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Yoga Teachers

Ellen McKenzie

Introduced to yoga as teenager, I began a casual love affair with asana. It was in my early 20’s that I dedicated myself more seriously to my practice. As I continued to study and exposed myself to senior and master teachers, my practice and and my sense of self began to shift.

Brady G.

Brady was introduced to yoga as a supplement to benefit his athletic training many years ago. After a career as a division 1 and professional athlete, he finds his practice to be healing yet challenging to both the body and mind. Brady's passion and desire to help others guided him to pursue his 200 hr certification in summer of 2015. You can expect a dynamic and uplifiting class that will leave in a state of vitality. Brady is a student of all schools of yoga and is extremely honored to have the opportunity to share your yoga journey. 

Bria M.

Bria views Yoga as a way of life that can help bring balance to busy lifestyles.  She began practicing Yoga five years ago when she was in college.  She found Yoga helped manage her stress and was a great counterbalance to running and weightlifting.  Yoga has helped her maintain strength and flexibility, it challenges her to try new things and it allows her to be still and soft at times.  Yoga has helped her to be more mindful in all that she does.

Clint V.

Clint VanEgeren is a certified yoga instructor and an ordained monk in the Zen Buddhist tradition.  He has been studying yoga and meditation since 1996.  Clint also spent time as a resident at the Sivananda Ashram and was the head yoga instructor at Zen Mountain Center and Upaya Zen Center.  He aims to bring forth the most effective spiritual technologies from both the Zen and Yoga schools. His goal is to make them practical and understandable in order to awaken and transform our lives. 

Cricket R.

Cricket Redman teaches a strong hatha yoga with a blend of flow and form using breath as the guide.  Her classes are accessible for beginners and allow experienced practitioners to push their practice to new levels of awareness and strength. She teaches with body-positive, empowering language. Cricket hopes that the sequences reveal the inner landscape of the body so that students develop an understanding and acceptance of their internal environment–both body and mind attuned to the seasons and weather that take place within.

Heather K.

Heather Keeler credits yoga for all things good in this world, "yoga makes me right, yoga makes the world right." As a student of yoga for over 18 years, her background is right with teachers including Bikram, Baron Baptiste, Seane Corn, Brian Kest and many others. 

The goal of yoga is to create space, alignement and oneness with the mind, body and soul. Her practice will leave you light and renuvenated. 

Heather is thankful for every day on.the.mat,, "It is an honor and priviledge to be abe to teach and be taught."

Jamie Healy

Jamie took her first yoga class while living in Seattle in 2002 to help with anxiety and has been practicing every since.  She has a deep respect for the ability of the human body to heal itself and has seen firsthand what a consistent yoga and meditation practice can do to calm the mind and deepen the connection to self and others.  Jamie's classes encourage students to cultivate stability and space in the body.  With a focus on alignment and breath awareness, expect a heart centered practice designed to facilitate inquiry, growth, and trans

Jessica S.

Jessica Steffens has been dedicated to her yoga practice since 2000 and guiding others in yoga since 2006.  She studied first in Mexico focusing on Iyengar alignment techniques and then journeyed to Thailand were she worked with Ashtanga inspired teachers.  She leads a powerful Vinyasa flow that brings heat while attending to alignment.  Jessica emphasizes precision over perfection and seamlessly integrates movement and breathing.  

Jillian J.

Jillian completed her 500-hour certification in Alignment Yoga in October 2014.  Also a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at UW-Madison, the intellectual trajectory of the Alignment philosophy has allowed her the opportunity to fuse her passion for yoga with her academic interests.  Celebrating the revolutionary potential of yoga, Jillian encourages practitioners to develop strategies for cultivating healthy relationships in their everyday lives through collective breath and physical movement.  

Julia

Julia began practicing Pilates nearly ten years ago as a conditioning regimen for her dance training.  She graduated from UW-Madison in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Dance and a Pilates certificate. Her varied background in dance and movement investigation has brought her to the belief that healing the mind and body is often attained through movement. Julia’s approach focuses on proper alignment and encourages full body awareness. She is continuously inspired by how Pilates stabilizes and restores the body.

Kaila P.

Kaila has been serving the Madison area as a yoga teacher, personal trainer and group fitness instructor full-time since 2011. Kaila believes that health and fitness should have a multifaceted approach so that every client achieves balance and a well-rounded routine that remains engaging over time.

