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
Transformation happens first in the Energy Body and everyone is made up of energy. Reiki is an ancient form of energy work intended to bring people back to a natural state of well being.
Shamanism is said to be the oldest form of spirituality/healing. It is designed to bring people into a state of harmony and communion. The medicine person works with the natural and unseen worlds to release imprints/blocks in the Energy Body and realign the client to their soul's wisdom.
Shamanic healing sessions utilize Reiki, rain drums, power objects, journeying, and channeled insights to return the person back to a natural state of balance.
Each session starts with a dialog & intention setting. A clothes on approach using light hands on/or above touch to release imprints, accelerate physical healing, purify stuck emotions, access intuition, clarify life's purpose and replenish the Light Body.
These sessions are tailor made and wonderful support for life transitions, recovering from surgery, illness, trauma and strengthening the life force.
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.
Schedule a private to address your physical concerns, deepen your practice & create a
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Bring yoga & meditation
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