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Meet Your Teachers

Every one of our teachers is deeply interested in your wellbeing. As a compassionate guide and intelligent leader, each teacher presents his or her own unique perspective on the ancient art and science of yoga. You will feel free to grow and explore your potential in a safe and kind environment.

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Rachel Coppola

During 15 years of dancing on Broadway and around the world, Rachel found that the one constant during that time was her yoga practice. In the beginning she went to class before heading to the theatre as a way to limber up and focus her mind. As time passed, Rachel gave birth to her son and experienced the loss of her father, she learned the deeper healing quality of her yoga practice. Intrigued by bodies moving in space, Rachel's classes flow like a beautiful work of choreography. However, like any work of art, it goes well beyond the images we can make. As we connect the breath and the movement it is possible to move into a higher consciousness, ascending towards a more peaceful state of mind: a place of true acceptance of who we are and the beauty and strength that lie within. It is her honor to share an invigorating, nurturing, and challenging asana practice with a strong emphasis on breath and alignment with her students.

Level 1–2
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Wednesday, 9:30–11:00am
Thursday, 6:30–8:00pm 
Sunday, 11:00–12:30pm

 

 
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Jancy Jerome

Jancy came to yoga for strength and flexibility. What she found was her breath. She has been a runner all of her life, competing in triathlons and marathons. She was finding that her body was becoming increasingly more inflexible. She began practicing yoga; it strengthened her body and brought back the fluidity that she had been slowly losing. Jancy also found yoga to be a gift that you give yourself, that will bring an awareness, sensitivity and consciousness to your life. She has a 200-hour yoga certification with Suddha Weixler of the Chicago Yoga Studio. She also has a bachelor's degree in Recreation and Health that brought her many opportunities to teach and work with children from backpacking to playing soccer. She has worked with children for as long as she can remember, loving the joy kids can bring to anything. She teaches yoga to both children and adults. She offers a warm and inviting class that will allow students of any age to reap the many benefits of yoga.

Level 1
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Monday, 12:00–1:00pm

Level 1–2
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Saturday, 9:00-10:15am

 
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Patti Lupo

Upon graduating from Northwestern University, Patti began working in the theater in Chicago and worked as an actress/singer/dancer for many years. She began singing with society orchestras and eventually formed her own band and musical services company, Patti Lupo Music. Patti began studying yoga in 1999 and completed her teacher training with Suddha Weixler at the Chicago Yoga Center in 2002. She is continually updating her training and has taken workshops with John Friend (including the 2008 Grand Gathering in Estes Park, CO), Seane Corn, Sianna Sherman, David Swenson, and others. She currently teaches at Lifetime Fitness Old Orchard, Evanston Athletic Club in Evanston, Niyama Yoga and Yogaview in Wilmette, and here at Lighthouse Yoga in Evanston. Patti loves teaching both beginners and advanced students and believes that the healing effects of yoga are profound and can help students of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Patti’s style is playful, warm, and nurturing and she encourages a strong physical practice emphasizing breath and alignment.

Level 1–2
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Friday, 9:30–11:00am

 
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Kira Maar

Kira came to yoga about ten years ago. Since then she has studied diligently with Anusara teachers all over the world. She believes yoga is about being open to the possibilities of life and the living of it. Standing on her head she slowly began to see the world a little differently and received a new perspective on life by experiencing the thrills of backbends, the grounding in forward folds, and the vulnerability and strength of opening her heart to something greater. Kira’s wish for teaching is to inspire and empower others to express their greatest potential. Having completed two 200-hour teacher trainings and several workshops, she is continuously learning more every day. She is also a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Kira’s classes are warm and light with an emphasis on breath, physical alignment, and awareness. Learn more about Kira.

Level 1–2
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Tuesday, 9:30–11:00am

 

Heather Martello

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Level 1–2
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Thursday, 9:30–11:00am

 

Glenn Snellgrose

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Stretch & Strengthen
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Monday, 8:00–9:00am

 

Tracy Walsh

Tracy is a native of Florida and a graduate of Northwestern University. Together with her husband Thomas, and sister-in-law Catherine, she is a co-owner of Lighthouse Yoga & Acupuncture. She teaches prenatal yoga and works individually with children, including infants, with special needs. Tracy did her prenatal training with Gurmukh Khalsa in Los Angeles and has studied Yoga for the Special Child with Sonia Sivakami Sumar who created the program for her own daughter. She has also taught in the Special Education departments of public schools in San Francisco, Chicago, and Winnetka. Additionally, Tracy is an ensemble member of Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago. She teaches drama for children and has run drama programs in Evanston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Winnetka. She is also lucky to be the mother of two beautiful girls, Honor and Echo.

Mom and Baby Yoga/Meet-Up
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Monday, 11:30am–12:15pm

Prenatal
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Saturday, 10:30–11:45am

 
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Thomas Zwergel

Thomas grew up in Evanston. He attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, where he graduated with degrees in English Literature and German Studies. He is a co-owner of Lighthouse Yoga & Acupuncture together with his wife, Tracy, and sister Catherine.

It was in Oregon that he began his informal study of yoga with friends. Returning to Evanston, he began to study with Sonia Sivakami Sumar both privately and as an attendee of her Yoga for the Special Child teacher training programs. He went on to teach the adult classes at Sonia’s studio in Evanston and also began assisting her with her training programs. In addition to the Lighthouse yoga studio classes, he teaches at Columbia College Chicago and has taught yoga for adults and children in Evanston and Chicago for many years. As a long time Camp Echo Counselor, Thomas uses his many years of experience to create children’s classes as well. He brings his own passion for and curiosity about yoga to his classes.

As a compassionate teacher, Thomas encourages others to explore the limitless nature of the breath. It is through the breath that the integration of mind, body, and soul is most readily possible and this meditative quality can be felt in his classes.

Level 1–2
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Monday, 9:30–11:00am
Wednesday, 6:30–8:00pm
Friday, 8:00–9:15am

Saturday, 2:00–3:30pm

Gentle/Basics
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Wednesday, 6:30–8:00pm