drishti teachers

kathy barnes A longtime fitness instructor, Kathy has moved her focus toward yoga, training extensively with YogaFit and through LifePower Yoga. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alllianc and teaches all over the East Metro through Life Time in addition to Drishti. Kathy also helps lead teacher trainings through Life Time and LifePower Yoga. She is also a DoTerra essential oils representative, training at national conferences and bringing what she learns to special classes and events.

barb bergman Barb is a massage therapist and energy healer who brings her skills to bear twice a month at Drishti making her extensive set of crystal bowls, wands and pyramids sing, sending healing vibrations to the body's seven main energy centers.

samantha boileau Samantha received her teacher training through the Institute of the Himalayan Tradition in St. Paul. She is a longtime White Bear Lake resident and former co-owner and teacher at White Bear Yoga. We welcome her back to Drishti!

melissa chapman Melissa is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master. She began practicing yoga in the mid-90s for exercise, and found along the way that it helped bring her focus inward and to quiet her mind, bringing her peace of heart. She followed the call to share yoga with others and graduated from Devanadi’s Yoga teacher training in 2017 with additional trainings in Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga. She will ontinue study with Devanadi’s mentorship program. She has volunteered with Adaptive Yoga at Courage Kinney in Minneapolis and plans to volunteer teaching Yoga to families at the Ronald McDonald house.

katie fisher, MA CFLE E-RYT Katie holds a Masters in Arts in Human Services from Concordia University St. Paul MN and a Masters in Arts from St. Thomas University in Counseling Psychology. She worked in community programs for eight years with FamilyMeans Cimarron Youth programs. She says: "In my work I focus on the relationships we have. I believe that we need to begin with the relationship we have with ourselves. Growth in our relationship with ourself can naturally transfer over to family, friendships, and professional relationships. "When I began regularly practicing yoga in 2008 I started to see the connection between my yoga practice and my mental health. Finding relief from anxiety and depression through my yoga practice inspired me to share the benefits of yoga. Since 2013 I have been guiding yogis through class with an emphasis on body connection. I believe that yoga practice can be a place to begin developing the relationship you have with yourself."

lauri hopple After years of teaching swim lessons, ballet, aerobics and weight training, Lauri started taking yoga classes at the gym in 2000. What started as a physical endeavor has become a lifelong quest to explore yoga's infinite nuances. Her early influences included Ashtanga, Kundalini and Anusara yoga, giving her classes a power-based Vinyasa style rooted in Tantric energy, joy and playfulness. Since treatment for breast cancer in 2013, Lauri has begun to explore the softer side of yoga, including restorative and yin yoga plus meditation, and again her own practice has influenced her classes. Since receiving her teacher training at Yoga Center of Minneapolis in 2005, she has continued study with Matthew Sweeney, Desiree Rumbaugh and Judith Hanson Lasater.