Jude Ortiz, RYT-200



Jude Ortiz, RYT-200


Jude first began practicing yoga while recovering from knee surgery. His asana practice at that time helped him regain full strength and mobility in his knee, showing him the powerful healing and transformative potential of yoga. Later, he discovered acroyoga and the joys of community, collaborative learning, and non-verbal communication that accompany this form of partner yoga. He soon fused his love of this form with his love for teaching by leading classes at an independent K-12 school with an “unschooling” philosophy, teaching students ranging from 5 to 17 years of age.

Jude completed his 200-hour yoga teacher training at Nature Yoga Sanctuary in Chicago in March 2014 and returned to his beloved Minneapolis in August 2014. He then completed his Yin Yoga Level 1 and 2 trainings with Michelle Pietrzak-Wegner at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis in April 2015.

Jude has taught classes and workshops in vinyasa flow, hatha, yin, acroyoga, partner yoga, and other forms. Overall, he enjoys facilitating accessible classes that create safer practicing environments for each of his students, taking into account differing physical abilities, body types, backgrounds/histories, genders, and needs.



Yin Yoga Teacher Training Levels I & II with Michelle Pietrzak-Wegner, Yoga Center of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 2015

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification, Nature Yoga, Chicago, Illinois, March 2014

Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid Certification, American Heart Association, May 2014

Select Workshops:

  • Minneapolis Yoga Conference, April 2015 (various workshops attended)

  • Acroyoga Weekend Immersion (“Acrogasm”), March 2015

  • Acroyoga Weekend Retreat, August 2012, August 2014, August 2015

  • Yin Yoga, Tania Hughes, March 2014, June 2014

  • Popping” (Acroyoga), Sarah Yovovich, May 2014

  • Teaching Yoga to Children, Mira Binzen, April 2014

  • Teaching Yoga to Children, Adolescents, & Teens, Carla Tantillo, March 2014

  • Pre-natal Yoga, Cassie Rodgers, March 2014

  • Anatomy for Yoga (Sessions 1–3), Rich Logan, January–February 2014

  • Acroyoga, Paula Bui & Tatiana Sanchez, January 2014

  • Handstands, Sarah Yovovich, January 2014

  • Creative Yoga Sequencing, Wade Gotwals, November 2013




  • Yess Yoga, December 2015–present
  • Yoga Sol, June 2015–present
  • Svasti Yoga, November 2014–present
  • Calhoun Beach Club, September 2014–present

Substitute Instructor

  • One Yoga, January 2016–present
  • Solcana Yoga and Wellness, July 2015–present
  • Ivy Spa Club, September 2014–present