Student Spotlight

Mayra Archilla-Barton  | March 2018

Mayra Archilla-Barton | March 2018

My name is Mayra Archilla-Barton. I live in Madison, although I am originally from Puerto Rico. Yes, I left the sandy beaches and 80-degree weather behind! My husband and two children and I go back when we can.

It was the summer of 2017 when I decided I wanted to add another workout activity that I had not tried before. I always heard about Yoga and its many benefits but never had tried it. I had not done so primarily because I had (notice the verb tense had!) a weak right shoulder and weaker right hip. I thought to myself, ‘how am I going to do those planks?’ At the time, my right shoulder hurt so badly at times that I could not lift a gallon of milk. Then my hip... There were times that I had to stop walking because of severe pain (just ask my daughter). I decided I was going to give Yoga a try. Of course, I wanted to try Hot Yoga first. So I did. Michael Ward was my first instructor at Inner Fire Yoga. He was very patient when instructing us how to do the poses. I am sure he saw I knew nothing about it and would say ‘what you are looking for in this pose is…’ That was my cue for adjusting. I made it through the class. The nausea and dizziness did not stop me from coming back for a second class, again with Michael. I felt so relaxed after each class. Something about a good sweating session works wonders. Then I decided to return on the 4th of July. This time I tried Inner Fire Flow 60 with Hope Henley. I remember starting the class on our backs and Hope welcoming everyone and saying ‘you just rushed to get here ….’ I immediately thought, ‘this woman must be psychic’. And I came back, this time Power 60 with Adrienne Leslie. I made it through this class as well. I must admit, I was so tired that day after class that I even took a nap. My right shoulder and hip hurt less. I kept coming back. I added Power 75 on Saturday and Power 60 on Sunday, both with Adrienne (yoga party anyone!?)

Then I discovered the 6am classes. Ken Kloes was my first 6am Power class on Mondays. Several times on Monday morning, when the alarm would go off, I would be tempted to not get up. However, Ken’s words ‘This is the best decision you made today, come here and take care of yourself’ motivated me to get up and to go my 6am class. Then I added 6am on Tuesday with Liz Preston, Inner Fire Flow 60. Her words of ‘no expectations, be present, take care of yourself’ inspired me to be in the moment and listen to my body, and breath for health. Then I decided to add Power 60 on Friday at 6am, also with Liz. Given my schedule, I end up traveling to Chicago once or twice per week. Even though I do not mind the drives as I listen to music and podcasts, my body does not agree with all the time in the car. Friday is the day when I say to myself ‘I am going to be re-aligned. So I need this class!’ Most recently I found a gem, Slow and Yin 75 with Michael Pare (love the humor!) Through Yoga, I have discovered how to listen to my body. I have gained strength and my right shoulder and hip are much healthier today.

Through my yoga practice I have learned to be more patient, calm and resilient. At Inner Fire Yoga I have found a wonderful community of teachers and friends. I am inspired by them all. When in class, I no longer think of the shape of my pose, but how my body reacts to alignment and self-care. Subsequently, the ‘shape’ follows. There are so many wonderful teachers at Inner Fire Yoga. I must admit, last summer, when the schedule changed and there were new teachers introduced, I was a bit hesitant to attend those classes because ‘it is not the same without ___’. I was proved wrong immediately. All ‘new’ teachers were great and that inspired me to add another challenge to my list. The challenge I am pursuing is to take a class with all teachers that teach at the West studio. Based on the pics on the wall at Inner Fire West there are 35 teachers, and I have taken classes with 25 thus far. 10 to go! They all inspire me to take care of myself every time I step onto the studio. Thank you to you all -- teachers and fellow yogi and yoginis for being such a welcoming and supportive community. Namaste.

Charitable Giving

$ 111,483

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.

Honored Yogis

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.

1000+ classes

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

900+ classes

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, Victoria Schiller, Judy Schultz, Katie Norcross, Jennifer Stark, Karl Harter, Maria Henry, Connie Bettin, Susan Ertl, Nancy Nankivil, Laura Berghahn, Teri Parris Ford, Katie Boyce, Winnie Chan, Nora O'Reilly, Nastassja Petermann, Rachelle Winkle-Wagner, Justin Rivas, Jennifer Fetterly, Laura Wade, Dan Tyler, Liz Preston

800+ classes

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, Meredith Turany, Rob Roquitte, Ally Hrkac, Ed Corcoran, Kathy Ginn, Danielle Delaney, Johathan Ivry, Claire McNicholas, Kim Lemmer, Belinda Mucklow, Amy Everson, Betsy Delzer, Nancy Crull, Colleen Voker, Jennifer Sauer, Arati Shrestha, Sue Massey, Mary Hoefferle, Pamuk Bisel, Sarah Jefferds, John Majer, Micaela Orgaz, Christina Sheehan

700+ classes

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, Suki Warda, Laurie Osterndorf, Jennifer Stark, Mary Ann Reale, Todd Cieslak, Karen Sandler, Cathy Rotter, Jackie Rose, Joni Shahrani, Archana Shrestha, Caren King, Melissa Vaughan, Norah Ntambi Melissa Vaughan, Nalini Rao, Debra Fassbender, Joni Nowak, Lauren Millar, Susan Kitts, Lynne Dennis, Jamuna Shrestha, Amy Heckmann, Kathy Pynnonen, Yukiko Dawson, Taylor Disch, Melanie Buhr-Lawler, Kerry Helmer, Sarah Lynne Peters, Jane Antononvich, Brian Turany

