Meet the Instructors!
In 2016, we worked with some of the best teachers from around the midwest. Check them out, below.
2017's Instructor Line-up Coming Soon!
Acro has taught me to relax and to be strong. To communicate better within my own body and with other people. All this seems worth doing and so I Learn, Play and Fly...you could too.
Paula Bui has been practicing and studying Yoga and AcroYoga since 2009. Each practice continually teaches her about patience and how to be a better person. She became a Certified Yoga and AcroYoga teacher in March and November of 2013, respectively. And then because she is always a student, she went on to complete her AcroYoga Level 2 certification. Paula is a practicing Thai bodyworker, freelance interpreter, and certified badass vegan baker. Community is kind of a big deal, so she figured what better way to celebrate it than organize a festival?
My awareness of Yoga began in the early 90’s as a dancer seeking more balance. I soon realized that Yoga is the way to transform each moment of our lives into an auspicious journey. The practice inspired so much benevolence in my heart that I dedicated myself and my life to a disciplined practice shortly after my first class. I practice and teach therapeutic, mindful vinyasa flow to align the breath and body through movement, AcroYoga as a commitment to playfulness and connection to local and global communities, Thai Massage to dive deeper into the giving and receiving of compassion, and meditation to connect to our true essence. I am also an avid traveler, world wanderer and student of nature, continually in awe of the inter-connectedness and oneness of all living things. My yoga practice has helped me create more comfort and peace with my body and presence in my mind. It is from this space that the inspiration for sharing and teaching is born.
Trevor Dye is a Vinyasa Yoga, AcroYoga and Slackline teacher based in Chicago, IL. He has credentials through AcroYoga Montreal, the YogaSlackers and a E-RYT 200 Yoga Alliance certification. Notable professional experience includes Google’s Downtown Chicago office, Brooklyn Boulders’ new Chicago branch, and three of San Diego’s perennial top-rated yoga studios (Hale Holsitc, Yoga One and Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga). He’s also a working acrobatic performer, including performance at Ted X San Diego and the Yoga Journal Conference. Beyond the physical, he also holds a marketing degree from New York University, a permaculture design certification through Green Phoenix Permaculture, and has had writing published in both print and digital media.
Kat is a Chicago based actor, yoga instructor, and acro yogi. These are the three great loves of her life; she's pretty sure her love is all they need, but she also got pieces of paper just in case that was important. Because commitment. Her MFA in Acting is from The Ohio State University, her yoga cert is from Yogaview Chicago and acroyoga cert is from Acroyoga Montreal. Before she found these loves, Kat flirted with ballet, hip hip, jazz, and tap dance and had a long term relationship with martial art Tang Soo Do, as well as running, swimming, and pilates. She thinks fondly of all those past loves, but hasn't seen them in a while.
Paul Fowler is the Director and Co-‐Founder of Blue Lotus Thai Healing Studies, one of the premier Thai bodywork training programs in the country. He has been teaching Thai massage and meditation for well over a decade. Paul’s classes are laced with wisdom, humor and stories from the Buddhist culture of Thailand. His light-‐hearted and confident approach to the subject as well as his caring attitude toward his students have made him a much loved and sought after teacher in Chicago and beyond.
Jim Gilligan will turn your world upside down! He began practicing Yoga in 1988 and as a RYT200 certified instructor started formally teaching Yoga in 2012. He Founded AcroYoga Ann Arbor in 2012 and became Michigan’s first certified AcroYoga teacher in 2014. He teaches playshops, weekly Jams, and classes. Jim is also a certified AYFit trainer. In addition to AcroYoga and AYFit, Jim and his acro partner, Sue Booth founded SUP AcroYoga in 2014, bringing their land acro skills to a new level atop a standup paddleboard!
