Jennifer (Brown) Witt
I grew up in the Chicago suburbs (Warrenville/Naperville area) and worked in the busy city of Chicago for 10 years. It was exhausting! In 2010 I moved to Milwaukee, fell in love with the “laid-back” Wisconsin lifestyle, and the rest is history! I have a career in Mutual Fund Administration and completed my MBA in 2014. I find my happy place on my mat after enduring long days at the office. I am grateful to have found yoga to balance the many stresses that I, like many, face on a day to day basis. I have always been active, with a particular love for gymnastics. I was amazed when I attended my first HOT power yoga class and learned about the playful and invigorating side to yoga. After becoming addicted to HOT yoga I knew opening my own studio was the right endeavor for me. I am extremely grateful and humbled to have had the opportunity to offer the Tosa community its first HOT yoga studio and I am eager to watch others transform, as I did, mind, body & spirit. Namaste.
Ultra-marathoner, dog lover, and professed foodie, Inga Bentley is a tough combination of engineer-meets-yogi. She discovered early in her yoga journey the importance of strong breathing, bringing her deeper into the physical asana, leading to mental clarity. She has completed her 200 hour training with T Nolan Yoga. Her lifelong passion for understanding how things work has translated through her yoga in her systematic approach to a powerful vinyasa class. Inga focuses on strengthening the breath, helping students leave class feeling both grounded and refreshed. She helps students reach their goals on and off the mat. Join her in creating a better world one breath at a time.
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.
Kate Dean Hawthorne
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.
Real Estate Broker by day, Yogini by night! Emily has over a decade of practice under her belt and has been called to teach various styles of yoga over the past five years. With an affinity for vinyasa flow and all levels of moving meditation; her goal is to help students experience bliss and divine play. Holding space and creating unity. The opportunity to teach arose from what she refers to as the “silver lining”. Some unexpected down time resulting from an injury gave her the chance to study and sharpen her craft. As an instructor she is able to share her love of the practice with remarkable people and allow them the chance to work out while working in. Teaching is an art, yoga is everything, all the feels!
Looking for a change to her workout routine, Kellie decided to give yoga a second chance in 2007. She was immediately hooked and couldn’t remember why she didn’t enjoy it her first time many years prior. This second time around, Kellie attended yoga classes multiple times per week for the great strengthening and stretching she felt in her body. How she felt not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally afterwards was what drove her to make yoga a part of her daily routine. Kellie really believes that by moving the body in the way yoga asks us to, it allows for the mind to quiet and take a pause from the outside world.
Since 2007, Kellie has been a pediatric Speech Language Pathologist, which she truly enjoys; however, if anyone would ever ask her what her dream job was, she would say to teach yoga. In 2018, she finally decided to make that dream a reality; Kellie completed her 200-hour teacher certification from Tosa Yoga Center. Since a young age, Kellie has always had a love for health and fitness. By completing her yoga teaching certification, she felt like she added a very important piece to this passion. Through teaching yoga, Kellie has gained a confidence she never realized she had.
Kellie loves how a yoga studio or room offers such a sense of community and union; a union with the other students as everyone moves together, breathes together, and grows together. But also a union with one’s self; joining together body movement and breath. Kellie enjoys teaching a purposeful yoga flow with a mental theme; always encouraging students to move in a way that feels good for their body.
Mindy is a free spirited, passionate, old-soul yogi. Her loving nature brings compassion and creativity into all aspects of her life - from the mat into the courtroom, as a criminal defense attorney, and everywhere in between. She is a new-age hippy and essential oil aficionado who lives passionately to improve the lives of others. Her yogic wisdom will command you through a powerful but fun vinyasa flow. Her genuine and playful spirit will light up your practice and empower you to light up your own life. She has been practicing yoga for over ten years and has a passion for the all things outdoors, travel, natural foods, and juicing. She is excited to see you on the mat!
