Yoga Instructors

The Yoga Place La Crosse | Yoga InstructorsAll of our instructors at The Yoga Place are either certified Iyengar teachers or working on becoming certified in the Iyengar method. Becoming an Iyengar Yoga teacher requires years of practice, study, and a rigorous examination of skills. Certified Iyengar instructors teach the method of B.K.S. Iyengar without mixing in other styles or disciplines. They have expertise in demonstrating and instructing the poses, sequencing the poses for particular effects, and observing students and adapting poses for specific needs. They have expertise in demonstrating and instructing the poses, sequencing the poses for particular effects, and observing students and adapting poses for specific needs. They are highly trained, knowledgeable and very experienced. They maintain a regular personal practice and continue to study with senior teachers or by traveling to study at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India. Iyengar teachers are committed to maintaining the purity, excellence, and high standards that have been demonstrated and emphasized by B.K.S. Iyengar.


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Chris Saudek

I have been studying Iyengar Yoga since 1978 and teaching since 1981. I started teaching through the extension program at UW-L and opened The Yoga Place in 1988. Before I started teaching yoga, I taught math at UW-Parkside. Feeling a need to know more about the body after starting yoga, I went back to school to obtain my physical therapy degree. I hold a Senior Intermediate III level certificate in the Iyengar method that was awarded to me by B.K.S. Iyengar. As a devoted student of the Iyengars, I have studied at the Ramanani Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India on numerous occasions for 1-5 months at a time.
To me, yoga is a way of life – a physical, mental and spiritual discipline that can help anyone live a more full and peaceful life. To me, yoga is a way of life – a physical, mental and spiritual discipline that can help anyone live a more full and peaceful life. As someone born with a scoliosis and having subsequent back issues, the physical benefits have been tremendous. But the mental relaxation and the personal understanding that I have gained have been at least as important as those physical benefits.
After more than 30 years of teaching yoga, I love practicing and teaching it more than ever. I love the community of yoga students and seeing individuals find how yoga can benefit them in their lives. I enjoy teaching all levels of students, trying to help them discover their potential, and find yoga teaching to be creative and extremely fulfilling as a career.


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Francie Ricks

I took my first yoga class more than 30 years ago on the advice of a friend who thought I looked stressed. From my first class, I enjoyed the practice and the way it made me feel. But most of all, I found it cleared my mind. Thoughts or concerns that were bothering me at the beginning would be gone by the end of the class or practice session.
I started teaching yoga as a way to do more yoga and learn more about it. I discovered that I was able to guide students to experience joy in their physical bodies, relief from physical pain, and to learn a new approach to mental and psychological concerns.
I enjoy practicing and teaching the art of yoga, working to make each posture as beautiful and integrated and perfect in the moment as possible. I enjoy practicing and teaching the art of yoga, working to make each posture as beautiful and integrated and perfect in the moment as possible. I am grateful to B.K.S. Iyengar who showed me how technique and its dedicated application can lead from physical accomplishment to spiritual enlightenment. Presently I especially enjoy teaching older students who are grateful to be learning how to strengthen their bodies and retard the aging process. Yoga can help us all learn how to face whatever comes.
I have been teaching at The Yoga Place since 1993 and previously taught Iyengar yoga in Southern California for 15 years. I hold a Senior Intermediate III certification from B.K.S. Iyengar, and have studied at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India on numerous occasions. In addition to teaching at The Yoga Place, I am also the owner of the Winona Yoga Center in Winona, MN.
I am so grateful to have had the experience of the best yoga teachers in the world to guide me and I am happy to pass on my knowledge to the students at The Yoga Place. The Yoga Place provides an exceptional place and excellent teaching to share this practice with anyone who wants to learn yoga.


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Cynthia (Sam) Licht

I have made my career in dealing with the functioning of muscles. I began as a competitive power-lifter, then coordinator of the YWCA Nautilus and YMCA weight room. Through Iyengar yoga I have come to see the path to self awareness by asana, stretching not only muscles but my inner consciousness.
My fascination and wonder with muscles lead me to a career as a Massage Therapist for the last 20+ years. That training and experience has given me additional insight into movement, function, structure and action.

Through Iyengar yoga I have come to see the path to self awareness by asana, stretching not only muscles but my inner consciousness. My favorite part of teaching yoga is seeing students learn about themselves, the spark of knowledge revealed.


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Jenelle Lee

I became a student of The Yoga Place in 1998. As an instructor of group fitness at the time, it seemed like a good balance to the other classes I was teaching. With a degree in Community Health Education, injury and illness prevention along with wellness have always been a top interest of mine and yoga seemed like the perfect addition. I love seeing the students progress in their yoga practice.
Attending yoga classes and practicing on a regular basis has brought me to the realization that yoga is much more than a physical exercise (asana). Learning how the asanas work on our bodies to improve our immune system, physical imbalances, and every other system in our body has been interesting and exciting.
I enjoy studying yoga philosophy and attending workshops to learn the fine details of Iyengar Yoga. What do I enjoy most about teaching? I love seeing the students progress in their yoga practice. Any way I can be a part of that is exciting to me!


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Jarad Barkheim

I took my first Iyengar Yoga class at The Yoga Place in 2001. Since then I have taken a wide variety of classes and workshops throughout the United States in many different methods including Ashtanga, and Anusara. Though I have learned from these different methods, I keep coming back to Iyengar Yoga because of the quality of teaching and the focus on alignment in the Iyengar classes. The pace and progression of Iyengar classes has allowed me to move forward in my practice steadily while avoiding injury. The pace and progression of Iyengar classes has allowed me to move forward in my practice steadily while avoiding injury.Through Iyengar Yoga, I have gained health in body and mind.
In 2009 I began teaching yoga and attending teacher training workshops. My degree in education and coaching experience prepared me well for teaching yoga. Since then, I have been teaching yoga in a variety of settings from the backcountry of the California wilderness to the more formal environment of The Yoga Place. Currently I continue to study Iyengar Yoga and am working toward an Iyengar Yoga Teacher Certification.

 
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Rachel Frazee

I started taking yoga while pursuing a degree in Fitness and Human Performance.  Though I had taken and taught many fitness classes, yoga far exceeded anything I had done in the past.  Within a year of study at The Yoga Place I knew I wanted to become an Iyengar yoga teacher.  I achieved certification to teach Iyengar yoga in 2012.  I took a short break from teaching to have a baby in August 2013!

Through my practice of Iyengar yoga I have become stronger, more flexible, more kinesthetically aware of my body and more balanced in body, mind, and spirit.  The benefits don’t stop at the physical.  Iyengar Yoga has helped me become aware of how my mind and ego operate, especially when challenged.  I have found Iyengar Yoga to be transforming from the inside out.  It has shone light on things such as concentration, meditation, courage, perseverance, faith, poise, steadiness and even as B.K.S. Iyengar would say, “benevolence of the spirit.”

What I learn in my asana and pranayama practice helps me in all aspects of my every day life.

I am passionate about Iyengar Yoga and teaching allows me to share what I learn with others.   I really enjoy introducing new students to Iyengar yoga and showing them how the fundamentals of alignment can make such a difference to the body and the mind.  I also love seeing the transformation in each individual student as they gain not only physical benefits but also awareness of themselves.