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Avani Yoga

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Avani Yoga classes are FREE to members of Sky Fitness Center.

Bring harmony and balance into your life through the ancient practice of yoga. Avani instructors make yoga accessible and challenging for students of all levels of age, skill or fitness.

Avani Yoga Workshops

Class Descriptions

”Aerial


This class will offer introductory teachings on how to safely and effectively practice Aerial Yoga. Learn how to balance, swing, traction your spine with gravity, and much more. Appropriate for all levels. Visit the Aerial Yoga page to learn more.

”Aerial


In this class you need to be able bodied/major injury and limitation free, and able to do a hand stand on the wall unassisted. Intermediate yoga practitioners, acroyogis, acrobats, gymnasts, and anyone who is ready to take the basics up a notch can attend this class. Visit the Aerial Yoga page to learn more.

”Alignment


Classical yoga poses and breathing techniques to enhance flexibility, build strength, balance, and reduce stress. Special attention paid to alignment to promote healing and build body awareness.

”Chair


Chair Yoga is for everyone! You will move mindfully with your breath in supported sitting (and standing) positions. It will increase your flexibility, strength, balance and circulation. Chair Yoga encourages body awareness, proper breathing and quiet reflection.

”Energy


If your desire is to feel great, energized and inspired, this class is for you! This class in its essence is Kundalini Yoga and this class blends breathing, movement, stretching, meditation, chanting, and the science of sequence. Modifications are given for every exercise so everyone can enjoy!

”Gentle


Serious Athletes, limited mobility, and everyone in between can benefit from gentle yoga. Careful strengthening and breath awareness is the focus of these classes. Poses are modified to accommodate all levels, and props are used to both support and challenge students.

”Gentle


is a combination of Gentle and Yin.

”Vinyasa


This style of yoga is that links breath and movement through Sun Salutations and postures of all types. The smooth, continuous flow deepens breathing, increases endurance, and will test the edge of your balance and flexibility. Letting you feel clear, fit, and peaceful.

”Lunch


A 45 minute Lunch Time Yoga class that will get the blood circulating, elongate, muscles, stabilize your core and joints. A brief Savasana/meditation will be included to help you go on with your day refreshed and ready to take on the world!

”Yoga”


Bigger than any one style or form of yoga is just pure yoga. With a heart-centered style which powerfully blends principles of alignment with an uplifting philosophy celebrating the uniqueness of students of all levels of ability and experience.

”Yoga


Emphasis on  careful alignment, breath/body awareness and gentle dynamic flow means this class both challenges and supports students of all ages and experiences. The use of props are encouraged, and modifications given allow Every Body to leave the mat feeling both relaxed and renewed.

”Yin


A Perfect complement to Yang practices. There are some standing/yang poses introduced mid-class, most of the poses are seated, supine or prone and are held with muscles relaxed for several minutes. This allows the more dense connective tissue to be addressed, increasing mobility, joint health, and overall wellness.

Class Level Descriptions

Students of all levels and abilities can participate and enjoy these classes.
Focuses on basic classical yoga postures, alignment principles and breathing techniques. Newcomers to yoga should start here. Level 1 is also recommended for those who may wish to strengthen the foundation of there practice or who may simply want an ongoing practice that is in harmony with their level of ability.
Emphasis on deepening awareness of the body, and understanding of alignment principles. Should be able to perform Sun Salutation series. Movements between postures are more fluid. Knowledge of the basic poses is assumed, with posture variations and breathing practices to help you deepen your experience.
A challenging class for those with and ongoing yoga practice. The room may be heated. We will explore more challenging postures including inversions, arm balances, back bends and deeper twists. Participants should already have a good understanding of proper bodily alignment and familiarity of modifications. No beginners please.
Single Class Pass
$15per class
10-class package
$135
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Monday

