anna, owner + chief zen officer
Why Above Yoga? I have experienced first-hand the serenity (and fun!) of yoga retreats across the world and I can’t wait to continue sharing that magic with others. I also have more than a decade of experience in the corporate world; coordinating and hosting premium domestic and worldwide travel experiences for discerning clientele like celebrity athletes and Fortune 500 executives. The combination of the two is what inspired me to create Above Yoga.
Above Yoga's strives to make yoga retreats accessible to everyone whether that means emotionally, physically or financially. My goal is to make all guests feel welcome and included in every aspect of a retreat, while also providing a commitment to an extremely high-level of client service for my guests.
Why Yoga? I fell in love with yoga more than a decade ago, but like everyone, my practice was sporadic. When I dedicated more of my time to yoga, I realized all the physical, mental and emotional benefits. After completing my 200 hour yoga teacher training through Bella Vita Yoga in Charlotte, I had the privilege of teaching at many wonderful studios in North Carolina (NoDa Yoga, Yoga on Davidson and HEAT Fitness & Yoga) before I relocated to Milwaukee, WI in 2017. In my new home, I teach at Healium Hot Yoga in Bay View as well as in private and corporate settings. I am currently enrolled in an advanced teaching training for an additional 300 hours of focused yoga study through Wild Abundant Life in Wheaton, IL.
When I'm not teaching yoga or planning yoga retreats; I enjoy traveling (and researching new travel spots!), cooking, reading, journaling and taking long walks by Lake Michigan with my rescue Jack Russell, Norm.
Not-For-Profit Teaching I also teach a class for a group of women in one of Milwaukee’s transitional residences. It is a safe place that provides resources to a variety of women, some of whom are domestic violence victims, new mothers or have other unfulfilled needs. This facility provides safe, affordable housing to more than 200 women and families and fills a critical need in the community by allowing them to maximize their personal growth and future employment opportunities. Trauma-informed and adaptive styles of yoga teaching are a passion of mine and it’s my honor to bring that to this group of women.