Meet our teachers
Marta is an E-RYT 200 and has a Masters in Social Work. She oversees the day to day at the studio and also teaches Bowspring and Vinyasa Yoga with an emphasis on alignment, anatomy and creative sequencing. She uses these principles in combination with other elements of the yoga practice, such as, pranayama and meditation to help students create the happiest, healthiest version of themselves.
Marta is a lifelong student of yoga and has been teaching for the past 6 years, working with corporate, private, and public clients. Marta first embraced yoga as a method to restore balance to her fast-paced lifestyle and hopes to guide others in doing the same.
She teaches an approachable, breath and alignment focused yoga that challenges the body and soothes the mind. She adapts her teaching to meet the pace and level of a variety of students, teaching breath work to reduce stress and a physical practice with an emphasis on optimal postural alignment.
Marta’s mission as a teacher is to create classes that are nurturing, fun, and challenging in equal measure. She is inspired by the fact that anyone can practice yoga because all you need is your Self. She is known in the yoga community for her balanced, down-to-earth approach.
Catherine attended her first yoga classes in 2003 in Chicago. After years of trying different asana styles while living a toxic lifestyle, she made a choice to change her life in 2012 and began a disciplined Vinyasa practice. During the next several months, her world began to shift and open, and discovered that yoga was well beyond a physical practice. In 2013, yearning to discover her purpose and truth, she sold everything, quit her job, and left the United States to embark on a spiritual journey throughout southeast Asia that lasted over 5 years.
During this time, she received her 200-hr Hatha Yoga certification from Wise Living Yoga Academy in Thailand, and 100-hr Yin Yoga certification from Shanti Atma Yoga on Bali. She’s had the opportunity to learn from various teachers and hold space for students from around the world in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Spain, China, and United States.
Returning to Chicago in 2018, she’s humbled to share her authentic, from-the-heart teaching. She offers Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha, Pranayama, Meditation, and Yoga Nidra. Her blend of spiritual and practical teachings safely invites you to dive into deeper layers of your being. In her classes, you will be met where you’re at through mindful sequences focused on breath and adapted for specific needs and levels.
Catherine has had a personal practice for 8 years and has been teaching for 4. In addition, she is a certified Reiki practitioner and jewelry designer, loves cooking, moonsets, traveling, learning about new cultures, and navigating the ultimate trip called life.
Kat loves to teach people how to be better experts at understanding and creating with their mind, body & soul.
Since 2005, Kat has taught a variety of fitness classes including acro, barre, bosu, cardio, dance, pilates, stand up paddle board fit, spin, total body strength and yoga. She values all style of movement, and loves to bring a smart variety of body patterns to her classes to keep students engaged and the class experience fresh
In 2011, she graduated from Northwestern University as a psychotherapist, specializing in anxiety management, eating disorders, self injury prevention, depression, and navigating life transitions. She started a private clinical practice with some NU clinicians who exposed her to the Psychic Meditation School Invision, which focused on a diverse techniques for empaths, healers, and readers. She discovered several people who were “like her”, super sensitive to others’ energy fields. She realized that what she’s been doing in therapy and fitness (and since a child), is really using her clairvoyance and energy healing to intuitively teach others about themselves.
Chelsea received her 200-hour yoga teacher training from Zen Yoga Garage in Chicago. Originally from Virginia, she grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains where she was involved in competitive dance and cheer. After college, she fell in love with the practice of yoga after realizing she had fallen victim to the daily pressures of her corporate career and started to experience the all-too-common symptoms of anxiety. At a local studio, she discovered that vinyasa yoga was full of creative movement while exercising the mind in the most meditative way that she began to crave. Now as a vinyasa yoga teacher, Chelsea teaches her classes with a creative flow adding breathwork, core work, meditation, humor, essential oils, crystals, and a playlist that she hopes you'll enjoy as much as she enjoyed putting it together. She loves that vinyasa yoga allows room for full body mobility and can be as challenging as you make it. Chelsea believes yoga is for all spirits and body types and provides a warm welcome to all!
Maria found yoga several years ago and was thrilled to find a practice that fulfilled her in a way that conventional exercise did not. She studied dance and gymnastics extensively in her youth and missed having an activity that fed her soul as well as challenged her physically. She found her home on the mat.
Over the last several years she has studied with a variety of wonderful teachers including Rich Logan, Amber Cook, Kim Wilcox, Angie Starz, Chrissy Gonzalez, and Wade Gotwals. She has participated in workshops with Kathryn Budig, Justin Reilly, Jen Pastiloff, & Kerri Verna and has gone on yoga retreats in Puerto Rico and Vermont with Amber Cook.
In 2014, she decided to deepen her own practice by enrolling in the 200-hour Teacher Training at Village Yoga and, through that experience, discovered a passion for teaching and sharing the practice with others. She believes in the physical, spiritual, and mental benefits of yoga and hopes to help students find and follow their own unique yogic journey. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, movies, reading, writing, and spending time with friends.
Alexandra (Alex) was first introduced to yoga in 2012, though her connection with her practice has evolved immensely in six short years. What started out as a fun way to spend time with her father during their weekly "yoga for runners" class, has led her into the exploration of uncovering who she understood herself to be then and what she understands herself to be now, which lead Alex to quit her desk job and travel to Costa Rica to complete her 200 hr yoga teacher training.
Alex knows that she is very much on this journey just as much as her students are, and her instruction is rooted in authenticity and a compassion for sharing the gift of knowledge through experience. Alex's training primarily comes from the Iyengar lineage, and her class instruction focuses on bringing students to a closer awareness of their physical body, opening the gateway for a deeper understanding of the spirit. She believes yoga is accessible to everyone, so students can expect to receive modifications and adjustments for asanas.
Her alternative forms of yoga off the mat consist of long dog walks with her Aruban Cunucu, cooking, and eating cookies.
Kati started practicing yoga 15 years ago and was instantly hooked. After many years on the mat as a student, she decided to take it to the next level and pursued her 200-hour teacher certification in 2017. The journey as a teacher has been amazing and she hasn't looked back! She has also completed teacher trainings in prenatal yoga and kids yoga, as well as a personal training certification. Kati enjoys working with all different student populations and helping them experience the benefits of yoga, meditation, and wellness. Outside of teaching, Kati likes to practice yoga & meditation, swim, cook, attend cultural events, travel, volunteer, and to spend time with her husband and their 2 children, ages 4 and 6.