I'm Ryanne Cunningham (E-RYT 200 & RYT 500) and I'm very excited to bring Flow Yoga Studio to De Pere, WI. I am a long-time Green Bay resident and currently reside in De Pere. I obtained my 500 hour RYT Advanced Teacher Training at a local area studo, where I have also practiced and taught for 10 years. Prior to that, I obtained my 200 E-RYT 14 years ago at Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham, VA. In addition, I recieved my Yoga For Athlete's Certification which today I specialize in Yoga for Athletes and Vinyasa Flow classes at my studio. Recently I have become an author to my published book "Yoga For Athletes" Which can be purchased on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
My background brings a unique yoga teaching style. I have an established massage therapy business in De Pere, Advanced Massage Therapy, which I have been fortunate enough to build up over the last 14 years. My education in massage therapy has brought me knowledge in Human Anatomy, Biology and Kinesiology, which I use in my yoga teachings and practices. Additionally, I like to stay physically active by going to my personal trainer on a regualr basis, mix of cardio activites in the outdoors and yoga, which is the result of my sports background in prior years. I use my experience in sports to teach students proper stretching and alignment, which benefits all yoga students. I believe that my yoga teaching style will help students of all levels with their practice and will result in students leaving class relaxed and rejuvenated.
Elisabeth is excited to be back in her hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin and looking forward to pursuing her passion of teaching yoga! Always an athlete looking for a challenge, Elisabeth started practicing yoga at her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. It was love at first class and she has been incorporating yoga in her life ever since, over 16 years ago. After receiving her Bachelor's degree in Health Promotion, Elisabeth has worked in a variety of Wellness and Personal Training facilities where the one constant has been yoga. She loves how balanced the practice is and how that balance flows into every other aspect of life. With 15 years of Personal Training and Group Exercise instruction experience, rest assured that any yoga class you attend with her will incorporate a lot of alignment and education. Her latest certification, TRX Suspension training will be your perfect compliment to ANY workout routine! Like yoga, TRX uses your entire body and will challenge you at a new and exciting edge.
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." Neale Donald Walsch
David is an area native and has a true passion for fitness, health, the mind and body. Triathlete, runner, roller derby player and coach, there is no doubt he knows what it takes to keep the body moving and healthy. Yoga practice has been in his life for the past 15 years and is excited to be teaching yoga to like minded people. Above and beyond practicing and teaching Yoga, David is a personal trainer/Coach at Better Body Fitness, so we are happy to have him share his knowledge of the human body and body movement with each of us.
Val is a wife and mom of 2 amazing young girls who keep life full of activity and new adventures! Staying active is simply a way of life: practicing yoga, tackling a new CrossFit workout, skiing, biking, coaching, volunteering, or simply "outsiding"! Life is too exciting to allow the grass to grow underfoot!
Val practiced yoga most of her adult life, but found herself struggling balancing the demands of a busy life. A not-so-subtle shove from her husband pushed her back to her yoga mat, igniting a neglected passion. Three years later, she took a leap and completed yoga teacher training with Hope Zvara in 2012. The training expanded Val's exposure to different aspects of yoga practice and philosophy, improving her personal practice and desire to share the gift of yoga with others. Val believes yoga should be practical, functional and fun!
Mandy Buntin has been involved in athletics most of her life from gymnastics to softball to soccer (which she continued to play until a recent knee injury). Following her first pregnancy, Mandy fell in love with yoga for the athletic challenge as well as the spiritual growth and the inner peace she found in it. Mandy graduated from UWGB with a degree in psychology. She has two sons and is the bonus mom to two daughters. Yoga brings out Mandy's deepest passion for the mind and body connection, while creating a fun and energetic atmosphere!
I started yoga about 7 years ago. At that time I was suffering from severe depression. I had tried forms of exercise, diet, and vitamins, none of which seemed to help. I had reached the lowest point in my life and even though my life didn't seem to have purpose, it did. My daughter needed her mother. My husband encouraged, begged and then finally, as a last ditch effort, dragged me to my first yoga class. I couldn't even get myself off the couch, let alone have the desire to go to a class with people I didn't know and do something I've never done before. I walked into that second class feeling the same as I had on a daily basis overcome with negative emotions, negative energy, and exhaustion, but I walked out feeling more positive, relaxed, and at a peace than I can ever imagine or remember feeling. I've been hooked ever since! Never would I have thought that the doubtful, discouraged, fearful person I was seven years ago would have transformed into the person I am today.
To me, yoga is not just a physical exercise, but a connection between the mind and body. In a world that is constantly revolving, it allowed time for me to slow down and be present and reflective while strengthening both my mind and body, Practicing yoga has not only helped the battle with depression, but it has given me both inner and outer strength and reduced the stress in my life and how I respond to it. I have developed a greater sense of self-love, gratitude for life and self-confidence and have opened myself to challenges that I once would have been hesitant to pursue.
What began as a means to cope with depression has now become a way of life and a passion of mine that has improved my life, both physically and emotionally, on and off the mat. I wanted to teach yoga because I knew it changed my life and I was so excited to share the amazing gifts it gave me with others. The greatest thing about this journey is that there isn't an end and I will continue to learn, grow, and explore. My goal through teaching is to provide others with an opportunity to do the same. I completed my 200RYT certification with Empower Yoga in Appleton in 2017. My classes are playful, challenging, sweaty, and full of music, but you will leave feeling calm and balanced yet energized. I work with students at different levels and modify practices to encourage students to tune into their own body and find their edge. I want you to feel comfortable and have fun and not worry about making "mistakes". Personal growth and strength come not from what you can do but from overcoming what you once thought you couldn't. I tell students the most difficult part is often just getting to the class, as it was for me years ago, but once there the transformation in your life journey begins.