600+ classes

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, Sarah Nelson, Stephanie Okada, Becky Hoffman, Karen Knetter, Kate Lucey, Mary Kuypers, Rose Nadler, Jennifer Bosben, Erin McInnes, Melanie Hebl, Janell Squire, Jenya Grinblat, Michele Erickson, Chuck Angevine, Ana Brand, Sarah Fink, Karen Knetter, Christine Gartler, Rich Schumann, Krystine Jackson, Susan Huber-Miller

500+ classes

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, Brandi Funk, Laura Dattilo, Margaret Ntambi, Carly Hodes, Rassamee Kahrs, Evelyn Andersen, Patricia Terry, Rikelle Shold, Michael Kling, Julie Rimkus, Nathan Dowd, Nancy Gutknecht, Elizabeth Huge, Anna Ferrara, Maria Marunich, Sara Misurelli, Gavin Tullis, Susan Geer, Heather Fortune, Emily Pfontenhauer, Jessie Vaughan, Mandy Gennerman, Mary Leonard, Gigi Cohen, Keith Dalby, Laura Paprocki, Johnny Wertz, Ania Walecka, Mark Melin, Julia Dorosz, Julia Stanley, Michelle Grosch, Charo Detcheverry, Bonnie Concordia, Jeanne Grist, Monica Dillenbeck, Rachel Pfeiffer, Glorily A. López, Ken Adler, Amy Lee, Nadine Connor, Lisa Ferrazzano, Regina Whitemarsh, Denise Gomez, Tina Pacente, Adam Sinclair, Melissa Brumm, Amanda Todd, Diane Doering, Rick Baker, Karyn Riddle, Tsela Barr, Chiao-Ping Li, Pete Leonard, Erin Brown, Chris Collins

400+ classes

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, Sue Massey, Karen Ostrov, Jody Shaw, Joe Kolafa, Erin McInnes, Wesley Kavelaris, 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, Susan Madigan, Libby Gerds, Ben Braun, Karyn Riddle, Jenn Smith, Erin Ogden, Kara Flynn, Peter Moyers, Samantha Garlock, Jenny Jeong, Javier Barquin, Shadow Backus, Erika Flaherty, Doug McIntosh, Erika Ford, Shelbey Metcalf, Eric Raimy, Meg Newlin, Jill Ellefson, Leah Owens, Joel Chesebro, Hannah Kim, Anna Louise Lutz, Ben Reynolds, Kali Rivas, Michelle Marking, Lisa Rambaldo, Jim Doyle, Angel McClarey, Bari Deprey, Darlene Vander Hoop, Lisa , Tim Gomez, Kathy Hrkac, Ann O'Rourke, Annie Kilborn, Kyle Caldwell, Kris Eiring, Barbara Wermager, Claire Peterson, Stacy Taritas, Julie Murphy-Agnew, Elizabeth Wellenstein

300+ classes

Erik Schneiderhan, Todd Newell, Amrita Sandhu, Steven Eiring, Jacolyn Hudson, Elizabeth Roesler, Karin Medall, Becca Keleher, 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, Stephanie Moomjian, Luann Tribus, Jean Uhlmann, Ann Haberl, Katie Henry, Kristie Pulvermacher, Katia Schindler, Michelle Frehner, Walter Meanwell, Carolyn Lorge, Kaitlyn Hetzel, Javier Barquin, Karen Turek, Allie Dienger, Alison Kilkelly, David Reinhard, Jamie Hawkins, Carol Shufro, 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, Anne Morgan, Leigh Emrick, Bob Kelley, Kelli Worman, Amelia Ramirez, Meghan Martine, Bebe Bryans, Sarah Merfeld, Danielle Stevenson, Becca Formosa, Mary Cummins, Pauline Crane, Sushma Shrestha, Alicia Brenner-Ohnstad, Giuliana Gonzalez, Gary Braman, Taylor Anderson, Caroline Grinde, Eric Gregersen, June Meier, Bess Howell, Steven Nadler, Giuliana Gonzalez, Kristan Reed, Malina Piontek, Angela Seger, Patricia Benitez, Jamie Kolden, Su Yu Lu Maples, Erik Bergeson, Natalie Schneckloth, Amy Dias, Chris Swiggum, Brent Duhr, Katie Grawe, Julie Redders, Jen Schroeder, Lainie Goldsmith, Mary Stelletello, Lauren Ballo, Valerie Mok, Darcy McCann, Ayla Annac, Amy Huff, Gabrielle Stanley, Rachel Heilizer, Yuliya Laptsionak, Trisha Hernandez, Kassi Foley, Laura Swenson, Nora Groeschel, Lori Docter, Meg Novich, Marc Vitale, Julie Lewis, Gabrielle Waclawik, Heather Smith, Amy Miles, Bob Bryla, Sylvia Shao, Mayra Archilla Barton, Marie Hebert

Personal Revolution

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.

Current Deadlines:

April 17, 2019

How often are scholarships awarded?

Typically there will be two scholarship beneficiaries two times per year for a total of four 3-month unlimited yoga scholarships.

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. 


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