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Urban Om

About

Urban Om is a boutique yoga studio located on Milwaukee’s East Side offering a variety of classes for students of all levels. We aim to inspire community and to build a safe place to call home; a place where you can explore yourself, find your edge and break down boundaries without judgement or fear.

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Teachers

Kelsey Weaver

Studio Owner

Kelsey began practicing yoga in college as a way to eliminate stress and stay flexible as she started running. It took a couple of years for her practice to grow deeper and to learn that yoga was not merely stretching or another way to work out, but a way to challenge her body and mind in a way she did not realize was possible. As she started discovering strength and empowerment, both on and off the mat, she decided to deepen her practice and understanding of yoga by getting her 200-hour certification in December 2012 with Live Love Teach™. Kelsey’s teaching is ever-evolving and she loves to find new ways to creatively challenge and connect with her students. Whether they’re flying or falling, she’s there to create a supportive environment and lead them with laughter. She brings calm and intensity to each class she teaches, wanting every student to reach his or her full potential by helping create simplicity in complex poses, ensuring success for all students.

 

Kelsey decided to combine an MBA in Marketing, her passion for entrepreneurship, and yoga in January 2015 by opening Urban Om in Milwaukee, WI. This has proven to be her biggest challenge and greatest reward over the years as she’s focused on providing a community for teachers and students to help foster their practice and strengthen their ties to one another. As the owner of Urban Om, Kelsey has been honored to work with collegiate and professional sport teams, and has been involved with multiple non-profits including Still Kickin, the American Lung Association, and Susan G. Komen. She also led her first international yoga retreat in 2016 and plans to continue hosting retreats both domestically and internationally.

 

Kelsey is currently working on her 500-hour certification at Laughing Lotus in New York City, NY.

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Certifications

E-RYT 200 – Certified Yoga Teacher

Anna Argeropoulos

Anna Argeropoulos began her yoga practice in her living room at the age of 8, along with her mom and a book they checked out of the library. Over the years, she has been a devoted practitioner of various styles – from Bikram to Kundalini to Ashtanga and everything in between. She has taught yoga in New York, Chicago, and Milwaukee for over 12 years, and initially trained in New York under Dana Flynn and Jasmine Tarkeshi at Laughing Lotus Yoga. Her continuing studies in thai massage, kung fu, and the Indian martial art of kalaripayattu have helped broaden her perspective on how the body works. She currently is a passionate student of biomechanics and kinesiology, and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT at the 500-hour level and a provider of continuing education. Anna’s teaching style is accessible, creative, flowing, and rooted in the practical application of anatomy and how the body moves; her ultimate goal is to create in her students knowledge of self, and a healthy path of practice for a long time to come.

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Certifications

E-RYT 500 – Certified Yoga Teacher

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Larry Birkett

During what he describes as a mid-life “anti-crisis” Larry started exploring yoga solely as a form of physical exercise. Like many, he quickly experienced measurable improvements in his physical well-being. However, more striking and influential in his yogic journey were the body-mind-spirit connection awakening in him and the transformational effects manifesting themselves in his everyday life off of the mat. Through yoga, Larry discovered meditation and he has been practicing Buddhist / mindfulness meditation consistently since 2010. In 2013, he became involved in teaching mindfulness meditation and yoga to prison inmates and also regularly teaches mindfulness meditation to faculty, staff & students at Marquette University. Larry has studied Hatha, Iyengar, Tantric, Vinyasa, and Viniyoga Yoga styles with Jim Bennitt, Jason Crandell, Seane Corn, Gary Kraftsow, Sri Dharma Mittra, Raghunath and Rodney Yee. He has studied meditation with David Nichtern, a Senior Teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Vipassana Meditation with Paul Fowler in the tradition of senior teachers Rosemary and Steve Weissman and meditation, yoga & ethics with Michael Stone. Larry received his RYT 200 hour certification in Vinyasa Yoga at Core Essence under the guidance of Shayne Broadwell & Ali Szarzynski in 2016. He is an RTT 200 – Registered Thai Bodyworker certified through Thai Healing Alliance International [T.H.A.I] and a 2013 graduate of Blue Lotus Thai Healing Studies in Chicago, IL, where he also served as a TA to Paul Fowler.

