My Journey to Study Yoga with Roger Eischens
I studied with beloved Yoga Master Roger Eischens for nearly 10 years.
My journey began in 1996 when I moved with my dog and my tipi to Roger’s High Energy Yoga Research Center and Organic Farm in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin (near Madison, Wisconsin).
I practiced and studied with Roger and successfully completed an intensive yoga apprenticeship. I became a Certified Yoga Instructor of High Energy Yoga in June, 1999.
As a yoga apprentice, I:
After my apprenticeship, I had the good fortune to continue to study yoga with Roger and became his Teaching Partner. I cotaught hundreds of yoga workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings with Roger. I observed and assisted during hundreds of yoga lessons that Roger taught. I learned a lot even when I didn’t think I was. That is one of the wisdoms of training in the art of yoga. First the body absorbs and learns the yoga wisdom, later the thinking mind catches up (proprioception).
Before Roger passed away in 2004, he granted me the sweet blessing to carry on teaching his yoga workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings. I am deeply grateful for this honor. Since Roger passed away, I continue to study with other highly trained yoga instructors in the Iyengar Yoga Method as well as in other fields of yoga.
I am the Directer of Eischens Yoga (formerly known as High Energy Yoga) and a Registered Yoga Teacher, Experienced Level-500 (E-RYT 500) with the Yoga Alliance.
My other joys in life include researching and studying anatomy, physiology, Ayurveda, and quantum physics. I am a successful organic farmer, master gardener, and landscape architect. I grow amazingly beautiful flower gardens and herb gardens. I study and practice wildcrafting with many natural medicines. I successfully completed a beekeeping apprenticeship and I am a bee priestess. I live close to the earth, living sustainably in tipis and off-the-grid log cabins and homes. I study and practice wilderness survival skills. I love camping, hiking, walking with my dog, swimming, biking, fishing, snorkeling, ice skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tracking, birding, and cooking.
The Lineage of Yoga Masters
Roger Eischens: Founder of High Energy Yoga (HEY) and Yoga Master. Studied extensively with B.K.S. Iyengar, and his children, Geeta and Prashant Iyengar.
Prashant Iyengar: Son of B.K.S. Iyengar and Senior Iyengar Instructor.
Geeta Iyengar: Daughter of B.K.S. Iyengar and Senior Iyengar Instructor.
B.K.S. Iyengar: Indian Yoga Master and Yoga Disciple of T. Krishnamacharya.
Tirumalai Krishnamacharya: Indian yoga teacher, Ayurvedic healer, and scholar.
Patanjali: Indian Father of Hatha Yoga.
I had the distinct pleasure of studying yoga and taking classes with Roger and Kari in Madison for around four years. I learned volumes! As another student put it, their method of teaching is like the “philosopher’s stone” applied to yoga. Classes were both insightful and delightful on account of Kari’s whimsical sense of humor. The vibe was intense and focused yet without taking anything too seriously. We had fun while devoting ourselves to precise alignment. I highly recommend their Iyengar-style technique and Kari‘s personal teaching style!"
Kari Tomashik is a true and kind teacher of Eischens Yoga. She has taken Roger Eischen’s groundbreaking work much further. Kari is both a very clear communicator who can help the uninitiated and experienced practitioner to learn about their body/mind/spirit, and an experimenter who keeps her ego out of the way of her focus on the learner.
I met Kari on my travels in Pai, (Thailand). I was so lucky to have the chance to practice with her on my morning sessions. Kari showed me with a few words and gentle adjustments the way to open my heart. But more valuable to integrate & strengthen that open heart. Kari is an authentic,natural born teacher who shares her experience from deep down in her beautiful heart! Everlasting gratitude."
I have known Kari for a number of years. She is unequaled in her dedication to using yoga as a vehicle to understand her place in the world and make an impact in the lives of those she encounters. She has a deep knowledge of the workings of the human body – derived from her personal practice and her many years of teaching. She approaches each individual as a unique person and treats all with respect. Besides that, she has a great sense of humor and an assured yet gentle manner."