Kalista L.

Kalista first started taking yoga classes in high school after a wrist injury left her no longer able to play rugby. She was looking for another form of movement-based activity when she decided to try out yoga, instantly falling in love. The classes were both fun and empowering and always left her feeling super blissful and radiant afterwards.

Kelly O.

Kelly Otto has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. She is a certified yoga instructor through Tias Little’s Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, NM. She is pursuing her 500-hour certification with Prajna as well as a therapeutic massage licensure. 

Kelsey M.

Kelsey has been teaching yoga and Pilates for five years, and practicing for nearly ten. As in instructor, Kelsey strives to educate and enable participants to cultivate a deeper sense of awareness, connection and control within their own bodies. She believes the work of yoga and Pilates has the power to change a persons's experience of their body from the inside out. 

 

Kim K.

Kim received her training from 200 hour to 1000 hour Yoga Therapy training at the International SomaYoga Institute in Duluth, MN.  She has been on a path to help facilitate greater wellbeing through the various modalities of working with the mind, body, emotions, being, relationships, and the environment. Her passion for understanding how these practices work led her to study them through her PhD in Human Science.  Her aim is to increase our ability to be compassionately present with integrity as we become aware of new truths with the expansion of our perceptions and skills.  

Lynn R.

Looking for a way to reduce stress and attracted by the physical postures of yoga, Lynn began her yogic journey in 2000.  Then in 2006 she received Yoga Alliance Certification at the 200 hour level.  Lynn has been blessed with the opportunity to study with many inspiring teachers, including Beryl Bender Birch, Richard Rosen, Annie Carpenter, Desiree Rumbaugh, Sri Arun, and Saul David Raye.  But two teachers stand out for Lynn who continually offer their deep knowledge and wisdom of the yogic path: Gabriel Halpern and Tias Little.  She believes that studying with either one is like returning

Manisha B.

Raised in India, Manisha has been exposed to yoga as a spiritual path and a lifestyle choice. While modern yoga is becoming more of an exercise choice, the contemporary definition of yoga that resonates most with her is that - Yoga is a timeless technology for well-being!

Manisha studied Hatha yoga both in India and America, which gives her a unique understanding of this ancient path as it continues to evolve. She received her 200 and 500 hr. certification from Alignment Yoga with Scott Anderson and is currently registered at the E-500 RYT level.

Marina K.

Marina is a world traveler and yoga teacher with over a decade of experience. She has a deep passion for exploration of different aspects of human existence through the practice of yoga and meditation. She sees yoga and mindfulness as ways to tap into an ancient wisdom of body and soul and to uncover the self-healing potential that all of us possess. 

Nicki C.

Nicki began to explore meditation and yoga in 1996.  She has been teaching yoga in Madison since 2005. Nicki encourages students of all ages and levels to explore their mind, body and spirit in her classes and apply lessons learned in the 'real world' (outside of the studio).  Physical postures, breath work and mantra are often incorporated into her classes to allow for a blissful experience.  

Sarah C.

Sarah first discovered Pilates and yoga as an effective and enjoyable way to exercise and manage stress, and began practicing regularly five years ago. Her favorite part of teaching is watching participants gain strength and confidence in their practice, and helping people cultivate mindfulness. Sarah strives to help her participants of all experience levels delve a little deeper into their own practice by making each class fun and safe!

Sasha

I began practicing yoga in 2011 to combat the stress of college. Never graceful, and with zero body awareness, I blundered through all of the teacher’s elegant, circulating flows in my first classes (in socks on the entire time).

Tammy G.

Tammy started practicing yoga as a form of exercise and quickly appreciated the mental, emotional, and spiritual impacts of the practice as well. Yoga has played a vital role in her life by supporting high points and joys and especially in maintaining balance, stability, and transformation during challenging times. Tammy completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Prairie Yoga with Ellen McKenzie and is honored and excited to share her love of yoga with her students.

Tom S.

Tom has been practicing yoga for 6 years.  He originally came to the practice to alleviate pain, and quickly found the relief he had sought.  In addition to physical strength, he also found that regular yoga practice calms the mind.  Tom is honored to share the gift of yoga with others.