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 teach Yoga Teacher Training myself and love 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)
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 and 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 continued to build on my trainings with other certifications like piloxing, zumba, and yoga. Pilates has truly changed my life, I love every minute that I can learn and help others learn.
Bonnie teaches on Sunday mornings and subs whenever she can. 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)
Jennifer Glockner – Pilates and 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.
Jen teaches in the afternoons, and subs whenever she can. 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)
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 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, and have my comprehensive Pilates instructor training.
Vicki teaches weekday mornings, Monday and Wednesday evenings, and Saturday mornings. She 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)
Michelle Bathauer – 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 Monday nights!
“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)
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 and the wealth of knowledge she has after her travels to Sri Lanka, and her biography about Bhante Sujatha, a Buddhist monk. Mary was certified to teach yoga through Happy Hour with Eric Paskel and Nancy Meyers.
Mary teaches early Tuesday mornings, Thursday nights and Saturday morning. 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)
Jackie Gomolski – Yoga
Jackie started practicing yoga in 2007 as a way to maintain her strength and flexibility. She never expected it to slowly progress into a journey of self-love and discovery; looking for a way to deepen her practice, she completed her 200 hour YTT through LifePower Yoga. She creates a safe, non-judgemental space for students to move inward to find deeper meaning and inspiration.
Jackie’s approach to yoga remains balanced on breath and movement. Her classes offer creative sequencing, mindfulness, and personal connection. She is passionate about sharing this gift with her students to help them deepen their practice and grow both on and off the mat.
Jackie has small children at home. She teaches early Thursday mornings and subs when she can.
Savannah Lincoln – Yoga
Happy Hour was my first experience with yoga back in 2019 when finding a studio to practice at regularly was my New Year’s resolution. I fell in love with the practice and the community of amazing people that surrounds yoga as a whole. It was one Saturday morning class with Michelle that I felt the call to get certified and teach this amazing practice to others. I got my 200 hour certification that Fall at Melt Academy in Algonquin. Since then I have taught a vinyasa style practice. Getting to share yoga with others is one of my greatest joys and truly something that has improved every aspect of my life, not just physically. It’s my hope that everyone who comes to my classes feels both challenged and empowered by the time they walk out.
Savannah teaches every Tuesday night.
Gloriann Stangle – Barre
Gloriann has over twenty years of experience teaching all types of fitness classes. She teaches Barre at Happy Hour.
Diane Carpenter – Yoga
Diane’s yoga journey began over 15 years ago when she became a student of yoga to improve flexibility and recover from intense workouts. Her dedication to yoga practice deepened as she observed the effects of yoga on her daily life off the mat. She noticed how the practice of yoga created freedom in the body, mind and spirit, and opened pathways to love herself and others more deeply.
Diane is a board-certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, licensed Advanced Practice Nurse and has always been passionate about helping others achieve their highest level of wellness. Impacted by her personal yoga practice, Diane became a Registered Yoga Teacher in February 2017 to share yoga with others. As Diane’s interest in yoga and natural healing grew, she studied Ayurveda in 2019 and became a certified Ayurveda Yoga Specialist. Diane’s aspiration as a yoga teacher is to participate in the yoga journey with her students and support each student as they achieve their highest level of wellness and discover peace, happiness, and connection that the gift of yoga brings.
Diane teaches Breathe on Tuesday nights and is always willing to sub when needed.
Tracy Izquierdo – Pilates
Tracy was a student at Happy Hour for many years and decided to get her certification in 2019. She teaches pilates in the afternoons at Happy Hour.
Joanna Morse – Yoga
Joanna has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She joined the teacher training program at the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Center to deepen her knowledge of the yoga philosophy and the more advanced techniques in pranayama and meditation. She graduated from the program in 2012 and has been regularly teaching ever since. Joanna’s passion for her own practice both on and off the mat is grounded in the belief that we are all energetic and spiritual beings and that yoga helps us realize our full potential. She believes that life’s challenges are easier to deal with if we stay mindful of our inner landscape and learn to breathe deeply through life’s obstacles as they happen (with the occasional glass of wine in tow). Joanna loves to incorporate the elements of the yoga philosophy into her classes. She believes that yoga is a practice of longevity and she loves to share her experience by guiding her students through their practice in a safe and sustainable way.
Donna Collins – Pilates
Donna teaches Pilates reformer at Happy Hour Yoga.
Ross Ryan – Full Body Fit and Broga
Ross is a Health and Wellness Educator, as well as the Head Wrestling Coach at Crystal Lake South High School. He recently received his yoga teachers certification. He teaches Broga on Sundays and Mondays. He teaches Full Body Fit on Tuesdays nights and some Saturdays.
Betsy Goy –POP Pilates
Betsy has been a dancer since early childhood and learned about Pilates and Yoga during her time as a dance major at the University of Illinois. She taught dance for 10 years until she decided to become a high school teacher, and realized her children needed more of her time. She has always enjoyed staying active through all types of exercise, but her favorite is when she can feel like a dancer again. POP Pilates works on strength and flexibility while connecting to music. She loves sharing this extraordinary class with everyone.
Betsy teaches POP Pilates on Thursdays and Saturday.
Angie Hasse – Pilates sub
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 is a full time teacher with a young daughter on the go. She now subs at Happy Hour whenever she can. 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)
Tara Michelini – Yoga sub
I have been practicing yoga and incorporating its philosophy into my life since 2004. In the spring of 2011, I received my 200-hour teacher training through LifePower Yoga. Since then, I have taught a variety of yoga styles, including Hatha, Vinyassa, Hot, Yin, Power and Sculpt. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to teach so many styles of yoga and to help students 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 is a full time middle school teacher and subs at Happy Hour whenever she can. Tara teaches 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)
Betsy Got – POP pilates
Betsy recently received her certification to teach POP Pilates and is a dancer.
Betsy teaches POP Pilates on Thursdays and Saturday.