  • Energy All Day!If your desire is to feel great, energized and inspired, this class is for you! This class in its essence is Kundalini Yoga and this class blends breathing, movement, stretching, meditation, chanting, and the science of sequence. Modifications are given for every exercise so everyone can enjoy! with Olga 7:00 am to 8:15 am
  • Alignment Based YogaClassical yoga poses and breathing techniques to enhance flexibility, build strength, balance, and reduce stress. Special attention paid to alignment to promote healing and build body awareness. with Allison 9:30 am to 10:45 am
  • Gentle YogaSerious Athletes, limited mobility, and everyone in between can benefit from gentle yoga. Careful strengthening and breath awareness is the focus of these classes. Poses are modified to accommodate all levels, and props are used to both support and challenge students. with Allison 11:15 am to 12:30 pm
  • Lunch Time YogaA 45 minute Lunch Time Yoga class that will get the blood circulating, elongate, muscles, stabilize your core and joints. A brief Savasana/meditation will be included to help you go on with your day refreshed and ready to take on the world! with Nickie Silk - Director of Group Exercise, Yoga and Special ProgramsNickie spent most of her youth in dance and performing arts. Her love for movement guided her to the fitness industry in 1988. Nickie spent several years as a certified fitness instructor through ACE, AFAA, & Certified Personal Trainer through NASM. During the 1990’s Nickie felt a profound calling to Yoga. Exploring what yoga had to offer became a life goal. As many have experienced, Yoga has helped Nickie through times of crisis and chronic medical conditions. She became a certified yoga teacher through The Temple of Kriya Yoga in May of 2000. Since completing her initial certification, Nickie has regularly attended teacher trainings and workshops, and has acquired many additional certifications. She teaches an eclectic blend of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa flow. Nickie’s main inspirations flow from the teaching s of T. Krishnamacharya and the life and writings of Swami Rama. Nickie enjoys all of the roles in her life: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Student, & Guide. “I feel blessed to be joined by those with whom I am able to share the love and wisdom given to me by all of my teachers and students. For whom, I am forever grateful to.” 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
  • Vinyasa YogaLinks breath and movement through Sun Salutations and postures of all types. The smooth, continuous flow deepens breathing, increases endurance, and will test the edge of your balance and flexibility. Letting you feel clear, fit, and peaceful. with Nickie Silk - Director of Group Exercise, Yoga and Special ProgramsNickie spent most of her youth in dance and performing arts. Her love for movement guided her to the fitness industry in 1988. Nickie spent several years as a certified fitness instructor through ACE, AFAA, & Certified Personal Trainer through NASM. During the 1990’s Nickie felt a profound calling to Yoga. Exploring what yoga had to offer became a life goal. As many have experienced, Yoga has helped Nickie through times of crisis and chronic medical conditions. She became a certified yoga teacher through The Temple of Kriya Yoga in May of 2000. Since completing her initial certification, Nickie has regularly attended teacher trainings and workshops, and has acquired many additional certifications. She teaches an eclectic blend of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa flow. Nickie’s main inspirations flow from the teaching s of T. Krishnamacharya and the life and writings of Swami Rama. Nickie enjoys all of the roles in her life: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Student, & Guide. “I feel blessed to be joined by those with whom I am able to share the love and wisdom given to me by all of my teachers and students. For whom, I am forever grateful to.” 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm

Tuesday

  • Alignment Yoga 1-2 with Jayne AlenierJayne began practicing yoga in 1994 as a means to manage her own chronic illness. Studying under the tutelage of Himalayan Institute trained instructors, she began to see the healing powers of yoga on a physical and spiritual level. She has since gone on to study many styles of Hatha Yoga including Iyengar and Anusara yoga. Her teaching style is heart centered, yet alignment oriented, with the goal of honoring each student’s uniqueness and empowering individuals to foster their own healing and wellness. Jayne is Yoga Alliance certified at the “Experienced” level and is also a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has completed many hours of training beyond her Yoga Alliance certification and continues to train with master teachers on a regular basis. In addition to her yoga training, Jayne has a B.S. in Biology, and an M.S. in Nutritional Biochemistry and spent several years working overseas as a Nutritionist. After returning to the United States, she completed an M.B.A. and worked in Marketing, and Training and Development. Jayne is also an attorney, having practiced law in the Chicago area. After a number of years, she decided to devote her professional life to yoga through teaching group and private lessons. 11:15 am to 12:30 pm
  • Yoga 2-3 with Sarah Richelle StarnesSarah Richelle Starnes has been studying the practices of yoga, health and spirituality her entire life. She owes much of her knowledge to her mother, Debbie, who raised her all naturally, and taught her many very valuable lessons about life and how to connect to Nature. Sarah began teaching yoga in 1999 and has been leading Yoga Teacher Trainings since 2004. Her ever-evolving teaching style is playful and light hearted... yet intense, challenging, and deeply focused on healthy alignment and healing. Sarah loves to immerse her students in the healing vibrations of sound... performing kirtan, live music in yoga classes, gong sound healing workshops with her sister Stephanie and always singing to her students in Savasana. With a background primarily in Anusara, AcroYoga, Energy Healing & Native American studies, Sarah embodies an eclectic mix of Mindful Practice, Ritual, Play and Grace. Sarah brings a fun, blissful and compassionate energy to her classes, providing a safe, and empowering environment for students of all ages and levels of experience. She has received certifications from Anusara Yoga and the White Lotus Foundation. Sarah has extensive experience teaching pre/postnatal yoga, and has worked with many children and adults with special needs. Her other passions include handling and caring for raptors (birds of prey), essential oils, slacklining, Thai massage and other bodywork, tap dancing, hiking with her chihuahuas in the woody bush, rock climbing, horseback riding, traveling the world, writing songs and poetry, painting and exploring anything new to create, or learn and grow from. 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm

Wednesday

  • Kundalini YogaIn each of us dwells a powerful Creative Energy – the Kundalini energy. It typically lies dormant. Kundalini yoga is a practice for awakening this energy. As it is ignited, it can support us in living to our full Creative Potential. Learning how to allow this energy to flow through us (and into our lives) can guide us in so many ways! with Michelle FioreMichelle found yoga just when she needed it—at a time when she had all the “things” she was taught would make her happy, but was miserable. Yoga transformed her life. Michelle now invites her students to elevate their own yoga practice beyond physical posture and into the creation of their own life outside the studio. Kundalini yoga (the Yoga of Awareness) may be the perfect discipline to support such life growth. Michelle’s Kundalini classes are engaging for beginners and seasoned yogic practitioners—every student is encouraged to feel perfect wherever they are at in their own yogic journey. Michelle is a guide, creating space for each student to shine light onto the next step on their own path, whether it is experiencing a pose or exploring their pranic energy. She encourages students to celebrate and to be inspired by their own self-discovery and individual nature. It is our uniqueness that makes us beautiful. Michelle has a multi-disciplinary yogic background. She is KYI certified in Kundalini Yoga via Spirit Rising Foundation. She also is certified in Hatha Yoga via North Shore Yoga Studio and in Tantric Yoga via the TantraNova Institute. Michelle actively teaches classes and workshops in Kundalini, Hatha and Tantric Yoga throughout the Northern suburbs of Chicago. 7:00 am to 8:15 am
  • Gentle YogaSerious Athletes, limited mobility, and everyone in between can benefit from gentle yoga. Careful strengthening and breath awareness is the focus of these classes. Poses are modified to accommodate all levels, and props are used to both support and challenge students. with Ruth Ann GrantRuth Ann Grant says yoga has truly given her the ability to connect her physical fitness with her mental fitness, and it allows her to fully accept her body for its achievements as well as its limitations. She uses the principals and techniques of yoga to practice living yoga in her daily life off the mat and hopes to share that gift with her students. Ruth Ann received her 200 hours Hatha yoga training at Global Yoga in Chicago. The training exposed her to teachers of several styles of yoga, including, Anusara, Kripalu, Astanga, Bikram and Kundalini. Ruth Ann’s goal is to use aspects of all to offer a safe and fulfilling yoga class to her students. In addition, Ruth Ann’s yoga teacher training included specialized instruction in Prenatal Yoga. One of Ruth Ann’s passions is teaching yoga to expectant mothers. Like running, biking, hiking and swimming, yoga has become another healthful activity she enjoys sharing with her family. A graduate of Iowa State University’s School of Journalism, Ruth Ann currently does freelance writing for the health care and medical fields. “For me yoga is about feeling something, feeling better and taking the time to honor ourselves so we have more to offer the loved ones in our lives,” says Ruth Ann. 11:15 am to 12:30 pm
  • Lunch Time YogaA 45 minute Lunch Time Yoga class that will get the blood circulating, elongate, muscles, stabilize your core and joints. A brief Savasana/meditation will be included to help you go on with your day refreshed and ready to take on the world! with Ruth Ann GrantRuth Ann Grant says yoga has truly given her the ability to connect her physical fitness with her mental fitness, and it allows her to fully accept her body for its achievements as well as its limitations. She uses the principals and techniques of yoga to practice living yoga in her daily life off the mat and hopes to share that gift with her students. Ruth Ann received her 200 hours Hatha yoga training at Global Yoga in Chicago. The training exposed her to teachers of several styles of yoga, including, Anusara, Kripalu, Astanga, Bikram and Kundalini. Ruth Ann’s goal is to use aspects of all to offer a safe and fulfilling yoga class to her students. In addition, Ruth Ann’s yoga teacher training included specialized instruction in Prenatal Yoga. One of Ruth Ann’s passions is teaching yoga to expectant mothers. Like running, biking, hiking and swimming, yoga has become another healthful activity she enjoys sharing with her family. A graduate of Iowa State University’s School of Journalism, Ruth Ann currently does freelance writing for the health care and medical fields. “For me yoga is about feeling something, feeling better and taking the time to honor ourselves so we have more to offer the loved ones in our lives,” says Ruth Ann. 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
  • Gentle Yinis a combination of Gentle and Yin. with Natasha BarykinNatasha has been a student of yoga since 1996 and a teacher since 2003. She is certified yoga teacher through The Temple of Kriya Yoga. Natasha has been attending workshops of different yoga styles. For two years she assisted Gabriel Halpern of Yoga Circle in his therapeutic classes. She teaches a blend of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa flow while focusing on correct alignment. Natasha keeps her classes safe, challenging and accessible for students of wide range of age, skill and flexibility. She feels blessed to have learned from many gifted and inspired teachers and her students. Natasha teaches group and private classes in the Northwest suburbs. She loves reading, outdoor activities and whole foods cooking. 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm

Thursday

  • Vinyasa YogaLinks breath and movement through Sun Salutations and postures of all types. The smooth, continuous flow deepens breathing, increases endurance, and will test the edge of your balance and flexibility. Letting you feel clear, fit, and peaceful. with Nickie Silk - Director of Group Exercise, Yoga and Special ProgramsNickie spent most of her youth in dance and performing arts. Her love for movement guided her to the fitness industry in 1988. Nickie spent several years as a certified fitness instructor through ACE, AFAA, & Certified Personal Trainer through NASM. During the 1990’s Nickie felt a profound calling to Yoga. Exploring what yoga had to offer became a life goal. As many have experienced, Yoga has helped Nickie through times of crisis and chronic medical conditions. She became a certified yoga teacher through The Temple of Kriya Yoga in May of 2000. Since completing her initial certification, Nickie has regularly attended teacher trainings and workshops, and has acquired many additional certifications. She teaches an eclectic blend of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa flow. Nickie’s main inspirations flow from the teaching s of T. Krishnamacharya and the life and writings of Swami Rama. Nickie enjoys all of the roles in her life: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Student, & Guide. “I feel blessed to be joined by those with whom I am able to share the love and wisdom given to me by all of my teachers and students. For whom, I am forever grateful to.” 8:30 am to 9:45 am

Friday

  • Energy All Day!If your desire is to feel great, energized and inspired, this class is for you! This class in its essence is Kundalini Yoga and this class blends breathing, movement, stretching, meditation, chanting, and the science of sequence. Modifications are given for every exercise so everyone can enjoy! with Olga RudiakOlga’s life goes in cycles of 31 years. Her first life happened in Ukraine. Since she came to the US at the age of 31, she worked as an organizational effectiveness consultant helping businesses to maximize the effects of technologies and human talents on the bottom line (a mouthful, huh?) Once introduced to yoga, she became enchanted with its beauty and healing effects on the human body, mind, spirit, and emotions. Driven by the desire to share her own yogic experiences and benefits with others, at the age of 62 Olga completed teacher training program and now teaches Kundalini style, as well as the traditional Hatha Basics in a variety of levels (from Chair and Gentle to Level 2, student ages from 12 to 93) with emphasis on breathing and body awareness. As a teacher, she brings to the students the healing powers of yoga at multiple levels: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. In her classes, she strives to create a safe practice by steering towards self-study, paying attention to body alignment, all the while keeping students’ excitement by offering challenging elements in asanas and kriyas. When the students leave the practice, they feel at peace, confident, exhilarated, and empowered from within. 7:00 am to 8:15 am
  • Vinyasa YogaLinks breath and movement through Sun Salutations and postures of all types. The smooth, continuous flow deepens breathing, increases endurance, and will test the edge of your balance and flexibility. Letting you feel clear, fit, and peaceful. with Nickie Silk - Director of Group Exercise, Yoga and Special ProgramsNickie spent most of her youth in dance and performing arts. Her love for movement guided her to the fitness industry in 1988. Nickie spent several years as a certified fitness instructor through ACE, AFAA, & Certified Personal Trainer through NASM. During the 1990’s Nickie felt a profound calling to Yoga. Exploring what yoga had to offer became a life goal. As many have experienced, Yoga has helped Nickie through times of crisis and chronic medical conditions. She became a certified yoga teacher through The Temple of Kriya Yoga in May of 2000. Since completing her initial certification, Nickie has regularly attended teacher trainings and workshops, and has acquired many additional certifications. She teaches an eclectic blend of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa flow. Nickie’s main inspirations flow from the teaching s of T. Krishnamacharya and the life and writings of Swami Rama. Nickie enjoys all of the roles in her life: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Student, & Guide. “I feel blessed to be joined by those with whom I am able to share the love and wisdom given to me by all of my teachers and students. For whom, I am forever grateful to.” 9:30 am to 10:45 am
  • Chair YogaChair Yoga is for everyone! You will move mindfully with your breath in supported sitting (and standing) positions. It will increase your flexibility, strength, balance and circulation. Chair Yoga encourages body awareness, proper breathing and quiet reflection. with Karen HughesAfter years of dealing with chronic back issues, Karen began taking gentle yoga classes. She soon discovered that yoga offered much more than relief from pain. It helped deal with the stress of a high pressure career and calmed her “type A” personality. She read many books on yoga. As soon as she retired she began taking five yoga classes a week, many at Avani. Karen received her 200 hour yoga teacher training from Pure Yoga. She has been greatly influenced by many good teachers. Karen emphasizes safety in her classes and likes to give cues to achieve this. She hopes to share the benefits of yoga with those in need of healing as well as to those who want to improve their physical and mental condition. 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Vinyasa YogaLinks breath and movement through Sun Salutations and postures of all types. The smooth, continuous flow deepens breathing, increases endurance, and will test the edge of your balance and flexibility. Letting you feel clear, fit, and peaceful. with Natasha BarykinNatasha has been a student of yoga since 1996 and a teacher since 2003. She is certified yoga teacher through The Temple of Kriya Yoga. Natasha has been attending workshops of different yoga styles. For two years she assisted Gabriel Halpern of Yoga Circle in his therapeutic classes. She teaches a blend of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa flow while focusing on correct alignment. Natasha keeps her classes safe, challenging and accessible for students of wide range of age, skill and flexibility. She feels blessed to have learned from many gifted and inspired teachers and her students. Natasha teaches group and private classes in the Northwest suburbs. She loves reading, outdoor activities and whole foods cooking. 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Saturday

