MEET OUR TEAM!
Deep connection to Spirit, community and the individual journey is so very important to Greta and how she serves at The Cave.
GENERAL MANAGER & YOGA/BARRE INSTRUCTOR
Sophia is a modern mover with a passion to explore internal/physical perception and experience. She has always been a mover with an extensive background in dance. She first stepped on a yoga mat over 10 years ago, after her first class she realized there was more than just the physicality of yoga – the mind, body, soul connection. Through consistency and diving head first into the world of yoga Sophia now teaches to those connections. As a teacher, her goal is to empower her students and encourage them to focus on the now and to “just be”. Her classes are powerful, playful, and devout. She emphasis anatomical adjustments as well as provides body knowledge to her students.
SPA MANAGER & ADVANCED ESTHETICIAN
Emily is an advanced practice licensed Esthetician and salon manger. She has always had a passion for wellness, beauty, and skin care. After graduating from college with a business degree, she decided she wanted to focus her expertise on her passions. Emilys techniques include lash extensions in both classic and volume, waxing services, as well as advanced skin care services. Emily prides herself on showcasing each individual’s beauty.
Emily received her advanced practice esthetician license from PCI Academy as well as became an advanced lash technician.
Viv is an advanced Esthetician and talented lash artist that can help you achieve your esthetic goals. With three years of experience she is excited to help you reach all that you and your skin desires!
Meagan is a Registered Nurse and Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. She completed her massage training from the Minneapolis School of Massage and Bodywork in 2004 and has incorporated holistic modalities into her nursing practice for many years. Meagan is a Reiki Usui Master and and holds a Master Degree in Law of Ethics and Compliance. Serving others in their journey to wellbeing is her life’s passion.
Eliana is a Licensed Advanced Practice Esthetician, Certified Laser Technician, Certified Plasmapen Technician, and lover of all things beauty. She specializes in eyebrow waxing and facial massage. Eliana has a passion for helping others in every aspect of life. When Eliana isn’t performing services you can find her creating art or relaxing with her dog.
Darlene graduated from Saint Paul College in Aesthetician. She will be continue her education to receive her Advanced Aesthetic License in Spring. Darlene is a strong believer in self care. Her intention is to help others with their skin goals to boost confidence in their own skin. Her two favorite services are lash extensions and facials!
In the midst of a grueling Masters Degree Program, Karen found her way to her yoga mat in hopes of achieving more of a sense of restoration and presence in her daily life. She gained those things and so much more. After graduating, Karen rerouted her life course and dove into studying and teaching yoga full-time with an open heart. She has now spent nearly half a decade on her yoga mat, teaching, discovering, and learning.
Karen’s teaching style is dynamic, and a breath and alignment focused practice. She guides with a theme of empowerment and support and encourages her students to explore movement and breath in a way that feels authentic and freeing.
Melissa has been practicing yoga since the mid 1990s. Later in life she was drawn to the inward practices to help through the death of her father and other major life transitions. Through Yoga she found healing for herself and was called to share the healing of Yoga with others. She decided to study the subtle aspects of Yoga, studying Reiki with Tanya Boigenzen/Devanadi Yoga in 2015, obtaining her Reiki Master in 2016. She has deepened her study in Energy Medicine studying with Tim McConville in Healing touch level 1, 2 and 3.
She obtained her 200 RYT in 2016 from Devanadi Yoga and has taken further study in Yin Yoga with Michelle Pietrzak-Wegner, Restorative Yoga with Chanti Taconte-Perez and Yoga Nidra with Indu Arora. She also had obtained her RYT500 hour Yoga Certification though Devanadi Wellness and plans to be a lifelong student in the Himalayan Tradition.
