Our History

We have rented space from St. Michael’s Elementary School since our inception in 1995. We feel grateful to the school for their ongoing support and enjoy the symbiotic relationship we have with them.

The studio is in the oldest section of the school, the original school building section (around 110 years old). Yoga North’s studio atmosphere of peace, enchantment and warmth must be the result of a century of learning combined with seventeen years of practicing yoga.

Yoga North Timeline

  • Summer 1995: Yoga North ISYI became a thought in the minds of founders Joie Acheson and Pat Nolin
  • October 1995: 1st class taught in the Lake Room with 6 people in attendance
  • March 1996: Yoga North ISYI officially registered with the state of Minnesota
  • September 2004: First Teacher Training (200 hour) began with 14 students
  • March 2008: First Advanced Therapeutic Teacher Training (500 hour) began
  • July 2009: Yoga North ISYI licensed as a private career school by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education
  • June 2011: Yoga North ISYI became a member school of the International Association of Yoga Therapists—one of the first Yoga Therapist Training Schools to be accepted in the State of Minnesota
  • May 2013: First Level 2 Yoga Therapy Certification program began
  • January 2014: First 200 hour Teacher Training in St. Paul began with 11 students
  • May 2014: First Yoga Therapy Certification Program began with 10 students
  • June 2014: Became one of the first twelve schools to receive accreditation from the International Alliance of Yoga Therapist for Yoga Therapy Certification Program
  • October 2014: First 500 Hour Teacher Training in St. Paul began with 11 students
  • March 2017: Yoga North ISYI lead pilgrimage to Khajraho and Rishikesh India
  • August 2017: Yoga North ISYI expanded adding 2 more studios and a kitchen area
  • Fall 2017: Duluth location added 2 dedicated classroom for Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Programs
  • Sept. 2017: Instructor Molly McManus presented Yoga Therapy for Mental Health at Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs Conference
  • Jan. 2018: Molly McManus lead Therapeutic Yoga Adventure with Yoga Therapist Robin Rothenberg in Nicaragua
  • April 2018: Molly McManus presented at the Toronto Yoga Conference
  • June 2018 Instructors Molly McManus and Ann Maxwell presented at SYTAR in Reston, Virginia