Teachers

 LESLIE HEISZ (MCEACHRAN)Packet Pickup Chicago Marathon 2011

Education & Certifications:  E-RYT 200 certified yoga teacher, B.A. (Political Science)

Teaching style and philosophy:  fitness-based, informal, yoga can be FUN!

Leslie’s classes tend to include a certain amount of chatting and joking around.  If you are looking for an alternative to the enforced quiet and ‘traditional’ music of many other yoga classes and studios, you should definitely try a class with Leslie!  Helping students increase their overall fitness is also a big factor in her teaching, so be prepared to incorporate lots of strength building poses while also working on flexibility and relaxation.

Classes taught:  Private Classes and Groups, Workshops

 

 MICHELE BARNES Michele Barnes pic

Education & Certifications:  Hons BA-English & Theatre Arts, E-RYT 200 Hour Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher, YACEP, Certified Restorative & Pre/Postnatal Yoga Teacher, Phoenix Rising Yoga

Teaching style and philosophy:  mind/body connection, playful and reflective

In our Western culture, the practice of yoga is experienced in a variety of ways, many of which focus on the physical practice as a form of exercise.  Although this is very true, yoga also gives us the opportunity to reconnect, in a loving way, with our true self and to discover the wisdom within our bodies.  Michele guides her students through various categories of poses and themes, encouraging them to stay in the present moment, honour their experience and challenge themselves to step outside of their comfort zones. Classes include physical postures, breathing practices and meditation.  You can learn more about Michele and her offerings at http://www.michelebarnes.com

Classes taught:  Yoga Essentials, Yoga for Women, Mind-Body Connection

 

JESSICA KENNETT

Education & Certifications:   200hr   

Teaching style and philosophy:  playful, moving meditation

Jessica has been practicing yoga for 8 years and has undergone physical and mental transformations through her practice. Jessica’s passion for yoga inspired her to complete her 200hr intensive Vinyasa yoga training in Costa Rica in 2014. She soon after graduated from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto, expanding her knowledge in nutrition and wellness. Jessica views yoga as a moving meditation which flows through breath and movement. It is a tool which allows individuals to reconnect with their body, quiet their mind, and to attain balance, strength, and flexibility. Jessica blends dynamic movement with inner stillness, leading students through quickly flowing postures, guided by the breath. Join her for a light-hearted practice – find humor, be playful, sweat, and find balance with your mind, body and spirit. 

Classes taught:  Yoga Essentials, BodySculpt, Vinyasa Flow

 

CHRISTIN SMITH

Education & Certifications:   RYT 200 certified yoga teacher,          Baptiste Institute’s Art of Assisting

Teaching style and philosophy:  ease of effort, peace

Christin began her yoga journey almost 10 years ago and fell in love with the practice, the breath and meditative sanctuary it provided.  Wishing to share this wonderful practice with others she completed her 200RYT training in the spring of 2014.  She considers herself to be a student as well as a teacher, learning as much from her eager participants as they do from her.

Christin’s favorite style of yoga is Yin, a passive practice that complements other more energetic styles of yoga.   The Yin style is a practice of letting go, of surrender, allowing the fascia or connective tissue in the body to soften and lengthen thereby aiding in the relief of joint discomfort, increasing flexibility and improving range of motion.  It is also a practice that cultivates patience, compassion and non-judgment in the self and others.

Classes taught:  Passive Yoga

 

GINELLE VANDENBUSSCHE

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Ginelle has over 20 years of experience working with people’s bodies as a massage therapist and yoga instructor.  Her yoga classes consist of a centering meditation (which intuitively helps to determine the needs of each student in each class) followed by a mix of breathwork, hatha, yin, restorative and phoenix rising yoga to make each class unique and special. 

With hands on assists, each class with Ginelle is a nurturing and joyful yoga experience.  

Classes taught:  Assisted Yoga Flow

 

LUCY ATTKINSON

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Classes Taught:  Pilates

 

CELINA MARLATT

Education & Certifications:  RYT500

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Classes Taught:  Relax & Refresh, Yoga Essentials

 

JOSEPHINE DE WAGNER

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Classes Taught:  Yoga Essentials

 

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