Instructors

Debra Ballweg

I began my yoga and meditation practice over 20 years ago as a Social Studies teacher. The stresses and strains of teaching can be daunting. Yoga and meditation brought clarity to my teaching, so much so, that I began to share my practice with my students and fellow teachers. During this time I completed the 200 RYT through Breathe For Change (2016), an organization which focuses on teaching yoga and mindfulness to K-12 teachers in order to bring their benefits into the classroom. 

I found that after my retirement I wanted to continue teaching yoga; and so my journey continued. My passion is to share my love of yoga and its benefits with others as I have seen my life philosophy grow and change through the practice. The classes I teach are designed for all ages and body shapes. 

When not teaching I am spending time with my loving husband Sid, our two daughters and five grandchildren. I love to garden, read, and ride on the back of my husband’s motorcycle across the U.S., taking my travel yoga mat with me. I am a lifelong learner and so my personal journey continues through workshops, retreats and other professional development. 

I follow: Kathryn Bruni-Young & Jenny Rawlings (Alignment Yoga), Jillian Pransky (Restorative Yoga), Sherry Zak Morris (Chair Yoga) , Sarah Powers & Paul Grilley, Bernie Clark (Yin Yoga)

Certification: E-RYT 200, YACEP
& 30 hour Yin Yoga

Micole Gauvin

Nichole North Hester

My journey into yoga has been one of fits and starts, of putting off trying, of dragging my feet, and ultimately one of transformation. In 2013 I finally found a practice that worked for me, teachers who spoke to me, and a place that inspired me. Within two years of starting this practice I enrolled in the 21st Century Yoga on the Mat teacher training and my yoga education has continued and deepened ever since.

My classes are much like my practice – steady, grounding, and strong. During our time together we will focus on our breath, move together, and better know and love ourselves.  My greatest hope is that you will leave our time together feeling that you have a better understanding of the person you currently are, the authentic person who exists within you, and a pathway between the two.

Collin Johnson


I am a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner A.H.C. and founder of Elk Heart Holistic. In addition to Ayurvedic Counseling, I facilitates Sound Therapy, Asana Practices, and Meditations.

My walk with holistic practices began after being diagnosed with an Auto Immune disease in 2016. Eventually, through Reiki, Sound Therapy, Yoga, Acupuncture, and other holistic treatments, I started bringing balance into my life and restored my health.

Directed by my passion for music and motivation to enhance my knowledge, I obtained certifications from the California College of Ayurveda in Nevada City and Lakshmi Rising, the School for Yoga and Wellness, in Puntarenas. I am currently finishing my degree from The Globe Institute of Sound and Consciousness in Sausalito for Sound Therapy.

I offer Ayurvedic Consultations, Sound Baths, Individual Sound Therapy Sessions, Ayurvedic Workshops, Asana Practices (Hatha/Vinyasa), and Meditations working with sound, silence, and breath. My offerings intend to bring the body, mind, and spirit back into balance or homeostasis. I offer this knowledge so you can acquire the tools to heal.

Hope Mikkelson

Hope has been teaching large group fitness classes since ’93. She takes a scientific approach to her fitness and incorporates her knowledge of the human body into her practice. She modifies her classes for the variety of students she leads and is a believer in consistency and routine for a strong mind-body connection. Hope is a STEM teacher, RYT-200 hour, and a mother of four. She lives in Brooklyn, WI and loves to read.

Kelly Scholz

I discovered what yoga can do for the body after my first Ironman triathlon in 2007.  My body was battered and yoga helped me to recover physically. I found an added bonus – my mind and spirit were being healed as well.  I made it through two more Ironman tris and a handful of half Ironman tris with the help of yoga. I loved yoga so much that in 2015 I completed my 200 hour training with Alex Pfeiffer, 21st Century Yoga on the Mat.  I continue training with Alex, pursuing my 500 hour yoga certification and will be certified with Davidji’s, Master of Wisdom, Meditation Teacher Training in October 2019. I have found my passion! 

I retired from my nursing career in 2016 to teach yoga, and practice and teach Reiki full time.  I love how yoga, Reiki and meditation naturally flow together. These practices have taught me to slow down and be in the moment, to listen to my body and continually heal my spirit. My goal for my students, from beginners to advanced, is to find the same healing qualities in yoga that I have found.  When I’m off my mat I’m playing with my dogs, riding my bicycle or on a traveling adventure. I look forward to seeing you on your mat in one of my classes or workshops.

Lisa Springer

My name is Lisa and I am so excited to be here. I am trained In Prana Vinyasa and Restorative yoga. This is a perfect blend of gentle movement to a activate, open and gently restore the body. As a nurse I like to describe it as an internal massage. I teach from a trauma informed lens and this practice allows us to be exactly as we are and escape into waves of peace. All are welcome and belong.

Jo Temte

My first encounter with yoga was through meeting a friend’s mother while she was in headstand.  This was the late 1970s and totally out of character for mothers of the time, at least in my neighborhood.  I later learned that Mardi was a yoga instructor!  She helped me think very differently about what our bodies and minds are capable of and launched me on my yoga journey.

