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.
Paula’s yoga journey began in 2002 while she was pregnant with her first child. A high energy individual and competitive swimmer Paula was a cardio junky enjoying swimming, running, and biking. While pregnant, Paula decided to try yoga as new physical challenge and what she found astounded her. She gained a new sense of body awareness and mindfulness. The connection between her mind, body and unborn baby was very spiritual and life-changing for Paula.
After giving birth she resumed her regular cardio workout regime but added yoga into her regular routine. After 10 years of growing her practice, Paula enhanced her journey by completing the Teacher Training Program at Yogaview. Today she teaches private, corporate and group yoga in hopes of bringing the mind and body connection to each student. Paula’s yoga teaching combines a powerful energetic practice using graceful flows and attention to breath in order to create presence and joy on the mat for all. Come and join the journey as you Practice with Paula.
Beverlyn began her journey with yoga in 2010 at a small shala in central Tel Aviv. With a background in ballet and jazz dance, yoga offered a different type of physical demand and a different type of mental clarity than what she had become accustomed to in the dance world.
It was the connection that she began to feel, the mind-body experience, the humbleness and acceptance of the present moment that kept her coming back day after day. She has had the great fortune of being guided by beloved teachers, including James Marks, Roee Weiss, Rolf and Marci Naujokat, Balu Thevar, Gabriel Halpern, Alexia Bauer and Bridgett Piacenti. In 2014, she completed an Ashtanga Vinyasa and Yin/Restorative Teacher Training Course (RYT 200) at Brahmani Yoga in Goa, India. Since then, she has trained with The Prison Yoga Project and Gabriel Halpern, and has completed multiple trainings on trauma informed yoga in order to better serve all of her students' needs.
She focuses primarily on making yoga accessible for every and anyone who is interested in using yoga to explore their world within. By listening, paying attention to, and honoring the signals that the body sends, she believes everyone can create a deeper layer of mind-body connection. Her classes are trauma-informed, inclusive, and aim to mindfully observe thought patterns, practice somatic awareness, and carefully strengthen and open the body
Calm, cool, collected are Celia’s three C’s of yoga. Celia found yoga in 2014 after finishing her Masters in Women's and Gender Studies. Celia uses yoga as a form of self care to process the next steps of her life path. It was through the self-reflection that yoga fostered the space to reflect in wanting more personable connections with people. The mind body connection that yoga provides is emphasized in her classes. She believes that when you are in tune with your breathe and body, you can make meaningful connections with others. Once Celia came to find more meaning, and combined with her passion for learning, she delved deeper into the practice beyond the mat. In 2017, she completed 200 HR YTT at Zen Yoga Garage as the first step in her journey as a yoga teacher.
Jennifer is an ERYT 200 who has been a student of yoga for twenty years and a teacher for seven. Her students often comment on her helpful, unique alignment cues as well as the balance she strikes between encouraging you to challenge yourself and teaching you to practice safely, respecting the limits of your particular body. Because of this approach, her students develop a personal practice that remains exciting to them and yet is sustainable, a practice that will keep them coming back to their mats for many years to come.
In addition to being a yoga instructor, Jennifer has a PhD in clinical psychology and has completed multiple trainings on teaching yoga to survivors of trauma. She has taught yoga and mindfulness to trauma survivors in a variety of settings and also combines her psychology and yoga skills in individual and parent coaching sessions.
Jennifer teaches yoga in public, private, school and corporate settings. She teaches vinyasa yoga, prenatal yoga and Bowspring.
Eurika is a Registered Yoga Teacher RYT 200, Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher RPYT 85 and certified in Restorative Yoga. She received her certifications thru Bloom Yoga Studio in Chicago.
Over the years, Eurika’s background in philosophical studies naturally guided her to explore and deepen the physical practice of yoga. With every return to the mat, the realization that this practice is a very profound discipline permeated her thinking. Yoga opened her to live her life with greater joy, increased self-awareness and better health.
The teacher training programs have prepared Eurika to pursue her natural calling, to help people feel happier and healthier, by maintaining the balance between the physical body and the mind thru the practice of yoga. Eurika believes, balance is not something to be attained, but rather, something to be maintained throughout one’s life.
Her classes are based on the teachings of Classical Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga, they encompass a fusion of contemporary branches to best serve both the body and mind of today’s modern world.
To create a holistic and sustainable class, Eurika invokes various elements of practice, including–asana, pranayama and meditation. She approaches the practice of yoga by creating a non-competitive space where everyone can feel safe and secure. Inside her classroom the space is used to empower and inspire her students to take responsibility for their own physical and mental health.
She strongly believes that yoga is in everybody and yoga is for everybody. It is a very powerful gateway to one’s personal transformation.
Lucia is a dedicated fitness professional with a strong passion for improving client health, wellness and quality of life. With over 6 years experience she strives to provide all clients with exceptional service and a results driven training experience.
