The Simply Yoga Studio

The studio is kept around 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s not hot yoga, but it’s warm enough to help you get your blood flowing, increase flexibility and detox your mind and body.

Spare mats, blocks, and hand towels are available for use at the studio free of charge,
we do suggest you bring water and a larger sized towel if you intend to borrow one of our mats.

Cubbies are provided to store your personal items during class. (The front door is locked when class is in session to keep yogis and their items safe.)

Your Simply Yoga Instructors

Susan Bowen-Cressman

Owner/Instructor

 

I didn’t know what I was in for when I began yoga practice within studio walls. Sure I’d done yoga for years at the gym, but finding a studio to practice in that immediately felt like home and to feel part of a real yoga community?   I was hooked. I felt the physical and mental benefits from my very first class. Over time I was really able to take that feeling with me more and more each day and found peace and balance in my life that I didn’t know was missing.

 

My hope is to provide that same feeling of community and balance to others by opening this studio as a home for those who wish to try yoga for the first time, or find a new yoga home at Simply Yoga.  Welcome home.

 

Contact

E-mail: susan@simplyyogalemont.com      Phone: 630.410.2228

 

Vanessa Velarde

Instructor

 

I was very hesitant to take my first yoga class. I had never worked out regularly, never taken any fitness classes and did not enjoy going to a gym. Despite all that, something drew me to go into the studio. With my friend by my side, we ventured into this journey together and never looked back.

 

Every day on my mat truly is different and it gives me a moment in my increasingly hectic days to quiet my thoughts and just breathe. I have gained so much physical and mental strength from my practice. I find myself running to the studio because I need yoga and the sense of peace I take away with me is immeasurable. Since the first day Simply Yoga opened their doors in February 2014, I have been a part of this amazing family of close friends and instructors who love to teach and get the opportunity to guide students on this incredible yoga journey.  The months have flown by since that very first class in the studio and so many amazing students continue to find their mat and themselves with every breath in their practice.  Walking into Simply Yoga, will be like walking into your second home. That feeling of comfort, trust and community can be found within those walls. As an instructor, my goal is to help guide you in your practice so you can determine your own path connecting mind and body.  Welcome home!

Stacey Kokes

Instructor

 

I have always had a love for fitness and I appreciate every moment I have to incorporate exercise into my life. I have been teaching group fitness since college and have found a home as a yoga instructor at Simply Yoga since we opened in 2014. I love to share the positive effects yoga has had on my life and being able to give you a workout while guiding you through a flow of breath and movement.

 

Yoga has become more to me than just a workout; it has become a huge part of my everyday life. I am so thankful that yoga has helped me on my personal journey and I am passionate to share this positive effect with the Simply Yoga community.

 

Finding your sense of self, with no judgement, to open your heart, mind and body to all possibilities and to honor your own truth – that is what you will feel at Simply Yoga.

Joanna Jarzabek

Instructor

 

My journey with yoga began at the time of my life when I really needed more balance. Having athletic background, I was initially drawn to the physical aspect of yoga asana practice. After practicing for few years, and trying on many different yoga styles, I began to feel the transformation within me. Regular practice not only changed my body but gradually opened my heart and soul to a greater awareness of who I am and where I want to go in my life. I began feeling the balance, compassion, gratitude and beauty of life every time I stepped  on to my mat. Finally I was able to still my mind. Yoga became a huge part of my life… and even now, with every day it brings a new lesson.

 

Yoga is a union of the mind, body and spirit. Using the breath to connect mind and body, creates a space for the spirit to grow. Classes at Simply Yoga, offer safe place for you to explore your own potential. My goal as a teacher is to help you create that harmonious mind, body and spirit connection, and to inspire you to breathe into the poses to the best of your ability so that you may embark upon your own personal yoga journey. You will experience incredible transformation and learn to take your yoga off the mat and into your daily life. I would love to be your guide along that journey. Welcome to Simply Yoga.

Kim Insley

Instructor

 

Physical fitness has always been an important part of Kim’s life.  After a hip injury in her teens, and years of running had taken their toll on her body, she looked for a form of physical exercise that would be gentler than running.  What she found had been with her all along--yoga.  Since childhood, her coaches incorporated the physicality of yoga into her gymnastics and track practices, and she continued to use those physical poses throughout her adult life.  It wasn’t until her early 40’s that Kim discovered and connected to the emotional benefits of the practice.  She knew right away that she needed to share these benefits with others.  She completed her E-RYT 200 hour certification and continues to seek out new ways to develop a safe, nurturing, and supportive community in which students are empowered to elevate their yoga practice.  By providing a variety of classes, Kim offers her students the opportunity to explore and discover the benefits of power yoga, aerial yoga, restorative yoga, and yin yoga from beginner to advanced levels.

Christina Vitone

Instructor

 

Love yourself, accept yourself and forgive yourself. This is what Yoga means to me. When I walked into this studio early in 2014, I had no idea that it would literally change my life. The concept of being able to be told to, “be ok with exactly where I am in this very moment”, to allow myself to let go of something, to be guided to just breathe was something I never really experience before. There was this magical energy that was in the room and I was immediately addicted.

 

I have been practicing Yoga for several years and never took it seriously until this past year when I decided to take the leap and get my certification. I have used both my practice and my teachings not only as form of fitness, but as a means to tune into my body and use that connection towards the mind for physical and emotion healing. Yoga offers us many gifts.  For me, practicing yoga’s healing postures that have cleansed me both physically and emotionally.  It has been a source of peace and expansion, enabling my inner strength and resiliency needed to face the complexities of life through each flow.

 

I wholeheartedly believe in sharing these experiences both on and off our yoga mat.  Yoga should be a safe and sacred place to practice, learn and contribute our stories and I am honored to share this with everyone.

 

Namaste ~ Christina

 

Amy Scoville

Instructor

 

Amy joined a friend for a yoga class 12 years ago and hasn’t looked back. She completed her RYT 200 at Simply Yoga in May of 2015. Amy loves yoga because it forces her to not take herself too seriously, allows her to eat all the chocolate she wants and because it’s the only activity that truly stops the chatter in her head!

 

Amy’s classes challenge her students with new poses and creative sequencing, encourage a spirit of playfulness and provide a warm environment to build strength and flexibility. She also appreciates the calming power and deep release offered by a Restorative practice. Watching her students as they explore and grow in their own practice inspires Amy. In her home practice she enjoys getting upside down, arm balancing and a long savasana.

 

When not at the yoga studio, Amy enjoys sharing her love of cooking and baking with her husband, children and friends, playing with her two naughty (but cute) dogs and traveling.

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1243 South State Street   Suite 105   Lemont, IL  60439           630.410.2228

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