Many of the well known yoga teachers in the Chicago area graduated from his program. Presently, William is on the staff of the yoga teacher training program at the Bhavana Institute in LaGrange, Il.
From January, 2002 through December, 2011, he was the business owner and main instructor at The Oak Park Yoga Centre. He and his staff found much joy and satisfaction serving the community through teaching yoga and yoga-related topics to all levels and ages. After 10 years of running a successful studio, William decided to retire from the demands of business ownership to devote more of his energy to simply teach yoga and further refine his own practice.
Through 35 years of observing students and improving his personal practice, William is able to skillfully instruct yoga to all ages with various physical conditions and needs. Many of his students see improved strength, mobility and poise as well as notice significant relief from tension and pain caused by repetitive actions, misalignment and life’s challenges. Meditational skills and breathing practices are also are also included into his classes to help students uncover their inner resources of strength, wisdom and contentment.
With her roots in corporate America and her training in energetic healing, Meg has experienced yoga as a valuable tool for centering, stress reduction, inspiration and relaxation. She also believes that yoga increases wellness while improving the quality of life. With this in mind, Meg believes that yoga should be made available to people of all abilities.
With a background and continuing joyful engagement in dance and creative movement, Micki encourages her students to “move from the inside out.” She offers a challenging yet compassionate yoga practice that balances strengthening with stretching, flow with exacting instruction in alignment, and emphasizes breath and mindfulness, to create a moving meditation. Bringing warmth, humor and encouragement to the studio, Micki guides students to develop a high degree of body awareness for a safe and satisfying practice that respects each individual’s anatomical structure and life experience. Micki is registered with the Yoga Alliance as E-RYT200.
Linnea has extensive healthcare and clinical experience and has developed one of the first mind/body clinics in Illinois. She was one of 20 Presidential appointees to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. She works with people interested in overall healing and flourishing using HeartMath tools, yoga and meditation. This unique teacher has practiced Vipassana meditation for 20 years and is trained as a facilitator in this practice under the teacher Shinzen Young. With a life-long interest in learning, Linnea likes to hear people’s stories and encourage their well-being through focused interaction.
Due to her experience as a cancer survivor, Anja has acquired a deeper understanding for the body’s limitations and its impact on emotional health, leading to a unique, sensitive approach when working with other cancer patients and survivors. Anja’s expertise is in Pilates and Yoga. She holds certifications in Advanced Stott Pilates, as well as Yoga Alliance and Yoga for Cancer Survivors. Other certifications include NIA- blue belt, Aqua Aerobics, Spinning, Moms in Motion (pre-, post-natal) and Reiki Level III. She has over 15 years teaching experience.
Her classes range from vigorous and athletic, to restorative and passive. Her instruction is precise, and she enjoys working with all levels. Certified in the Iyengar yoga method in 2000, she has studied for more than a decade with senior Iyengar teachers and the Iyengars themselves in Puna, India. She has also studied Ashtanga Yoga for several years with Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India, Indra Devi style yoga in Buenos Aires and Jivamukti yoga in NYC.
Maria started teaching yoga in 1995. While living in Wisconsin, she taught yoga for the Dance Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and at the Dance Center. She taught at Centro de Iyengar Yoga for several years in Buenos Aires, as well as teaching numerous other workshops throughout the US and Argentina.
While living in Virginia, she founded the Iyengar Yoga Center of Richmond, and taught at Yoga Source. She moved to Chicago in 2006 with her husband and daughter. Maria has written for and been featured in several yoga publications; her yoga demonstrations have appeared on WNBC TV.
Rhonda continues to expand her yoga studies through classes at Corepower Yoga, Yoga By Degrees, and The Temple of Kriya Yoga. Throughout her career, Rhonda has had the great fortune of working with special populations such as cardiac rehab patients, women with osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia, pre/post natal women, obesity, and seniors, as well as conditioned athletes, and apparently healthy individuals ages 3 to 93. Rhonda has volunteered her services teaching Yoga and Pilates classes at homeless shelters and women’s shelters. Rhonda says that Yoga has opened up a new world for her, transforming her life, both as a teacher and as a student. She has personally experienced the healing effects of yoga on the body, mind, and spirit and is excited to share this with her students.
I felt completely immersed in the class, detached from stress, all while getting a powerful, but fun, workout” she recalls. Five years later, she received her first belt in Nia. Her students have said Nia class makes them feel both energized and calm, has improved their body image and is the only aerobic workout that makes them smile. “Each Nia class brings out that same joy in me, and I love sharing that joy with others” she says. She lives in Oak Park with her husband and two sons.
Amy Jill Hardiek
A lifelong musician, Amy trained as a sound therapist in 2017, and often adds instruments such as Tibetan bowls and chimes to her yoga classes to soothe both mind and body. As a professional jazz singer/pianist, she has recorded two CDs, taught many private lessons and performed for many years in the Chicago area. She lives in Oak Park with her musician husband and two spoiled kitties. Other passions include gardening, cooking, traveling, Brazilian music and the Portuguese language.