All paths lead to yoga. Teaching yoga is one of the most difficult and fulfilling activities I’ve ever engaged in, but it brings together all of my interests: body/mind integration, art and creativity, science, language, spirituality, meditation, interpersonal relations, community building, and peacemaking. I am grateful to my students and colleagues who support and encourage me in this challenging task.
My yoga practice began in earnest in 1996, when my youngest child started school. At first, I used yoga to complement my dance training and my work as a performer and choreographer. Over time, the yoga practice became larger and larger. I began teaching yoga in 2001, when I realized that in order to keep growing in my own practice, I needed to share my learning with others. I’ve taught yoga to students at Alverno College, Milwaukee Yoga Center, The Aveda Institute for Beauty and Wellness, Shorewood High School, Tamarack Community School, Public Allies, and more. I am also a published poet, fiction writer, and creative writing instructor, and I teach workshops that combine yoga and movement with writing.
I'm a certified Intermediate Junior II yoga instructor through IYNAUS (Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States), and continue advanced yoga studies with senior teachers Chris Saudek and Lois Steinberg, among others. In July 2005 and January 2008, I traveled to Pune, India to study directly with the Iyengars at their Institute. I’m the mother of 3 young adult children (who all practice yoga) and I live with my husband along the Milwaukee river. I’m a peace activist, Waldorf school parent, and proponent of everything that contributes to community, sustainability, and wellness. Visit my blog at: stillinsirsasana.blogspot.com.
has been a student of yoga, particularly Iyengar yoga, since the summer of 1995. Since then, she has studied with senior teachers Mary Dunn, Lois Steinberg, Faeq Biria, Kevin Gardiner, Gabriel Halpern, Manuso Manos, Rajiv Chanchani and Kofi Bosa. She continues to pursue intensive teacher training with senior teachers Chris Saudek and Laurie Blakeney. She has been teaching since February of 2000, and brings great attention, vitality and good humor to her classes. In 2003, Annie was voted best yoga instructor by the Milwaukee Shepherd Express Reader’s Poll.
holds a B.F.A. degree as well as the preliminary level of certification for Teaching Yoga in the method of B.K.S. Iyengar. He has been studying and practicing Iyengar Yoga since 1998. He has been teaching yoga as his full time vocation since the year 2001. His teaching focuses on careful alignment of both body and mind through the precise instruction of the yoga poses. The greater goal of his teaching is the cultivation of healthful and mindful living. This is brought to light in his occasional philosophical points and parallels derived from the yoga poses and the experiences they create.
Jacqueline began practicing Iyengar yoga in the late 1980s and early 1990s in Madison, where she studied with Faith Russell. After living in Massachusetts for two years and Chicago for ten, she moved to Milwaukee in 2004 and began studying with Peggy Hong at the Riverwest Yogashala.
Jackie started teaching yoga in 2009. She has taken workshops with Chris Saudek and Lois Steinberg. She lives in Riverwest with her husband, Michael Groen, and their daughter.
Jackie is the owner of the creative marketing firm Yodelpop, Inc., and is on the board of Woodland Pattern Book Center. She finds that teaching yoga, like writing, involves precise, enthusiastic expression of ideas that can help people learn, grow, and enjoy and deepen life.
Lynn Celek was first introduced to yoga fifteen years ago. Several years into her practice she found Iyengar yoga and was immediately drawn to the style’s focus on precise alignment through meticulous instruction and the use of props. She is currently studying with Peggy Hong at Riverwest Yogashala.
In addition to taking weekend intensive workshops with an array of senior Iyengar teachers, Lynn also takes regular teacher-training workshops with senior teacher, Chris Saudek. In 2011, Lynn completed her first level of assessment for Iyengar yoga.
Lynn currently teaches yoga classes at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, her alma mater. In the past she has taught yoga through outreach programs for youth at the Sixteen Street Community Health Center, Boys and Girls Clubs, and in Milwaukee Public Schools.
Apart from teaching yoga, Lynn studies the eastern holistic healing art of ayurveda.
Solange Da Silva Gonske
Solange began her study of Iyengar Yoga in New Orleans, Louisiana with Becky Lloyd in 2005. Since she moved to Wisconsin she has been apprenticing with Peggy Hong. She continues her studies with Peggy Hong, Lois Steinberg, Rebecca and Dean Learner, Mary Obendorfer, Eddie Marks and other Senior Iyengar Teachers. She has attended teacher training with Sharon Conroy and Lois Steinberg (2007- 2010). She is an active member of Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS). She received her B.S. in Health and Physical Education from the University of New Orleans in 1996. She has always been concerned about physical and mental well-being. She loves hiking, dancing, playing capoeira (Brazilian Martial Art); but it was through Iyengar yoga that she found inner peace. She encourages everyone to embrace Iyengar yoga.