Jessica Hope - Yoga Teacher, Founder MKE Yoga Social
My love of yoga started after a double cervical fusion in 2012. After trying just about everything, I was lucky to find pain relief through hot yoga... after several years of practicing, I knew I needed to share this amazing gift with as many people as I could.
After getting certified, I taught in the studio setting but wanted to find a way to include those who may not be comfortable in that environment. In 2016 began teaching yoga in local MKE hot spots. In 2018 went on to co-found the first formalized yoga event business in MKE. Things not going as planned, I found myself being led to continue this mission on a separate path and MKE Yoga Social was born.
MKE Yoga Social is near and dear to my heart. It allows me to share yoga and activate the community in a completely different facet. Reaching individuals that may be intimidated to go to a studio but are much more likely to say yes to yoga and fun with friends!
I love yoga but truth be told, socializing is really my favorite thing to do! These events give us the opportunity to meet like-minded people we might not otherwise meet. Mingle, get to know people and strengthen the local community. That's really the good stuff.
Mariyam Nayeri - Yoga Teacher, Founder Botanica Galactica
For as long as I can recall, movement has been my magic balm. Whether in a dance class or on a yoga mat, there's nothing that I find more powerful, transformative and healing. It is where my soul resides. Yoga is where I find my peace, where I find my space. My desire to teach is rooted in my desire to be able to share this this peace with others. I love many styes of yoga, however, the flow and rhythm of vinyasa; its peaks and valleys, and the space it offers to intertwine my passions for music and movement, is why this particular style has captured my heart.
As a teacher, I endeavor to share this passion wholeheartedly. Expect a class that gently leads you to your edge with an alchemy of precise physical guidance, intuitive sequencing, with space to breathe, grow and find your rhythm.
Robyn Lucks - Yoga Teacher, Founder of Healium Hot Yoga
I've been teaching over 10 years and in the fitness Industry for almost 20. I love many forms of exercise and movement but I specifically love how accessible yoga can be for many people of many different ages and fitness levels. I love the exercise of practicing breath work with movement (any movement!) creating a moving meditation. It’s how I stay centered and focused and reduce stress.
I fell in love with hot yoga 15 years ago, when I lived in chicago and when I moved to Milwaukee it wasn’t here yet so wanted to bring it to Milwaukee! It took me some time to make that happen and fortunately I got to work with one of the first studios in Milwaukee to gain experience and insight on running a studio. (Thanks Bronek Gacki!).
Healium Hot Yoga started as a tiny spot in Bay View and as our community has grown, so has our space! It makes my heart so happy to see people connect and support each other inside and outside if the studio. So inspiring!
Alex Druzny - Yoga Teacher & Ayurveda Health Counselor
While pregnant with her second son and practicing yoga, Alex fell in love with the practice and the way it made her feel physically and mentally. After each session, she noticed less anxiety, reduced stress, as well as improved concentration and a deeper connection to both body and mind.
Along with her son's birth, a new idea was born - the idea of becoming a yoga teacher. Three weeks after giving birth, she decided to follow her heart and signed up for teacher training.
As an instructor, Alex always makes sure her students realize that Yoga is not about how you look or how flexible you are, but about self-acceptance, self-improvement and bringing your body, mind and spirit into a healthy balance.
Alex is a graduate of Kanyakumari 200-hour certified yoga teacher training where she also spent a year passionately studying Ayurveda (world's oldest holistic healing systems). She is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor certified by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.
Alcy Sivyer - Yoga Teacher, Photographer, Vegan Chef
Alcy graduated from film school in 2012 and worked steadily for nearly 4 years in LA and NYC, mostly as a production coordinator (budgets and schedules). In 2015 Alcy dove head first into a yoga teacher training program to rediscover herself and what she had to offer. At the time, she never intended to teach! Teacher training for Alcy, was a catharsis of sorts--an intensive out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new process of growth and change. Through her training and the months that followed, Alcy discovered her love for sharing her insights into growth, change, and self-discovery through movement and meditation.
