Staff – Yoggic

JESUS VILLANUEVA

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela.
Which neighborhood do you live in? Andersonville.
Training/Certifications: 500 Hour Teacher Training, Vinyasa Yoga School, Rishikesh, India.  Baptiste Institute: Level One / Journey into Power. Baptiste Institute: Art of Assisting.
Number of years practicing & teaching yoga: 6 years practicing & 1 year teaching.
What’s your favorite pose? Trikonasana. I can really gauge how centered I am (or not) when I do this pose. It gives me the sensation of both grounding myself and expanding tall and high!
The pose I have a complicated relationship with: Eka Pada Koundinyasana II
Yoga gives me: Choice and possibility.
When I wake up I: Drink coffee & make breakfast for my family.
When I teach I feel: Humbled.

Corene Summers

Hometown: Pittsburgh. Yes, the Steelers are #1. I only say yins occasionally, though.
Which neighborhood do you live in? Lakeview!
Training/Certifications:
Certified Yoga Teacher / AyurYoga/ Ayurveda 200 HR, Reiki Practitioner, Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist, and have taken dozens of workshops/trainings on yoga, Ayurveda, nutrition, meditation and yoga nidra.
Number of years practicing & teaching yoga: Practicing since 2007 and teaching since 2012.
What’s your favorite pose? This was hard! At the end, I was torn between purvottanasana and supta baddha konasana, because they are both so effective on their own for instantly reducing stress in the body and boosting your mood. They open the whole front of the body, which calms the nervous system and brings that instant relief. Perfect reset throughout the day.
The pose I have a complicated relationship with: Handstand… thanks to an old wrist injury and the renewed fear of falling every time I have to take a break from practicing it, when that injury flares up after over-use. It reminds me to slow down and be patient with myself. A lesson I guess I need to keep learning.
Yoga gives me: It’s the armor I put on every day. When I start with yoga and meditation, I feel stronger and more equipped to do everything else with more ease that day.
When I wake up I: Usually throw my feet up the wall for a few minutes to get my blood flowing and energize a bit before eventually rolling out of bed. I have a whole series of routines I like to do in the morning (to put on that armor on, ya know ;), but it just depends how much time I have that day.
When I teach I feel: Happy, peaceful, empowered, humbled.

Travis Moore

Hometown: Bourbonnais, IL.
Which neighborhood do you live in? Humboldt Park.
Training/Certifications:
200 Hr Teacher Training Inner Fire Yoga, Madison WI.
Baptiste Level 1: Journey Into Power.
Continued Training in Yin Yoga with Darlene Vanderhoop.
Continued Training in Restorative Yoga with Leeann Carey.
Number of years practicing & teaching yoga: Practicing for 16 years (with varying levels of intensity) and teaching for 4.5 years.
What’s your favorite pose? Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel pose) is my favorite pose. For me the physical sensations that wheel brings are invigorating and refreshing and moves me to a positive mental state.
The pose I have a complicated relationship with: Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance) I love arm balances and have wanted to learn this one for years ,however this one has always been somewhat confusing and uncomfortable, I love challenging myself to a new edge in my practice and in life but this one has been complicated for me.
Yoga gives me: Openness in my body, confidence, patience, enthusiasm for life, physical relief from tension/ bad postural habits and an overall sense of well-being.
When I wake up I: Move slowly, take time to reflect on my dreams while making coffee.
When I teach I feel: Amazing.

Rachel Hessen

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Which neighborhood do you live in? Lakeview
Training/Certifications:
200 Hour Certification from YogaWorks in California, currently attending my 300 Hour Yoga Training with Advanced Yoga Teacher Training to become 500 Hour Certified
Number of years practicing & teaching yoga: Practicing for 12 years, teaching for almost 9 years now
What’s your favorite pose? Folks think I am a little crazy when I say this, but side plank. It requires both strength and balance, fierceness and grace.
The pose I have a complicated relationship with: Hero’s Pose… that shape never gets easier for me!
Yoga gives me: Gives me the opportunity to move in a way that creates space in both my body and mind and inspires precision, focus, and self-awareness.
When I wake up I: I zip out the door to teach an early class or go for a morning work out with my boyfriend. Then it is back home and straight to the coffee maker… I enjoy a cup (or two) as I straighten up the home and get ready for the day ahead. I am grateful for the rare days I wake up with nowhere to be right away and can enjoy a leisurely morning of coffee and chatting with my super awesome guy.
When I teach I feel: Grateful for the opportunity to offer students a practice that allows them a time and space to take of themselves, inside and out.

Sandy Jocoy

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Which neighborhood do you live in? North Center
Training/Certifications:
200 RYT, Certified Baptiste Teacher
Number of years practicing & teaching yoga: 18 years practicing & 3 years teaching
What’s your favorite pose? Ardha Chandrasana (half moon)
The pose I have a complicated relationship with: Urdhva Dhanurasana (wheel)
Yoga gives me: Connection and grounding
When I wake up I: Usually wish I could sleep longer
When I teach I feel: Like I’m part of something bigger than myself.

Eurika Jankauskaite

Hometown: Vilnius, Lithuania.
Which neighborhood do you live in? Lincoln Square.
Training/Certifications:
RYT 200, RPYT, Certified in Restorative Yoga.
Number of years practicing & teaching yoga: Practicing since 2005, teaching since 2016.
What’s your favorite pose? It changes from time to time along with the needs of my ever-changing body. Parsva Balasna has been my long-time fave, it really facilitates in ironing out all nooks and crannies in my upper body as well as allowing to get playful with balance in a single leg lift.
The pose I have a complicated relationship with: Arm balances have been particularly challenging, due to a repeated wrist injury, to the point that I have stopped practicing them all together for the time being. They do not serve my body in any way and I am so proud I made peace with it so that my body and my practice does not have to suffer.
Yoga gives me: Sense of wholeness. Peace in my mind and strength in my body.
When I wake up I: Cuddle my baby.
When I teach I feel: Connected, inspired and empowered by everyone sharing their beautiful practice with me.