300 hr Teacher Trainers
Jan Yuvan, Lead Trainer
E-RYT 500Jan came to yoga over 20 years ago when she was introduced to the Kripalu Yoga tradition. After years of moderate practice she decided to solidify her dedication to yoga by becoming a certified Kripalu teacher in 2004. As an athlete, she has a strong competitive spirit. However, in her personal Yoga practice as well as her teaching style, she chooses to set competition aside, instead defining her Yoga practice as a time of personal exploration and discovery – a time to be attentive to the self – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. And while the practice may be challenging on many levels, it is always about self- care. Examples of Jan’s teaching experience include working with women to maintain their yoga practice during pregnancy, teaching children in the pediatric psychiatric unit of a hospital, working with athletes to prepare for competition and stay injury-free, helping individuals work through physical and emotional trauma. She brings her varied personal and professional experience to her teaching with a pragmatic approach and a strong attention to detail, while allowing ample room for exploration and discovery.
Tami Robinson, Lead Trainer
E-RYT 500Hatha yoga teacher Tami Robinson was born to help people discover themselves and live their purpose through yoga. Whether students seek to build strength and confidence, relieve stress, work on a particular issue, or embody yoga philosophy, Tami’s students welcome courage, balance, stability, and grace by working with her heart-centered, integral approach to teaching yoga. Best of all, they feel the physical, mental, and energetic growth that helps them have a bigger impact in the world. They start showing up in class and in life with greater capacity to move through challenges and a deeper desire to make a difference.
Tami has been practicing yoga and meditation most of her life, beginning as a child in California mimicking what she saw on public television broadcasts of classes. She continued to explore yoga and meditation as she grew, and in 2006, she began teaching at the encouragement of her mentors Ellen Carroll and Bryan Legere. She earned 200 and 500-hour teacher training certifications from Bryan Legere at Ventura Yoga Studio in Ventura, California. During her trainings there, she began regularly studying with Aadil Palkhivala and his brother Jehangir, eventually traveling to Mumbai and Pondicherry, India to study with Jehangir and their mother Dhan. This hands-on apprenticeship in the birthplace of yoga gave Tami a deeper understanding of the roots of yoga and yoga philosophy, which she joyfully passes on to her students. She continues her studies with these master teachers annually and by apprenticing with local legend Gabriel Halpern. Teaching the foundations and alignment of the postures, building strength and awareness to progress smartly, and creating a connection to the light within, are what Tami’s classes offer.
LPC, SEP, and Yoga teacherFrancine was introduced to yoga as a pre-teen growing up in Jamaica (a most unusual occurrence in the early 1980s) and has been in love with yoga ever since. She was certified to teach yoga through the Temple of Kriya Yoga in 2004, and feels blessed to have studied with many wonderful teachers since then. In addition to teaching yoga, Francine also support clients and students in recovering from trauma and having a richer experience of life through the use of yoga, Somatic Experiencing® (body-centered psychotherapy), Reconnective Healing® and the Akashic Records. Francine’s classes encourage mindful, yet relaxed, self-awareness. It is her hope that while developing flexibility, strength and body awareness, students will also find the self-acceptance, peace and well-being that yoga can help us uncover. In addition to working with students and clients, Francine also enjoys reading, blogging, butterfly gardening and spending time with her most cherished spiritual teachers - her husband and two energetic children.
Kerry Maiorca, Teacher Training Director
E-RYT 500, RPYT
Passionate about yoga, writing, and creativity in general, Kerry is the Founder and Director of Bloom Yoga Studio and its Teacher Training programs. Kerry has been teaching yoga since 1998 and has completed over 700 hours of yoga teacher training. She is an E-RYT 500 as well as a RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher). She received an MFA in Writing from University of San Francisco and is the author of Thinking Yogi, a blog that examines the intersection of yoga and everyday life. Kerry is pleased to serve on the Board of Directors for Yoga Alliance.
Kerry enjoys exploring the individual nature of yoga and encourages students to make the practice their own. Her down-to-earth teaching style emphasizes healthy alignment, mindfulness, and an exploration of conscious breath and movement. As a recovering past- and future-thinking junkie, she loves the way consistent yoga practice teaches us to live in the now so we may enjoy all of life's richness. Kerry is thrilled to have the opportunity to mentor budding teachers as they begin their yoga journeys.
From her parents’ basement in the apple orchards of Washington, Sharon discovered her love of yoga. Practicing with her mom and sisters as a teenager, she was drawn to its challenging yet tranquil nature. Yoga has been a helpful aid in keeping a grounded perspective, learning to enforce self-compassion, and practicing the art of letting go. Awakening to her path in yoga has not only allowed her to find balance, it’s been a great healer and source of inspiration in all aspects of her life.
Sharon has been teaching yoga in Chicago since 2004. An Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, she graduated from Eight Limbs Yoga Center in 2004, and The Temple of Kriya Yoga in 2006. Passionate about yoga she continues to pursue a deeper knowledge of the eight limbs of yoga. Though Sharon is a Classical Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, her style is one that gathers intelligence from many schools of yoga and is non-dogmatic. She enjoys building heat in her practice, facing fears, and cultivating deeper mental and physical awareness.
Yoga has been by her side through both challenging times and the happiest of times; it has been a source of strength, and celebration. Its non-judgmental philosophy receives you as you are, and lifts you to your truth. Sharon aspires to share all that yoga has meant to her with each of her students.
Advanced Relax and Renew® teacherLisa Sandquist has been practicing yoga since 1997 and teaching since 2004. She has studied extensively with senior teachers in the hatha and Iyengar traditions and has received over 1,000 hours of training in teaching techniques; asana; pranayama; anatomy; physiology and kinesiology; and yoga philosophy. Lisa specializes in restorative yoga and is the only certified Advanced Relax and Renew® teacher in Chicago. She has been assisting Judith Hanson Lasater, one of the founders of Yoga Journal and a leading voice of restorative yoga in the world, in workshops across the U.S. since 2007.
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