Teachers

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 Connie Pease  E-RYT 200  RYT 200  YACEP

 

Connie Pease is an area Decatur Yoga Teacher with voracious enthusiasm for life, love and healing. She brings a mixture of playful humor with an authentic inquiry into the nature of being to bring the ancient teachings of wisdom into the asana practice and then into modern life.

Her passion for teaching both the art and the science of yoga is fueled by past life experiences. For Connie, yoga has been a life-saver emotionally as well as physically. With longtime studies of Krishnamacharya, TK Desikachar, Leslie Kaminoff, co-author of the bestselling book “Yoga Anatomy,” and Sadie Nardini, founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar and Anusara Yoga, she brings 12 years of experience, experimentation and creativity to her ever-evolving style of teaching. She incorporates real life stories and “kitchen table” wisdom into her classes to remind herself and her students that the key to their happiness and freedom from suffering lies only within the boundaries of their own mind.

She lives with her husband on their farm.

 

“Yoga practice is like life. Each circumstance in which we find ourselves is like a pose. Some poses are hard to hold, others are pleasant. It is how we hold the pose that determines whether or not we will suffer or grow. And whether or not we will listen to the drama of the ego or the wisdom of the spirit” Darren Main and the book Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic

 

 

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Emily Cook RYT 200

Emily is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with over 15 years of experience in the field of medical nutrition therapy.  After experiencing several chronic injuries from running, Emily turned to yoga as a means of strengthening muscles that were weakened and injured from years of running.   She wanted to find an exercise program that she would be able to do for the rest of her life.  About 2 years ago, she attended a session of Yoga in the Park, instructed by Connie, and she was hooked.   She made a goal to attend one yoga class each week.  Eventually, it became 2 classes per week, and in 2015 she completed her 200 hour teacher training certification.  She loves the connection between mind and body that yoga offers.

An advocate of holistic wellness, Emily understands that yoga is not just about exercising.  Yoga is an essential component in the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. The practice of yoga helps relieve stress and still the mind while strengthening the body.  Her goal is to help others safely build body core strength while implementing deep breathing and meditation practices to help unclutter the mind.

 

 

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Ginny Fitzjarrald  RYT-200

My love for yoga began in 2002 at the YMCA searching for some relief from my arthritis. There I became an instructor which sent my search to Champaign and Atwood a study in the Iyengar method.  Yoga became a necessity for stillness of mind.I began to study Pantanjali and the Yoga Sutras. I found Yoga at Connie’s and came to practice on a regular basis.It was there that Connie asked to join the team. Illinois decided that all Fitness Instructors needed to be re-certified. Connie offered a 200 hour instructors class. Anatomy, alignment what is that?   Yoga has changed. We are now aware of the anatomy of the body, Balance and the importance of alignment, allowing us to continually strive to become better instructors. My physical weakness (arthritis) brought me to my inner strengths Beginning Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Meditation .

As I walk into a yoga Studio. I see incredible people who have come to class each with a different need or reason to be there. As a yoga instructor the challenge for me is to help meet those needs, Weather through the Asana practice, understanding breathing techniques, or coming to relax from the busyness or to still the mind in meditation. Building a relationship with you will better help me understand how to meet your needs and that you to have a memorable experience.  I look forward to seeing you on the mat. Namaste. Ginny

 

 

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Becky Jo Sloan  RYT 200

Becky was first introduced to yoga as a sophomore in college. Looking for a way to destress without a damaging impact. Throughout the years, she stepped off and on her mat less regularly. In 2015, Becky decided yoga was where her heart was and she was most happy. Yoga alleviated all work related tensions and helped her to refocus on what was most important to her, her family. Raising a son on a farm in rural Shelbyville, Becky offers a Live. More. Simply. approach to life and to her yogi friends. Becky offers Hatha flow with alignment detail and emphasis on core-strengthening. One breath at a time, Becky hopes to share the joy of yoga and help others live more simply.

Becky received her RYT200 through the yoga teacher training at Yoga at Connie’s. Becky teaches in Shelbyville at HSHS Good Shepherd and The Zone.

 

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Rachel Munsterman  RYT 200

Rachel found an interest in yoga at age 20, as a way to supplement other workouts. Almost immediately, she noticed her energy levels rising, recovery improving, and body strengthening. However, the mental benefits were what made Rachel begin practicing regularly. Yoga began to alleviate her anxiety, relieving her of tension headaches. As a result, Rachel fell in love with the practice & completed the yoga teacher training 200 hour program at Yoga at Connie’s. Rachel teaches a Hatha flow yoga with an emphasis on core-strengthening. Rachel is passionate about sharing her knowledge of Yoga & holistic wellness. She hopes to provide a fun, safe, and relaxing environment, while teaching students to connect their mind, body, and breath.”

 

 

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Kathleen Owen RYT 200

“Yoga, the system that “yokes” one’s consciousness to a spiritually liberating disciple.” Barbara S. Miller

Maharishi brought Transcendental Meditation (TM) to the US in the early 70’s.  Mantra meditation became part of my life during college when I began TM and studied philosophy, dance, and English Lit.My Master’s thesis was titled: Reflecting Mystics: a study of Julian of Norwich and the author of The Cloud of Unknowing. During this period, I was introduced to asanas. After college, life took me many places. While serving in the USAF, traveling in the Pacific and Asia, was part of my work. I embraced the people and cultures of each country visited. Fast forward 35 years. My daughter in law took me to my first yoga asana class in Decatur. My body was older but responded to the asana limb of yoga lovingly. My asana practice grew into a daily habit. Asanas feel so good in the body. And, my life was ready to embrace a furthering of what yoga is. From my love of asana practice, my desire to learn more yoga philosophy and asana training led me to Connie and her yoga Teacher Training Program. 