Also certified in Prenatal & Postnatal fitness and Trigger Point Therapy, Lucia values education and always seeks opportunities to enhance her knowledge of the human body and in all things fitness.
Jennifer’s mantra is that compassion begins within and radiates outward. Her teaching style is a balance between alignment and introspection, and connecting it all through breath & body awareness.
Jennifer has been dedicated to studying and practicing yoga for over a decade. After working in ecological restoration & urban planning for a couple years, she shifted her approach of work. She has since worked in the wellness industry for several years, receiving certifications & trainings in plant-based nutrition, aromatherapy, and western herbalism.
After briefly uprooting her life to Hawaii, Jennifer came back to Chicago determined to become a teacher. In 2017 she received many certifications including a 200-RYT from Zen Yoga Garage and 10 hour kids yoga intensive from OM Slice. She is also certified to teach barre through Barre Intensity and enjoys incorporating the many strength and lengthening aspects into her yoga classes.
Outside of the studios and her kitchen she is the co-founder of Goddess Yoga Retreats & Soham Gatherings, leading workshops and retreats in and out of Chicago. Her method for tuning in is by reading and meditation, drinking homemade tea blends and local kombucha, creating and consuming smoothie bowls, and relaxing with her dog & two cats. Jennifer loves to collaborate with others that share a similar passion for mindful living.
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.
Jane’s love of health and fitness really started in 2010 after talking her first vinyasa class. She began practicing daily and loved how yoga challenged her physically, but also noticed that it improved her mentally and emotionally. Looking to deepen her practice, she completed her RYT 200 HR teacher training in 2014 and has been teaching ever since. With her love of learning she continued her training with Barre in 2015 and loves teaching the variety of formats., In addition to teaching Barre and vinyasa, you will also find her taking Barre or vinyasa classes as a student most days of the week.
Candis passionately embraces the power of yoga and meditation to connect more deeply to mind, body and spirit. Candis's classes emphasize stillness, silence and precise anatomical alignment by implementing meditation and sequences that are usually strong, yet unhurried. Candis's intention is to hold space for a deep-seated connection to the energetic body and Spirit. As a mother, wife, creative and blogger she notices the acute effects that yoga has on her overall quality of life, creativity, and intuition. She has dedicated herself to enthusiastically guiding others toward enhancing their own unique life path through yoga.
As a teacher, Candis aims to facilitate in her students’ exploration of yoga by utilizing a variety of styles in the ongoing quest to help raise physical and spiritual consciousness. She loves the opportunity of introducing new students to the practice that she, herself, has benefitted so much from. By establishing a strong foundation and by building upon it in a respectful, responsible, and disciplined manner, Candis believes that all students are capable of realizing their best selves.
Whitney (C-IAYT, RYT-500, YACEP) has been teaching yoga in the Chicago area since 2012. She received her 200-hour training with Amy Beth Treciokas at Yoga Now, and she recently completed 800 additional hours of training with Inner Peace Yoga Therapy. As a former athlete, her personal experience with back injuries and chronic pain sparked her interest in therapeutic yoga. Her teachings are largely influenced by Nischala Joy Devi, Neil Pearson, and Maria Mendola, amongst others. Whitney's classes focus heavily on conscious attention to breathe, self-observation, and mindful movement. Whitney is available for individual sessions, and she has experience in pain management, spinal health, cancer treatment, and cardiac disease.
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.
Jessica’s classes challenge students to evolve and refine their practice through a greater understanding of physical alignment and enhanced self-awareness. Her classes artfully incorporate a stimulating flow with relaxation techniques that will leave you feeling physically challenged, mentally renewed, and empowered to take on whatever life throws your way.
Her approach to yoga is light-hearted, modern, and deeply influenced by her of advanced studies in public health, neuroscience, and medicine. Her classes utilize tools from these disciplines to enhance students’ muscular strength, neuromuscular control, flexibility, focus, and mindful attention to detail. She aspires for her students to learn the core principles of alignment, but also to cultivate a deeper appreciation for the practice of yoga as a tool to enhance their physical and mental well-being.
Cassie was first drawn to Reiki when the people closest to her became ill. After losing her grandma in January 2017 to lung cancer and her fiancé being diagnosed with Lymphoma in April 2017, Cassie found her way to cultivating healing energy to be able to have an impact on the health of her loved ones.
Cassie demonstrates a deep commitment to helping people heal as well as a passion for helping animals through volunteering at Harmony House Cat Shelter, PAWS in Chicago, and Mercy for Animals. Cassie recently received her.200 HR RYT certification at Bloom Yoga Studio in Chicago. Cassie hopes to soon begin a Yoga Therapy program to be able to weave together her love of reiki and yoga to create a welcoming and healing space. In her free time, you can find Cassie taking photos, taking a yoga class, playing with her two black cats, listening to records, searching for a new plant to add to her collection, at a pop culture convention, or enjoying a craft beer with friends. Cassie is available by appointment only for Reiki Healing Sessions.