Meet Our Team

Natalie Welle; Lily Pad Yoga founder and instructor Natalie Welle believes in the power of yoga to transform, improve and change lives – as she credits it with helping her evolve into who she is. She’s a Bemidji native and has practiced and taught yoga in Alaska, California, Duluth, and the Twin Cities and is now fulfilling her dream of opening and operating a studio in her hometown.

Yoga has without a doubt changed my life.

I began practicing in 2000.  Shortly thereafter I found a teacher, Yoga Lynn, in my hometown.  I was truly a beginner.  My first class with her I felt very comfortable.  So comfortable in fact that I closed my eyes and kept moving and grooving.  When I opened my eyes and looked at the fellow yogis, I realized that I was doing some completely different “poses”.  Seriously funny stuff!  I decided to keep with the class I better keep my eyes open for visual input.

In college I would sign up for Yoga classes that were offered weekly for a couple months.  I learned a lot from those structured classes.  It was a lot of beginners work, repetition and commitment.   Showing up to those regular classes kept me thriving.

When I moved to Alaska a few months after graduation there was space for yoga classes but no teachers.  I volunteered in a heartbeat.  I taught the classes that I memorized from college.  It was beautiful to be leading classes with yogis in the outdoors among the mountains next to the entrance of Denali National Park.  It sparked a desire to become a certified yoga teacher.

After Alaska I moved to California.  There are a plentitude of yoga styles, studios and teachers there!  I met other teachers that were not certified.  I eventually lived with a wonderful lady that was a certified teacher.  I would go to the studio she taught at, Laughing Lotus San Francisco and my practice strengthened.  There were some difficult classes for me emotionally and physically.  Even with the upsets it was EXACTLY what I needed.  I saved up money living in Oakland and moved back to Minnesota.

I started a yoga teacher training at Green Lotus Yoga and Healing Center in Lakeville, Minnesota.  It was a program that would take more than a year.  This is what I was looking for.  I got the book list and dove in.  My teacher, Gwen, is a yoga teacher and a physical trainer.  She understands bodies.  She studied at Ganga White’s White Lotus center.  We read a book of his and I look forward to going there for more schooling someday.

After leaving the Twin Cities I moved back to Bemidji.  I taught prenatal yoga with a life long friend who found the practiced really helped the birth of her twins.  Then I left for Duluth.  While in Duluth I taught private, micro and some small party classes.

It is of the utmost importance for me to know my students.  We evolve and the practice evolves with us.  We change and grow and yoga is there to adapt and help us adapt to the changes in our lives.  I believe in the power of the practice of yoga.


Angie Clark is a seasoned yoga teacher who thrives on implementing new ideas and reinventing the old. She studied at the Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness.  She is an avid distance runner and completed 40 marathons. In 2020, she took up paddling by getting on the Mississippi River and a handful of Bemidji lakes. She is active in the city of Bemidji through volunteer work with the Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon, Bike Bemidji, and occasionally Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park.  However, she is most passionate about helping individuals and communities maintain strong work-life balance. Her current certifications include:

Aerial Yoga Level 2, Unnata® Aerial Yoga                                             April 2022

Yoga Nidra Training, ParaYoga                                                          January 2022
Aerial Yoga Level 1, Unnata® Aerial Yoga                                      February 2021

340hr Yoga Teacher Training, Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness                                                                                                           November 2020

Restorative Yoga Teacher, Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness December 2019

235hr Yoga Teacher Training, Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness     April 2019

League Cycling Instructor, League of American Bicyclists                  May 2019

Group Fitness Instructor, American Council on Exercise (ACE)          July 2013

American Red Cross First Aid, CPR & AED                                             May 2007



Adam has always been guided by curiosity and pursuit of new challenges.
He came to yoga as a marathon runner looking for a complimentary
activity to running. He stayed for the connectedness yoga brings to mind and body and connection with a community. Developing a passion for yoga
of many different styles he attended and graduated from Asheville Yoga Center’s 200 hour YTT. His passion is in Ashtanga styles of yoga but finds
importance in balancing energetic flows with more yoga styles. His
classes are strength based and energetic but aimed at giving all type of
yogis something explore. @northwoodsyogi on social media. online at
Elizabeth is a member of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota. She resides on the Red Lake Reservation in upper Minnesota and is joined by her two children. Elizabeth has been a student of yoga for more than a decade and completed her 200HR Indigenous Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in March 2020, Breath Coach Certificate in September of 2020, Vinyasa for Youth Training in the June of 2021, and Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) in April of 2022. She has a background in social work and community development, working as both a direct care service provider and as an administrator of various educational and cultural programs. One of her passions is language and cultural revitalization as she was one of the founders of the Waasabiik Ojibwemotaadiwin Immersion Preschool Program. Elizabeth aims to incorporate her yoga teachings into her overall wellness interventions at work and continues to incorporate a yogi lifestyle at home with her family.

Maddi is a yoga teacher and meditation enthusiast. She began using these techniques to cope and heal from trauma caused by childhood sexual abuse and a battle with endometriosis. She also uses exercise, teas and herbs, spending time in nature and chakra work to relax and gain insight. Using these techniques have helped Maddi discover and step into her power. She wants to share the tools she has learned with the world, as she knows everyone deserves and can benefit from the love and healing that comes from self care.