Staff Spotlight: Barb Anderegg

UW Health Fitness Center Instructor Barb AndereggThis summer our Svaroopa Yoga community had to say goodbye to Nansi Colley, their beloved instructor of the last 20 plus years. While we will miss Nansi, we were fortunate that one of Nansi’s long time students, Barb Anderegg, decided to expand her Svaroopa practice and delve into teaching!


Barb had taken the Svaroopa yoga teacher training in January of 2014 to deepen her practice. She repeated the training this May as a refresher and to prepare herself to begin sharing her love of the practice through teaching. Barb has had a wonderful start here, offering the opportunity to try Svaroopa Yoga with her full demo class in August, before starting her very popular class this fall.


Barb was born in Philadelphia, PA, but moved to New Orleans, LA, just 6 months later. When she was 10, her family moved to Fond du Lac, WI. Her father was an executive at Mercury Marine and her mother served as Fond du Lac County Executive for 12 years.


Barb attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison earning degrees in Horticulture and Entomology. She also attended Madison Area Technical College, earning a degree in Machine Tool. She worked in Machine Tool jobs for 10 years before becoming a Machine Tool Instructor at Madison Area Technical College for almost 18 years.


Barb lives on Madison's near west side with her partner Harry. As retirees, they enjoy gardening, cooking, and traveling.


A Q&A with Barb


Why Did You Become a Yoga Instructor?

I started taking yoga classes at UW Sports Medicine 9 years ago and just fell in love with it. When our teacher (Nansi Colley) moved to San Diego this summer, I decided to try and teach Svaroopa® Yoga myself.


What Do You Like About Working Here?


The wonderful community of Svaroopa® Yoga students at UW Sports Medicine.


Favorite Music: Bluegrass.


Favorite Color: Blue.


Favorite TV Show: Home renovation shows (there are many).


Favorite Foods: Wisconsin's farmer's market produce.


Hobbies: Gardening, traveling and yoga (of course).


Favorite Vacation Spots (thus far): Jasper in Canada.


Nickname: Please just stick to Barb. 


People I Admire: Michelle Obama, Russ Feingold.


Something Very Few People Know About Me That I'm Willing to Divulge Here: I was once a great swimmer.