Kavi (Manager) – Lauren Hopps
Initially, Lauren began a yoga practice as a way to supplement a more high-intensity workout regimen. With a background in dance and gymnastics among other athletics, the movement and grace associated with a vinyasa practice felt really natural to Lauren. After practicing for just a short period of time, she participated in her first 200hour teacher training in February 2010. Since 2010, Lauren has completed nearly 350 hours of additional training and workshops, and teaches various forms of yoga and fitness classes.
Lauren aims to infuse each class with some levity, intensity, and focus on alignment through one of her favorite catch-phrases, ‘pelvis awareness.’ She’s excited to work hand-in-hand with some of her favorite teachers and people to create a welcoming community at Yoga Pod Minnetonka.
Assistant Kavi (Assistant Manager) – Liz Carroll
Liz was introduced to yoga during a transformational time in her life. As she adjusted, she searched for healthy ways to complement a new way of life. Her sister suggested she try yoga. As she stumbled her way through her first class, although everything that was happening in her body and mind was new, there was an undeniable correlation in what she was experiencing on her mat and what she was experiencing in life. That relationship grew as she continued to practice and get involved in the yoga community. Liz did her first training in 2010, a 200-hour training in 2013, and has completed additional continuing education ever since. For Liz, yoga reaches beyond her mat; she tries to incorporate the lessons she has learned through her practice, her teachers, and her fellow yogis into her everyday life.
Liz loves to laugh and hopes to spread the love and gratitude she has been so freely given. Her classes are fun, accessible and filled with music that will inspire you. Yoga Pod Minnetonka will serve as her new yoga and barre home and she can’t wait to share it with everyone!
Owners – Paul Grangaard, Carol Stumpf, Dave Grangaard, & Max Grangaard
Welcome to Yoga Pod Minnetonka! We sincerely appreciate your interest! Our website is a great place to start, but If there is anything else we can do to help you learn more about us, or to answer your questions, please let us know.
Our beautiful new studio is located in the Ridge Square North Shopping Center, just west of Ridgedale Center and behind Lunds & Byerlys on Ridgedale Drive. Yoga Pod is new to the Twin Cities, and we believe the fresh, lively, and inviting atmosphere will provide for a rich and welcoming tapestry of community, wellness, shopping, exercise, and relaxation. We have designed our three studio rooms and extensive line-up of yoga and barre classes to blend into any busy lifestyle, so check out the schedule and see what might be of interest to you.
At Yoga Pod we are committed to making yoga accessible to everyone, and to helping people break through the barriers holding them back from enjoying the benefits of a yoga practice. We don’t believe that you have to have the “perfect body” to do yoga, and we don’t think that yoga is just for the “already fit.” We also don’t believe that “perfect postures” are the goal of a yoga practice, or that you’re a failure if you can’t stand on your head after your first class. We simply believe that yoga is good for everyone, and that our job is to create a welcoming environment in which anyone can be comfortable practicing yoga, no matter their experience, their age, their gender, or their physical abilities. Ultimately, we are trying to create an open, inviting space that allows everyone to participate in creating a vibrant new yoga community where students can rejuvenate their bodies, refresh their minds, and replenish their spirit.
We are a locally owned and operated business, and everyone in our family is involved. We are all committed yogis, and besides running the studio, you will often find us practicing on the mat right next to you. We have brought together an experienced team of managers and teachers, all of whom are committed to bringing you the best possible experience, each and every time you visit the studio. We hope and trust you will always feel welcome to tell us how we’re doing.
We look forward to meeting you soon. Please stop in and say hello-we’d love to show you around.
Paul, Carol, Max & Dave
Yoga Pod Founders – Nicole & Gerry Wienholt
We’re excited that you’re getting to know a little bit about the Yoga Pod through our website. Our hope is that, through the pages of this site, you may glean at least a small sense of what we’re all about.
Our beautiful studios are designed to create an environment where excellent instruction and a transformational yoga experience will entice you to visit often, lingering before and after class to interact with our wonderful community of students and teachers.
We’re striving to redefine fitness with transformational yoga that celebrates diversity, promotes friendship, and builds a strong community. We offer classes to suit all levels – for beginning students and intermediate to advanced practitioners. We believe that there is no perfect body type and that sustained fitness comes from an understanding of how body, mind, & spirit work together to build connection, commitment, and community.
We truly feel that our yoga room is the canvas and our students and teachers are the color and the art that completes the masterpiece.
Everyone is welcome and we’d love to see you!
We hope you join our vibrant yoga community!
Nicole & Gerry
Yoga Pod is a fantastic addition to the Minnetonka yoga scene. This brand new studio is elegantly designed and the employees are really welcoming, warm and upbeat. They have an extensive staff of highly experienced instructors and will be offering lots of great training programs and workshops.