Nick Beem, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, studio co-owner
Nick is a native of Evanston. He started practicing yoga in 2000 as an antidote to the stress of college. He found it to be a beautiful combination of spiritual practice and exercise (and a good way to spend time with Lela when they first started dating!)
Nick has a degree in Computer Science from Brown University, but also studied the theory and practice of meditation. In 2002, he spent a month in residency at the Zen Mountain Monastery in New York. Buddhism's emphasis on mindfulness and compassion shows up in his teaching. Other influences include a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, improvisational theater, West African dance, whole foods nutrition, and a love of science.
Nick has extensive experience working with beginners, men, emerging adults, the chronically stressed, and those seeking to make yoga and meditation part of their daily routine. He is a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) through the International Association of Yoga Therapy and part of the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Center faculty. View his full resume here.
Lela Beem, E-RYT 500, RPYT, C-IAYT, studio co-owner
Lela began her yoga practice in 2001 and has been teaching group and private Hatha and Prenatal yoga full-time in the Chicago area since 2005.
Lela has had the fortune to offer therapeutic yoga tools to trauma survivors, cancer survivors and individuals with chronic pain. Lela has also served as director for the therapeutic yoga program at the Rice Child + Family Center in Evanston, a residential foster care center for at-risk 6-14 year olds. She has also worked as a wilderness instructor for adjudicated youth, an after-school program director, and an English tutor for children ages eight to eighteen here and in Asia.
Lela is co-founder of the Amala School of Prenatal Yoga, which specializes in training yoga teachers how to teach prenatal and postnatal yoga yearly in Chicago. As a mother herself, she is dedicated to creating a welcoming, educational environment for new and expectant moms and couples at Grateful Yoga. She is a graduate of UMASS Amherst, a certified Kripalu yoga instructor and a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner. Lela is a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) through the International Association of Yoga Therapy.
The Dynamic Duo
Nick and Lela are both certified Kripalu Yoga instructors and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapists. They have also trained extensively in vinyasa yoga with Tom Gillette. They are both Level 1 Certified ParaYoga® teachers, a Himalayan lineage under the guidance of Rod Stryker. Lela and Nick are both Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Providers, which means that teachers who take workshops or trainings with them can recieve CE units through Yoga Alliance.
Yoli Maya Yeh, MA
Yoli Maya Yeh is a Yoga Therapist (VYASA, Yoga for the Special Child) and an Educator in Comparative Religions and Global Studies (MA Comparative Religious Ethics). Yoli spent twelve years of her young adulthood studying language, yoga, tantra, healing arts and meditation in India. A native of Evanston, IL, she blends her understandings of Indigenous wisdom teachings, mind-body science, yogic discipline, and play into innovative learning programs for all ages and abilities. Her recent teaching adventures in cross-cultural education work took her to Jordan, Israel, India, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia with 15-23 year old students challenging themselves to understand what it means to be a Global Citizen. More info at: www.yogawithyoli.com
Rhoda Miriam, E-RYT 500
As founder of Yoga for Slow Living™, Rhoda has been encouraging students and clients to slow down since 1993. She specializes in facilitating techniques for managing stress, chronic pain and anxiety disorders like PTSD. The practices on her CD, “Relax with Rhoda” offer ways to sustain a calm mind and a relaxed body.
Rhoda holds the Yoga Alliance 500-hour experienced teacher designation (ERYT500). She has earned advanced certifications as a professional-level Yoga teacher from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, as an iRest® Yoga Nidra teacher from Richard Miller at the Integrative Restoration Institute, and as a Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga trainer from Judith Hanson Lasater. She is a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner and mentor. Additionally she has been certified by the Arthritis Foundation and trained by the National MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society.
Along with offering group classes, workshops and trainings in Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga, Rhoda conducts private sessions in therapeutic Yoga, guided Meditation, and relaxation therapy in person and by phone. Her unique series, “The Art of Mindful Slow Living,” offers guidance and mentoring to help individuals learn more about how to experience healthy, harmonious and happy lives.
