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.
“Nancy really puts you at ease with her wonderful sense of humor. She has an amazing balance in her practice between light-hearted fun and deep soul searching. I love that I can go to her class and she has me laughing one minute and then she is bringing up thought provoking quotes and stories that helps me to more aware of how we carry ourselves through this life. I really enjoy her as a teacher. She is wonderful!” (warm slow and let go)
“One of my favorite classes with an amazing lady! I wish everyone would try this just once! Even one day a week is a game changer re: flexibility, relief of painful muscles and joints and has taught me to slow down and deal with discomfort on many levels. It’s become essential to me.” (let go)
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.
Angie teaches on Saturday mornings and Monday nights and has consistently been the studio’s “top performing staff member” throughout 2018. She is one of the very first instructors at the studio, and is very loved by all her clients!
“Angie makes you sweat! She is great at introducing each move AND modifications as well as not making me feel stupid for mixing or messing up the choreography 😁” (kickboxing)
“Angie always delivers a “kick your butt” workout. Her cues and direction are excellent! Her energy and drive motivate me to push farther.” (reformer)
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.
Bonnie teaches on Sunday mornings, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. She has been at the studio for many years!
“Bonnie works me hard and I appreciate every minute.” Body toning ball
“Fantastic. Bonnie is absolutely wonderful!” (reformer)
“Bonnie really knows what she is doing and meets the needs of her clients.” (reformer)
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.
Michelle was the first person to introduce yoga to the once pilates-only studio. She teaches on Saturday mornings, and has for many years!
“Josh and I so enjoyed your last class we came back for more! You’re an awesome instructor with really excellent cueing. Blessed in you Michelle! Thank you so much for the 75 minute vacation from life! 😊. Xoxo” (Warm Slow and Let Go)
“Excellent cues and positive message. Instructor gave different options for different levels, which I appreciate.” (Warm Slow)
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
Lucky for us, Jen eagerly subs many classes at the studio. And she too has been with the studio for many many years.
“Jen’s classes always exceed expectations.” (Warm Slow)
“Great pace to the Sun Salutations – really enjoyed Jen’s class!” (Winter Solstice)
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!
Cassandra teaches group classes at the studio, including Xtend Barre, POP pilates and TRX. She teaches on Mondays in the morning and again at night, and again on Tuesday mornings. She has been at the studio for many years. She teaches a tough class, always with the sweetest smile!
“I love this class! I’m continually surprised at the amazing workouts I receive with virtually no impact on my joints! Cassandra is gem! You can’t help but smile through her whole class, while she kicks your butt! Simply a beautiful person!” (Xtend Barre)
“I have given this class two tries so far and boy is it AMAZING! Cassandra is an extraordinary instructor who keeps you motivated even when you feel like you can’t push through any further! I am so glad I found my new weekly workout routine! :)” (Xtend Barre)
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.
Vicki teaches most weekday mornings, and loves adding lots of variety to her classes.
“Excellent cues, class flow, and offering options for a harder workout. Great class!!” (Reformer)
“Excellent cues and flow. Instructor had different exercises, and “wow” was I sore for a couple of days after that. Thank you!” (Reformer )
“Love Ms. Viki, she is very calming and understanding. She makes me feel comfortable and appreciated for whatever level I am able to exercise in her class.” (Tower)
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!”
Tara teaches on Wednesday evenings, with a unique sense of calm and peace.
“Wow! Great workout. Namaste.” (Fast Yoga)
“Tara, Thank you SO much for today! You are a blessing to me and so many others! Awesome class and boy did I need the yin/let go afterwards! I’ll see you tomorrow!!! Xox” (Warm Slow and Let Go)
Marianne Campo – Yoga
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.
Marianne teaches early bird yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as a little later on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings. She has an obvious passion for teacher, and she folds the blankets like a rockstar!
“Excellent cues, flow and message. Thank you for having her guide in the early am. I’m so glad she’s willing.” (slow yoga)
“Excellent class!! Great cues and message. Thank you.” (slow yoga)
“I loved this class. Just the right amount of pace for a great workout. Loved that she showed every move to do for the beginner like me. She moved at a perfect pace. I would love to make her class a regular of mine 😊” (Warm Slow and Let Go)
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.
Suzanne teaches on Friday mornings and has her own photography business as well. She has an eye for beautiful pictures and a beautiful practice.
