Moya McGinn Mathews

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Yoga Teacher, Teacher Trainer, E-RYT 500®, YACEP®

Teaching Certifications

230 Hour Yoga Center of Minneapolis
500 Hour Advanced Teacher Training, Yoga Center of Minneapolis
Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga Certification with Judith Hanson Lasater
Ashtanga Yoga Certification with David Swenson
JAI Prenatal Yoga Certification, Yoga Center of Minneapolis with Jennifer Gray


Moya is a learner, a seeker, drawn to the mystical, the mysterious, all that is beautiful, and all that is hilarious.  Her practice and teaching emphasize the cultivation of kindness, humility, compassion, and acceptance, through connection with and surrender to Source.  Yoga is a consciousness and way of living that brings health, balance, light and joy to Moya’s whole life, and she hopes to make that available and accessible to all her students.   Teaching yoga since completing her first 230 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in March, 2006, Moya has thousands of hours of teaching experience with students of all ages and abilities, in all stages of life.

An enthusiastic student of yoga and of life, Moya has studied with many master teachers including David Swenson, David Williams, David Garrigues, Govinda Kai, Tias Little, Doug Swenson, Ana Forrest, Seane Corn, Suzanne Sterling, Dharma Mitra, Darren Main, Rod Stryker, Jim Bennitt, James Bailey, Dr. Indu Aurora, Gary Kraftsow, Leslie Kaminoff and Judith Hanson Lasater.

Extensive trainings which have influenced her teaching include:

Yoga Center of Minneapolis’ 230 Hour Yoga Study TT, completed March 2006
Ashtanga teacher training with David Swenson, August 2006
JAI Prenatal Yoga Training with Jennifer Grey, 2008
Yoga retreat and pilgrimage to India with Tanya Sowards and Darren Main, August 2008
Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT, April 2010
Iyengar Intensive with William Prottengeier, Summer 2010
Baron Baptiste Immersion, Fall 2011
Grief Group Facilitator Training, Center for Grief, Transition and Loss, St. Paul, MN, March 2012
Anatomy and asana for the lumbosacral spine with Judith Lasater, PhD, PT, Spring 2012
Viniyoga Immersion with Gary Kraftsow, January 2013
500 Hour Advanced Teacher Training, Yoga Center of Minneapolis, completed March 2013
Yoga for anxiety and depression with Gary Kraftsow, Winter, 2014
Assistant to Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT, Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, Spring, 2014
Yoga Anatomy training with Leslie Kaminoff, Summer, 2015
Health and Wellness Coaching and Certification Program, Wellcoaches School of Coaching, Fall, 2017

In addition to her love of yoga, Moya is a a professional parish minister, a professional musician, a grief group facilitator, a health and wellness coach, a traveler, a wife, a mom, and a grandma.   She is deeply grateful for the opportunity to teach, and for the connection with students who share their light and laughter as well as their struggles and sorrows with her.  She honors the teachers and mentors who have illuminated her path, especially her parents who, by their example, taught her from the start the joy of living an authentic life in selfless service.

Moya’s Drop-in Classes
Beginning Yoga Series
Moya’s Workshops
Specialty Series