  • Vinyasa YogaLinks breath and movement through Sun Salutations and postures of all types. The smooth, continuous flow deepens breathing, increases endurance, and will test the edge of your balance and flexibility. Letting you feel clear, fit, and peaceful. with Becky StraussLike so many other people, Becky began practicing yoga to build strength and increase flexibility. But what started out as a physical practice evolved into a much deeper practice of integrating mind, body and breath in the same time frame to truly appreciate the joy of yoga. Becky’s teaching style is to flow smoothly, moving into poses with alignment, holding poses and gently encouraging students to allow their minds to follow their breath. She feels that practicing yoga postures keeps our bodies young, strong and flexible but the attention to our breath is what quiets the mind. It is her most sincere goal to teach yoga safely to all levels of practitioners and have her students leave each class feeling stronger, a little more flexible, and a lot more content. Becky completed her teacher training in 2008 with Suddha Weixler at the Chicago Yoga Center and is certified with Yoga Alliance. She continues to study all aspects of yoga, regularly attends workshops, and loves sharing all that she learns. Becky is also a licensed social worker and integrates yoga practices in her therapeutic work to help clients manage stress and other psychological or emotional challenges. She is most grateful to all of her instructors and students, as each has given her tools to teach with awareness and continue her own yoga practice with a beginner’s mind. 8:30 am to 9:45 am
  • Yoga 1-2 with Bruce SymondsBruce Symonds graduated in 1994 from the 14 month Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program with 500+ hours of certified training. In addition to being a Certified Yoga Instructor, he holds two certificates as a Meditation Instructor. Currently, he teaches meditation and six weekly yoga classes in his community and continues his studies with advanced yoga teachers from around the world. Bruce currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Kriya Yoga Hatha Yoga Teachers Training Home Study Program, and is on the Spiritual Guidance Staff. 10:00 am to 11:15 am
  • Yin YogaA Perfect complement to Yang practices. There are some standing/yang poses introduced mid-class, most of the poses are seated, supine or prone and are held with muscles relaxed for several minutes. This allows the more dense connective tissue to be addressed, increasing mobility, joint health, and overall wellness. with Bruce SymondsBruce Symonds graduated in 1994 from the 14 month Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program with 500+ hours of certified training. In addition to being a Certified Yoga Instructor, he holds two certificates as a Meditation Instructor. Currently, he teaches meditation and six weekly yoga classes in his community and continues his studies with advanced yoga teachers from around the world. Bruce currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Kriya Yoga Hatha Yoga Teachers Training Home Study Program, and is on the Spiritual Guidance Staff. 11:30 am to 12:45 pm

