Laura Yell - Owner/Instructor C.Y.T 200 As a lifelong dancer, movement has always been an integral part of my life. I was first introduced to yoga in 2005, while pursuing my B.A. in dance and studied a variety of styles before finding my true passion after stepping into my first Hot Vinyasa Class. I immediately felt at home on the mat and fell in love with the dynamic flow, the heat, and grace of the practice. I completed my yoga teacher training in 2007 and since that time I have had the opportunity to lead more than 2000 classes. I am so grateful to all the teachers and students that inspired me along my journey. I am a true believer in the powerful benefits of yoga and am passionate about sharing its amazing transformative effects with everyone.
Karly Sopcic - Instructor C.Y.T. 200 After my first heated Vinyasa flow class in 2009, I became addicted. It was love at first asana! After running and playing high impact sports most of my life, yoga was like the missing secret ingredient. My education in Radiology fulfills my interests in studying the human body and its function. But I find my true passion in the mind-body consciousness of yoga. I completed my 200-hour certification course at Hot House Yoga in Iowa City, April of 2012. My two favorite aspects of yoga are finding happiness in the present moment and using breath with synchronized movement to gain strength and flexibility. I'm very eager to inspire others in their journey to a healthy body, strong mind and finding inner peace.
Kate Hawthorne - Instructor R.Y.T. 200 I started lightly practicing yoga several years ago but in early 2013 felt a call to really explore the full practice. My life completely changed after my first heated vinyasa class; I knew I had found my passion. The physical yoga practice challenged me in ways I had never experienced and slowly started to influence other areas of my life. It wasn't long before yoga became completely interwoven in all areas of my life. I was shocked to find how strong the mind-body connection truly is and how the mind influences what the body is capable of. Right away my physical and mental strength grew to a level I never thought possible. I completed my 200hr certification under Debbie Williamson of Wild Abundant Life in June 2014 and also certified as a Yoga Personal Trainer and Yoga Body Bootcamp Basic Trainer. My classes are ever changing and evolving and I strive to bring awareness to the mind-body connection through breath work and intention setting. I hope to inspire everyone to find their passion on and off the mat.
Katie Jordan - Instructor C.Y.T. 200 Yoga was first brought to me in high school by my long time dance teacher and mentor. After falling in love with all types of dance since I was old enough to walk, yoga was quite the gift strength and flexibility wise. It however wasn't until a few years later when I was truly awakened to the light and potential yoga could truly bring into my life with my practice. I had come back to yoga to seek a better understanding of my body in simply a physical sense, but quickly awakened to my true spirit and my devine self that I had never knew existed. The more I immersed myself with the flow and discipline, effortlessly peace and understanding came into all areas of my life. I realized how great of a privilege it would be to share my practice with students that I could personally share and grow with. After training at Milwaukee Power yoga and completing my 200 hour teacher training with Wild Abundant Life, the true transformation had finally took off.
Susie Wienke - Instructor C.Y.T. 200 I have been an exercise enthusiast since I was a child. By practicing yoga I have discovered the joy and benefits of linking breath, mind and body to create an amazing life. My classes are a mix of inspiration, challenge and support. Get ready to take chances, explore the unknown and grow your best self. You will leave class feeling strong, centered and relaxed. I believe that if you exercise your mind and body, your soul will be at peace. I spend my free time playing, biking and traveling with my husband and two kids.
Kara Felsman Ippoliti - Instructor R.Y.T. 200 I have always enjoyed the mental challenge that is inherent in physical activity. This began in my younger years with gymnastics & grew into trying many sports; I became an endurance runner in high school & continued into adulthood. I enjoy running races and trying new events with obstacles, I try to skydive at least once a year, I love to rock climb, & I spend a lot of time climbing high into the trees as a ropes course supervisor. I came to yoga in 2012 when I decided to try something new with my sister-in-law. I was shocked at the level of physical challenge it provided to me. I quickly learned that yoga is not about mastery, but about practice and effort. There is never an end point or goal; just a journey of physical growth & self-discovery. Yoga has helped me to become physically and mentally stronger than I have ever previously experienced. I have personally witnessed the tremendous effects of the connection of body and mind through yoga & have worked to incorporate these practices into my daily work as a psychologist. As a yoga teacher, I hope to provide a challenging physical practice that creates strength in the mind & connection with the breath.
