Meet Our Team


Kathy Flaminio, President and Founder of 1000 Petals LLC

Kathy Black&WhiteMy colleague and I were granted a full year sabbatical to research how yoga was being integrated into the school system. During that year, we met Jim and Lynea Gillen, founders of Yoga Calm® and I became their National Director of Training Development. The “Mind-Body” connection was what was missing from the variety of social skills curriculum, therapy and fitness classes.

The body is now the access point to my work.  Nervous system regulation is the foundation, for when the body is regulated, heart rate lowered and the mind brought to the present moment, the brain is at its optimal learning state. This is where my work begins.


Kathy Flaminio is the founder of 1000 Petals, LLC. and the National Director of Training Development for Yoga Calm®. Kathy has trained over 4,000 individuals on how to integrate yoga-based movement, breathing techniques, and social/emotional skills into classroom and therapeutic settings. She holds a master’s degree in social work with more than twenty years of experience in regular and special education settings. Kathy is adjunct faculty for St. Mary’s University and is ACE (American Council on Exercise), Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 200), and Yoga Calm® certified.

Moving and Learning Residencies

School Residencies

Katie Thune, MA Ed., RYT

259aKatie has had over 20 years experience working with students with and without disabilities. For the past 6 years she has had experience with yoga-based interventions and mindfulness for people with disabilities.

260She has her Teaching License in Health Education, and Special Education K – 12, as well as her MA in Education: Developmental Disabilities.

She received her RYT-200 training through Devanadi Yoga in Minneapolis and Yoga Calm training with 1000-Petals in Saint Paul.

Sarah Dutton

Sarah DuttonSarah Dutton from The Virtuous Circle, is a healthy school day consultant. She educates and coaches school staff on the implementation of active school day strategies like Active Recess, walking clubs, mindful movement, and activity breaks. She is passionate about helping schools keep kids active and doing it in a way that empowers staff members to tailor the activities to suit the needs of their own school community.

She also works with a variety of youth-based groups that seek to infuse mindfulness into their work with students, such as faith-based organizations, Community Education programs and Park and Recreation education.

The approach that Sarah shares with educators is based on research that has shown a direct link between healthy bodies and healthy minds. With increased physical activity and mindful practices comes a balance of awareness and focus that leads to greater success in school, and in life, for students.Sarah is also an AADP certified Health Coach, a certified Yoga Calm Youth Instructor

Sarah is also an AADP certified Health Coach, a certified Yoga Calm Youth Instructor, and Satya Worldwide certified Mindfulness Instructor for Children.

Kaye Standke

209aKaye Standke is forever grateful for the benefits yoga provides her with on a daily basis.

Kaye is so happy to be a part of the Yoga Calm family.  Kaye teaches yoga to a wide range of students from preschool age to adult and everyone in between.  She is currently teaching yoga Calm at a Children’s Hospital Mental Health Units, and doing short sessions at local schools within the classroom setting.

215Kaye is a 200 hour registered yoga instructor since 2006.  In addition Kaye has been a special education teacher for the past 11 years, and has received her masters degree in School Counseling in 2013.  She is currently working part time as a school counselor, and her new full time plus job of “mommy” keeps her busy and content.

You can catch Kaye teaching yoga at preschools, schools, hospital, Corepower Yoga Edina, and Blooma Minneapolis on a regular basis.

Jennifer Brandt, E-RYT 200, RYT 500

273aMy yoga practice is rooted in the belief that developing a deeper, more meaningful relationship with one’s self will lead to a life of happiness. Using Yoga Calm’s integrative approach, I design group classes and individual programs that focus on the whole child. A mindful yoga practice allows one to evolve physically, emotionally and mentally and find more comfort, acceptance, peace and meaning in life.277

I completed the Yoga Center of Minneapolis’ 200 hour teacher training in 2009 and went on to receive my Yoga Calm® Youth Instructor certification in 2013. I am also a certified Yin Yoga teacher, Meditation teacher and Restorative Yoga teacher. I am currently enrolled in Yoga Norths 500 hour teacher training with an expected graduation date of June 2015.

Hospital Residencies

Chrissy Mignogna, ERYT 200

328338Chrissy is a Certified Yoga Calm Trainer and instructor. She trains teachers to use the Yoga Calm curriculum in their classrooms. She also teaches Yoga Calm in adolescent and children’s mental health units at University of Minnesota Medical Center and visits various schools as a resident Yoga Calm teacher. Chrissy also teaches adults and seniors yoga through her company, Winged Heart Yoga.