Alyssa Hill is a certified AcroYoga Montreal teacher, who completed her level 1 and 2 training in 2010. She moved to Minneapolis in 2009 and started AcroYoga Minneapolis because, after training and learning Acro in St. Louis for several years, she didn’t have anyone to play with in Minneapolis. She loves teaching AcroYoga so much she turned it into a job. She currently works for herself as a massage therapist, trained in Thai Massage and Therapeutic techniques, and as an AcroYoga teacher. AcroYoga Minneapolis is run by Alyssa Hill and Jude Ortiz. For more info about AcroYoga in Minneapolis check out www.acroyogampls.com or our Facebook group, AcroYogaMPLS.
Amy Impellizzeri is a force of movement and fitness. She is the co-developer of AYfit and its lead trainer, teaching courses internationally. Amy is an AcroYoga® Immersion and Level II Teacher, a Core Conditioning Teacher, & CPT. She presents regularly at Yoga Journal® Conferences & festivals in her nurturing, challenging, & fun style.
Christine is based in St. Louis and spends her days teaching yoga, AcroYoga, and leading yoga teacher training programs. When she's not teaching or training, she's probably either dancing on aerial fabrics, spinning poi, or singing songs. She is an advocator for conscious evolution with the mission to simply "heal and love". She feels blessed to have landed into the arms of the acro community and be a part of this growing tribe of playmates.
Leah Leor is a circus/dance artist and coach. She has been performing professionally for 7 years and coaching circus for 4. She has a great understanding of the body and the physics behind acrobatic movement. She is described as a tough but fair coach and always pulls out the best in each student no matter their current level. Be prepared to work hard in Leah's workshops
Jessalyn is never happier than when she's up high and upside down! After many years of training as a gymnast and cheerleader, she discovered AcroYoga, circus acrobatics, and flying trapeze. She has been avidly practicing and teaching acro for the past 8 years, and is currently studying at Pitch Catch School of Acrobatics. Jessalyn's specialties are flipping, whipping, flying super high, and making handstands on people!
Tatiana Cira Sanchez, a life-long dancer/yogini/performer/renaissance woman of Shaktimuse is a Chicago-based Certified AcroYoga.org teacher since 2008, training, teaching and cultivating community through her combined love of yoga, acrobatics, and Thai Massage. Versed in over 20 years as a modern/ flamenco dancer, musician, healer, arts/outreach educator, Tati is one of the few 200hr+ Certified Universal Yoga/Dance of Shiva Teachers in Chicago. Her eclectic style focuses on empowering every individual to explore alignment, breath, stillness, self expression/awareness in order to inspire and explore inner strength, trust, communication, loving kindness, and play.
Dan Plehal is an acrobat, yogi, teacher, and theatre director based in Chicago, specializing in Vinyasa and AcroYoga. He received his 200-Hour certification from Nature Yoga Sanctuary in Chicago and has been practicing yoga since 2007. He trained in acrobatics with the FLIC Squola di Circo (circus school) in Torino, Italy, the Accademia dell-Arte in Arezzo, Italy, and the Aloft Loft in Chicago. He is also the co-founder and co-artistic director of two theatre companies: Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre which performs throughout the US, and Red Dot Theatre Company which performs throughout Europe.
Sarah Vosen is an agile and articulate mind, with a natural grasp of symbolic systems and the conceptual relationships between well-being, behavior, emotion, and the physical body. Her rigorous study of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture have synergized with her study of western nutrition and many forms of physical exercise, including yoga, AcroYoga, gymnastics, capoeira, and pilates. Sarah's training includes earning a Master's of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, a Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) certification (1000+ hours) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and the AcroYoga Levels 1 & 2 teacher trainings.
Joe is both a certified AcroYogaMTL teacher and a 500 hour certified yoga instructor and has been teaching both since 2011. His additional interests have had him traveling and studying Taoism, shamanism, various forms of energy work and Thai Bodywork. More recently Joe graduated from professional circus school in 2016 and spends his time pursing his passions not just as a ground acrobat, but as a circus aerialist, hand balancer and a cyr wheel performer.
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