Andrea Olson has been a student of yoga for over 15 years. She followed the light she found in yoga through years of practice as a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, while also studying other physical and artistic pursuits, including Pilates, martial arts, and music. Andrea Graduated from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music- Vocal Performance.
Throughout her years of yoga practice, she has studied many styles including Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar, and Ashtanga. Years of practice and very inspirational teachers brought Andrea to want to share the magic of yoga with others. She received her 200hr teacher training certification at Yama Yoga in Milwaukee’s Third Ward in 2014. The teacher training was one of the most transformative life experiences she has ever had. Since graduating from teacher training, Andrea has taught for a number of local studios, as well as for the Sport and Recreation Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
As a yoga teacher, Andrea’s goal is to bring a fresh outlook and provide something for everybody. Because she believes yoga is for everyone, she works to ignite the yoga “spark” in more unlikely yoga students. She seeks to bring something new into every class she teaches, while enlightening students to not only the physical practice but also the spiritual and intellectual elements involved in the complex and beautiful art of Yoga.
Q&A with Andrea Olson
Q. How long have you been a yoga teacher?
A. I have been teaching yoga since 2014.
Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. I specialize in Hatha flow, with experience teaching hot vinyasa, gentle, yin and restorative.
Q. What brought you to your current style of practice?
A. I took bits and pieces from my own experience practicing various styles, using what I like most from each in my own teaching style. To me, an emphasis on alignment is very important, but I also like my class to flow.
Q. What can a new student expect?
A. My goal is to make new students feel comfortable, while also challenging them. In my class a new student can expect to be given the tools necessary to really make the most of the class for themselves.
Q. What recent industry trends have you found noteworthy? It seems that the philosophy of yoga is making its way into lots of other types of fitness and wellness practices. People seem to be waking up to the importance of the mind-body connection in other aspects of life and society and I think that is awesome!
Q. What are your current wellness goals and how are you addressing them?
A. I seek balance in my personal life, and my goal is to constantly be working on being a better, healthier version of myself. As a working mom, balance tends to be hard to manage, so my major focus (for myself and my family) has been on healthy eating, regular meditation and personal yoga practice, and staying active however I can.
Q. What is your favorite beautiful spot in Milwaukee?
A. It’s hard for me to pick just one! I love the breathtaking views at Atwater Beach.
Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. This is also a hard one! The first two favorites that come to mind are Alem Ethiopian Village, and EE-Sane.
Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. I love to dance, sing, and make malas and beaded bracelets in my free time.
Q. What do you do to de-stress?
A. Get a massage!