Hanna Morfogen
Yoga Program Coordinator: hmorfogen@mcfetridgesportscenter.net

Hanna Morfogen is the studio manager of McFetridge Yoga & Fitness Studio, yoga instructor, and massage therapist dedicated to creating safe space for students to explore and connect to body, mind & spirit. While Hanna’s classes are energetic and lighthearted she also encourages students to go deeper and tap in to their own movement and thought patterns so that their yoga is as physically healing as it is emotionally and spiritually. Informed by years of dance training & other movement practices, yoga, bodywork, and self-study, Hanna is an intuitive instructor who customizes her classes for the people present in that moment while creating an environment that is inclusive for all body types, ages, and experience levels. Hanna is passionate about aromatherapy on and off the mat and finds great joy in educating students about the powerful benefits of essential oils. Hanna, E-RYT 200, became certified in Power Vinyasa Yoga in 2014 and now teaches yoga full time, manages McFetridge Yoga & Fitness Studio, leads 200-hour teacher trainings and continuing education for yoga teachers. While Hanna is not teaching, practicing yoga, or studying she enjoys snuggling up with her fur babies, dining with loved ones, traveling whenever and wherever she can, and adventuring regularly. Hanna feels immense gratitude for the ever changing path this yoga practice has illuminated, allowing her to share movement, build community, and exchange energy & laughs with others every day.

Olivia Myers
Yoga & Fitness Instructor:

Olivia got her first taste of yoga when it was a required class for her dance company. Like most forced participation, she loathed those early Saturday morning planks and down dogs (looking back on it now, she understands the hatred sprung from her lack of upper body strength). It wasn’t until she started attending classes at CorePower in college and met other inspiring yogis that yoga began to click. She began to fall in love with the mind-body connection that she was creating within herself that she decided to pursue her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2015. The strength, balance and growth she has experienced through her practice is something she hopes her students find in her classes.

Marie Boukhalfa
Yoga & Fitness Instructor:

Marie Boukhalfa began practicing Yoga about 10 years ago. Not only did yoga give physical benefits and improvements, but it also tapped into something internal. Yoga helped Marie find more clarity in her life both on and off the mat. Marie strongly believes in the power of yoga and its philosophy. To Marie, yoga is a tool to balance energy and to get in touch with our true nature. Yoga is also a great way to build strength and increase flexibility through rhythmic movement, precise alignment and self awareness. Marie encourages her students to find and celebrate their own personal yoga. Marie received her 200 hour Yoga certification from Creation Motion in Chicago, a program that meets the requirements established by the Yoga Alliance, with a focus on alignment, adjustments and modifications, and proper sequencing.

Pamela Paul
Yoga & Pilates Instructor:

Pamela Paul is an east coast transplant who has always relied on dance and movement to heal what ails her physically and spiritually. She studied for 10 years at the New York Theatre Ballet's training school and performed for seven years as a member of the Chicago-based retro dance troupe The Revelettes. She began teaching Pilates after a career in architecture and design and holds a 500-hour certification in classical Pilates via Core Pilates NYC. Since becoming a mother at the age of 40, Pamela gained a deeper appreciation for meditation and mindfulness and thus pursued a 200 hour yoga certification from Bloom Yoga in Chicago. In her classes, Pamela encourages playfulness, hard work, and self-acceptance. She strives to make every client feel great in their body regardless of gender, age, injury, size, and ability. When not teaching or parenting, Pamela enjoys seeking old treasures at flea markets and expanding her knowledge of movement and healing arts.

Jeanne Lee
Pilates Instructor:

Jeanne Lee has a background in figure skating and Pilates. She comes to us with STOTT Pilates training and wants to help you connect your mind and body with functional fitness. Jeanne believes anyone can do Pilates, and works actively with the three synchronized skating teams at McFetridge. She has a hands-on approach and can help you learn more about your body as you explore movement to bring strength and stability to your everyday life.

Tristan Krohn
Yoga Instructor:

From an early age Tristan found great joy in moving and working with the human form. Group sports in adolescence through strength training into adulthood he found new inventive ways to put his body to work. Finding yoga in college as an off day activity for power lifting he began his long winding road journey inwards. The physical form is swell and all, yet the introspective yoga practices reignited the zest and heart fire to his life's progress. A bachelor's degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from UIUC satiated his hard science hunger for understanding while his current process of self study in yoga feeds his soul's appetite.

Eve Danner Lentz
Yoga Instructor:

Yoga has been a part of my life for over 25 years.

I have taken various styles of yoga workshops & classes throughout the years, completed a Rolf Gates 200 hour teacher training in 2009, and regularly attend yoga workshops.

Yoga has helped me get stronger, become more flexible & calm.

