Meet Your Guides

Victoria Rowell

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Victoria’s passion for sharing the practice of Yoga began soon after her very first class in 2001! She felt such a strong connection to herself by exploring different styles of Yoga. Victoria loves to teach and practice Hot Yoga- Bikram style for the heat and many therapeutic benefits & Vinyasa for the organic flow and creativity. Victoria fell in love with Ashtanga Yoga for the lineage and discipline required. I see now anything is possible with regular practice. Almost immediately Victoria knew she wanted to inspire others to experience good health, inner peace, incredible strength, beauty, truth and Love! Through breath, movement, and bodily sensation Victoria believes you can move beyond ANY conditions of your own mind. Victoria is honored to share the different methods of Yoga that she has studied and practiced for the past 17 years. “If you are on a personal journey to reach your highest potential, you must be ready to begin again and again. No matter how broke or broken you feel, all is impermanent!” Yoga is a life practice for self-transformation, it only asks that you show up every day to see what is possible & look inside for your answers.

Patricia Paloumpis

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Patricia’s relationship with yoga began in 2004 when she began practicing with her teacher Victoria Rowell. She earned her 200-hour yoga certification through LifePower Yoga in 2014. Patricia’s journey through yoga has only begun as she opens up a new chapter with the opening of Vibe Yoga Room. In the four years leading up to opening Vibe Yoga Room the path was never straight, and had many stops and starts. Having worn many different hats throughout her life- Patricia had a vision of what Vibe Yoga Room would look like. That vision sprung to life June 25, 2017 as she opened Vibe Yoga Room. Patricia had a really strong urge to make yoga more accessible to all because she understood what amazing benefits it had brought to her own life. While practicing yoga through the years she would notice new students come in to the room and feel conspicuous- and she remembered beginning her own practice feeling that same way. Patricia wanted Vibe Yoga Room to be a place where someone who is experienced in yoga could come and get a really good practice; at the same time she wanted the space to be friendly enough so those new to yoga would feel comfortable starting their journey. Patricia enjoys meeting all the area yogis and bringing a sense of renewal, health and just that whole happy & good “vibe” to the area!

Sherie Sloane

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Sherie is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Certified Teacher (E-RYT), Continuing Education Provider (YA-CEP) and Yoga Teacher Mentor with over 1,400 teaching hours, and has been a student of yoga for 11 years. Being mom to two wonderful boys, an artist, career in finance, and injuries didn’t stop her from doing yoga. After getting injured in Tae kwon do, yoga helped her to recover emotionally and physically. She then decided to become a yoga teacher to share the healing and physical benefits of yoga to others. Her classes are a lively mix of balance, strength and flexibility, focusing on alignment and breathing. Her own dedicated practice and style of teaching inspire her students to rediscover their true selves and explore their capabilities, empowering them with their own unique potentials. Showing them that yoga is for everybody and doesn’t have to be perfect, that’s why it’s called a ‘practice’. Sherie is the founder of Painted Yoga®, a dedicated black belt martial artist, runner and athlete.

Tiffanny Bland-Bernsee

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Tiffanny’s yoga journey began as a personal commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Relating deeply to the delicate balance of motherhood and a full-time career, she understands that stress management can play a key role in one’s physical health and emotional well-being. With the motivation to be more present for her growing children, Tiffanny found herself at a local yoga studio with a loaner mat and a Groupon. Little did she realize, she was also on a path to new a found source of strength and self-acceptance. The development of her daily practice has also kindled the desire to share the knowledge and benefits of yoga with others. As above all, Tiffanny feels it is her calling to help and support others. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Katya Sidelnik, Liz Smith, and Katie Hawks through InnerJasmine® in February 2017. She is forever grateful for their continued support and mentorship. Tiffanny believes yoga can touch everyone in unexpected and wonderful ways, and hopes to encourage her students to utilize their practice to deepen the connections within themselves and those around them.

