North Branch Yoga Instructors

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Tabitha Carney website
Certifications:
I am a vinyasa yoga teacher who regularly moonlights teaching kundalini & gentle/hatha yoga. I completed teacher trainings at Yogaview and Spirit Rising Yoga. 
Why I practice Yoga:
I practice yoga because it makes my heart sing!
Why I teach
Yoga:
I teach energetic and joyful vinyasa yoga classes with an emphasis on alignment and mindful awareness. My vinyasa classes are “serious yoga play” that will inspire you to try new poses and develop a deeper connection to your body….it’s not the final asana that makes you an advanced yogini, it’s the ability to embrace all your physical and asana challenges with lightheartedness and laughter.

Lucia ‘LoveJoy’ Cigan website
Certifications:
RYT-200, AOBTA-CP, RTT
Why I practice Yoga:
I practice yoga to heal my body mind and spirit. I practice to slow down, connect, to be soft with myself, and to take time to play. And I practice to create a blissful oasis from the drudgery of the everyday grind and harshness of our reality. I believe connecting with our true spirit unlocks magic!
Why I teach Yoga:

teach yoga because I love sharing my lifelong yoga journey and extensive therapeutic yoga technique to spread healing and wellness in my community!

My Mission and Call to Action

My intention, with love and respect to my lineage, is to be a beacon of healing in our community. I will continue my healing practices, and to evolve my being; and I’ll continue teaching people how to heal themselves and each other through sacred self-care, and through service to community. By connecting with our body, mind and spirit, as well as with each other, together we will amplify the shift happening on our planet; into the vibration of Love!

Here’s how you can help in this mission, get involved in and be of service to your community, join in collaborations of healing, create, gather, practice self-love and sacred self-care, seek out wisdom to share for the highest good of all!

-Peace and Light to all beings on Earth. Namaste, Lucia

Anne Dutro
Certifications:
RYT-200
MA (elementary education) — 2004
BA (journalism) — 2001
Why I Practice Yoga:
Yoga feels good. I love the rush of blood to the head in down dog, the calm, grounding sensation in child’s pose, and the challenge of both strength and balance needed to hold tree pose. Yoga keeps me curious about the healing arts, anatomy, and physiology.
Why I teach Yoga:
Helping people of all ages and abilities feel good in their bodies is rewarding. The goal after yoga is to feel more relaxed, and stretched out from your fingers to your toes. I want to set students up for success so they want to return to class and enjoy the benefits of a consistent practice.

Cynthia Gran
Certifications:
-Certification, Hatha Yoga Instructor, Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science & Philosophy, 1986
-Resident for four years at the Himalayan Institute
-Prana Vidya, Level 2 Training, Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International
-Diploma in Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Institute, Robert Svoboda
-Study of Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda and Holistic Health in U.S., Europe and India
-Yoga Alliance Teachers’ Association, Founding Member, 1999: E-RYT 500
-Ayurvedic cooking
-Ayurvedic education and individual consultations
-Meditation and Yoga Nidra
-Gentle, introspective, mindful practices (Prana Vidya)
Why I practice Yoga:
It makes me a better person. My adult life has been dedicated to yoga, meditation and ayurveda.  For me, the three are inseparable and their persistent lessons are intertwined into my life. I endeavor to move ever inward toward balance and the goal of yoga.
Why I teach Yoga:
I don’t presume that I do. Yoga is greater than me and I only represent the long-standing, ancient Himalayan Tradition which is alive and moves through me. I was instructed by my teacher to begin leading classes, it wasn’t my idea. If I teach, it is only what I have studied, practiced and experienced. I have taught various ages and abilities in studios, private homes, schools and medical settings. Practicing yoga improves the way we treat ourselves and others. In my experience, people expect yoga to be therapeutic for body, mind and spirit and I try to lead folks toward inner peace.

Adam Griffin
Certifications:
-RYT-500 hours, National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers
-BA in Psychology and Sports Medicine from Rice University
-Reiki level II
-Zen Shiatsu massage 300 hour training
-Researched indigenous healing practices around the world on a one-year independent fellowship. Studied Chinese Medicine theory, Ayurveda, First Nation Canadian medicinal practices, traditional South African healing, and Australian Aboriginal healing.
Why I practice Yoga:
As someone told me at the first yoga class I ever took, “Yoga helps your everything.”
Why I teach Yoga:
The first time someone suggested I look into teaching I was surprised by how excited I got even thinking about it. Teaching yoga provides me the opportunity to help others maximize their own potential and work on whatever they need. Teaching has deepened my own practice and connected me with many wonderful people around the world. Everyone has something to offer; teaching yoga gives me an outlet to share myself and to learn from other students and teachers alike.

Felicia Holtz
Certifications:
I am certified to teach Radiant Child yoga. I have practiced yoga in many ways for 20 years.
Why I practice Yoga:
I have been a licensed massage therapist since 2000 with a passion for studying the mind and body. Yoga asana (physical postures) have allowed my massage practice to thrive despite the demands put upon my body. The depth of knowledge gained from this ancient practice is endlessly fascinating to me. I love coming to my mat and always finding something new.
Why I teach Yoga:
Children today face a complicated world. Explicitly teaching a child to feel his breath, or to feel her strength is the best way I know to empower that child to not be overwhelmed by the world. Yoga is good for all people, but the effects for children are exponential. Being able to teach these skills is an honor and a privilege.

