Thermaculture Thursday

at Hewing Hotel

Recent science delivers report after report in support of generations of the well-known health benefits discovered by the world’s many thermic bathing traditions. From Finnish Sauna to the Yucatan’s Temazcal traditions – a wide swath of sweat practices we like to call thermaculture. The science also confirms the more radical claims of cold or cryotherapy – particularly in direct conjunction with the various forms of thermaculture. A secret no more, but still The Truth. Enjoy YOUR weekly dose of thermaculture at its finest. Come meet other enthusiasts between hot/cold rounds and learn a few tips to get the most out of your next thermic bathing experience.

Happier Hour co-hosted by Stokeyard Outfitters and local wellness expert program partners.

Hewing Hotel

If Minnesotans are one thing, they are a society of hearty, outdoor-loving enthusiasts who find ways to embrace the extreme climate changes found in the north. The Hewing Hotel’s rooftop and sauna and Soaking pool was inspired by the Nordic sauna tradition with a modern twist. 


  • Hosted experience (Sauna Meister on hand to ensure optimal sauna conditions that expose guests to the full mental, physical and social benefits of the thermic bathing experience.
  • Hewing Robes (only available during office hours), outdoor Yoga mats, and towels available for check out.
  • Access to Cold Plunge – for full hot/cold conditioning 
  • Access to Rooftop Bar and Lounge (ask upon checkin if you’d like to pre-order your meal or drinks post sauna session).

What to know:

* Must be 21 years of age or older to be on the rooftop.

* Locker room and showers available.

* Bathing suit mandatory (we aren’t in Finland).

* Flip flops recommended to enhance and prolong your outdoor, winter rooftop patio and lounge experience.

* Please rinse in the shower before using the sauna and/or pool.

Special Guests

August 22 with Sarah Zuber

Sarah Zuber (E-RYT, RYT-500, YACEP) is a yoga and meditation teacher based in Minneapolis. With more than a decade of dedicated practice and 6 years of teaching, Sarah is passionate about sharing the ancient teachings of yoga to promote well-being and presence this modern life. She seeks to bring herself and her clients to an awake and embodied way of being. 



Trained in a traditional Hatha practice she now specializes  in trauma informed yoga, using the grounding and awareness tools from yoga to support mind-body healing and teaches for The Emily Program (eating disorder treatment) and Terra Firma, a small women-owned trauma-focused yoga business. Sarah also teaches at Green Lotus Yoga and Healing Center (Mendota Heights & Lakeville), Healing Elements (St. Paul), Art Heals (a expressive arts therapy private practice), and is starting a new collaboration with Soma Studios in NE Minneapolis. She teaches public classes (yin, nidra, hatha, vinyasa), works with individual clients, and offers trainings and workshops locally with specialities on body image, the science of breath, trauma & resilience, energetics, mindfulness meditation and more.

August 29  
Cindy Vavra,
ZeSa CEO & Co-Founder Lexi Bernauer, Lead Group Instructor
Sally Sparby, Life Support Health

This session is all about balance. 
Enjoy a light introduction to ZeSa balance equipment between your sauna and cold plunge rounds and discuss lifestyle balance with health coach Sally Sparby while enjoying rooftop views and sauna steam.  



ZeSa® Fitness – a new Minneapolis fitness company, is based upon its newly patented ZeSa Activator Training platforms. ZeSa Fitness’ equipment and core techniques differentiate it from all other programs to take physical training to a new level. ZeSa’s unique focus on balance and functional conditioning redefines strength as the maximum recruitment of ALL muscles, including primary, secondary and tertiary. Don’t let that intimidate you, though, as ZeSa devices are a series of progressive levels, and are designed to accommodate ALL fitness levels from young athletes to active aging adults, and you’ll have the opportunity to play with and balance on ZeSa Activators and Stimulators in between and after your sauna sessions.

The ZeSa Fitness Studio located at 1024 Washington Ave. South (street level shops of
Bridgewater Lofts) and more information can be found at

Sally Sparby – has been a licensed counselor since 2011 focusing on addictions and mental health.  She has practiced in a number of settings, including private practice, EAP, and in the Minnesota prison system.  In the beginning, Sally followed the traditional model of counseling, but along the way life presented opportunities for her to veer off the beaten path.  Ever since, she has begun to incorporate a number of holistic modalities aimed at healing the mind, body, and spirit.   Sally has completed Reiki level I and II training and is also a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach.

Sept 5 with Nic Zahasky

A life long gastronome and once corporate executive chef, Nic  has cooked for many elite figures such as Madeline Albright, Micheal Pollan, Arun Gandhi, Wailin’ Jennys, the King and Queen of Norway and Five for Fighting, along with independent contracting for the bullet proof executive, Dave Asprey and the elite PrimalHacker, Thaddeus Owens. 

Sept 12th with JC Lippold, Dr. Matt Weist and Dr. Andy Sector from the Center of Movement

Enjoy sauna and soaking on the rooftop while JC, Dr. Matt & Dr. Andy will be on hand to guide participants through a series of poses and breathing techniques from the Foundation Training methodology, a system aimed at correcting imbalances and improving posture.



J.C. is passionate about constructing safe spaces for people to sweat and connect in. Hailing from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, J.C. is a yoga, meditation & fitness facilitator, voice and theatre coach & an ambassador for lululemon and Fitbit. When asked why he loves to sweat, J.C. said, “It is the best reminder of my greatest capacities… My capacity to work, to want, to care, to fight, to love, to have positive perspective, to laugh and to give everything that I have.” You can find J.C. on the daily at Orangetheory Fitness in Edina.

The Center of Movement is a group of Chiropractic and Massage Therapy clinics in the Twin Cities focused on educating and empowering patients to take back control of their health.

Oct 3 with Danielle Jokinen and Kristina Luby

Take a journey of the senses with Danielle and Kristina of Minnesota Power Yoga at the sauna and rooftop at the Hewing Hotel. You will enjoy three guided sauna sessions incorporating meditation and essential oils that will leave you feeling awakened, invigorated, and relaxed. Learn how essential oils can be used to impact your senses, your physical body, and your life. In between and after the sessions, you will have the opportunity to cool off in the spa pool, try and buy essential oils, grab a drink with friends, and enjoy a spectacular view of the Minneapolis skyline.



Danielle Jokinen – Baptiste Yoga changed her life, and she is committed to sharing the practice (asana, meditation, and inquiry) with the world. MInnesota Power Yoga is a Baptiste Affiliate studio. She also supports She Africa Yoga Project (AYP) by bringing YOD trainings to Kenya. Her mission is to educate and inspire all to be their true, authentic selves and live in optimal health and happiness. When she is not in the studio, she loves spending time with her daughter and boyfriend, being outside in nature, and making food for friends and family! 

Kristina Luby – Kristina is a Yoga and Barre instructor who teaches classes that empower, inspire, challenge, and leave each student feeling better and sweatier than when they stepped into the room.  She specializes in Baptiste Power Yoga, YOD (HIIT), Barre, Restorative, and Essential Oils classes. Practicing and teaching yoga has empowered her to define and focus on the things that matter most to her: family, friends, love, connection, growth, health, and happiness. Beyond yoga, she is inspired by her baby boy, Ned. He is expressive, loud, curious, playful, and snuggly. She strives to create a world for him and for everyone that is full of love, compassion, joy, and support.

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