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 absolutely love sharing that magic with others. I also have more than a decade of experience in the corporate world; coordinating and hosting premium events and 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.
I took my first yoga class in 2008, but like everyone, my practice was sporadic. When I dedicated more of my time to yoga starting in 2013, 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.
Each Above Yoga retreat has an additional certified yoga teacher on-site who will lead approximately half of the classes and support students in their practice. We’ve been honored to have some amazing co-teachers including:
Maricel Tufty, RYT-200, Reiki + SUP Yoga Certified
Maricel is a graphic designer by day and a yogini by heart, she teaches at Yoga on Davidson in Davidson, NC and Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga on Lake Norman
Learn more about Maricel here: https://www.facebook.com/MaricelYoga/ and https://www.yogaondavidson.com/noo_trainer/maricel-tufty/
Lauren Duncan, E-RYT-500
Lauren is the co-owner of NEXT Yoga, with locations in Elmhurst and Wheaton, IL; to learn more about Lauren visit: https://www.next-yoga.com/about/instructors/lauren-duncan
Lauren also leads many of the continuing education modules for Wild Abundant Life’s 300 HR Yoga Teacher Training that takes place across the Midwest
Jillian Scuderi-Longsworth, E-RYT-200
Jillian is the owner of NoDa Yoga in Charlotte, NC and the co-owner of Bella Vita Yoga
Jillian has been on two Above Yoga retreats, as a guest in Ireland and the co-teacher in France, learn more about Jillian here: https://nodayoga.com/teachers/
Nicole Fitzwater, E-RYT-500
Nicole and Anna met on a yoga retreat to India and have since traveled together to Costa Rica and Ireland. They’ve yet to hang out stateside!
Nicole is the owner of In Balance Yoga in Blacksburg, VA, learn more about Nicole here: https://www.inbalanceyogastudio.com/about-us/