Nancy McGourty, RYT 200
Nancy began her yoga practice in 2010. After about two years of “dipping her toes in” she began to practice more regularly. She was originally interested in yoga as a way to increase strength and flexibility, but soon began to appreciate the mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of a regular yoga practice. In 2016, Nancy received her 200-hour certification through Prairie Yoga, and is Reiki Level 2 certified. Nancy encourages students to listen to their bodies, and focuses on alignment to create a safe space for students to grow in their yoga practices.
Dina Lekas, RYT 200
Dina is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor and has always been involved with physical exercising. Her journey began with years of practicing weight training and aerobic training. She came to yoga to diversify her exercise practice and quickly fell in love with the emotional and spiritual release yoga brought to her hectic life. Prior to yoga she was a busy corporate executive managing a sales department. Very stressed and working many hours per week she recognized there was something missing. Continuing with her yoga practice she quickly discovered she could shed the stress and anxiety of work on her mat. She began teaching yoga to her friends and family. Observing the changes in serenity and balance yoga brought to her first students, she quickly realized she wanted to pursue her passion for yoga on a full time basis. Yoga has brought a sense of calming, compassion and gentleness into her spirit. Dina is eager to share her devotion to yoga with those around her.
Andrea Dudek, RYT 200
Andrea’s journey with yoga began 6 years ago. She has always lived a very active lifestyle and participated in a number of sports over the years. A friend introduced Andrea to yoga as another fitness activity, and not long after, she became hooked on the benefits yoga brought to her daily life. Yoga has helped Andrea to grow strong, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. For the past 5 years, working as a primary classroom teacher, Andrea has implemented yoga within her school day. She is passionate about helping children deepen their self-awareness, build self-confidence, and regulate emotions. Andrea completed a Children’s Yoga Teacher Training in the Spring of 2015 and then a RYT 200 hour training. She is eager to share this practice with yogis of all ages and levels. Her hope is that when you step off your mat, you leave class feeling refreshed, nourished, and balanced.
Dani Sittloh, RYT 400
Dani has been on the yogic path for twenty years. Her journey began as she traveled the Midwest with a Reebok Master Trainer to help facilitate Flexible Strength Workshops in 1998. Her love for yoga as a physical activity, stress relief modality, and a necessary stretch after long runs has continued and taken on many forms over the years. In 2012, Dani received her Hot Power Fusion 200 hour and Power Vinyasa 200 hour Certifications through CorePower Yoga. She has been facilitating teacher training programs, workshops and teaching classes ever since. As a Reiki Master and Teacher and CranioSacral Therapy Practitioner, she incorporates the combined philosophies of the practices into her classes. Dani’s biggest loves as a teacher are to incorporate mindfulness, authenticity, compassion and acceptance for the SELF in the present moment to each class. She looks forward to being a part of the community and meeting her students on their mats with a smile.
Keith Larmon, RYT 200
Keith has practiced yoga for 16 years. He credits several teachers and students as well as his own dedication to yoga principles for the knowledge he's accumulated and ready to share. He hopes to inspire you to grow in appreciation of all yoga has to offer.
Kate Woltzen, RYT 200
Kate, a mother of two, started practicing yoga as an initiative to commit more time to self-care. She quickly found how much of a positive impact her practice had on life, both physically and mentally. After developing a regular yoga practice, she knew she wanted to dive deeper into her own practice to ultimately share it with others. She completed her 200-hour teacher training with Meg Shaughnessy at Southside Om. Kate has been teaching around Chicago in various schools, studios, and health clubs. She aims to provide a safe space for students to explore and deepen their yoga practices.
Meg Shaughnessy, E-RYT, YACEP
Meg Shaughnessy, E-RYT, YACEP was drawn to yoga over 10 years ago. Since then, she has been teaching a variety of yoga classes for people of all ages and abilities. At the end of her very first class, she knew she wanted to spread the vibes of yoga as a teacher. Within months, she registered for certification with Rhonda Kantor of Global Yoga Chicago. Over the years, Meg has found yoga to be a mind-soothing, soul-easing tool to help her get through the rough patches of life as well as stay fully present through the joyful, happy patches of life. She has a passion for small, independent studios and is the former Director/Owner of Yoga Center Manhattan and Southside Om Yoga and Wellness. In addition, she has taught throughout the Chicagoland area at several studios, schools and businesses. Her classes are influenced by her studies with Kate Potter and Baron Baptiste as well as by work she has done with Tara Brach (Power of Awareness Meditation) and David Emerson (Trauma Sensitive Yoga). Meg’s hope is to inspire students to find a road map to inner peace through classes designed to challenge the body, mind and heart. She encourages students to honor and challenge themselves by practicing at their own pace.