STAFF

INSTRUCTORS

Laura O’Handley

Laura discovered yoga in 2006 during a very stressful time in her life. After her first class, she was amazed that she could feel so energized and relaxed at the same time. Yoga helped her cope with the death of her mother followed quickly by a move from the East coast to the Midwest. After spending a few years exploring different types of yoga and building her personal practice, Laura decided to share her love of yoga with others.

She received her 200 hour certification in 2009 from Global Family Yoga. She continues to study at home and to take workshops in various styles of yoga. Laura is  certified as an Aqua Kriya Yoga instructor and is a Reiki practitioner. Her calm, compassionate nature gives students a safe place to explore their practice.


Nikki Cook

 

Nikki is a 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200 Hour Training through Olive Tree Yoga Foundation with an emphasis on yoga and social justice.  Nikki continued her studies with the RajaHatha School of  Yoga and completed her 500 Hour Training in Therapeutic Yoga. Nikki is also a Unnata Certified Aerial Yoga Teacher as well as a Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher.  

Nikki believes yoga truly is a practice is that is for every body.  She creates classes that allow you to meet yourself where you are, at any given moment, taking what you need from the practice.  In Nikki’s classes you will find a welcoming, supportive community where you are encouraged and free to be your authentic self.

 

MaaShakti Das

MaaShakti Das (Paulie Skoglind) is a dedicated and soulful musician, Kirtan artist, Yoga teacher, Thai Massage practitioner, and father. 
Always creating in the moment, Maa soulfully weaves mantra, harmonium, native flute, guitar, and percussion into every ethereal experience.  Maa has been practicing yoga for 13 years and leading Kirtan evotionally for eleven years.  Kirtan has been a guiding light for Maa, and it has become the core of his spiritual
journey. 
Some of Maa’s favorite Kirtan performances include: BhaktiFest Midwest in 2012 & 2013; touring with Bhagavan Das in 2007; Milwaukee Kirtan Fest 2013, and New Year’s 2014 in Minneapolis. 
Maa has released four CD’s independently, and composed over 60 Kirtan songs. Maa decided to share his most recent CD, hOMe Kirtan Sessions, with all for free on SoundCloud. Each MaaShakti Das Kirtan is an improvisational acoustic carpet ride, guiding one to the Eternal Spirit within.

Cathy Goehler

Cathy Goehler is an E-RYT200, PNYT. Cathy’s yoga journey began as a way to build flexibility and ease her tight hips and hamstrings. She soon discovered yoga was so much more, that it focused her mind and lit up her spirit. This discovery inspired Cathy to take teacher training, allowing her to share the gift of yoga and help others to live a more authentic, healthy lifestyle; body, mind and spirit. 

Cathy is trained and experienced in guiding Vinyasa (flow), Yin, Restorative, Prenatal and Gentle classes. She received her 200 hour training at Empower Appleton and her Prenatal Yoga training from Matrika Yoga. Cathy continues to expand her knowledge and hone her skills in Meditation, Chakra and Energy work. Cathy has been teaching since 2012 in the Appleton area and relocated to Madison in 2017 with her husband and cat. She spends a fair amount of time with her adult children and grand babies (and learning her way around town!).

Cathy’s classes are designed to “meet you where you are at”. You will feel nurtured, be encouraged to be playful, find your edge, and connect with yourself in a gentle, challenging way.

Martha Hitt-Buettner

Martha has had an interest in yoga most of her life.  In 1973, at  age 16, you could find her in her backyard with a paperback book on yoga, doing sun salutations and poses when yoga was relatively unknown in the U.S.  And this passion has stayed with her. Martha has continued her practice, over the years, throughout the Madison area  at various studios.  In 2015, Martha joined Blue Soul Yoga as a charter member where she attended more than 365 classes in 2 years. As a gift to herself and as a yearning to spread her yoga energy, she enrolled at The Blue Soul School of Yoga and became a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher.  She shines in sharing her calmness, her compassion, her encouragement, and her passion for yoga.

Her experience in a variety of teaching styles  includes: Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Aromatherapy, Guided Meditation, Children’s Yoga, Yin, Restorative Yoga, Water Yoga, Senior Gentle Yoga and Chair Yoga.  Martha  is also trained in hands on assisting offering ease and possibility to her students.  Always wanting to help others, Martha is a past EMT-IV Tech and remains an honorary member of Waunakee Area EMS where she volunteered for 12 years.  

Terri Lattimer

Terri discovered yoga 15  years ago when she went to a wellness retreat for school teachers.  Since then she has been practicing on and off throughout the years.  It wasn’t until a recent spinal cord injury that led her back to yoga full time.  She enjoyed the healing benefits that yoga provided so much that she became a registered yoga teacher (RYT200) through The Blue Soul School of Yoga in August of 2017.  Terri is trained in Vinyasa, Restorative Yoga, Yin, Laughter Yoga, and she is a Reiki practitioner.  

Terri has a psychology background along with masters in education for Emotional and Behavior Disabilities.  This combined with her yoga training allows her to offer a well-rounded yoga class emphasizing physical, mental, spiritual and emotional well-being.  Terri teaches yoga with the intention to help students heal and grow. 

Stacy Monahan

Stacy first discovered yoga 9 years ago: she wobbled in the balance poses; shook in the strength poses; and strained in the stretching poses.  With dedication and practice her mind began to quiet, and strength, flexibility and balance improved.  This evolution created the desire to share the amazing mind and body experience with others – naturally leading to yoga teacher training.

Stacy completed her 200 hour certification in February of 2016.  Firmly grounded in the philosophy that yoga be accessible for all, Stacy offers a safe, welcoming and playful space to learn and grow.

She lives with her partner and their 2 dogs on the east side of Madison, enjoys live music, and is taking in the beauty Mother Nature has to offer with family and friends.

   Jennifer Pampuch

Jennifer began practicing yoga occasionally while in respiratory therapy school. Several years later, she discovered that a regular yoga practice was a great way to unwind from the craziness of her busy life while also getting some exercise. She enjoys teaching slow, gentle Vinyasa classes with lots of emphasis on breath awareness and staying focused. She loves to incorporate essential oils and hands-on assists into her classes, and her goal is for students to leave class feeling calm, relaxed and grounded.

Jennifer feels that anyone can practice yoga, and she loves sharing the physical and mental benefits of yoga with others. Besides yoga, Jennifer enjoys reading, music and spending time with her family (husband, three kids and a dog). Jennifer is a  200-hour RYT. 

Garrett Walters

Garrett Walters grew up in the North West suburbs of Chicago. His degree was in geology specializing in marine micropaleontology. Garrett is an ordained minister and graduated from 3 years of full time training at the Washington Psychic Institute. He was a botanist in the Arctic, a cartographer, a mainframe computer operator, a retail buyer in the outdoor industry, a pastor for two congregations and for the last 30 years has been a clairvoyant healer and psychic teacher.
 
Garrett founded and was the director of the Chicago Psychic Institute. He has taught meditation and healing to several thousand people, graduated a hundred clairvoyants from his year long program and trained a dozen teachers, many of whom have gone on to teach others themselves.
 
Garrett now lives in a small house in the country between Stoughton and Oregon where he earns his living as a clairvoyant healer and teacher for clients all over the world.