Joella Miller, Co-Owner
E-RYT 200| Yin Certified | LMT | JEM Yoga & Massage
Joella is owner/founder of JEM Yoga and Massage. She holds a 250 hour Yoga Certification through the Sivananda Organization and is trained in Vinyasa, Yin, Kids Yoga, and is a License Massage Therapist, specializing in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Aromatherapy. Joella has had an infatuation with breath, crystals, sound bowls , and movement for many moons and hopes to help others connect to their divine essences through these beautiful ancient practices.
Bryana Cook, Co-Owner
MSW, LGSW, Ryt 500 | FUnctional movement specialist| Northern Namaste Yoga
Bryana teaches yoga in the Walker/Longville area and her nomad business is called Northern Namaste Yoga. Bryana enjoys teaching gentle and fluid vinyasa classes, focused on pranayama paired with soothing movements and methodical strengthening. She is also passionate about individual Yoga Therapy appointments; assessing the needs of the individual and empowering one to a path toward optimal health and wellness. Read more about her work here: What is Yoga Therapy?
Bryana’s full schedule can be found under “Local Classes” on the Boreal Bliss website. You can find her on instagram and facebook at @northernnamasteyoga.
In addition to yoga, Bryana currently works in psychotherapy at a small outpatient clinic as a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW). She is near the end of her work to become a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). Bryana is also in the midst of a pursuing her 800 hour - yoga therapy certification (C-IAYT) through Inner Peace Yoga Therapy and the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT).
(Fun side note, her husband is a fishing guide. He also hosts a really fun podcast that fisherman really enjoy. You can find his info here.)
Amanda Imes, Co-Owner
MS, RYT 200, Corepower yoga sculpt | Superior Paddle
Amanda is an economist for the State of MN; twice each year she helps produce a forecast of Minnesota’s state General Fund revenues and expenditures for current and future bienniums. She owns and operates a paddleboard outfitter in Duluth, SUPerior Paddle, with her husband and french bulldog Loki.
She was certified to teach Yoga Sculpt through CorePower Yoga in 2014. She’s taught around 600 yoga sculpt classes in the past 4 years. She obtained her 200 RYT certification through a 250 hour training at the House of the Gathering Yoga School in Duluth. You can catch her classes at Movo Studio in Duluth.
“Yoga and writing are my lifeline to joy, forgiveness, groundedness, peace- to the truest version of myself.” -Amanda
Stacy Nightwine, Assistant
Essential Oils expert
Stacy lives with her husband 10 miles north of Two Harbors with their fur babies: two pups and two kitties. She also has many “outdoor pets”: deer, birds, frogs, and even a moose! Stacy enjoys the simple life and the great outdoors: fishing in both summer and winter, kayaking, and snowshoeing. Her favorite shows are Dateline 20/20 and Golden Girls.
Over the years Stacy has been steadily working to improve her health. She started with fad diets, and over-exercising, which caused her thyroid to go downhill, eventually receiving a diagnosis of hypothyroidism.
Stacy sought a change. Over 4 years ago, she purchased a Young Living starter kit and it launched her into a new way of life. She was able to eliminate most over-the-counter drugs and prescriptions. She learned more about the significant impacts of chemicals and food on overall health and wellbeing.
Stacy and her husband have been utilizing oils for a more natural approach; replacing most products and chemicals in their lives. The difference has been remarkable. She used to get strep throat and multiple sickness every season. She now uses oils for anything from heartburn, fatigue, sleep disturbance, pain, headaches, to depression and anxiety. She even uses Young Living products for cleaning and basic hygiene: household cleaner, makeup remover, and basic toiletries.
In addition to natural approaches through oils, Stacy is committed to learning more about healthy eating. She has learned that food is the root of everything. A poor diet can contribute to anxiety, low energy, depression and brain fog. Stacy says, “If your stomach ain’t happy, chances are you’re not feeling your greatest either.”
Essential oils and healthy food have brought Stacy deeper into a lifestyle of yoga. While she used to practice for exercise, she is now unlocking a full holistic experience. Retreats have further changed how she chooses healthy options daily whether it’s chemical-free living, natural healthy food choices, or nourishing movement.