Ellie Holbrook, MA, LPCC, RYT500 is…

…A Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor:  Ellie counsels women, men, adolescents, and professionals from all walks of life. She is committed to the well-being of her clients and dedicated to helping them meet their unique individual life and wellness goals as they optimize their personal satisfaction in life. As a coach, Ellie specializes in the art of positive living.

…A Registered Yoga Teacher:  Ellie is a certified yoga instructor, registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level.  Ellie’s yoga training is an extensive self-study that also explores different styles of yoga and asana, meditation, energy systems, human anatomy and physiology, ancient texts, and a vast array of philosophical and spiritual beliefs.  Ellie teaches daily yoga and meditation classes at Satsanga, her studio, in Spicer, Minnesota.

…A Co-Founder of Satsanga:  Ellie, and her partner Ashley Christianson, are co-founders of Satsanga, a gathering place in which individuals gather to share the company of the “highest truth” through various means of study, practice, and reflection.  The ultimate goal is to assimilate the meaning of these personal truths into one’s daily life.  At Satsanga, we welcome you to join us in the practices of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Holistic Well-Being.

…A DONA-trained birth doula: Ellie is a DONA-trained birth doula. She is enthusiastic about childbirth, and passionate about supporting expecting women and their families.

Kundalini Yoga Workshop: Relationships

May 27th, 2015

We absolutely fell in love with Jennifer Grant when she visited us last month.  So with open arms and open hearts, we welcome her back for another Kundalini Yoga Workshop…  

“Kundalini Yoga is the fastest way to establish an aligned relationship between the body, mind, and soul.”

- Yogi Bhajan

Our time during this workshop will be specifically focused on supporting you and ALL of your relationships. We’ll spend time learning about our role in our relationships and uncover ways we can enhance our experience.

Kundalini Yoga is known as the “yoga of awareness”. It is a practice that is designed to connect you to your divine truth…Sat Nam. Kundalini Yoga includes mantra, movement, and meditation.

The workshop will open with a short private reflection that will lead into a kriya (set of postures/movements) to clear and release the blocks holding you from the relationships you truly desire.  It will also include guided journal exercises along with class discussion and connection – to support our new awareness with building relationships.

The workshop is perfect for beginners and advanced yogis alike! Absolutely no yoga experience is required for this practice. This workshop is a perfect fit if you are ready to say yes to understanding relationships on a fuller and deeper level.


Relationship with Self. Relationship with Others. Relationship with Spirit/God/Universe.



Saturday, June 20th, 9-11:30am.  Satsanga in Spicer, MN

 Space is limited. Advance registration is required. $40/person  Use this (copy and paste) to register:  http://tinyurl.com/KYSP620

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Good vs Bad

May 20th, 2015

As many of you are aware, I am a yoga instructor at the yoga studio that I co-own in Spicer.  And for the last past nine months, I have been teaching a yoga class that is just for kids.  In this class, not only do we “do yoga”, but we also discuss some very relevant and important life issues that our little ones face on a day-to-day basis.

In our discussion, a common theme that the young ones bring up nearly every week is the negativity that they encounter, in some form, on an everyday basis.  More specifically, the kids want to talk about the disagreements they have had with their peers, bullying on the playground and in the hallways, perceived injustice in the classroom, troubles at home, and their own unsettling thoughts and feelings about themselves and others. 

After allowing these sweet children time to verbalize and process their concerns amongst themselves, they are always encouraged to look for the value of the hardship, whether that is the lesson that was learned, the positive intention behind their actions despite the outcome, how they may have done well in an otherwise difficult situation, or something else entirely that can highlight the silver lining amongst the clouds. 

In these weekly conversations, the children and I regularly discuss the power of both positive and negative energy and the impact that our thoughts, feelings, and actions have on ourselves and others, whether we realize it or not.    And so to bring to life the impact that our energies have on the world around us, we conducted a bit of a science experiment for an entire month.

In our experiment, we took an apple.  And we cut that apple into halves.  One half was labeled The Good Apple, the other half, The Bad Apple.

We then wrapped them the apple halves in plastic to preserve them somewhat, and we talk to talked to them for a month. To The Good Apple, we said only things that were kind, loving, supportive and encouraging.  To The Bad Apple, we talked trash, making insensitive and disparaging comments, and directin any and all negative energy that we could muster up toward that poor Bad Apple.  