Jackie Kerkman - Instructor R.Y.T. 200 As a runner and cycling addict, I began practicing yoga with the goal of becoming more flexible to improve my athletic performance. But I quickly recognize that yoga was not just about static stretching. The power of breath, movement with intention, strength and alignment pulled me into exploring and expanding my yoga practice. I began incorporating yoga poses into my practice as physical therapist and saw the positive responses in my patients both physically and mentally. I pursued my RYT-200 hour teaching certification so that I could continue to expand my passion of empowering people to live healthy, happy lives. I love challenging students to find their own edge and release their unique inner power through powerful, purposeful and dynamic classes.
Sarah Dosmann - Instructor R.Y.T. 200 “All I really need to know I learned in yoga class” Kindergarten teacher by day, I bring a playful element to my teaching and enjoy guiding students to their own “aha” moments. I began a dedicated practice in 2010 and have since become certified in children, family, and power yoga. My own practice spans ariel, ashtanga, dance, acro, and SUP yoga. I am always seeking creative ways to infuse class and bind a community. There has never been a yoga class I’ve attended where I haven’t learned something new and had a chance to explore how I hold my yoga on and off the mat. I hope to convey that same intuitive and refreshing feeling to all my students.
Courtney Thompson - Instructor C.Y.T. 200 I have always been an active individual, competing in many sports and enjoying activities outside. My love of yoga began in 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa when a friend of mine asked me to join her in a hot power yoga class. I was not sure what to expect, but the positive messages and the amazing workouts hooked me immediately! I recently completed my 200-hr teacher training certification in NE Minneapolis, Minnesota at CorePower Yoga. Off the mat I am an elementary teacher and I am currently working towards my children’s yoga certification. “Yoga is a journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” - The Bhagavad Gita
Gregg Satula - Instructor C.Y.T. 200 I'm a Milwaukee-area yogi with an eclectic past that includes a career in law enforcement. My fitness background includes competitive swimming, triathlons, weightlifting and I've been practicing yoga since 2014. Yoga is the first athletic activity of my adult life that I truly believe I need. I hope to share my love of yoga with others through instruction by bringing my past and current experiences into classes. I aim to use reflective thoughts and dry humor to help people deal with the stresses of modern life while getting sweaty. My teaching is purposeful and allows space for individual freedom. In my own practice, I'm always chasing a deeper backbend. Gregg holds a 200 hour certificate through Wild Abundant Life.
Cat Jones - Instructor C.Y.T 200 I started practicing yoga in my teens but took a break from all things healthy when I went to college. Years later, as I coped with the stress of grad school and a nasty running-induced knee injury, I found my way back to my mat and never left. Yoga helped me heal my body, quiet my inner worrywart, and grow in ways I never imagined. Now I'm just excited to help others find their favorite aspect of the practice. When I'm on my mat I like to get it moving and break a sweat. I'm learning to keep my flows creative so I can give my body plenty of ways to challenge and surprise me. That said, I'm always down for a good restorative session and I'm just starting to dip my toes in the prenatal yoga world. When I'm not doing yoga I keep busy cooking, eating, reading anything I can get my hands on, eating some more, traveling, watching nerdy tv shows, and following it up with more eating.
Becca Kaja- Instructor C.Y.T. 200 Growing up I was involved in dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, and lacrosse; being active was an essential part of my life! When I went to college, I searched for a way to sweat and still have fun, and that is when I found yoga. I started practicing in 2012, and in 2013 I got certified in Yoga Sculpt. I loved teaching so much, but I had a drive to learn more about yoga and how to make it accessible to a range of people. In 2015, I got certified in prenatal yoga, and then took a 200 hour training in vinyasa/power yoga. I taught yoga in Minneapolis, MN for two years until I relocated to Milwaukee. I hope to make yoga accessible and worthwhile for as many people as possible! Aside from teaching yoga, I am a third grade teacher at Saint Sebastian Parish School.
