Our Teachers

Patty McGown, LPC, E-RYT 
Opening a yoga studio is my dream!!

Patty McGown took her first yoga class in 2001 in Australia with a 70 year old teacher in a standing room only space. After having run for 25 years, and feeling pain and stiffness for years, she finally felt some relief. Yoga changed her body and it also calmed her mind. She took her teacher training from Yogini Nancy Ruby of YogaMotion Acadamy in 2004 and started teaching immediately after her certification with Yoga Alliance. It started when her sister moved to town and convinced Patty to take yoga teacher training."Yoga is a tradition passed down through it's teachers. My sister studied with Jan Johnson and I took a few of her classes and learned techniques for alignment that I still use today. I teach yoga for every body. I love yoga for the way I feel after a class. Balanced, calm, strong, tall, and relieved of any tension I may have been feeling. Yoga deepens the breath and for me, actually increases my respiration. I love yoga for how it moves all the muscles of the body around all the joints, moves the spine in all 5 directions, and builds stamina and strength, focus and concentration, grace and poise. Yoga calms the nervous system and has been shown to reduce both anxiety and depression.”

In addition to YogaMotion training, Patty has received training on Trauma Focused Yoga from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Judith Hanson Lasater, Joel Kramer, among others. Patty has taken classes in Key West, Bozeman, Missoula, Nicaragua, Portland, Arizona, and Minneapolis/St Paul. Patty’s practice includes a blend of Hatha Yoga, Viniyoga, Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Trauma focused yoga therapy.  Patty is known for her understanding of anatomy and the systems of the body. Her classes emphasize the three part yogic breath, strength, flexibility in the face of inflexibility, sequencing of the forms (asanas) and deep relaxation.

Patty has a MS in Mental Health Counseling and is a therapist at Vantage Point Clinic in Barron.

Kristi Gay 

Kristi has been athletic her whole life, competitively swimming at UW-Eau Claire, running the Boston, New York, and Chicago marathons, and competing in Tough Mudders.  She found yoga 10 years ago as a quieter, calmer form of exercise, but really got hooked when she started attending CorePower in Minneapolis with one of her best friends and yoga mentor, Michael Melrose.  Living in a remote location in Northern Wisconsin with a husband and two girls had her mostly doing a home yoga practice with videos, but after enrolling in CorePower Teacher Training in February 2015 she loved the yoga community and union with others.  She is so happy to share yoga with people of all ages from kids to grandmas, as the benefits of yoga apply to everyone at different stages in their life.  She is so grateful to her teachers Nikki Peters, Romy Ecker, Emily Rose Duea, and Cailee Stangl for their love and guidance.  See Kristi's yoga flow to Birdy's "Skinny Love": (cut and paste this URL)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZsaZ4KUr-Y


Jennifer Christensen:

As a mother of four, I began my yoga journey as a way to find the patience to be a better parent. Going to a yoga class have me the few moments I needed for myself. Yoga kept me from feeling overwhelmed by creatng a space for me to breathe and move and relax. 

My children grew and rather than continue my regular practice, I let my work take over more of my life, and I found myself out of balance, emotionally, mentally and physically.

With the encouragement of my husband, I enrolled in yoga teacher training at St. Paul College, earning my yoga teaching certificate in the spring of this year (2020).  

Training to be a yoga instructor was a transformative experience, and developing a regular meditation practice was life saving. Through my teaching, I hope to share the peace I have found in finding balance within myself, with others.