Diana Smoot – Yoga Instructor
Diana has been teaching yoga for over 6 years. She received her certification through Dancing Feet yoga. She use to be a competitive body builder. After developing lower back problems during pregnancy, she found traditional medicine to be inadequate and discovered the path of healing and balance for body and mind through Yoga. The challenges of being a full time Real Estate Broker with McColly Real Estate and raising two young daughters, who also attend her yoga classes, are daunting, to say the least. The solace and harmony that is achieved through Yoga are immeasurable. Diana believes that you are never too young or old to start the life long benefits achieved through yoga, so come nourish your mind, body and soul and practice yoga with her today! Diana believes that everyone should incorporate yoga, as a key health benefit for a better quality of life!
Kellie has dedicated herself to the practice, study, and teaching of yoga since she realized the balance it brings to all aspects of her life. She began practicing yoga in college to benefit her long distance running. Kellie fell in love with the yoga community, and the endless opportunities for learning and discovery that yoga offers.
Her background in Elementary Education has helped her create a warm, welcoming, and exciting environment in her classes. She bases her teachings off of generating confidence, curiousness, and courage in her students. She truly believes that yoga can be for anyone and everyone. Kellie attributes her playful and accepting philosophy to her teachers Stephanie Rosenblum and Gina Marciano of Yeah Yoga, who shared their knowledge by encouraging their students to have fun, push their boundaries, and explore.
Mary Marshall – Yoga Instructor & Studio Manager
Mary’s passion for yoga originated with the discovery of the oneness that exists among all living things through the breath. Through Yoga, Mary found a philosophy, that for the first time in her life, truly brought on peace of mind, relief from anxiety & stress… a true path to happiness. Starting off as a student of East Wind Studios, Mary quickly discovered the direction her life needed to take as that of a Yoga teacher. Mostly, she celebrates the union that is Yoga: of mind, body, soul and connection to the world around her.
Mary received her certification as a Vinyasa Yoga teacher from Yoga Six in Chicago, IL under Angie Starz & Jenna Reddington. Mary’s educational background is in Marketing & Management from the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago. The passion to not only teach yoga, but also help educate others about the yoga philosophy and practice to the Community is her driving force. Mary is also the Marketing & Events specialist for East Wind Acupuncture (parent company), a Traditional Chinese Medicine practice in Chesterton.
Anne Hurley-Larkin – Yoga Instructor
I am a philosopher, mother, wife, sister, daughter, and lover of flexibility of the mind and body. My practice of yoga has evolved over the past 18 years from an asana practice to a meditative practice to a living mindfully in all aspects of life. Through my practice, I have studied anatomy, Ayurvedic medicine, and Eastern thought. I attempt to take into account each student’s physical, emotional, and mental state when I teach. I hope to share peace by allowing the body, breath, and mind to come into its maximum range.
I am a Samapatti certified teacher by Mike Zolfo at the Yoga Room in Crown Point. Samapatti includes teachings from all the schools of Hatha and Raja yoga. It emphasizes the transformative aspects of yoga. I have worked with the elderly, preschoolers, high school and college athletic teams, and everyone in between. I love to bring yoga to everyone.
Tina Rogers- Amrit Yoga & Yoga Nidra Instructor/ Reiki Practitioner
Jennifer Nolan- Yoga Instructor
Rebecca Libauskas – Meditation Instructor
Rebecca is thrilled to be facilitating mediation classes at East Wind Studios! She is a busy mother of two girls, and a Case Manager at The Caring Place.
To balance the hustle of everyday life, Rebecca found meditation! What started as a hobby, turned into a habit that changed Rebecca’s life. Now, it is her mission is to promote healing through the art of meditation. Her style is eclectic— sampling from a variety of techniques including: color meditation, intention meditation, chakra cleansing, loving-kindness, zazen, mindfulness, yoga nidra, and mantra meditation. She uses these as tools within guided meditation.
Students will be guided through a visual quest into spirit. This can mean different things to different people, and it’s Rebecca’s pleasure to become a vehicle to each students’ higher self.
Rebecca’s intention is aligned with Rumi’s poem: “I have come to drag you out of yourself and take you in my heart. I have come to bring out the beauty you never knew you had and lift you like a prayer to the sky.”
Michael Obregon – Meditation Instructor
Mike is a Certified Meditation Instructor and he is looking forward to sharing what he has learned about meditation over the past couple years while studying and practicing various schools of Buddhist meditation. Mike is a Zen practitioner and Mike continually strives to make Zen teachings and practices a integral part of his life.
Mike does mindful awareness (Zazen) meditations on a daily basis as part of his practice and this helps him stay focused and present as well as help him cope with the stress of everyday life.
Mike will show students some of the Basic Mindful Awareness Meditation techniques he has learned to help students stay in the here and now and cope with the stresses that come with day to day life. Mike would also like to stress that you don’t need to be a Buddhist or become a Buddhist to practice mindful awareness meditation. It is practiced by many different people of many different faiths, beliefs, and backgrounds. So all are welcome!
Chris Brandt – Pilates Instructor
Chris has been a certified group fitness instructor for 23 years and a personal fitness trainer for 7 years. She has taught all types of different fitness classes and has been teaching yoga for 5 years. Her classes emphasize good form, function and strength.
Her loving, kind-centered approach, balanced with her love of the strong, physical body, has develop Chris into the practice of Pilates which focuses much more on strength and flexibility through core development. Pilates melds Eastern calm practice like yoga with more Western practice of strength (bodybuilding). Her classes focus on core development and is great for those looking for more physically challenges.
Lisa Filbert- Pilates & Barre Instructor
Lisa is very passionate about creating good, safe, posture and movement to use in daily living. Plank parties and flexibility are two of her favorite tools. She wants her clients to be pain free and feeling good physically and mentally. If one doesn’t have fun while exercising, then they are most likely not going to continue. Working out should be fun, because it is so good for our bodies. Lisa’s philosophy is to make sure the client not only sees results, but is also enjoying their time at the gym!
Lisa became a trainer because she wanted to help motivate people to become healthier and to feel better physically! She has been on the other side and has struggled with confidence in her own physical appearance, and therefore can sympathize with many. Together we can become healthier and happier about ourselves-that is Lisa’s goal for everyone!
Lisa is certified in: AAFA Group Fitness, USASF, CPR, AED, First Aid, NASM Personal Trainer, Silver Sneaker, LesMills Body Combat, LesMills Body Pump and Barre Intensity.