Since moving back home from New York, this Waukesha native has bloomed in her teaching. These days, Alcy's teaching is inspired by the Hindu chakra system, energetic focal points in the body that hold potential for a deeper mind/body experience. Through the awareness of these energy points, body, movement, and self become entwined.
In addition to teaching, Alcy is also a vegan chef currently working at StrangeTown in Milwaukee. Alcy maintains a steady interest in film and photography, and loves making time for climbing, hiking, hosting dinner parties and traveling whenever possible.
Anna Argeropoulos - Yoga Teacher, Yoga Teacher Trainer
Hi! I’m Anna Argeropoulos. But you can call me Anna A. It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been told my last name is difficult to pronounce. I’m a native to Detroit, but consider myself a Milwaukee local these days.
I began my yoga practice in my living room when I was just 8 years old! My mom and I had checked out a book on yoga from the library. A lot has happened since then. Over the years I practiced many yoga styles - from Bikram to Kundalini to Ashtanga and everything in between. I started my journey as a teacher at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC, received a 500-hour YTT certification at Yogaview Chicago, and prenatal training at the Global Yoga Center in Chicago.
My mission is to… bring people together through yoga, whether it’s by training and mentoring teachers, or welcoming people from all walks of life to practice together, and create community.
Shannon Chalmers - Yoga & Buti Fusion Teacher
I discovered yoga as a natural transition from dance which had been my passion since a young age. Searching for my place in this world, I stumbled upon Yoga - after my first class I was hooked. It left me feeling more balanced, grounded and calm than I had felt in many years. The "Yoga bug" set in. I began studying the subject and was drawn to it. I believe yoga is a path, a practice, made up of body, mind and soul. I am known for my adaptable teaching style of vinyasa flow. You can expect to leave your mat feeling refreshed, nourished and more in balance.
Shannon currently teaches vinyasa, yin, restorative and Buti Yoga Fusion.
Baobi Noel - Yoga Teacher in Training, Event Volunteer
I'm a 26 year old wife and dog mom. I love yoga because it helped me find peace.
In 2017 I was severely injured in a moving accident, which left me needing the use of a cane. I started practicing yoga hoping it would help realign my herniated disc and take pressure off of my sciatic nerve.
Yoga had helped significantly but in the Summer 2018 I was re-injured falling out of my bathtub. This time the injuries were so severe I was rushed to the emergency room. It was there that I was diagnosed with Cauda Equina Syndrome and Neurogenic Bladder which meant I needed emergency spine surgery and a catheter.
After several surgeries I was told that I may never walk again or at best I would with a walker and I would need a catheter the rest of my life. This news was devastating but once I left the hospital I was determined to prove the doctors wrong.
While on bedrest I created a strengthening regimen to keep my leg muscles from atrophying so I could eventually be strong enough to try walking around my apartment with my walker.
When my restrictions were removed I started practicing yoga in my home until I was strong enough to attend a studio class. With each class I have gotten stronger. Yoga helped strengthen my body, helped me lose 30lbs but most importantly it has helped me be mindful.
Being able to practice yoga has been my biggest achievement and my greatest reward. Without it I would not be walking today walker and catheter free.
I still have permanent nerve damage but I am strong enough to move. Yoga has helped prove to myself that I am resilient. I practice yoga to keep my body and mind strong and to continue my journey into health and wellness.
Jordan Klein - Sound Bath, Reiki Master, Founder Metaphysical Medicine
Jordan first encountered Sound as a therapeutic tool in 2013 while studying Music Occupations and Audio Engineering at MATC Milwaukee. He has been studying and experimenting with sound and energy since. Jordan developed a session in which frequencies harmoniously blend from metal, crystal, digital, and vocal sources.
His business, Metaphysical Medicine offers sound baths every new and full moon, as well as reiki therapy and training, geometric energy amplifiers/filters and wire wrap jewelry.
Do you love to socialize? Have a passion for our community? Do you have a skill you want to share with our community?
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