YAFA Teachers


All of our teachers are 200Hr YTT certified by Yoga Alliance, which means they’ve been trained in anatomy, physiology, proper asana alignment. They understand that no two bodies are alike and will work with you to adapt poses to support your practice.


Iris Mickey, CYT, 500hr E-RYT , co-founder

Yoga Therapy
Occupational Therapy

Iris has built a loving, tight yoga community in Madison and through a passion for life-long learning has built a national network of yoga and therapeutic yoga experts. Iris holds a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Psychology and worked in the area of Traumatic Brain Injury rehabilitation for over 10 years. It was here that she observed the benefits of group classes that focus on real life problems and solutions to them. Early in her career, Iris worked in the Occupational Therapy field in a variety of settings, and later became a licensed bodyworker. It was a natural extension to pursue training in yoga therapy, and study the myofascial system of the body. She is a celebrated teacher in the Madison area and is passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga with everyone, to meet them where they are at, and to build a sustainable and nurturing practice. She began her business Synergy Bodyworks, LLC in1998, providing therapeutic massage and beginning yoga classes. She has taught regular classes and private sessions since the year 2000 in the Madison area and has a devout following as a teacher's trainer and within the healing community. She's offered two 200-hr yoga alliance certified teacher trainings and offers regular workshops to share her expansive knowledge about therapeutic yoga, myofascial system, and yoga nidra. She also teaches classes for people with special conditions at UW Health and at Main Street Yoga.  

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Paul Mross, 200Hr RYT, co-founder

Fall Prevention
Senior Fitness
Alignment-based Yoga 

Paul has taught more than 3,500 hours of yoga classes to roughly 400 individuals in the past 17 years to varied populations, from the corporate environment (Lands’ End) to local centers (Belleville and New Glarus, WI). His passion is providing safe and effective access to yoga for all individuals, no matter what their challenges. That has led him to work in health care locations like Upland Hills Health Hospital in Dodgeville, WI and Group Health Cooperative in Madison, WI. Paul is currently a researcher and project manager and yoga consultant for research studies, including Fall Prevention and Yoga with UW-Madison: Family Practice of Medicine, the ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Center) of Southwest WI and WIHA (Wisconsin Institute on Healthy Aging). Paul has also adapted the fall prevention, yoga intervention for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Yoga community with UW-Madison, the Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Center). 

He has published two papers, both on the topic of yoga’s effect on fall prevention in rural, older adults: 



His personal website is: https://www.happ.yoga/