Heather Visalli

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What started as a 30 day yoga commitment has blossomed into an undeniable passion to share yoga. Heather completed her YTT with Brenda Temme through Life Power Yoga. She loves to bring her fiery open spirit to the studio by sharing challenging, uplifting classes to flowing upbeat music. She strives to share yoga with an intention of connecting with others to tap into that energy that is in all of us to unlock your authentic self…one breath at a time.

Caroline Pesa

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From the challenge of Ashtanga to the mindful movements of Vinyasa to the deep stretch of Yin, Caroline loves it all. While in college she began the practice of yoga to improve her health and help relieve stress. Years later she incorporated principles from yoga to create a cooperative and harmonious environment for her elementary students. After the birth of her second daughter, Caroline took a hiatus from the classroom but continued to teach yoga to spread the benefits it can bring. Caroline believes your practice on the mat will lead to a greater understanding of your body and mind’s potential. Most importantly she wants to have fun with her practice, continue to lean and help others find their inspiration to live a life they love. Caroline completed her 200 hour teacher trainings at Reflections Yoga Center (Hatha), LifePower (Ashtanga-Vinyasa), a 95 hour kids yoga certification from Global Family Yoga and a 60 hour Levels 1, 2 & Kids from YogaFit.

Kristin Gonzales

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The journey within starts with the breath which allows us the space to explore the very depths of who we are. Always looking for those moments of joie de vivre, you will discover ways to stay present in class and to appreciate all that life has to offer. Kristin’s light touch assists will help you to find the surrender in your practice. Yoga began as a physical practice for Kristin more than 20 years ago. Kristin enjoyed the freedom of movement and the art of movement that her practice entailed. After going through her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2014 through LifePower under the guidance of Brenda Temme, she shifted her focus from the outside to her innermost core. She continued her studies and went back for her 300 hour certification under the guidance of Jonny Kest at the Center for Yoga. Kristin took a journey of self discovery to uncover her truest self. This is what yoga can offer you and this is what she strives to bring to her students. Everything you need to be a compassionate, loving, joyful person is already right inside each and every one of us. Off the mat, she soaks up the moments that she has with her family. Forever a student, she loves learning new lessons on love from her darling, precious children and husband. Kristin is passionate about health and spends a great deal of time creating healthful, flavorful meals. Kiss the joy as it flies…

Jennifer Christiansen

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Jenn’s yogic journey began shortly after becoming a mother. What began as a physical, ego-driven practice evolved into a practice of physical and emotional healing – a practice that extends beyond the realm of her mat and into her everyday life. By sharing her own practice, Jenn helps students to find their authentic selves in body, mind, spirit, and voice. Students are cued to find their own cadence of breath through a creative flow of postures. Jenn also provides gentle physical and verbal adjustments along with modifications and variations to allow each student access to his/her own body. Jenn received her initial 200-hour certification in Ashtanga-Vinyasa from the Center for Yoga with Jonny Kest and is currently pursuing an additional 300-hour certification with Janet Stone. While Jenn’s practice is further enhanced by attending yoga festivals, training, workshops, and classes with master instructors, her true inspiration comes from her students and being a student.

Connie Ford

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Building on her background in dance Connie first came to yoga for the strength and flexibility of the physical postures. However, she quickly realized that yoga is so much more than that. With a focus on breath and mindfulness, yoga facilitated a reduction of stress and increased flexibility mentally, physically and spiritually. Connie has been practicing yoga for the last 15 years, becoming more committed to her practice in recent years; she completed her 200 hour certification with Life Power Yoga under the direction of Brenda Temme. Connie truly believes in the healing power of yoga, one breath and one moment at a time. Grateful to be part of the yoga community, she looks forward to meeting her students and connecting on the mat.

