The teachers at the Laurel Yoga Studio have a common thread running through their approach to teaching yoga in classes, workshops, and retreats. Faye Berton founded the studio; and Jean Fraser and Colleen Dooley are longtime students of Faye’s. At the same time, each teacher brings a unique, rich amalgam of experiences, training, and personality to teaching yoga.
Faye has been teaching yoga since 1988. She is Yoga Alliance certified at their highest level and is an Ayurvedic Lifestyles Consultant through the Ayurvedic Institute. She is trained in traditional yoga philosophy through The Himalayan Tradition as taught by Swami Nijananda and Swami Veda Bharati.
Paralleling her teaching of yoga was her training in The Feldenkrais Method®. The neuro-motor approach to learning of The Feldenkrais Method strongly influences her approach to yoga. She is a FGNA certified Feldenkrais® practitioner and a certified Bones for Life® practitioner – both of which are neuromotor learning methods.
Faye’s teaching of yoga emphasizes body/self-awareness as a basis for accessing and living the wisdom of yoga philosophy. After 23 years of teaching traditional asana she developed the Fluid Strength Yoga Practice™. Fluid Strength uses yogic, ayurvedic and neuromotor principles for cultivating whole body, whole person strength and integration. Download Faye’s Fluid Strength brochure PDF here.
Faye has extensive experience with chronic pain including two years in a major hospital environment.
Faye founded the Laurel Yoga Studio in 1991. In 1999 she moved to Mexico and created Casa Lalita, a retreat center for yoga and somatic awareness. For 13 years she taught between Mexico, USA and Canada. She now lives in St. Paul, where she currently teaches the Fluid Strength Yoga Practice, does private sessions in The Feldenkrais Method, and teaches health and spiritual development workshops.
Private Sessions with Faye Berton ~ $90/55 minutes
The Feldenkrais Method
The Feldenkrais Method is a life-changing tool that uses movement and self-awareness for resolving pain, transforming problems and enhancing life. The Method is rooted in a profound understanding of how to engage the plasticity of the brain for healing and transformation.
To make an appointment, email or call Faye at 651-646-1544
Jean offers Fluid Strength Yoga Practice for Women at the Laurel Yoga Studio.
Over 30 years of experience in therapeutic movement and yoga inform Jean's work, and she refines these practices into accessible tools for everyday life. Specializing in yoga and movement-based programs that address anxiety and stress, she helps people learn to create an island of calm within the turbulence of life. Beginning her yoga education with Faye in 1994, she continues with study of Fluid Strength Yoga Practice.
Jean is a member of the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association.
Colleen began her yoga studies with Faye in the early 90s and is grateful to be able to now share in the Laurel Yoga Studio community as a teacher. She is a licensed yoga and massage therapist with over 15 years of experience.
Colleen weaves together yoga, mindfulness and Ayurveda therapy to re-educate, nourish and strengthen the whole body. She thoughtfully works with people to help them befriend the calm, resilient aspect of themselves. She supports people in unwinding pain patterns and guides them into relishing the present moment.
Her certifications include 200 hr- of AtmaYoga, 500 hr Devanadi Yoga, 1000-Yoga North International Soma Yoga Institute, and as an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute. She has been further inspired by her studies with Rod Stryker, Aadil Palkhivala, Judith Lasater Matthew Sanford, Bo Forbes, Tanya Sowards.