Ann Waring, E-RYT, Director

Chopra Center for Health and Wellness,
Ayurveda Course Educator,
Certified Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher, 2014
Ann trained for 3 years at the Chopra Center in San Diego, CA and has earned her certification in Primordial Sound Meditation and Ayurvedic Educator for their Perfect Health Program
International Thai Massage School in Chaing Mai, Thailand, 2000
Ann traveled to Thailand to study and earn her Thai Yoga Therapy Certification
Temple of Kriya Yoga, Chicago, Illinois, 1997 – 2000
Advanced Teacher Certification and advisor for their Home Study Program
Chicago Yoga Studio, Hatha Yoga Teacher´s Certification, 2005
Under the direction of Suddha Weixler
Group Facilitator, Health and Wellness Coach
My interest in all things metaphysical (looking for deeper meaning in things) led me naturally to Yoga as a way of life; that and a stiff neck from 26 years at a flight attendant. Teaching for more than18 years has been a continuous personal journey and an amazing opportunity to help students by adapting poses to their individual needs. I hear stories of personal achievements and overcoming challenges from students almost on a daily basis. The past 3 years of intensive training from the Chopra Center for Wellness has renewed my joy of learning and brought together years of searching for authentic and timeless tools and techniques for bringing the body, mind, and spirit into balance. For me, Yoga is where modern science and ancient techniques come together for healthy living.

Stephanie Kerman-Small, E-RYT

I began my yoga journey after my daughter, Mackenzie was born. I was struggling with my health and wondered how I would be able to keep up with my young daughter. I attended my first yoga class in 2000, and I am still fascinated by the depth and knowledge of Yoga and how it brings balance to the body and mind. I became a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor at Kalitrea Yoga Studio in 2004 and have been teaching ever since. I enjoy teaching beginning yoga classes and specialize in prenatal classes. I encourage my students to find the joy in yoga that has helped me find balance in my life. I teach from the heart and hope my student’s find peace in being present and guidance from their own inner teacher. While I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, running, walking our dog and spending as much time outdoors as I can. You can also find me in the kitchen trying to learn the intricacies of gluten free cooking.

Denise Yager

I remember how good I felt after my first yoga class was in 1995. I was working as a Medical Technologist for a group of exercise physiologists in Dallas at the time. Being naturally fast moving, (for many years my nickname was, Grace, considering how many times I would trip over various things) and fast talking, I loved the calmness and new awareness I found on the yoga mat. After a job change, two children, and a move to the Crystal Lake area, I was searching for an outlet to reconnect me to my body mind and spirit and also make a few friends. My husband suggested I find a yoga class since he had remembered how much I enjoyed it. My once a week class led me to find a local studio and then teacher training in 2003.
I have enjoyed the opportunity to teach students of all ages throughout the years. In addition to the physical practice of asana, I like to include elements of breathing and learning in my classes which help bring yoga into the daily lives of my students. When students leave my class they feel happy, relaxed and feel successful in their practice.

Kate Halma, RYT 200

I practiced various forms of the Ancient Art of Yoga since the early 1980s, and was certified RYT 200 in Iyengar Yoga in 2004. I specialize in providing instruction for all abilities and encourage incorporating the lessons of yoga off the mat and into life for individual health and wellbeing.

Kelly Edwards

My teaching style is an unexpected mix of strong, conscious movement peppered with whimsy and playfulness. With a conscious effort to align and move properly, I create flows that will leave you curious and wanting more. Expect to arrive in Savasana with plenty to process and digest, ridding yourself of that which no longer serves you and making space for the lessons that will help you grow. I enjoy teaching in a way where the strength and grace that is learned on the mat can be used in the daily grind. Yoga is a lifelong journey, everyone is a student, and we all have so much to teach one another!

Lisa Matras

My yoga practice began in the early 2000s and I quickly fell in love with this beautiful practice that we call yoga. Working as a registered nurse, my personal practice became a tool to manage stress. For me, Yoga practice helps to cultivate a life of integrity, spiritual growth and physical, emotional, and mental well-being. I completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program in 2011. As a teacher, my goal is for students to regain and maintain Optimal Health, through breath, movement, and meditation and to take this Peaceful Practice off the mat and out into our world. We need it now more than ever.