I’m American Council on Exercise (ACE) group fitness certified and have been teaching for over 20 years – everything from kickboxing and weight training to yoga and Pilates.  While I loved all styles of movement, I kept gravitating back to yoga and all it has to offer mind, body and spirit.  In 2018, I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training with Alex Pfeiffer, 21st Century Yoga on the Mat. More recently, I have earned Mind Body Specialist and Pain Free Movement Specialist certificates from ACE.

My special interests are hands, feet, pain-free movement, functional fitness and healthy aging. I also enjoy working with at-risk youth. Outside of the studio, you can find me in my garden, sketching, paddle boarding with my dog, or hiking with my family. I look forward to practicing with you!

Cindy Weber

I began my teaching career in an 8th grade math classroom where I loved teaching math while also coaching my favorite sports after school. About 20 years ago, while taking classes at a local fitness studio, Yoga slapped me in the face. Literally. Well, I mean Yoga made me cry every time during savasana. I didn’t understand why I cried, yet my knowledge seeking persisted and I soon began teaching fitness classes after becoming certified in PiYo.

I knew there had to be more to this emotion-releasing, spirit-lifting, life-changing class. In 2013 I trained with and received my 200-hour Yoga teacher training certification from Alex Pfeiffer at The Studio in Madison. In 2018 I finished my 500-hour training. Yoga served as both my anchor and my savior when our son was struggling with repeated physical and mental health crises, as chronicled in my recently published book, Bend Don’t Break: My Son’s Survival.

Participants in my class can anticipate a genuine connection from the heart, grounding poses, and modifications based on your needs. I am a trust-worthy, experienced teacher who has been blessed with a vast array of life, teaching, meditation, and business-owning experiences. I love to spend time with my family hiking, biking and playing cards when I’m not teaching Yoga, Tabata, or Water Exercise. My husband and I moved to Scottsdale, AZ where we reside the majority of the year. I am grateful to have the opportunity to teach in person at Wishing Tree for the summer months and online the rest of the year.

Leanne Widen

Leanne began her yoga journey at the age of 50, 7years after overcoming breast cancer. Through the practice of yoga, she was able to reconnect to the same body that had betrayed her. Using breath and movement, she found a dramatic impact in nurturing her body, mind and soul. She studied yoga and attended workshops in the Sacred Valley of Peru and Tulum, Mexico with Tara Nolan, of T Nolan Yoga. She received her 200 Hr RYT, through 21st Century Yoga on the Mat with Alex Pfeiffer at The Studio in Madison, WI. Leanne additionally received advanced certification through Yoga for Breast Cancer & Beyond with Camille Kittrell, founder of exclusiveYoga, in Waltham, MA. Leanne will guide you to explore breath and movement in a way that can help any body thrive. Leanne teaches with an upbeat, patient manner that anyone can follow. She challenges her students to embrace life both on and off the mat.

Bérénice Wieki-Dhellemme

Just as I became an adult, I was diagnosed with health issues that would drive my physical and mental wellbeing for the foreseeable future. In years of dealing with multiple clotting episodes, and most recently a PE and DVT at the beginning of 2020, I am grateful to be alive. Working through it all over the years, yoga became the one thing that would have a positive effect on my whole being. I could feel and see my breathing change and enhance my connection to my physical body. As I grew deeper in my practice, I made the leap to train as a teacher. I wanted to keep learning. I got my 200 hour certification with Alex Pfeiffer, 21st Century on the Mat and with these tools was able to continue my growth. I came to realize that in helping myself, I can help others too. 

I share with students my learnings of breath, movement, and steadiness. The best of yoga practice is in the now. A healthy mind-body connection is the beginning to understand ourselves and beyond. Wherever we come from, once on the mat, it is a new space that allows us to be present with ourselves. One moment, one breath at a time. 

When not on the mat, you can look for me deep in the woods, on the water, in all the nooks and crannies off the beaten path. Exploring new places on this earth, always on the hunt for a good photo, a good adventure, and a good meal. 

Lisa Zingale

I came to yoga after years of dealing with lumbar and back pain from scoliosis and arthritis.
Chiropractors and acupuncture helped a lot, but provided only temporary relief. I had almost no range of bend in my back and even walking would sometimes cause pain.

My husband swore yoga helped heal a herniated disc; so, I gave it a try and I was hooked after a few classes. It took two years of consistent, cautious practice to build up my back strength; but I am now a pain-free-believer in the healing powers of yoga. My experience informs my teaching and I strive to offer options and the use of props to help accommodate all bodies. If you are working through injuries or other issues, there can be a way for Yoga to work for you.

Ali Zuba

Ali stumbled into yoga on the mat practice in 2012 after a nudge from a friend.  She instantly connected to the teacher’s flow, and made asana practice a weekly habit at her local gym.  As her practice matured, she was called to pursue a teacher training program in downtown Madison – 21st Century Yoga on the Mat. Learning that Yoga practice is much more than physical poses, Ali believes that daily practice – on and off the mat – allows you to tap into and build awareness of your authentic self.  She shares these joyous gifts with others through the art of teaching.  Come join her on the mat, and together we will practice finding our breath to build bridges for expansion, grounding and connection through the Flow of Life