About Coleen (Coco) Elwood

Coleen was introduced to meditation in 1971 by her groovy theater parents. Initiated in the TM tradition, she was given a walking mantra at 10, seated at 13. As a child, she found the natural world to be a place of serenity & wonderment, and she was drawn to indigenous people & traditions.

A childhood of dancing, singing, acting & playing music (violin) culminated in 9 years as a bass player, singer & songwriter in the indie band Zuzu's Petals (Twin/Tone). She discovered yoga in 1995 as the band was breaking up & was instantly drawn to its calming, meditative nature. After her community-ed yoga teacher moved, she began teaching yoga out of her house (1998). After attending a weekend with Christopher Baxter (co-founder of Yoga Alliance), she signed up for & completed a 200-hour teacher training in Atma Yoga in 2001. Prenatal yoga training followed with Janice Clarfield in 2002. Drawn to the energy realm, she became a reiki master in 2003 (The Center for Happiness, Minneapolis).

Since then, she has studied with Nischala Joy Devi, Guru Dev, Rod Stryker, Judith Lasater & Gary Kraftsow, to name a few. Coleen brings over 10,000 hours of teaching experience in prenatal, restorative, gentle & chair yoga & meditation to the Yoga Center of Mpls Yoga Study program. She has been a proud member of the YC faculty since 2009. Coleen continues to blend yoga & music. Together with her pal Tara Cindy Sherman, she continues to lead kirtans & retreats worldwide.

Her desire to bring healing & unity consciousness to the planet along with a deep love of the natural world drew her to mystic, shaman, & author Christina Donnell (Winds of Change Association). In 2008 she completed a 2-year training of the Inca Wisdom Teachings. Since meeting Christina in 2004, she has taken over 450 hours of trainings in receptive wisdom, deep seeing, & energy medicine. Her study of spirituality, yoga, & healing continues to this day. Her classes are soul-centered, Earth-based, gentle, & meditative, designed to connect people to their bodies' wisdom & intuition. Intended to raise consciousness & nourish peace within.


Reiki & Shamanism

Everyone is made up of energy. Transformation happens first in the energy body. Reiki is an ancient form of energy work intended to bring people back to a natural state of wellbeing. Reiki sessions start with a dialog & intention to partner in healing. A clothes on approach using hands on light tough to accelerate physical healing, calm/ redirect the mind,

purify stuck emotions,

connect to the spiritual & replenish the light body. Sessions can be insightful

& replenishing ... bring deep relaxation & mental clarity. Wonderful support for life transitions, recovering

from surgery/ illness & strengthening prana (lifeforce).

Reiki/Shamanic Healing:

Tailor made sessions

utilizing Reiki & Shamanism

to release, heal & transform.

$130/1.5 hours

Space/ Home Clearing:
Spaces like people hold Energy...
Schedule a session to

cleanse an existing space following trauma/ transition, rededicate, clear heavy

energy, reset intentions.

$200-$350 for 1-2 hours

(depends on space)


Retreats & Workshops

My classes are gentle, meditative, Earth-based & Soul-centered. Designed to connect students to their Bodies Wisdom & Intuition.
An eclectic blend of gentle & restorative postures, meditation & chakra balancing to strengthen the body, calm the mind, navigate the emotions & nourish peace within.
Open to beginners as well as those wanting a stress relief. Meditation is the heart of yoga & woven into every class. See below for specific yoga series.

Weekly classes:

The Yoga Center Retreat 


NEW Drop-in 

Restore & Renew
Saturday 3/21, 4/11,

5/2 & 6/6,

(pre-registration required)

Private Sessions:
Schedule a private to address your physical concerns, deepen your practice & create a

home practice


$130/1.5 hours

Private Parties:
Include yoga in your celebrations!Co-create a

party/ practice for your

special occasion.

Corporate Sessions:
Bring yoga & meditation

to the work place.


Prices vary.

Honored member of the

Yoga Study faculty at

Yoga Center Retreat.

Healing the Heart
2/15 1-3pm

Yoga Center Retreat
Click here to register!

Emotional Wisdom

3/15 1-4 pm
Yoga Center Retreat

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Creating Energetic Boundaries

5/2 1-4 pm
Yoga Center Retreat

Click here to register!


Specialty Series

 Meditation Sampler
Tuesday’s: 2/18-3/10

6-7:15 pm @ Tula 

Click here to register!


 Tap into Abundance;

a summer series


 Click here to register!


Naniboujou (North Shore)

 Yoga & Shamanism Retreat

April 17th-19th, 2020 
only 6 spots left!!

Nurture your Nature Women’s Yoga Retreat w/ Tara & Coco
10/16-10/18 2020


Contact me for details: coleenelwood@gmail.com

Email me through the contact form below with any questions! 


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Peace Medicine • Coleen Elwood
Minneapolis, MN



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