Bri Maloney
Certifications:
200 RYT Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, RCYT Level I Radiant Child Yoga. Specialities; Vinyasa Flow, Playlist Yoga, Yoga Surf, Mantra Meditation, Family Yoga, Gentle and Restorative Yoga.
Why I practice Yoga:
I practice Yoga as a means to ensure a positive connection between my body, mind, and soul. Not only has it helped me strengthen my body, it has helped me find balance in all aspects of my life. It’s also a great way to relieve stress and have a lot of fun while doing so!
Why I teach Yoga:
I teach Yoga to help people find the balance in their lives that I have found through my practice. I believe that people of any and all ages and skill levels can take away something positive from Yoga, and I would love to help. Seeing the accomplished look on a Yogi’s face while in Savasana after a challenging class is the most rewarding part of my day.

Certifications:
E-RYT 200, focus in Vinyasa Yoga and experience in Yin
Why I practice Yoga:
My yoga practice is an extension of my meditation practice. Focusing in the asanas gives me a physical way to challenge mindfulness!
Why I teach Yoga:
There are so many beautiful pieces to the peace we can find through yoga. I teach to help others understand the connections in all that we do on our mat, especially upside down! I hope to pass on the wisdom from my own teachers that has helped me find joy in every pose.

Kristen Tanakatsubo
Certifications:
RYT-200, Power Vinyasa, Kate Quinn, Park Ridge, IL. 2014
Why I practice Yoga:
Yoga has taught me mindfulness both on and away from my mat. I can come back again and again and always learn something from the asana practice – refining alignment, discovering strength or weakness I didn’t know I had, or challenging myself to maintain an even, expansive breath.
Why I teach Yoga:
Teaching has been an amazing gift of sharing the practice of yoga with the community. I’d like everyone to leave class feeling better than when they came in!

Michelle Underhill
Certifications:
RYT-200
Why I practice Yoga:
The moving meditation of yoga relaxes my body and mind while developing mindfulness, strength and flexibility. My life changed dramatically once I began a regular yoga practice; I’ve climbed from the depths of addiction to pursue a joyful and fulfilling path!
Why I teach Yoga:
I am a substance abuse counselor and I recognize the therapeutic benefits of yoga in mental health treatment for addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma. My goal each class is to gently guide students to blossom and connect with their true selves, to others, and to the universe while achieving physical strength and flexibility.

Kim Weber
Certifications:
200-hour teacher trainings with Yogaview and North Shore Yoga
Insight Yoga Training with Sarah Powers, Certified for Teaching Teens, Global Family Yoga, Yin Yoga Training with Paul Grilley, Mindfulness Meditation Training with Sharon Salzberg, I have practiced ashtanga, anusara, Iyengar, yin, vinyasa and hatha yoga. My teaching reflects the influences of all those styles.
Why I practice Yoga:
I have been practicing yoga for fifteen years and teaching for seven. Stretching the body and deepening the breath have helped energize my spirit while quieting my mind. It grounds me in the present moment and reminds me to stay there.My practice is about maintaining balance.  And if you can keep that balance while on your head or hands or one foot, that’s nothing but icing on the cake!
Why I teach Yoga:
Yoga has opened my sight lines about life itself. It is affirming, supportive, creative and grounding. I want to share my experience of yoga with others and grow from their experience as well. A room full of like-minded people moving and breathing together raises vibrations. We can contribute to an overall increase in the vibration of this planet–and stretch our hamstrings at the same time!

Nicole Welner
Certifications:
RYT 200 hour training at Heaven Meets Earth Yoga
Radiant Child Yoga Training Levels 1-3
Why I practice Yoga:
After 15 years of practice, yoga has continued to become so much more. Part of that journey included completing my RYT 200 hour training at Heaven Meets Earth Yoga in June of 2014. This is where I really began to become more aware of, and experience, other limbs of yoga in addition to the asanas I had always concentrated on. I am constantly working to integrate the practice into my personal, family, social, and work life. It is about balancing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being on and off the mat. I am learning to slow down, to see what is and begin to move through my daily life with less force. This is quite challenging working full time as a middle school teacher and as a mother of two young girls. It is about taking the time I need, and creating the space needed in order to flow through life. And as my life continues to change I am blessed to have my yoga practice to help guide me.
Why I teach Yoga:
I enjoy sharing the benefits and joy of yoga, especially with those close to me. My two beautiful daughters and I playfully practice yoga together exploring poses creatively and making the practice our own. Seeing the importance of yoga in my parenting and teaching motivated me to complete the Radiant Child Yoga Training Levels 1-3 in the Spring of 2014. Sharing this practice with other families through the Family Yoga classes helps create and build a community which includes all generations.