Meet The Staff

Nancy Meyers – Owner/Yoga Teacher

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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

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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!

 

 


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!


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!


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.

Certifications
2000 Ayurvedic Nutrtion
2005 YogaFit
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.

 


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!


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 almost every weekday morning, except Tuesdays, and loves adding lots of variety to her classes.


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.


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!


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.


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.

 


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 taken classes at the studio for many years and began teaching yoga on Friday nights in 2018.


Tiana Richardson – Yoga

Tiana was trained in Core Power Yoga and began teaching for Happy Hour in 2018.  She 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.


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.


Amy Bunton – Yoga

Amy has years of experience and it shows.  She teaches Fast Yoga and her high energy, positive attitude shines through and will keep you going in all her classes.

Amy teaches every Tuesday night and is a breath of fresh air.  Her talent and experience shine through each time you practice with her.