We did this every day, for four weeks. 

And what do you think happened?    The Bad Apple, or the recipient of our negativity, rotted significantly faster than The Good Apple (If you are a skeptic, I would be delighted and honored to show you photos). 

And what an enlightening lesson this was for the kids and I!  How powerful it was to see, right before our very eyes, the impact that the energy we bring forth, the thoughts that we think, and the words that we say, really do hold tremendous power in the way that they affect ourselves and others. 

Let this be a lesson to us all:  Do good, or at the very least, do no harm.  Love, and be loved.  Take care, and be well. 

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Schedule for May 19-May 25th 2015

May 18th, 2015


6.30am-7.30am: Sunrise Yoga

4.30-5.30pm: Lower-Body/Creative-Core



5.30-6.30pm Astanga Flow



5.00pm: Meditation

5:30-6.30pm: Happy Hour



8.30am-9.30am: BodyBlend

10.00-11.00am- Gentle Flow



10.00am-11.00: Saturday Morning Surprise


Please Note that there will be no classes Memorial Day.  Ashley and Ellie will be spending their precious time with their precious loves!

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Sorry, Not Sorry

May 6th, 2015

Unless you are perfect (and let’s face it, who is!?) apologies are a necessary part of life.  It is important to be able to admit our mistakes, and to know how and when to offer a heartfelt and meaningful apology.  But, in my opinion, it is equally important to know when an apology isn’t necessary. 

Here are seven times that you should absolutely stop being sorry for:

Your Feelings:  Having feelings, whatever they are, is not something that we need to apologize for.  What we do with those feelings may require an apology now and then, but having feelings in and of themselves is not right nor wrong, and it is absolutely okay to express them in an appropriate way.  Don’t minimize yourself by apologizing for what you feel.   

Your Appearance:  You are who you are.  What is there to apologize for?  Don’t be so hard on yourself. 

Needing Time Alone:  Taking time for yourself is healthy and necessary.  It is an act of self-care, not selfishness, and it does not require an apology. 

Asking a Question:  We invalidate ourselves when we apologize for posing a question.  And this is silly.  No one expects you to know everything.  If you want or need to know something or you need clarification, just ask. 

Other People’s Behavior:  We cannot control the actions of others.  Therefore, what people say and do is not our responsibility (unless, perhaps, they are our children – then this is parenting).  As such, if someone behaves in a less than desirable way, it is for them to be sorry for, no one else.  

Not Responding Immediately to a Text, Call, or Email:  We are busy people with full lives, and our time is precious.  Do not feel sorry for having a life.  If you need time to get back to someone, for whatever reason that may be, take it.  Perhaps explain these priorities, if necessary, but do not feel badly for having them.  

Circumstances You Can’t Control:  Again, much of what happens in life is not within our control.  If it were, things would not go wrong nearly as often as they do! So, when these situations arise, acknowledge it, but do not take responsibility for something that was not your fault.

Letting go of the impulse to apologize can be difficult, as it can become habitual.  However, it is important to know when it is okay to not be worry.  For when we apologize excessively, we invalidate our own feelings, experiences, and sense of worth. 

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Schedule: May 4th-May 9th

May 3rd, 2015

May 4th, 2015 – May 9th, 2015


After School- 5.00pm:  Yoga for Kids with Ellie- This week we will learn about the Moon!

5.30pm-6.30pm: Hip Openers- Ashley is now offering a Hip Openers ever Monday evening!   Hip Openers is suitable for all levels of students and body types.  This class will place a special emphasis on the lower body, helping open, strengthen, and lengthen the muscles and tissues of the hips, glutes, and legs. 


6.30am-7.30am: Sunrise Yoga with Ellie

4.30-5.30pm: Lower-Body/Creative-Core with Ashley


5.30-6.30pm Astanga Flow- Heat things up with Astanga Yoga!  This dynamic class is challenging yet accessible for all levels of students.  And for those of you that have been curious about Hot Yoga… Do come!  We crank the heat and get sweaty and salty and deliciously dreamy and steamy.


5.00pm: Meditation with Ellie

5:30-6.30pm: Happy Hour with Ellie


8.30am-9.30am: BodyBlend with Ellie

10.00am-11.00am- Gentle Flow with Ellie.  Suitable for all students, this class will flow gently from pose to pose.  If you are pre- or post-natal, this will be the perfect class for you!



