Meet Our Teachers
In addition to Yoga & Music, Haley is a supporter and practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, is a Reiki Master, and offers Thai Yoga Massage/Bodywork.
Haleybird Studios is committed to ENRICHING THE LIVES of the residents of Wauwatosa and its surrounding communities through Yoga & Natural Wellness opportunities. We value each of our students and strive to provide a friendly, welcoming, and down to earth atmosphere to all.
|Tina Romenesko: Yoga Instructor & Yoga Therapist 500 RYT
Tina Romenesko PYT/RYT is a Professional Yoga Therapist and Teacher, and has been studying and practicing yoga for over 30 years. Her focus is on the therapeutic potential of yoga to heal body, mind, and spirit. Tina is a certified YogaMotion instructor (200 hour) and completed her second 200-hour certification with Tias Little at Prajna Yoga, in Santa Fe New Mexico in 2006. Both of these trainings, along with a strong and dedicated personal practice, have provided a deep foundational study of yoga alignment, philosophy, meditation, and breath technique that are the basis for Tina’s classes, workshops, and private sessions. In 2007, Tina completed her Yoga Therapy certification (500 hour), with Joseph and Lillian LePage of Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT). Tina specializes in the study of mudras, or hand gestures, used in meditation and practice and recently received an advanced certification in Mudras, Pranayama, and Bandhas from IYT.
Tina’s classes and private sessions place equal emphasis on body, mind, and spirit - blending a mix of postures, breathwork, meditation, and deep relaxation into every session. As a yoga therapist, Tina works with clients dealing with a wide range of issues including cancer, heart disease, stress related imbalances, hormone issues, skeletal issues, injury, life transitions and just about anything else.
Tina’s other passion is poetry – she often reads poetry in her yoga classes as an intention, revisiting lines throughout the practice to merge imagery and feeling states of being at a deeper level. Tina can be contacted via her website at: yogatina.com
|Elizabeth “Biz”, Yoga Instructor & Yoga Therapist, RYT 500
Biz recently moved to the Milwaukee area from Saint Paul, MN with her husband Ian and their two dogs, Walter and Willow. With her recent move, she decided to focus more of her energy on helping people get closer to their true self through the practice of yoga. Biz has been teaching yoga for almost five years and practicing for over ten and she is very excited to dedicate more of her time and energy to sharing yoga with her students.
In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband, her dogs, practicing yoga, learning something new about yoga and/or sharing yoga with others. She also enjoys running, biking, cooking, gardening, reading and spending time with her friends and family.
Biz is currently pursuing her 500 hour Professional Yoga Therapist certification through Integrative Yoga Therapy and will be a certified Yoga Therapist in October of 2010.
Certifications and professional credentials:
|Jes: Yoga Instructor 200 RYT
Jes Davies graduated from UW Madison in 1996 with a degree in physical therapy. She has been teaching group exercise classes for more than 10 years, focusing on yoga since 2003. She is recognized by Yoga Alliance as a 200 hr CYT, and is working to complete her 500 hour certification.
“I love to bring together a flowing vinyasa practice with alignment based principles. My classes are infused with good music and intention. I believe strongly that yoga is a valuable tool to learn about your individual body's needs, both for injury prevention and healing. I feel that my knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology bring something unique to each class.”
|Carolyn – Yoga Instructor 200 RYT
Carolyn Potter, RYT, received her Yoga Alliance certification in early 2004 in Hatha yoga. Later that year, she found Anusara yoga through a workshop given by Desiree Rumbaugh, and ever since, has been pursuing an additional (200-hour) certification in this style. This journey has taken her as close as Illinois and as far away as Costa Rica and Hawaii to study and earn hours towards her certification with outstanding Anusara-certified teachers. Anusara, which means “to flow with grace” was created by John Friend who invites his students all over the world to open their hearts and “join his merry band.” This style is equal parts attitude, alignment and asana. Following in her teachers’ footsteps, Carolyn’s goal is to see each student the same – perfectly Divine – and encourages each student to invite this quality into their practice through poses centered around a themed class. She teaches to all levels and often challenges students to try something new. Look for heart openers, fun sequencing, and deep hip openers. At Haleybird, Carolyn teaches a level 1-2 class on Thursdays at 7pm and she teaches advanced students through private sessions by request.
1. Why and when did you start practicing Yoga?
|Sara - Yoga Instructor 200 RYT
I love yoga. I love to tap into how my body feels and the way my body moves. I have been practicing yoga on and off my whole life and I have practiced consistently for the past 5 years. My yoga practice has changed my life in dramatic ways, a new relationship, a new home and a new career. It has also changed my life softly. Yoga has made me more comfortable in the world.
I completed my 200 hour teacher training in June 2011 and I am currently working towards my 500 hour certification. I teach a flowing hatha style of yoga which helps connect breath to movement at a pace that allows for feeling and exploring each pose. My classes are supportive with clear instructions and plenty of modifications. The pace creates opportunities for deep relaxation and renewal.
I teach two community based classes (donations/or punch cards welcome) at Haleybird Studios. These classes are perfect for both the beginner and the more experienced yogi. I look forward to meeting you, come join us!
|Erin - Yoga Instructor 200 RYT
Erin has used the practice of yoga as an internal guide for over the past ten years. After committing to this life-changing practice, she was led to work in a small village in Northern Uganda. She now travels there every other summer to help the rehabilitation of a small war-torn community. The powerful spiritual experiences Erin has had in Africa further her belief in the connectedness of all beings, deepening her yoga practice on and off the mat, calling her to share this divine practice with the world as a yoga instructor.
|Molly Sommerhalder: Yoga Instructor 200 RYT
Since Molly’s introduction to Yoga over 10 years ago, she has had the privilege to learn a variety of styles of Yoga with many great teachers. In addition to completing her 200 hr certification in Vinyasa Yoga, Molly participated in an apprenticeship at Turbodog Spirit Center in Chicago in the summer of 2009. At Turbodog, she studied Yoga assisting with Steve Emmerman and Talya Ring, senior Forrest Yoga teachers. During this time, Molly learned the practice
of Forrest Yoga and found the healing force of yoga which helps her stay grounded with her busy schedule as the Public Relations Specialist for the Marcus Center for Performing Arts.
She believes if that if you put your practice first, everything in life will follow the way it's supposed to. Molly brings her love of music to her classes, as she encourages her students to create their own music with their breath. She teaches her students to utilize their
Yoga practice as a source for healing and to travel inward and explore their emotions using their body. Molly’s classes invite all to let
go, smile and find inner happiness!