Andrea Olson- Instructor C.Y.T. 200 I have been a student of yoga for over 12 years. I followed the light I found in yoga through years of practice as a student, while also studying other physical and artistic pursuits, including Pilates, martial arts, and music. Throughout my years of practice I studied many styles including Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar and Ashtanga. Years of practice and very inspirational teachers brought me to want to share the magic of yoga with others. I received my 200hr teacher training certification at Yama Yoga in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. The teacher training was one of the most transformative life experiences I has ever had. Now, as a certified yoga teacher, my goal is to bring a fresh outlook. I seek to bring something new into every class I teaches, while enlightening students to not only the physical practice, but also the spiritual and intellectual elements involved in the complex and beautiful art of Yoga.
Hannah Stout- Instructor C.Y.T. 200 Dance has been a part of my life since I was 4 years old, so when it ended my senior year of high school in 2015, I was looking for a way to keep myself moving. That’s when I came across power yoga. I instantly fell in love with the challenging and exciting practice. It wasn’t long before I decided that I could take this passion and turn it into something amazing. In June 2017, I became certified to teach yoga through Wild Abundant Life, and now I am looking to make a difference in my student’s lives through yoga. I hope to create a fun, challenging, and inspiring atmosphere for students and have them leaving with confidence to take on their day.
Margee Mauney - Instructor C.Y.T. 200 I’ve always loved being active, but it wasn’t until my quest for confidence and lower stress levels during my college years that I discovered my love for yoga. I was instantly hooked on power yoga after my first class, because I fell in love with the energy bouncing around the studio and the way every student left feeling empowered. After obtaining a BA in Public Relations, I immediately finished my 200 hour yoga instructor training with Wild Abundant Life. My other joys include singing, cooking, creating, and watching animal videos on Facebook. I like my yoga classes to combine intensity and positivity, and I hope to inspire people of all walks of life to be confident in themselves physically and emotionally through yoga.
Alexa Deacon- Instructor C.Y.T. 200 I began practicing yoga after I found myself in a job that required me to sit for extended periods of time. The tension in my shoulders, neck, and back told me I needed yoga before my mind did. As an athletic and competitive person, I was initially drawn to the physical challenge. About a year into my practice I started to tap into the mind-body connection. Not only did this new-found connection transform my yoga practice, but I found myself, my purpose, and the power of my breath. Yoga has brought me to myself time and time again. I completed my 200 hour CYT at CorePower Yoga in December 2017. My classes encourage students to find their breath, build strength, and cultivate community.
Emily Jade - Instructor C.Y.T. 200 I have been teaching in the Milwaukee area about 9 years and hope to teach and learn more about yoga for the rest of my life. My favorite thing yoga teaches me is how to notice and alter my energy. I am naturally high energy. That can be fun, but it also can also create difficulty with focus and anxiety. Yoga helps me profoundly with concentration and self-confidence and finding my peace. I believe the yoga room is a safe place where we are invited to be honest with how we are doing. And we can expect magic to happen on and off the mat when we put the time in! Teaching yoga is my favorite place to show love to others. Some of my favorite memories practicing yoga are at Milwaukee Power Yoga and I am very happy to be a part of the team!
Ryan Wonderlic - Instructor C.Y.T. 200 After having had so much change during my first year of college, I gravitated towards the things that made me happy. A big aspect of that to me was Yoga. Ever since I was little I loved the idea of art, I saw it everywhere and in everything. I wanted nothing more than to grab it, do it, and be it. When I first experience a Yoga class, I recognized it immediately for what it was- art. It was a beautiful blend of a freedom and creativity and a mix of individuality within a heartfelt community. Yoga does not judge. The decision to become an instructor stemmed from the desire to help others see the art within yoga, to gain confidence, and to spread happiness.
Jess Itano - Instructor C.Y.T. 200 I found my yoga practice over 10 years ago at a local gym in my area. It wasn’t until 2015 that I started my yoga teaching journey. Since then, I have become a 200hr registered yoga teacher with experience in bikram, vinyasa, yin, and sculpt style classes. I fall more in love with yoga every day because it’s a practice where we can never stop learning and growing. That’s why, in my classes, you can expect to balance your mind and body while feeling free to practice at your own pace. I believe yoga isn’t just a physical practice, but it is also a lifestyle, so always take what you need!