Happy Hour Yoga was previously Body and Mind Pilates Plus. BMPP was created in 2002 by Julie Williams.
Early in 2017, Julie spoke to me, Nancy Meyers, about buying her pilates studio as she planned to move to Florida with her family. Five months later and after lots of help from Julie, the transaction was complete. I brought more yoga to the pilates studio, having experienced that the two together are a perfect combination! I love the feeling of the studio and the people who have made it their space, and I hope you do too.
Happy Hour Yoga is a wonderful space for people to come together, escape from the world for a bit, and disappear into a calm, friendly, warm space… a home away from home… and truly experience a happy hour!
Nancy Meyers – Owner/Yoga Teacher
Shortly after my son was born in 2005 I started taking yoga classes and I loved it! I saw and felt changes immediately! I took Lifepower yoga teacher training (Johnny Kest) in 2013 only to deepen my practice; however, once I was certified, I decided to teach! I really enjoy teaching ~ I try to make it fun and add a little humor when I can. In 2016 I attended another teacher training in Costa Rica with Eric and Caren Paskel. I have taught Yoga Teacher Training myself and loved the experience of teaching others how to teach yoga. Yoga has truly changed my life.
Angie Hasse – Pilates
I began as a client of Julie Williams’, the previous owner of Happy Hour Yoga (Body and Mind Pilates Plus) in March 2006 and the Pilates Method quickly became my love and passion. I began training under Julie in May 2008. Currently, I am Fully Certified in Mat Pilates through Pilates Institute of America (PIA). I have completed my full apparatus training in preparation for Full Certification through Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). Additionally, I am a certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant through the American Fitness Professionals and Associates. I have personally experienced the hardships and challenges which come with losing weight, and it excites me to now help others experience the joy of becoming a healthy person.
Bonnie Beck – Pilates/Orbit
I have always enjoyed going to the gym and working out, but as I was getting older and starting to see some changes within my body I decided to go to a nutritionist and start a more personal training program. Reading and hearing so many positive things about pilates I started training at a studio in Crystal Lake. I LOVED IT! And continued taking classes at least five days a week. In 2008 I decided to begin my training to learn to teach pilates. I got certified for mat and reformer pilates with June Kahn. I also changed studios and came to Body and Mind Pilates (now Happy Hour Yoga). There I continued learning, as I started training with the owner, Julie, on all the apparatus pieces. I now continue to build on my trainings with other certifications like piloxing, zumba, and yoga. I am working towards my hours to take the Pilates Method Alliance certification. Pilates has truly changed my life, I love every minute that I can learn and help others learn.
Michelle Bathauer McMahon – Yoga
I’ve been practicing Yoga on and off since 2002. After realizing how much better yoga made me feel not only physically, but mentally and emotionally—I decided I wanted to share it. After receiving my 200 Hour RYT in 2011 from LifePower Yoga, I was able to begin my teaching journey. I love leading classes that are designed for everybody and Every Body, as well as making practice fun and light. Allowing students to have an authentic, unique, and non-judgmental space to practice is the core of my teaching.
Jen Frisby – Yoga Sub
I have been practicing yoga for about 10 years. I would go so far as to say it saved my life. I was a marathon runner and continually worked out with no caution. I beat my adrenals to a pulp and found myself in the hospital several times. With yoga came balance. The changes happened not only physically but mentally. My classes are challenging and fun! The benefits of yoga are felt immediately and with continued practice comes lasting transformation.
2000 Ayurvedic Nutrtion
2011 Yoga Alliance 200 RYT
2014 Foundation Training
Cassandra Grove – Xtend Barre/TRX
Fitness has always been a joy and drive in my life. I believe in respecting our bodies by taking the best care of them we are able to, and then some, but also the balance of never getting so lost in a healthy lifestyle that it takes priority over those we love. Personally I have found such peace in running, hiking, pilates, and barre that it motivated me to get others to love it too. In 2010 I was certified in BeyondBarre in New York and taught there up until moving to this area. Now, in 2015, I received my certification to teach Xtend Barre. I am thrilled to help all to reach their fitness goals and feel their body’s full potential!
