About Us/FAQs

About Yoga Hus, Yoga Forest

Yoga Hus + Yoga Forest  Chris Coleman opened Yoga Hus in Scandia, MN in February 2008 and originally envisioned that the group of 'a dozen or so folks' that had been attending her weekly yoga class in the Marine on St. Croix town hall above the library could grow by two-fold.  With the growth and expanded following,  she opened a second location, Yoga Forest in Forest Lake, MN in November 2012.  Today, with almost 40 various class offerings a week, the studios welcome hundreds of students to Yoga, Zumba, Pilates and Boot Camp classes each month at both locations.

Our Instructors

Chris Coleman  Chris' classes are a mix of Vinyasa, which is based in Ashtanga tradition, this yoga is an athletic, powerful practice, and therapeutic yoga.   Her classes combine a series of flowing postures with emphasis on thoughtful movements and  rhythmic breathing to develop muscular energy, core strength, balance and to attain mind-body awareness.  Chris was first turned on to yoga in 2002 during her first pregnancy while living in Seattle and practiced gentle pregnancy yoga.  Ten years ago Chris and her family moved back to Scandia where she was raised (née Obst).  Once bitten by the Corepower Yoga bug at the Minneapolis studio, she discovered that the power of yoga went well beyond the physical but also connected her mind and body, and completed the Corepower 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher training program.  Currently she is pursuing a 500-hour yoga certification and Yoga Therapy certification with Yoga North in Duluth, MN.   Chris loves to share her passion for yoga with everyone she meets and enjoys teaching yoga to all ages.   She also works as a guide in France leading adult tour groups for Seattle-based tour operator Rick Steves.

Lexy Dally
is a diehard hockey fanatic, who has been completely saved by yoga. She grew upon the ice and was raised in a very active, competitive lifestyle. This lead her to play hockey at Bemidji State, where she studied health and exercise science. After college she felt a bit lost on what was next, without hockey in the mix. She went on a soul search and discovered she had an undeniable passion for yoga, and the lifestyle that follows. This new found drive lead her to receiving her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher training in Costa Rica. Where she studied, lived and breathed all things yoga for an entire month. This life changing experience left her feeling healthy, balanced, and motivated to help people reach their potential.

Loralee DiLorenzo 
Loralee has been practicing yoga for over 15 years, and studying Iyengar Yoga for the past 11 years.  She has taught at White Bear Racquet and Swim Club, Healing Waters Spa, Living Tree Yoga and in Marine on Saint Croix. She studies Iyengar Yoga with William Prottengeier in Minneapolis and has attended workshops around the country, including one with B.K.S. Iyengar, the founder of this yoga tradition, in 2005.  The Iyengar Yoga tradition focuses on alignment and positioning in a supported format, combining stretching, strengthening and endurance.  This class at Yoga Hus will reflect the Iyengar method and will close with a restorative pose. If students have their own mat, block(s) or other props, they are welcome to bring them.  Props will be available for use during the class.

Kris Ewert (Cohoes) Licensed Zumba Instructor  Kris has been a dancer all her life. Without the time to continue classical training, she found Zumba class feeds that need in her soul to just let it rip to the music. She is ecstatic to have found such a fun way to get in shape and enjoys teaching because she loves to inspire others. Her classes are fun and energetic and students often comment that she’s easy to follow.  As a Forest Lake Area native, she is super excited to spread the fun and fitness to her hometown friends and family!

Debra Houle  Deb has over 31 years of teaching and training experience in several group fitness class formats. She is trained in Hi-Low Impact cardio, Step, Kickboxing, Boot Camp, Core Conditioning, Strength Conditioning, Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Silversneakers and Zumba. She maintains her A.C.E. Certification since 1989 and is CPR, AED Certified.

Michele LaHood is very passionate about her Yoga practice & sharing her knowledge with many others. She completed her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification with Yoga Alliance.  Through her own practice she has experienced the many benefits Yoga has brought into her own lifestyle. It is through her continuing practice that she brings variety in guiding her students through their own practice.  To find that balance we are all looking for in our life; Michele believes moderation & meditation are key elements to life. Michele understands the importance of creating a healthy lifestyle in our daily lives, and the challenges many of us encounter in this fast-paced environment we are surrounded in. It is through the commitment we make to ourselves, to take better care of our mind, body, & our spirit, for this is where we build the foundation of our life. Michele brings challenges to the classroom along with fun. No matter where you are in your practice, there is always a space for you in Michele’s class.  Michele studies the practice of Holistic Healing & everyday meditation. It is through this practice she brings calmness & positive energy into her classes. There are the 4-Agreements of life in which she lives & guides her students with: Be Impeccable To Your Word , Don’t Take Anything Personally, Don’t Make Assumptions,  and Always Do Your Best

Dana Lenander-Tholo 
Dana has been an ACE Certified Personal Trainer since 2000, and was certified in Lifestyle and Weight Management in 2002.  In 2008, Dana completed her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification with Yoga Alliance, and in 2013, completed the 500-Hour Yoga Teacher certification with an Ayurvedic Specialist.  Dana has extensive experience in athletic training and has worked regularly with swimmers, golfers and skiers to improve their strength and flexibility.  Her specialties include: any sport specific training and rehabilitation; alleviating back and joint pain through proper exercise techniques and stretching; and helping to modify lifestyle patterns to aid in weight control.  Dana has a B.A. in History.

Renee Lindquist  "To be a good teacher, I must remain a student." Renee Lindquist began her involvement with healthcare in 1983 and has had a passion for personal well being ever since. In her early professional years, she was educated in nursing and practiced at hospitals and healthcare facilities. In 2003, Renee attended her first Yoga class. During that class she discovered Yoga to be her life’s passion. Since that time, Renee has been certified in several levels of Yoga instruction and has her RYT 200 . Renee has studied under Darren Main, Rodney Yee, Doug Swenson and many local Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Iyengar teachers. Renee teaches the individual student within the classroom, resulting in personal attention and hands-on instruction. She begins with the breath, grace for self and others, and guides students in building their Yoga Practice. Renee has taught students ranging in age from 4 to 87.


Customer testimonials
The level of stamina that I have achieved through the practice of yoga has helped me immeasurably in other aspects of my life.  I am much more peaceful- a bonus. 
Thank you Yoga Hus!  - Allison D.
My balance has improved and my stress level has dropped- my family and friend's have noticed the changes in me since I started practicing.  I feel great!   - Michelle


Do I have to register or sign up for a class before I attend?
Not at all, you can show up to any class that suits your interest and schedule.  Even though online there is an option to sign up for a class, it is not necessary to do so.  Show up about 15 minutes early if it is your first time to fill out a disclaimer form - best of all YOUR FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES IS FREE!

What should I wear and/or bring to class?
Wear comfortable clothing that moves with you (no jeans!).  For yoga and Pilates, bring a yoga mat (mats available to use if you wash them off after class), and water.  For Zumba, bring tennis shoes (please don't wear them in from the street as they bring in unwanted rocks and dirt on the wood floors).

Can I have my cellphone with me?
We lock the studio office doors once class begins so you can leave your belongings in the office safely with no worries.  If you do bring yor purse/cellphone into the studio, please turn off your cellphone/ringer.  Thank you.

I have to leave early from yoga class, is that OK? 
Not a problem, please let the instructor know that you have to leave early, park your mat closer to the studio door and leave before Svasasana (Corpse Pose) so as to not disturb the other students.
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