Studio Teachers

Studio Teachers

sweScott W. Eakins, RYT, Owner

Scott is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance and completed his 200+ hour training with Dean Farrell at Yoga Ward (Milwaukee, WI). He typically enjoys a challenging and upbeat practice that flows; is kind and therapeutic to the muscles and body, and gives honor to where he is at the moment. Yoga is not a competition but a moment of personal practice. Through his teaching, he motivates others in their own practice and shares his love of yoga where, as Pattabhi Jois says, it is “99 percent practice and 1 percent theory.”

Scott became the owner of Yoga Ward in 2015 and continues to strive to provide a non-intimidating and supportive environment for people of all backgrounds and levels to explore mind, body and spirit through the practice of Yoga.

KristineKristine David-Koch, RYT

My classes are Vinyasa Flow, as well as alignment based and suitable for all mixed levels. We flow through postures that are entertaining for novices and the more experienced alike. I love to inspire and empower students at all levels to practice and play, with attention to alignment, longer holds and gentle adjustments.

For me yoga is challenging, fun, and should be practiced with a sense of humor. Yoga is not just for the experienced and fit, but fun for the beginners as well. I enjoy teaching high school athletes, senior citizens, and all ages in between. Start where you are today, and really, it’s okay to laugh along the way.  Just breathe.  Everything else is optional!

Kristine is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance and completed her 200+ hour training at Yoga Ward.

melanieMelanie Kazel, RYT

Melanie is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance and completed her 200+ hour training in the Milwaukee area.

She was introduced to yoga 8 years ago recovering from a running injury. Melanie came to yoga for its physical benefits, but shortly realized its transforming effects in all aspects of her life.

Through her practice, she found an overwhelming sense of happiness and acceptance. She enjoys a challenging, upbeat practice and is committed to sharing her passion for yoga with her students. She hopes to motivate her students to accept challenges and rise above them, both on and off the mat.

schusterRebecca Schuster

I was introduced to yoga by my mother and sister at a neighborhood studio in my native city of New York. Since then I have practiced at different studios in various cities including Yoga Atlanta.

I am a graduate of Kanyakumari’s Yoga Teacher Training program under Sarah Filzen. This program taught me not only the physical intricacies of asana but also energetic anatomy as well as a basic foundation in Pranayama (Yogic breath work) and yoga’s sister science Ayurveda. This program has broadened my knowledge of yoga and also how much more there is to learn.

I love yoga in that my practice is ever evolving and deepening. Yoga brings stability and openness to one’s mind and body. A greater understanding and acceptance of one’s self and place in the universe.

My classes aim at giving a sense of empowerment and grace to people. I also aim to help people become more aware of their breath and internal movements.

The practice of yoga is a life long lesson that anyone can learn. I aim to continue learning and to be inspired by those who attend my classes.

Reina Takamura, RYT

I have always been fascinated with creative movement and how it affects me physically, psychologically, and emotionally. My dance background and love for movement attracted me to yoga in 2011. Shortly after, I graduated with my Master’s in Social Work with a focus on behavioral and mental health. Since then, I have found growth in my personal yoga practice on many different levels. I believe, like many things in life, that yoga effects everyone differently. I have discovered the beauty of yoga and how it can be tailored to an individual’s specific needs; whether it be: physically, emotionally, spiritually, and/or psychologically.

I decided to further my yoga practice by enrolling in the Yoga Teacher Training Program offered by Dean Farrell at Yoga Ward, in hopes to share yoga with others. I am a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance and completed my 200 hour training in vinyasa/vini-yoga. I continue to grow in my personal practice and within my clinical practice. Yoga has allowed me to be discovered and connect with myself and everything around me and I wish to share that experience with others.

The Rise of Nude Yoga

nude yoga woman (what nude yoga is)What is nude yoga?

Nude yoga is a trendy form of fitness mostly performed by beautiful body celebrities. In nude yoga, you have to do your fitness exercises while you are completely naked (i.e. without any clothes on your body). Nude yoga can be performed either indoor or outdoor. You can perform nude yoga alone or with your partner. Nude yoga breaks the barriers that disable you from exercising at certain postures due to your attire. Many people have now embraced nude yoga classes and it has become common.

Benefits of nude yoga

Practicing nude yoga has got more physiological benefits than the physical benefits. Below are the top five benefits of nude yoga:

1. Nude yoga boosts your self-esteem. Nude yoga makes you start loving your body. It makes you acknowledge, respect and feel comfortable with your body. Having confidence with your nude body makes you more confident on wearing clothes since you will be having nothing to worry about

2. Nude yoga calms your mind.It enables you to focus on what you are doing, therefore, increasing your mind-body connection simply because there is nothing between you and your practice. It brings exciting feelings, therefore, the best cure for stress.

3. It boost’s your partner’s mood. Nude yoga helps you bring your partner closer to you. It makes you feel good about your sexuality. It makes you feel comfortable with your partner. It makes your partner feel more sexually attracted to you. It improves your sex life.

4. Nude yoga reduces anxiety. Practicing nude exercises lowers your anxiety. It should be done daily after working to help you feel refreshed and shy away anxiety.

5. Nude yoga improves your yoga postures. Some of the yoga postures cannot be done with attires, you need to be free in order to practice them. With nude yoga, you can exercise any yoga position freely and naturally.

Are there any nude yoga classes?

Nude yoga classes are there for gents, ladies and also mixed classes. You do not have to fear about what people will say about your body or what they are thinking about you. The hardest part of it for beginners is getting undressed as they feel conscious about their body because they are not used to being naked in front of strange people. In mixed nude yoga classes, all of the members have to undress. At first, you may feel uncomfortable being naked in front someone of your opposite sex whereby you will be thinking that he or she is interested in sexual parts either your penis, vagina or your buttocks. This is simply because in nude yoga classes you will all be naked and also all of you will be after looking for freedom of freshness just like you do. No one is there to observe you since all of you will be following the instructor’s instructions. After some time you will get used to being naked and you will have nothing else to worry about. In these nude yoga classes, you will gain confidence and you will also be in a position to appreciate how your body looks like.