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Certifications

Certified Yoga Teacher

Shayne Broadwell

As owner of Core Essence Yoga Training School, Shayne is a leader in the Milwaukee yoga community, organizing and co-sponsoring large yoga gatherings like Yoga Rocks the Park Milwaukee, Yoga at Miller Park, Yoga at the Turner Hall Ballroom, Yoga at the Museum and her popular after annual Yoga Raves. She was fortunate to find yoga in a time in her life that she really needed it, or rather, yoga found her. Serendipitously, she ended up at Jonny Kest’s Center for Yoga for teacher training in 2007. “It was one of the best decisions of my life, the peace and equanimity I found were far greater than I ever imagined possible.” After moving back to WI she opened Core Essence Yoga, completed her 500hr training and had her son Jax (the best decision). After 6 yrs on Brady St, CEY transformed into a training school now housed in Urban Om. Shayne’s teaching style is dynamic and playful. Her creative flows and constant inspiration are her hallmark as a teacher: “I personally love a challenging, fun, invigorating class. Therefore this is how I like to teach. I feel that most of us are capable of much more than we believe, and I aim to help my students realize their fullest potential and provide them with a sense of community, harmony and peace.”

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Certifications

E-RYT 500 – Certified Yoga Teacher

Angela Demski

Angela began her yoga practice in 2008 as a means of exercise. At the time she was working her desk job, leading the stereotypical life of a girl in her mid-twenties and had no exercise routine. She immediately fell in love with how the practice counteracted the aches and pains of her desk job, as well as kick-started her path inward by lessening her anxiety. It quickly became an essential part of her life. She practiced consistently for years and watched her inner and outer world transform with her practice. After about five years she decided to do a yoga teacher training to satisfy her own personal thirst for this beautiful knowledge, but quickly decided to start sharing it afterword.

 

Angela is certified at the 500hr level. Her 200hr was completed in 2014 with Santosh Yoga in Foundational Alignment based Hatha Yoga and her 300hr with Zuna Yoga in 2016 in the Tantra Hatha Vinyasa tradition.

 

Angela believes in an open minded and safe yoga practice that evolves with her life and needs, so is constantly trying new forms to balance and upgrade her practice. She has personally found the mixture of alignment based postures with flowing transitions to be the most authentic for her to practice and teach. During the week Angela also works as a Commercial Interior Designer. Her and her husband, Jim, reside in Wauwatosa, WI with their two cats, Rose and Banjo. In their free time they enjoy going to concerts, traveling, camping, hiking, and slowly updating their 100 year old Bungalow.

Angela
Certifications

RYT-500 – Certified Yoga Teacher

Stacy German

Stacy started a regular yoga practice in 2012 and finished her 200 hour Teacher Training with Shayne Broadwell & Ali Szarzynski at Core Essence Yoga in 2015. She’s an arm balance and inversion junkie and lifelong athlete. While yoga started out as a great workout, it quickly became so much more. To Stacy, yoga helps us become the best versions of ourselves. You can expect her classes to include a vinyasa style flow that will get your heart beating with modifications for all levels and a focus on having fun. When Stacy is not on her mat, she’s telling jokes, training for her next half marathon, singing at the top of her lungs to Taylor Swift, or hanging out with her pug Lenny.

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Certifications

Certified Yoga Teacher

Rachel Hawken

Whilst living in New Zealand, Rachel was introduced to yoga in 2010. She was training for a 100 mile cycle race and discovered yoga as a way to balance long-distance racing. She immediately saw results in increased flexibility, endurance and strength. Coupled with her background as a competitive gymnast, yoga seemed to be a natural fit and soon became an obsession.

 

Her love for travel and increased curiosity about yoga took her to Hawaii, where she completed her 200-hour teacher training with YogaCara. She returned to New Zealand and began teaching in the sporting communities, specifically rugby, cycling, and running. She felt great satisfaction at improving one’s abilities by testing their bodies strength and agility in a different way than they were otherwise used to.

 

After returning to her hometown of Milwaukee to expand her young family, her focus of yoga shifted from solely athletic improvement to a deeper practice that reflects on finding balance between the physical body and mind. Rachel teaches vinyasa, slow flow and prenatal yoga.

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Certifications

Certified Yoga Teacher

Courtney Herrick

Courtney completed her 200-hour certification at Core Essence Yoga. When she began practicing yoga in 2011, she found more than a physical practice, and was able to find a space for self love and mindfulness. She hopes to spread this message to others through her classes. Her classes are slow and steady yet challenging.

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Certifications

Certified Yoga Teacher

Kirsten Johnson

Kirsten started a regular yoga practice in 2012 and finished her teacher training and 200hr certification in March 2014 under the instruction of Shayne Broadwell and Ali Szarzynski. As a former competitive gymnast, dancer, soccer player, and gym rat she started practicing yoga with the intention of getting a muscle building and lengthening workout. However, over time, this “workout” became so much more. Through the practice of yoga and asana, she found that she was able to calm her mind, actually listen her to body and breath, and at times is even able to be in the moment. She loves to take classes that challenge her both mentally and physically, and teaches her classes with those same intentions.

