MEET THE FOUNDER
My name is Amber Gilbertson and I am the founder and owner of BeFree Yoga.
I grew up and lived most of my life in the Twin Cities until the summer of 2017 when my husband and I moved to Becker, Minnesota. I am the proud mother of 3 and I also enjoy camping, hiking, cooking and visiting local breweries and wineries.
How Yoga Became Part of my Life
My journey with yoga opened a new world for me. In my early years I dealt with anxiety and self-doubt which lead me down the dark path of addiction. Even as I chose to hide myself in this world I always felt something was missing and this was not the path for me. After significant changes occurred in my life I took my first kundalini yoga class in 2005, and finally felt I could Be Free.
I started teaching a blended choreography class (Body Flow) at the YMCA in St. Paul in 2007. That summer I also spent a month at the Asheville Yoga Center in North Carolina and received my 230 hour teacher certification.
I have always been passionate about overall wellness. Previously I was a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist. I am a member of the Yoga Alliance and have been certified in Prenatal Yoga from Blooma as well as Little Lotus Yoga through the YMCA.
Life has been, and continues to be, a journey and yoga is my way to Be Free.
MY TEACHING STYLE
I like to open class with a Tai Chi inspired warm up. Smooth movements to welcome yourself to yourself!
Once we are warm I bring in sun or moon (or sometimes both) yoga salutations. Followed by standing strength and balance asanas. In the middle of class we welcome ourselves down on the mat. Using our warmth, we circulate blood flow throughout the body.
Pilates core and back work warm us back to safely come into our focus and releasing of our muscles guide us to our mediation and relaxation.
Though this is the theme throughout my classes, one of the best compliments I’ve received is that I bring something new to every class! I offer modifications for some of the more challenging poses and strive to make every class a warm and welcoming experience for everyone :)
Hope to see you soon!