I began my yoga journey at the age of 16 with my father as a means of improving my martial arts practice at the time. I suffered quite a bit in the flexibility department and was dubbed the steel beam at the time. The two flowed together very well for me the emphasis on the breath, the degree of focus and the emphasis on improvement with practice in time with no set end. At the time there were few male practitioners in my area I remember constantly citing athletes that practiced yoga to prevent injury and gain flexibility to my classmates. Some years later a lot of life I found myself searching for a means to strengthen my body, calm my mind and that I wouldn’t have to force myself to do. Yoga for me fits the bill on all accounts and intertwined well with my meditation practice.
I began at Inner Fire Yoga in April of 2019 and have made it a personal goal to attend no less than 3 classes a week. I've experienced many benefits even immediately after each class. I’ve often felt the cold weather was more tolerable after practice as well as a strong sense of well being and ease. Also having a physical job on most days I find that yoga has released a lot of the strain and tension that has accumulated. I believe it has been a big part in keeping my body ready and full of energy for the things I want to do in life.
I would say that what draws me most to yoga is the psychological and spiritual aspects. It has taught me that there is no such thing as a perfect practice or a perfect life but all that is required of us is that we do our best in that moment and strive to move forward. I also get a great sense of freedom because all though we practice together each yogi’s practice is there’s own. Yoga emphasis community but also being your own unique best self.
The amount Inner Fire Yoga’s community has raised to date for charity!
Since the beginning in 2002, we have taken very seriously our values of compassion and kindness and our mission to bring well being to our wider community.
An Honored Inner Fire Yogi is an essential member of our community who has completed at least 300 classes at Inner Fire Yoga. The time and dedication exhibited by these yoga practitioners has been key to the growth and success of our yoga studio. With gratitude we honor these most inspiring role models with a hand beaded glass bracelet in the color of the achievement level. Those reaching 1000 classes receive an amethyst bracelet.
Mary Kay Roseneck, Ryel Estes, Janice Binter, Janet Pruett, Diana Howell, Erinn Morris, Amy Hallenbeck, Draga Gakovich, Debbie Godchaux, Ann O’Brien, Susi Hassert, Natalie Betz, Joan Bliefernicht, Karen Rigsby, Esther Bach-y-Rita, Debi Peak, Tom Jeffson, Wendi Joseph, Richard Porst, Karen Erstad, Kim Brilowski, Lynn Kirsch, Marit Sathrum, Diane Coughlin, Kate Schmitz, Bonnie Raimy, Lauren Werner, Sue Hogg, Suzanne Gaulocher, Tim Tullis, Sue Vraga, Noelle Neumann, Barb Kirby, Ravi Ballamudi, David Birchler, Michael Ward, Nati Israeli, Amy Roland, Vicky Meyers, Lance Carlson, Ida Pajunen, Lynn Diener, Lisa Danford, Katherine Vieau, Megan Kling, Michael Pare, Mary Woodward, Alena Eichenseher, Ken Kloes, Randall Skalet, Amy Dowd, Dr. Ruddy, John Brown, Jeff Kanne, Tina Morshcauser, Sean Ward, Claire Bergman, Hope Henley, Adrienne Leslie, Eric Sullivan, Matt D'Amour, Laura Lob, Sandra Bredeson, Stephanie Robert, Sandra Anderson, Dawn McCluskey, Barbara Stenson, Mary Tullis, Jennifer Collins, Tiziana Serafini, Dixie Bird, Maira Rivera, LaRynda Thoen, Dianna Murphy, Karen McShane-Hellenbrand, Jill Karofsky, Tony D'Alessandro, Joy Pontrello, Marilyn