Jennifer Kloos

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Jennifer is a mother of three beautiful babies that reveal an infinitely growing love deep within that’s never been explored. Yoga has filled her life with a similar love. Before yoga, she was passionately devoted to furthering my physical limits in running. Jen completed many ultra-marathons that left her feeling very accomplished but not fulfilled. A very challenging injury guided Jen into a hot yoga class. There was an immediate connection to the muscular energy the class embodied, but as she practiced the organic energy brought the true balance of life and self love that finally began to surface. She knew at that moment that she wanted to share this discovery with everyone. Jen grew her practice and began her journey into yoga teacher training. First, yoga sculpt teacher training at yoga by degree, then 200 CYT teacher training at Chicago School of Yoga, followed by a 2 week intensive Ashtanga training. Jen has also been through training with “Yoga to transform Trauma” with Catherine Ashton.

Allison Barham

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After 20 years of balancing career, family and expectations, Allison took a leap of faith to be more present at home and at ease in her life. Allison’s passion for yoga became a central focus as she completed her training with Brenda Temme and Life Power Yoga. Allison believes in the healing power of yoga, the strength of its community and it’s ripple effect on the world. She’s committed to empowering others to see themselves through their own eyes and live in the present moment. Allison keeps her teachings fresh with a daily practice, meditation and workshops. Her classes are dynamic, powerful and full of heart!

Caitlin Thayer

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Caitlin completed her 200-hour yoga certification with Inner Jasmine’s registered traveling yoga school, led by Katya Sidelnik, at Revival Yoga Wellness Studio*. Initially, Caitlin was captivated by the mind, body, and spirit connection in yoga. As a wife, mother, and former teacher she craved more balance in her daily life. Although her practice originally emphasized the physical aspects of yoga, the spiritual pieces quickly became apparent. Every time Caitlin returns to her mat she forms a deeper connection with her true self. With this awareness, she feels better equipped to maintain authenticity in her connections with others off her mat. Caitlin aims to create a space during her classes that allow her students to feel safe and supported during their practice. She emphasizes alignment-based principles while inspiring her students to discover their own inner strength and confidence.

Natalie Sord

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Natalie discovered the benefits of Yoga the first time she stepped onto a mat. She is influenced and inspired by her peers, teachers, nature and travels. She loves helping her students explore the balance and peace that yoga can bring not only on the mat but off the mat as well. Through meditation, asana and pranayama, her goal is to have everyone leave class feeling renewed, refreshed and full of self-love. Natalie’s calm and grounding energy will help you feel connected to the present moment and the environment around you.

Eva Diaz

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RYT200 Wife and a mother of two children, who strongly believes in the mental, physical and spiritual healing power of yoga! Born and raised in Poland she immigrated to the US at the age of 17 and instantly knew this is where she wanted to be. She has been practicing yoga since 2010 and is a certified yoga teacher through LifePower Yoga since May of 2015. By meditating and practicing various forms of yoga, she discovered, that this practice has no final destination, but rather it’s never ending life’s journey! Journey of the Self, through the Self, to the Self! Yoga practice has transformed her into a better, healthier version of herself and it helped her overcome stress and anxiety which she has been dealing with since childhood. “Yoga has made a profound impact on my life in more ways than one and being able to share it with others is truly a blessing. Yoga has given me the tools I needed, to learn how to overcome the fear of failure and judgement, how to believe in myself and how to find courage to trust myself and my talents! Through yoga I’ve learned to accept myself for who I am, and most importantly I’ve learned that by embracing my flaws and imperfections, I was able to do the same for others. To me, Yoga is Love and when you have love, you have everything.” She is eager and truly honored to share the love, energy and passion she has for yoga, with full understanding that we all practice yoga for our own unique reasons! So come as you are and rediscover your true beautiful self all over again. Namaste.

