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Yoga and wellness is a second career for Biz Casmer. She left the fast-paced advertising world in Minneapolis to focus her energy on helping people get closer to their true self through the practice of yoga. Biz has been teaching yoga since 2006 and practicing since 1999. The long list of credentials and qualifications she has amassed as a wellness practitioner are impressive: Professional Yoga Therapist (PYT-800 hour), Registered Yoga Teacher (e-RYT), certified Pre and Post Natal Yoga Instructor and Certified Group Fitness Instructor.
6-6:30 a.m. Wakey, wakey! Biz does a few yoga poses in bed as she hits the snooze button three to four times. “I understand the importance of energizing and heating our body, but like to balance that with fluid movements to keep our mind and body mobile and hopefully free from injuries,” she says.
6:30 a.m. She takes about 10-15 minutes to meditate in a designated spot in her room and one of her dogs always follows.
6:45 a.m. Breakfast consists of a hard-boiled egg, water, Milwaukee-made Rishi or Yogi tea or coconut water. She gets ready for the day.
8-11 a.m. First class or client of the day – she supports several businesses around town and today it’s the Pabst Theater Group.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Biz hops in the car and heads across the river to teach a group class at Invivo. Some days she teaches group classes at Inner Light. All of her classes incorporate mudras (hand gestures), asanas (poses), breath work and meditation.
1:30 p.m. Lunch time! Her biggest meal of the day consists of homemade vegetarian food like soup, eggs or a rice dish with veggies. Today she (regretfully) eats in her car en route to her next appointment. She stocks up on fresh local produce weekly from the Outpost, where she also often stops to eat and study.
2-5 p.m. Biz teaches two afternoon yoga sessions for individuals in their homes. Some days she has office work and/or study time.
In addition to teaching yoga, Biz is also involved in a 200-hour teacher training at Inner Light, is a mentor for her 200-hour teacher trainees, as well as a mentor for 800-hour Integrative Yoga Therapy teacher trainees who are located all over the country. She is also getting her online Master’s Degree in Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine through a university in Iowa, so afternoons can be mixed with meetings, mentor work and homework.
5 p.m. Biz drives a partially electric vehicle so she pops into the Outpost and charges her car while she enjoys a cup of Milwaukee-made Rishi tea.
6-7:30 p.m. Arrives home in Cedarburg and cooks a light dinner of grilled veggies and beans. She often goes out to eat at the Stilt House or Brandywine in Cedarburg or will meet up with friends at favorite vegetarian-friendly spots Strange Town or India Garden in Wauwatosa.
7:30 p.m. Time to unwind by listening to some music and spending time outside with her three dogs (Willow, Ivy and Oniver). Biz and her husband Ian love music, so it’s not uncommon that they have a concert to attend at least once a week at the Pabst/Riverside or Turner Hall.
8:30 p.m. Daily “adulting” time for stuff like cleaning up, paying bills and getting prepped for tomorrow.
9:30-10 p.m. Biz settles in for another 10-15 meditation session in her room and then off to bed to read so she can fall asleep quickly.