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Gratitude . I am grateful for all I have and the opportunity I have to share what I love. I received my yoga passion and education thru several inspiring teachers. Allie Dienger, Lisa Ferrazano, Alexandria Crow and Michael Ward. My Yoga teacher training began at Perennial Yoga in Fitchburg with the my education being led by Megan Grace, Keith Borden and many other specialists adding to the expanding of my knowledge. . To this day I am still learning more about yoga and how to use it in my life. 

Carla Wiessing

I grew up in Alaska and was an avid hiker, horseback rider, mountain biker, runner, and fitness instructor long before I tried yoga. When I was 34 and teaching classes at a gym in Houston, a new yoga class was introduced right after my step aerobics class. I fell in love with the stretched-out, blissed-out experience it offered and quickly decided to enroll in YogaFit teacher training. From YogaFit, I learned that yoga can bring joy to everybody regardless of age or physical ability – and that developing awareness and responsiveness to one’s own body is key to an effective, safe practice. I try to promote a gentle, self-loving experience for members of my classes at Kingfisher Yoga. I also enjoy sharing positive elements of yoga philosophy applicable to practice both on the mat and in daily life. I am very grateful to be a part of Kingfisher’s beautiful and welcoming yoga community!

Tess Carr

Bio coming soon!

Kara Bercher

I discovered yoga in 2010 when I attended my first slow flow yoga class with a friend. After mostly playing team sports throughout high school, I was immediately drawn to the solo practice yoga offered; not only physically but also mentally. Getting to know my body through yoga helped me feel more in control of maintaining my own physical health and at the same time easing anxiety. In my classes I encourage students to explore their bodies and minds in whatever way feels natural and authentic to them while providing detailed cues and offering modifications. I encourage students to come as they are and listen to the innate wisdom that is already inside of them. Yoga has ultimately taught me everything we need is already with in us. 

Melissa Moll

For me, yoga has been both an evolution and a moment in time, a constant reminder of growth along the journey and importance of awareness in a single breath. As a teacher and guide, my goal is to provide a space for you to find a pause in the moment and be able reflect on your journey to your true self. We are both teachers and students – throughout our practice on and off the mat. I completed my 200 RYT certification in March 2019 at Inner Fire Yoga. My hope and goal is to create a welcoming and safe space for any student to explore and discover their own transformation through yoga.

Teri Engelke

In the past my relationship with yoga had been all about the poses and how it could help me become more fit.  On New Year's Eve 2017 I attended a yoga workshop with an instructor that introduced me to yoga as the combination of breath, mind, spirit and asana. And that was it. I fell in love. I completed my 200 hr YTT through KRAMAS Yoga, am Certified in Teaching Children Yoga and  Assisted Yoga.  My intention in teaching yoga is to make it accessible to anyone, no matter their age or obstacle, and to help others discover peace and contentment through practice on their mats. In addition to teaching Flow classes, I am a big lover of Power Yoga so I look forward to offering some high intensity classes with fun, rocking playlists too!! 

Mary Benish

I have been an elementary school teacher since 2012.  My love for yoga grew from a need for self-care and wellness, but my practice was initially inconsistent until one December I made a New Year’s resolution to do more yoga.  Knowing my interest in Yoga, my school encouraged me to coordinate some after school yoga classes for staff which lead to meeting Carla. I immediately felt at home in my consistent practice and became inspired to gain my 200 RYT certification.  My teaching goal is to create a supporting community that makes everyone feel welcome, safe, and loved by holding space for and empowering others.

Megan Trantow

I grew up on the shores of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a remote town abundant in natural resources and hardy Northern, Mid-West people.  The importance of balancing mind, body, spirit has been stressed to me by all of her mentors (from family to managers) for as long as I can remember. When I tried yoga with a high-school friend for the first time in 2010, I knew it was only a matter of time before I would return. Yoga seemed to neatly combine and fully express all of the most magical experiences of my life so far: playing music, working with horses, being outside, self-reflection, pushing one's physical boundaries, curiosity around human behavior, personal growth and development. But after that, exposure to asana was limited to one more private lesson from a long-time friend who taught.

It wasn't until 2012 that I found the means and opportunity to try a hot-yoga studio near her home. I immediately sunk my teeth into as much yoga as I could fit into my schedule. My practice grew from occasional, to daily, to multiple times a day in a matter of weeks. After a year, I had decided I wanted to learn to teach but wanted more practice first. 

Fast forward, I have been practicing now for 8 years. During those 8 years I have started a career, got married, finished a degree, lived abroad and traveled all over the world. Some of that time has meant a yoga practice at the intensity described above, but some of it has meant falling away from practice for periods of time (a week with no practice, a month at most). At all times, yoga has been a safe space for me to turn to when obstacles arise (mental, physical, emotional or spiritual). It has also been a lesson in the importance of discipline.

When Carla Wiessing agreed to sponsor my training, I was certain teaching was the best path for me and it was time to move in that direction. It also happens to be my favorite professional capacity (so far) in terms of connecting with and helping others. I see yoga as a life long journey.

I am also a professional violinist, a corporate project manager, and an entrepreneur.

Dilaine Noel

I began practicing yoga in 2012, originally did it for fitness, then to challenge myself, and now it's become part of my life and my way to stay grounded, energized, and feel good. I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training in June, 2019 at RajaHatha School of Yoga, because I love the community that is created in a yoga class, and wanted to help others find the 'light' within themselves.  My interests are in alignment yoga, body mechanics, and regulating the nervous system through breath and movement.  I believe that the benefits and philosophy of yoga translate well to life off the mat.

Amy Bourne

Before starting Kundalini yoga five years ago, I suffered from anxiety attacks that left me unable to breath.  A former elementary school teacher in the Chicago Public School system for 16 years, I found that Kundalini’s mantras and breathing techniques were precisely what I needed to quell the anxiety and calm my mind.  In fact, Kundalini so spoke to my mind, body and soul that today, I call my yoga mat my church because it is where I can center myself and find the Divine within. The mantras in Kundalini help focus me and I’ve noticed subtle changes in me, like things roll off my back more. I have studied Kundalini with Shabad Kaur Khalsa, and Shiva Singh Khalsa, who teach at P.S. Yoga in Chicago, IL.  I have my Kundalini Research Institute International Level One Kundalini Yoga Instructor Certification, have completed 2 of the 5 level two trainings, certified in Yoga Tune Up, trained in The Roll Model Method, Breath and Bliss Immersion, and have my 200 RYT certification through Yoga Alliance. In addition to my yoga training, I studied dance for 18 years and have a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in musical theater.  I sang with the USO and have traveled to more than 26 countries, entertaining the troops. But I always come back to the mat for the physical challenge of perfecting a posture, and the reward of a calm and focused mind. I hope to offer my students a way to calm their minds and become more attuned to their bodies,

Heidi O'Toole

I have been a dedicated student of the vedic arts including Odissi dance and Meditation for over 35 years. Daughter of an Hindu Braman family, I have been initiated into meditation practices, classical Indian dance, and cosmic exploration since childhood. A forever student to the infinite well that in the consciousness.  I currently teach Odissi classical Indian dance, Ayurveda Living and Cooking, Jyotish Vedic Astrology, and Meditation while residing in Madison, WI. Find out more at

Raka Bandyo