Dave and I started Kaivalya Yoga in January of 2010. I first discovered yoga in early 2006 in Scottsdale, AZ where I had the pleasure of studying under some of the most well-known yoga teachers in the country. After my first yoga class I fell in love and I knew that someday I needed to have my own studio so I could share yoga with the rest of the world.  Dave discovered yoga in early 2009 and from that point on all we could talk about was opening our own place. We wanted to bring a yoga studio to the UW campus and downtown area to build a sense of community. We've been friends since the day we met here at UW-Madison in 1998. I'm currently attending graduate school at the University and Dave has worked for the University since he graduated in 2001. We both have regular jobs so running this studio is a hobby for us and we thoroughly enjoy it. It truly is our passion project.
     We've brought in some of the best and brightest young teachers in the Madison community for you to practice with.  From Ashtanga to Baptiste to Hot, we pretty much have you covered. And we're always open to suggestions, so if there's anything that you think will help make this studio a better place to practice please let us know. We want you to feel like Kaivalya is your studio too. Best wishes to you and yours.


Q: What Does "kaivalya" Mean?
A: kaivalya is the ultimate goal of yoga, literally meaning "isolation," but often interpreted as liberation, enlightenment, or oneness. It is the total freedom that is the goal of all life. Understand your world but free yourself of its burdens--experience kaivalya.

Q: Okay... How Do I Pronounce It?
A: "Ky Vall Yuh".

Q: Do I Need To Bring My Own Yoga Mat?
A: If you do not have your own mat, we offer rentals for $1.00 per class.

Q: Does kaivalya Offer Hot Yoga?
A: Yes we do! We have ceiling-mounted infrared heaters to help get your body temperature up--the feeling is like warm sunshine on a summer day. Our main heat pump is used to keep our studio at 78° for most classes, which is still plenty warm enough for you to work up a sweat! Both systems are cranked up for the Hot Power Flow and Bikram-style classes, when the studio reaches 95° (Class schedule).

Q: Will I Really Get A Workout?
A: YES, absolutely! One hour of Vinyasa Flow (Mad Yogi Flow, Power Flow) is roughly equivalent to running 45 minutes at a brisk pace of 8 min/mile. Heated classes will burn more calories, and Hot Detox will burn more still. Try this handy calculator to get an idea of how many calories you can kiss goodbye:

Calorie Burn Calculator

Weight and time required

Of course, yoga offers so much more than just an aerobic workout. The integration of physical, mental, and spiritual concentration will lead you to a feeling of kaivalya.

Q: Is Yoga Just Stretching?
A: Although yoga involves stretching your muscles, it is a whole different ballgame than the few warm-up stretches you might do at the gym. A few of the ways yoga is different:
  • Yoga places emphasis on alignment, meaning that how you are trying to touch your toes is more important than whether you can actually touch them or not.
  • Most yoga poses are not stretching an isolated area, but rather involve the whole body in both stretching and strengthening.
  • Many of today’s most popular yoga styles are vinyasa/flow. This means there is movement from pose to pose with an awareness of the breath, making this style of yoga very fluid.
  • Asana, or the physical practice of postures, is only one aspect of a yoga practice, albeit the most well-known one these days. Even if you only engage in yoga through asana practice (an excellent place to start), be aware of the eight limbs of yoga.

Q: Can I Do Yoga Even Though I'm Not Flexible?
A: Don't avoid yoga just because you think you aren't flexible. In fact, if you have tight muscles, yoga is just the thing to loosen you up. The point of yoga is not to show off how flexible you are, but rather to become more flexible over time while enjoying yoga's health benefits. It is a personal practice, infinitely adaptable to fit your needs.

Q: Will Doing Yoga Make Me Sore?
A: It is not uncommon to experience sore muscles after doing yoga, especially if you are just starting out or practice infrequently. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness usually occurs a day or two after exercising, which differentiates it from the sudden and immediate pain you would feel from pulling a muscle. Yoga can cause soreness, even if you are in good physical shape, because it encourages you to use muscles that are otherwise neglected. A hot bath can help relieve soreness. Sometimes it feels good to do some light stretching. If you continue to do yoga regularly, you will likely discover you experience less soreness.

Q: Can Men Do Yoga?
A: Yes, of course. In fact, Until very recently yoga was practiced exclusively by men; but many men are concerned that they will not be welcome in a yoga class or that they are not flexible enough to try yoga. This is a basic misconception: yoga will improve your flexibility, but you do not need to be flexible to do it.

Q: Is It Okay To Practice Yoga While Pregnant?
A: It's okay to continue practicing Yoga while you are pregnant as long as you were practicing before conception. Yoga is a great way to keep fit during pregnancy. In particular it can help strengthen the pelvic area, normalize thyroid functioning and blood pressure, and help keep you calm and relaxed -- all of which is good for the baby, too. In general, however, you want to avoid strain, compressing the belly or abdomen and inverted postures, especially in the later stages. It's also a good idea to work with a Yoga teacher with pre-natal Yoga experience.

Q: Is Parking or Public Transportation Available?
A: Yes, public parking is available, and yes, we are located on the bus line!
Underground public parking is available in University Square, and there are several ramps in the immediate area which offer either metered or hourly parking. Bus routes 4, 6, 13, 27, 44, 47, 48 and 85 stop within two blocks of kaivalya.