Meet our teachers

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Chicago's most experienced Hatha yoga instructors

Interested in becoming a yoga instructor? Explore our 200hr Yoga Alliance Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, starting September 2021.

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Karina Wong

It's well known at BSY that Karina is one of the more challenging teachers, she has a knack for developing stunningly creative sequences. She cares deeply for her students and ensures they are supported and encouraged while in her class.

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Karina Wong
Claire Harper

Claire has been teaching yoga since 2011. She practices so she can connect with her body, be playful, and recharge. She enjoys sharing those same feelings with others through her teaching.

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Claire Harper
Nicolette Downs

Nicolette is the owner of BSY, she has been teaching since 2012 and opened the studio in 2019. She's enjoys introducing new students to Hatha yoga and building the community of dedicated practitioners at BSY.

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Nicolette Downs
Emma Gyger

There's never a dull moment in Emma's class. She delivers a ‍lighthearted approach to a challenging practice, some really bad dad jokes and all the smiles.

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Emma Gyger
Gina Reynolds

Gina teaches because she wants everybody to discover and love this amazing thing that she loves—yoga! She enjoys the creative aspect of putting together a sequence and crafting a class to prepare the body for peak poses.

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Gina Reynolds
Cassie Grafstrom

Cassie has gained so much from her yoga teachers, and teaching is a way for her to give some of that back to others. She loves to connect with her students and the BSY community.

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Cassie Grafstrom
Annie V. Reynoso

Annie has been teaching since 2011, she is passionate about the practice and what it can do for someone - transforming the physical, emotional, and the mind. Her classes are energetic and challenging.

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Annie V. Reynoso
Dylan Batman

Dylan (no relation to Batman), has been teaching yoga since June 2020 he was in the first graduation class of BSY's YTT. His classes are filled with a whole lot of fun...and push ups.

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Dylan Batman
Aryanna Mohseni

Although Aryanna would never admit it, she is an amazing teacher! Her calming presence puts students at ease in her class and she introduces poses is an approachable way that makes anything seem possible.

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Aryanna Mohseni
Jonathan Harper

Jon enjoys a challenge, but doesn't like to rush. This is exactly the energy he brings to his classes, expert long holds in poses, time to try new things, and fun, upbeat music.

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Jonathan Harper
Loredana Perri

Loredana holds the record at BSY for 'most soothing voice', try her class and see for yourself. She's recently expanded her teaching from just asana to meditation as well, and incorporates singing bowls on occasion.

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Loredana Perri
Helena Baron

Helena is a bright light of a person and her cheery disposition motivates the students in her class to achieve their personal best. She provides a strong focus on proper alignment and accessible variations.

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Helena Baron
Alice Su

In Alice's class you'll have fun trying to push yourself, attempting challenging poses, and long holds. She supports her students and encourage them along the way; "the best part is one day, realizing how far you’ve come."

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Alice Su
Adriana Parrilha

In Adrianna's class she shares her experiences as a dedicated student of yoga to help her students access poses and feel great about themselves. Plus, you can't help but love her Brazilian accent.

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Adriana Parrilha
Amy Simoneau

Amy's teaching style incorporates strength, balance, flexibility, and self-awareness into each pose in order to stimulate the mind as well as restore and shape the body.

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Amy Simoneau
Kate Hardwick

The practice continues to delight and surprise Kate as she shares it with her students. Expect her classes to be sneaky strenuous with moments of hippie wisdom.

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Kate Hardwick
Shannon Kephart

Expect to be challenged and energized in Shannon's classes, with sequencing that connects breath to movement, relaxes the mind, and allows all your bodies’ energy to be put into your yoga practice.

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Shannon Kephart
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All you need to know

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What COVID precautions are you taking?

It's our priority to keep staff and students safe. We require masks worn at all times for students and instructors. Classes are limited to 16 students. In addition, an air filter is running in the studio and surfaces are frequently sanitized. 100% of our staff are vaccinated and we offer consent cards for hands-on adjustments, so it's easy to opt-out if you're not comfortable being touched.

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Why is yoga good for me?

Yoga is an excellent way to relax your mind and body. It's one of the best low-impact form of exercise and can be great for recovering from an injury or cross-training with another physical activity. It doesn't require any experience or special gear to get started, so try it out and see the benefits for yourself.

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I'm new to yoga. What should I bring?

Just yourself dressed in comfortable clothing! We have free mats and props at the studio you can use. Of course, if you have your own mat or props you'd like to use, feel free to bring them. Sometimes a water bottle and hand towel can be useful too.

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Can I book a class online?

Yes you can! You can register for both our in-studio and online classes on the schedule page of our website. You'll find the broadcast (zoom) link for online classes in the calendar widget after you register (and are logged into Tula).

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Where is the studio located?

Big Shoulders Yoga is located in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. Our address is: 1645 West Chicago Avenue. We are one block west of Ashland Avenue on the south side of Chicago Avenue.

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