Being an Iyengar yoga instructor is
a life-long dedication.
A substantial amount of training is required on the part of our instructors. The Iyengar method pays close attention to body alignment, special sequencing of poses, and the use of props. Although there are many teachers who say they have been influenced by the Iyengar method, to be an instructor at MYC, the instructor must be in on-going training with a senior Iyengar teacher and pursuing Iyengar certification.
To attain the first level of Iyengar yoga certification a minimum of three years intensive training must be completed. The assessment includes a demonstrated practice of asana, a written exam, and demonstration of teaching skills. Most instructors take much longer to complete this process.
Susan Goulet is the founder and director of the Milwaukee Yoga Center, which she opened in October 2000. She is an Iyengar Yoga Teacher certified through the Iyengar National Association of the United States at the Intermediate Senior I. She studies regularly with senior teachers, John Schumacher, Mary Obendorfer and Eddy Marks. In 2007 she studied at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute in Pune, India.
Susan came to yoga as a last resort, trying to find relief from Crohn’s Disease, an incurable inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Almost immediately, she felt a lessening of the nagging back and joint pain, but the debilitating effects of the Crohn’s still remained. Finally, after replacing twelve-hour workdays as a graphic designer with a more balanced work schedule and a daily yoga practice, she was able to be free of all medication and Crohn’s symptoms. She now teaches yoga full-time, directs the Milwaukee Yoga Center, mentors yoga teachers and teaches yoga classes for the UWM Dance Department.
Anne is an Iyengar Yoga Teacher certified through the Iyengar National Association of the United States. She was introduced to Iyengar yoga in 2002, and her ongoing appreciation for its challenges and rewards continues to deepen. In addition to her regular classes at Milwaukee Yoga Center with Susan Goulet, she has attended workshops with Mary Obendorfer, John Schumacher and Laurie Blakeney. Anne has found her practice an oasis, and hopes her students experience the physical and emotional nourishment that Iyengar yoga has brought her.
Karen is an Iyengar Yoga Teacher certified through the Iyengar National Association of the United States. She began her practice of Iyengar yoga in 1973. Karen began teaching at MYC in 2008 and is a member of the administrative team in the capacity of book keeper. She has had the opportunity to attend workshops and seminars with many senior yoga instructors; most recently with Lois Steinberg, Manouso Manos, John Schumacher, Eddy Marks and Mary Obendorfer. Karen hopes to convey her love and appreciation for the life enhancing potential of yoga through her teaching.
David is an Iyengar Yoga Teacher certified through the Iyengar National Association of the United States. He believes Iyengar Yoga is the safest, most complete and effective whole-human development system on earth. He believes every student can be stronger physically, mentally, emotionally, intuitionally, and spiritually through Yoga. His mentor is Susan Goulet. Her fortitude and tenacity in her practice inspires him. David has also studied with John Schumacher, Eddy Marks, Mary Obendorfer, and Monouso Manos.
Judy began studying Iyengar yoga in 1997 in Madison and continued her training in Albuquerque and Ann Arbor. She now teaches an introductory course at MYC. She primarily studies with Susan Goulet and has taken workshops with Mary Oberdorfer, John Schumacher and Laurie Blakeney. Judy is a nurse practitioner at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she works to improve health outcomes for patients with cardiac disease. She has firsthand knowledge of the consequences of poor health habits and feels yoga can play a significant role in optimizing physical and mental health.
Tricia is an Iyengar Yoga Teacher certified through the Iyengar National Association of the United States. She was introduced to Iyengar yoga in 2000 and studies on a weekly basis with MYC instructor, Susan Goulet. She is enrolled in MYC Mentoring Group led by Mary Obendorfer and Eddy Marks. Fueled by her passion for learning, Tricia has had the opportunity to study with senior teachers Manouso Manos, Mary Obendorfer, Eddy Marks and Father Joe Pereria. She has been particularly inspired by the intensives held by Manouso as they encompass his extensive knowledge of yoga asana, the therapeutic application, philosophy, and how to teach. One of the fundamental principles she values is to always be a student, then a student teacher, and then a teacher. She is excited to continue exploring as a student, while growing her skills among amazing teachers, and even better people.
Tricia received her Bachelor Degree of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Marketing from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame.
Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel is an Iyengar Yoga Teacher certified through the Iyengar National Association of the United States at the Junior Intermediate I level. She began her yoga practice in 1995 and studied a variety of styles of yoga until she found Iyengar yoga and MYC in 2002. She has been teaching yoga since 2005. In additional to regular classes with MYC director, Susan Goulet, and senior teacher, John Schumacher, Kathleen has travelled multiple times to India to study with the Iyengar family at RIMYI. She is a longtime student of senior teachers Chris Saudek, Mary Obendorfer and Eddy Marks. Kathleen has a PhD in political science and a strong commitment to social justice in her work and life.
Linda is an Iyengar Yoga Teacher certified through the Iyengar National Association of the United States. She has been teaching at Milwaukee Yoga Center since 2008 and joined the administrative team as studio manager in 2009.
Linda began her practice in 2003 and is thankful to be a part of the MYC community as she continues her studies as both student and instructor. She is grateful to, and inspired by, her teachers, including Susan Goulet, Mary Obendorfer and Eddy Marks. She also attends workshops whenever possible with Manouso Manos, Lois Steinberg and John Schumacher. Linda loves to impart her own experiences from her personal practice as well as the knowledge her mentors have shared.
Meredith Watts is an Iyengar Yoga Teacher certified through the Iyengar National Association of the United States. He began his yoga practice while still a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. After retiring from UWM, he completed the Advanced Studies/Teacher Training Program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. He then continued his yoga training in San Francisco, the Midwest, and the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute in Pune, India. Meredith studies with senior teacher, Janet MacLeod. He has also studied with senior teachers, Eddy Marks, Mary Obendorfer, Laurie Blakeney, Kathy Alef, and Jackie Nett. Meredith began teaching at MYC in 2001. He is especially interested in working with students who come to yoga later in life. His own experience with back surgery has reinforced his belief in the value of the Iyengar tradition of yoga for people at any stage of life who are coping with physical limitations.