Barbian, Bill Kokott, Teresa Santulli, Leslie McAllister, Keesia Hyzer, Laura Patterson, Caroline Spencer, Mary McNicholas, Kristi Pagenkopf, Solomy Ntambi, Elise Comello, Debra Oaks, Erika Hanson, Elizabeth Kanne, Sonja Olson, Christine Brophy, Margery Biel, Amy Bina, Shannon Smith, Erica Johnson, Penn Vieau, Mike Knetter, Ruth Litovsky, Jane Bernstein, Chris Dahlk, Lisa Naughton, Zoe Sumnicht, Jill Casid, Lisa Kerr, Judith Gundersen, Michael Hoefferle, Sandra Eugster, Holly Bobula, Michelle Mettner, Sarah Anstaett, Kim Groshek, Li Li Jones, Sheila Hart, Jolene Kornely, Susan Conaway, Ann Corcoran, Jennifer Gardiner, Natassia Petermann, Jennifer Stark, Katie Boyce, Karl Harter, Laura Berghahn, Winnie Chan, Nancy Nankivil, Ed Corcoran, Teri Parris Ford, Nora O’Reilly, Rachelle Winkle-Wagner, Victoria Schiller
Samira Musah, Diane Schmidt, Mara Loveman, Nanni Welter, Ellie Haberl Jay Sundu, Mary Teirney, Megan Senatori, Beverly Buhr, Theresa Brown, Kurt Lin, Jerry Gobeli, Mary Tullis, Dixie Bird, Anna Gemrich, Josie Howell, Judy Schultz, Katie Norcross, Maria Henry, Connie Bettin, Susan Ertl, Justin Rivas, Jennifer Fetterly, Laura Wade, Dan Tyler, Liz Preston, Nancy Crull, Meredith Turany, Ally Hrkac, Rob Roquitte, Micaela Orgaz, Colleen Volker, Jamuna Shrestha, Betsy Delzer, Sue Massey, Mary Hoefferle, Taylor Disch
Neil Skinner, Judith McCue, Kim Brilowski, Lynn Kirsch, Kendra Hogan, Diane Coughlin, Mary Beth Brooks, Dawn McCluskey, Paul White, Thomas Smith, Lisa Witkowski, Suzanne Way, Elissa Parker, Kelly Snider, Nancy Nankivil, Sandra Homburg, Lizzie Ryan, Craig Berchtold, Carol Ricker, Jesse Craig, Kathy Ginn, Danielle Delaney, Johathan Ivry, Claire McNicholas, Kim Lemmer, Belinda Mucklow, Amy Everson, Jennifer Sauer, Arati Shrestha, Pamuk Bisel, Sarah Jefferds, John Majer, Christina Sheehan, Nalini Rao, Cathy Rotter, Joni Nowak, Melissa Vaughan, Sarah Lynne Peters, Suki Warda, Debra Alton-Fassbender, Christine Gartler, Todd Cieslak, Amy Heckmann, Kerry Helmer, Norah Ntambi, Jane Antonovich
Pat Barone, Eric Lemke, Alana Martin, Sandra Ashford, Janet Quamme, Michelle Reynolds, Angie Carlson, Ravi Ballamudi, Aaron Thompson, Rachel Carlson, Julia Rubin, Bob Brooks, Sandy Herrmann, Anya Zhikhareva, Grace Miller, Rachael Cameron, Clare O’Connor, Tina Okada, Nan Meier-Singer, Charlene Zhu, Ron Bote, Chris Dahlk, Josie Howell, Judy Genin, Audrey Brown, Anne Schoenemann, Dewey Bredeson, Tonia Feiner, Laurie Osterndorf, Jennifer Stark, Mary Ann Reale, Karen Sandler, Jackie Rose, Archana Shrestha, Caren King, Melissa Vaughan, Lauren Millar, Susan Kitts, Lynne Dennis, Kathy Pynnonen, Yukiko Dawson, Melanie Buhr-Lawler, Brian Turany, Jennifer Bosben, Chuck Angevine, Melanie Hebl, Michele Erikson, Regina Whitemarsh, Krystine Jackson, Susan Huber Miller, Sarah Katherine Nelson, Glorily A. López, Rich Schumann
Megan Brown, Elizabeth Doering, Kasia Darling, Michael Underwood, Kathleen Kay, Carl Welter, Erin Paul-Schuetter, Anita Adams, Stan O’keefe, Natasha Karassina, Amy Fields, David Lincecum, Scott Lamps, Gretchen May, Michael Kitts, Darsi Foss, Mary Crowe, Jasmin Kristianto, Brenda Smage, Stephanie Okada, Becky Hoffman, Karen Knetter, Kate Lucey, Mary Kuypers, Rose Nadler, Erin McInnes, Janell Squire, Jenya Grinblat, Ana Brand, Sarah Fink, Karen Knetter, Tina Pacente, Gigi Cohen, Denise Gomez, Ken Adler, Pete Leonard, Emily Pfotenhauer, Chris Collins, Walter Meanwell, Elizabeth Huge, Jeanne Grist, Erin Brown, Brandi Funk, Annie Kilborn
