Adina has been in the fitness field for 20 years. She is an AFAA certified aerobics instructor. Under AFAA she is also certified in Kickboxing and Personal Training. Adina is also a registered Yoga teacher under the Yoga Alliance and is a Stott Pilates trained teacher. Most Notably she has two certifications in Prenatal Fitness training, Healthy Moms and Moms in Motion. Adina has also recently been certified in a kids yoga training, Rainbow Kids. She has multiple experiences in the fitness field that have given her a strong passion to help people stay healthy and fit. Adina is also a nationally Certified Massage Therapist with special certificates in Prenatal and Infant Massage. One feels her energy and love for life in every class. Fun and fit is her motto and she follows this in every class she teaches.
Emily strives to make yoga feel welcoming and approachable for people in all stages of life. “My goal as a yoga instructor is for students to feel better leaving class than when they came in. I try to balance strength-building poses with relaxation and self care — as expecting and new mothers, we need both endurance and softness.” Emily is mother to two young boys and loves talking and about all things pregnancy and birth related. She completed her RYT-200 training with Rhonda Kantor at the Global Yoga and Wellness Center in Chicago and is a Certified Childbirth Educator.
Emily has loved performing music from an early age. Through her journey of musical expression, Emily discovered Nia, a combination of dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts choreographed to music from all over the world. She fell in love with the way Nia connected Body Intelligence, mind, emotions, and spirit and became certified to teach. Emily used Nia throughout pregnancy, labor, and postpartum recovery to stay healthy and fit, and then to regain strength. As a Nia teacher, Emily is passionate about guiding her students to embody musical expression through movement.
Meghan began her yoga journey in 2003 when she attended her first yoga class with her mom at the local YMCA. Inspired by the physical practice and its benefits, Meghan committed herself to a consistent practice in 2012 and received her 200-hour teacher certification. Determined to learn more, Meghan completed a 30-hour comprehensive Yoga for Kids and Families training with Rainbow Kids Yoga, NYC and in August she will journey to Italy for a 320-Hour Specialization Teacher Training! Off the mat, Meghan is the Associate Director at the Chicago Lights Tutoring Program and holds a B.S. in Secondary Education. She is an avid reader, wannabe Top Chef and adventure junkie! In addition to teaching adults, Meghan also teaches yoga to children and she finds an immense amount of joy in sharing her love and excitement for yoga with little yoginis and their families!
Jennifer was first introduced to yoga in a 10th grade health class and quickly grew interested in the practice. It wasn’t until years later that she began to deepen her practice in order to better cope with stress. Inspired by the effects yoga had on her life, Jennifer wanted to share this practice with others. She completed her RYT 200 hr. training at Yoga Now Chicago under the tutelage of Amy Beth Treciokis. Jennifer also completed her RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) training at Blooma in Minneapolis with Sarah Longacre and Stacy Seebart.
Jennifer seeks to provide a fun, playful and safe yoga practice for her students and hopes they can discover new and wonderful things about themselves in the process.
At a young age, Marisa’s mother introduced her to yoga in her hometown of Northern California. Due to Marisa’s athletic background, she was immediately lured to the physical challenges of yoga. As Marisa continued her practice, she soon realized yoga served more than just the body. She began to utilized yoga as a form of healing from anxiety and depression. In 2013, Marisa completed the 200-hour teacher training at Heaven Meets Earth and then in 2014 completed the 85-hour prenatal yoga teacher training certification at Bloom Yoga. Marisa believes yoga and meditation allow the mind, body and spirit to cultivate a place of stillness for peace and healing to occur. She strives to cultivate an environment where students can build strength and flexibility while honoring their innate wisdom and inner peace.
