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. These classes help to introduce and reinforce a yoga practice. To be able to enhance the wellbeing of children and adults alike through body awareness with yoga is essential. As Jennifer continues to grow as a teacher she hopes that her students find that evolution within themselves. Namaste
Emily is a busy Mom and 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. Emily subs at the Barn.
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 DAC, Disc, and subs at the Barn.
”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. ”
“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. Kathleen teaches at St. Johns’s, Decatur Library and subs at the Barn.
"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
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. Sue teaches at the DAC, Decatur Library, and subs at the Barn.
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 Community Wellness Center and the Zone. Nikki subs at the Barn too.
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.