It has encouraged me to be in the present moment, and to become more mindful, in my daily life.

Yoga has taught me how to connect with my breath.

There is no end, or perfect pose in yoga. It is always about self discovery.

I love connecting movement to breath, and I incorporate different styles of yoga in both my teaching & my practice.
Mediation is part of my personal practice. I believe that also enhances your daily life.

I’m also a world traveler, and love animals & nature.

Deanna Roberts
Yoga Instructor:

Deanna Roberts, Yoga Teacher and Movement Analyst, GL-CMA, RYT 200
Deanna has long been passionate about the interplay of breath, body movement, and creativity. She has studied movement in a variety of fields, including Laban Movement Analysis, Dance/Movement Therapy, and Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy. She has been practicing yoga for about 10 years and obtained her yoga teacher certification from Bloom Yoga Studio. Deanna emphasizes body awareness, as well as functional and expressive body movement to help individuals find healing, train more efficiently, and balance the busyness of everyday life. She aims to creatively focus on breath, mental health, postural alignment, and ease of movement in all of her classes. Deanna believes yoga is accessible and can benefit anyone who is open to getting on their mat and giving it a try.

Karina Lepeley
Yoga Instructor:

Karina feels great when she does yoga. When she doesn't feel great, she at least feels calm and centered. When she doesn't feel calm and centered, she at least feels like she can persevere with all other feelings until the wind dies down and the storm passes.

Karina is a RYT 200 teacher teaching Gentle, Restorative, and Vinyasa yoga classes. She enjoys yoga's philosophical and spiritual aspects as well as the physical asanas. She received her 200 hour Hatha teacher training from Bloom Yoga Studio's Teacher Training program in Chicago, IL where she learned the value of self-reflection, student safety, and the inspiration on ongoing practice. Her teachings focus on safe alignment, connecting breath to movement, and encouraging students to make the practice their own by using props or modifying poses to fit their needs. Karina holds a Bachelor's of Science in Wellness and Alternative Medicine as well as a teaching certificate in the Alexander Technique. Karina will start Prenatal Yoga teacher training in February!

Kara Lyons
Yoga Instructor:

Kara has been a lifelong lover of movement and physical fitness. As a runner she was initially drawn to yoga for the physical benefits of improving flexibility and strength, but she quickly discovered that yoga provided her the tools to quiet her mind and feel connected to her body. Kara decided to step into the seat of the teacher to deepen her practice and share the beautiful benefits of yoga with others. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Zen Yoga Garage in May 2018. Kara’s goal in class is to improve the mind-body connection through breath and organic movement as well as to create a space of gratitude and self-love for her students. Kara wants her students to leave class feeling a little lighter and a little brighter. When not on her mat Kara works as an occupational therapist in the acute care setting. She enjoys traveling, reading, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

Cassie Zehren
Yoga Instrutor:

Wisconsin native, Cassie moved to Chicago in 2007 to attend school for graphic design. Adjusting to urban life, and a full class schedule, Cassie found herself in need of a stress release. That was when she found yoga for the first time. She began to notice the profound effects that the practice had in her daily life, her relationships, and began to feel the transformation of yoga. Nearly 11 years have passed, and yoga has been there every step of the way.
She received her 200hr certificate at Bloom Yoga Studio in Chicago, IL in 2018. Cassie is also a Reiki Master/Teacher. She hopes to create a healing environment along with the practice. She has experienced the peace, balance, and grounding that yoga can bring to everyday life and is excited to share this with her students.
When Cassie is off the mat, you can find her taking photos, playing with her two black cats, listening to records, searching for a new plant to add to her collection, or enjoying a craft beer with friends.

Courtney Popovich
Yoga Instructor:

Courtney Is from Chicago and has always had a deep love for practicing yoga. She began teaching when she became captivated by yoga’s special ability to short circuit the mental patterns that cause anxiety and depression. Now she feels it is her dharma, truest journey to help others realize yoga’s ability to be a guide for peace and self-love on and off the mat! She uses her creativity to create an atmosphere of positive energy and uniqueness. She incorporates music, lights, themes, etc. to create an experience on the mat that is both spiritual and transformative! Courtney Is a 200 Hour Hatha RYT Through Yoga Alliance.

Fate whispers to the warrior “you cannot withstand the storm” and the warrior whispers back “I am the storm”

Cynthia Gallaher
Yoga Instructor:

Cynthia Gallaher, a native Chicagoan from the northwest side, completed her RYT 200 teacher training at Bloom Yoga in Chicago, where she taught community classes, participated in specialties such as therapeutics workshops, and focused on Level I Hatha yoga, Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga and Yoga for Seniors. A practitioner for 15 years, Cynthia looks to yoga as a holistic discipline that helps meld physical, emotional and spiritual health, and became a yoga instructor to share these ideals and opportunities for deeper self-discovery with others. Besides her involvement with yoga, Cynthia is also a published poet and experienced writing workshop leader, easily facilitating a nurturing teacher/student environment. Author of “Omnivore Odes,” a researched book on foods, herbs and spices, as well as numerous health articles, Cynthia has in-depth knowledge regarding nutrition, superfoods, herbs, aromatherapy and natural healing.

