Wellness Program Coordinator:

Lauren is the coordinator of McFetridge Wellness, as well as a yoga teacher, fitness instructor, and certified personal trainer. She gained her 200 RYT certification from Prairie Yoga in 2014, and 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.

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Fitness Instructor:

Olivia 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!

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.

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!
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.

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.

Yoga Instructor:

Annalise is a 200RYT Registered Yoga Teacher as well as a Registered Leader in Y12SR (Yoga of 12-Step Recovery). She graduated from Western Michigan University with a BFA in Photography & Intermedia. As a dancer from the age of 3, yoga became a seamless transition when she was in her young 20's, as it aided in her recovery through a mental health diagnosis. Seeking a greater sense of fulfillment within the world, she turned to teaching yoga as it gave her purpose leaving behind her 10 year career working in the corporate world as a photographer & marketer.

Annalise is an avid mental health advocate helping those who are in need of help & resources within their own journey. She continues to work throughout the Chicago community and its various organizations to break the stigma when it comes to mental health & substance abuse disorders to help those who are on their path to healing & recovery. Yoga is a sacred practice to her as it was instrumental in her own path within wellness & as a teacher, hopes to pass that along to those who may be suffering. "The issues are in the tissues".

Outside of the studio she continues her love for traditional photography, being active in the arts community, avid viewer of documentaries as well as UofM football games, taking her two pups to the dog beach and of course, expanding her mind through yoga.

Yoga Instructor:

Jim has had a mad love affair with Yoga for over two decades. What began simply as a way to manage low back pain grew into a thirst for more: info, asana, teachers, get it.
Jim owned the Yoga Shop of Old Irving Park for 8 years, a super welcoming and inclusive studio with amazing teachers of all styles. Dharma for Jim is bringing people–all people–into the transformative world of Yoga. Jim is also a Wellness activist and published author.

Yoga Instructor:

Sonya began a regular yoga practice while recovering from an injury from long distance running. She was nervous to take her first yoga class because she imagined students doing hand stands and complicated postures that she wouldn’t be able to do. She’s grateful for stepping outside of her comfort zone that day because she discovered that yoga was so much more than just the physical postures. Sonya has been teaching yoga for over 6 years and her mission is to make yoga accessible to all in order to share the many benefits - the physical, mental and spiritual.

Yoga Instructor:

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