Meet the Online Teachers 

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Rachel Lundberg 

RYT 500, YACEP, ABYS Level II

Creator of the Lundberg Yoga School and Online Resources

Creator of the ABYS (Alignment Based Yoga Specialist certification)

Rachel brings over 25 years of experience in body movement to her yoga teacher teaching program. Trained originally as a dancer, Rachel has studied all styles of dance with an emphasis in modern and classical ballet. After the birth of her third child she began taking yoga classes and instantly fell in love. She was fortunate enough to be introduced to the Iyengar style of yoga from her very first class. Her yoga training has focused extensively on proper alignment, detailed instruction, anatomy, and yoga therapeutics. Rachel has been teaching yoga to all ages and levels since 2006 and is passionate about guiding her students toward increased body awareness, strength and flexibility through the practice of yoga.

Rachel feels fortunate to have studied yoga with wonderful teachers such as Julie Gudmestad, Carolyn Belko, Rebecca Learner, and John Schumacher, as well as her very first teacher and inspiration, Carlyn Sikes. She also feels very grateful to have studied yoga in Bangalore India with Yana Lewis, student of BKS Iyengar and creator of the Bangalore Ballet. It was in Bangalore that Rachel was able to meet BKS Iyengar, a definite highlight in her yogic journey.

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Liisa Pruzek

RYT 500, YACEP, ABYS Level II

Liisa attended her first yoga class in 1999 on a whim, when she dropped into a lunch hour class at the local gym.  She knew she'd gain strength and flexibility - - but in her words, the unexpected gift: "Practicing yoga transformed my worry and stress, into inner calmness."  

 

Liisa received her 200-hour yoga certification in 2016 from Lundberg Yoga, and started teaching immediately. She completed her advanced 500-hour ABYS Level II certification in March 2020, also from Lundberg Yoga. Liisa will always be a student of the practice, continuing both her yoga and meditation training through exceptional continuing ed. In her words, "I'm deeply grateful for the wisdom and kindness my teachers continue to share with me - - which I then get the joy of sharing with you!"

 

Liisa loves to combine thoughtful sequencing, a bit of anatomy and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. She hopes that you will step off your mat feeling encouraged, refreshed and balanced.

 

Currently Liisa teaches a variety of beginning and all-level classes, workshops and privates by appointment. In the summer, she loves to teach outdoors, encouraging all her students to wiggle their toes in the cool grass, and experience the healing power of nature.

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Julie Popma 

RYT 500, YACEP, ABYS Level II

Julie’s primary role is a manager of 6 lovely beings – 3 children, 2 dogs and 1 husband! Julie has always led a very active life, but when a serious knee injury forced her to give up high impact exercise, she turned to yoga to help her heal and build strength. She loved it so much that she decided to teach and received her RYT200 in the power vinyasa style in 2015.

 

Julie quickly realized this style was not accessible for many of her students. In an effort to make her classes more accessible and to understand injury prevention, she embarked on a journey into alignment style yoga. She was so delighted by how much this practice enhanced her vinyasa teaching, that she decided to study more and in 2020 Julie received her RYT500 & ABYS(Alignment Based Yoga Specialist) from the Lundberg School of Yoga.

 

Today she loves to teach an alignment based vinyasa style of yoga that supports each student where they are at and allows for a transformative moving meditation practice.

Julie has been grateful to study with Physical Therapists and yoga teachers Laila Deardorff MSPT Iyengar Certified and Julie Gudmestead, PT, E-RYT500 and continues to study with Laila Deardorff and Rachel Lundberg, E-RYT500.

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