Lauren
Wellness Program Coordinator: ljames@mcfetridgesportscenter.net

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.

Olivia
Olivia P
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!

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.

Monica
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.

Eve
Yoga & Fitness Instructor:

Yoga has been a part of Eve's life for over 25 years. She has taken various styles of yoga workshops & classes throughout the years, completed a Rolf Gates 200 hour teacher training in 2009, a 300 hour teacher training in India in 2019, and regularly attends yoga workshops.

Yoga has helped Eve get stronger, become more flexible & calm. It has encouraged her to be in the present moment, and to become more mindful, in daily life. Yoga has taught her how to connect with her breath. There is no end, or perfect pose in yoga. It is always about self discovery.

She loves connecting movement to breath, and she incorporates different styles of yoga in both her teaching & her practice. Mediation is part of her personal practice. She believes that also enhances your daily life. Eve is also a world traveler, and loves animals & nature.

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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