Instructors Instructor Application
JENNIFER (JJ) F, CPA (inactive), E-RYT-500, AYS, YACEP, ACE (addt’l certifications in:  Prenatal, Senior and Chair yoga)
Headshot-in a posture  Jennifer opened Good & Twisted Yoga with the hope of making yoga accessible to her community, and of teaching that yoga is for everyone!  She has over 15 years of teaching experience with certifications in a variety of disciplines, and is forever a student of this wisdom tradition!  She loves to teach yogis of all experience levels, and watch the physical and spiritual growth of her students.  It is an honor and a pleasure to guide students through their practice!  She is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 200, E-RYT 500), a certified group fitness instructor with the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (AYS). She began teaching group fitness classes in 1998, and was introduced to yoga in 2000. Since then, she has taught Hatha and Vinyasa Flow yoga classes at various fitness clubs, yoga studios and corporations. Jennifer worked full-time in her corporate career for 13 years in Accounting (CPA), Merchandising and Marketing.  In 2012, she decided to embark on a new journey and open Good & Twisted Yoga because she is passionate about helping people of all ages and abilities improve their quality of life and wellness through yoga practice. Outside of the studio, she loves being outdoors and spending time with her husband and two children.
Headshot-Sarah Littlefield2 Sarah was introduced to yoga in college as a great supplement to running. As a runner, yoga was a challenge for Sarah and made her feel a bit ungraceful in her body. But after her first class, she realized that she needed the strength, flexibility and ease in her body and mind that yoga provides. After deepening her own practice, she wanted to share it with others, and in August 2014 she completed her yoga teacher certification. Off the mat, Sarah works full time with children with autism, and has used yoga in sessions to help regulate and motivate her clients. Sarah is excited to share her experience and to be able to learn and grow in the Good and Twisted Yoga community.
  Nancy came to her mat in 2001 for her first yoga class and she has been hooked ever since.  She is a certified yoga teacher now, and loves experiencing the benefits of yoga and is excited to share those with her students.  She enjoys working with people of all ages to improve their quality of life as well as helping them heal and grow on every level.  In her class, you will learn proper alignment of poses while you build strength, flexibility, balance, focus, self-awareness, and the ability to relax.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics, and she is an aroma therapy practitioner, as well as a Reiki Master.  Outside of yoga, she loves spending time with her husband, three daughters, and her little dog, Benny.  A few of her hobbies are cross-country skiing, golfing, gardening, reading, and cooking.
Headshot-Cortney Minger Cortney took her first yoga class several years ago and instantly fell in love with the sweat and physical aspect of the practice. The hotter the better was her idea of a good yoga class. But, it wasn’t until 2 years later that she finally found the mental and calming aspect of yoga. That is truly when her outlook on both life and yoga shifted. In the summer of 2013 Cortney finally took the leap and completed her yoga teacher training. She now finds joy sharing her passion for yoga through teaching. When not on the mat, Cortney enjoys running, a nice glass of wine and experimenting in the kitchen with hopes that her husband will actually eat her experiments!
 LISA O, RYT-200
   Lisa came to yoga with SI joint issues in hopes it would help her to build the strength needed to stabilize the injury. Once she began practicing yoga daily for a few years, she realized that she wanted to share the benefits of yoga she had received.  Lisa became a certified yoga teacher, with focused study on meditation and the restorative aspects of practice. Now enjoying a daily meditation and asana practice, Lisa finds a special knack for arm balances and inversions!  Lisa has completed further training in somatics and restorative yoga, as well as teaching paddleboard yoga.
Elyssa began practicing yoga  as a way to find balance while searching for her first corporate job in Advertising and Marketing. She spent 10 years working full-time in Chicago and Minneapolis, before making the decision to become a stay-at-home mother to her first child. Sprinkling yoga into her life along the way, Elyssa decided to complete her  yoga teacher certification in 2017. Elyssa recognizes the importance of balance and personal care in our busy lives, and has a special interest in helping fellow mothers find strength and a sense of calm through all things yoga. When Elyssa is not practicing yoga, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. Being outnumbered in a house full of boys, Elyssa takes comfort in her ability to breathe through the chaos and relax with her faithful dog, Sophie.
headshot-abby-sulheim Abby took her first-ever yoga class at Good and Twisted Yoga in February 2013 and was instantly hooked. She loved the challenge of a demanding physical practice and how each instructor was able to add their own signature style to each class. When describing to others why she loved yoga so much, Abby often said that it was because “it’s the only place my brain turns off for a whole hour.” Curiosity about why her practice had such a profound effect on her mind, body, and spirit made her realize that she wanted to learn more about this ancient tradition. Abby received her 200 hour yoga teaching certificate in August 2016 and is so excited to share what she has learned with others to help them find as much benefit as she has. Abby believes that yoga doesn’t need to be so serious or mysterious, and that if you listen to your body it will tell you what it needs. Off the mat, Abby enjoys spending time with her loved ones, cooking delicious plant based food, and reading books, food blogs, and the newspaper.
Headshot-Teresa Torgerson A dedicated yoga practice has been a part of Teresa’s life since 2009. While recovering from ACL surgery due to a tennis injury she came to appreciate all of the benefits of living a yogic and ayurvedic lifestyle and realized that practicing yoga regularly allows her to participate more fully in all aspects of life. Teresa completed her yoga teacher certification in 2013, and has been teaching since 2014. Teresa believes in giving students a taste of yoga philosophy, meditation and breath work in addition to the physical practice in order to help them find balance in life on and off the mat. She enjoys getting to know her students so that she can help them find their best expression of their yoga in a safe and healthy manner, based on the body and mind they show up with. Teresa enjoys spending time with her family, biking, walking the family dog, paddle boarding, boating and reading.
 SARA J, RYT-200
   Sara has been drawn to movement and group fitness exercise since she was in high school.  She took her first classes with her dad and decided that exercise was her passion.  In 1991, she become group fitness certified and was teaching many classes a week.  She became so tight and was getting injuries, so decided to try yoga.  Sara fell in love with yoga and found that it helped calm her and bring balance back to her body and life.  She completed her first yoga teacher training in 1996,  and a second 200 hour training in 2017.  Sara has a  BS in kinesiology from the U of MN.  Her full time job is selling organic and natural foods and wellness products.   She brings herself to the mat every day and finds that meditation has made her life more peaceful.
Stefanie began practicing yoga as a way to help relieve the stress and anxiety in her daily life. After working as a Life Skills Counselor for 10 years, she decided to pursue teaching yoga. She is a NETA certified group fitness instructor and has taught over 11 years at a local health club. In addition to teaching many fitness classes, she has been a certified yoga teacher since 2011. Stefanie has a passion to help others achieve their goals, whatever they may be. She values the importance of self-care and hopes to help people find balance in their life. She holds a BA degree in Social Work and Child and Family Studies, as well as being a registered yoga teacher.