Mike Phillips - Studio Owner & Instructor
Mike’s yoga journey started in 2009. His professional career brought him in contact with the owner of Inner Fire Yoga Studio. He found out very quickly just how powerful a regular yoga practice could be. Yoga allowed him to focus on managing stress and weight loss in addition to helping heal injuries from other athletic activities. In 2013 a new job opportunity moved Mike to Sauk Prairie. Missing the power of a regular practice, Mike and Lori kept their eyes open for the right space to open Prairie Fire Yoga. He became a 200 HR. certified yoga instructor in 2015 through Inner Fire Yoga. Mike’s classes focus on breath (pranayama), strength, and focus. He is very excited and passionate about bringing Prairie Fire Yoga to this community.
Lori Anderson - Studio Manager & Instructor
Jamie Gibbs- Assistant Studio Manager & Tone Instructor
Jamie was born and raised in Prairie du Sac, WI. Her interest in fitness began 7 years ago when she was looking to make some lifestyle changes and find balance. She soon fell in love with all types of fitness, pushing her limits, meditation and self-growth. That led her to become a Certified Personal Trainer in addition to teaching self-love and empowerment classes in the community. With her passion for health on all levels this has helped Jamie find “wholeness” within herself and she is now devoted to helping others achieve the same, Mind, Body and Spirit. When Jamie is not in class or with a client you will likely find her volunteering for something self-empowerment related or at one of her children’s sporting events. Jamie still resides locally, with her husband, Paul, their 4 children Blake, Ethan, Ashlyn, Wyatt and 2 nephews Cade and Aidan. Not to forget the guy who holds a big piece of her heart, Gibbson, their family dog.
Alyssa Ploessl is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified teacher, trained in the Vinyasa style, which involves linking breath with movement. She first discovered yoga at the age of 16, and received her teaching certification from Dragonfly in the spring of 2015. Alyssa loves the smell of old books, the texture of the earth, the sound of laughter, and the feeling of being fully alive! Her mindfully crafted yoga sequences, as well as her use of aromatherapy in classes, will leave you feeling balanced and serene. Yoga gave Alyssa the insight to find her true self, and helped her learn to live life with passion and zeal! She hopes to inspire others and to bring more positivity to the world through this wonderful practice.
Barb has been practicing yoga for over five years. She was introduced to yoga by brother-in-law, Mike Phillips, as an alternative to treating severe and chronic back and neck pain. She found that yoga not only relieves the pain, but also helps to reduce stress and improve energy for the busy life she leads. Barb received her RYT 200 certification in 2015 from Dragonfly Yoga in Madison. Barb is continuing to learn and develop in her own yoga practice and strives to help those who feel limited in their activities as a result of pain. In addition to teaching yoga, Barb is a school teacher. She has been teaching young children for 30 years. She uses yoga in her classroom with her students on a daily basis. Barb has both her BS and masters degrees in education. Barb enjoys staying active with her husband, Dave, their 3 children, and their dog.
Becky began her children's yoga journey as she noticed that children were having a difficult time in school regulating their body for learning. She realized that introducing yoga breathing, first thing in the morning, helped children calm down for the entire day. She began connecting more and more yoga with the academic skills in school and found that Eagle and Tree Pose made a huge difference in writing and spelling. When she retired from teaching, Becky began her journey of certification through Yoga Calm Program out of St Paul, MN. Yoga Calm is a social emotionally base yoga program developed by Social Workers. The program is designed for schools and hospitals with a big emphasis on mental health with adolescence and trauma situations. Becky's certification has taken her into teaching young children yoga, along with teaching teachers how to integrate yoga into their classroom and deal with trauma informed students. She lives in Sauk City and enjoys yoga, walking, swimming and playing with her 2 kitties.
Brenda loves working with people and has a passion for wellness and education. She worked as a Registered Nurse for many years and then became an Elementary School Teacher. Her fourth grade students experience mindfulness, breathing exercises and yoga during the school day. Practicing yoga has been a part of Brenda’s life for many years. She has learned from a variety of teachers in different places and spaces, from the bank down the street to a silent studio in Thailand. She appreciates the positive benefits found with regular yoga practice including strength, flexibility, and balance, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. Brenda received her certification through Dragonfly Teacher Training in June 2015.