9.00am-11.30am:  Kundalini Yoga Workshop:  A journey into the Soul – There is still room to register!

 “Kundalini Yoga is the fastest way to establish an aligned relationship between the body, mind, and soul.”  – Yogi Bhajan

 Kundalini Yoga is known as the “yoga of awareness”.  It is a practice that is designed to connect you to your divine truth…Sat Nam.   Kundalini Yoga includes mantra, movement, and meditation.  The workshop will open with a short private reflection that will lead into a kriya (set of postures/movements) to clear and release the blocks holding you from a life you truly desire.  After you’ve released what is holding you back, you’ll be guided through a kriya that invites you to allow the blessings and guidance to flow freely in your life.  You will experience a deeper connection with yourself and gain clarity for moving forward.  The workshop is perfect for beginners and advanced yogis alike!  Absolutely no yoga experience is required for this practice.  This workshop is a perfect fit if you are ready to say yes to living a happier and more fulfilling life.

 Advance registration is required.  $40.   Email Jen at jennifer@inspiringradiance.com to secure your spot.

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Spring Cleaning

April 21st, 2015

The following reflections were sent to me by one of my best friends.  And as I read it, I could not help but to look at my surroundings, both literally and figuratively.  And as I did, I saw a clean and tidy home with a few messy signs of life scattered about.  Yet, as I looked deeper, inside and out, I could not help but to see the cobwebs and the dirty corners.  So as you read on, I hope you are moved, as I was, to begin to clear the way… 

“We must ask ourselves “Are we  to reflect the world, or is the world to reflect us?” 

The answer is, “both”. 

So with this in mind, ask yourself, “Do my cupboards reveal the state of the world?”  If they are disorderly, they do.  And, of course, orderliness is not everything.  Yet it is something.  And this is a place for us to start if we wish to surpass the world order as it is today.

 While the state of our cupboards and the physical realm in which we dwell is not all that we amount to,  this part of our lives is deserving of attention, and there is certainly no fault in making the physical more compatible with our higher aspirations.  Because, really, this is a simple place to begin.   Start here, in your own space, and finish, today. 

If you open your cupboards and see a mess, then you are long overdue.  If, when you move about your house, your belongings are scattered about, causing you to stumble, fall, or exist around them, move these things now.  Clear your way now and create a smooth path. 

(By now, you likely see the metaphor that has been laid before you.  And hopefully, you also see that there is more to this than the obvious)

 Even so, continue to clear and cleanse.  Wash the windows of your mind, so that you may see.   Ascend from any stuck-ness of the past.  Drop that which you carry, and remove any obstacles in your way, especially those that you impose upon yourself. 

You may not realize it right away, but this congestion does affect you.  You clear your throat, so why would you not clear your life on deeper levels?   To do this, start where you are, and start now.  There is no other time or place to begin.  

If you hope to continue to move forward, you must travel light.  Carry only love and light, and give it away freely as you shed the extra baggage, and you will never be weighted down. 

Many ask as they move through this process, “Which comes first, clarity, or a clear path?” To answer this clear your path first, and you will know.  Some may manage well, even amidst disorder, but why have it this way?  Instead, let go.

…This lesson, of course, is not one of housekeeping.  Rather, it is a lesson of freeing one’s self from riff-raff, baggage, and any weight of the past and moving into the present.  For attachments to the past keep us in this time of never, and prevents us from being in the present, which is the time that it will always be.

So let go of these things and clear them away, so that you may move forward.  Know that what you have in your heart will always be enough now.”

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Calendar of Events: April 20th – April 25th

April 19th, 2015


After School- 5.00pm:  Yoga for Kids with Ellie- This week we will celebrate Earth Day!

5.30pm-6.30pm- Karma Class- Ashley will be offering a free yoga class every Monday during the month of April.  



6.30am-7.30am: Sunrise Yoga with Ellie

4.30-5.30pm: Lower-Body/Creative-Core with Ashley



5.30-6.30pm Astanga Flow- Heat things up with Astanga Yoga!  This dynamic class is challenging yet accessible for all levels of students.  And for those of you that have been curious about Hot Yoga… Do come!  We crank the heat and get sweaty and salty and deliciously dreamy and steamy.