Melissa’s intention is to help others on their journey to become fully embodied
Nikki spent much of her early life working in the arts, both teaching and performing. While she loved her days of dance, she knew she was missing a key component in her life…the need for spiritual and mental health. Nikki found herself incredibly drawn to Yoga. In 2012 she took her first class. She felt the power of breath connected to movement and the incredible energy from those surrounding her. Nikki fell in love. She knew this was the next journey she had to embark on. The love and passion she has for Yoga has completely changed her life. The strength of her mind and body has grown so dramatically over the past 8 years, giving her the ability to be a happier and healthier version of her best self. She is incredibly thankful to have found Yoga and to be surrounded daily by inspiring, supportive, and loving people. Nikki is extremely eager to share this beautiful experience with others.
Inspired by my own personal yoga practice, I am committed to helping others cultivate confidence & realize your own beauty & strength. I offer mindfulness-based classes that promote awareness of body, mind & spirit. I create intelligent & playful sequencing, empowering you to feel peaceful & at ease in your body as you step off your mat. I am honored to hold a space for you as you progress on your personal yoga journey. I am grateful that I have experienced the powerful benefits of yoga & am passionate about sharing that love & joy with others.
Melissa is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance & trained with Inner Fire Yoga Studio in Madison, Wisconsin. She is certified as a Karma Kids Yoga Instructor. She holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. Melissa taught for eight years as a classroom teacher in Chicago, Philadelphia & Rochester. Melissa taught for five years with the little om BIG OM team in Madison. She teaches vinyasa & power flow yoga classes in the Twin Cities area. When off of the mat, you can find Melissa seeking out travel adventures, reading good books, drinking wine & hanging out with family & friends, and exploring the beautiful local trails with her husband & three young children.
Laura enjoys the space yoga allows in her life.
“With a decade long yoga practice, starting with an elective college course (where I was often giggling in the back of the room), and then finding yoga again after college as a way to “get fit”, I quickly came to the realization that yoga offered me a way to connect and be present with my mind, body, breath & spirit. In doing so, it helped to peel back the layers of the habits that no longer served me and yoga became a crucial part of my self-care routine. With this new found knowledge I was able to approach the way I showed up in life for myself and others in a more compassionate way.”
Laura approaches each class with the knowledge and understanding that each day will look and feel different and encourages students to show up exactly as they are as we are always changing and growing. Her classes allow students the freedom to honor the teacher within as to help guide and shape each practice without judgement. You can find her teaching various styles of yoga like Vinyasa, Hatha, Gentle, Restorative & Yin. She enjoys and believes in the balance of both yang and yin practices to help stay connected and grounded to mind, body, breath & spirit.
Laura is a 2015 graduate of the 230 hr YTT program through Devanadi Yoga and holds her RYT 200 through Yoga Alliance.
YOGA & FITNESS INSTRUCTOR
Karie fell in love with yoga the summer of 2007. It was the combination of physical strength, passion for health & fitness, and mental discipline that drove her desire to become a yoga instructor in 2010. Karie has been a long-time fitness enthusiast starting with her certification in personal training in 2009. In addition to yoga, Karie’s specialty areas include group fitness, core, strength training, anatomy, and nutrition. She brings her enthusiasm, knowledge, and positivity to each of her classes and continues to utilize yoga as a catalyst to encourage her students to be the best they can be in all aspects of their life. Karie’s other passions include marketing, world travel, cycling, and weight training. She truly believes in the words of her favorite quote… “Everything you want in life is right outside your comfort zone.”
Karie is a Certified YogaFit Instructor (Level 1-5, Anatomy & Alignment, & YogaLean) and holds her Personal Trainer Certification with National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
Karen loves how yoga quiets the mind through breath and movement, even in an upbeat setting. With a passion for wellness and connecting with others, she can bring out the best in them through moving meditation. With a history of dance, she discovered yoga while seeking out different ways of moving her body and has enjoyed practicing ever since. Students can expect to be brought to their edge and will find an opportunity for intellectual and physical growth through both guided and flow-on-your-own sequences, dynamic combinations, and isolated holds.
Karen obtained her RYT-200 through Life Power Yoga in 2020 and acquired an in-depth knowledge about breathing techniques, postures, and spiritual elements of teaching yoga. Format competencies include the Ashtanga primary series and Vinyasa flow.