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JESS mcMullen

I found Yoga as a form of pain relief from scoliosis and fell in love with it for the mind-body-spirit connection. Yoga is my way to make sense of the world and bring balance to this life.  I see yoga as a holistic tool to stay young and healthy, inside and out. 

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

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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.

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.

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.