Katie is a nomadic yogi with a whimsical spirit who has been practicing yoga for over five years. But it wasn’t until last year where she deepened her yoga practice by going on her first week long yoga retreat in Costa Rica. It opened her eyes to so much more and inspired her to complete her 200 hr Teacher Training in Fall of 2015 with Tara Nolan.
Her fresh perspective motivates you to tune into your true self and let your inner goddess shine through. Katie brings a creative vision to vinyasa flow, allowing a playful and unpredictable class. Never afraid to try new things, her sense of adventure will bring students to new levels on the mat and all aspects of life.
While not practicing yoga Katie loves spending time outdoors: hiking, camping, skiing you name it. Nomadic by nature she is always looking for a new place to explore and travel to. But when staying close to home you will probably find her in the hottest new restaurant sharing tapas and enjoying an occasional glass of wine!
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.
RYT200. I have been an athlete all my life. After a life changing spinal injury and surgery, I became extremely limited to what sports and physical activities I could do. Eventually, I crossed paths with yoga. Not only was I getting physical benefits, but also the mental clarity was unlike anything else I ever experienced. Once I finally tried hot vinyasa yoga, I knew this was exactly what I was searching for. Influenced by my personal yoga journey, instructors and experiences throughout the years, I bring a mix of tradition and passion to my practice and leading others into their own practice. My mission is to empower and encourage all levels of students, while creating a welcoming environment and community. With a focus on pranayama and alignment, I want to help expose others to the physical and mental benefits of a yoga practice. By providing others with compassion and guidance, I hope to promote the balance of mind and body awareness as well as lasting inner peace. I believe yoga is a continuously growing community, making the world a better place - one yogi at a time. I received my certification from Satya Life School of Yoga under Kate Hawthorne in 2019.
RYT 200. I have participated in competitive sports my entire life and am always looking for a new way to challenge myself. Initially, I was drawn to yoga as a form of exercise but I quickly realized how challenging yoga was, both physically and mentally. I started practicing yoga in 2014 and slowly started to realize that I always felt happier and content after attending a yoga class. Yoga started to become something that I looked forward to every single day, on the good and the bad days. I noticed how much this practice was changing my entire life when I finally realized that I didn’t just WANT to go to yoga, I NEEDED to go to yoga. The combination of the physical practice and mental clarity that yoga provides to me is what keeps me coming back to my mat for more. I completed my 200 hour certification under Kate Hawthorne through Satya Life School of Yoga in 2019. I hope to share my love of yoga by guiding students through their own personal yoga journey.
RYT 200. I am a retired division one athlete and I started my yoga journey in college when my teammates would take yoga classes in between soccer practices. While having a competitive mindset, I started to increase my yoga practice and I strictly saw it as a posture-based activity. After college, I started to explore the practice of yoga even further. I realized that there was so much more involved in yoga than just the posture. As I grew deeper into my practice, I found internal happiness, mental clarity, and personal growth. I continue to step on my mat as an outlet to relieve stress and as a source of therapy. I completed my 200 hour certification under Jessica and Al Noche from Kramas Yoga in Madison. I hope to inspire other yogis to find personal happiness and growth, and become the best version of themselves!
Colleen has always been fascinated with creative movement and how it affects her physically, psychologically, and emotionally. Her dance background and love for movement attracted her to yoga, and a knee injury offered it as an accessible way to build strength. She loves the way yoga allows us to become more aware of ourselves, creating space in our bodies for freedom of movement. Initially meant to deepen her personal practice, Colleen completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2018. Eventually she was drawn to teaching with the desire to help others (re)connect with themselves and have a little fun in doing so. In her practice and teaching, she is interested in inquiry rather than correction, and awareness rather than control. Colleen looks to create and maintain a supportive, secure, and stable environment to allow for personal growth—to help you become more yourself.
Colleen’s classes focus on dynamic movement rather than momentum, allowing time and space for deeper connection to subtle shifts within. Students learn to link breath and movement as a form of meditation. You can expect a lighthearted flow, giving you the space to discover what is appropriate and effective movement. Colleen’s goal is for you to learn to meet yourself with kindness on and off the mat.
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