Melissa Bruce, Owner, ERYT-200, YACEP, GI-Yoga Certified,Certified in Chakra Therapeutics, Reiki Level 2 Energy Practicioner
Melissa found yoga back in 2007 when she was trying to find a more natural way to deal with anxiety, other than medication. She instantly fell in love and wanted to share this amazing realization with anyone and everyone. After many years of practice, Melissa decided to enroll in teacher training to get her 200 RYT. It was during that training that she realized she really wanted to focus her training on helping people deal with issues, such as PTSD, stress, anxiety, and depression. That's when Melissa decided to teach GI Yoga, which is yoga that works with military vets, and first responders. She is currently enrolled in a yoga therapy school, where she will learn to help people use yoga to help manage their pain. Showing people that yoga isn't about the poses and how flexible you are, but rather about finding that mind, body, breath connection is what Melissa wants her students to feel when they take her classes.
When Melissa isn't on her mat, she enjoys camping, traveling, and hanging with her husband and fur babies. She also loves finding new vegan restaurants and recipes to try out. "Opening this studio is really a way for me to share my love for yoga with everyone. I can't wait for others to appreciate and fall in love with the message yoga really brings." Om Shanti, Om Peace!
Jason Bruce, Co-Owner, Reiki Master Teacher (RMT), IACC Certified Life Coach, Meditation Instructor
Jason has been meditating since 2006. He discovered meditation while searching for a natural way to deal with his ADD. Meditation helped him get through college and has definitely made him a better person. In 2016 Jason went on a 10 day silent meditation retreat (Vipassana). After returning from his retreat he decided he wanted to share meditation with as many people as possible to show them the amazing benefits. He believes that meditation can help with every aspect of your life and you can see a change after meditating for just a short time.
Life coaching came natural for Jason, as he has been "life coaching" friends and co-workers for sometime. He believes that everyone has potential to better themselves and may just need an outside source to get them where they need to be. He will help you find your dream or passion and can guide you into improving any aspect of your life that you desire.
I'll believe in you until you believe it too!
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” (Henry Ford)
Karin Steinbach, RYT -200, Certified Yoga Tune Up® Teacher
Karin Steinbach began her quest into health and wellness over 20 years ago. Personal development lectures and retreats combined with countless hours logged in the spare room practicing fitness and yoga DVDs fueled a desire for balanced living. In January of 2015, Karin set her intentions on finding a career path which would utilize her strengths as an educator along with her passion for helping others live an inspired life. A late night epiphany led to Prairie Yoga's 200 Hour Teacher Training where she received her 200RYT and continues to mentor teacher trainees in the program. Karin believes yoga is a process of self discovery and self mastery on a mat. It is a personal practice that strengthens and restores the body and mind. Come find your smile inside and out!
Allison Foster, RYT-200
Allison Foster is a 200-hour RYT who has been practicing yoga since 2010. Allison first began practicing yoga as a way to increase her flexibility and complement her weight training and running regimen. But after immersing herself in a regular Vinyassa practice, she found it brought even more benefits to her daily life, relieving stress and calming her mind. Allison seeks to help her students find confidence and balance both mentally and physically, through a practice they can incorporate into their daily lives. As a full-time second grade teacher, Allison has also taken her practice into the classroom by introducing mindfulness and yoga to her young students.
Amy Goodwin, ERYT-200
Amy started her yoga journey after looking for an alternative to her daily work outs. She enjoyed the heater power yoga - the more chatarungas the better! About 3 months into a dedicated practice, she walked into a class that was slower paced, restorative, and in 1 hour her life changed. Amy experienced what "yoga" truly was - union between mind, body and spirit. She started attending more gentle classes, more restorative classes, and took on a home practice that started bringing emphasis on breath work, mindfulness, using yoga as a time for self reflection. Six years after falling in love with yoga, she took the next step in deepening her practice and completed a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. She has been teaching for 2.5 years now and has experience in power yoga, gentle vinyasa, restorative yoga, fertility yoga and mommy and me classes. When Amy's not teaching, you can find her on her own mat taking sunrise yoga classes and spending time with her husband and daughter Penny.
Tera Davis, RYT-200
Tera Davis is a 200-hour RYT and started practicing yoga to supplement her regular workouts as well as used it as a mental break from her daily work routine. It wasn’t until Tera learned to use yoga as her own personal escape, that it truly became a part of her life and not just a workout. She started practicing in 2008 and believes yoga has helped shape her into the person she is today. Becoming an instructor had always been in the back of her mind, until one day she took the leap. Now, she is completely invested in what yoga can do for anyone and everyone, physical as well as mentally. Tera can’t wait to share her love of powerful, unique and flowing yoga sequences with you, as you take the journey together.
Victoria Ramonis-Rafacz, RYT-200
Vicki began practicing yoga for the physical benefits of flexibility, strength, balance & grace as a compliment to running, dancing and other exercise. It took her about 15 years of on & off physically practicing on her mat for the mind, body & spirit connection to truly click, at a time in her life when she was able to allow herself to be open to it. Vicki has had a 20 year career dedicated to helping others with health & wellness as a hospital clinical pharmacist & lives with her husband & two spirited & creative boys. She fell in love with yoga as it became her escape from a fast paced life because it left her exhausted, elated and exhilarated at the same time. She was particularly drawn to Vinyasa style practice, as it brought a feeling of being a moving meditation in which the asanas are the dance & breath is the music. She completed her 200hr YTT at Simply Yoga in Lemont in order to be able to share the practice & offer a space for others to find peace. She believes in the importance of making time for your own physical & mental health, for living a healthy lifestyle & above all, maintaining a positive attitude & not taking it all too seriously. She is currently enrolled in a 500hr YTT to be completed in May to further deepen her knowledge, understanding & education.
Meredith Rhodes 200-RYT
Meredith found yoga in 2014 while looking for a new form of exercise to try. She never expected that yoga could exercise her mind as well as her body. From the first class, Meredith realized there is so much more to yoga and so much room for growth. After graduating college and being on her own, the first thing she knew she needed to do was find a yoga studio nearby to keep her practice going. After months of a weekly practice, Meredith felt like there was even more to learn and grow. She asked her teacher how to get deeper into her practice, and the teacher recommended a yoga teacher training. Meredith signed up, not intending to become a teacher, but to learn how to form her own sequences and deepen her own practice. The experience was life changing as she realized the true power that a yoga and meditation practice can have and she found herself building deeper relationships with others and also with herself. Meredith became RYT-200 in 2016 and decided that she did feel called to share yoga with whoever she could and started teaching classes. She loves a gentle vinyasa flow, but enjoys restorative as well, and likes to share how yoga can be available to anyone, anywhere.
In her free time, Meredith enjoys being outdoors, trying new recipes, and spending time with her family when she can.
Alex Hughart 200-RYT
Alex originially found yoga after the birth of her second child. She started practicing as a way to relive stress, find clarity, and keep moving. It was love after a few short weeks and she knew she wanted to share this practice with others. Alex jumped right in and started her 200 hour training. She enjoys teaching all types of fun flow classes, as well as teaching clasees for new and expecting mothers. When she's not teaching, you can find her enjoying time with her husband and three boys or working with expecting mothers as a birth doula.