"It's all a matter of perspective. Our teacher is our experience and our experience will let you know if this brings you wellness."
- Connie Pease
Jeff Hunt RYT 200
Jeff found Yoga 14 years ago when his daughters suggested trying Yoga to maintain a chronic lower back issue, and this is when his journey began. 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. Jeff teaches at the Disc, Moonlight Yoga and subs at the Barn.
Nikki Hebert RYT 200
Nikki began her yoga journey as a way to improve her running abilities and to recover from her training. She began taking Yoga classes from Becky Jo and found out there was much more to Yoga than she ever could have imagined. Nikki found out that Yoga practice provided the strength and flexibility she was looking for along with mental and emotional benefits that she needed too. She found that yoga and her love for wellness fit together perfectly. Yoga has given Nikki the physical strength mental poise that she needed. She has made great gains in her practice and found healing from past injuries that has allowed her to overcome her fears and repair her confidence as well. Nikki continues to enjoy her yoga practice and strives to share the many benefits of yoga with others. Nikki teaches at the Barn and Decatur Library.
Kathleen Owen RYT 500
Barbara S. MillerMaharishi 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. Kathleen teaches at St. Johns’s, Decatur Library and subs at the Barn.
Sue Weinstein RYT 200
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. 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. She currently teaches at her home and the Decatur Library.
Jennifer Wester RYT 200
Jennifer Wester is a Decatur, IL native and resides with her husband and two children. She has been practicing yoga for 5 years and earned her 200 hour RYT in June of 2018. She looked to yoga for relief of her lower back pain. Not only has yoga helped tremendously with the back pain but physical and mental growth as well.Jennifer believes that yoga and it’s principals are for everyone, at every age. The connection between mind, breath and body is something we all need to be aware of; not only for our practice but daily living. Breaking the boundaries of our own egos and feeling the gratification of what is on the other side. Classes with Jennifer are mindful, strengthening and informative. Her hope is that you leave the mat feeling accomplished, relaxed and grounded. She teaches a variety of yoga flow classes at The Barn (Yoga @ Connie’s) in Niantic, IL. Additionally, she instructs children’s themed classes at local schools.
Annette Gilson RYT 200
An ongoing love of health, wellness, fitness, and exercise lead me to try various yoga classes throughout the years. In 2017, I was inspired by Josh Manning’s yoga style that developed strength and flexibility which encouraged improvements in both adult and children sports. This inspired me to gain more knowledge about yoga through the local yoga expert teacher Connie Pease at the Barn. I began taking Brahmin yoga classes and teacher training from Connie Pease at the Barn in 2020. I completed my RYT 200 hours in December 2020. As a member of the Decatur Running Club, yoga continues to improve my running strength and endurance while reducing life stresses. I enjoy sharing the Brahmin yoga practice with others so that they may experience the building of strength, endurance, and flexibility all while breathing and reducing life stresses. Annette teaches aty the DISC and the Barn.
Diane Zelhart RYT 200
Diane Zelhart came to yoga as an alternative option to her regular workouts. It didn’t take long to notice the physical benefits, but the connection to the mind is what kept her coming back. Thirsting for more knowledge and curiosity about the practice lead her to engage in a 200hr yoga teacher training. Diane is excited to dive deeper into her education and build upon this foundation. Diane enjoys living an active lifestyle with her husband. Together they enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, and camping.