Scott began practicing yoga as a teenager and refined his practice through his years as a college student/athlete. With a background in physics and biomechanics, Scott deeply explores the logic of the body's anatomical structures and its systems. Scott studied with Hatha Yoga masters Dona Holleman and Ramanand Patel, and spent six years studying intensively with Roger Eischens. By working closely with master teachers, Scott came to recognize the human body as a microcosm of the greater natural world, which inspires his creative and grounded teaching presence.
In addition to Scott’s extensive yoga training, he is also a certified bodyworker and Pilates instructor. Through Zero Balancing (ZB) training, Scott developed greater insight into the workings of the skeleton and how the bones influence the rest of the organism. Through his extensive Pilates training, Scott has deepened his understanding of the body's core and its contribution to wellness and vitality.
Scott is also a dedicated student of the meditation master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. He is a practice leader within the Tergar community, where he facilitates group discussions and leads guided meditations.
Scott is currently working on an MS at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in the field of Kinesiology, with plans to pursue a Ph.D degree. His research interest include joint laxity, and the interface of exercise and meditation.
Collette Stewart, co-owner of Mound Street Yoga Center, Collette Stewart began studying movement at a very young age through dance. She has earned a BFA in Modern Dance from TCU, Pilates certification through The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado and Yoga Certification through Kripalu Yoga. She has been teaching dance, Pilates and yoga for 15 years. As a Pilates instructor, Collette's method incorporates a deep understanding of the body gained through her many movement practices, meditation practice, and energy healing work. Collette has studied anatomy extensively and uses imagery and anatomy as a means to heighten students' internal understanding of movements and kinesthetic awareness. Over the years, Collette has taught a wide range of individuals - from the very fit to the very injured. Much of her understanding of misalignment patterns and tension in the body comes from her personal process of unraveling a deeply embedded scoliosis curvature in her spine. Through that process, she continues to develop the skills necessary to teach alignment and awareness through movement. Visit her website and Pilates blog to learn more.
Alicia's primary study is with Alignment Yoga creator Scott Anderson. She is a certified 500 E teacher through Yoga Alliance. Being a life long learner, she also studies Pilates mat work with Collette Stewart and Biomechanics and Natural Movements with Katy Bowman.
In each session, it is Alicia's goal to share techniques that allow you to feel mentally focused, physically strong, and emotionally at ease. She creates a safe, low-pressure atmosphere where students can relax, restore, and find balance. Her straight forward approach encourages people to rediscover their authentic selves, to trust their innate wisdom, and to reconnect to their inner potential and power.
Andrea Russell began a passionate study and practice of yoga and meditation in 1996. Since 2000, she has taught group classes, private one-on-one lessons and a variety of workshops. A registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance at the 500E/500T level, she has completed teacher trainings in Ashtanga, Alignment and Therapeutic Yoga. Her yoga classes integrate a mindful approach to asana with optimal alignment, breath and inner awareness. For those who prefer an individual or therapeutic approach to this timeless practice, her private yoga sessions address the intricacies of adapting the practice to honor individual needs and health concerns. In addition to yoga, Andrea is a nationally and state certified massage therapist and body worker specializing in Neurovascular and Craniosacral Therapy. Her approach to yoga and bodywork is holistic and tailored to support each individual's full spectrum of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being.
Holistic health and wellness has been a lifelong endeavor that has lead Jasen on a spiritual journey in the pursuit of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual harmony. Jasen has trained in the traditions of massage therapy, yoga, Buddhism, Christianity, Lakota Native Americans, and shamanism. He has completed Alignment Yoga’s YTT-200, YTT-500 and YogAutism training; and graduated from Irene’s Myomassology Institute.
Jasen enjoys working with the mind-body relationship to transform consciousness and promote wellness. Through the practice of myomassology (massage therapy), Jasen helps individuals release the congested energy and harbored emotions trapped in the body. Through teaching the practices of yoga, Jasen empowers individuals with the skills of working with the body, breath, and meditation to achieve greater wellness and harmony. Developing a yogic practice for yourself provides the skills and freedom to cultivate your own well-being, peacefulness, and happiness.
Penny Ballantyne is a Kripalu Certified yoga teacher who has been teaching in Madison since 2001. She has been practicing yoga since 1995 and continues to be a dedicated student of Nicky Plaut. Penny’s personal yoga practice led her to mindfulness meditation and Buddhist contemplative thought, which she has integrated into her own practice which she says, "feels like it is as much on the mat as off of it. I realize how yoga impacts virtually every aspect of my life inviting awareness and offering refuge in this struggle to be fully engaged in my life." Penny has a web site, www.pennyoga.net that includes her philosophy and style of teaching, information about her workshops and a Blog she posts to regularly.
Megan Bjella, CYT/RYT-200, has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation in Madison since 2009, and completed her 200-hour Alignment Yoga certification in 2012. She continues to study formally with Scott Anderson, Andrea Russell, Alicia Wright, and Michael Stone. She also holds a masters degree in Occupational Therapy from UW-Madison.
Through her personal and professional practice, Megan seeks to bring a functional, accessible, and mindful perspective to movement as a way to facilitate body awareness and empowerment. Her classes blend meditation with movement and invite students to find their own “just right challenge,” exploring edges of strength and flexibility with presence and a light heart.
