Deb Sommerhalder, Founder of Inner Sun Yoga Studio, Llc
E-RYT (Experienced Yoga Teacher/Teacher Trainer), CYT, CPT, Certified Peter Hess Sound Massage Practitioner
Deb took her first yoga class with her daughter and soon discovered that yoga was what she was looking for in her personal and professional life. With a 20 year background in the fitness industry teaching aerobics and prenatal classes Deb went on to become certified to teach yoga with her first training through Deborah Williamson, Midwest Power Yoga and is a member of the Yoga Alliance. In January 2004, Deb founded and opened Inner Sun Yoga in Oshkosh.
Deb's most recent well-being service is Peter Hess® Sound Massage. Personally sound massage has helped her reduce stress, lower her blood pressure, has cleared blockages from her heart and brought her more in touch with her truth. Deb received her certification from the Peter Hess Academy in Sheboygan and she offers private and group sound massage.
For Deb's soul and love of Bhakti Yoga she attended David Newman's (Durga Das) Kirtan college and Sean Johnson's Bhaktimmersion and Girish. For her love of adventure she learned to fly and teach aerial yoga and opened the first aerial yoga studio in the Fox Valley! Deb is certified in Level 1 Aerial Yoga though Cathy Gauch of Aircat. She has done more advanced training with Deena Marcum of MOTH (Movement of the Heart) Aerial Yoga and Rebecca Leigh of Flying Buddha Fitness. For Deb's long time passion of flow yoga infused with spirit she received teacher training in "Embodying the Flow", a Shiva Rae module with Aubee Saia. Deb is also certified in Roll Model® Method with Jill Miller, trained in Breath & Bliss, Thai Massage Bodywork and Christouch Energy Healing and is an international presenter at exotic retreats. She is excited to provide the first Aerial Yoga Teacher Training in the Fox Valley!
Deb enjoys teaching modalities from a variety of yoga styles that she practices. She acknowledges her students needs, providing them the space to explore their practice and advance at their own pace. Thru breath, movement and meditation Deb helps them learn to listen to their body so they open their heart or "inner sun" and discover the true connection to who they are. With patience, dedication and a regular yoga practice, Deb believes that everyone has the opportunity to find strength, healing, balance, and peace.
Soulful Flow Yoga
Join Priscilla for the practice of pranayama through the Yoga asanas, which allows us to release emotional blockages that create separation between body, mind and Soul.
She combines the asanas and the breathing technology to understand the journey of walking through life with an open heart.
Priscilla teaches how to include pranayama in your daily practice and to work towards connection to the Truth of who you really are, a powerful being of love with unlimited possibilities. Together we will empower your purposes on this life.
Warning: A deep state of meditation, peace, higher frequency thoughts and happiness might happen after taking this class. Discontinue if you do not want to create new patterns in your life.
Here are some of Priscilla's trainings:
The Himalayan Institute; 200 hours teacher training
Sri Dharma Mittra- Dharma Yoga, Maha Shakti for Psychic Energy
Snatam Kaur- Connecting with the Guru
Jai Dev Singh and Simrit - The sweetest love:The Art of yogic relationships
GuruGanesha Singh and Karan Khalsa- Yoga and Mantras for Prosperity
Guru Singh -Intention, Motivation and Purpose in life
Dharma Devi-Embracing The sacred feminine
Azita Nahai- From Trauma to Dharma
Wah- Kundalini dance to Be: great and full.
Jeffrey Armstrong-The 3 paths of Yoga
Krishna Das-Trust in the Heart
Lorin Roche-Radiance Sutras Elixir
Michael Brian Baker-The integrity of Lineage
Nubia Teixeira -Celebrating body and Soul
David Saul Raye -Warrior Heart+Soul
Shiva Rea- Prana Flow, movement meditation for all
Yogrishi Vishvketu - 5 Koshas: Hip opening for emotional release.
Prana Booster:A pranayama workshop
MC Yogi- Uplift Yoga
Carrie Demers- Yoga for the Doshas
Kelly Ellington, RYT
Family has always been the most important thing to me. After 12 years of teaching special education, I took a step back from working in the schools to better focus on my health and family, mainly my beautiful daughters Mazie, age 9 and Emeline, age 7. Through this process, I learned how important a yoga practice and consistent running are in maintaining these priorities. I also discovered how it’s possible to fit these activities of self-preservation into a very busy life.
I am so lucky to be sharing in others growth through teaching yoga and coaching runners. It is truly the best job for me. I was born to be a mother, teacher and coach.
