Jeannine Bush Clinton E-RYT 500

E-RYT 200 E-RYT 500

E-RYT 200 E-RYT 500

Jeannine Bush Clinton E-RYT 500, is the Director of Essencia Yoga’s Registered Yoga School, offering 200 RYT and 300 RYT Accredited Certifications.

As the Lead Instructor to both the 200 Hour teacher training certification and the 300 Hour Advanced Training Program, Jeannine instructs each class with a commitment to share the essence of yoga, with the intention of inviting the practitioner to unite to their own essence in the process.

She integrates the wealth of treasure found through connecting with ancient tradition and ritual, having come through the Sivananda Line of instructors, as well as the very intuitive flow found in more modern expressions of Vinyasa Flow.  Her attention to detail has gradually become highlighted as she has personally experienced a renewed commitment to the growth and development that can occur with cultivating the core structure and alignment of an individual's practice (of asana/of teaching) from the grounding established in the foundational principles of yoga, integrating mind, body and spirit.

This balanced blend is formed and informed by her training received under various styles of instructors, some of which have brought about great affirmation of her intuition and some of which have kept her accountable with a more definitive approach. She incorporates into her teachings, the eight limbs of yoga, asana, pranayama, meditation, world music with tribal beats, silence and the restorative healing found in a more restorative approach as well.

Practicing since 2000, Jeannine views yoga classes, workshops, and trainings as opportunities to create a space for people to make key connections where needed.  Yoga meets us where we are, inviting the breath in, releasing the toxins out, invigorating the muscles, bringing a greater sense of calm, adding greater balance and focus, while eliminating stress.  This will bring about a clearing out of varying forms of doubt, fear and illusion; freeing up the whole person, to shine forth with greater vigor, as they live in greater alignment with their darma, their essence, their life purpose.

Kate Fleming

After a dozen or so years of a committed to one yoga teacher practice Kate decided it was time to delve deeper into the many facets of yoga that comes with teacher training. A life long learner and teacher of many things, Kate discovered how deep and rich the word and world of yoga is. The more that you learn the more you find that you don't know. 

 In the beginning of her yoga teacher journey, Kate enjoyed working with teens, beginners, Tibetan meditation, and discovering all that yoga can offer. But after a chance encounter with another Essencia teacher trainee, Kate met Dana Fish and became certified to teach G.I. Yoga. Working with military veterans and their families has become her calling and now Kate is leading the G.I. Yoga team of teachers.

"strength, flexibility, balance...stress, anxiety, depression...focus, meditation, connection...there is yoga for that!"

Katie Dobry

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After spending my undergraduate and graduate school years immersing myself in psychology and child development, I found myself drawn towards helping children with special needs. I’ve spent (and continue to spend) my first 7 years in the professional realm working in an alternative school with students who struggle with learning, behavioral and emotional disorders. Through these impactful, eye opening, and sometimes emotionally jarring experiences with students, ages 5-22, I realized that yoga could be an incredible outlet for them to find relief, solace, and positive self-expression. 

It is with this intention that I entered 200 RYT training. As all good things mold and reshape themselves, my training became both an educational resource that I could serve to my students but more surprisingly a personal art form. During my training, I developed a profound passion for the physical and mental melding that occurs during a yoga class. This union of body and mind is what has shifted my individual interest and has lead me to finding personal growth and development through yoga. I am excited to bring my training to both my current students as well as future students as I have personally experienced the insightful impact it can have on one’s life.

Mary Rittenhouse-Howard

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Mary Rittenhouse-Howard found yoga for the first time almost 17 years ago. It was not until recently that yoga stopped being something she did and became part of who she is. Mary truly believes that yoga is for everyone despite age, body type or physical limitations and through constant practice and dedication the movements, breath and poses can find anyone. 

As a vegan of 20 years, Mary believes in practicing compassion on the mat and off. A wanderer by heart, she also believes that yoga is a useful tool to help still our sometimes restless minds , bodies and hearts. Her class style is typically playful, inviting, mindful and soothing. Her goal is to share her love for yoga with as many people as possible.

Mary completed her 200hr RYT with Jeannine Bush-Clinton and started her 300hr certification program in early 2016 also under the guidance of Jeannine as well. Her goal is to offer pranyama and meditation to her students, as well as asana, to offer a well balanced  mental and physical practice. Currently Mary teaches a variety of classes at Essencia including Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative. 

