As the founder of Yogalift®, Shannon Leavitt is passionate about healthy living. Her expertise spans 20 years of being immersed in the health and fitness arena. She is a licensed dietitian, hatha yoga instructor, NASM-certified personal trainer and a professional health coach with a certificate from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing.
Yogalift® and Learn to Be Lean are her lifework — the culmination of 20 years of experience helping people realize better health by focusing internally and spiritually. It is a program that believes wholeheartedly in the innate wisdom and wholeness in each of us. Through specially designed programs and exercises – including both outer and inner body work – Shannon shares her wisdom, motivation and gentle prodding to help others make and sustain lifelong changes.
She is also the creator of Yogalift®, the official exercise of the Learn to Be Lean practice.
Barbara Boukal has spent her entire adult life helping people. Beginning her career as a nurse, Barbara saw how the health care system may be great at helping people once they were sick, but she wanted to help people lead healthier more fulfilling lives.
Barbara began practicing yoga in high school, and became a certified yoga instructor in 2007, the same year she became a certified personal trainer. She has also been studying as a health coach at the Wellcoaches School of Coaching for three years. Barb continually reminds her clients a big part of yoga is acceptance of self and relaxation of judgment and releasing of competitiveness. “Stay on your mat!”
In addition to being a fun and energetic coach/trainer/teacher, Barbara is a great listener and shares her generosity of spirit with everyone with which she works.
Barbara and Shannon have worked together since 1999, developing and teaching Yogalift as well as focusing on body-mind-spirit health.
Jenny Breen is an advocate of healthy, sustainable, local food, which is why she has joined Yogalift as its Nutrition Educator. She has been a professional chef in the Twin Cities since 1986, and is co-owner of Good Life Catering, a sustainable and whole foods catering business (and co-owner of The Good Life Café 1996-2001).
Jenny has been working directly with farmers and producers since the mid 1980’s. She teaches cooking and nutrition to adults and children at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, in Twin Cities Food Coops and with Twin Cities schools, and currently presents on mindful eating, sustainable food systems and cooking as a public health strategy through various programs at the University of Minnesota.
Jenny is a 2009 recipient of an Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship and completed her MPH Nutrition at the University of Minnesota in 2011. Her first cookbook Cooking up the Good Life which emphasizes local, seasonal whole foods cooking for families, was released in April of 2011 from the University of Minnesota Press.