Gary Howard

Gary came to yoga three years ago initially as a way to overcome physical issues with his body. It did not take him long to discover the mental and spiritual benefits of a dedicated yoga practice that were not present in the other forms of exercise he had tried. The mental and spiritual benefits of a dedicated yoga practice are very important to him and he hopes to exhibit this to his students. Gary completed his RYT 200 Hour certification through Alignment Yoga and Scott Anderson in December 2012 and completed a 45 Hour Visual Yoga Certification through the Deaf Yoga Foundation and Lila Lolling in November 2012.

Brian Balzar

After an injury, Brian found yoga as a way to supplement his normal workout routine. Initially, his only source of yoga was through videos found online or through the TV. After the first class in a studio, yoga soon became a major part of his life. He went to class multiple times a day, went on retreats, and became president of a student organization at UW-Madison that taught yoga, breathing, and meditation workshops.

Brian completed his 200 hour certification through Back Bay Yoga in Boston with teachers Ame Wren and David Regelin. In the future, he wishes to use yoga to help those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Helen Hazelmare

Helen Hazelmare started practicing yoga upon her arrival in Madison 14 years ago. A strong background in breathwork and movement including Alexander Technique helped Helen prepare for exploring and studying Hatha, Forest, Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative Yogas. As a healthcare professional, running coach, and intuitive practitioner, commitment to the process of healing is Helen\'s primary desire in this most beautiful Life.

David Turner

David has been practicing yoga since 2002, and has been teaching since 2006. He recently completed a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and is currently working as a Nursing Assistant at the University of Wisconsin Hospital. His primary goal while teaching is to share his love of the practice with other practitioners.

Marina Koyen

I took my first yoga class in 2001 out of curiosity. I remember the feeling that i had after this class; my mind was at peace, body felt subtle and light, and I had overall sense of ease and balance. I decided to make the practice of yoga a part of my everyday routine so that I could cultivate these qualities more in my life. 

My style of teaching has been evolving over the years and comes from a dedicated personal practice that has been influenced by Andrey Lappa, Shiva Rea, Dharma Mittra, David Swenson. My teaching is very personal as I enjoy connecting with people by sharing what inspires me on and off the mat. My classes emphasize a mindful connection to one\'s breath, compassionate attempt to understand one\'s body and mind as well as intelligent sequencing; I like to play with the edge in my practice and teaching. At the same time one of my intentions as a teacher is to facilitate safe and enjoyable exploration of one\'s nature and capabilities through asana, pranayama and meditation.