Jane: Rose and I took our first class at Inner Fire on January 1, 2012 as a New Year's Resolution to reduce stress and anxiety and we've been practicing regularly ever since. Our first class was a Hot Yoga class with Karen Rigsby and we both had to step out a few times because of nausea, but we persisted, finding our groove in the energetic and joyful 6:30pmPower Flow classes. In the past few years, I've gravitated toward mostly Inner Fire Flow classes. For me, this sequenced class is more meditative and the pace allows me to really settle into each pose. I feel calmer and stronger with each passing day. Steve started doing yoga a few years after we started. Whenever our schedules align - which is rare - we all three make it to the same class for what we call "family yoga". This summer, I completed the 200-hour summer intensive yoga teacher Training with Joan Bliefernicht. Wow. That experience really helped me deepen my practice even more. Among the many things I love about yoga is the way my practice keeps evolving. Inner Fire Yoga offers so many choices of classes, a variety of great teachers, and a dedicated community of yogis. With every class, I feel like I'm learning something new. I've started to practice six to seven times a week, mixing Inner Fire Flow and moderately paced Power Flow and it just never gets old!
Rose: I started practicing at Inner Fire Yoga with my mom as a New Year's resolution nearly six years ago. After struggling with anxiety throughout high school and college, I turned to yoga to help cope with stress. I had taken sporadic yoga classes throughout Madison but had never found a studio, teacher, or community that felt comfortable. Although my first class at Inner Fire was tough -- I knew that something was different right away. Yoga at Inner Fire was not just about bending my body or reminding myself to breathe as my previous yoga experience was; this yoga felt like a full-body, soul-changing experience. Not only did I immediately fall in love with the enveloping heat in every class, but I felt welcomed into a community of teachers and yogis that I had never experienced before. Everyone was always so kind and welcoming and the wide variety of classes made it easy to add a regular yoga practice into my life. My practice continues to shift and change over the years. Some months I religiously attend evening Power Flow classes to get my heart rate up and other times I am more drawn to the quiet repetition of Inner Fire Flow. Regardless, through various job beginnings and endings, heartbreaking breakups, a grueling 2 years of graduate school, and overwhelming life milestones, Inner Fire Yoga has always been there, grounding my body and calming my mind.
Steve: I'm a long-time runner and cyclist, and over the years my hips, lower back and legs were getting kind of tight and stiff. Jane once suggested that yoga would be helpful, but I did not like the yoga class that I tried somewhere - they were asking me to do things that my body just did not want to do. Jane and Rose had started practicing at Inner Fire Yoga and they loved it, so they suggested I give that a try, and it has been just right - the warm room, the choice of classes, the emphasis on doing what works for me and not having to force my body into some prescribed (and often painful) shape - it's just what I was looking for, and just what my aging body needs.
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 Honorary 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, Erinn Morris, Draga Gakovich, Debbie Godchaux, Ann O’Brien, Diana Howell, Susi Hassert, Natalie Betz, Joan Bliefernicht, Karen Rigsby, Janet Pruett, Esther Bach-y-Rita, Janice Binter, Debi Peak, Tom Jeffson, Wendi Joseph, Richard Porst, Karen Erstad, Kim Brilowski, Lynn Kirsch, Marit Sathrum, Diane Coughlin, Kate Schmitz, Bonnie Raimy, Lauren Werner, Amy Hallenbeck, 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
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, Sandra Eugster, Sheila Hart, Shannon Smith, Amy Bina, Josie Howell, Lisa Kerr, Kim Groshek, Victoria Schiller, Michael Hoefferle, Mike Knetter, Chris Dahlk, Penn Vieau, Margery Biel, Erica Johnson, Ruth Litovsky, Judy Schultz, Judith Gundersen, Lisa Naughton, Jane Bernstein, Zoe Sumnicht, Holly Bobula, Sara Anstaett
Neil Skinner, Judith McCue, Kim Brilowski, Lynn Kirsch, Kendra Hogan, Diane Coughlin, Mary Beth Brooks, Dawn McCluskey, Paul White, Thomas Smith, Maria Millern, Jill Cassid, Lisa Witkowski, Suzanne Way, Elissa Parker, Liz Preston, Connie Bettin, Katie Norcross, Kelly Snider, Li Li, Karl Harter, Michelle Mettner, Jennifer Gardiner, Nancy Nankivil, Sandra Homburg, Lizzie Ryan, Susan Conway, Susan Ertl, Craig Berchtold, Jennifer Stark
