Kids Yoga Instructor
Lisa has practiced yoga for more than 15 years and is certified to teach toddlers through teens by Karma Kids Yoga. A member of the Kids Yoga Academy, she continues to study mindfulness, meditation and yoga. She is working toward a meditation certification through Mindful Schools and a 200-hour certification from the Olive Tree Yoga Foundation. Lisa has spent many hours helping children find their inner star through Girl Scouts, writing clubs, Girls on the Run and other youth groups. Through kids yoga, she strives to help children find peace, strength and play. Lisa and her husband live in Madison with their two daughters. A writer and editor by trade, Lisa’s passionate about family and friends, yoga, reading and writing, local foods, kayaking, hiking, camping and snow skiing. Lisa posts resources and information on kids yoga at her Facebook page — find her by searching “Buddha Bee Yoga”.
Prenatal and Adult Yoga Instructor
Marta’s love for yoga started to take root twelve years ago when she felt something gently “tugging” at her heart and mind following her very first class and continues to unfold 12 years later. “I felt like I had just scratched the surface of something big”… “I continue to be amazed by the power of yoga to keep me grounded, centered and happy!” Marta’s approach to teaching involves first helping her students realize their own innate goodness then emphasizing alignment, body awareness, mindful breathing, and self-acceptance. She teaches from a profound sense of service to help her students realize the transformative powers of yoga that helped change her life. Marta has been teaching since 2006 and holds a 260 hour teaching certification from Pure Yoga, Hong Kong.
In her free time Marta loves the outdoors, cooking, biking, reading, attend yoga workshops, and spending time with her husband and baby girl.
Adult Yoga Instructor
Angelika is new to Madison, and is thrilled to share her teachings with the Blackbird Family! Angelika’s classes always incorporate a focus on breathing, conscious movement, and joyful playing through standing postures, arm balances, sitting and inversions. She offers a kind and gentle approach with detailed instruction and modifications for new yogis, as well as plenty of options and challenges for the more seasoned practitioner. Angelika’s roots are in Ashtanga yoga, but she likes to break out of that mold and introduce practices from plenty of other traditions. As with every practice, no session is ever quite alike, and so on some days the class might be very slow and deep, and at other times we might just really rock it out! Angelika teaches the Tuesday night Candlelight Flow from 6.30-7.30pm, as well as the Saturday morning Flow from 9.45-10.45.
Kids/Teen Yoga Instructor
Nikki is a Madison-based Certified YogaKids Facilitator with YogaKids International, the award winning yoga program for children and teens ages 3 – 18 years. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Education. Nikki has 12 years of professional experience as both a teacher and counselor working with children ages 3 – 18 and their families. Nikki’s intention for every class is to create a welcoming, fun, and peaceful environment where students will be respected as individuals and feel free to be themselves. It is Nikki’s mission to bring yoga to the lives of children and their families; and in doing so empower them with skills and knowledge needed to live a happy, healthy, peaceful life. A student of yoga herself, Nikki has been practicing yoga since 2007. She is grateful for the amazing benefits yoga has brought to her mind, body, and soul. As a busy mom to three little yogis, Nikki finds the practice of yoga helps bring harmony and balance to her life.
Kids/ Family Yoga Instructor
Jamie Gepner wants to live in a world where all kids know downward dog and deep breaths are plentiful. Certified to teach children’s yoga through Karma Kids Yoga and Yoga Education Institute, Jamie loves to play yoga with kids and families in the Madison area. Jamie also provides life-balance coaching to adults as a Renee Trudeau and Associates Certified Personal Renewal Group Facilitator. When she’s not on a yoga adventure or helping families live more happily, Jamie can be found with her husband and three energetic kids, enjoying the Terrace, or on the mat as a student of yoga herself. She looks forward to getting to know your families at Blackbird!
