Meet The Team

Amber Rae Stinebrink
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In 2002, while living on Maui, Amber took her first yoga class (on the beach).  Not only did she feel a deeper connection to the island, but something inside her was put at ease.  That day, her intrigue and exploration of yoga began.  After 11 years of practice, Amber felt an urge to teach and in March 2014 was certified RYT-200 with an Ashtanga-based Power Flow certification through Inner Fire Yoga in Madison, WI, and then earned her 300 hr. training with Rolf Gates in 2021.  In October 2015 she completed her Aerial Yoga Teacher Training with Deb Sommerhalder at Inner Sun Yoga in Oshkosh, WI.

 

Amber’s practices are taught with a continuous focus on linking breath with movement while staying grounded, kind and knowing that yoga will always be a practice.

Frank
Whiting
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Frank began practicing yoga regularly in the late ‘90’s, practicing in multiple studios and ashrams with a variety of teachers in the Chicago area.  He completed his 200 hr. teacher training with Rolf Gates in 2013 and his 300 hr. training in 2021.  Frank has received additional training with Todd Norian at Kripalu and with the Veteran’s Yoga Project.  Frank has practiced and trained with teachers like Seane Corn, Tias Little, Shiva Rea and Gurumukh Kaur Khalsa, and sharpens his toolbox by seeking out new teachers every chance he gets. 

 

Frank teaches in the vinyasa flow style, linking each breath and movement.

Katie
Sperle
RYT-200

Katie fell in love with yoga after one DVD and has been hooked ever since.She began practicing at a local studio and eventually decided to become a yoga instructor.  Katie received her 200-hour teacher training through Yoga Asylum in Brookfield, WI under the instruction of Pamela Bliss.

 

Her favorite aspect of yoga is that it meets you where you are on both the good days and the not so good days.

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Nadine Hoffman Harris
RYT-500

Nadine has been practicing yoga for the past 10 years and was certified as an instructor in 2017 and earning her 300 hr. certificate with Rolf Gates in 2021.  Her teaching philosophy is finding balance . . .  balance between strength (yang) and flexibility (yin).  

 

Her classes are simple yet challenging.  Nadine emphasizes proper alignment through detailed cueing to come safely into the pose while receiving maximum benefit.

 

Her Yin classes are a great way to experience “the other half of yoga”.  Through yin, the deeper connective tissues (facia, tendons, ligaments and bones) are stressed and the flow of energy can be released. Yin is a fabulous compliment to a regular Yang practice.

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Kristi
Schramski
RYT-200

Kristi took her first yoga class in 2015 and has been practicing consistently ever since.  She has found that yoga gives her strength, flexibility, balance and peace. The desire to learn more took her through teacher training in 2016.  

 

Her class style is vinyasa, linking breath with movement.

Kristi is a full-time Dental Hygienist, and has found yoga to help provide her with better posture during patient care.

When not practicing yoga, Kristi enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and spending time outdoors.

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Sue Weinstein
RYT-500

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Amanda Stivers

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Sarah Swangstu

Sarah began practicing yoga in 2014 while living in South Korea. She especially enjoyed hot yoga classes at the local Jimjilbang, a facility with soaking pools, saunas, massage areas, entertainment lounges, restaurants, and communal sleeping rooms.

 

After returning back to the United States, she began to miss hot yoga classes, ultimately prompting her move to Trinidad, Colorado to complete her 200-hour teacher training through Hot Yoga on Main! 

 

It was through this yoga community in Colorado that she was introduced to the power of healing through the practice of yin yoga. She began attending yin classes several times per week and eventually specialized in teaching it herself. 

 

Yin yoga differs from other styles of yoga in that students typically hold poses between 1 to 8 minutes as they connect to their breath through the stretch and repeat a positive affirmation within. Sarah enjoys sharing her knowledge of this unique practice with her students by emphasizing the diverse benefits of yin including the release of both physical and mental tension as each student slows down their rhythm and enjoys the opportunity to reflect.

 

Sarah teaches a combination of yoga flow and yin as well as chair yoga classes. When not practicing yoga, she’s often teaching English or enjoying the beautiful outdoors in Fontana, WI with her family. She loves cooking, dancing, and reading. 

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Mary Ann Morrissey

Mary Ann has been a student of Yoga, Meditation and Vedantic Philosophy since the late 70’s. She began her serious study of Yoga with Yogi Shantananda who was from Shivanada Ashram in Rishikesh and who later studied with Swami Kripalvananda.  Mary Ann moved to Ananda Ashram in Monroe, NY to study with Dr. Ramamurti Mishra aka Shri Brahmananda Saraswati. The studies included Sanskrit, Vedanta, Nada Yoga and Meditation. To this day she continues to explore and deepen into this field.

 

Mary Ann has taught yoga for 25 years.

Amanda obtained her 200-hour yoga teacher certificate in Hatha Yoga from the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago, IL in June of 2012, and her 500-hour certificate from Prairie Yoga in Lisle, IL in December, 2017. She regularly attends various yoga classes and yoga-related workshops to keep up-to-date on all things yoga.

 

Amanda teaches classes in the Hatha Yoga tradition. Hatha Yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. Through practice, students develop a balance of strength and flexibility in their physical bodies, and in their minds, by learning to balance their efforts and surrender into each pose.

In Amanda’s classes, students hold poses for several breaths to allow them to settle into each pose. Then, slowly, they move fluidly into the next pose to allow proper foundation and alignment. Variations in poses are always offered, and students are always encouraged throughout class to move at their own pace in a non-competitive environment.

In her classes, Amanda strives to create a welcoming, calming, relaxing, and fun environment. You can expect an ever-changing practice along with pranayama and meditation techniques, hand mudras, and a healthy dose of encouragement. She hopes you consider coming to her classes so she can share the benefits of incorporating yoga into your life. Yoga has enriched her life, and she would like to help you experience the same.