Welcome to where you belong
Who we are
Kingfisher Yoga is a philanthropic yoga studio with a deep desire to hold space for anyone looking for a place to belong.
Carla first started teaching yoga at Damage Inc. An ultimate fight club. Nate Gindt, the owner, convinced her that Lodi NEEDED yoga and she needed to teach.
That was the beginning and today we are homed within Willow Tree Wellness
We take pride in building a very special community that our members call their second home. We have raised monies for local charities and are also a main sponsor for the Free to Breathe Yoga event, raising funds and awareness for Lung Cancer Research.
We are on a mission to make the world a better place, one mat at a time.
Kingfisher Yoga offers a safe space for people with wisdom to explore yoga, themselves, and the new chapter of life that’s awaiting them.
Yoga is so much more than the movements of the body and linking breath to movement—yoga is taking the things we learn on our mat and knitting them into the fabric of our everyday lives.
It’s a practice that helps you find unique ways to face the stressors of everyday interactions and explore ways to overcome or minimize them.
This is a place that allows you to release the day-to-day pressures of life every time you step foot in the studio. A place that allows freedom for you to be you, to be still or moves your body. We hope to inspire you to hold space for yourself with compassion and grace.
What is Yoga?
It is a combination of breathing exercises, physical postures, and meditation that has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. Yoga is among the oldest known systems of health practiced in the world today.
One of the premises of yoga is that you are using the weight of your own body for overall strength. It reduces stress and tension in the physical body by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. Continued practice of yoga results in a balance of many hormones and nervous system.
In short yoga makes you feel better. Practicing the postures, breathing exercises and meditation makes you healthier in body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is an invaluable tool for the management of everyday life.
Meet The Team
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.
Bio Coming Soon
Tanya Cruz Genung
I am inspired by movement. Over the years, I have been a dancer, a gymnast, a dog walker, a hiker, and a fitness enthusiast.
My full-time position is with the state and though I enjoy my work, I have always felt I needed something more.
After rupturing my Achilles during a HIIT workout in February 2020, I spent 10 weeks non-weight bearing and fell into a
As soon as I could comfortably move I pushed myself to supplement my PT and rehabilitation with Pilates.
Its ability to advance my recovery and improve my strength
and imbalances not only physically but also mentally,
It ignited my desire to help others move with greater ease and efficiency. Thus, began my journey to become a Pilates instructor. I am excited to join this incredible community of practitioners and look forward to seeing you on the mat!
Kathryn began practicing yoga in 2014
as a means to
and back pain.
After attending a memorable winter solstice yoga class, she realized yoga offered much more than just the movement! Being a lifelong learner she dove in to learn more about this thing called yoga.🧐
In 2019, she completed her 200 hour teacher training with Kramas Yoga in Madison, and has been teaching
in the area since.
Her personal practice is the central part of
building and maintaining
her mental and
Sharing what she has learned in a fun and inclusive way is important to her.
For me, yoga began as a movement practice but soon my mat became my safe space. Like many people, I struggle with anxiety. Connecting to my breath has been an aspect of my yoga practice that has provided me with a sense of calm and connection. I am passionate about sharing this experience with others who might be on a similar journey and I am committed to holding a safe space for you, to explore and cultivate the connection of mind, body and breath. I cannot wait to cross paths with you in this beautiful community
I am also a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Yomassage® Therapist and owner of Sakom Massage and Wellness, which you can find within Willowtree wellness.
I have been dancing since I could walk. I started formal dance lessons when I was 6 years old and focused on ballet.
Ballet has been my passion
but I also have trained all aspect of dance. Tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, and character.
I have danced in several
ballet performances for
Dance Wisconsin. Performing in
La Fille Mal Gardee and
I have had the great opportunity to travel nationally for ballet and have attended several conventions, summer ballet and
As a certified Ballet Barre Instructor I continue
to share my love of ballet
I have been in an intensive French language study for several years and plan to continue my studies of English and French at University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point.
In my life prior to Kundalini yoga,
I suffered from anxiety attacks
that left me unable to breath.
A former elementary school teacher in Chicago Public Schools 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 mat my church because it is where I can center myself and find the Divine within.
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 200 RYT
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.
I hope to offer my students a way to calm their minds and become more attuned to their bodies,
A Lodi native with a strong background in counseling psychology with outdoor therapy and
team building expertise.
She brings 10 years of Nursing experience with
specialty areas in functional medicine, nutrition,
women’s health, pelvic floor rehabilitation, end of life care and planning.
Crystal has a passion for life and movement.
She wants to help you set and attain your fitness goals while crafting a lifestyle of fun.
She teaches Yoga with a focus on pranayama breathing techniques,
and the basics for building a meditation and yoga practice.
Roll out your mat
while you turn inward
focusing on your body
unwinding the mind.
Megan has been teaching since 2012,
In 2019 she turned her educational pursuits toward Yoga .She trained with
Breathe for Change
focusing on bringing
yoga into the schools to alleviate the pressures on
her young students and
her fellow teachers.
Seeing how life challenges can shape who we are
and how we react
she has focused on bringing laughter and a sense of body awareness to her practice and teaching.
Everyone is welcome to Megan's classes with a warm smile and space to be who you are meant to be.
Currently on Maternity leave with little Leo