Brian came to practice yoga, after having a second ACL surgery, on a recommendation from a friend. He needed to regain his strength and balance, and figured….why not?!? Through the past 7 years, yoga has remained a constant presence in his life. He completed his training with Scott Anderson in the Alignment Yoga Program at Mound Street Yoga Center in Madison, Wisconsin. He is foremost and always a student of yoga and secondly, an instructor. He continues his yoga education through studies in the ancient yoga texts, participating in trainings, workshops, and a daily personal practice. His style envelopes the dynamic flowing movement of vinyasa yoga, while incorporating a more detailed approach to alignment (often through the use of props) and exploration through modified postures. He offers an opportunity to connect to yourself and to the universe, to feel alive, to simply breathe and to truly inhabit your body.
When PFY opened its doors in 2015, Carla found a new way of movement that enhanced her life. At that point, she had recently moved out of the gymnastics realm, having coached or taught since she was a teen. The ability to use her sense of body awareness was just what she was looking for. After practicing yoga for a couple years she completed her 200 hour training through ‘Breathe for Change’. This non-profit group seeks to train teachers and school personnel to bring yoga and wellness to our schools. This works well with Carla’s professional goals as an elementary principal. Carla lives out in the Sauk Prairie countryside with her husband Fred and two children Andrew and Julia. Besides yoga, she loves spending time gardening, reading, and playing games with family.
Connie has been a massage therapist over 13 years. Through her work as a bodyworker, she has gained great knowledge of the human body and how it works to sustain life. She began her journey into her own yoga practice as a way to care for her body from her physical work. She chose to continue her journey and enrich it even more by becoming a yoga instructor. Connie completed her 200 hour yoga training at Perennial Wisdom Yoga School. She specializes in blending the human body with the practice of yoga to guide students into a deeper awareness of their own bodies.
Jen started practicing yoga at Prairie Fire in 2016. She was hooked after the first class and has been a regular at the studio ever since, enjoying both the physical and psychological benefits that come from having a regular practice. Wanting to learn more, she attended a 200 hour Wanderlust teacher training program with instructors Matt Phippen and Kate Gillespie that focused the history and evolution of modern yoga with an emphasis on alignment and adjustments while maintaining a sense of fun and play. Jen has seen first hand how yoga can help accept your limitations, get past what you thought your limitations were, and feel better in your body and mind. She is looking forward to what the future will bring and growing both as a teacher and a student.
Jenna is passionate about fitness and wants to help others develop a positive relationship with health and fitness. Being a 3-sport athlete all through high school made incorporating fitness into her daily routine natural and she hopes to assist others in creating this type of relationship with fitness. She has been attending yoga classes for a few years now, but did not seriously make it part of her workout regimen until she moved to Prairie du Sac and joined Prairie Fire Yoga. She fell in love with the variety of classes and the different challenges the instructors provided. If Jenna isn't on her mat she is probably outside running or doing circuit intervals on the track, field, or anywhere else she can. She is a certified Zumba and Strong by Zumba instructor and recently earned her certification as a Certified Mental Performance Coach. Jenna works at a treatment facility for middle-school kids in Madison and also works with teams, coaches, athletes, performers, and exercisers of all kinds to improve their mental game through mental skills training, leadership development, and team building skills through her consulting company The Mental Clutch.
