A Wisconsin native, Lindsey Ruenger has been teaching yoga since becoming certified in 2018. With a background in dance, she felt naturally drawn to the practice of yoga. Her exploration as a teacher has brought her a sense of overwhelming purpose. She finds it a gift to be able to offer students a safe space to let go and find ease in movement.
But even as a teacher, she sees herself as a student – always learning and exploring the practice with open eyes. You can expect her classes to be fluid, dynamic and strengthening with an emphasis on breath. In addition to yoga, Lindsey currently teaches mindfulness practices and dances professionally.
Q&A with Lindsey Ruenger
Q. How long have you been a yoga teacher?
A. I have been teaching yoga since getting certified in summer 2018. However, I have taught dance and fitness classes since 2011.
Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. I love teaching all styles of yoga but have a core understanding in Hatha.
Q. What brought you to your current style of practice?
A. I began practicing yoga throughout my dance career, explored different styles and landed on Hatha yoga during my teacher training. But, my personal practice looks different every day. I really try to listen to my body and its needs physically, mentally and spiritually. Sometimes this can result in a rigorous flow, and sometimes a meditation or restorative practice.
Q. What can a new student expect?
A. Students can expect my classes to be easeful and flowing while also strengthening and dynamic. Most importantly, I prioritize connecting the movement to breath.
Q. What recent industry trends have you found noteworthy?
A. I’m a big advocate for kids yoga and meditation. I really believe children need it because they can internalize stress and tough emotions in the same way that adults do. I also have been involved with teaching yoga at outdoor festivals, a trend I’ve been seeing bloom over the last few years. I think bringing people together to connect with nature, each other and themselves is so rewarding. It really makes for a fun and vibrant experience.
Q. What are your current wellness goals and how are you addressing them?
A. My current wellness goals are to maintain a healthy, balanced diet while continuing to move my body in a variety of ways (yoga, pilates, circuit training, etc.). Most recently, I am working on building a consistent daily meditation practice. I also have chronic pain and tightness in my shoulders so an at-home yoga practice with lots of heart openers is very needed!
Q. What is your favorite beautiful spot in Milwaukee?
A. Three Bridges Park. I performed there once and it has a special place in my heart.
Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. Too many places to choose! – EE Sane, Maharaja, Thai Kitchen
Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. Aside from yoga, I love to dance, travel and spend time with my family, friends and hateful cat 🙂
Q. What do you do to de-stress?
A. Practice yoga, mindfulness/meditation, take long walks or enjoy a glass of wine with cheese