Leslie Amadio

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Since childhood Leslie was always involved in sports and fitness. Her over abundance of energy was very fitting for an active lifestyle but challenged her ability to find inner peace. When she first stepped on her mat 10 years ago, she was searching for more grounding her in life. She instantly fell in love with the physical practice of vinyasa; the beauty of breathe and movement to uplifting beats nourished her from the inside out. Her dedication to the practice and its teachings has helped her open her heart to the world in ways she never expected. Her journey has taken her down many untraveled paths from coast-to-coast as well as a period of years living overseas but it’s through yoga she finally realized that what they say is true…not all who wander are lost. Leslie completed her 200 hour teacher training with LifePower Yoga. It is through a heart-centered practice that she strives to make space for students to find their own freedom to wander and fall in love with themselves every damn day. She can usually be found with her music playing much too loud!

Liz Brzeszkiewicz

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Liz started her yoga journey by stepping into a yoga class for flexibility. Throughout her journey she was inspired by the uplifting energy she felt in class. That’s when she knew she wanted more. Liz earned my 200 YTT training with Brenda Temme through LifePower Yoga. Throughout her yoga training she learned to connect more deeply to her inner spirit and breath. Liz felt that she needed to share that awareness and connection with others. Liz’s life has always been filled with fitness. She has completed marathons, been a competitive gymnast and has taught group fitness; but it was yoga that connected her to inner peace & joy. When she is not on the mat, she enjoys family, friends and her dogs. Liz says she loves the feeling she gets when surrounded by people with great energy, inner beauty and joy!

Geralyn Desmond-Cochcrane

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Geralyn is a mother of a wonderful grown son, grandmother to 3 beautiful grandchildren and married to a spectacular soulful guitar player. She has been a certified personal fitness trainer and group fitness instructor, helping women get fit, for over 20 years. After becoming certified in PI-YO, she experienced her first yoga type movements peaking her interest. Curiosity pushed her into her first yoga class over in 2013 with an open mind and not knowing what to expect. She quickly fell in love with yoga- connecting with its healing power, calming effect and self-love. Geri completed her RYT 200 Hour Certification in November 2017 and feels blessed that she is to be able to share her love for yoga- helping her students to connect the mind, body, breath and spirit.

Marissa Chavez

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“Yoga to means so many things but the center of it all is love and compassion.” When Marissa started her yoga journey 7 years ago, it was as a hobby, and one that she never expected to lead to this deep connect and desire for practice. Marissa feels that yoga is her essential in life next to tacos and singing in the car or shower! It’s something she needs everyday for mind, spirit, soul, and body. Marissa completed her 200 hour training at Nature Yoga Sanctuary with two amazing teachers who she admires and inspire her to always keep growing, learning, and opening up to what life has to teach. She hopes when people come to her class they receive laughter, lightness, and strength. As they leave she wishes for her students to feel more confident in their body and more peaceful and calm in their mind.

Brian Bernsee

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Brian is a student of many disciplines. He is a global pre-sales architect/engineer for one of the world’s largest technology companies, former Senior Vice President of multi-national bank, home brewer, woodworker, scout leader, triathlete, handyman, husband, father, and a yoga teacher (completing the 250 hour program at Tejas Yoga in Chicago). Brian began yoga to rebuild the mobility and strength to return to running and swimming (and the purposeful peace he found in each). Through his yoga practice, he found far more than he sought. Brian’s approach to yoga is that of a pragmatist: try anything, question everything, observe honestly, build solid foundations, and above all do only what works.

Diana Duvnjak

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Diana has always been passionate about healthy living, nutrition, and natural healing. When she began yoga several years ago to destress, she found a new passion and can’t imagine her life without yoga. She loves the inner peace, awareness and focus that yoga brings, with the added benefits of strength and flexibility. Diana completed her 200-hour CYT training with Brenda Temme at LifePower Yoga, so that she could help others feel the beautiful, amazing power of yoga that she has experienced. She looks forward to always learning, growing and sharing on this yoga journey. True lasting happiness, peace and wisdom are inside of us. We just need to quiet down the mind and body enough to experience that stillness within.

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