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New Year's Detox at HeartSpace

January 1, 2015 from 10am to 11am
New Year’s Detox Thursday, January 1st10:00 AM HeartSpace - Thiensville122 Green Bay RoadSuite…See More


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The Milwaukee Art Museum and omTownYogis Present Yoga @ the Museum

Next class is on Sat., January 24, 8:15 - 9:30 am (doors open @ 7:45) taught by PJ Heffernan of PJ's Yogashala.

General admission is free while donations are encouraged at the $15 level. Proceeds benefit the Museum and our Annual Grant Fund. With your donation of $15 or more you will get all day access to the Museum. Credit cards will be accepted at the event. Please bring your own mat (though a limited number of mats are available to borrow). Arriving early and pre-registering are highly recommended. Reserve your spot today by pre-registering online here. Pre-Registrations are now taken only online (requiring donation) until 5 pm the Friday evening just before the event. Walk-ins are always welcome!

Q&A: Shayna Broadwell

1. What brought you to the practice of yoga?
I had done some yoga before, but it really stuck when I was in a job and a city that I did not like; overall I was unhappy with myself and my life. Yoga liberated me. I realized through my practice that I didn’t have to alter my outside environment to find happiness. Although I did ultimately leave that job and city the transition was completely different than any other I had experienced before. Ultimately it brought me home.

2. Who are some of your yoga teachers?
My most influential teacher is Jonny Kest. He is who I studied with and did my teacher training with. Through my teacher training I also got to study Yin with Paul Grilley which was the perfect compliment to the Yang of Jonny. Seane Corn is another teacher that I have found influential in her ability to speak and inspire through words.

3. How would you describe the form of yoga you teach currently?
I teach mostly a vinyasa style practice, power, flow, breath... but I also love the stillness in Yin.

4. Where do you teach?
My home studio is Core Essence Yoga.  

{Click here for more Shayna...}


1. What brought you to the practice of yoga?

I have always had a curiosity about and an inclination for physical movement practices and an interest in health. I took my first formal yoga class as an undergraduate dance major in Chicago. The only thing I remember learning are the Sun Salutations, but what stuck was the happiness and peacefulness I felt after leaving the class.


2. Who are some of your yoga teachers?  

The teacher that had the first and biggest influence on me was Christina Sell. I used to take classes from her in a small studio in Arizona before she was internationally recognized. Other local teachers who have influenced me are Sarah Filzen, Peggy Hong and my fellow teachers. And I am hugely inspired by the Iyengar lineage.


3. How would you describe the form of yoga you teach currently? 

Alignment based hatha yoga with an emphasis on injury prevention and recovery.


4. Where do you teach?

I currently teach yoga at Invivo Wellness and independently. I am also a certified Pilates teacher and offer yoga and pilates class at the Teva Pilates studio at the JCC. Other than teaching I am a full time Physical Therapist Assistant and offer classes in the PT clinic. {CLICK FOR MORE PAULA...}


omToan Yogis is happy to announce September's Yoga @ the Museum teacher is Lynn Reif, owner of Ashtanga Circle. Learn more about Lynn at the Ashtanga Circle web site and here with omTown Yogis' 10 Q's...

1. What brought you to the practice of yoga?   

Fate, and a fascination with balance...

2. Who are some of your yoga teachers?  

There have been many generous teachers in my experience. Those on the top of that list that have embedded their voice, expanded my horizon, passed no judgment, and stabilized the ground underneath me are: Sri K Pattabhi Jois, Sri OP Tiwari, Abdi Assadi, Eddie Stern, Tim Miller, Paul Dallaghan, and Peter Sanson. It’s very important to stay connected with a teacher. When that teacher appears, I have found I am utterly teachable. I show up and instinctively, there is trust. There is an attitude of surrender. There is respect. There is humility. I resign all conceptions of what I want, and just focus on honoring the suggestions. I’ve learn what the right amount feels like, not only for today, but what will sustain a lifetime of practice. Which I can say has been a very constructive attitude to bring to the mat! Currently,  I take annual study retreats with Peter Sanson, as often as possible, wherever he may be on the globe. I have found the teacher-student relationship is imperative for long term success. It definitely keeps me rooted when I work with others, and provides the salve and humility required to keep my intentions clear, heart wide open.


3. How would you describe the form of yoga you teach currently?  

I teach a traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, as taught within the lineage of Sri Krishnamacharya, specifically through Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, that promotes comprehensive, undiluted, ongoing yoga practice.

{More Q's with Lynn...}


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    Q&A with MARY FREEMAN about her newest creation, BRANCH 8, bringing Yoga to Milwaukee Children 1 Yoga Suit at a Time

    Tell us what inspired creating Branch 8 and the Yoga Suit...
    In 2009, I founded the Milwaukee Yoga Movement. Our mission is to bring Yoga to public school students, beginning in urban areas. We taught Yoga to over 850 public school students in 23 locations in less than 2 years. However, in 2011 the funds I brought to the organization were spent, and a fundraiser we had was less than successful. I decided it was time to rest, reorganize, and realize how MYM could become self sustaining without donations.

    In Spring of 2013, I was introduced to an Amazing brother/sister design team from New York. I was in awe of their synergy and level understanding of architectural design and its relationship to clothing and handbags, which is remarkably displayed in their own collection.
    They agreed to become part of my design team that would create a one piece Yoga Suit that would be beautiful and functional both on and off the mat. 
    The idea evolved into our 11 piece Collection we call Branch 8, and for every suit sold, a child would receive a Yoga class.
    Branch 8 was named in honor of Samadhi, the 8th limb in Ashtanga Yoga. Samadhi is a state of mind in which a person is fully conscious and alert to the understanding that we are all connected. With that profound understanding comes a feeling of Pure Joy. Branch 8's abstract design of the Red Dragon symbolizes Power, Strength and Good Fortune to all who are worthy of it.



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    Yoga Mats to heal trauma- Be the Change Global Wellness

    Posted by Joelle Ottoson on August 29, 2014 at 11:44pm 2 Comments

    Please Help! Be the Change Global wellness has a project coming up in Peurto Rico with CASA, helping boys who have been removed from the home due to abuse. As part of the healing from Trauma project we will be doing yoga but we need Yoga Mats! Please consider donating a yoga Mat:
    Donate yogaMats to: BTC c/o CASA Po Box 127
    Aguas Buenas PR 00703 OR Be the Change Global Wellness 524 Milwaukee Street #207 Delafield, WI 53018

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