Be grateful. ❤️

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Sue Weinstein  RYT200

Sue started yoga at Decatur Athletic Club with the goal of improving strength, flexibility, and balance.  She soon discovered that yoga not only helped her in those areas, but also improved her energy level and strengthened her spiritual practice. The  death of Sue’s 24-year-old nephew Sam Winick in 2016 sparked a desire to honor his memory by living more fully, boldly, and purposefully.  That desire moved her to  complete RYT 200 training with Connie Pease in March of 2017. Her initial intention was to deepen her practice and improve her physical fitness at the same time. Sue and her husband, Mel, have since experienced an abundance of physical, mental, and spiritual benefits from practicing yoga — Thanks to Sammy.
The biomechanics of yoga and making it safely accessible to EVERY-BODY is of particular interest to Sue.  When she signed on for the RYT training, she did not know whether she wanted to teach yoga; however, as a result of doing the required practicum hours, she began teaching yoga to people of a variety of ages and physical conditions in the homes of friends and continues to do so.  Teaching yoga is fun and has ignited a passion in Sue to share with others the benefits of yoga she now enjoys every day. She currently teaches flow, gentle, alignment, and chair yoga.
Sue is also a mom, wife, and grateful grandma of seven, ranging in age from 19 to 1 year:  Kylie, Madeline, Amber, Lucas, Logan, Olivia, and C.J.  In addition to loving all the people in her life (and her dog/best friend, Fiona) and practicing yoga, she also loves reading, gardening, and cooking vegan meals.

 

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JEFF HUNT RYT 200

Jeff teaches at the Decatur Athletic Club on Monday and Fridays 6:30 am.

Jeff found Yoga 14 years ago when his daughters suggested trying Yoga to maintain a chronic lower back issue. When he took his first class at the DAC he knew that Yoga was the answer to maintaining his back. The only problem was the DAC only offered 2 classes a week and only had one instructor. He needed to work out  at least 3 times a week to maintain his back issues. He asked the instructor to teach him to teach Yoga then he would teach for the DAC and in the process reach his workout goal. His instructor Cynda Robinson guided him through Yoga Fit out of California and he became certified to teach Hatha Yoga.

Presently Jeff  has been certified for 3 years to teach Les Mills / Body Balance which is a 60 minute Tia Chi / Yoga & Palates workout. Over the year Jeff has attended Yoga work shops and has logged over 1200 hours of teaching Yoga at the Decatur Athletic Club as well as a two year stent teaching Yoga at the DISC.  While working with Connie Pease, her practice stirred a desire to take Yoga to a new level in his practice. That has lead him to achieve RYT200 Certification at Yoga @ Connie’s. His Yoga classes are challenging and fun while he teaches students to be safe and learn about the true meaning of Yoga.

” Everybody has a story of their life. My desire is bring Yoga into their story and let it bring them healing, peace, longevity and a quality of life that others will see in them. As they walk through life others will want to add Yoga into their life’s story.  I have experienced and have seen the power of Yoga healing. I want that experience for those who seek and believe in what Yoga can do for them. ”

 

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Annette Russo RYT 200

Inevitably the ideas that bring us joy surface often.  The natural world is the source of peace and stress for many.  The environment in which we live exhibits elements of change.  Observations over some 50 years of seasons are reflected in this body, as have the almost 15 years of practice.  Ambivalence toward the idea of work, preference towards play and a leaning toward the physicality of movement in methods of yoga variations led to a recognition for less.

 Process (in living and in making) without trepidation allows change to occur without relying on outcome.  Accidental, situational and the noted moment is embraced and followed with each breath.   The ideas found during practice are paramount.  Yoga, as the path, offers us an ability to find (as an example) “kindness” first within ourselves and then to share with others.

Observations of inner self are not limited.  The physical structure, reflects the inner and outer frameworks of our body and mind, thus it allows yoga to become personal and unique to all that practice.  Life cycle, scientific discovery and worldwide events can be influential on the body as are more recent environmental concerns.  These, and other concerns, can be understood with increased knowledge and tensions calmed through meditations.

Certification can be a tool to increase learning and knowledge, which is in constant flux. Advances inform us as the best practice when built upon the knowledge of a 5000-year history.  The forming of yoga communities with many teachers can only serve each yoga practitioner to grow safely and with grace.  Namaste.

 

 

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Tammy Brummitt RYT200

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 It took committing to a real relationship with her yoga practice to realize how fun and fulfilling a regular practice can be, and Tammy wanted to share this with others. Tammy Brummitt began her yoga journey in the early 90’s at a Gold’s Gym in California as part of a regular fitness program. The physical benefits of yoga, including increased strength and flexibility, were enough to keep her attending gym based classes over the next two decades. It wasn’t until 2009, when she discovered Yoga @ Connie’s that she began to really experience the possibilities of a holistic yoga practice. Along with the physical benefits came stress reduction and increased enjoyment of life off the mat!In 2015 Tammy became a Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher at the 200 hour level after completing teacher training at Yoga @ Connie’s. Tammy enjoys teaching vinyasa yoga with an emphasis on core strength, as developed by Sadie Nardini. Tammy believes that the benefits of yoga are accessible to all, and that the start of your yoga journey simply begins from where you are. Namaste. Phone (520) 400-038  Email  thbrummitt@hotmail.com