Lauren
Wellness Program Coordinator: ljames@mcfetridgesportscenter.net

Lauren is the coordinator of the McFetridge Wellness Department, as well as a yoga teacher, fitness instructor, and certified personal trainer. Gaining her 200 RYT certification from Prairie Yoga, her training emphasizes alignment and mindful movements. She turned to yoga in college out of curiosity and with a focus on fitness. Her practice flourished while in graduate school and training for half-marathons and a marathon. She gravitated toward restorative yoga to complement the strenuous running schedule. The practice of restorative yoga allowed her to truly get in touch with her physical state and taught her how to mentally slow down. After years of exclusively practicing restorative yoga, she eventually added vinyasa yoga to her practice and she continues to practice (and teach) both styles of yoga regularly.

Yoga has taught her how to turn inside when negativity surrounds her. Yoga has taught her that her voice has a right to be heard and to speak her truth. Yoga has taught her the importance of slowing down and mindfulness. Yoga has taught her how to be a happier version of herself. This is why she teaches yoga to others: in the hopes that other people can find the happiness, gratitude, self-love, and kind heartedness that she learned on her mat.

PAMELA
Pamela
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.

Olivia
Olivia P
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!

Tristan
Tristan
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.

Tiffani
Dance Instructor:

Tiffani has been a dancer since before she can remember. She recently moved to Chicago from Kansas City, where she grew up and has danced since she was 3 years old. She received both a Dance degree and an Education degree from Kansas State University. She began teaching dance classes for younger students when she was 12, and hasn't stopped since then! Tiffani has experience teaching ballet, tumbling, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and modern to dancers both young and old. She believes in the power of dance to improve students both physically and mentally, and she fuses both her dance experience and education training into her program for young dancers.

Sarah
Yoga & Dance Instructor:

Sarah is and will always be a student of all things related to movement. Currently, she has 12 years of dance education with a bachelors degree from Columbia College Chicago and 6 years of yoga education with a certification through Amber Daniel Cook. She is working to continue her higher education in physiotherapies and psychotherapies to eventually cultivate a private practice as well as a community building service.

For the last four years, Sarah has worked with children and adults instructing or coaching dance, yoga, swimming, and rock climbing. She has an enormous amount of gratitude for each and every student, colleague, and teacher along the way. She approaches her classes with a compassionate awareness and applies the science of movements to improve her students compassionate awareness with their bodies.

In her time outside of moving, she‘s learning about astrology, history, morbid curiosities, and music of all kinds. She looks forward to sharing a movement practice with you and would love to know which movements allow you to feel most empowered.

Marissa
Dance Instructor:

Born and raised in Chicago, Marissa began taking ballet and tap classes at the age of three years old. As a teen she decided to expand her horizons by joining her studio’s competition team and by taking jazz and musical theatre classes. Marissa began her teaching journey at the age of 15 when she began assisting tot and youth students in their combination ballet and tap classes. During her four years of college, she participated in her school's dance company where she performed multiple dances in the company’s yearly spring showcase. She contributed to the showcase her junior and senior years by choreographing an advanced tap number for the show.

Marissa aims to provide dancers with a dance environment where they feel that they can express themselves freely through dance while also ensuring that they are receiving proper dance technique. Her goals are to share her love of dance with younger generations of dancers and to be a positive role model and mentor to her students.

Peter
Peter
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.

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