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, Jesse Craig, Chris Dahlk, Josie Howell, Judy Genin, Carol Ricker, Laura Wade, Audrey Brown, Anne Schoenemann, Dewey Bredeson, Tonia Feiner, Suki Warda, Kim Lemmer, Laura Berghahn, Laurie Osterndorf, Jennifer Stark, Mary Ann Reale, Meredith Turany, Teri Parris Ford, Dan Tyler, Rachelle Winkle-Wagner, Nora O'Reilly, Ann Corcoran, Amy Everson, Jolene Kornely, Justin Rivas, Katie Boyce, Jennifer Fetterly, Johnathan Ivry, Rob Roquitte, Winnie Chan, Todd Cieslak, Jennifer Sauer, Ally Hrkac
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, Christina Sheehan, Sarah Jefferds, Jackie Rose, Rob Roquitte, Jonathan Ivry, Belinda Mucklow, Brenda Smage, Cathy Rotter, Arati Shrestha, Sarah Nelson, Nastassja Petermann, Sue Massey, Pamuk Bilsel, Stephanie Okada, Colleen Volker, Danielle Delaney, Betsy Delzer, Debra Alton-Fassbender, Becky Hoffman, Karen Sandler, Edward Corcoran, Karen Knetter, Mary Hoefferle, Lynne Dennis
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, Melanie Jacobs, Kim Moreland, Dan Rubenstein, Rob Lottridge, Sara Yeo, Evelyn Munoz, Jane Antonovich, Hadley DeJaynes, Brianna Buhr, Jayne Deutmeyer, Sonia Olson, Mary Kuypers, Yasaman Rezai, Joni Shahrani, Katie Miller, Hally Marlino, Bruce Wampold, Jill McNaughton, Lisa Ramsden, Kate Lucey, Brandi Funk, Laura Dattilo, Margaret Ntambi, Carly Hodes, Rassamee Kahrs, Evelyn Andersen, Jennifer Bosben, Patricia Terry, Ana Brand, Rikelle Shold, Michael Kling, Karen Knetter, Rose Nadler, Erin McInnes, Julie Rimkus, Nathan Dowd, Nalini Rao, Joni Nowak, Nancy Gutknecht, Ed Corcoran, Melissa Vaughan, Archana Shrestha, Elizabeth Huge, Janell Squire, Kathy Pynnonen, Yukiko Dawson, Norah Ntambi, Anna Ferrara, Maria Marunich, Sara Misurelli, Brian Turany, Gavin Tullis, Susan Geer, Sarah Fink, Michele Erikson, Heather Fortune
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, Karen Sandler, Laura Phelan, Amy Osorio, LT Kirschner, Carly Dachis, Sara Turner, Laura Paprocki, Heather Hopke, Keith Dalby, 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, Julia Stanley, Margaret Ntambi, Jessica Winkler, Angela Archiquette, Gigi Cohen, Nora O’Reilly, Lisa Ferrazzano, Mark Melin, Sue Massey, Karen Ostrov, Jody Shaw, Mary Hoefferle, Joe Kolafa, Erin McInnes, Ania Walecka, Wesley Kavelaris, Mary Leonard, Danielle Scott, Heather Fortune, Melissa Brumm, Mandy Gennerman, Jessie Vaughan, Charo Detcheverry, Stephanie Dalbesio, Kathleen Twist, Michele Erikson, Aaron Reich, Helen Kinsella, Annie Levihn, Lisa Kisling, Ginger Pocock, Rick Baker, Cathy Durham, Rachel Bergmans, Jenya Grinblat, Rich Schumann, Amy Lee, Heidi Nelson, Amy Heckmann, Bonnie Concordia, Michelle Grosch, Claire Macdonald, Tristan Verbeten, Chuck Angevine, Annelise Gehl, Nora Latos, Edith Chan, Bruce Wunnicke, Julia Dorosz, Johnny Wertz, Susan Madigan, Libby Gerds, Diane Doering, Micaela Orgaz, Ben Braun, Sarah Peters, Karyn Riddle, Ken Adler
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, Emily Pfotenhaur, Carly Snider, Maxine Knetter, Shadow Backus, Allie Schrank, Madison Snider, Lizzie Netesheim, Matthew Wolff, Margaret Ntambi, Karl Whitemarsh, Jody Shaw, Emily A. Clark, Jenn Smith, Monica Dillenbeck, Steve Sauer, Carolyn Lorge, Amy Throndsen, Stephanie Moomjian, Luann Tribus, Adam Sinclair, Jean Uhlmann, Ann Haberl, Katie Henry, Jeanne Grist, Kristie Pulvermacher, Katia Schindler, Michelle Frehner, Walter Meanwell, Carolyn Lorge, Kaitlyn Hetzel, Javier Barquin, Karen Turek, Erika Flaherty, Allie Dienger, Alison Kilkelly, David Reinhard, Jamie Hawkins, Carol Shufro, Nadine Connor, Peter Moyers, Samantha Garlock, Alison Kilkelly, Claire Peterson, Rachel B., Jeff Ford, Allison Lebwhol, Kara Flynn, Brad Owens, Betsy Clough, Doug McIntosh, Chris Hager, Brenna O'Dea, Erin Ogden, Stacy Borman, Jessica Ace, Kris Eiring, Georgia Curry, Jenny Jeong, Kerry Helmer, Meg Newlin, Chris Hager, Susan Huber Miller, Jamuna Shrestha, Shaun Hernandez, Glorily A. López, Eric Raimy, Shelbey Metcalf, Kali Rivas, Nicole Dunn, Reid Tice, Sarah Alt, Melanie Buhr-Lawler, Jim Deering, Taylor Disch, Amanda Todd, Li Chiao-Ping, Christine Gartler, Michelle Marking, Allison Blegen, Erin Barbato, Genna Kuypers, Leah Owens, Tom Fuchs, Ben Reynolds, Lisa Atkins, Amber Evenson
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.
November 1, 2017 & June 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.