Yoga for life
Owner realizes dream with Mequon studio

By Laurie Arendt - News Graphic Staff

Nov. 14, 2017

 Paula Evans opened Rise Yoga Studio on Mequon’s south side in September.
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.

“I 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 for yoga.”

It was then that she realized a way to make everything work: She became a yoga teacher.

“I 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.

“I 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.”

She 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.”

She 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.

Rise Yoga Studio also offers more gentle classes, including chair yoga, restorative yoga and mindful meditation. Evans also offers occasional workshops, such as family yoga.

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 us.”

However, the best part of Rise Yoga Studio is also the most satisfying to Evans.

“I just really enjoy being able to do what I love to do,” she said.