About Yoga Bella

Yoga Bella is an independent studio located in Chanhassen, Minnesota, near the western edge of Eden Prairie.  In our calm and serene studio we offer small-scale fitness classes in an inviting and friendly atmosphere. We focus on mind and body exercise to promote physical and mental well-being, enhancing an overall sense of life balance.  Our goal at Yoga Bella is to provide a peaceful place where you will feel strengthened, nurtured, and refreshed.

Yoga Bella is owned by Carrie Burns, previously by Denise Kennedy and Carole McMonigal, who still teach at Yoga Bella.

The Yoga Bella Difference

Yoga Bella is a unique, personalized studio where quality instruction meets kind, caring staff and students, for an experience that is unlike any other.

Yoga Bella offers a wide range of class types, as well as a wonderful team of certified instructors who each bring their unique personalities and areas of expertise to the studio.  Yoga Bella offers a complete yoga experience – nurturing mind, body and spirit.

Our instructors create classes that are accessible to our students. We seek ways to challenge and inspire, while monitoring progress and ensuring that each student feels “success” on their mat! The focus at Yoga Bella is not on the mastery of the pose, but of the journey and discoveries along the way.

The great reward for us as a studio is when students begin to notice changes they are experiencing in their lives because of yoga.  They notice they can touch their toes for the first time, they have a reduction in aches and pains, they tell us they “feel better”, “have more energy” or their life has simply become “more manageable.

From our Yogis

Carole McMonigal

Instructor & previous owner

Carole McMonigal discovered yoga nearly 20 years ago. She was drawn to the practice for its therapeutic benefits, which reduced chronic back pain and left her feeling energized and relaxed. Soon she recognized yoga could become an important component to pursuing wellness and painfree living. As an RYT certified instructor, Carole is committed to giving personal attention to every student and helping each individual expand their infinite possibilities. As a co-owner of Yoga Bella, Carole is thankful for the opportunity to guide others on their personal journey toward a deeper mind, body, spirit connection. Carole regularly teaches Devotional Yoga, Yoga Fusion, Vinyasa and Hatha.

Denise Kennedy

Instructor & previous owner

An attorney by trade, a fitness enthusiast and avid cyclist, Denise found yoga to be challenging 10 years ago. She found it difficult to tap into the essential letting-go energy required to let the body totally release. In an `aha` moment, she discovered what she was missing and what her body was craving and was hooked with a passion. Denise has studied with well known contemporary yoga instructors in pursuit of her 500-hr training certification, including David Swenson and Shiva Rae. Denise will challenge her students within their abilities and helps her students take Vinyasa to new heights. As a co-owner of Yoga Bella, Denise brings depth and new opportunities to Yoga Bella students through Paddleboard Yoga, Guided Asana Workshops and Ashtanga Yoga classes.

Our Instructors

Sarah Sheehan

Instructor

Sarah has been practicing yoga off and on since the early 90’s, which after many years, led her to pursue teacher training. She became a certified instructor in October of 2012 and has taught seniors, school age children, as well as adults, with an emphasis on modifications to assist those with physical challenges. Sarah approaches teaching as an opportunity to pass along the practice of yoga so her students can experience the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. “I do yoga because it keeps me open to live my fullest life. It teaches me to really listen to myself and the universe and get information that guides me in all areas of my life. It feels good and lifts my spirits.”

Deb Brandt

Instructor

Deb started practicing Power Vinyasa yoga in 2012 as a means to stay in shape and counteract all of the “unavoidable” changes women’s bodies go through after turning 40. Yet, she soon found that yoga is much more than a way to keep in shape. Yoga brought her a new mind-body connection and confidence. Having never been particularly graceful or flexible, Deb marvels at what her body can do because of her yoga practice. Furthermore, yoga has become her meditative time out of a busy life, where she can focus on her mind and body and erase all of life’s worries and demands. The next step in her yoga journey came in 2014 when she decided to train to be a teacher and completed her RYT-200 hour training in Vinyasa yoga. Through practice of other types of yoga and continuing education, Deb has found that she is passionate about making yoga accessible for students. She is grateful to the Yoga Bella community for their friendship and trust. The Yoga Bella staff and students inspire, guide, and support her on her yoga journey.

Tricia Thomas

Instructor

Tricia was first drawn to yoga because of the welcoming and nonjudgmental atmosphere of the classes she experienced. She completed her RYT-200 training in 2017 and wants her students to feel safe and comfortable working with their ‘body of the day.’ Tricia has a passion for introducing yoga to underserved people and believes that yoga is for everybody. In her spare time, she loves to travel with her husband.

Katie Murphy

Instructor

Katie was first introduced to yoga six years ago as a way to better connect with herself both emotionally and spiritually. She is formally trained in Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, Barre, and Yoga Sculpt, and she loves teaching a class that really motivates and pushes herself as well as others to find their edge. She loves being able to show others what yoga can do for them no matter their background or fitness level.

Cindy Parsons

Instructor

Cindy Parsons stepped into her first yoga class over 20 years ago. She loves teaching and helping her students increase their strength, flexibility and balance. She began teaching in 2016 and is a 230-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.

Carole McMonigal

Instructor, previous owner

Carole McMonigal discovered yoga nearly 20 years ago. She was drawn to the practice for its therapeutic benefits, which reduced chronic back pain and left her feeling energized and relaxed. Soon she was hooked and yoga became an important component to pursuing wellness and painfree living. As an RYT certified instructor, Carole is committed to giving personal attention to every student and helping each individual expand their infinite possibilities. As a co-owner of Yoga Bella, Carole is thankful for the opportunity to guide others on their personal journey toward a deeper mind, body, spirit connection. Carole regularly teaches Devotional Yoga, Yoga Fusion, Vinyasa and Hatha.

Denise Kennedy

Instructor, previous owner

An attorney by trade, a fitness enthusiast and avid cyclist, Denise found yoga to be challenging 14 years ago. She found it difficult to tap into the letting-go required to allow the body total release. In an “aha” moment, she discovered yoga was what she was missing in her workouts and has been practicing ever since that fateful day. Denise has studied with well known contemporary yoga instructors in pursuit of her 500-hr training certification, including David Swenson and Shiva Rae. Denise will challenge her students within their abilities and help her students take their practice to new heights. As a previous co-owner of Yoga Bella, Denise brings her extensive knowledge and playful style to Yoga Bella students through her vinyasa classes, Paddleboard Yoga, Workshops and Ashtanga Yoga classes. All levels are encouraged to attend as modifications are available. Bring your sense of humor and wear comfortable clothes. Let your journey begin at Yoga Bella!

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