About Us

WELCOME TO OUR SACRED SALT SANCTUARY

The Whispering Cave welcomes all and is a safe and supportive space to build community. Offering sacred experiences through the traditions of Yoga, a wide range of wellness modalities, and unique events led by master teachers. Our classes will  guide you towards personal growth through transformative practices on and off the mat.

Instructors & Practitioners

MICHELLE HENKEL
OWNER/TEACHER

Michelle is a seeker of unique connections, the voice of an authentic soul, and a dancer with a wild heart who has been teaching yoga since 2008, Michelle’s career in movement began years earlier as a dancer in NYC. in the time since she has expanded her skill set with multiple trainings in various forms of yoga, meditation, and personal fitness.

She believes that grace, awareness, and intention in movement shouldn’t be restricted to a yoga mat or studio, and that the transitions between moments make a wonderful dance floor for mind, body, and spirit.

Michelle has led numerous yoga teacher trainings and workshops, helping elevate her students at every opportunity while always holding space to learn from them along the way.

GRETA WALCH
OWNER/TEACHER/REIKI MASTER

Greta is a teacher with a passion for people and lifelong learning. At The Whispering Cave she brings her many years of experience to the community with joy and a big heart.

Greta received her Yoga Teacher Training through Devanadi school of Yoga in the Tantric lineage. Emphasis on meditation, asana, pranayama, chant, mantra and the rich 1000 years old tradition of yoga were all part of her education.

Greta received additional training and certification in restorative and chair yoga, as well as the powerful art of meditation. Bringing balance to her students through mindful practices which restore body & spirit is very important to her.

She especially loves working with beginners. Witnessing the transformative power of yoga at the start of a journey is a beautiful thing.

To bring people home to themselves, to raise vibrational energy and to let each persons gifts shine is what makes a good teacher. Greta is grateful to be amongst teachers at the Whispering Cave who accomplish this daily.

In loving service and peace.

SOPHIA NORD
STUDIO MANAGER/TEACHER

Sophia is a modern mover with a passion to explore internal/physical perception and experience. She is Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor with a background in Kripalu Yoga, Hatha, Iyengar, and Vinyasa Flow.

She began her journey as a mover at a very young age through dance. Her dance journey led her through experimenting with other physical practices including pilates, Laban Movement Analysis, Alexander Technique, and more. During her movement studies Sophia grew to love and appreciate yoga. Though she had been practicing for 10 years, it was in college when she dove deep into her practice. In 2017 Sophia received her RYT and has been actively teaching ever since.

As a teacher, Sophia focuses on the anatomical perceptions of postures creating a space for body knowledge and alignment. She creates a space where she encourages others to focus on the now and to “just be.” Sophia offers classes that are fun loving, energetic, and a place where everyone is open to explore and express themselves freely.

BONNIE PLATT
TEACHER

Bonnie is a Yoga Alliance Certified Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga Teacher. She creates an alignment-based, systematic approach to fitness that’s sustainable. Her intention is to create a sacred and safe space for students of all levels to explore the rich traditions of yoga and body shaping results from Calisthenics.

She has studied and practiced yoga since 2001. Her journey began in Iyengar Yoga in NYC during 9/11. After moving to Minneapolis in 2010, she recieved her 250 hour RYT through CorePower. After several years of teaching, she became certified through Blooma’s Pre and Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training.

While living in London for the last 3 years, Bonnie traveled all over the world studying alignment based practices including; Lotte Berk and The Garuda Method.

Bonnie’s varied and International yoga influences allow her to thread intelligent alignment, spinal strengthening, and strong, graceful flow sequences Into all of her classes. Bonnie’s teachings are built on conscious awareness and infinite compassion.

KRISTI RONNINGEN
TEACHER

Kristi has been practicing Iyengar Yoga since 1996. She is Certified as an Iyengar Yoga Teacher and a Yoga Therapist. She continues to advance her skills under the guidance of senior teachers. Her classes concentrate on bringing the body into balance by increasing mobility, stability, strength and alignment, which can be therapeutic for specific conditions.

Kristi pays close attention to anatomical details and alignment of each posture. The use of props enable students to perform asanas (postures) correctly, minimizing the risk of injury or strain, making her class accessible to everyone.

Off the mat, Kristi is a PCA for her father and enjoys fostering animals, gardening and spending time with her family.

Beginners to intermediate are welcome!

JULI ENGLANDER
TEACHER

Yoga is an experience ~ it is difficult to teach ~ Each person comes to the practice of yoga on their own terms. It starts out as a honeymoon, falling in love with the physical properties and the ambiance of their particular place of practice whether they are introduced through a video, studio or study with a teacher of choice. It can take many years of dedicated practice to truly understand the teachings, for they are taught from within only after the student can surrender to the breath and let go of the ego. The teacher becomes a bridge of support through that process.

What I share with students is my knowledge, energy and guidance ~ through my own years of study, practice and experience. My personal yoga journey led me to many styles and many teachers over the years ~ My focused study has been in Ashtanga, Tantra and Ayurveda. My passion for teaching is to help students understand all of yoga’s transformative gifts.

SUZANNE HOPE
TEACHER/THAI BODYWORKER

It’s Suzanne’s passion to help people find relief from pain, stress, depression and anxiety through Thai Massage.

Suzanne traveled all over the world collecting tools to help others heal. From Thailand to Mexico to the Sacred Valley of Peru, she spent ten years living and learning from other healers before coming home to Minnesota to share with her community.

She is a 500 HR RYT and a Thai Yoga Massage practitioner.

Her intention is to help you heal from the symptoms of stress on your journey.

MELISSA CHAPMAN
REIKI MASTER

Melissa has been practicing yoga since the mid 1990s. Later in life she was drawn to the inward practices to help through the death of her father and other major life transitions. Through Yoga she found healing for herself and was called to share the healing of Yoga with others.

She decided to study the subtle aspects of Yoga, studing Reiki with Tanya Boigenzen/Devanadi Yoga in 2015, obtaining her Reiki Master in 2016.   She has deepened her study in Energy Medicine studying with Tim McConville in Healing touch level 1, 2 and 3.

She obtained her 200 RYT in 2016 from Devanadi Yoga and has taken further study in Yin Yoga with Michelle Pietrzak-Wegner, Restorative Yoga with Chanti Taconte-Perez and Yoga Nidra with Indu Arora. She also had obtained her RYT500 hour Yoga Certification though Devanadi wellness and plans to be a lifelong student in the Himilayan Tradition.

A MESSAGE FROM GRETA & MICHELLE