​Yoga care -  Live well, rest well...
About Me
Lifelong learning is not just the pursuit of knowledge; it is the foundation of our existence and what inspires me to live day to day and moment to moment. It is what connects us to our relationships and our work and what causes change. I have lived most of my life in Janesville, WI, where I was raised in a family of four.  It is also where I raised my own three children and began my “learning” work as a mother, teacher and nurse. I learned to slow down, to listen and observe people closely to help meet their needs.  I became a student learning about sacrifice, compassion and unconditional love. Listening intently and observing my children (a foundation in Montessori philosophy), I was compelled to search for great teachers within our community and was a founding parent of the Rock Prairie Montessori School. I studied the philosophies of Maria Montessori and began teaching infants and toddlers. Along with my commitment to the Montessori program and to raising my children, I pursued a career in nursing. My career began in the newborn nursery and evolved into more than 30 years of work in the special care unit and hospice. As a certified hospice nurse (CHPN), I witnessed hundreds of patients and families struggling to cope with disease and life-threatening illness. Their challenges inspired me to enhance my service and develop a program of professional compassionate support with strategies to alleviate the anxiety and suffering that often come at the end of life.

I obtained my Masters Degree in nursing education; completed training as a certified yoga instructor (CYT) and have become a facilitator of Respecting Choices in Advanced Care Planning. I am now living and working as a nurse educator in the Madison community, teaching massage and private yoga. My background in chair massage has enhanced my yoga classes and, in combination with meditation and breath work, can have enriching and powerful effects for relaxation and healing.  
A photo of Sally Stavn. She's smiling and looking into the camera.
Yoga has proven to ​​​​​​​​reduce pain and anxiety and improve physical well-being through breath work (pranayama), physical poses (asana), and meditative practices. Respecting Choices care planning empowers individuals to make informed decisions and to narrate their healthcare wishes for quality at the end of life. These therapeutic approaches, in combination with others such as aromatherapy and music therapy, can support patients and families by helping to ease the stressors found in the stages of declining health.

I will bring my  experience and training to provide respectful, comprehensive and holistic support to patients and families. I presently offer private and group sessions to support individuals who are facing health challenges, a loss, or are in the end-of-life transition.
As Maria Montessori learned the needs of the child by observing them move through the classroom and provided tools for for their mastery, I too observe the needs of the patient and family as they move through the many stages associated with serious illness and end of life, and will provide tools for their mastery.

   ​​​​​​True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.
   ​​​​​​Nikos Kazantzakis