NEW in the MIND BODY Studio


A big big thank you!

Thank you for your continued support and patronage throughout 2016. Without your attendance in classes and workshops, I could not do what I do, which is what I love. So I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me support that. As an additional way of saying thank you, I have furthered my education, and have gained new awareness and better understanding of the human body after completing an intensive STOTT Pilates training course. This has allowed me to broaden my class offerings for you as well as improve my current ones.

Last year, I also purchased two Pilates reformers to begin offering private instruction, available at the studio or in my home. I found this odd looking machine after an injury during some of my other sports was causing significant ongoing shoulder pain. I tried many different healing modalities, and ended up landing in a Physical Therapist’s office, who just happened to have a love and understanding of Pilates as well as the human body. I’m excited to begin working with her this coming year at Fusion, Megan Bollinger. After about 6 months on the Pilates Reformer, my shoulder pain was almost non-existent. Given my lifelong passion for learning, I decided to complete a STOTT PILATES Reformer teacher training. You can check out the Pilates Reformer in-depth with me privately, or sample it in my NEW Pilates + Yoga Fusion class offered through Bemidji Community Education.


If it’s been awhile since you stretched your body, calmed your mind, or connected with your breath, I would encourage you to re-dedicate to your Mind/Body practice by finding time on your schedule. Here’s an overview glance of the 2017 Winter/Spring Schedule, but it’s always a good idea to check the website to ensure there has not been a cancellation or change. Morning classes do NOT meet on Bemidji school district out days.

2017 Winter/Spring Schedule

*Community Ed:
*Community Ed:

(begins January 23rd)

(begins February 1st)
*Community Ed: classes are pre-registration only, walk-ins not available. Must sign up for full session.
Rates & Specials
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10-class pass $100 (expires 3 months from purchase date), Purchase Now


February Share the LOVE Special
Bring a Friend new to YBJ in February, take $5 OFF any 5 or 10 class pass
Expiration date will not begin until you begin using card. You may pre-purchase multiple cards for your use only.

Recipe Corner:

New Year Three-Bean and Artichoke Salad

Prep: 15 m
Ready In: 1 h 15 m1010477

I absolutely LOVE this year-round salad that travels well. I find myself this time of year craving artichokes, perhaps it is because they, like us, have layers. Just like our Yoga practice, and our bodies. The ancient Yogic texts described these layers as the Koshas (Physical Body, Energy Body, Mental Body, Wisdom Body, & Bliss Body). Learn more about the Koshas in this article by Meagan McCrary. Now is the time to peel back a layer or two & enjoy the many layers of this DIVINE salad. It is vegan, but no meat eater will complain! It’s good served by itself or enjoy over spinach & drizzled with olive oil. Bon Appetito!


  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can Great Northern beans, drained
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained
  • 1 (13.75 ounce) can marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 10 baby tomatoes, halved
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat leaf Italian parsley
  • 2 teaspoons crushed dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Mix the Great Northern beans, garbanzo beans, black-eyed peas, artichokes, tomatoes, and garlic together in a bowl. Toss with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, parsley, oregano, onion powder and black pepper until well mixed. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Honoring Spirit


Here’s an invitation to enjoy repeating these words slowly, with pauses between phrases for contemplation and absorption of the intention. This practice is called metta, which is sometimes also called a “loving kindness” meditation. It is a common practice in this tradition to “do metta” as a formal spiritual practice daily.

May I be peaceful.   

May I be happy.   

May I be well.   

May I be safe.   

May I be free from suffering.   

May all beings be peaceful.   

May all beings be happy.   

May all beings be well.   

May all beings be safe.   

May all beings be free from suffering.