Javinta Armoska: Javinta is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor at the Introductory II Level. She started practicing yoga in 2003, as a fun activity with her kids. As her interest in yoga grew, she completed the 200 hour teacher training in 2010, at the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Center in Palatine, IL. While in the program, she discovered Iyengar Yoga and was immediately drawn to its high demand for attention, precision to detail, and transformative power on the body and mind. Javinta went through years of rigorous training and become certified in the Iyengar Yoga method in 2016. Since 2011, Javinta attended numerous workshops, classes, conferences, and trainings in the Iyengar method in North America and Europe. She also traveled to Pune, India in 2016 to study with BKS Iyengar’s granddaughter Abhijata Shridar at Yoganushasanam Intensive. Javinta continues her yoga training with Senior Intermediate III Iyengar Yoga teacher, Chris Saudek. Javinta has a deep interest in yoga philosophy and connecting it to her practice and teaching.
Boguslawa ‘Bea’ Dworecki: Bea is a certified Introductory II Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Her yoga journey started around 2004 under Joan Hurd and Mary Beth Robertson. In 2011 Bea was introduced to Iyengar Yoga method in Pranayama Yoga Studio and was instantly intrigued by its emphasis on detail, precision and alignment. Under tutelage and mentoring of Jennie Williford and demanding studies, she became the certified Iyengar Yoga teacher in 2016.
Bea is continuing to deepen her Iyengar Yoga studies by daily home practice, by attending conferences, weekly classes in Yoga Co-op of Madison as well as teacher trainings with Chris Saudek, Senior Intermediate Level III Iyengar Yoga teacher.
Bea enjoys the holistic practice of Iyengar Yoga, including both the physical and philosophical aspects. She is excited and grateful to share the joy and wonderful benefits of yoga with her students.
Molly McNett has been studying yoga at Pranayama studio since 2007. She also attends Iyengar classes and workshops in Urbana, IL and Madison, WI where she is in the process of teacher training with the goal of Iyengar certification. Molly is also a writer and English teacher, and is especially interested in the philosophy of yoga, and how we can bring what we learn in class into our daily lives.
Bob Schaye: Bob has been a student of yoga since 2002. With his experience in many other forms of exercise, he finds that nothing comes close to the same feeling, understanding, and exultation that yoga, and especially Iyengar Yoga, provides. Bob is humbled and overwhelmed by the engagement of body, mind, and soul taught by the Iyengar style of yoga. He is happy to share the effect of healing, rebuilding, and repairing that serves to motivate yoga students from within.
Beverlee Burke began practicing yoga in 1993 and has been teaching yoga since 2000. Her practice has supported and guided her through numerous life transitions large and small, most recently her move to Illinois from California. Beverlee teaches to share yoga benefits, such as physical well-being, mental and emotional clarity. She specializes in therapeutic, restorative and adaptive yoga. Among her teachers are such leaders in the yoga community as Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, Judith Hanson Lasater, Tias Little and Donna Farhi.
Beverlee’s teaching style has been described as “kindness and compassion embodied.” Her yoga classes weave together her extensive training and experience in Iyengar, viniyoga, restorative and yin yoga, as well as drawing on other somatic studies such as Body-Mind Centering and Feldenkrais, to craft yoga sequences that balance movement with breath and lead students to experience confidence and joy in their bodies.
Kelsey Helms has been practicing yoga since early 2014 when she began taking classes at Pranayama Yoga studio under Jennie Williford. She finds the Iyengar method to be the most rewarding style of practice thanks to the demand for high quality teaching, focus on correct alignment and posture, and that it is deeply rooted in philosophy. She enjoys the self-awareness, mental quiet, and endless physical benefits to all systems of the body that can be received by a disciplined Iyengar practice. She attends classes and workshops with various teachers in the Midwest, including teacher trainings taught by Senior Intermediate Level III Chris Saudek. Always working toward bringing together mind, body, and spirit, she enjoys teaching others to do the same.
Joy Higgins is a retired registered nurse, Yoga instructor RYT-500 , Certified Yoga Tune Up® instructor and iRest® Yoga Nidra Teacher in training. She began her yoga journey in 1986 and has been teaching classical Hatha yoga (Sivananda lineage), yin yoga, pranayama and meditation since 2012. Her passion for yoga philosophy, meditation, Sanskrit and devotional practices is balanced with a strong asana practice. Joy currently teaches at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Chicago, IL.
Joy’s cheerful, fun-loving and positive teaching style allows students to relax and enjoy their experience in class which facilitates the discovery of the intricacies and nuances of their own anatomical structure in a supportive and joyful space. She fosters the belief that movement is medicine and this empowers her and her students to live fully, gracefully and pain-free in their body and mind. She is dedicated to helping others find their “happy place” by assisting them to embody their body and breath through mindful attention and awareness both in movement and in stillness.