About Your Teachers
Sheri Baemmert, E-RYT® 500, RCYT®, RPYT®, YACEP
Hi! My name is Sheri Baemmert and I have been teaching in the wellness environment since 1990 and truly believe I have the best job in the world. People who train with me know me as an intense “play your edge” teacher, but also as a caring one. When you want to challenge yourself I will be there to encourage you, when you need to pull back and ease up I’ll guide you to tune into your body and listen to what it is telling you. My passion for seeing others achieve their goals allows me to teach from the heart. I believe it is important to work your body, mind, and breath as a whole. And you will “Feel the Sunshine” in every session.
After studying and teaching yoga since 1995, I finally found my Guru, Andrey Lappa, the creator of Universal Yoga. After meeting Andrey in 2011, my yoga practice and teaching style has been forever changed. I am now “at home” with Universal Yoga. This complete system of yoga includes all aspects of authentic yoga including: asana, vinyasa, pranayama, bandhas, mudras, mantra, yantra, energy work, studying spiritual texts and so much more. [READ MORE]
Amelia Daniels, RYT 200
My name is Amelia Daniels and I am so excited to be teaching beside my mentor and friend Sheri Baemmert. In June of 2009, after seeking out a teacher and finding the amazing Sheri, I stepped on to a yoga mat for the very first time. Sheri has been stuck with me ever since! She can tell you it was NOT love at first down dog that I had for yoga! It was more like dread and discomfort; but slowly that dread and discomfort transformed to total love and respect for this age old practice. In time I was able to connect with my body in a new way and to find spaciousness in both my body and my mind.
I have always been a self proclaimed fitness enthusiast and yoga was simply going to be a summer activity while I took a much needed break from long distance running. What I realized is that yoga was much more than my summer fitness activity. I have, blissfully, come to experience it as a coming together of my body, my breath and my prajna (inner wisdom); a continuos life long practice. [READ MORE]
Tracy Adkins, Ayurvedic Counselor, MSN, NP
Originally by trade I have been a Registered Nurse for 20 years and a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner for 16 years. Working with adolescents and young adult women resonated with me more than any other demographic since the beginning of my practice. My first and favorite job as a young, naive Nurse Practitioner was in an inner-city clinic serving an underserved, under privileged population of adolescents, men and women, for reproductive health. I loved it. They were the most overall gracious, respectful, and kind demographic I have ever cared for. They came to their appointments wanting to be educated and caring about changing their lives, despite the upheaval and turmoil they were generally coming from. Even at my young age, they were generally younger than me…. and they blew me away. Their vulnerability, their desire to learn – I was fascinated how they held it together. I was serving as a Nurse Practitioner fresh out of school at age 27, having grown up in a tiny town in a sheltered home – yet that was my place. There was a reason I was there yet I did not know it yet.
A fitness enthusiast all my life, I have been practicing yoga for 15 years. At first it was a means for cross training while I was an avid runner. After two broken hips after my fourth child in 2009 I realized running was no longer serving me well and began an in-depth personal study into the history and philosophies of the evolution of yoga. [READ MORE]
Cassie Brenden, RYT 200
I am honored to be teaching at Prajna Yoga, and excited to share my yoga practice with children and teens. My hope is to share positive and fun skills with children and teens to encourage a sense of peace and body awareness, build and maintain strength, mobility and balance.
After graduating from the Yoga Center of Minneapolis in January 2015, I furthered my teacher training, in February 2015, by completing The Adventures of Super Stretch Children’s Yoga Teacher Workshop. My professional teaching background is early childhood special education. About seven years ago I switched career directions and accepted a position in youth ministry. Currently, I work with middle school and high school students. I am blessed to share my life with my husband, Ben and daughters, Hannah and Hailey. [READ MORE]
Nicole Nelson, Universal Yoga Level 1 Teacher
I began practicing yoga about 10 years ago in college and started attending Sheri’s classes at Prajna in 2014. It was there that I truly fell in love with yoga and started to understand the not only physical, but mental and spiritual benefits of practice. Sheri’s Universal Yoga classes have a special way to push you hard enough to demonstrate your full potential while leaving you feeling rejuvenated and accomplished at the end.
When I’m not doing yoga, I enjoy time with family. I married my high school sweetheart, Jake, in 2011 and we have 2 spunky toddlers, Camden and Larken. Born and raised locally on farms, my husband and I are proud to be raising our children in the Midwest amongst friends and family. I love being active: hiking, camping, boating, playing volleyball, gardening, walking our dog, lifting weights, and biking. I work full time for a family-owned tool company based out of Los Angeles as an On-Site Analyst for Menards. I have a bachelor’s degree from UW-Stout in Apparel Design and Development and a Spanish minor. [READ MORE]
Laura Crewel, RYT 500, CD(DONA)
My yoga journey began while studying Fitness Management at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. I started attending yoga classes at my college gym as a way to stretch my active body and, while I didn’t particularly enjoy the practice at the time, I could feel the effects beyond the physical, even without knowing any of the philosophy. Soon after graduating, I sought out a local yoga studio where sanskrit, pranayama, meditation, and philosophy were taught in each class. The more I learned about yoga, the more I realized how much I didn’t know, and I craved more! I chose to study with James Miller of Des Moines, graduating from his 200-hour teacher training program in 2011, and an additional 300 hours by 2014.
Throughout this time, I was practicing and teaching at the only (at that time) yoga studio in Cedar Falls, Iowa. To fill a need at the studio, I started teaching Prenatal Yoga, and without any personal experience in pregnancy or birth, I approached the task with the simple goal of modifying yoga asana for pregnant women. This task soon, however, became a full-blown fascination with the strength and adaptability of women’s bodies and spirits when I studied Roots Prenatal Yoga … [READ MORE]
Nicole (Cole) Berschback, Kokoro Instructor
Greetings! My name is Nicole Berschback (call me Cole, if you like). I’m overjoyed to be sharing Kokoro with this wonderful community at Prajna! I’ve come to yoga after many years of tip-toeing in and out of it, feeling unsure that my body (and its overall lack of flexibility) was meant to practice yoga. However, several years ago, I was introduced to Kokoro by my brother and immediately fell in love with the practice. Kokoro integrates ancient practices of yoga, tai chi, martial arts, breath, meditation, and visualization along with the modern practice of functional fitness. Kokoro translated means “merging of heart and mind”. I can’t wait to share this practice with you! I also, run a family wellness website, Villeau, with my younger brother. [READ MORE]