Carol Chvala, Glenn Rhodes, Bess Huddle, Michael Ward, Rachael Rivard, Melanie Thiel, Emily English, Sarah Glazer, Joe Meehean, Lauren Werner, Jessica Dias, Abby Potter, Emilia Kruzel, Jennifer Bayuk Yednock, Natasha Wick, Becky Arbaje, Mike Phillips, Michele Jasik, Sophie Miller, Jacqueline Schumacher, Lisa Nachreiner, Sonya Kessinger, Carol Floyd, Chantelle Thomas, Jan Hummel, Siggi Sigmarsson, Gayle Divelbiss, Kim Moreland, Dan Rubenstein, Rob Lottridge, Sara Yeo, Evelyn Munoz, Hadley DeJaynes, Brianna Buhr, Jayne Deutmeyer, Sonia Olson, Yasaman Rezai, Katie Miller, Hally Marlino, Bruce Wampold, Jill McNaughton, Lisa Ramsden, Laura Dattilo, Margaret Ntambi, Carly Hodes, Rassamee Kahrs, Evelyn Andersen, Patricia Terry, Rikelle Shold, Michael Kling, Julie Rimkus, Nathan Dowd, Nancy Gutknecht, Anna Ferrara, Maria Marunich, Sara Misurelli, Gavin Tullis, Susan Geer, Heather Fortune, Jessie Vaughan, Mandy Gennerman, Mary Leonard, Keith Dalby, Laura Paprocki, Johnny Wertz, Ania Walecka, Mark Melin, Julia Dorosz, Julia Stanley, Michelle Grosch, Charo Detcheverry, Bonnie Concordia, Monica Dillenbeck, Amy Lee, Nadine Connor, Lisa Ferrazzano, Adam Sinclair, Melissa Brumm, Amanda Todd, Diane Doering, Rick Baker, Karyn Riddle, Tsela Barr, Chiao-Ping Li, Libby Gerds, Wesley Kavelaris, Doug McIntosh, Coco Kinsley, Tim Gomez, Bari Deprey, Susan Madigan, Kathy Hrkac, Amy Throndsen, Michelle Marking, Ann O’Rourke, Sushma Shrestha, Jill Ellefson, Rachel Pfeiffer, Ben Reynolds, Kara Flynn, Eric Raimy
Nicole Borges, Mauricio Lopez, Laurie Alexander, John Majer, Colleen Cleary, Mira Shimabukuro, Larry Nash, Meghan Wanzek, Julia Malcolm, Wayne Au, Carrie Newton, Sharon Osterloh, Elizabeth Roesler, Jessica Dias, Gail Baker, Joe Paprocki, Iliana Castillo, Susan Masterson, Susan Masterson, Lisa Cappelli, Gayle Love, Faith DaSilva, Jayne Glad, Lucy Kay, Marian Thompson, Gayla Divelbliss, Siggi Sigmarsson, Kim Nestler, Pamela Schneider, Lisa Rambaldo, Carol Prochaska, Vanessa Covi, Laura Phelan, Amy Osorio, LT Kirschner, Carly Dachis, Sara Turner, Heather Hopke, Kaitlyn Skalet, Meredith Turany, Bethany Allen, Sherry Clyce, Lisa Rickert, Walter Dickey, Reka Sundaram-Stukel, Julie Logue, Stacia Corona, Chris Vaughan, Dawn Reininger, Jennifer Lanzendorf, Pamuk Bilsel, Katy Boyce, Sara Austin, Paige Tullis, Margaret Ntambi, Jessica Winkler, Angela Archiquette, Nora O’Reilly, Karen Ostrov, Jody Shaw, Joe Kolafa, Erin McInnes, Danielle Scott, Heather Fortune, Stephanie Dalbesio, Kathleen Twist, Michele Erikson, Aaron Reich, Helen Kinsella, Annie Levihn, Lisa Kisling, Ginger Pocock, Cathy Durham, Rachel Bergmans, Heidi Nelson, Claire Macdonald, Tristan Verbeten, Annelise Gehl, Nora Latos, Edith Chan, Bruce Wunnicke, Ben Braun, Karyn Riddle, Jenn Smith, Erin Ogden, Peter Moyers, Samantha Garlock, Jenny Jeong, Javier Barquin, Shadow Backus, Erika Flaherty, Erika Ford, Shelbey Metcalf, Meg Newlin, Leah Owens, Joel Chesebro, Hannah Kim, Anna Louise Lutz, Kali Rivas, Lisa Rambaldo, Jim Doyle, Angel McClarey, Bari Deprey, Darlene Vander Hoop, Kyle Caldwell, Kris Eiring, Barbara Wermager, Claire Peterson, Stacy Taritas, Julie Murphy-Agnew, Elizabeth Wellenstein, Bob Kelley, Sue Robinson, Natalie Schneckloth, Rachel Heilizer, Lucas Malson, Giuliana Gonzalez, Malina Piontek, Lizzie Nettesheim, Sarah Alt, Amy Dias, Jessica Ace, Carol Shufro, Chris Swiggum, Alison Kilkelly, Kassi Foley, Genna Kuypers, Eleanor Lu, Erik Bergeson, Trisha Hernandez, Valerie Mok, Mayra Archilla-Barton, Becca Keleher, Yuwei Shao, Mark Vitale, Anne Morgan, Julie Redders, Caroline Grinde, Mary Cummins, Ginny Hughes, Marie Hebert, Anglea Seger, Stephanie Moomjian