 

When Kirsten’s not on the mat she’s most likely traveling, at a live music event, playing outside, telling jokes, eating tacos, or catching some Z’s. Yoga has changed her view of the world and she wants to be able to share that same opportunity with others!

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Certifications

Certified Yoga Teacher

Brie Lindemann

Brie has been practicing yoga since 1998 and completed her teacher training through Core Essence Yoga in 2015. Yoga has been a constant reminder in her life to look within herself for healing and happiness. Brie’s teaching style mirrors a vinyasa flow with a focus on lengthening, aligning and strengthening. Her sequences vary in pace from class to class but are always based upon bringing yogis into a fun and challenging peak pose. One should leave Brie’s class feeling strong, calm, and happy. “A calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.” -Dalai Lama

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Certifications

Certified Yoga Teacher

Samantha Link

Samantha received her yoga certification in Bali in 2014, although her introduction and journey into yoga began in 2011. A lifelong advocate of health and fitness, and with a personal focus on triathlons, boot camp, and all things playful and tough in the gym, Samantha noticed an incredible difference in her body once she started practicing yoga. Initially, she focused on yoga as a complement to her other fitness pursuits, but with a regular practice, she very quickly discovered its other benefits, including balance in the mind and spirit. Samantha now advocates for a well-balanced fitness model that includes yoga, and she regularly practices and teaches at various studios and gyms. Samantha continues to explore the fun and challenging aspects of the practice and her classes are often filled with fitness buffs, gym rats, and those who love movement.

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Certifications

Certified Yoga Teacher

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Rebecca Schuster

Rebecca was introduced to yoga by her mother and sister at a neighborhood studio in her native city of New York. Since then she has practiced at a number of different studios in various cities and with a number of instructors. She is a 2010 graduate of Kanyakumari’s Yoga 240 hour Teacher Training program under Sarah Filzen. This program taught her not only the physical intricacies of asana but also energetic anatomy as well as a basic foundation in Pranayama (Yogic breath work) and yoga’s sister science Ayurveda. She is continuing her education through YogaOne Studio’s 300 Hour Yoga teacher training (2016-2017).

 

She loves yoga in that her practice is ever evolving and deepening. Yoga brings stability and openness to one’s mind and body. A greater understanding and acceptance of one’s self and place in the universe. Rebecca’s classes aim at giving a sense of empowerment and grace to people. She also aims to help people become more aware of their breath and internal movements. The practice of yoga is a life long lesson that anyone can learn. She aims to continue learning and to be inspired by those who attend her classes. She currently teaches restorative, yin yoga, and different levels of vinyasa. In all her classes she keeps to a flowing sequence to maintain fluidity and a meditative quality to the atmosphere.

Rebecca
Certifications

Certified Yoga Teacher

Ali Szarzynski

Ali found yoga in high school and years later discovered her calling to teach, but not before taking the long way there. From this was a born a belief in the purpose of the journey and a dedication to assisting students: to know, care for, love, and be the most themselves and, in turn, the version of you that has the most to offer. It is the remembrance of the gift that you are. Her yoga creations are richly steeped in education, experience, and an intuitive wisdom of the heart. Ali’s teachings are a uniquely modern integration of alignment, anatomy, flow, storytelling, and yoga ideology. She draws her strength as a teacher from her faith in the power of yoga as a transformative practice for healing, growth, wellness, health, and joy.

 

Ali completed her first training in Vinyasa flow and her advanced training in Yoga Therapy. She advanced her yoga education through further trainings in alignment yoga, yoga anatomy, yogic philosophy, yoga for healing, Yoga Medicine, and more. Ali has also completed training in other modalities, including Anatomy Trains and Trigger Point Therapy. In 2009, she received her B.A. in Global Studies, earning certificates in Developmental Studies, Peace Studies and Student Teaching. Grateful to her many teachers, past, present and future, Ali remains a curious and devout student, continuing to study, train, learn and grow (As her dad says, “I never want to stop learning until the day I die.”). Ali recognizes the diversity and vastness of yoga to be one of its most beautiful and important features. Indeed, yoga is for everyone.

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Certifications

E-RYT 500 – Certified Yoga Teacher

Tonieh Welland

Tonieh’s first yoga classes were an “easy” alternative to running and the gym and it wasn’t until years later that she discovered yoga as a beautiful way to connect her mind, body and spirit.  Combining yoga with major diet changes, Tonieh experienced a dramatic physical and mental transformation.  She eliminated most medications, avoided orthopedic surgery, and found yoga and meditation to be an effective anti-anxiety and depression treatment.  Tonieh began a regular yoga practice in 2011, exploring a variety of styles.  Yoga has taught Tonieh to slow down, let go and to understand her true potential by linking breath and movement. 