Anne Marie Tirpak
Yoga Instructor:

Anne Marie started practicing yoga in the early 90’s at a health center near her Cleveland home and then with Patricia Walden’s Iyengar VHS tape. Decades later and without her trusty tape, working VCR or Patricia Walden encouraging the finding of equanimity within a pose and practice, Anne Marie has enjoyed practicing in Chicago neighborhood studios and in her own living room. She has attended Yoga Journal Conferences, practicing with Sean Corne, Ana Forest, Gary Kraftsow, Tias Little, and Aadil Palkhivala, and enjoyed transformative retreats at Kripalu Yoga Center in the Berkshires.

Recognizing the joy that yoga created in her and desiring to delve more deeply into the breadth of yoga, Anne Marie embarked upon her 200-hour teacher training in September 2014, earning her Yoga Alliance teacher certification in 10 months. Though asana brought her to Bloom’s 200 hour teacher training program, the richness of Yoga’s Eight Limbs has captivated her, and she hopes through her teachings – and her life- that these philosophies are accessed.

Tyra Notorangelo
Yoga Instructor:

Yoga has been a part of my life since 2001. I completed my 200 hour Teacher Training in 2009. As a teacher, I love to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. As a student I enjoy taking all styles of yoga as well as many different teachers. I am forever a student and believe that yoga is a journey and that is why we call it a practice, there is no end to learning and growing. I take a personal and individualized approach to teaching yoga, influenced by my own experience as a practitioner of Vinyasa Flow yoga. The basis of my teaching philosophy is that yoga can benefit all body types; if you can breathe, you can benefit from yoga. The base of my classes is a focus on breath, while leading students through a series of asanas. The sequence and intensity of the class vary in accordance with students’ experience and energy. My classes are accessible to beginners, while also challenging for intermediate students – with individual attention paid to each student.

Leah Ellenbogen
Yoga & Fitness Instructor:

Leah Ellenbogen is a 200 hr-RYT certified Forrest Yoga teacher. She discovered this discipline while doing a favor for a stranded friend in California; she gave him a roof over his head (and his piano!) and he gave her yoga classes every night after work. Never one to wait for adventure to come to her, Leah had already explored parts of Europe, South America, India, and most of the United States, but as it turned out, yoga in her living room turned out to be the most transformative experience yet! Forrest Yoga has a tendency to bushwhack right through the status quo of our lives and sheds light on the things we’ve kept in shadow, whether consciously or subconsciously.

After just a month of practicing, Leah was much lighter, both physically and spiritually, and free of the lower back and knee pain from previous sports injuries. Within six months she moved out of that house in California and headed out on the road to find her teacher. She trained in Santa Monica with Ana Forrest, the creator, in 2011 and has been loving, living and teaching this form of yoga ever since. As Ana says, we all share a responsibility to “mend the hoop of the people,” a Native American saying that refers to connecting all beings to each other, themselves, and the world. This practice offers a path to Beauty, that you might live in Beauty, and know the Beauty in yourself. Come explore your inner space with Leah, every Monday night!

Kathleen Matuszewich
Yoga Instructor:

Kathleen grew up in Chicago and spent most of her early life dancing. She was introduced to yoga by a college dance professor and initially practiced as a way to relieve some of her body aches and pains. As her dance career faded, her interest in yoga moved from merely physical to more. Eager to deepen her study of and relationship with yoga, Kathleen completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in June 2015 at Bloom Yoga Studio. She teaches yoga as she taught dance, with a respect to its function and form, a playful willingness to explore, deep curiosity and joy.

Jennifer Thornton
Yoga & Pilates Instructor:

Jennifer is a fully certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor who began teaching in 2009 after a ten year career in event planning and producing dance, theater, and film. She received STOTT PILATES certification in matwork and equipment, as well as coursework in Injuries and Special Populations, and was certified at the 200-hour level in Yoga from Moksha Yoga Center. Jennifer has a playful yet detailed teaching style, and she especially loves working with beginners, older adults, and those recovering from injury. She believes a combination of Pilates and Yoga allows students to uncover the most stable, tension-free, and mindful version of themselves. Jennifer discovered her love of movement at an early age, performing and competing in dance, gymnastics, and cheerleading throughout her youth. She has danced in numerous commercial and charity events around Chicago. Jennifer also enjoys cooking, cycling, running 5ks, traveling, and organizing a block club in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago with her husband Adam.