Erik Schneiderhan, Todd Newell, Amrita Sandhu, Steven Eiring, Jacolyn Hudson, Elizabeth Roesler, Karin Medall, Yoonsook Ha, Sara Buckman, Martin Fencl, Erin Stein, Rahel Holinbeck, Judy Fitzgerald, Bruce Harville, Krista Wilson, Tina Greupner, Bill Daily, Sara Schill, Andrea Bach-y-Rita, Jeff Ylvisaker, Katie Hargrove, Rachele Malek, Scott Brown, Meghan Glazer, Rose Webber, Pamela Bradley, Marci Nuckolls, Meg Groves, Teri Ford, Lauren Brown, Julia Fixel, Karen Chisholm, Darcie Kunder, Emily Livesey, Chris Maddox, Kim Patullo, Pam Hart, Sophie Shafer-Landau, Vanessa Bodley, Michael McCluskey, Scott Erstad, Kyoko Fuse, Jessica Gartner, Carol Philipps, Meisha Leibson, Stacey Meanwell, Abby Hall, Lizzie Wortham, Prit Smith, Heidi Gaugert, Colleen Hathaway, Carol Philipps, Ellen Bins Nordgren, Al Gurman, Katrina Stuntebeck, Maria Novak, Beth Nachreiner, John Hav-Chapman, Katie Hustad, Julie Linnen, David Vereide, David Roland, Kyle Foust, Alex Gianturco, Maureen Bohlen, Fiona Sastrodihardjo, Angela Hellenbrand, Kyle Foust, Eric Anderson, Brad Bohlen, Madison Snider, Eric Okada, Bao-Kim Le, Katie Hustad, Julie Waddell, Jennifer Nicklay, Carly Snider, Maxine Knetter, Shadow Backus, Allie Schrank, Madison Snider, Lizzie Netesheim, Matthew Wolff, Margaret Ntambi, Karl Whitemarsh, Jody Shaw, Emily A. Clark, Steve Sauer, Carolyn Lorge, Amy Throndsen, Luann Tribus, Jean Uhlmann, Ann Haberl, Katie Henry, Kristie Pulvermacher, Katia Schindler, Michelle Frehner, Kaitlyn Hetzel, Javier Barquin, Karen Turek, Allie Dienger, Alison Kilkelly, David Reinhard, Jamie Hawkins, Alison Kilkelly, Rachel B., Jeff Ford, Allison Lebwhol, Brad Owens, Betsy Clough, Chris Hager, Brenna O'Dea, Stacy Borman, Jessica Ace, Georgia Curry, Chris Hager, Shaun Hernandez, Kali Rivas, Nicole Dunn, Reid Tice, Sarah Alt, Jim Deering, Christine Gartler, Allison Blegen, Erin Barbato, Genna Kuypers, Leah Owens, Tom Fuchs, Lisa Atkins, Amber Evenson, Joel Chesebro, Sarah Maughan, Brian Stannard, Leigh Emrick, Kelli Worman, Amelia Ramirez, Meghan Martine, Bebe Bryans, Sarah Merfeld, Danielle Stevenson, Becca Formosa, Pauline Crane, Alicia Brenner-Ohnstad, Giuliana Gonzalez, Gary Braman, Taylor Anderson, Eric Gregersen, June Meier, Bess Howell, Steven Nadler, Kristan Reed, Malina Piontek, Patricia Benitez, Jamie Kolden, Su Yu Lu Maples, Brent Duhr, Katie Grawe, Jen Schroeder, Lainie Goldsmith, Mary Stelletello, Lauren Ballo, Darcy McCann, Ayla Annac, Amy Huff, Gabrielle Stanley, Yuliya Laptsionak, Kassi Foley, Laura Swenson, Nora Groeschel, Lori Docter, Meg Novich, Marc Vitale, Julie Lewis, Gabrielle Waclawik, Heather Smith, Amy Miles, Bob Bryla, Sylvia Shao, Lauren Homburg, Mirva Johnson, Mairead Thistle, Brian Schram, Sarah Raabis, Jacqueline Doyle, Shauna Weiskotten, Margaret Gosselin, Tiffany Mason-Fass, Michelle Bayouth, Greg Steinberger, Hannah Moran, Ryan Eggers, Deidre Burns, Beth Munz, Teri Engelke, Bandana Malla, Cassie Miller, Kristan Reed, Jessica Lucido, Jeremiah Stokdyk, Bandana Malla, Cassie Miller, Lyla Fell, Katie Wedig, Mandy Krey, Chris Melgaard, Jee-Seon Kim, Karla Bing, Jessica Walsh, Sandra Pumper
An Inner Fire Yoga Personal Revolutionary is an inspired and dedicated yogi who has achieved a group goal to practice a set number of yoga classes per week for a period of time. Usually this goal is 4 or 5 times per week for 2 or 3 months. Inner Fire Yoga typically offers this effort as a group 3 to 4 times per year. Those who achieve their Personal Revolution receive a medal. Students are energized and transformed from the experience!