Vicki Marchese – Pilates
I began doing Pilates after my first son was born in 2006. I quickly grew to LOVE Pilates as I saw how I got my figure back after having a baby. Pilates grew to become a part of my weekly routine. I started Pilates with Julie in 2008 and loved being a part of the BMPP family. I have always loved to exercise. Running, Yoga and strength training have always been a part of my daily routine. I previously owned Brodhead Health and Fitness and taught many fitness classes there. I worked in health care for 20+ years and semi retired when I had my children. I always knew I wanted to teach again someday. In July of 2017 I found that to be the time and make that DREAM to teach come true. I want to teach others Pilates, what I have grown to love and appreciate. Currently, I am certified in reformer, tower, barrel and arc Pilates through Balanced Body. I am working towards my comprehensive Pilates instructor training and hope to have that completed by the end of this year 2017. Additionally, I live in Crystal Lake with my husband Joe and we have 2 boys Alex 11 and Nicholas 9. Family is everything to me and adding Pilates and yoga to my day helps to keep a well balanced life style.
Tara Michelini – yoga
Tara has been practicing yoga and incorporating its philosophy into her life since 2004. In the spring of 2011, she received her 200-hour teacher training through LifePower Yoga. Since then, she has taught a variety of yoga styles, including Hatha, Vinyassa, Hot, Yin, Power and Sculpt. She teaches both group and private classes. She is passionate about continuing her education and deepening her knowledge of yoga. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to teach so many styles of yoga and to help students to grow physically, mentally and spiritually as they embark on their own personal journeys.
“My favorite part of yoga is knowing that wherever I am, I can take a class, meet wonderful people and surround myself with a tribe of like-minded people. The yoga community is one of love, acceptance and understanding, and for this, I am eternally grateful!”
Living a healthy lifestyle and being a fitness enthusiast, while at the same time having a full time job and running a household, can be quite a challenge. It was during this stressful time in 1998 when I lived in MI, that I was introduced to yoga. That first yoga class with well-known yogi master Jonny Kest, not only got me hooked on this ancient practice, but it forever changed my life. I realized that “working-in” by synchronizing breath & movement while balancing my own weight doing challenging yoga poses was so much harder than “working-out” with equipment or weights at the gym. My long journey with yoga has proven that the more you practice, the more you crave it; however, the very best part of being a certified yoga teacher is that it allows me to share with you the force of yoga and the inner peace it brings along.
Suzanne Pesce – Yoga
Suzanne has been teaching yoga for 2 and a half years, and practicing for 6. Her deep love for yoga developed during very challenging times in her personal life. The physical and mental practice of Yoga helped Suzanne rediscover the strength she had on and off of her mat. Growing up as a dancer, she is able to tap into that spirit with Vinyasa Flow styled yoga, making it her favorite type to practice and teach.
Jennifer Glockner – Orbit
Jennifer began teaching Orbit at Happy Hour Yoga in 2017, after being a long time client at the studio. She loves teaching Orbit and you’ll love her soft, caring, friendly approach to teaching her classes.
Amy Bunton – Yoga
Amy Bunton (E-RYT 200) has been practicing yoga with Jonny
Kest for over fiffteen years. Beginning yoga as something to enjoy with her mother while she was in high school, her passion for flowing and allowing one to find their own light has launched her into the world of teaching. Amy got her start at Center for Yoga in Michigan, and has landed herself in the Chicagoland region. Amy has also had the pleasure of assisting her mentors, Jonny Kest and Kelli Harrington, at the Wanderlust Yoga Festival in Squaw Valley (Lake Tahoe, California). She has facilitated 200-hour yoga teacher trainings at various locations and has also created her own Restorative Yin Yoga Teacher Training.
Amy’s goals are to create community, build compassion, and allow her
students to flow freely as they live the lives they love, and love the lives they live.