Experience the Heart of Yoga with a teacher you can trust.
Jim Manos is the owner and director of Main Street Yoga since 2005. Jim brings over two decades of practice and teaching wisdom to his classes. Beginning his own practice in 1992, he began teaching in 1996. He teaches a flow yoga practice based in the Iyengar, Anusara, and high energy yoga styles. Primary focuses are on developing strength, stability, and body awareness while coordinating breath with movement.
Iris Mickey has been a yoga practitioner for over 20 years and is a Certified Yoga Therapist having trained for 2 years with Essential Yoga Therapy. Iris has taught, trained, and practiced hatha yoga practices inspired by the heart-centered Kripalu format and alignment-based format yoga of Anusara, as well as the non-dualistic tantric philosophy inspired by Paul Ortega of Blue Throat Yoga. In addition to movement based therapeutic yoga, Iris is a Certified Yoga Nidra teacher through the Irest Yoga Nidra school, founded by Richard Miller. Yoga Nidra is offered both in traditional group settings, but also as a profound tool for 1:1 self inquiry. Iris offers private therapeutic yoga instruction, as well as classes that are geared to make yoga accessible for all. She is an active daily meditator and brings the practical together with the spiritual in all her teaching.
Barbara Flesch has been teaching yoga in Madison for over 25 years, and has been a serious yoga student for many more. She fell in love with yoga in 1989, sampling various teachers and styles until 2000, when she discovered Anusara yoga. For the following 12 years she studied with numerous senior Anusara teachers and held the license of Anusara-Inpired yoga teacher from 2004-2012. Ever the student, Barbara has also studied Tantric yoga philosophy and meditation with Paul Muller-Ortega since 2009. In class, Barbara gently and skillfully guides her students into precise alignment of both inner and outer body, while cultivating an easeful flow of breath and movement within every pose. Students leave class physcially revitalized and spiritually uplifted. Her classes are inviting to the beginner, challenging to the intermediate, and fun for everyone.
Amie Heeter has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1999, and received her initial teaching certifications through the Integral Yoga Academy in 2003 and 2004. Since 2007, Amie has been studying closely with Yogarupa Rod Stryker of ParaYoga, and received ParaYoga certification in the spring of 2014. As a 500hr level teacher, Amie brings a depth of knowledge and experience surrounding the philosophy and techniques of yoga practice, and making them relevant to our times. Amie's classes integrate intelligent sequencing, with emphasis on both physical alignment and subtle energetic effect, mindful attention on the breath work, and soulful attention. She leads group classes, advanced yoga studies courses, one on one instruction, and retreats in Wisconsin and abroad.
Jill Johnson is a physical therapist and a certified Iyengar yoga teacher at the Junior Intermediate II level. She began her study of yoga in the 1980’s in Madison and then moved to N.H. in 1998 where she opened a studio in Lebanon, N.H. She continued her studies with Patricia Walden in Boston and Janice Vien in N.H. Jill has traveled to Pune, India six times to study with the Iyengar family and to assist in the medical classes. Recently, she returned to Madison to be closer to family and is looking forward to combining her physical therapy knowledge with yoga to conduct private yoga sessions and classes.
Kristin Sage began to explore mindfulness practices -hatha yoga and meditation - in the mid-1990s Influenced early by Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions, Kristin brings to her teaching a knowledge of basic anatomy to inform the therapeutic value of yoga and the wisdom of the ancient teachings as a system to inform everyday living. Kristin's classes focus on breath-directed movement balanced with generous stillness inviting students to access core strength, comfortable embodiment, and a more harmonious perspective on living. Kristin completed 500 hours of training with Scott Anderson of Alignment Yoga, and has been teaching folks with a broad range of mobility traits since 2003. Kristin's intelligent and attentive guidance creates a welcoming community with inspiration to maintain a dedicated practice. Kristin offers group classes, workshops, and private instruction.
Mary Sheean received her teaching certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and has been teaching in the Madison area since 2003. Mary offers classes that awaken awareness of one's center, and currently rotates in the Saturday 10:30am class at MSY. Her dedicated studies include Anusara yoga with a focus on alignment principles and study of yoga philosophy with Hareesh Christopher Wallis and the writings of Swami Kripalvananda. Mary has traveled to India, the birthplace of yoga, to deepen her awareness of the understanding of yoga and to walk the footpaths of the sages. Mary is certified by Kripalu at the 500-Hr level and registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level.
Cricket Redman enjoys how the contrasts of life appear on the yoga mat: ease and work, movement and stillness, complexity and simplicity, strength and flexibility. She weaves these contrasting elements into a class to help students find their optimal practice to support their body, temperament & experience. Cricket offers a grounded, alignment-centered flow class that blends myth, movement, breath work and chant. As a relatively “stiff/strong” yogini that doesn't have the typical "yogabody", Cricket has become a propping master and provides many ways to work and expand on poses to fit the individual. She's also a strong believer in the uplifting power of inversions, although another option is offered, if that's not your thing. Cricket received her 200 hr YA-RYT from Sianna Sherman in Los Angeles in 2014 and continues her studies locally with Keith Borden and Meg Abene Newlin. She is currently completing her 300-hr training with Christina Sell and Gioconda Parker through the San Marcos School of Yoga.
Shannon Starr has been practicing a variety of yoga forms since 2004, trained as a teacher with Lotus Roots Kundalini Yoga founder Katie Muschlewski, and began teaching Kundalini Yoga in 2017. Shannon's teaching style is inspired by the philosophies of Yogi Bhajan and B.K.S. Iyengar, and the radical acceptance mindfulness practices of Dr. Tara Brach. Shannon synthesizes her diverse interests and skills in trauma recovery, chronic pain management, anti-racism, gender fluidity, tai chi, theater, and storytelling to cultivate an open, creative, and respectful environment. Shannon believes you are the expert on you, and your yoga teacher is a guide, eager to offer you tools and resources for your journey
Raka Bandyo was born and raised in an actively spiritual Brahman family in Michigan, USA. She is the first generation of her family to be born and raised in the United States. While growing up she helped her parents prepare for blessings and ceremonies, gathering flowers and grass, making food, grinding sandalwood into paste, and collecting water. On her journey she has studied classical Indian dance for over 30 years, Mechanical Engineering to a post graduate level, she is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, trained in Panchakarma Ayurvedic Bodywork treatments, Vedic Astrologer, reader of Tarot, and lifelong student of the Vedic Sciences. She works part time on hospital medical database systems while pursuing her artist and spiritual passions.
Sara Arscott, PhD, RYT-200 has been a student of yoga since 1999 and a teacher since 2003. Sara has practiced many yoga styles and completed her 200-hour teacher training with Iris Mickey. Most recently she has been studying with Amie Heeter in the ParaYoga style. Sara received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences in 2009 and her studies continue to inform her understanding of how eating well and being physically active support whole health and well-being.
Sara is a dedicated practitioner and a perpetual student of life and her teachings weave together modern science, ancient wisdom, and personal experience. Sara’s classes inspire students to explore the innate wisdom of their bodies, the power of their minds, and the joy of spirit.