Our scholarship program was initiated as a result of a generous donation by a dedicated Inner Fire Yoga member with the request that the fund be used to help a student who would otherwise not be able to afford to practice yoga at Inner Fire Yoga. Inner Fire Yoga now continues to support this with biannual awards of 3-month unlimited scholarships.
About the Donna Mae Schneider Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship honors Donna Mae Schneider, the late mother of one of our long-time members, Denise Gomez. Denise’s practice was largely inspired and influenced by her mother. When Donna Mae Schneider suddenly passed away, Denise’s family and friends teamed up to raise funds for this scholarship.
The Donna Mae Schneider Memorial scholarships are meant for yogis without the financial means to practice regularly in a studio community, especially those whose family ties play a role in their yoga story.
November 11, 2019 & May 11, 2020
How often are scholarships awarded?
Every 6 months we will award three 3-month scholarships, one of which will be a Donna Mae Schneider Memorial Scholarship.
How do I nominate someone?
You can nominate yourself! Or, if you know someone who would greatly benefit from a regular yoga practice at Inner Fire Yoga, but would otherwise not be able to afford to pay for a 3-month membership, then please send an email to us and tell us about this person, and why you think they should receive this scholarship. It is that simple. We ask that the person you nominate will know in advance that you are nominating him/her, that the person has agreed to participate, and that he/she will be expected to practice a minimum of 3 times per week during the scholarship term (starting the day of the award unless exception is requested) in order to maintain the scholarship for the duration of the three months. We ask that you qualify these facts in the nomination. See “Scholarship Nomination Questions” below.
How are recipients chosen?
Our management team, comprised of Marit Sathrum (Yoga Teacher and Owner), Michael Hoefferle (General Manager), Hannah Moran (Studio Manager and Yoga Teacher) and Erika Ford (Sales and Marketing Manager), will review the email scholarship nominations and reward the scholarships to the person we deem to be most qualified. The recipient of the scholarship will be anonymous to our community: we will not publish the name of the scholarship winner, but we may publish the scholarship recipient’s testimonials (anonymously, unless otherwise specified by the recipient).
Request for Nominations Email from Inner Fire Yoga
An email will be distributed to our community approximately one month prior to the expiration of the current scholarship term, requesting nomination emails. Please respond before the expiration date for your nomination to be considered for the next scholarship term. If the person you’ve nominated is not awarded for the next term, the nomination can be re-submitted for the following term. Re-submittal for each scholarship term is required for continuing consideration for the next scholarship term.
You Can Contribute!
You can help a person who truly “needs” yoga but is unable to pay for membership, someone who will experience the beautiful and transforming benefits of a regular heated-yoga practice, the same that you have, by donating to the “Inner Fire Yoga Community Scholarship Fund” at anytime, simply by stating to the receptionist that you’d like to make a donation to the IFY Community Scholarship Fund. These donations will fund $300 at each new scholarship term (bi-annually) to pay for one of the 3-month unlimited-yoga scholarships.