Judy’s first yoga class was a 90 minute Bikram Hot Yoga class in November of 2011, and she just fell in love. Although Judy had been active through running and various sports for many years, Yoga is where she found her true passion. Her love of yoga grew so much that she finished her 200 hour yoga teaching certificate in Spring 2017, and began teaching immediately. Judy says, "Yoga is as much mental as it is physical. It has taught me to let go of things that don't matter and forgive. Through being a teacher and student, I've learned so much about the connection of breath and letting go the things that don’t serve us. Prairie Fire Yoga has become my second home. I have met new friends and reconnected with old ones. Practicing yoga continues to challenge me every day, and I love that. Yoga is a great stress reliever from being a Nurse, but when I'm not taking or teaching yoga classes or working I can be found spending time with my boyfriend Alex and my dog Marshall. We love going on the WI River soaking up some sun, down-hill skiing and traveling the Caribbean. My newest adventure is paddle boarding. My family is very important to me and I love spending time with them. I have 16 nieces and nephews and 6 great nieces and nephews. Looking forward to meeting more new friends and sharing the beautiful space Prairie Fire Yoga has created for us!"
Michael has been a student of yoga for over 30 years. In 1988, he completed teacher training at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Nassau, Bahamas in a program integrating the spiritual and physical aspects of yoga. In 2002, he began a regular and ongoing practice of the original “hot” yoga series of Bikram Choudary, a style emphasizing a challenging physical discipline. In 2015, he completed 200 hours of hot yoga and power flow training with Inner Fire Yoga in Madison. Michael has also been learning the somewhat revolutionary Sri Daiva alignment system of Desi Springer. Elements of all three of these traditions are blended in his teaching. Michael is also a physician in Rehabilitation Medicine and an Associate Professor Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin Medical School.
Pam became hooked on Yoga in 2003 after she took her first class. She continued to practice and take classes until the time was finally right to dive deeper into Yoga through teacher training. Her hope is to inspire her students as her teachers have inspired and encouraged her. Pam’s classes are a slower-paced flow with time to focus on alignment and attention to breath in the pose. A time for self- reflection. She hopes her students leave the class calm and restored. Pam completed her 200-hour teacher certification in 2017 and has continued training with Alex Pfeiffer and 21st Century Yoga on the Mat, through The Studio in Madison.
In 2005, yoga was recommended to Peg by her doctor as part of my recovery from a long illness. It didn’t take long before she began to notice the many benefits yoga has to offer. Peg found yoga empowering and transformative. She says, “it gave me more inner and outer strength enabling me to find a greater sense of balance, calmness and acceptance in my daily life. Yoga became an increasingly important part of my quest for a healthy and positive lifestyle and I developed a passion to teach, guide and help others. I decided to become an instructor and obtained a certification in 2013 from Inner Fire Yoga in Madison.” During her classes, Peg strives to create a nurturing and positive environment for yogis to explore and connect with their mind, body and spirit. She believes yoga can be transformative for everyone. Previously, Peg was an elementary education teacher for 17 years in Arizona and her native Wisconsin. She currently lives in Middleton with her husband Mike, and their yellow lab, Rocky. They have three grown children: Megan, Matt and Molly. Along with yoga, Peg enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, biking, swimming, baking and reading.
After dabbling in yoga on and off for years, Tami joined a hot yoga studio in the fall of 2013 and within one month, knew that teacher training was on her horizon. Tami believes that life is about choices and that every day we have the opportunity to try something new, to explore and learn, and not take ourselves too seriously, both on and off the mat. She enjoys a fun, challenging class that helps people explore their strength and find some humor in their yoga practice. Little known fact about Tami, continuous improvement is in her blood. Not only does she strive to learn and develop personally, in her professional life she is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Sensei. Every day offers each student the opportunity to meet themselves just as they are, and is a reason to smile, laugh and celebrate! Come celebrate with Tami!
Tammy found her love for yoga and heated fitness classes by mistake – she thought hot yoga was a crazy bucket list activity but once it was tried, there was no looking back. Over the past 7 years, she’s experienced different styles, techniques and instructors to solidify that heat, movement, and the clarity of the studio is an truly a part of her lifestyle. With several knee surgeries in her past, she’s found that the ability to maintain healthy joints and muscles while increasing balance and strength has allowed her to find the perfect fit in staying active! Tammy has worked for the Ballweg Automotive Family for over 16 years and couldn’t be happier to be able to balance a career, family, as well as a rewarding mental and physical passion. She resides outside of Sauk City with her husband, Adam and their son and two daughters; Blake, Nora, and Collyns.