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.
Jennifer is an ERYT 200 who has been a student of yoga for 20 years and a teacher for 10. In addition to teaching vinyasa yoga, Jennifer has a PhD in clinical psychology and has completed multiple trainings on teaching yoga to survivors of trauma. Jennifer has taught yoga and mindfulness to trauma survivors in a variety of settings and combines both psychology and yoga in individual sessions.
Jennifer offers private yoga sessions, including sessions focused on healing from trauma. Jennifer also provides continuing education workshops for yoga teachers on Trauma Informed Yoga.
You can schedule an individual session with Jennifer by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Stephanie Lyons started practicing yoga and began teaching by leading friends through sun salutations surrounded by the Rocky Mountains on a camping trip in 2001.
A loving student of the eight limbs of yoga, the niyamas and especially the study of Svadhyaya. Stephanie carries the teachings of the power of breath, humble love, mindfulness, accepting and inquisitive energy, anatomy adjustments to all her classes. Since completing her 200 Hour RYT at Zen Yoga Garage in 2017, she has taken many workshops and studied with amazing teachers of the international yoga community.
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.
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.
Kuma was drawn to yoga for its powerful healing benefits and her personal journey to continuously grow into her authentic self. Kuma completed her 200 RYT in 2017 and most recently completed children’s programming in yoga, meditation and mindfulness.
Kuma focuses on healthy alignment and the use of poetic cueing to move people though physical posture. Kuma sets every class intention to help others in illuminating their inner power, find greater clarity and deeper connection with themselves.
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.
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.