Knotty Yoga Staff


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Lauren Kettner

Lauren Kettner is thrilled to join the Knotty Yoga community. She has been dancing for over 20 years. Her early training began at Mercerart Dance in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz and at Cornish College of the Arts Preparatory Dance Program. Lauren’s beginnings in aerial and acrobatic movement were entirely by accident, with a good handstand at an audition. Lauren then went on to spend a year working with AMBEA Aerial and Acrobatic Dance (now Aerial Dance Chicago), learning trapeze and acrobatic dance. She has also studied with Sam Alvarez (Cirque du Soliel, Cavalia), Circus School of Arizona, Marshall Garfield, and at SANCA. Lauren graduated summa cum laude from ASU with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and also holds a B.S. from UW in Mathematics and Economics. Lauren strives to combine her passions for movement, art, structure, and entrainment in all her performances. Her choreography on the floor and in the air uses her strong ballet and modern training with her love of the fantastic. She has danced with Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre, ARC Dance, and The Cabiri. From 2010 to 2014 Lauren was the Dance Captain and a principle performer for The Cabiri. Currently she is on staff at SANCA and enjoys drumming for Elliott Bay Pipe Band and hanging with her ridiculously cute pug mix in her free time.

Mason Bendixen

Mason Bendixen is the owner and creator of Knotty Yoga. A life long athlete, Mason began training with Lara Paxton in 2004 and completed the Ana Forrest Foundation Teacher Training in 2006. Mason has been teaching aerial acrobatics, yoga, and fitness for years. Mason participated as both an organizer and performer in Circus of Dreams and Aerlift. Mason is a Licensed Massage Practitioner and has studied extensively in Thai Massage both locally and at the Sunshine School, ITM, and Loi Kroh in Thailand. Mason created Knotty Yoga as a mixture of aerial acrobatics, yoga, strength training, and Thai Massage.