Carly Hopper, Fitness and Wellness Program Coordinator

| Staff

Address: 1410 Highland Center
Phone: 507-389-3269

Carly coordinates the Fitness and Wellness Programs in Campus Recreation. She oversees group exercise classes, personal training, fitness assessments, exercise plans, equipment orientations, scheduling fitness certifications and continuing education workshops on campus, aquatics programming for open and lap swim, and hires and trains students to work in these program areas.



  • BS in Health Education and minors in Psychology and Sociology at Mayville State University, Mayville, ND


  • MS in Community Health at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN


  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
  • Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Group Exercise Instructor with National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)
  • Certified Group Exercise Instructor with American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • Competed a Fitness Nutrition Specialist Certification through ACE
  • Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT® 200), Registered Yoga Teacher 500 (RYT® 500),and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider® (YACEP®) all through the Yoga Alliance
  • American Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid instructor


  • Employed in Higher Education at Minnesota State Mankato since 2008 in a variety of roles:
    • Student Health Services
    • adjunct instructor in Human Performance and Honors Departments
    • currently working in Campus Recreation
  • Adjunct instructor in the Health and Human Performance Department at South Central College, North Mankato, MN
  • Owner of Sun Moon Yoga, LLC in Mankato, MN
  • Lead yoga retreat in Bali, Indonesia
  • Presented at the Minneapolis Yoga Conference
  • Experience teaching group exercise classes for 20+ years


When Carly is not on campus working, you’ll find her at a baseball field watching her son play, with her daughter paddle boarding or hiking, at home reading a book, exploring the world with friends, chilling with her cats and partner, practicing yoga and meditation, and eating donuts.

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