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!!
David has been practicing Yoga for over 6 years. Yoga has been a consistent part of David’s health transformation as he shed 65 pounds to gain control of his physical health. While David initially benefited physically, he discovered that his Yoga practice enabled him to find balance, focus, and overall wellness that has led to a richer experience.
David is a certified Yoga instructor and has completed his 200-hr RYT certification in 2018. For over 3 years, he has been a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer and he will leverage these skills to create a great class experience, provide options that meet you where you are at, and develop classes that are safe, engaging, fun, and adaptable for a variety of skill levels. David has a thirst for continuous learning that will bleed right into his practice to try new things, keep classes fresh, and provide you the best possible experience.
David believes that anyone can improve his or her wellness through the practice of Yoga.
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!
I have practiced yoga on and off for most of my adult life. I have always enjoyed group fitness, and I started practicing yoga after a back injury took me out of my fitness routine. I practiced yoga throughout both of my pregnancies but it wasn’t until 2014 that I started regularly practicing. I started seeing physical and emotional strength improve and I realized how life changing yoga can be.
In 2017 I discovered Holy Yoga, a type of yoga that incorporates the classical tenants of yoga – breath, postures, and meditation – with Christian faith. I quickly found my faith and yoga practice going to the next level. However, I wasn’t getting enough opportunities to practice Holy Yoga in community with others. I had never considered becoming a yoga instructor until I realized that people were missing out on this type of practice and felt called to become an instructor. In 2018 I completed the 225-hour Holy Yoga registered yoga teacher training and I am excited to bring this practice to Bloomington/Normal!
I strongly believe yoga is for every body! I especially want to create space for those who have avoided yoga due to concerns about their faith in Christ and whether there are conflicts with yoga. My Holy Yoga classes at The Yoga Studio are structured very similarly to the other classes offered here, but will also include scripture, prayer and Christian music. My hope is to offer you a space to connect with your faith, as well as strengthen and heal your body and mind.