 

Stacey Zagortz

Stacey Zagortz

Stacey began practicing yoga in 2000. She initially came to the mat for yoga’s physical benefits and to break up the tedium of a normal exercise routine. After several years of practicing, she began to incorporate yoga’s breathing techniques into her practice which vastly enriched experiences on and off the mat. Stacey credits yoga with helping her be calmer and be a better mother, wife, and human being. A former school teacher, she has been a registered yoga teacher since 2008 and has a Master’s degree in Education.

Stacey became an instructor in an effort to help people have fun and tap into and enjoy all of the amazing abilities of their own, unique bodies. Her intention is to allow all practitioners to discover their own strength and flexibility to bring balance and a sense of equinity to their practice and their lives.

Susan Tauster

Susan Tauster has practiced and instructed hatha and kundalini yoga and meditation for nearly 20 years. Susan received her Kundalini Instructor Training through the 3HO Foundation (based in Espanola, NM).

As the former publisher of Vegetarian Times magazine, she understands the connection between a balanced diet and fitness regimen that includes yoga practice.

Susan has instructed both adults and children and is conversant in vegetarian diets and natural products and remedies. "Kundalini yoga has allowed me to more effectively integrate changes, both tangible and intangible, in a wide variety of situations." www.chantandchai.com

 

Rachel Rusin

"I began my yoga journey many years ago when I met another mom on the playground who was giving free yoga classes in her husband’s hair salon after hours. I have strayed from yoga here and there over the years, but always ended up coming back to the mat. My teachers have included Daren Friesen at Moksha Yoga in Chicago, where I began the 200-hour teacher training, Gary Kraftsow, and Aadil Palkhivala. I am currently finishing the 200-hour training with Jeannine Bush-Clinton here at Essencia, and will continue on with the 500-hour training. I have never found another activity that engages me on so many levels: yoga is physically challenging, requiring strength, flexibility, balance and concentration; it is mentally and emotionally challenging to stay focused in the present moment, to breathe intentionally, and to ride the emotions that arise; it is spiritually challenging to come to the end of myself in my practice, to connect to something bigger, and to surrender. I also love the aspect of play and joy that yoga brings to the surface as we move our bodies with the music of our breath in a reverent dance. As a teacher, I hope to weave all of these layers of practice together into a coherent and balanced class, one that gets you moving with asana but that also gets you thinking, feeling, worshiping, meditating, and finding freedom."

David Scott

After practicing yoga in the Chicago land area and all across the country for ten years, obtaining his RYT 200 at the Chicago Yoga Center in Lincoln Park was a continuation of David’s path.   David’s teacher, Suddha Weixler, has focused on B.K.S Iyengar based philosophies at his studio for over 30 years.   “Suddha opened my eyes and practice to so much, it was a blessing to train under Suddha and with my fellow students”.   

This past spring, David was riding his bike and needed a break, so he rested on the chairs outside this studio, not realizing it was a yoga studio.  “That’s yoga, I was open to my next journey, I didn’t try to force anything, and it just happened – Essencia found me”.   He loves practicing and learning along with his students.  The diversity of the yoga community, each person’s story, is highly valued by David.

David believes the change in perspective from ‘being” to “doing” is where the abundance awaits.   He loves adventure and recently took up paragliding while on a trip to California.  Trying new things, meeting new people and being open to learning from everyone.

Alignment, Breathing, Observing, Allowing, Reflecting -- are all part of his classes. 

Anna Thelen

"I fell in love with yoga about ten years ago during a hard and very care-intensive part of my life. Yoga was a space to rest, move, breathe and be gentle with myself. It still is to this day. 

 A year ago I decided to take the leap and do RYT 200 hour training, and completed the course of study in January 2016. I loved every intense and beautiful part of it.  The training itself shaped me physically and emotionally, and taught me more about myself, as well as yoga. 

 I love creating the space and opportunity for my students to find peace and movement on their mats. Touching people emotionally and physically for that time is a joy and a gift that I am grateful to participate in.

Besides teaching yoga in the area.  I am a professional nanny for two wee darlings and a certified Birth Doula. I delight in spending time with my precious friends, salsa dancing, drinking a really good latte while devouring a new book, and always, returning to my mat for my own yoga practice."

