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 a studio in her hometown.
Tamara Moore; having taught in Wadena for 9 years Tamara recently moved with her husband and four children to Bemidji and is delighted to begin teaching at Lily Pad! Tamara has a Master’s degree in Theology (2005), graduate certificate in Spiritual direction (2015) has been offering spiritual direction for 7 years and has been teaching yoga for 10 years. Her favorite thing to do is help others find their personal connection with God.
Her formation as a teacher began under Mary Beth Nehl at Yoga Loft (200 hours/2009) and continues under Doug Keller (50 hours/2011-2018). While teaching, Tamara focuses on alignment, breath, and fosters awareness of the interior movements of thought and emotion during an asana practice. When we begin to accept what is present within us, we invite the power of love to come and transform our lives.
Anyone who spends time with Tamara knows of her deep love and devotion to God. Tamara is certified and practices as a Spiritual Director (St. John’s School of Theology-2015) and has a Master’s degree in Theology (2005). She integrates prayer within her yoga practice and encourages others to do the same.
Off the mat, Tamara enjoys singing (especially sacred music), meditation on Scriptures, deep conversations with friends, cooking, spending time with her family – preferably at our State Parks, practicing her guitar, and dreaming about travel to Italy – where she was born and lived for 10 years as a Navy dependent.
Angie Clark received her group fitness certification through the American Council on Exercise in 2013. She completed her 235hr yoga certification in April of 2019 through the Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness. However, she has been a fitness enthusiast for her entire adult life beginning with step aerobics in high school, a time when leotards were still a thing.
Angie continues to loves group fitness and yoga classes. She says, “It is a great way to stay motivated without having to plan workouts on your own. Yoga offers an opportunity to lengthen and tone our bodies. It’s also a time to reconnect with ourselves and calm the mind even when the room is filled with other people.”
Angie is also an avid runner. As a runner, she understands the importance of strength and flexibility to maintain peak performance and injury prevention. She believes that yoga is an excellent source for providing these cross training needs.
During the week, Angie has a full-time job in higher education. Making time to fit in exercise is not always easy, but having a consistent routine helps keep her on track.
She hopes that by role modeling a balanced lifestyle she inspires others and helps them create change to meet their own personal wellness goals.