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 as an Occupational Therapist, and uses yoga in sessions to help her clients. Sarah is excited to share her experience and to be able to learn and grow in the Good and Twisted Yoga community.
KIM G, RYT-200
Kim has been practicing yoga off and on since her early 20’s. When she was in her late 40’s, she made it a goal to try to practice on a consistent basis, but found it challenging to fit classes around her work schedule. When Good & Twisted Yoga opened near her home, she joined immediately and was finally able to practice consistently.  Once she did, she became more in tune with her body, mind, and spirit. In May 2017, Kim completed her 200 hour teacher training at G&TY. Her intention was not to teach, but just bring more depth to her personal practice.  However, her co-workers asked her to offer a yoga class for them at work, and she loved teaching it more than she knew she would. Kim is very excited to teach for the Good & Twisted Yoga community she knows so well!
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. 
Taylor began practicing yoga as an escape from her battle with an eating disorder and anxiety at young age. Yoga has continued to be a big part of her life even after recovery. She practices yoga because it has given her the strength to gain control over her life, learn to just breathe, be a better version of herself, and have confidence in the strength of her body again. She completed her 200 hour teacher certification in 2019. She teaches because she wants to create a safe space for all body types, ages, and backgrounds. She believes in creating a fun environment where her students can connect with one another and explore body awareness. Off the mat, Taylor is going to school for nursing, loves hanging out with her llama Chanelle, going to her cabin, and spending time with family and friends. 
 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.
    Hazel started her love affair with yoga after finding a worn-out 28-day yoga instruction book in 1998. Yoga became a source of strength and calm through grad school, marriage, bouts of infertility, then pregnancy, and then motherhood (times three). As a trained doula, Hazel took prenatal yoga teacher training and taught prenatal yoga and vinyasa from 2010-2012, went back to the corporate world in 2013. She decided to exit the corporate world to focus on self-care and family in 2017. Hazel took her yoga teacher certification at G&TY in 2019 to find authenticity and inner peace. She believes that yoga is not just the poses, not just the breathing, but a way to find one’s true self. Hazel loves to connect with people and learn from them and with them. She is excited to support a community of yoga practitioners.
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-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.
  Stephanie was a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa when her yoga journey began.  During that time, she found yoga to be her most consistent coping mechanism for staying calm and grounded in all unexpected situations!  Soon, other Peace Corps volunteers and young girls in her village began asking her to teach classes for them, and this informal teaching opened up a new part of yoga that Stephanie quickly fell in love with. Stephanie was first introduced to yoga in 2011, and in 2018 she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in India. Stephanie is currently on the path to obtaining her PhD in Clinical Acupuncture, Herbology, and Chinese Medicine. It is her deep belief that wellness starts from the inside, and she hopes to help others tap into their own intrinsic healing and be the best that they can be!  
 MARY S, RYT-200
Mary’s passion for yoga began in 2005 when she stepped onto her yoga mat for the very first time. She realized her desire to share the beautiful gift of yoga with others and completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2012. Mary’s classes will leave you feeling nourished yet challenged with sequences designed to support a healthy body through building strength and stability, focused alignment and connection to the foundational power of the breath. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, Mary truly experienced the healing powers of the yoga practice as it met her where she was physically, mentally and emotionally through the year long journey to being cancer free. This life experience led her to seek certification as a Yoga for Cancer (y4c) teacher in 2015. In 2018 Mary became a Certified Aromatherapist allowing her to continue her passion to support the wellness of the whole person; body, mind and spirit with energy therapy and essential oils. Mary is very excited to be joining the Good & Twisted Yoga community both as a teacher and as a student. She believes that yoga meets us where we are and in every yoga class we have an opportunity to learn something new about our body and our practice, we simply need to be open to receive.