Evans opened Rise Yoga Studio on Mequon’s south side in
Photo by Mark Justesen
MEQUON — As a busy mom with a growing family, Paula
Evans found that she didn’t always find time to nurture
her yoga practice.
started yoga after my first child was born as a way to
strengthen my body again,” she said, noting that she
first came to the practice in 2001. “But while I really
liked it, I found that I was always trying to make time
was then that she realized a way to make everything
work: She became a yoga teacher.
knew if I did that, I would always have yoga in my
life,” she said.
Evans has taught yoga in Cedarburg, but then was offered
an opportunity to open her own studio adjacent to Chay’s
Tae Kwon Do in Mequon.
consider Master Chay my ‘roommate’ because he uses this
space for his after-school programming and then I use it
for yoga,” she said. “It works out very well for us – I
just don’t hold classes when he has his students here.”
opened Rise Yoga Studio in September.
“It’s something I think I always had in the back of my
mind as I think all instructors do at some point,” she
said. “My main focus in starting off was to create a
space that welcomes everyone. I prefer to work
one-on-one with people, and this really gave me the
opportunity to do that.”
Evans practices Mysore yoga, which is a type of Ashtanga
yoga that focuses on a set number of poses.
“When you do the same poses daily, you see progress in
your body opening and strengthening,” she said. “Yoga is
something that unfolds over time and its measured in
years, in a lifetime. It won’t happen in 30 days, but in
that time, you can establish a nice little practice.”
has been joined by two other instructors, Kelley Jullian,
an Ashtanga practitioner, and Keeley Matson, who teaches
a heated Vinyasa flow class.
“Their teaching styles and practices really do
complement mine,” said Evans.
Yoga Studio also offers more gentle classes, including
chair yoga, restorative yoga and mindful meditation.
Evans also offers occasional workshops, such as family
Evans said that she’s been pleasantly surprised by the
amount of support she’s received from the Mequon
community as well as those who are practicing with her.
“It’s really going very well,” she said. “Mysore is also
our most popular class, which makes me very happy.
What’s also wonderful is that I’ve met so many new
people who have just come in and started practicing with
However, the best part of Rise Yoga Studio is also the
most satisfying to Evans.
just really enjoy being able to do what I love to do,”