Sunday

  • YogaBigger than any one style or form of yoga is just pure yoga. With a heart-centered style which powerfully blends principles of alignment with an uplifting philosophy celebrating the uniqueness of students of all levels of ability and experience. with Wendy Dahl, M.Ed., E-RYTMy awareness of Yoga began in the early 90’s as a dancer seeking more balance. I soon realized that Yoga is the way to transform each moment of our lives into an auspicious journey. The practice inspired so much benevolence in my heart that I dedicated my self and my life to a disciplined practice shortly after my first class. I practice and teach therapeutic, mindful vinyasa flow to align the breath and body through movement, Thai Massage to dive deeper into the giving and receiving of compassion, and meditation to connect to our true essence. I am also an avid traveler, world wanderer and student of nature, continually in awe of the inter-connectedness and oneness of all living things. 9:00 am to 10:15 am
  • YogaBigger than any one style or form of yoga is just pure yoga. With a heart-centered style which powerfully blends principles of alignment with an uplifting philosophy celebrating the uniqueness of students of all levels of ability and experience. with Wendy Dahl, M.Ed., E-RYTMy awareness of Yoga began in the early 90’s as a dancer seeking more balance. I soon realized that Yoga is the way to transform each moment of our lives into an auspicious journey. The practice inspired so much benevolence in my heart that I dedicated my self and my life to a disciplined practice shortly after my first class. I practice and teach therapeutic, mindful vinyasa flow to align the breath and body through movement, Thai Massage to dive deeper into the giving and receiving of compassion, and meditation to connect to our true essence. I am also an avid traveler, world wanderer and student of nature, continually in awe of the inter-connectedness and oneness of all living things. 10:30 am to 11:45 am
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Jayne Alenier

Jayne Alenier

Jayne Alenier

Jayne Alenier

Jayne began practicing yoga in 1994 as a means to manage her own chronic illness. Studying under the tutelage of Himalayan Institute trained instructors, she began to see the healing powers of yoga on a physical and spiritual level. She has since gone on to study many styles of Hatha Yoga including Iyengar and Anusara yoga. Her teaching style is heart centered, yet alignment oriented, with the goal of honoring each student’s uniqueness and empowering individuals to foster their own healing and wellness.

Jayne is Yoga Alliance certified at the “Experienced” level and is also a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has completed many hours of training beyond her Yoga Alliance certification and continues to train with master teachers on a regular basis.

In addition to her yoga training, Jayne has a B.S. in Biology, and an M.S. in Nutritional Biochemistry and spent several years working overseas as a Nutritionist. After returning to the United States, she completed an M.B.A. and worked in Marketing, and Training and Development. Jayne is also an attorney, having practiced law in the Chicago area. After a number of years, she decided to devote her professional life to yoga through teaching group and private lessons.

Mary Aulbach

Mary Aulbach

Mary Aulbach

Mary Aulbach

Mary Aulbach came to yoga to regain the flexibility she knew as a dancer in high school. She continued to practice until being sidelined by a skiing accident and subsequent surgery. She regained her practice with the help of many wonderful teachers and eventually decided to become a teacher herself to share her belief in yoga and all its benefits.

Mary received her teacher training from YogaFit, focusing on safety and alignment, and YogaKids for children. She continues to attend workshops and conferences regularly. She teaches in a variety of settings, from schools to corporate fitness centers. Mary’s practice helps students connect to their inner wisdom, with body, mind and breath working in sync.

Natasha Barykin

Natasha Barykin

Natasha Barykin

Natasha Barykin

Natasha has been a student of yoga since 1996 and a teacher since 2003. She is certified yoga teacher through The Temple of Kriya Yoga. Natasha has been attending workshops of different yoga styles. For two years she assisted Gabriel Halpern of Yoga Circle in his therapeutic classes. She teaches a blend of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa flow while focusing on correct alignment.
Natasha keeps her classes safe, challenging and accessible for students of wide range of age, skill and flexibility. She feels blessed to have learned from many gifted and inspired teachers and her students. Natasha teaches group and private classes in the Northwest suburbs. She loves reading, outdoor activities and whole foods cooking.

Marcia Bogolub

Marcia Bogolub

Marcia Bogolub

Marcia Bogolub

After over twenty years working as a physical therapist, I found yoga in 2002. I was originally looking for a way to stretch, but was more than surprised to find how much it affected me—not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Now, yoga informs my work as a physical therapist, and I believe my background in physical therapy adds a dimension to my yoga practice.
I received my 200 hours certificate in yoga teacher training in 2008 from the Chicago Yoga Center. As an instructor, I have found my voice teaching an alignment-based yoga which I hope provides a balanced practice in a supportive environment.

Wendy Dahl

Wendy Dahl, M.Ed., E-RYT

Wendy Dahl, M.Ed., E-RYT

Wendy Dahl, M.Ed., E-RYT

My awareness of Yoga began in the early 90’s as a dancer seeking more balance. I soon realized that Yoga is the way to transform each moment of our lives into an auspicious journey. The practice inspired so much benevolence in my heart that I dedicated my self and my life to a disciplined practice shortly after my first class. I practice and teach therapeutic, mindful vinyasa flow to align the breath and body through movement, Thai Massage to dive deeper into the giving and receiving of compassion, and meditation to connect to our true essence. I am also an avid traveler, world wanderer and student of nature, continually in awe of the inter-connectedness and oneness of all living things.