My hope is this site will guide you to find what I have found in yoga and running, by leading you to the places I am sharing yoga and how I can help you with your running goals. Be inspired to follow your heart and run with your true passion. I hope you reach out and connect with me today!
Christine Ellickson, RYT
Christine moved to Appleton from Madison in 1976 newly married to begin her Dental Hygiene career. Soon she trained to be an aerobic dancing instructor and started running. Sam and Christine had a baby girl in 1985. Unfortunately, life unexpectedly changed when Sam had a stroke in 2000. To calm the brain and ease her stress Christine tried yoga. She practiced at Midwest Power Yoga, a Baron Baptiste hot yoga studio under the guidance of Debbie Williamson. She continued running and her affection for yoga grew.
Since that initial beginning Christine has continued to practice yoga. She has had many teachers including Debbie Sommerhalder. In 2012 her path was guided, Chris calls it a God-thing, to pursue a 200-hour yoga teacher training at Empower. After graduation she began to teach at the Y and for Deb at Inner Sun. Most recently she has become interested in Iyengar, a yoga style focusing on alignment. She practices this with Kathy Davis. The books by Loren Fishman, MD, Yoga for Osteoporosis and Yoga for Arthritis are used as reference in her classes.
Passion is defined as “an intense desire or enthusiasm for something.”
Christine has a passion for teaching and studying yoga. She uses a style called Vinyasa, a “union of of breath and movement” to guide students safely through the steps. Each class is new incorporating alignment and balance, softness and strength, breath and mindfulness using various levels of intensity.
Since 2000 her joy and enthusiasm for yoga continues to grow.
Gloria Simon-Kuzma, RYT
Gloria received her 200 hour level certification through the Himalayan Institute in Fond du Lac in 2003. From HI’s classical raja yoga teachings, she gained appreciation that yoga’s benefits extend far beyond the mat. It’s strength and beauty is that it’s a lifestyle, one that can be adapted to circumstances and abilities across the lifespan.
Her yoga practice has diverse flavorings from buddhist philosophy to middle eastern dance. Yoga and Buddhism have common threads of self knowledge through meditation, the development of equanimity, and compassion towards all beings.
Gloria’s teaching style incorporates classical and vinyasa yoga, and her instruction aims to bring clarity of alignment to release the breath and movement. She encourages a tolerant and playful class atmosphere, where yogis feel comfortable to practice and grow at their own pace.
She has been teaching at the Oshkosh YMCA since 2003, and more recently at the Inner Sun, and the YMCA of the Fox Cities. Gloria is a certified aerial yoga teacher through the auspices of the IS. She loves combining grounding yoga practice with aerial tricks and flips. She is also a certified Level I Essentrics instructor. Essentrics is a fitness practice that rebalances the body and helps prevent injury and pain.
Gloria has had a long career in human services, and lives with her husband and two rescue mutts of mayhem, Freckles and Max. In their spare time, they are renovating a barn and breathing life into the old farm. Gloria is an avid sustainable gardener, and hopes to weave her various passions into life on the farm.
Tuesday & Friday 11:20am-12:20pm
Sara has been practicing yoga on a regular basis since 2010. While having been exposed to yoga and practicing on and off since 2008, it wasn't until she was attending college at University of Wisconsin-Stout that she really started practicing regularly. Yoga became an outlet for her during a stressful time in college when she was suffering from episodes of chronic depression and anxiety. Yoga gave her a feeling of support, comfort, and release; it truly helped her through the episodes. Her passion and interest in yoga continued to grow and blossom during her four years living in Southern California which then led her to search for a teacher training program as soon as she moved back home to Wisconsin. In May of 2017 she completed her 200-hour Integrative Yoga Therapy program at Inner Light Studio in Wauwatosa, WI.
Sara’s passion is in teaching Restorative Yoga, Gentle Flow, Yin, and Guided Meditation. She enjoys creating playlists to create a unique atmosphere for each of her classes. Her goal is to make her students feel welcomed and comfortable in addition to providing a space that allows them to deeply relax and honor their own divine light. While life may throw us for unexpected twists and turns we are always where we are supposed to be in our journeys, good or bad -it's an experience we are supposed to have; Sara wants her students to know this and feel supported in wherever they are on their individual journeys. Yoga is for anybody, there are no specifics on what a yogi should be like; we come in all shapes and sizes and have our own scars and battle wounds from our walks in life and that's something she honors and celebrates in her classes.