Student Spotlight

Michelle Mettner | August 2017

Michelle Mettner | August 2017

My yoga practice has been my sanctuary and my center during a very chaotic time of my life. I began my practice as a way to counter balance weightlifting and running, but quickly found that a regular practice helped m

I started at Inner Fire in 2013 with a one month trial membership. I came with a friend from a workout class. We were curious. I had never practiced yoga and wasn't sure what a hot studio meant. My first ever yoga class was the Inner Fire Flow 75 with Dar. If you were there, I was the "you in the green top" and, needless to say, I learned quite a bit in that first class. I also learned to put my mat in the front of the room and, while focusing on the breath, I was also sending silent prayers for a periodic opening of the door. I went on to try and love more classes with Dar, and the rest of the amazing teachers. It did not take long and I was hooked: the heat, the breath, the postures, the balance, the alignment and, over time, the mindfulness of the practice. I wish I had known of this amazing life changing practice decades prior. And yet, it came upon me at just the right moment.  

I found yoga, or yoga found me, when I needed it most. Two years before I came to Inner Fire, my husband had died in a car accident. I was 4 months pregnant with our youngest daughter and had a three and one year old at home. Life as I knew it changed dramatically in a flash. When I discovered Inner Fire Yoga my daughters were 2, 4 and 6. Working to support us and solo parenting was hard; it still is. Enter yoga practice: A mindful practice, physically challenging and an incredible community of people -- life's burdens checked at the door and the luxury of time on my mat. Nothing else I had tried had quieted my mind and helped me regain focus, purpose and peace. I crave both the physical challenge and the mindfulness of the practice. Some days are more one than the other. It all keeps me coming back again and again. 

When not on my mat, I have a job I love -- overseeing the legal and government affairs for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. I am proud to have my daughters see me passionate about a career I love and dedicated to a yoga practice I embrace in every way. Parenting, lawyering and lobbying are fantastically rewarding work, but also can be incredibly stressful. And so, I practice as regularly as possible. 

I come to Inner Fire to hear Hope say just the right things, in just the right voice and play all the right music; for Dar, Bonnie or Georgia to offer a jolt of empowerment; for Adrienne, Julie and Megan to encourage me to dig just a bit deeper -- in that way that nearly gets you to forgive the five more breaths in utkatasana. Lately, I have really taken to the beautiful physical and mindful learnings and challenge of Karen and Joan's practices. I show up and dedicate the 60 or 75 minutes to me first and then I smile to myself as I quietly dedicate my practice to my daughters. 

800 classes later and I am still up front just in case I can mindfully will the door to open for a moment. I practice regularly for me and for my daughters. I practice at Inner Fire Yoga for the amazing community of people who all seem to give out far, far more than they take. 

e be calmer, less reactive, and gentler. I take from my regular practice more than just physical strength, but the mental strength to let things be as they will be without pre-judgement. Inner Fire has been a home away from home.

I began practicing yoga nearly ten years ago in a tiny Iyengar studio on a whim with a friend. Since then I have practice yoga in four different countries, three languages and two main styles. I've found that despite the differences in form, the focus and clarity that a regular practice brings me has remained the same. Originally I started practicing just twice a week--as a supplement to other activities. Now I practice nearly every day and my other activities have become supplements to my yoga practice. When I find myself overwhelmed by my daily responsibilities I find myself returning to my breath to re-focus myself.


Charitable Giving


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.

Honorary Yogis

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.

1000+ classes

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

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, Sandra Eugster, Sheila Hart, Shannon Smith, Amy Bina, Josie Howell, Lisa Kerr, Kim Groshek, Sonja Olson, Victoria Schiller, Christine Brophy, 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

800+ classes

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, Sarah Anstaett, 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

700+ classes

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

600+ classes

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, Ally Hrkac, 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

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, 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, Lynn Dennis, Michael Kling, Karen Knetter, Rose Nadler, Mary Hoefferle, 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

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, 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

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, 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, Ken Adler, Claire Peterson, Rachel B., Jeff Ford, Allison Lebwhol, Kara Flynn, Brad Owens, Betsy Clough, Karyn Riddle, 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, Sarah Peters, Jamuna Shrestha, Shaun Hernandez, Glorily A. López, Eric Raimy, Shelbey Metcalf, Kali Rivas, Nicole Dunn, Reid Tice, Micaela Orgaz, Sarah Alt, Melanie Buhr-Lawler, Jim Deering, Taylor Disch, Amanda Todd, Li Chiao-Ping, Christine Gartler, Michelle Marking, Allison Blegen, Erin Barbato Genna Kuypers

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!




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.

Current Deadlines

November 1, 2016 & June 1, 2017

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. 


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