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YOGA @ THE MUSEUM, SATURDAY feb 13

photo by Amelia Coffaro

The Milwaukee Art Museum and omTownYogis Present 

Yoga @ the Museum

Join us under the wings on the heated marble floor!

Next class is on Sat., Feb 13, 8:15 - 9:30 am (doors open @ 7:45) led by Haley Stozek of Haleybird Studios. Donations help support Hunger Task Force.

Arriving early and pre-registering are highly recommended. Please bring your own mat (though a limited number of mats are available to borrow). And bring a friend!

PRE-REGISTRATION is now closed but there is still room for drop-ins. Join us!

Same day donations are encouraged at the $15-$20 level though any amount is appreciated. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. 

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 including to special exhibits.  

February donations benefit feeding Milwaukee infants through the Hunger Task Force Infant Formula Program. Through this program we help to protect our most vulnerable and helpless population. Please consider increasing your donation from our standard $15/month suggestion to $20 or more this month to help meet this need in our community.

 

In addition there will be a donation box for infant formula, so please bring a can and contribute!

 

JANUARY TEACHER

1. What brought you to the practice of yoga?

I used to be an avid runner with VERY tight hamstrings. I thought yoga would be a great way to increase my flexibility and help out my running. I was hooked from the start! My personal practice has evolved so much since then, it has become a deep way of connecting with myself, a daily “homecoming.”

2. Who are some of your yoga teachers?  

I have had many amazing yoga teachers over the years, but the closest to my heart are the Yoga Teacher Trainers at HaleyBird Studios where I earned my 200 hr Integrative Yoga Therapy Certification. Haley Picotte-Stozek, Biz Casmer, Tina Romenesko, and Jes Davies have had the biggest influence on me as a yoga teacher and I will be forever grateful to each one of them.

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

I currently gravitate toward teaching a gentle hatha or gentle flow class with a meditative feel.

4. Where do you teach?

I am opening up my own studio on January 18th in Waukesha (Yay!!), this is where I will be teaching exclusively. In the past I have taught at HaleyBird Studios, The Wisconsin Athletic Club (North Shore and Waukesha), and various on-site corporate locations.  {read on....}

February Teacher: Haley Stozek

Who are some of your yoga teachers?
I must begin by offering my deepest gratitude to Laura Flannigan, who was my first Yoga Teacher.  Since my first class in 2002, I have had the deepest privilege to study Yoga under the guidance of many amazing teachers.  I carry a piece of each of these teachers with me and infuse this into my classes.  Some of my most influential Yoga Teachers include Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Lee Alpert, Maria Mendola and Joseph LePage.  My teachers of spirit and the heart include Neal Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, Amma, Wayne Dyer and The Mary Group. As my Yoga practice deepens, I know that each person and experience in my life is my teacher and provides me the opportunity to practice Yoga guided by my inner teacher and wisdom.


How would you describe the form of yoga you teach currently?
I teach Yoga for the Modern Body and the Modern Mind.  While Vinyasa Yoga was my first love, I have since expanded my practice and teaching greatly.  I love finding a balance of many styles of Yoga to create a life-long sustainable practice.  This includes Vinyasa Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Slow Flow, Hatha Yoga, Nidra, Body Rolling and Therapeutic Yoga.  


What are your hobbies?
I have 4 small children and own a small business, so my favorite hobby is napping.  I am addicted to books, podcasts, YouTube Videos and TedTalks about anything Yoga, Energy healing and wellness.  When there is time for anything else, I enjoy walking, music and spending time with my family and friends.


What is something unique or quirky about you that not many people know about?
In 2010 I became a foster parent.  In 5 short years, my husband and I adopted 4 children.  With our first 2 children we had 48 hour advance notice that we were going to be parents of two spirited boys.  With our 3rd child, we had 18 hours advance notice that we would be blessed with a daughter.  With our 4th (and final) child, we had 45 minutes’ advance notice that our daughters biological sister had been born and would be delivered to our home. Each day is a beautiful mystery.  We never know what gifts life has in store for us.

READ ONWARD....

 

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    Creative collaboration with Ashtanga student, art gallery owner and tatoo artist, Scott LaShay of AKARA ARTS: A very limited edition tote bag available now at the new omTown MKE Makers Store. Only $20!

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    OmTOWN GRANT @ WORK

    We applaud and, through our Annual Grant Fund, support the work of KATE WERNING in creating "Circulo de Mujeres (women's Circle)," a yoga program for Spanish-speaking women on Milwaukee's south side.

    In Kate's words, "The goal of the group is to create connections – connections internally with our own

    bodies, minds, and souls; as well as connections and relationships with each other. One of the biggest challenges facing the immigrant community is isolation and depression – which can only

    be overcome through the combination of personal and internal liberation partnered with support and community. In this way we are attempting to create a foundation for both."

    INTERVIEW

    omTownie, Ali Modell interviews her teacher, Tias Little for our friends at ILLUMINE Magazine

    Being connected to a community and plugged into a teacher is vital to the yogic process, something Tias Little knows a lot about, as the founder of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Little began his yogic studies as a youth, and as an adult, Little and his wife, Surya, studied within the Ashtanga yoga system. Ashtanga was a vital source of inspiration and maturation, as it helped them establish a consistent daily practice and connection to a teacher. Now, as a practitioner, he works closely with his Zen and Sanskrit teachers, who continue to inspire him. Little’s focus as a yoga teacher includes in-depth anatomical detail stemming from his training as a bodyworker, paired with in- depth meditation instruction stemming from his training in Buddhist meditation and classical yoga. He continues to honor the Krishnamacharya lineage, the father of the Ashtanga and Iyengar styles of yoga, which form the basis of most modern styles of yoga. Little is also influenced by various other somatic modalities, which combine to form a rich tapestry of teachings. {READ the INTERVIEW}

    Blog Posts

    Community Yoga at Affiliated Wellness Group

    Posted by Joelle Ottoson on November 1, 2015 at 11:00am 0 Comments

    Please join us at Affiliated Wellness Group for Community Yoga. Instructor Joelle Ottoson will take you on a journey through the Chakras using Asanas, Myers, breath, sound and lights. November 1 11am-12:30. Donations to Be the Change Global Wellness appreciated but not required. Register: joelleottoson@sbcglobal.net or 262-646-8288
    4650 N. Port Washington Road Glendale- Barnabas Building-Lexington Entrance

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