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.
SARAH L, RYT-200
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.
 AMY C, RYT-200
   As a ballroom dancer, Amy was attracted to yoga as a great way to improve flexibility and body awareness.   After practicing more regularly, she began to appreciate the meditative and healing aspects of yoga, and her classes were no longer just for physical fitness but a safe haven that allowed her to reconnect with mind, body, and spirit. This led Amy to complete her yoga teacher certification in May 2017 where she found the healing she had been seeking for years.  Amy is passionate about helping individuals to find ease in their body and mind, overcoming mental roadblocks, and empowering them to do what they are truly meant to do using yoga practice and philosophy. Outside of practicing yoga, Amy is a competitive ballroom dancer, competing all over the country, and she works full-time as a healthcare actuary.  She is an avid traveler, and has two kitties, Hunter and Snickers.  
CORTNEY M, RYT-200 (maternity leave)
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!
LAUREN B, RYT-200
Lauren first started practicing yoga as a form of physical exercise, but was instantly attracted to the mental benefit it brought to her life as well. After 5 years of yoga practice, Lauren felt drawn to learn more about yoga and completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training at Good & Twisted Yoga in 2018. She is extremely excited to share her passion for yoga and blending physical movement with mental balance with her community, friends, and family! When she isn’t on her yoga mat, Lauren enjoys board-game nights with her friends, knitting sweaters, and bringing her dog Ella to the dog park. 
 AMIE J, RYT-200
    Amie was drawn to teaching because she believes that yoga is for every body and all abilities. Amie has practiced yoga for more than a decade. She has learned that a consistent yoga practice makes the hard times manageable and the good times richer. To bring more meaning to her practice, Amie received a 200-hour yoga teacher training certification in the fall of 2017. As she began to share yoga with others, she increased her confidence, sense of community, and purpose. Amie provides a supportive and welcoming class where students can learn about the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga. Off the mat, Amie is a marketing professional who likes to read, cook, travel, and spend time with her husband and two dogs.
DENA B, RYT-200
Dena has been practicing yoga for over a dozen years, and after spending most of her work life in Early Childhood and Literacy Education she recently decided to pursue yoga teaching and complete her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.  Keeping up with an on-the-go family, Dena recognizes that nothing ever seems to slow down.   She sees the yoga studio as a sacred space for music, words, and movement that supports our most basic human function-our breath!  She loves working with people who are new to yoga because if you can inhale and you can exhale, you’re already practicing yoga!      
ELYSSA S, RYT-200
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.
Jen Diaz, RYT-200
Jen began her journey with yoga many years ago. She felt a deep connection immediately and knew that she wanted to study at a deeper level. Three kids and ten years later, she was finally able to dig a little deeper into this wonderful practice by completing her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.  Life is busy, but Jen notices the difference when she makes it to her mat, her day gets a little better. One of her favorite quotes is, “You’re only one yoga class away from a good mood”.  As a teacher, Jen hopes to create a space that allows her students to come as they are, connect, move, and of course breathe!
TERESA T, RYT-200
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 Y, E-RYT-200, RYT-500, AYS
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.