Pilates found its way into the day-to-day routine of Lisa Flax when she retired from her career as a public school teacher. With time to pursue a new passion, she became an avid Pilates student. With regular class attendance, Lisa found her ability to manage the long-standing musculoskeletal challenges of having a spinal scoliosis improved. It was only a matter of time before she decided to pursue Pilates at a deeper level and add a new chapter to her 34 years of teaching expertise. Lisa earned both her mat and equipment Pilates teaching certificate (425 hours) through Movement Insights with Collette Stewart. She has been teaching Pilates in the Madison area since 2015.
Lisa uses imagery, fundamental exercises, and Pilates accessories to bring a deeper understanding to the Beginning-Intermediate Classic Mat Series exercises. Her ability to observe individual student needs, model and share the exercises, and clearly explain how the exercises apply to proper alignment and breath patterns are valued by her students. Lisa’s classes guide students to a clearer understanding of their unique movement patterns and how those patterns can be shaped to promote a healthy functional life of movement.
Kelsey has been practicing yoga since high school while she performed in three sports a year. Her love for movement and being active is something that she carries with her. As she has gotten older she has begun a journey to find better body awareness and balance. She discovered Pilates at the University of Wisconsin - Madison through their certificate program with a beginner mat class and fell in love.
She enjoys discovering balance in the body with all new the discoveries from day to day. Kelsey is constantly exploring movement in the body especially patterns and energy. As a college student being adaptable and dedicated are aspects she carries over to her teaching. Her mission is for her students to leave with a better sense of body awareness and happy with the day to day changes of the human body.
Julia has practiced yoga since 1986 when she first walked into the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. She got hooked immediately. After decades of personal practice and classes, she received her RYT 200 certification from Alignment Yoga. Soon afterwards, she realized that flexible bodies need strength and stability so she became certified in Pilates as well. Now she uses the principles of flexibility and strength, stillness and movement in all her classes.
Julia sees the body as a fascinating classroom, full of great tools for experiments and discovery. She brings this natural curiosity to her classes where you learn to move in healthy ways, and use your body and mind to find stillness.
Christine Kern Steffen
Christine Kern Steffen has been taught and certified to teach prenatal and postnatal yoga from Colette Crawford at the Seattle Holistic Center. Ms. Crawford spearheaded the prenatal yoga movement and is the acknowledged leader in the world of prenatal yoga. Christine is the only Seattle Holistic Center certified instructor in Wisconsin. There are about 100 instructors worldwide who are trained and certified by Colette Crawford. Christine teaches in Ms. Crawford's style, which means reconnecting with the innate wisdom inside that knows, intuitively, about the very natural process of pregnancy and birth. Christine has been teaching Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga for the last five years in Madison. Christine is a mother of three young boys and draws her teaching skills from the study of yoga and parenting.
Foundation Training (FT) and Pilates have changed Nina’s life! She started studying Pilates seriously 15 years ago with Kathleen Conklin and Bree Schenkel and was then certified to teach Pilates mat through Movement Insights with Collette Stewart in 2014. Nina continues to study weekly with Bree and others in the field. In July 2017, having noticed the improvement in her alignment from FT, she pursued her instructor certification in this relatively new and evolving movement practice. She finds that the integration of FT principles works well with Pilates and has been teaching an FT / Pilates mix ever since.
Over the last 12 years, Nina who is now 62, has increased her height by 2 inches due to her practice of Pilates and Foundation Training! FT has enhanced her Pilates practice, biking, walking, swimming, paddle boarding and keeps her conscious of how she moves and carries herself about in the world.
Nina finds great pleasure sharing her love of movement and in the challenges of guiding others to appreciate the depth of the work and the connection between the body and the mind. She always wanted to be a dancer though her parents wanted her to be a doctor or a lawyer! Now she is totally exploring movement! It’s never too late!
Liron is one of the first certified MELT Instructors (over 8 years of experience with the method).
A former professional tennis player and instructor with a bachelor in Physical Ed and master in Educational Psychology, Liron has always had the passion for educating herself and others about personal improvement and wellbeing – body and mind.
Her personal experience from the past 8 years have made her a huge believer in The MELT Method as a way to reduce (and often completely eliminate) many forms of physical pain. Liron discovered MELT as a last resort for a chronic pain in her neck that prevented her from maintaining her active lifestyle. Discovering MELT has helped Liron to regain trust in her body. She is no longer a “slave” to the pain. By regularly teaching and practicing MELT, Liron is now a more efficient athlete, and can comfortably perform everyday activities as a busy carrier woman and a mother of two.
Liron has taken it upon herself to show others a way out, an alternative to life with discomfort and pain. Using that the tried and true principles of MELT, Liron has been helping adults of various backgrounds and ages to feel better, look better and enjoy an active pain-free life!
Robert "Bob" Yu
Robert "Bob" Yu, taught Tai Chi and Chinese Martial Arts, for 20 years from 1996-2016, for the Department of Kinesiology at University of Wisconsin, Madison; and now teaches Tai Chi classes for the School of Human Ecology and the Dance Department. Robert also has Senior Lecturer Emeritus status with the Department of Kinesiology. He has on-going classes sponsored by the Wil-Mar Community Center and Marquette Neighborhood Association. He has given workshops nationally as well as locally. He is working with the Waisman Center in association with The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin, Madison researching the psychological effects of Tai Chi training. He received traditional training by Chinese masters in Taiwan and holds a masters sash from Hong I-Hsiang Lineage and is a member of the Yang Tsung Martial Arts Association, Taiwan. He was a head coach in MMA fighting for the United States Kuoshu Federation, Alliant Center, Madison in 2006-09. He has published articles in martial art journals and is featured on the Journal of Asian Martial Arts webpage.