching since 2006 and specializes in gentle and  restorative practices.

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