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Carolyn Ripp, or CJ Ripp as she also goes by, has owned The Nest Studio in Cloquet’s West End Historic District for almost ten years. Carolyn met her husband in Utica, New York, working at St. Joe’s Hospital, and later moved to Duluth, Minnesota. Carolyn moved to Cloquet in 1994 with her husband, who was employed at Community Memorial Hospital. They chose Cloquet to raise their children and be proximate to schools and sporting facilities.
Her yoga journey started by teaching fitness classes in the late 1980s. She is a Registered Nurse and obtained her Master in Health Education and Wellness from UMD. She is a RYT-500 (Registered Yoga teacher with over 500 hours of training), ACE Certified Fitness Instructor, and Usui Reiki 2 Certified. She particularly enjoys helping those injured or recovering post-surgery heal effectively through yoga. She has found her RN background and depth of medical knowledge on the parasympathetic nervous system particularly useful as a yoga instructor.
She offers a variety of live classes, from chair yoga, basic yoga, and slow flow to advanced yoga, and for established yoga clients, classes can also be accessed via Zoom (and in weather emergencies).
“I love to motivate people to stay active; the calm of yoga drew me in,” said Ripp.
Carolyn has taught yoga at various locations in Cloquet, including the Cloquet Library, Park Avenue Fitness, Evergreen Knoll Senior Living, and WebMed, helping those with addiction get centered and focused on healing. She teaches classes at the local community college FDLTCC.
The meaningful depth of yoga has been Carolyn’s hook. She loves to bring about awareness to help others awaken on the mat.
“Yoga is emotional and body self-care; it’s about breath, awareness of negative self-talk is about release and being your best secure self,” said Ripp. “I love what I do and am passionate about it; my passion is meant to be shared; there is nothing here you can't get in a Hallmark card.”
She teaches 2-3x/day, five times a week. She recently received a grant to help kids utilize yoga classes held at the library. “Yoga is about communication between the body, mind, and heart. I ask my clients to have an open mind and open heart, which will flow communication within their body,” said Ripp. If you’re ready to invest in yourself and commit to attending, check out The Nest's offerings.
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