Meet The Team

Amber Rae Stinebrink
RYT-500

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.

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Frank
Whiting
RYT-500

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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Nikelle
Burrough
RYT-500

Nikelle is the owner of Crescent Moon Wellness Center, a licensed massage therapist, and an RYT-500 yoga instructor. She began practicing yoga in 1997 and continues to grow on the path of awakening.

 

Nikelle completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification with Wendy Yanke of Indigo Yoga Center in 2019, then in 2021 she completed her 300-hour teacher training with Rolf Gates. Diving deeper into the Yoga Sutra and focusing on a Chakra based practice she believes that a worthy teacher will always be a curious student. 

 

Nikelle also practices massage therapy and a specialized bodywork technique called Coaching the Body (formally Therapeutic Thai Bodywork). This bodywork blends Traditional Thai Massage, Trigger Point theory, and Yogic Philosophy. She believes that movement and breath can often re-train the neuromuscular system to restore proper range of motion and joint mobility. Yoga is integral in this process. 

 

Nikelle’s knowledge of functional anatomy allows her to facilitate movement and breath to create a balance between strength and ease. Her Ashtangasana style can be modified for every student’s intention. Expect an all levels Vinyasa Flow style class with focus on intention, breath, finding pain-free movement, and deepening the connection with Self.

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Sue Weinstein
RYT-500

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Alison Larkin
RYT-500
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Ashley Wood
RYT-500

Ashley has been practicing yoga for 14 years and teaching for 6 years. Her yoga practice began in Boulder, CO in 2008 when a friend dragged her to class.  She was hesitant to go at first because she feared she would not be “flexible enough.”  Against her better judgment she went along and she has fallen in love with the practice ever since. 

 

In 2016, Ashley completed her 200 YTT in Chicago at “Live, Work, Yoga studying with Rich Logan. Rich has studied at the prestigious Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Madras, India with TKV Desikachar. Training with Rich greatly expanded Ashley’s understanding of anatomy and physiology which was integral to deepening her own yoga practice.

 

In 2018, Ashley traveled to Bali to receive her 300 RYT in Bali with Simon Borg Olivier founder of Yoga Synergy, one of Australia's oldest and most respected yoga schools.  Simon studied under internationally recognized teachers such as Shandor Remente, Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar, and Desikachar. Steeped in tradition, the Yoga Synergy training gave Ashley access to safe, accessible and effective ways of developing yoga practices to share with her students. 

 

Ashley values the growth mindset yoga provides. She sees each experience on the mat as an opportunity to learn something new about yourself. She believes that the healing benefits of yoga are key to finding balance in our modern world and enjoys sharing this transformative energy with her students.

 

She teaches Yin, Restorative, Hatha, Vinyasa and SUP Paddle Board yoga. 

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Samantha Polek
RYT-200

Samantha has been a fitness professional for the last 30 years.  She began her dance training at a young age.  While in college she trained at the Gus Giodarno dance studio and performed in shows at Northwestern University.  

 

Samantha taught jazz for various schools including Evanston High School, Nicolet High School, Gateway Technical School, and University of Milwaukee.  She operated her own dance studio in the Lake Geneva area and featured annual recitals as well as local performances.  

 

Over the years Samantha obtained certification in a number of areas including spin, Pilates, step, aqua and yoga.  She has been a member of IDEA (International Dance Exercise Association), ESA (Exercise Safety Association) and ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine).  

 

Samantha taught at the Geneva Lakes Family YMCA for many years and also taught fitness classes at the Americana Resort before it became The Grand Geneva Resort.  

 

Samantha’s yoga style is a Vinyasa yoga flow which incorporates breathing through poses and flowing movements.  She is a 200 hour yoga certified instructor and a member of Yoga Alliance.  

 

Samantha strives to know her students and to create safe, enjoyable, yet challenging classes for them.

AIison has been a passionate and dedicated practitioner of yoga for 25 years and a teacher since 2001.

 

She has studied extensively with Tias Little, with a dedicated focus on therapeutics.

 

Alison’s classes combine her breadth of knowledge of yoga and the healing arts to guide each student to a peaceful and balanced state.

 

Off the mat she enjoys hiking, gardening, knitting and time with family.

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Jen 
Bestland

 

Jen is certified by the Athletics and Fitness Association of America and has been teaching various group exercise classes over the past 10 years. She has an extensive dance background and began teaching Les Mills Bodyflow 3 years ago. 

 

Jen obtained yoga certification through SCW fitness and is currently completing her 200 YTT and meditation training with Yogamu. She was immediately drawn to the gentle yet powerful calming benefits of yoga and is passionate about sharing that experience with others.