Kristin Corrinne Schleich
Yoga Instructor:

Kristin discovered yoga as a complement to her dance training and immediately fell in love with the ancient form of moving meditation. She received her BFA in dance and completed her 200hr RYT training in 2012. She loves to share her passion for overall health and wellness in her class by connecting movement with breath, strength with grace, and body with mind. Kristin is constantly learning more about yoga and mindfulness and is currently completing her 500hr advanced training and 85hr prenatal training. If nothing else, her goal for every student is to leave her yoga class with a smile.

Chelsea Brown
Yoga Instructor:

Chelsea developed a passion for yoga early in life when her mom introduced her to the practice as a way of cultivating a still mind. After engaging in a committed daily practice for years, she undertook Yoga Teacher Training at the esteemed Prairie Yoga in Lisle, IL in 2010, under the excellent direction of Tricia Fiske.
Chelsea has over five years of experience as a passionate instructor, leading numerous classes throughout Chicagoland. She weaves Tantric energetic practices and mindful breath-work with spirited asana sequences to create a unique energy for every class. She encourages her students to explore the depths of themselves through the lens of the eight limbs of yoga. In addition to guiding adults through the practice of yoga, Chelsea finds great joy in teaching children. Her experience with kiddos ranges from nannying to special education to coaching gymnastics. After teaching children for many years, she is currently pursuing a Children’s Specialty Yoga Certification from Global Family Yoga. Chelsea believes mindful movement of the breath and body is the key to opening the heart.

Olivia Piazza
Fitness Instructor:

Olivia Piazza has been a group fitness participant at Northeastern University in Boston for three years. Taking several classes a week, she soon fell in love with sculpting and how it resulted in positive changes in both her mind and body. Now after months of training, she has achieved her goal of becoming an AFAA certified group fitness instructor. Olivia is excited to create sculpting classes that are challenging for herself and for her participants. She hopes to show her participants that sculpting is rewarding, fun, and for everyone!

Monica Kowalski
Yoga Instructor:

Monica is a Forrest Yoga & Mindful Meditation Teacher as well as a Shamanic Healer who has been taking yoga classes since 1998 and studying various energy healing modalities since 2009. Studying with Ana Forrest for an intense 200 hour month deepened Monica’s years long moving meditation practice by bringing her Shamanic sensibility to a very modern practice of Yoga. Monica asks each individual to tune into her/his unique physical and energetic abilities and needs without judgment; combine movement with breath to renew energy and feel a sense of accomplishment; all while keeping a sense of humor. In the Forrest tradition, she encourages you to make your body delicious to inhabit and do at least one thing each day to delight your spirit. You are an amazing being of light. Let her help you shine brighter!

Melissa Schwenk
Yoga Instructor:

Melissa Schwenk (RYT) began her practice of yoga after time in the culinary industry left her body and mind in need of positive changes. Through yoga she continues to discover a space for clarity of mind and the deep understanding that we are all connected. She completed her 200 HR hatha yoga teacher training with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organization in Grass Valley, CA. She has also completed a 95 HR children’s yoga teacher training with Mission Propelle here in her beloved city of Chicago. Melissa brings a sense of playfulness into her teaching whether with children or adults. Melissa believes that when we connect to our breath and show compassion for ourselves, we can dissolve barriers within and to the world around us. Melissa believes there is beauty in silence and always strives to make each class accessible to everyone.

Peter Norman
Tai Chi Instructor:

Peter began the study of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong in the late 1980s. Tai Chi is sometimes called a moving meditation and Peter was initially attracted to the slow, relaxing movements of the form as a way to counteract stress, keep his body flexible, and develop internal energy. As his practice of the ancient healing arts as deepened, his body has become more relaxed, more integrated and more grounded, his mind more calm, and his spirit more lively and compassionate. Peter has taught Tai Chi and Qigong classes in Chicago and the northern suburbs for over 10 years. He is a member of IMAAHE (Internal Martial Arts Association for Health and Enlightenment) and continues to study Tai Chi and Qigong with Master Sam Tam and Daoist Qigong with Eva Wong.

Mark Hale
Martial Arts Instructor:

My involvement in the martial arts was first and foremost as a means of self-defense. As a bi-racial child growing up in certain neighborhoods was not always pleasant. Although I had seen martial arts in movies and on television, I quickly understood at an early age that there was “Hollywood” fighting, and “real” fighting. This is important to note, because many martial artists do not differentiate between the two. My experiences are that “pretty” or “intimidating” techniques aren't the ones that really work. The best techniques are simple, quick, and brutally effective against an attacker.

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