Mary Lou Davis
26 & 2 Asana Yoga
Mary Lou started climbing in the early 1980’s. After years of crazy sports like racing motorcycles and mountain bikes, climbing and kayaking, her back was “wrecked”. She began practicing yoga about six years ago to try and rehab her injuries. After just a few months she saw dramatic improvement. She became certified to teach “26 and 2” asana hot yoga and also hot Pilates. If you come to her class you can expect not only to work hard, but also work every muscle, tendon, ligament and your internal organs. The type of yoga she teaches will help your back and knees as well open your hips and your shoulders. It is a strengthening and stretching yoga that not only improves your balance, but will also help your climbing.
Sarah Katherine Clark & Andrew Tynes
Class Description – Acro Yoga
Let us start by saying, no partner is necessary for this class! AcroYoga is a beautiful practice that combines the dynamic wisdom of acrobatics, the awareness, breath and balance of yoga and the healing, loving nature of Thai massage. Working with one or more partners these three disciplines are fused into spectacular sequences of inversions, flows and balances.
It’s a community practice, which, at it’s simplest, means that you are working with other people. In this way we can practice developing trust, connection and openness which can then be taken into the community as a whole. In AcroYoga, the smallest community is 3 people covering the 3 main roles of base, flyer and spotter.
Sarah first discovered the magic of playful movement doing yoga poses in the living room with her mom when she was as little as five-years-old. Her love flourished when she later found dance and tumbling through cheerleading in high school. It continued to grow even bigger when she discovered rock climbing and AcroYoga during college. Today, her love burns brighter than ever for playful movement. Sarah has a lively, energetic spirit, and her most favorite thing is to play, dance, and move with other people.
Sarah is a RYT 200 and an apprentice with LIFT School of Acrobatics. She currently teaches AcroYoga for all levels! No experience or partner is necessary for her class. Sarah believes that acro is an incredible tool to build confidence and trust. She craves connection, and strives to lift and empower others. She is incredibly excited to facilitate your acrobatic practice. If she’s not teaching, you can find her training acro with her fiancé, standing on her hands, or climbing a steep rock face.
Andrew enjoys making real, solid connections with everyone he encounters. He loves to travel and has been fortunate in his life to explore the bulk of the United States (everywhere but the north east!), Greece, and a large portion of Australia. Travelling has always allowed him to let down his guard and be completely himself when experiencing other humans. AcroYoga allows Andrew to continue to connect with people by creating movement together.
Andrew is currently apprenticing with LIFT School of Acrobatics. He has been fortunate enough to train with Aaron Lind and Christine Moonbeam on three different occasions. In addition to learning (and then sharing!) some really fun skills, his main focus centers around building trust and connection using AcroYoga. Andrew invites you to join his and Sarah’s AcroYoga class as a way to connect, build trust, and learn new things about yourself.
Class description – Stretch & Restore Yoga
In this relaxing fusion of yin and restorative yoga, poses will be passively held with the aid of props for longer periods to gently lengthen and relax the entire body. Music and lighting will be soft and inviting. Emphasis is placed on awareness of the breath, body, and mind — the result being a feeling of rest and rejuvenation.
Kari came to yoga in 2002. With a background in Ashtanga, she later moved into the realm of meditation, mindfulness and alignment-based yoga, under the direction of Kim Drye and Becca Impello. She has a passion for helping people get in touch with their whole body, mind, and spirit. Kari loves using props as a way to make yoga accessible to more people, as well as to change and vary a person’s experience in poses. Yoga truly has something to offer everyone!
Fresh Flow Yoga
Join Stephanie for an early morning flow sesh to wake up the body and stretch out the slumber stiffness! Flows will vary from week to week, but will all include invigorating and strength-centered asanas as well as static holds and a sweet savasana. Get your mental and physical game strong and centered, then test out your new found limber self on some climbs – all before rush hour hits.
Class description – Vinyasa Flow Yoga
This vinyasa yoga class focuses on linking breath with movement while flowing through a series of poses and postures. It is the perfect class to cultivate flexibility, balance and strength. This is a mixed level class with modifications available for beginners while and advanced students are free to explore pose variations.
Originally from Memphis, TN, Katy was introduced to yoga at a young age by taking classes with her mother. Katy was a professional ballet dancer for 10 years and performed with several companies around the country. Ballet eventually brought her to Chicago, IL where she preformed for many years. Becoming a yoga teacher seemed a natural retirement plan from dancing and she followed in her mom’s footsteps and completed her 200-hour yoga certification through YogaFit. Yoga helped repair her body, both physically and emotionally, after many years of ballet. Katy’s love of dance is reflected in her vinyasa flow style of classes. She invites her students to listen to their bodies and explore yoga postures in a safe and fun environment.