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Andrea Russell
20 reviews

About Me

My hope is to inspire people to live healthier, more wholehearted lives, through Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation. I began practicing yoga and meditation in 1996 and have been teaching since 2000. My yoga teaching draws from the Krishnamacharya lineage, having completed teacher trainings in Alignment, Ashtanga, and Therapeutic Yoga. I am registered with Yoga Alliance at the 500-E level. My primary teachers are Scott Anderson and Michael Stone. My classes integrate meditation and a mindful approach to asana that brings attention to anatomy, optimal alignment, breath, and inner awareness. This practice cultivates abounding health in body and mind while inspiring you to live a more grounded and compassionate life. If you prefer an individual or therapeutic approach, my private yoga lessons address the intricacies of adapting the practice to honor individual needs and health concerns. I am the Assistant Director and a lead instructor for Alignment Yoga’s teacher training programs. I offer a variety of trainings, workshops, and retreats, both locally and abroad. Additionally, I am a licensed massage therapist specializing in Neurovascular and Aroma Acupoint Therapy. My studies continue in Ayurveda, India’s science of longevity and health. I am currently enrolled in Kripalu’s School of Ayurveda and also have had the privilege of studying with Dr. Robert Svoboda and Dr. Claudia Welch. I have a deep love for travel, local food, and spending time with my pitbull Lucy. I look forward to working together. Gratefully, Andrea



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The Christine Center, W8303 Mann Rd, Willard, WI 54493
Mar. 24, 2017
MINDFUL STRENGTH Weekend Immersion with Kathryn Bruni-Young
MINDFUL STRENGTH Weekend Immersion with Kathryn Bruni-Young
Quarry Arts Building, 715 Hill Street, suite 150, Madison, Wisconsin
Nov. 11, 2017
COSTA RICA RETREAT January 13-20th, 2018
COSTA RICA RETREAT January 13-20th, 2018
Ahki Sanctuary, Nosara, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Jan. 13, 2018
COSTA RICA RETREAT January 6-13th, 2018
COSTA RICA RETREAT January 6-13th, 2018
Ahki Sanctuary, Nosara, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Jan. 06, 2018


You couldn't ask for a better combination of remote, stunning Costa Rican surroundings and Andrea's top notch teachings. AHKI Retreat Sanctuary Staff are so kind, and the organic food is delicious. A highlight: the Howler monkeys climbing through the trees to view class and learn a few new yoga poses. :)
This trip was absolutely transformational! The retreat center was beautiful and the food was amazing - I truly enjoyed the focus on vegetarian, fresh food. I was never hungry and it helped me start my year on a good note. Andrea was the best retreat leader, you can tell she pours her heart and soul into teaching us about yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. I would go back in a heartbeat. We got to see monkeys - feet away from me! I felt very calm, safe and supported here.
The transportation and availability was wonderful. Enjoyed daily opportunity to go out to beach or on other excursion. Housing was amazing and housekeeping was fabulous. Grounds and physical plant very well maintained. Inviting and relaxing. Would have been helpful to have more information about food offered. Was very low carb. Expected more 'typical' Costa Rican food. Seemed like a lot of pureed, and finely minced or chopped foods with nearly all mixed together and hard to identify what was being offered. Onions, and garlic, in nearly every dish. Surely there are other herbs and seasoning available to provide balanced and varied tastes. Had expected less spices and larger pieces of food that could be more easily picked around. Would suggest that the type of food being offered be better explained so those with specific food sensitivities (especially newcomers) are aware of challenges. Schedule of retreat itself was good. Wouldn't have minded starting meditation at 6 or 6:30 am.
Another great retreat. We enjoyed the yoga/meditation practice, the people, and the activities. The new cooking class was a great addition.
Loved the space! Food was so amazing, as being vegan and gluten free- I loved not having to worry about bringing food each. Facility was beautiful
Wonderful instruction, food, and accommodation. Would highly recommend!
Andrea is a wonderful teacher of Ayurvedic principles, yoga and meditation. Beautiful setting in the wooded countryside to reflect and nourish with the fabulous meals provided.
Thank you for the great experience! I love what I learned and am looking forward to signing on for more. There was so much great stuff to take in And take home. Thanks again!
The weekend sessions were cery informative and Katheryn was a very engaging instructor. I would attend another session with her. I have one suggestion. Since this was my first experience with you, and I came from out of town, I read many of Kathryn’s reviews. The reviews made the weekend sound like an overnight retreat with food provided. Luckily I decided to verify that with you a few days ahead of time and found out that I had to make overnight arrangements. It Should have been very clear about the distinction between the reviews and the Madison arrangement. Kim Jacobs
I had to travel 2.5 hours and well worth it. I learned so many new nd beneficial things from Kathryn.
I felt transformed by the experience. it took me to a place of stillness and I received new tools to take care of myself better!
A 10! Such a wonderful, restorative weekend. Yoga, meditation and Aryuveda in a beautiful, natural setting with delicious vegetarian food at mealtimes. After only two days, I felt more grounded and recharged. Andrea Russell is a gem!
This was a weekend to completely unplug from your daily life and focus on self-care and mindfulness, while creating community with like-minded people. Andrea is one of the best yoga instructors I've had in 12 years of yoga practice and is an excellent leader.
This was a wonderful experience. I knew it would be great with Andrea, but it exceeded my expectations! I loved every part of the retreat. The center was great, and the sisters were lovely,,,,wouldn't change a thing! Thanks so much :)
Loved it! Such a beautiful space. Everything about it was great; the people, food, trails, library, and all the space the Christine Center had to offer. Andrea is full of such great wisdom! I love learning with her
I learned so much over the weekend and was shocked at how quickly my mind settled and my body woke up! Thankful for the teaching by Michael Stone.
Extremely worthwhile and well organized event. A remote comfortable setting with a variety of delicious and nicely presented food.
The weekend was great! The organization was impeccable, the center is exactly what is needed and the food is wonderful. I definitely plan to attend this/similar retreats in the future and would recommend it to others.
Well organized, beautiful setting, easy registration, FABULOUS FOOD, variety of housing options.( I even got to take along my dog!) The program was well organized and beautifully paced between movement, knowledge, question and answer times. ShaBash! (Hindi for Congratulations on a Job Well Done!)
Wonderful food. Would have like more time to meet others. I wasn't aware that so much of the time would be in silence. I didn'the sleep well. My room was too hot the first night. I figured out how to control it but still worried and heard a lot of sounds that were discomforting. Michael was a joy and so was Andrea. I will return.