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.
Jameela Ali – Yoga Instructor
Jameela developed her affinity for yoga over the last seven years and in 2016, completed her teaching certification in yoga alignment and therapy in Thailand. Among the many styles of yoga available, her focus is mainly hatha, yin and restorative postures that allow one to recenter and come back to themselves while also expanding awareness of the body and breath. To complement the physical aspects of yoga, Jameela is currently studying the philosophical writings of yoga through the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
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.
Tina Rogers- Yoga & Yoga Nidra Instructor/ Reiki Practitioner
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 looking forward to sharing what he has learned about meditation over the past couple years while studying and attending Buddhist Temples in Chicago and NWI. Mike is a practicing Buddhist and is a member the Midwest Buddhist Temple in Chicago, IL. Mike continues to study various Buddhist teachings from the Mahāyāna school, in particular Jodo Shin Shu and he is beginning to study and practice the Rinzai Zen school of Buddhism.
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 mindful awareness meditation techniques he has learned to hopefully help students stay in the here and now and cope with the stresses that come with day to day life in our busy worlds.