Christina Graham

"Christina has been a student of yoga since 2002. She began practicing in high school to combat stress and anxiety and found that yoga created a healing flexibility in both body and mind. Driven to share this practice with others, and to fuse her background in Western medicine with Eastern philosophies, she completed her teacher training with Tapas Yoga under the guidance of many wonderful teachers.  As a Nurse Practitioner working with adult and geriatric patients, Christina aims to help her patients and her students learn techniques to improve their health through lifestyle interventions including diet, exercise, yoga, and stress reduction. It is her goal to help all individuals maintain health, live mindfully, and foster compassion towards the self. She believes that yoga is for everyone, and enjoys practicing and teaching a slow yet challenging Hatha flow class suitable for all levels. She encourages and enjoys providing modifications for injuries and health conditions to make yoga accessible for all. In her free time, Christina enjoys being in nature, cooking, blogging, and spending time with her family. She is an animal lover, long-time vegetarian, and Certified Plant-Based Nutrition Consultant."


Guest teachers

Farrah Brown

Farrah Brown is a critical care Cardiac RN, 200-RYT certified yoga instructor and mom to two boys and one very spunky Beagle. Her passion is teaching yoga to children and teens, helping them see the physical and emotional benefits that yoga can bring. Her business Thalia Soul Care offers yoga and other workshops and events aimed at helping people find fullness of life through taking time to refresh their soul. 


Lisa Trunkenbolz

Lisa has always had a connection to the exploration of movement and the expression of her heart. She has been studying movement and yoga for the majority of her life and has been teaching since 2008. Her teaching style offers clear, precise alignment that is playful as well as soulful. A testament to the transformative, grounding, and healing power of the Yoga practice, Lisa’s mission is to encourage an inner intuitive listening and to raise one’s consciousness to embrace all aspects of the human experience freely. Through mindful practice, she supports people in honoring and appreciating themselves and provides a safe and non-judgmental space for them to discover their inherent greatness.


Corie Rectenwald

Corie has had an interest in yoga for many years but did not consistently start practicing until 2013. As a busy mom of 3, she seeks any opportunity she can for quiet moments of stillness and solace, and believes there is no better place to find it than on her yoga mat. While she values the physical strength that yoga offers, it’s the holistic mental and spiritual strength and awareness that keeps her committed to her practice.

She is a RYT 200 Power yoga instructor and Certified Senior Yoga Instructor and her teaching passions include vinyasa, gentle yoga for cancer patients and survivors, chair yoga and yoga for seniors.


Nicole Sopko

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Gopi Om (Nicole Sopko) first discovered yoga by chance and was instantly intrigued. She attended her first teacher training with the sole intention of learning more about the practice, but discovered the teachings of yoga to be so transformational that she couldn't keep them to herself and began teaching in 2005. Shortly after, her practice grew immensely due to the discovery and subsequent influence of her beloved Guru, Sri Dharma Mittra, who gave her the name Gopi. In recent years, Gopi has had the honor of assisting Dharma-ji at workshops nationwide, as well as appearing with him on television twice.

 

Gopi has completed the advanced level (500 hour & 800 hour) Life of a Yogi teacher trainings at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York. She feels blessed to have received and to carry on these teachings. She strives to live every moment as an offering to the divine and to pass on the teachings of yoga as they have been generously shared with her. She is a vegan of nearly 20 years who knows that veganism was her first yogic practice in embracing compassion for all beings. A believer in the power of yoga as a lifestyle, Gopi feels that a playful yoga practice enables a person to approach the more mundane aspects of life with a lighter heart and a more accepting attitude.

 

Gopi is the owner/director of Yoga Trek Center in Oak Park, IL where she also leads the teacher training program. Additionally, she works alongside her life partner, Dan, in the operation of his natural foods company, Upton's Naturals, and vegan cafe, Upton's Breakroom.


Samadhi Banks

Samadhi Banks, E-RYT 500, YACEP, IKYTA, has been practicing traditional Ashtanga yoga for nearly 15 years.  She credits this physically challenging yet meditative practice with her personal transformation from casual yoga student to dedicated practitioner, which eventually led to her path as a yoga teacher.  Her personal practice and dynamic teaching style are rooted in a deep passion for philosophical and spiritual understanding, combined with a commitment to the classical yoga principles that also allows for the application of yoga to every body and circumstance.  In her own recovery from colon cancer seven years ago, she used her Ashtanga practice to relieve pain, regain strength, and rebuild her stamina from the ground up after many surgeries and treatments.

In addition to Ashtanga, Samadhi also teaches Kundalini yoga and meditation, The Indigo Project children's yoga programs, and offers Teacher Training and workshops in Chicagoland, Dallas - Ft. Worth, and via destination retreats. She is a regular presenter at The Theosophical Society of America in Wheaton, including the annual Theosofest. Samadhi embraces yoga as a lifetime journey of self-discovery, consciousness, and evolution.