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Certifications

Certified Yoga Teacher

Location + Parking

Contact Us
e: yoga@urbanommke.com
p: 414.533.5108

Parking
Ample street parking is available on N. Farwell Avenue by the studio (left side is metered until 6:00pm, right side is unmetered one-hour parking). Parking is free on Sundays!

 

Please note: North Farwell Avenue is a one-way street heading South, but watch out for people driving the wrong way by the studio.

Address
2410 N. Farwell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Studio FAQs

Do you offer an intro special for new students?

Of course! We want to give you the opportunity to check out multiple classes and instructors to get a feel for the studio, so we’re offering a new student special of a 10 day unlimited classes for $10 to any new student.

What should I wear?

You don’t need fancy or expensive yoga clothes to come to class. But as with any physical activity, you should plan to wear something that’s comfortable and doesn’t restrict your movement. Keep in mind that you might be going upside down during class, so you won’t want to wear a shirt that’s too loose or shorts that are too short. Cotton doesn’t handle sweat well – sticking with a material that wicks sweat is your best bet. And you’ll be barefoot – socks and yoga mats don’t hang out together well! And we are all well aware of the see-through yoga pants problem. Ladies – bend over at home before you bend over at the studio to check.

Do I need to bring anything?

The only thing you need is a mat. A water bottle and face towel are also good things to have with you, but are not essential. We offer yoga blocks and straps for free to any student, and we offer studio mats and towels for rent if you don’t have your own or forget them at home. Don’t let your missing mat stop you from coming to class!

I’ve never been to yoga before, where’s the best place to start?

We love beginners! We offer modifications in all of the classes we teach, but we recommend that you come to our Sub-Urban Flow classes if you’re brand new (even with modifications, we tend to move quickly!). You’ll go slower through the poses and start to learn proper alignment which will set you up for success.

Will the class be hard?

In simple terms: yes. Our classes are designed to challenge your body and mind and you’ll have the ability to experiment with more advanced postures if you’d like to. We’re able to accommodate beginners through advanced students in all our classes and will take you to your edge (wherever that may be). Just keep an open mind and come ready to breathe and sweat. Everything else is optional!

What temperature is the studio?

We keep the studio at around 77 degrees. We find that this is the perfect temperature for our class styles. It’s warm enough to keep you satisfied during savasana, and not too hot that you’re dripping and slipping all over the place and at risk of over-stretching your muscles and injuring your body. We like our students to build internal heat rather than simply responding to external heat.

How many times a week should I practice?

You’ll likely see some results just practicing 1-2 times per week, especially if you’re new to yoga. To really start to see changes in your body and your practice flourish, we recommend coming 3-4 times per week. If you’re ready to commit, check out all the perks of becoming an Urban Om member. It’s worth it!

I’m looking to purchase a new mat. What brand do you recommend?

We’re big fans of The Mat from Lululemon if you’re looking to purchase a new one. We have Lululemon’s The Pure Mat available for rent which are also a great option!

Do you have a place to change?

Absolutely. We have two bathrooms at the studio for use before, during and after class.

Other tips:
  • Think of the studio space as a digital detox zone. Please silence your phones and keep them with your personal belongings. If you need to have a phone next to you when you practice (for work or family purposes), please make sure it’s silenced so you don’t interrupt other students.
  • Be on time. We lock our doors at the start of class. Please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early to have time to set up your mat and get ready for class. If it’s your first time at the studio, plan to get there at least 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork and get an overview of the studio.
  • Inform your instructor about any physical conditions he/she might need to know about. Keep in mind that we’re not always able to accommodate certain injuries in class, but we’ll try to give you modifications at the start of class that you can try out instead. If you do have an injury and would like greater instruction on how to modify your practice, you can book a Yoga Personal Training or Private Lesson appointment. We’ll work with you to find a flow that works and get you back on your mat.
  • Don’t worry about what you look like; think about how you feel. We all look different in poses – embrace it! Our instructors sometimes go around and assist students with their poses. This is often not to correct your pose, but to allow you to get deeper into your practice.
  • Stay for savasana. Seriously, it’s the best part. Everyone needs a couple minutes of quiet in their day, and leaving early can disrupt other students. If you know you need to head out early, please notify the instructor before class and place your mat close to the door.
  • Laugh and smile! We don’t take yoga too seriously. Have fun, don’t be afraid to fall over and don’t sweat the small stuff.