North Branch Yoga Instructors

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Joe Arden
Certifications:
RYT200a
Why I practice Yoga:
I took my first yoga class in 2004 on a whim. It changed me. I saw that yoga truly promotes whole health: physical, emotional, and intellectual. It is a lifelong practice. The yoga asana practice promotes strength and flexibility. Incorporating breath and meditation helps to reduce stress. The study of yoga philosophy promotes a healthy lifestyle, allowing the student to recognize and let go of their egos, promoting kindness, calmness, and acceptance.
Why I teach Yoga:

For me, teaching yoga is my karma yoga or selfless service. While I do charge money for some classes, my primary motivation is to volunteer to teach for underserved communities. This includes senior citizens, cook county jail inmates, and low-income communities.

Betina Cregg
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Mary Herman
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Constance Heuer
Certifications:
200 Hour Teacher Training from Heaven Meets Earth Yoga
Why I practice Yoga:
I practice yoga because it helps me clear my mind and feel strong in my body.
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I teach yoga because I love helping others and making them feel good. I love to hear that my class has helped another person deal with physical or mental ailments.

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.

Aimee Noffsinger
Certifications:
200 Hour RYT
Rainbow Kids Yoga
BER, Decrease Attention-Getting and tantrum behaviors: practical solutions
Yoga For Special Needs, Yoga in My School
Why I Practice Yoga:
I practice yoga to feel good. It strengthens and stretches my body and clears my mind. It allows me to center and ground myself in what is important in life, so I can be a better person. Yoga keeps me healthy and happy.
Why I teach Yoga:
I hope that my love for yoga and the arts can provide kids with a foundation for a growing practice and the ability to self express themselves so they can be the very best version of themselves. And because kids are fun.

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.

Bhairvi Shah
Certifications:
RYT 200
Why I Practice Yoga:
Yoga teaches me body awareness, to connect with my breath, to disconnect from the noise (external and internal), and to be fully present.
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I teach so that I can share my knowledge of this ancient but timeless practice and to help others discover their own practice and the benefits it can offer them.

Donna Stiles
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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!