Cori Levin

226207aCori is an independent and creative teacher who imparts her passion to her students and clients in the community. She relates to her students in a caring and nurturing way, helping them tap into their own hearts for healing. She brings forward a free spirited approach to her family and work, which serves as the foundation of her practice.

Cori attends births as a birth doula. To complement her prenatal teaching, she incorporates Thai Yoga Bodywork and Reiki Master trained credentials as essential components of the healing process.

Advisory Team

Lynn Hernandez

319aLynn has worked in public education for over 20 years as an elementary teacher, assistant principal, and is currently a principal in the Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan school district. She has a bachelor degree in Business Administration-Management from the University of Texas at Arlington, a teaching license from Concordia University-Oregon, and  a master’s in Education and an Administrative license from Hamline University. She is also a certified Yoga Calm instructor and is certified at the 200 hour level in Soma Yoga.  Lynn is committed to educating adults and youth about the transformative and healing power of yoga.

Julie Delene

Julie Delene Black&WhiteJulie Delene provides a proven, powerful approach to strengthen, energize and align business leaders and teams. She synthesizes more than two decades as a strategic management consultant with extensive studies in mindfulness and ballroom dance. Her fresh approach brings clarity, inspiration, fun and awareness within ourselves for enhanced relationships and teamwork. It aligns vision and purpose, while co-creating a new dance of interconnection.

Jackie Levin, M.A.

Leadership Guide | Professional Development Program Designer | Social Entrepreneur

Jackie Levin BWWorking in business and public education settings over the past 39 years, Jackie Levin has designed a wealth of products and programs that inspire individuals and teams to bring their full expression into “work life” and “life work.” In 1985 Jackie co-founded AbleNet, Inc. and led the development of assistive technology products and curriculum that has provided a means of independence and fulfillment for individuals with disabilities worldwide.

In 2004 Jackie co-designed The Butterfly Peace Path labyrinth with William Grace Frost. Jackie’s Butterfly Peace Path curricular resources and collaborative partnerships with public schools and non-profit organizations have created a powerful context for educators, families, social service providers, and clients to foster learning and wellness through stress reduction, conflict resolution, life balance and healing.

Jackie’s work to engage urban and suburban youth (elementary through high school age) and young adults in transition is evident through programs she has designed and implemented with hundreds of individuals over the past nine years. She currently co-convenes the SANKOFA  Leadership Group for middle school African American girls.

Pati Richards

281aPati has worked in the school district in Minnesota for over 15 years as a licensed Parent Educator and has been a Family Literacy Coordinator for over 10 years.  She is a certified Yoga Calm Instructor, has studied yoga in both India and the US where she has completed her 235hr Yoga Teacher Training,  340 hour Yoga Teacher Training, and Yoga Therapy with Dr Indu Arora.  She has also been trained in Pre-Natal Yoga, is a Reiki Master, Studied Thai Yoga Bodywork both in Minnesota and Thailand, has an Ayuvedic Certification, and studied Essential Oils through Normandale and C.A.R.E.  She enjoys working with both children and adults in private and group settings, runs kid’s yoga camps, and continuing learning new ideas to strengthen her teaching.

Rudolph John Rousseau III

Rudy Black&WhiteEmpowering African American youth and their families is trulyRudy Rousseau’s life work.  His community involvement reflects this commitment.  Rudy is currently Director of School Success Programs, Children and Family Services at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.  In addition, for the past 23 years, Rudy has led the development and implementation of Wilder’s Kofi Services, a culturally specific, school and home-based program developed to increase the positive functioning of African-American and Hmong youth.

Rudy has been providing therapy to families and individuals for over 30 years, through his private practice with J. Taborn & Associates.  Rudy Rousseau is a leader, a community-builder, a compassionate advocate, and a lover of life.

Nimi Singh, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Nimi Photo BWNimi is an Assistant professor and Division Head of Adolescent Health and Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. She received her medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, did a residency in Pediatrics and International Child Health at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland Ohio. She holds two Masters degrees, one in Medical Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University and one in Public Health from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she completed her training with a fellowship in Adolescent medicine. Since completing her medical training, she has pursued training in a number of Integrative medicine therapies, including in Functional Medicine, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Health Realization, Yoga Calm, and Food as Medicine.  In 2006, she received board certification in Integrative Medicine.