“Really enjoyed Suzanne’s class. Challenging practice followed with just the right amount of yin to balance it out. Will definitely go again.” (Warm Fast and Let Go)
“Suzanne did an excellent job and I truly felt the burn – especially the next day in my obliques! This class is a cardio fitness workout that my body really needs! Namaste: (Warm Fast and Let Go)
“I really enjoyed this slow paced, yet challenging hour! Suzanne is warm and caring. Her cueing is excellent and calming. I’ll def be back! Thank you Suzanne!!!” (Warm Slow)
Jennifer Glockner – Orbit
Jennifer began teaching Orbit at Happy Hour Yoga in 2017, after being a long time client at the studio. A short time later she was certified as a pilates teacher, teaching the reformer. Later in the year the studio started their one and only Let Go More class, which is stretching on the reformer. You won’t find this class at any other studio. Very deep stretches, while bringing the awareness to the breath, incorporating yin yoga with the pilates reformer.
Jen teaches on Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoon and evening, and again on Friday afternoons. You’ll love her soft, caring, friendly approach to teaching her classes.
“It’s a workout! Don’t be intimated by it if you haven’t tried it; Jennifer is warm and welcoming to all (levels) 😊” (orbit)
“My new favorite class! Instructor had very good cues.” (orbit)
“Love Jennifer’s Tuesday reformer class!” (Reformer)
Kate Evans – Yoga
I started doing yoga in my living room around 2009 (20 minutes here and there with a T.V. show). Then, in 2011, Michelle Batauer became my first real teacher and I never looked back. I’m also a mental health counselor and became fascinated by the positive impact yoga has on the mental/emotional. I decided to train as an instructor to help deepen my mental health work, and fell in love with yoga all over again, knowing immediately that I had to teach it as well. I saved my body through yoga, now I maintain it, deepen my own practice and pass on my joy to others in every way I can. My passion lies with Hatha, Yin, and Yoga Therapy. Classes with me will often bring you to a new understanding of your body and your practice, combining something a little new with the foundation of the traditional.
Kate has been a student at the studio for many years and began teaching on Friday nights in 2018.
“First yoga class I attended and was good. Kate worked slow and demonstrated all poses. Made sure to assist in correcting poses as well. Would definitely take her class again!” (Warm Slow)
Tiana Richardson – Yoga
Tiana was trained in Core Power Yoga and incorporates weights in her warm yoga classes. It is a very fast passed, fun class!
Tiana and her family have gone to the studio for years. Tiana began teaching Yoga Sculpt on Wednesday night after she got her certification in 2018.
“The instructor is excellent with her energy, cues, and flow of class.” (Yoga Sculpt)
Mary Gustafson – Yoga
Mary began teaching Let Go (yin yoga) at the studio in 2018 after many years of practice. You will love her words of wisdom, her weighted blanket and the wealth of knowledge she has after her travels to Sri Lanka, and her biography about Bhante Sujatha, a Buddhist monk.
Mary teaches every Tuesday night. She is one of a kind and adds such wisdom and insight to all her classes.
“I have been having a rough few days…Mary’s soothing voice and things to think about really help melt it all away. Bravo on your first class.” (let go)
“Mary’s messages throughout class are very inspiring. I left feeling very relaxed.” (let go)
“Mary was awesome! Such a relaxing and restorative class,especially late at night.” (let go)
Amy Bunton – Yoga
Amy Bunton (E-RYT 200) has been practicing yoga with Jonny Kest for over fifteen 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. Beginning at Center for Yoga in Michigan, Amy has landed herself in the Chicagoland region, where she teaches at Happy Hour Yoga. 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.
“Amy was amazing. I like that she is very hands on in a therapeutic way and her vibe is very peaceful and non—judgmental. Her energy was very positive and I enjoyed her use of the yoga props throughout the class. This yin pace is very calming and this class was incredibly relaxing. Namaste.” (let go)
“First time with Amy. Incredible, dynamic class! Enjoyed the pace and Amy’s changes to moves and poses that I’ve traditionally done. Coming back for sure!” (Warm Fast)
“Love Amy! She is a delight! Highly recommend her Warm Fast Yoga classes. She puts together challenging and fun sequences, with impeccable cueing.” (Warm Fast)