Our Teachers

Patty McGown, LPC, E-RYT 
Opening a yoga studio is my dream!!

Patty McGown took her first yoga class in 2001 in Australia with a 70 year old teacher in a standing room only space. After having run for 25 years, and feeling pain and stiffness for years, she finally felt some relief. Yoga changed her body and it also calmed her mind. She took her teacher training from Yogini Nancy Ruby of YogaMotion Acadamy in 2004 and started teaching immediately after her certification with Yoga Alliance. It started when her sister moved to town and convinced Patty to take yoga teacher training."Yoga is a tradition passed down through it's teachers. My sister studied with Jan Johnson and I took a few of her classes and learned techniques for alignment that I still use today. I teach yoga for every body. I love yoga for the way I feel after a class. Balanced, calm, strong, tall, and relieved of any tension I may have been feeling. Yoga deepens the breath and for me, actually increases my respiration. I love yoga for how it moves all the muscles of the body around all the joints, moves the spine in all 5 directions, and builds stamina and strength, focus and concentration, grace and poise. Yoga calms the nervous system and has been shown to reduce both anxiety and depression.”

In addition to YogaMotion training, Patty has received training on Trauma Focused Yoga from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Judith Hanson Lasater, Joel Kramer, among others. Patty has taken classes in Key West, Bozeman, Missoula, Nicaragua, Portland, Arizona, and Minneapolis/St Paul. Patty’s practice includes a blend of Hatha Yoga, Viniyoga, Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Trauma focused yoga therapy.  Patty is known for her understanding of anatomy and the systems of the body. Her classes emphasize the three part yogic breath, strength, flexibility in the face of inflexibility, sequencing of the forms (asanas) and deep relaxation.

Patty has a MS in Mental Health Counseling and is a therapist at Vantage Point Clinic in Barron.

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Melissa Aul, PT, WCS, RYT-200

 

Yoga poses and breathing practices were integral choices in my treatment toolbox throughout a 38-year career as a clinic physical therapist. What an empowering and powerful way to connect mind and body in the presence of pain, body injury, or trauma! With a credential of Certified Yoga Instructor earned in 2003, I lectured at state and national professional conferences on “Applications of Yoga for Your Orthopedic and Pelvic Health Practice” to other therapists. During these years I concurrently enjoyed my own personal yoga practice, envisioning a future that would allow me time to learn more about yoga and how to teach community classes. Approaching retirement from clinic P.T., I completed RYT-200 training with Yoga North International Soma Yoga Institute in Duluth in May 2020. I now enjoy opportunities to create classes where I can share the benefits, the intentional focus, and the joy of presence that yoga offers any student with an open mind and willing spirit! My approach is primarily Hatha yoga, sprinkled with “core” and joint stability emphasis, always within the larger context of protecting joints while building strength, balance, flexibility, and stamina. I try to make yoga accessible for all; I encourage self-compassion, patience, and embrace of the “what is” over the “what it should be”! My intention is that students, with guided sequences and explorations, and within their own time, will realize the name and mantra I’ve chosen for my classes: YogaBuild- Build your practice, Build your confidence, Love your yoga. 

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Jennifer Christensen:

As a mother of four, I began my yoga journey as a way to find the patience to be a better parent. Going to a yoga class have me the few moments I needed for myself. Yoga kept me from feeling overwhelmed by creatng a space for me to breathe and move and relax. 

My children grew and rather than continue my regular practice, I let my work take over more of my life, and I found myself out of balance, emotionally, mentally and physically.

With the encouragement of my husband, I enrolled in yoga teacher training at St. Paul College, earning my yoga teaching certificate in the spring of this year (2020).  

Training to be a yoga instructor was a transformative experience, and developing a regular meditation practice was life saving. Through my teaching, I hope to share the peace I have found in finding balance within myself, with others.

Connie Johnson RYT 200

I have lived in Rice Lake for almost 50 years,  I am married, a mother of two wonderful sons, grandmother to two beautiful grandchildren , and a retired teacher.  I am active in facilitating a StrongBodies fitness program (2010 - present) in my community.  I am an avid walker, and spend a generous amount of time in the kitchen, doing what I love to do most; prepare wonderful recipes and share them with my family and friends.   

Meditation has always been a part of my life  I was introduced to its power, during my college years at the University of Wisconsin Stout.  I entered into my practice hoping it would be a useful tool to calm stress and increase my focus as I worked  to complete my degree in Family and Consumer Education.  It accomplished that and so much morel  Little did I know at that time that it would be a life long skill.  Fast forward 40 years…………

During my professional career I found yoga to be a perfect compliment to my meditation practice. It helped me to feel grounded, stay mentally focused and physically strong.   In the fall of 2020, I decided to pursue a yoga study-teacher training.  I was looking for a way to cope with the anxiety and stress of Covid social limitations and isolation.  I needed something that would help me to refresh mentally and help maintain my physical strength during a year of uncertainty.

My year of study did just that and much more. Each evening, as I traveled home from my training, I noticed a sense of calm that I had not felt for a long time.  I knew there was so much more to my education that just learning poses.  I continue benefit from this wonderful decision daily. 

Now, one year later, here I am!  I’m ready to help guide you on your own journey to create your own sense of calm while increasing mindfulness and reducing stress.  I’d love to share my practice with you!