Michelle Fiore

Michelle Fiore

Michelle Fiore

Michelle Fiore

Michelle found yoga just when she needed it—at a time when she had all the “things” she was taught would make her happy, but was miserable. Yoga transformed her life. Michelle now invites her students to elevate their own yoga practice beyond physical posture and into the creation of their own life outside the studio.
Kundalini yoga (the Yoga of Awareness) may be the perfect discipline to support such life growth. Michelle’s Kundalini classes are engaging for beginners and seasoned yogic practitioners—every student is encouraged to feel perfect wherever they are at in their own yogic journey. Michelle is a guide, creating space for each student to shine light onto the next step on their own path, whether it is experiencing a pose or exploring their pranic energy. She encourages students to celebrate and to be inspired by their own self-discovery and individual nature. It is our uniqueness that makes us beautiful.
Michelle has a multi-disciplinary yogic background. She is KYI certified in Kundalini Yoga via Spirit Rising Foundation. She also is certified in Hatha Yoga via North Shore Yoga Studio and in Tantric Yoga via the TantraNova Institute. Michelle actively teaches classes and workshops in Kundalini, Hatha and Tantric Yoga throughout the Northern suburbs of Chicago.

Ruth Ann Grant

Ruth Ann Grant

Ruth Ann Grant

Ruth Ann Grant

Ruth Ann Grant says yoga has truly given her the ability to connect her physical fitness with her mental fitness, and it allows her to fully accept her body for its achievements as well as its limitations.
She uses the principals and techniques of yoga to practice living yoga in her daily life off the mat and hopes to share that gift with her students. Ruth Ann received her 200 hours Hatha yoga training at Global Yoga in Chicago. The training exposed her to teachers of several styles of yoga, including, Anusara, Kripalu, Astanga, Bikram and Kundalini.
Ruth Ann’s goal is to use aspects of all to offer a safe and fulfilling yoga class to her students. In addition, Ruth Ann’s yoga teacher training included specialized instruction in Prenatal Yoga.
One of Ruth Ann’s passions is teaching yoga to expectant mothers. Like running, biking, hiking and swimming, yoga has become another healthful activity she enjoys sharing with her family.
A graduate of Iowa State University’s School of Journalism, Ruth Ann currently does freelance writing for the health care and medical fields. “For me yoga is about feeling something, feeling better and taking the time to honor ourselves so we have more to offer the loved ones in our lives,” says Ruth Ann.

Karen Hughes

Karen Hughes

Karen Hughes

Karen Hughes

After years of dealing with chronic back issues, Karen began taking gentle yoga classes. She soon discovered that yoga offered much more than relief from pain. It helped deal with the stress of a high pressure career and calmed her “type A” personality. She read many books on yoga. As soon as she retired she began taking five yoga classes a week, many at Avani.
Karen received her 200 hour yoga teacher training from Pure Yoga. She has been greatly influenced by many good teachers. Karen emphasizes safety in her classes and likes to give cues to achieve this. She hopes to share the benefits of yoga with those in need of healing as well as to those who want to improve their physical and mental condition.

Werner Martin

Werner Martin

Werner Martin

Werner Martin

Werner has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and been teaching for 10 years. He is influenced by many wonderful teachers such as Andrey Lappa, John Friend, Tias Little, and Rusty Wells. Werner also holds a certification as a yoga tuneup instructor and is conducting a Pure Yoga Teacher Trainings in the Chicagoland area.

Olga Rudiak

Olga Rudiak

Olga Rudiak

Olga Rudiak

Olga’s life goes in cycles of 31 years. Her first life happened in Ukraine. Since she came to the US at the age of 31, she worked as an organizational effectiveness consultant helping businesses to maximize the effects of technologies and human talents on the bottom line (a mouthful, huh?)
Once introduced to yoga, she became enchanted with its beauty and healing effects on the human body, mind, spirit, and emotions. Driven by the desire to share her own yogic experiences and benefits with others, at the age of 62 Olga completed teacher training program and now teaches Kundalini style, as well as the traditional Hatha Basics in a variety of levels (from Chair and Gentle to Level 2, student ages from 12 to 93) with emphasis on breathing and body awareness.
As a teacher, she brings to the students the healing powers of yoga at multiple levels: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. In her classes, she strives to create a safe practice by steering towards self-study, paying attention to body alignment, all the while keeping students’ excitement by offering challenging elements in asanas and kriyas.
When the students leave the practice, they feel at peace, confident, exhilarated, and empowered from within.

Nickie Silk E-RYT

Nickie Silk E-RYT

Nickie Silk E-RYT

Nickie Silk E-RYT

Nickie spent most of her youth in dance and performing arts. Her love for movement guided her to the fitness industry in 1988. Nickie spent several years as a certified fitness instructor through ACE, AFAA, & Certified Personal Trainer through NASM.