Certification: RYT 200 (Heaven Meets Earth), RPYT 85 (Bloom Yoga), CPR/AED
After spending many years in Corporate America, Shannon hung up her suits and heels to enter the world of health and wellness to complement her life as a full-time mom. An avid runner and duathlete, Shannon enjoys sharing the world of fitness with young and old alike. She has worked at Galter LifeCenter/Swedish Covenant Hospital for over 13 years and holds 3 Master’s Degrees in Business and a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministries. She also holds the following fitness and wellness certifications: Zumba Basic 1 and 2, Gold, Toning, Aqua, and Zumbatomic for kids 4-12 years of age, Kid’s in Motion, Healthy Moms Perinatal Health and Fitness, Total Control, SCW Fitness Aquatic exercise, NETA Pilates, Meditation, Wellness Coaching, Schwinn cycling, Body Training Systems Group Power, Group Ride, R30 (30 minute cycling program), Group Kick, Group Centergy, and Group Core. Shannon is also a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and is an American Council on Exercise Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer with a Small Group Training and Program Design and Application certification. Shannon is married to Jesse Berg, a certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise instructor at Galter LifeCenter and they have 2 children, Indigo, 3 ½ years old and Sienna, 21 months and baby Sebastian on the way due in June. Shannon has been teaching adults of all ages and abilities for over 8 years and has been teaching children fitness, dance, and yoga for over 3 years. Shannon’s personal philosophy is to strive to give your all, to encourage and motivate students and clients to achieve their fitness goals, and to be honest about your shortcomings and work to make improvements to become a better leader and person. Shannon enjoys spending time with her family, reading anything from marriage/parenting books to romance novels especially anything by Nicholas Sparks, running, biking, experimenting with cooking, and finding a bargain at a great resale shop.
I have always been into sports and athletics! I have played soccer since I was very young and attended Georgia Southern University as a collegiate soccer player. While in college not only did I play soccer but in the off season loved taking all kinds of Group Fitness classes and still do today!
I majored in Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design and after college pursued a dream of mine. To own my own boutique. I enjoyed working everywhere from Rampage to Versace! After being in retail for a long time I transitioned to wholesale where I worked for a maternity show room for many years! In January of 2006 my dream came true I started working on Pashmere (my own boutique)! I officially opened in March and was off to a great start! the store was filled with fun dresses, tops, and jewelry from local designers. Pashmere also had a variety of denim and shoes so that it was really a one stop shop! In 2009 Pashmere opened a second location in the Atlanta area. I have to say during the times that my stores were opened I learned so much about myself and my drive to succeed. I loved meeting all the wonderful people and having fun with clients. So many stories to tell but the best part was helping women find an outfit that made them feel great no matter size, shape, or style! It was challenging and fulfilling and I was sad to close but that journey was to end and Chicago life was to begin!
My husband and I moved to Chicago in January of 2012. I started working for a company and in January of 2013 found out that we were expecting!!! Alexis was born 2 months early and my whole life changed in such a good way its hard to describe! She made me realize that it was time to really get serious about something I have loved for so long! FITNESS!! I went back to school and received my ACE Group Fitness Instructor ceretification! I love teaching cardio/weight classes, boot camp style classes, but most importantly I love helping people achieve their goals while having fun!!!!
I have always been an avid runner and into athletics and Group Fitness! I am so happy that I have finally made something I have loved for so long a much bigger part of my life!!!!
Certifications: ACE Group Fitness, Boot Camp/Sports Conditioning, CPR/AED
Trudi Gavin Trudi holds multiple certifications and has been featured in several fitness videos for pre/postnatal, step and water aerobics. She has designed cardiac rehabilitation patient programs for Louis Weiss Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital and Humana Health Care. For the past 20 years she has shared her knowledge and expertise as a fitness professional at East Bank Club where she was recently honored as Employee of the Year. Her focus for the past 10 years has been providing pre/post natal yoga and fitness classes. As a professional dancer/choreographer, she has a keen eye for postural alignment and using correct form. Come and join in the FUN as fitness is her passion.
Valerie Dickman So inspired by her own pregnancy (including her experience as a prenatal student of Adina’s) Valerie made the decision to leave her career as a public relations executive to pursue fitness after the birth of her daughter, Nora. Drawing on her lifelong love of fitness and dance, as well as her background as a competitive cheerleader, coach and choreographer, Valerie carefully curates all of her classes with participants’ safety, enjoyment and individual success in mind. “I want every student to leave my class feeling happy, healthy and invigorated by both the exercise and the environment of sisterhood we aim to create,” says Valerie. “A great workout is great, but beyond that I also want my students to be comfortable, have fun and feel surrounded by friends. My goal is to provide them a customizable, motivating workout that keeps them, and leaves them, smiling.” Classes: • Zumba • Prenatal Strength on Ball Certifications: • AFAA Primary Group Exercise • Zumba • Healthy Moms • CPR/AED