Childcare Assistant/Front Desk Assistant
Kim is from Brookfield, Wisconsin and is a junior at Edgewood College. She is studying Child Life (child development expert working with hospitalized children to make their stay easier through play) and is getting a minor in Spanish. Kim loves working with kids and is so excited to be working at Blackbird and seeing all of the positive things being done to promote health and positive growth in children! In her free time, Kim loves to read, watch movies, bake, and spend time with family and friends.
Adult and Kids Yoga Instructor
Sarah offers from her heart in a cultivated and poetic way, empowering others to find freedom within their bodies and minds. For her, yoga is a natural artistic expression of creating deeper, more potent understanding of life’s experiences.She received a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has spent her working years involved in teaching and assisting others in the vast realm of health and wellness. Sarah enjoys daily practice, participates in yoga workshops, and peruses teacher trainings all while balancing her family schedule. She is married, has three children and a very large dog that goes by the name Yogi.
Nina Santos Laubach
Adult Yoga Instructor
Nina teaches classes that emphasize grounding and authentic breath as the foundation for an effective and meaningful Yoga practice. She believes that with a mindful approach to asana, incorporating developing stability, mobility, and healthy alignment, Yoga can help bring awareness to habits and tension in our minds and bodies that prevent us from being fully present and authentically joyful. Nina has completed the Alignment Yoga 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program with Scott Anderson and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She is currently in the 500-hour Teacher Training program. Nina grew up on the East Coast and worked for six years as a structural engineer in New Jersey and NYC analyzing structural and architectural failures. She now lives with her husband and two children in Madison. Together, they enjoy being outdoors and daydreaming about traveling around the world. Learn more about Nina at www.ninalaubach.com.
Adult, Prenatal and Postnatal/ Yoga with Baby Instructor
After several years of practicing and teaching yoga, Lynn is still AMAZED at the power of this practice! Through this simple practice of joining breath with movement, she believes all people can feel better, create more self-awareness, and be more tuned-in to their lives! She loves teaching beginners and experienced yogis, and has spent a lot of time in training and teaching therapeutic/gentle yoga and prenatal/postnatal yoga. In her classes, she always encourages students to listen to their inner-teacher and only do what is appropriate for them on that day. After having her own two beautiful boys, Lynn discovered yoga as a way to rejuvenate herself and parent from a more peaceful and present state of mind. In her parent and baby/toddler classes, Lynn weaves yoga, singing, dancing and laughing to create a joyful atmosphere for parents and children to bond with each other and make new friends! Lynn loves being with her two boys and husband – discovering the outdoors, making music and dreaming up a new adventure!
Her training includes: a 200-hour certification from Yoga Yoga in Austin, TX, Therapeutic yoga training with Gary Kraftsow and Donna Farhi, Prenatal/Postnatal training with Om Mama and The Doula Workshop(Madison). Before yoga study, she received a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree and taught music and movement to children and adults for many years.
Rachel began practicing yoga regularly in 2009, and she was amazed at the mindfulness it brought to her life. As a teacher she hopes to help her students find stability and strength in the body while finding calmness in the mind. Her classes link breath to movement and emphasize respecting and honoring your body’s individual needs. For Rachel, yoga is a pathway to self acceptance and compassion for all beings. She is a 200 hour certified and registered yoga teacher who also has a B.A. in Philosophy and English Literature. Off the mat Rachel loves spending time in nature and being with her animals.
Studio Owner and Kids, Teen, Family, and Adult Yoga Instructor
Amanda is an incredibly grateful mother of two zany kids, daughter, sister, friend, and self-proclaimed yoga freak. After discovering yoga, Amanda found the world to be a more beautiful place, both on and off the mat. Amanda believes that the basic philosophies of yoga can be taught to children of all ages, and is thrilled to be able to spread the yoga love to Middleton and the surrounding areas! Amanda received her kids yoga teacher training certification through Karma Kids Yoga (NYC). A longtime bibliophile, Amanda also has her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature.