I still remember pulling into Inner Fire Yoga for the first time. I was petrified. It was January 2012 and already dark as I was going to a late afternoon class. I got a parking spot right in front so I could see in the window. Talk about intimidating. For me. I was watching a class let out, everyone milling around in their yoga outfits smiling and talking and looking decades younger and more fit than me. As I sat there watching, 45 years old and equally that much overweight, I was beating myself up and bawling like a baby. I pulled it together and completed my first Inner Fire Flow class.
I had neglected myself and my health for basically my entire adult life. I became a single mom two weeks before high school graduation and still graduated Salutatorian and without much family support. I had to pass up a 4-year free ride to take a 2-year free ride to the community college instead. Going to college from 8am-3pm, working 3:30-11pm, then homework and a baby was my life for 2 solid years. Then I quit my job in my hometown of Freeport, IL, moved myself and daughter to Madison with no job, hoping for better opportunities. I lived with a friend briefly, found a job the first day I arrived and started the grind of being a single mother. I then married 4 years later and had another child, again putting my children, family and their needs before my own. I worked full-time and carried two part -time jobs for many years.
Then my youngest child graduated in 2010. I was now an empty nester. High blood pressure, 50+ lbs overweight, depressed with no self esteem or identity. I became a grandma in 2011 and had the opportunity to babysit full time, which I did, of course. In between, I shattered my ankle in 2015 and became full of metal. That was when I first heard the inner voice say “stop”. At this point I had an on-again, off-again practice until 2016 when my grandson started kindergarten.
It was time to put myself first. I started practicing regularly, almost daily. I slowly lost the weight, got my self esteem back, started finding and discovering myself. For the first time, it was about what I wanted, needed and I took a long, hard look at my life. A regular practice helped me make and follow through on some very tough decisions, the hardest time of my life to this point. But I survived, thrived and am the happiest I’ve ever been. You are never to old to make positive changes that will vastly improve your life. My practice continues to improve, not just in the asanas, but through breath, peace. My practice used to be just getting through, huffing and puffing...now it’s so much more. I keep getting stronger, mentally and physically. There’s still many shapes I cannot do, but I give it my all. I FINALLY figured out the chaturanga push-up just in the last two weeks and it has felt awesome. My self awareness continues to grow and improve; yoga will always be a part of my life and I can thank my practice for changing my life, for the better.
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
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, Sheila Hart, Josie Howell, Kim Groshek, Victoria Schiller, Judy Schultz, Sara Anstaett, Li Li, Michelle Mettner, Katie Norcross, Jennifer Stark, Karl Harter, Jolene Kornely, Maria Henry, Jennifer Gardiner, Susan Conaway, Connie Bettin, Susan Ertl, Nancy Nankivil
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, Liz Preston, Kelly Snider, Nancy Nankivil, Sandra Homburg, Lizzie Ryan, Craig Berchtold, Teri Parris Ford, Laura Berghahn, Carol Ricker, Jesse Craig, Laura Wade, Ann Corcoran, Rachelle Winkle-Wagner, Nora O'Reilly, Katie Boyce, Meredith Turany, Winnie Chan, Justin Rivas, Jennifer Fetterly
Pat Barone, Eric Lemke, Alana Martin, Sandra Ashford, Janet Quamme, Michelle Reynolds, Angie Carlson, Ravi Ballamudi, Aaron Thompson, Rachel Carlson, Julia Rubin, John Majer, Bob Brooks, Sandy Herrmann, Anya Zhikhareva, Grace Miller, Rachael Cameron, Clare O’Connor, Tina Okada, Claire McNicholas, Nan Meier-Singer, Charlene Zhu, Ron Bote, Chris Dahlk, Josie Howell, Judy Genin, Audrey Brown, Anne Schoenemann, Dewey Bredeson, Tonia Feiner, Suki Warda, Kim Lemmer, Laurie Osterndorf, Jennifer Stark, Mary Ann Reale, Dan Tyler, Amy Everson, Justin Rivas, Jennifer Fetterly, Johnathan Ivry, Rob Roquitte, Todd Cieslak, Jennifer Sauer, Ally Hrkac, Belinda Mucklow, Danielle Delaney, Sarah Jefferds, Arati Shrestha, Christina Sheehan, Nastassja Petermann, Edward Corcoran, Betsy Delzer, Colleen Volker, Sue Massey, Karen Sandler, Cathy Rotter, Nancy Crull, Jackie Rose, Pamuk Bilsel, Joni Shahrani
Megan Brown, Elizabeth Doering, Kasia Darling, Michael Underwood, Kathleen Kay, Carl Welter, Erin Paul-Schuetter, Kathy Ginn, Anita Adams, Stan O’keefe, Natasha Karassina, Amy Fields, David Lincecum, Scott Lamps, Gretchen May, Michael Kitts, Caren King, Darsi Foss, Susan Kitts, Mary Crowe, Jasmin Kristianto, Lauren Millar, Rob Roquitte, Jonathan Ivry, Brenda Smage, Sarah Nelson, Stephanie Okada, Debra Alton-Fassbender, Becky Hoffman, Karen Knetter, Mary Hoefferle, Lynne Dennis, Kate Lucey, Mary Kuypers, Archana Shrestha, Rose Nadler, Jennifer Bosben, Joni Nowak, Nalini Rao, Melissa Vaughan, Erin McInnes, Norah Ntambi, Yukiko Dawson, Kathy Pynnonen, Melanie Hebl, Brian Turany, Amy Heckmann, Micaela Orgaz, Jane Antonovich
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, Ana Brand, Rikelle Shold, Michael Kling, Karen Knetter, Julie Rimkus, Nathan Dowd, Nancy Gutknecht, Elizabeth Huge, Janell Squire, Anna Ferrara, Maria Marunich, Sara Misurelli, Gavin Tullis, Susan Geer, Sarah Fink, Michele Erikson, Heather Fortune, Emily Pfontenhauer, Jenya Grinblat, Jessie Vaughan, Mandy Gennerman, Mary Leonard, Gigi Cohen, Chuck Angevine, Lynne Sarah Peters, Jamuna Shrestha, Kerry Helmer, Melanie Buhr-Lawler, Keith Dalby, Laura Paprocki, Johnny Wertz, Ania Walecka, Mark Melin, Taylor Disch, Julia Dorosz, Rich Schumann, Julia Stanley, Michelle Grosch
Nicole Borges, Mauricio Lopez, Laurie Alexander, John Majer, Colleen Cleary, Mira Shimabukuro, Larry Nash, Meghan Wanzek, Julia Malcolm, Wayne Au, Carrie Newton, Sharon Osterloh, Tsela Barr, 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, Rachel Pfeiffer, 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, Lisa Ferrazzano, Sue Massey, Karen Ostrov, Jody Shaw, Mary Hoefferle, Joe Kolafa, Erin McInnes, Wesley Kavelaris, Danielle Scott, Heather Fortune, Melissa Brumm, Charo Detcheverry, Stephanie Dalbesio, Kathleen Twist, Michele Erikson, Aaron Reich, Helen Kinsella, Annie Levihn, Lisa Kisling, Ginger Pocock, Rick Baker, Cathy Durham, Rachel Bergmans, Amy Lee, Heidi Nelson, Bonnie Concordia, Claire Macdonald, Tristan Verbeten, Annelise Gehl, Nora Latos, Edith Chan, Bruce Wunnicke, Susan Madigan, Libby Gerds, Diane Doering, Ben Braun, Karyn Riddle, Ken Adler, Adam Sinclair, Jenn Smith, Erin Ogden, Kara Flynn, Peter Moyers, Samantha Garlock, Nadine Connor, Susan Huber-Miller, Jenny Jeong, Javier Barquin, Christine Gartler, Shadow Backus, Erika Flaherty, Regina Whitemarsh, Amanda Todd, Doug McIntosh, Erika Ford, Shelbey Metcalf, Tina Pacente, Denise Gomez, Li Chiao-Ping, Eric Raimy, Meg Newlin
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, Abby Hall, Teri Ford, Lauren Brown, Julia Fixel, Karen Chisholm, Darcie Kunder, Emily Livesey, Chris Maddox, Kim Patullo, Pam Hart, Darlene Vander Hoop, 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, Monica Dillenbeck, Steve Sauer, Carolyn Lorge, Amy Throndsen, Stephanie Moomjian, Luann Tribus, Jean Uhlmann, Ann Haberl, Katie Henry, Jeanne Grist, 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, Claire Peterson, Rachel B., Jeff Ford, Allison Lebwhol, Brad Owens, Betsy Clough, Chris Hager, Brenna O'Dea, Stacy Borman, Jessica Ace, Kris Eiring, Georgia Curry, Chris Hager, Shaun Hernandez, Glorily A. López, Kali Rivas, Nicole Dunn, Reid Tice, Sarah Alt, Jim Deering, Christine Gartler, Michelle Marking, Allison Blegen, Erin Barbato, Genna Kuypers, Leah Owens, Tom Fuchs, Ben Reynolds, Lisa Atkins, Amber Evenson, Jill Ellefson, Joel Chesebro, Sarah Maughan, Lisa Stefanik, Brian Stannard, Anne Morgan, Kathy Hrkac, Leigh Emrick, Bob Kelley, Angel McClarey, Kelli Worman, Krystine Jackson, Amelia Ramirez, Meghan Martine, Erin Brown, Bebe Bryans, Sarah Merfeld, Danielle Stevenson, Becca Formosa, Kyle Caldwell, Mary Cummins, Pauline Crane, Sushma Shrestha, Tim Gomez, Alicia Brenner-Ohnstad, Giuliana Gonzalez, Bari Deprey, Gary Braman
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!
Twice a year, Inner Fire Yoga will select two yoga students to receive a three-month unlimited yoga scholarship. This 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 biannually scholarship in kind.
June 1, 2018 and November 1, 2018
How often are scholarships awarded?
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 (Manager), Sarah Fink (Assistant Manager and Yoga Teacher) and Erika Ford (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.