Swati Mhaske. B.A.M.S, MSc. Pharm.

I am an Ayurveda Physician with a Bachelor of Ayurveda Medical Science from India and also hold a Masters in Pharmaceutical Medicine.

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian Healing System of natural healing and holistic medicine. Ayurveda means “the science of life” (the Sanskrit root ayur means “longevity” or “life” and veda means “knowledge”). While modern medicine tends to focus on the management of disease, the primary goal of Ayurveda is to prevent disease and to help people live long, healthy and balanced lives. A disease in Ayurveda is an imbalance in the three doshas (basic energy types) – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each individual has a unique balance of these three doshas and this uniqueness governs the body type, energy levels, appetite and even emotions. Ayurvedic healing is a holistic approach to restore balance in body and mind that results in happier and healthier life.

With an extensive knowledge and experience in Ayurveda for 11 years now, I have hands on training in Panchakarma (detoxification and body cleanse procedures). I offer one-on-one Ayurvedic consultations in treating lifestyle disorders, hormonal imbalances, Fertility issues and other health imbalances in adults and children.

An Ayurvedic consultation with me will determine your Prakriti (natural body type) and the imbalances in doshas using Ayurvedic Pulse reading, reflexes and vital signs, as well as Tongue reading, and health and lifestyle assessment. Ayurvedic treatment is personalized to an individual and takes body, mind and spirit into consideration. It involves careful application of a well-balanced healthy diet, lifestyle changes, stress relief and various herbal remedies to heal. I will recommend personalized services that bring balance to the body and mind.

Contact Swati to make an appointment: email dr.mhaske or at

JoJo Sorgani

Yoga has been a part of my life for 17 years. I first came to yoga because of my aching shoulders and back from being a hairstylist. My first class was on 9-11-2001. I debated going because of what had just happened at the World Trade Center in New York. The yoga teacher, who happened to be Ann Waring, started the class by setting an intention of peace to the world. We did some breath work and I began to feel relaxed and by the end of class, I was in a better place mentally. I realized then that yoga wasn't just about the physical body, but also about connecting the mind and spirit. Yoga now inspires me to live each moment more mindfully.

I completed my 200 hour training at the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Center in 2016. In that same year, I traveled to India where lessons I learned from that experience will stay with me forever. I will always be a student of the Yoga, and I’m deeply grateful for the wisdom my teachers have shared with me.

I love to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness, and a dose of inspiration to help deepen your practice. My hope is that you wil step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished, and balanced.

Amy Primeau

My yoga practice began in 2000 and has evolved over the past 20 years. The sense of calmness that I experience on the mat has helped me realize the true value of stillness. Yoga has helped me deal with anxiety, depression and trauma. The physical, mental and emotional healing I’ve personally experienced inspired me to complete yoga teacher training in 2013. Coincidently the year I earned my teaching certificate I also became pregnant with my son and I was lucky enough to teach throughout my entire pregnancy. I now see how asanas often mimic the very same natural movements of a developing child. Reconnecting with these movements help us reconnect with ourselves.

Through asana, breathwork and mindfulness I guide students to a place of physical and mental freedom. I offer a safe and supportive space to fully engage in your practice.

Linda Cannizzo

Yoga has been a part of my life for the last 16 years. As a busy mom of 4 young children, I found my way to the yoga mat to help reduce stress and come back to myself. I fell in love with yoga immediately and made my practice a priority. I wanted to share the benefits of what I was learning and experiencing with others and decided to become a yoga instructor. I received my 200-hour certification in 2009 and went on to get my 500- hour certification in 2013.

I enjoy working with students of all ages and abilities. I create a safe and caring environment for my students to explore their practice. I feel it is important to meet each student where they are. My relaxed approach helps students connect mind, body, and spirit through gentle movement, breathwork and guided meditation.