During the 1990’s Nickie felt a profound calling to Yoga. Exploring what yoga had to offer became a life goal. As many have experienced, Yoga has helped Nickie through times of crisis and chronic medical conditions. She became a certified yoga teacher through The Temple of Kriya Yoga in May of 2000. Since completing her initial certification, Nickie has regularly attended teacher trainings and workshops, and has acquired many additional certifications. She teaches an eclectic blend of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa flow. Nickie’s main inspirations flow from the teaching s of T. Krishnamacharya and the life and writings of Swami Rama.

Nickie enjoys all of the roles in her life: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Student, & Guide.
“I feel blessed to be joined by those with whom I am able to share the love and wisdom given to me by all of my teachers and students. For whom, I am forever grateful to.”

Sarah Richelle Starnes

Sarah Richelle Starnes

Sarah Richelle Starnes

Sarah Richelle Starnes

Sarah Richelle Starnes has been studying the practices of yoga, health and spirituality her entire life. She owes much of her knowledge to her mother, Debbie, who raised her all naturally, and taught her many very valuable lessons about life and how to connect to Nature.

Sarah began teaching yoga in 1999 and has been leading Yoga Teacher Trainings since 2004. Her ever-evolving teaching style is playful and light hearted… yet intense, challenging, and deeply focused on healthy alignment and healing. Sarah loves to immerse her students in the healing vibrations of sound… performing kirtan, live music in yoga classes, gong sound healing workshops with her sister Stephanie and always singing to her students in Savasana. With a background primarily in Anusara, AcroYoga, Energy Healing & Native American studies, Sarah embodies an eclectic mix of Mindful Practice, Ritual, Play and Grace.

Sarah brings a fun, blissful and compassionate energy to her classes, providing a safe, and empowering environment for students of all ages and levels of experience. She has received certifications from Anusara Yoga and the White Lotus Foundation. Sarah has extensive experience teaching pre/postnatal yoga, and has worked with many children and adults with special needs. Her other passions include handling and caring for raptors (birds of prey), essential oils, slacklining, Thai massage and other bodywork, tap dancing, hiking with her chihuahuas in the woody bush, rock climbing, horseback riding, traveling the world, writing songs and poetry, painting and exploring anything new to create, or learn and grow from.

Becky Strauss

Becky Strauss

Becky Strauss

Becky Strauss

Like so many other people, Becky began practicing yoga to build strength and increase flexibility. But what started out as a physical practice evolved into a much deeper practice of integrating mind, body and breath in the same time frame to truly appreciate the joy of yoga. Becky’s teaching style is to flow smoothly, moving into poses with alignment, holding poses and gently encouraging students to allow their minds to follow their breath. She feels that practicing yoga postures keeps our bodies young, strong and flexible but the attention to our breath is what quiets the mind. It is her most sincere goal to teach yoga safely to all levels of practitioners and have her students leave each class feeling stronger, a little more flexible, and a lot more content.

Becky completed her teacher training in 2008 with Suddha Weixler at the Chicago Yoga Center and is certified with Yoga Alliance. She continues to study all aspects of yoga, regularly attends workshops, and loves sharing all that she learns. Becky is also a licensed social worker and integrates yoga practices in her therapeutic work to help clients manage stress and other psychological or emotional challenges. She is most grateful to all of her instructors and students, as each has given her tools to teach with awareness and continue her own yoga practice with a beginner’s mind.

Bruce Symonds

Bruce Symonds

Bruce Symonds

Bruce Symonds

Bruce Symonds graduated in 1994 from the 14 month Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program with 500+ hours of certified training. In addition to being a Certified Yoga Instructor, he holds two certificates as a Meditation Instructor. Currently, he teaches meditation and six weekly yoga classes in his community and continues his studies with advanced yoga teachers from around the world. Bruce currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Kriya Yoga Hatha Yoga Teachers Training Home Study Program, and is on the Spiritual Guidance Staff.

Allison Wilmes

Allison Wilmes

Allison Wilmes

Allison Wilmes

Allison teaches Iyengar-inspired hatha yoga. She apprentices in therapeutic applications of Iyengar yoga with Gabriel Halpern at Yoga Circle in Chicago, and studies regularly with nationally and locally renowned yoga instructors. She is Yoga Alliance certified at the “Experienced” level and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She teaches group and private yoga sessions throughout the Northwest suburbs, as well as leading yoga classes for at-risk youth at the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center. Additionally, she leads yoga workshops at yoga studios, libraries, and other venues.
Her classes are known for their focus on safe alignment, her sincere care for each student, and her droll sense of humor.
Allison enjoys swimming, biking, dancing, and cooking when she’s not practicing, teaching, or reading about yoga.