Maitreyi began Svaroopa® yoga classes in 2002. Her friend Anna Fowler who was a physical therapist took her to a class. Maitreyi had severe hip pains that prevented her from gardening, biking to her office, and even climbing stairs in her home. After her first Svaroopa® Yoga class she knew this yoga was for her.
Now she no longer has any physical restrictions plus she has benefited in so many more ways, including getting to know all the wonderful people who show up at Springdale Yoga.
Maitreyi has over 1700 hours of teacher training through Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram and continues to take at least one course yearly. She started teacher training in 2003, and has never questioned her decision. “There is always more to learn and ways to improve the services we provide students and clients” she says with a smile.
Maitreyi (mai-trai-ee) is Margie’s Sanskrit name.
The name comes from one of the first & early woman sages in India who was known for her deep spiritual writing. The name also means friendly. Maitreyi’s Guru Swami Nirmalananda, who gave her this name, said:
This combination of deep spirituality and friendliness is a rare combination, and one you inherently possess.
In February 2015, for the first time, Maitreyi traveled to India to Ganeshpuri, a town in the Tansa River valley area about two hours outside Mumbai. This is the birthplace of the Svaroopa® Yoga Sciences.
Maitreyi completed her PhD in teacher education at the University of Minnesota. She brings to her yoga teaching many years of experience of working with teachers K-16 in mathematics, science and reading. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, advised graduate students, written and administered grants, and conducted research. She “retired” from the University of Wisconsin Madison in Spring 2013 and from her national evaluation consulting work in Winter 2015. Retirement provides more time for Springdale Yoga, her family and her own yoga development.
The 125+ year old home where she lives in, on to which Springdale Yoga was built is sometimes used for bringing students together, as for holding Yoga Discussion Groups or Celebration birthdays. Maitreyi has two sons and 3 granddaughters.
Many people get to meet Maitreyi’s boyfriend, Ronald Numbers, who lives in Madison. They were introduced back in April 2014 by yoga students Greg Mitman and Deb Klebesadel, a married couple who are attend classes. Ron and Gregg work together on at UW-Madison.
Contact Maitreyi at 608-215-7218