took her first yoga class in 1998. Some wonderful side effects were improved flexibility, over-all strength
and greater balance. She quickly realized that yoga just made her feel better. Calmer, more centered.
In 2008, when the youngest of her three beautiful daughters entered preschool, Laura enrolled in teacher training
at the Temple of Kriya Yoga. She enjoyed every minute of the 200+ hour program. It challenged her physically,
but more importantly, it opened up her heart to look at the world through quieter eyes.
hopes to foster a mind body connection for her students through energetic movements with the breath, as well as a slower,
more meditative asana practice.
was introduced to Hatha yoga in 1992 and fell in love with what it brought to her life. She studied with different teachers
in the Chicago area until, in 2010, she completed her 200 hour teacher certification through The Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago.
She continues to pursue a deeper knowledge of all yoga disciplines and currently gets inspirations from teachers including
Mary Samano and Kim Schwartz. With her background as a certified and licensed massage therapist, Reiki Master and passion
for integrating body, mind and spirit, Brigitte continues to be enthralled with the astounding benefits of yoga. She creates
a peaceful and inviting space for students of all walks of life.
Rachel is interested in various styles of yoga and continuing to learn with an open mind. She is also a professional
trombonist, and music plays a huge part in her life. For her, yoga parallels life and music. Rachel Levin received
her 200-hour certificate at the Chicago Yoga Center studying with Suddha Weixler. She has also done teacher training
with Richard Freeman. Additionally, Rachel has been to workshops with Paulie Zink, Paul Grilley, and Sarah Powers.
She continues to learn and grow under the guidance of Bruce Symonds and Suddha Weixler.
Bruce Symonds graduated in 1994 from the 14 month Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program with 500+ hours of
certified training under the guidance of Kim Schwartz, William Hunt, and the Kriya Yoga Teacher Training Staff.
He began teaching that year and named his practice "Lincolnshire Yoga". In addition to being a Certified
Yoga Instructor, he holds two certificates as a Meditation Instructor. Currently, he teaches meditation and five weekly
yoga classes in his community and continues his studies with advanced yoga teachers from around the country. Bruce has served
on the Board of Advisors of the Kriya Yoga Hatha Yoga Teachers Training Home Study Program, and is currently on the Spiritual
Guidance Staff. With over 20 years of yoga experience he humbly and gratefully acknowledges all of his teachers
and all of their teachers.
it took several decades to actually discover, Michelle feels that she was born to be a yogini. Michelle believes that her
students should have an opportunity to evolve on their own path, and intends to be a “guide” rather than a “teacher”
of yoga. She is a graduate of the 5 month teacher training program at North Shore Yoga in Northfield, Illinois. Michelle pulls
a lot of the poses she uses in her classes from the Ashtanga Primary Series, which was a focus of her North Shore Yoga training.
Michelle also is certified in Tantric Yoga, having graduated from Level 2 Certification at the TantraNova Institute
in Chicago. While there is plenty of posture practice (asana) in Michelle’s classes, she also likes to introduce other
elements of both Hatha & Tanric yoga, such as meditation, mantra, pranayama and other energy exploration exercises.
So if you love asana but are also open to learning about other yogic practices, Michelle’s classes may provide
just what you are looking for.
Olga was born in the Ukraine
and came to the US in 1981. She worked as a consultant to help businesses maximize the effects of human talents and
technologies for increased organizational effectiveness (a mouthful, huh?).
She has immersed herself into
yoga since 2007 and became obsessed with its beauty and benefits for human body, mind, spirit, and emotions. Driven
by the desire to share her yogic experiences and benefits with others, she completed her teacher training program and started
teaching in June of 2010.