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


  • November: Ann Maxwell & Molly McManus lead SomaYoga CPR study in Duluth & St Paul, MN
  • October:
    • Molly McManus leads Teaching Yoga for Stress, Anxiety and Depression Intensive in Madison, WI
    • Ann Maxwell, Molly McManus Teri Sanders & Jen Arnamo participate in the MUIH Acute Care Yoga Therapy Program
  • September:
    • Molly McManus and Robin Stamp co-host Restoring Kama Retreat at Camp Amnicon, Wisconsin
    • Molly McManus leads two SomaYoga Therapy Intensives in Toronto, Canada
  • August: Susan Polege joins Yoga North ISYI staff 
  • June:
  • May: Molly McManus represents Yoga North & IAYT at the NAMA Conference in Santa Cruz, California
    • Ann Maxwell & Molly McManus complete Indu Arora’s Yoga Nidra Level One
  • March: Ann Maxwell & Molly McManus featured at Minneapolis Yoga Conference for SomaYoga Therapy Tract
  • January: Ann Maxwell leads SomaYoga Intensives in Des Moines, Iowa


  • December: Ann Maxwell completes course on Fostering the Roots of Cross-Racial Competence
  • November: Molly McManus leads three SomaYoga Intensives in Toronto, Canada
  • October: Molly McManus receives Ayurvedic Chef Certification from Hale Pule in Hawaii
  • June: Instructors Molly McManus and Ann Maxwell present at SYTAR in Reston, Virginia
  • April:
    • Molly McManus presents at the Toronto Yoga Conference
    • Ann Maxwell leads SomaYoga Intensives in Des Moines, Iowa
  • January: Molly McManus leads Therapeutic Yoga Adventure with Yoga Therapist Robin Rothenberg in Nicaragua


  • September: Molly McManus presents Yoga Therapy for Mental Health at Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs Conference
  • Fall: Duluth location adds 2 dedicated classroom for Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Programs
  • August: Yoga North ISYI expands adding 2 more studios and a kitchen area
  • July: Molly McManus receives certification in Tanmatra Chikitsa from Vasant Lad

  • June: International Association of Yoga Therapists Accreditation Committee elects Molly McManus as Committee Chair

  • March: Yoga North ISYI leads pilgrimage to Khajraho and Rishikesh India
  • January: Molly McManus receives certification as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor from the Himalayan Institute & NAMA




  • Teri Sanders and Molly McManus present Making a Change for Good SomaYoga at the SLC Health & Human Services Conference

  • April: Minneapolis Yoga Conference features Ann Maxwell as a Minnesota Master teaching SomaYoga Therapy
  • January:

    • Molly McManus joins the International Association of Yoga Therapists Accreditation Committee

    • Molly McManus presents Combating Stress Response with Somatic Education at WITC Law Enforcement Management Conference


  • April: Minneapolis Yoga Conference features Molly McManus as a Minnesota Master teaching SomaYoga Therapy


  • October: First 500 Hour Teacher Training in St. Paul begins with 11 students

  • July: Molly McManus presents Using SomaYoga to Support Relaxation & Manage the Stress of Seizures at the Midwest Seizure Smart Conference 

  • June: Yoga North ISYI becomes one of the first twelve schools to receive accreditation from the International Association of Yoga Therapists for Yoga Therapy Certification

  • January: First 200 hour Teacher Training in St. Paul begins with 11 students 


  • May:
    • First Level 2 Yoga Therapy Certification program begins
    • First Yoga Therapy Certification Program begins with 10 students
    • Molly McManus presents at ARRM Annual Conference: Building Bridges, SomaYoga – Restore, Destress, Refresh – Self-care for Caregivers


  • October 2011: Deborah Adele and Molly McManus present Mind- Body-Soul at SLC Health & Human Services Conference

  • June 2011: Yoga North ISYI becomes 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
  • July 2009: Yoga North ISYI licensed as a private career school by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education
  • March 2008: First Advanced Therapeutic Teacher Training (500 hour) begins
  • September 2004: First Teacher Training (200 hour) begins with 14 students
  • March 1996: Yoga North ISYI officially registers with the state of Minnesota
  • October 1995: 1st class taught in the Lake Room with 6 people in attendance
  • Summer 1995: Yoga North ISYI becomes a thought in the minds of founders Joie Acheson and Pat Nolin