Catharine Young

Catharine moved to Chicago from Dallas, Texas in 2011 to pursue degrees in costume design and creative writing from DePaul University. She fell in love with the city and stuck around after graduation. She currently bakes every day and practices yoga to balance her pastry intake.

Catharine’s journey in yoga began slowly after a traumatic experience in high school. Practicing yoga helped her to feel safe in her own body, mind, and community, and to manage the stresses of everyday life. She’s continued to practice yoga with increasing frequency over the past ten years.

Aside from yoga and baking, Catharine loves to bike, develop screenplays with her friends,and spend as much time outside as possible.

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Jessica Gonsiorowski

Born and raised in Germany by a German mom and American father, Jessica enjoyed a multicultural upbringing. Her parents focused on a wholesome education and felt the passion and importance of traveling and experiencing other countries cultures. She believes this has given her the urge to seek new adventures and having an open mind and heart. Jessica took her first yoga class when she was 19 years old and noticed its uniqueness from the beginning. In her late twenties she found her body and mind out of balance which motivated her to a more intensive practice. Being able to relax and letting go of thoughts and stressors, as well as finding inner strength through creating a strong body, enabled her to feel better and reconnect with herself. The ability to be able to stay in the present moment and knowing its importance has been the biggest gift she has received from her practice.

Inspired by a teacher and her talent to teach in such a loving and meaningful way, she decided to take on the 200 hour teacher training herself in 2015 at Bloom Yoga Studio. As a teacher she focuses on the body mind connection, good alignment, creating awareness of personal needs and nourishing the relationship with one's self. She continues to be impressed by the parallels of life on and off the mat and hopes to communicate that within her classes. She strives for her students to have fun and to find their personal practice within her classes and outside of the studio.

Becoming a yoga teacher has filled her life to the fullest and she is overjoyed about how much happiness it has created in her life.

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Renee Levine

Since childhood Renee has enjoyed yoga asana, and as an adult she enjoys the suppleness and constant exploration of movement and stillness that yoga provides her body and mind. In time, her love for the practice and strong belief in the benefits of yoga embodied Renee to find a program for teacher certification. Renee became a certified yoga instructor in 2005 through Chicago’s Global Yoga and Wellness Center. The well-rounded program explored a variety of teaching styles, all rooted in Hatha Yoga.

To date Renee has participated in workshops with Aadil Palkhivala, Rodney Yee, Seane Corne, Todd Norian, Danny Paradise and Jimmy Barkin, among others. With so many wonderful teachers and friends to learn from your truest teacher is still yourself, with this mentality Renee brings a loving, joyful and playful approach to her yoga instruction.

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Rachel Bers

Rachel’s passion for yoga dates back to her teenage years when she experimented with the practice as a means to grow taller. She fell in love with yoga from her first experience on the mat, and although she hasn’t grown much physically, her dedication to the practice of yoga has been soaring ever since. Inspired to share the gift of yoga with others, Rachel completed her 200-hour teaching certification in 2007 at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica under the tutelage of master teachers Don & Amba Stapleton. Rachel’s teaching style is an inspired blend of Hatha and Vinyasa Flow and her classes encourage fluidity, mindfulness, and fun within a context of alignment, creative sequencing, and breath work. Rachel tries to establish a warm, open environment where practitioners feel safe to travel within, connect with themselves, and become present in their practice.

When she’s not practicing yoga, Rachel enjoys traveling, reading, writing, and matchmaking.

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Dee Davis

Dee Davis, RYT, ERYT RPYT teaches Hatha Flow, Prenatal and Post Partum Yoga. She is certified to teach pelvic health through the Women’s Health Foundation as well as Resist-a-ball Yoga. Dee has studied with a Clinical Nurse Specialist, perinatal nurse (etc) educating Dee regarding the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and delivery, including the psychosocial implications of pregnancy, and the postpartum recovery period as well. Dee has attended workshops in various yoga disciplines, including ashtanga, anusara and vini yoga, and currently teaches Hatha, prenatal yoga, in studios across Chicago. Her classes encourage students to become in tune with their bodies, while they strengthen, align, and most important, have fun. She brings imagination, gentle understanding, humor and love to all her students—both in and out of the womb!

For more information about Dee, visit www.yogawithdee.com

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