Thursday:  Both classes will be BOGO classes!  Come to class (whether you have been here before or not!) and bring a friend for FREE!

5.00pm: Meditation with Ellie

5:30-6.30pm: Happy Hour with Ellie



8.30am-9.30am: BodyBlend with Ellie

10.00am-11.00am- Gentle Flow with Ellie

5.30pm-10.00pm:  United Way’s Power of the Purse!  The women of Satsanga will be presenting on yoga and meditation.  For more information:  http://liveunitedwcm.org/power-of-the-purse/



Join us in celebration of Earth Day at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center! Ashley and Ellie will have a booth set up for the duration of the day, and we will be teaching a Free Yoga class.  For more details:  www.prairiewoodselc.org

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Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga

April 15th, 2015

Are you pregnant and interested in Prenatal Yoga? Have you recently had a babe? Are you trying for pregnancy and wanting to surround yourself with this powerful energy?

I have had a small handful of mama’s express interest in getting a Prenatal/Postnatal class going, and I would LOVE nothing more than to bring this beautiful energy into the studio!

This would be a 75 minute yogic birthing class that includes asana and breathing techniques to increase strength, flexibility, and stamina during pregnancy and childbirth, movements to help with postpartum recovery, and discussion time to address fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum-specific concerns.

This class is open to women in all stages of conception: prepregnancy, pregnancy, and postpartum.

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Free Consultations

April 9th, 2015

In numerous articles and studies, The American Psychological Association (APA) has reported that one of the most important determining aspects of a client’s success (or lack thereof) in psychotherapy is the therapeutic alliance, or the quality of the relationship between the client and the counselor.  In fact, the APA states that it is “the therapy relationship that accounts for why clients improve (or fail to improve) as much as the particular treatment method.”

Because I have been both a client and a therapist, I both personally and professionally understand the importance of this fit.  It is for this reason that I offer free consultations both over the phone and in person to anyone and everyone that has interest and curiosity about counseling.

If this speaks to you, or someone you know, please do not hesitate to call or email.

Take care.  Be well.  Namaste!

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Practice May Not Make Perfect

April 7th, 2015

“Practice and all is coming.” –K. Pattabhi Jois

In the yogic world, we refer to the act of “doing yoga” as a practice. And it is called a practice for good reason.

For in practice, we recognize that we will never reach perfection. We may become masterful at what we will do, but because we are continuously deepening our practice, we will never master it entirely. Likewise, there will always be something about our practice that is a challenge. For example, while we may have great physical strength, we may struggle with flexibility. Or we may be strong in our poses, but struggle to quiet our minds.

We also call it a practice because in practice, we are not in competition with anyone, including ourselves. There is no final score or an outcome to strive for or attach to. There are no winners, no losers, none that are “better” or “worse” at yoga than others. . Sure, there may be some that more advanced practitioners than others, but this is only because they have been doing the practice longer than those that have just begun. So in practice, we do not focus on being best. Rather, we focus on doing our best, every time we come to our mat.

When practicing yoga, we must also bear in mind that each and every practice will be different for every single person. Some days we will feel strong and execute the poses with strength and grace, while other days we may feel weak, or out of balance. There will be times that our minds are in synch with our movements and the practice is meditative and mentally quiet. And, on the contrary, casino spiele there will be times that the mental practice of the yoga we are doing is a chaotic struggle. Some days, when we practice, we will fall into the poses with fluid flexibility, while others we are stiff, and sore, and in pain. No practice, mentally or physically, will ever be the same.

And perhaps this is the most important reason we refer to “doing” yoga as a practice. We called it a practice because it is about the process that we are engaged in while we are on our mats. It is about what we are doing in that very moment, how we are doing it, and the intention we have brought into our practice. It is about being mindful, doing our best, and letting certain things come and other things go.

And so it is with life, is it not? Life, more than anything, is a practice. For much like yoga, we never exactly master life. We will excel in some areas of life, but we will never reach perfection. Likewise, for any given reason and in any give way, there will be days that feel good, and days that feel bad. There will be times when our best comes naturally to us, and times that we really struggle. Like yoga, life is not a competition and there is no end goal to attach to. Rather, in life, just as in yoga, it is about the life that we are living from moment to moment, how we are living, and the intention and purpose we manifest in the process of living this beautiful thing called life.

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