Namaste! My name is Sydney Holly and Kula is my 2nd home. I’ve owned and operated the studio since September, 2012. Yoga came into my life as a transition from dancing in New York City. I responded to this new form of movement right away. I knew I had found my path. I went on to receive my 500 RYT E from Yoga Works NYC and I’ve been teaching since 2001.
Prior to that, I got my BFA in dance from the University of Illinois. My teaching style is dynamic. I incorporate the alignment, pranayama and philosophy of Yogi Raj Alan Finger’s Ishta System with the flowing movement of Vinyasa. My students know me for my elegant sequencing and ability to break down postures into their essential elements.
I believe in developing a body that can perform at its maximum efficiency. I encourage my students to explore their perceived limitations. A thoughtful yoga practice can bring clarity, harmony, and inspiration to your life by allowing you to live your fullest potential. I’m also a proud mama of 3 young boys. In my free time, I love to travel and read about fashion.
Can’t wait to meet you on the mat!
I've been in the "healing arts" for my entire adulthood. As a Massage Therapist, Pranassage Practitioner Trainer, Prenatal Specialist and a Yoga Educator I feel extremely grateful for the tools and teachings I have gained along the way. My yoga home and my self- inquiry journey truly began at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Nosara, Costa Rica in 2005.
I was on faculty at NYI for seven years as a senior teacher (Nosara Yoga Institute- is now called Self Awakening Yoga). During this time I was also the Director for 46 prenatal yoga teacher trainings that expanded the globe, for the company Blooma 2011- 2017. I most recently served on the faculty of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Massachusetts for their 1,000 Hour Teacher Training Program. I'm honored to share my teachings with the Kula community!
My classes, workshops, and retreats have been described by students as a heart centered, grounding and transformative journey. I share the experience of my own healing of being a cancer survivor and how yoga helped me through that crazy, wild process. I have a deep wanderlust and travel the world as often as possible! I look forward to meeting you on the mat.
“My deep desire is to share the wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda while guiding students to experience yoga as postures, breath, nourishment and connection with their soul. I teach with a skillful awareness of our broader connection to the rhythms of nature. My classes are intuitively designed to help direct you toward your highest potential. By inviting students to listen, reflect, and know their true self, I gain the privilege to watch students transform in each and every class.”
Janet Hannaford teaches a yoga practice called “Flexible for Life” which is designed to improve and maintain flexibility, that normally decreases with aging and muscle building. FLY includes practicing techniques to manage stress (breathwork). FLY fosters a caring community in a class that meets you where you are with props and accommodations as needed. This is an all levels class appropriate for beginners and those wishing for a routine to add to their fitness.
Janet brings her skills as an Occupational Therapist as well as her traditional yoga training. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at The Yoga Center of Minneapolis. She completed a 6 month Anusara Immersion and has also trained in Hatha as well as at the renowned Kripalu School of Yoga in Stockbridge, MA.
Janet is a certified Yoga Calm teacher and has completed Adapted Yoga Teacher Training for adults with physical disabilities with Matthew Sanford, owner of Mind Body Solutions, Minnetonka, MN. Janet has excellent knowledge of anatomy and neuromuscular issues through her work as an Occupational Therapist for special needs children in Minneapolis Public Schools.
Janet lives in Golden Valley with her husband and has a son and 2 daughters, two in college and one graduated. She currently teaches yoga to children and adults in after-school activities at Minneapolis Public Schools and is honored to have the opportunity to teach at Kula Yoga.