After completing my group fitness certification many years ago, I took my first yoga certification. I was immediately hooked and starting on a long and rewarding journey to earn my 500 RYT ( Registered Yoga Teacher) after spending time studying in India at the Sattva Yoga Academy in November 2018.
My primary yoga study through YogaFit has included teaching yoga for seniors, prenatal, and kids, as well as understanding yoga theory, anatomy & alignment, and the breakdown of poses. I also did an intensive yoga workshop in Tulum, Mexico with Eric Paskel, the creator of Yoga Rocks. I learned a lot from him about creating unique flows. I have blended all of my education together to craft a vinyasa style class with fun, uplifting, and sometimes retro playlists.
Yoga is so much more than a physical practice. I've fully embraced and incorporated meditation into my life. Effective meditation can take just as much practice as executing complicated arm balances. I intend for my studio to be a true reflection of who I am, which means bringing both the physical and the mental aspects of yoga into practice. As I continue my yoga journey, I look forward to learning every time I step on my mat.
I feel very strongly that yoga is for EVERYBODY!!
I found yoga in 2015 at a time when I was experiencing life transition and things weren’t what I wanted them to be. I turned to physical exercise with an intent to lose weight. The first couple exercise classes I tried weren’t right for me. That’s when someone suggested Yoga, and I’ve never looked back. Yoga has helped me transform physically, but more so, it has brought mental balance back into my life. I’m a long way from perfect, but Yoga changed my perspective and thought process, and in turn has transformed my outlook on myself and life.
After a year of practicing it was suggested that if I liked Yoga so much maybe I should teach. Something connected and I realized this was an opportunity to give back what I received at a time when I needed balance.
In 2018, I completed my 200-hour RYT certification through YogaFit. I learn something every time I practice. I learn from myself, my teachers, and from every person I lead through practice. That’s the joy of Yoga – you’re always learning, always discovering more about who you are as an individual. It’s a continual discovery process, with a community of people on a similar journey.
I strive to create a fun environment, incorporating a variety of music and dynamics to the practice. Your practice is Your journey. I am merely provided as a vehicle in the moment to assist you. I look forward to being part of your journey.
Ever since I can remember, health and fitness have been an integral part of my life. When my mom, Sheri McCloskey, started teaching yoga classes- I began my physical practice. For many years, I associated yoga as a great way to gain strength and flexibility. Although my yoga journey began for physical health, it was 4 years later when I began internalizing my practice and tapping into the spiritual aspects of yoga. In 2018, I completed my 200-hour certification as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through YogaFit.
My primary study through YogaFit has included teaching yoga for seniors, children, and those suffering from PTSD, as well as anatomy and alignment, the breakdown of poses, meditation, yoga theory and the philosophy of yoga. I utilize all of my education to develop a vinyasa style class that will fit each any every person. As I continue my yoga journey towards my 500-RYT, my goal is to have every person leave my class feeling refreshed, relaxed, and uplifted.
I truly believe that every soul can benefit from yoga- it is about bringing out the best in our body and our mind. I cannot wait to practice and learn alongside of you.
Ian Jorgensen is a mental, emotional, spiritual, physical mover most often exploring the dynamics and improvement of the physical/psychological relationship. He works with fellow humans to help them develop joyful movement, body gratitude and to become more naturally and fully themselves through the lens of the Alexander Technique, Open Energy Pilates, yoga and Nonviolent Communication. While living in New York City Ian also studied various other body/mind modalities including tai chi, Stough breathwork, the MELT Method, Yamuna Body Rolling, and meditation. Ian is also a nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, of form a body/mind learning to undo harmful and unnecessary tension in one's body and thoughts to help regain natural and innate balance, ease, coordination and clarity.
I am a lifelong athlete and lover of exercise! When I wasn't playing sports, I was exercising at home. One of my favorite memories is exercising in my bedroom with an audio cassett tape and a book... anyone remember Joanie Greggains?!
I began teaching fitness classes 16 years ago and have loved every class since. I am a certified yoga instructor through YogaFit and am working towards my 200hr-RYT. I have four additional certifications, including Group Power, Group Active, Group Step and Group Kick. My journey into yoga began 3 years ago when I began taking classes regularly. I am a very upbeat person, so my friends were surprised I was able to calm my body and mind enough to take a class- let alone teach yoga! I believe in a well rounded approach to health and fitness and yoga as an essential part of my wellness journey.
My philosophy is you don't have to be "bendy" or serene to do yoga! Anyone can practice yoga and everyone can get something different out of the experience. There is no right or wrong only experiences and successes in life, love and yoga!
Abby began practicing Yoga in college to heal a running injury. She dabbled in Yoga as a physical practice for a couple of years, but once Abby connected to the soul and flow of her Yoga practice she was hooked. Abby’s interest in growing her own practice led her to earn her RYT-200 from Give Yoga Studio in Columbus, Ohio.
Abby’s personal practice is flowy and fiery, with a dose of sweet surrender and softness. This is reflected in her teaching, which is inspired by her background in Baptiste Power Yoga. Abby encourages her yogi students to explore their physical edge to tap into power and possibility on and off the mat.
Outside of the studio, Abby is a Social Emotional Learning Instructional Coach. In this role, Abby uses mindfulness and Yoga philosophy to connect with students, educators, and families in Bloomington-Normal and surrounding counties to build healthy learning environments and create strong communities. Abby dreams to connect the larger community to classrooms, building up our kids and families in ways that can change the world.