To find out more, visit Rhoda’s website at www.yogaforslowliving.com.
Corinne Peterson, MPH, LMT, NCTMB, RYT
Corinne has been teaching yoga since 1994. She received her first yoga instructor certification through the Temple of Kriya Yoga (1995) and a subsequent certification as a teacher and yoga therapist through the American Viniyoga Institute (2006). Corinne is certified in iRest® Yoga Nidra through Richard Miller, PhD, of the Integrative Restoration Institute. She has also received specialty yoga training for specific challenges, including: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute (founded by Bessel van der Kolk) and Yoga of the Heart – Cardiac and Cancer Certification Training (with Nischala Joy Devi). In addition, she has been a nationally certified massage therapist since 1997 and holds a Masters in Public Health in the area of health education and promotion.
Luna Delgado Dold, LMT
Luna has been blessed with the instruction of many generous and knowledgeable teachers. She began her yoga studies in 1990 as a dance major in university. After many classes in many varying styles, she has finally come home to Dharma Yoga. Sri Dharma Mittra, considered the "teachers' teacher", has been Luna's yoga Guru ever since she met him at a yoga conference. Sri Dharma embodies the teachings of the classical yogas fully and can therefore instruct them clearly, without adulteration.
Lunas' teaching reflects her love of yoga. She is able to explain the practice in detail while allowing each student space to find their own way. Luna is devoted to her students and cares deeply for the preservation of the traditions of yoga. This caring is expressed by Luna's soothing voice, clear instruction and focused presence while instructing. All classes taught in the style of Dharma Mittra. Luna served for many years as the director of Dharma Yoga Evanston.
Lisa Devi, E-RYT 500
Lisa began her yoga journey when she was 10 years old. Her father encouraged the path of yoga, and has been her biggest supporter ever since. In 2012, she took a workshop with Seane Corn that profoundly transformed her life. It was from then on that she knew her dharma (purpose and passion) was to expand awareness, leading beings through self-discovery on how to find the teacher from within. By facilitating this discovery, her intention is to help all cultivate this beautiful tool of awareness into their everyday life and passions, and to explore their consciousness potential for wellbeing.
Lisa completed her 200-Hour training with Kripalu, and her 500-Hour advanced training with Moksha. Through many trainings, some of the most influential and inspiring teachers she has practiced with are Seane Corn, Ashley Turner, Shiva Rea, Kino Macgregor, Tias Little, Aadil Palkhivala, Kim Wilcox, and Gabriel Halpern.
p>Lisa is also a Qigong Teacher, Sound Healer, and Kirtan musician. She incorporates all three of these practices, bringing a unique blend of healing into all of her classes.
“I believe that sharing the knowledge of mind, body, and spirit relationship is the most empowering gift you can give someone.” ~ Lisa Devi
Stacia DeSalvo began teaching yoga in 2014. Inspired by the healing and transformative nature of the practice, she studied vinyasa yoga under the guidance of Jill Mockaitis and David Duerkop and completed a 200 hour training at Spring Yoga and Fitness. Since then, she has continued her education with multiple trainings in different styles including trauma sensitive yoga, kids yoga, and restorative yoga.
Stacia believes that yoga creates and supports positive change from the inside out for all individuals. Her mission is to guide students in the exploration of both their yoga practice and themselves and she believes that physical expression can lead to abstract understanding. She encourages her students to look inward and discover the lessons that the body can teach us through intentional movement and challenging poses.
A skeptical mystic, a biodynamic craniosacral teacher/practitioner, and a woman who relishes her morning cup of coffee, Ginger got turned on to yoga and Buddhism in her teens.
After three decades of āsana practice, she started meditating and stopped moving her body. Ten years later, daily joint pain slapped her upside the head, prompting her to enroll in haṭha yoga teacher training at Temple of Kriyā Yoga in 2013. Ginger began teaching yoga in 2014.
Her philosophy is DIY: “Have beginner’s mind, but trust yourself. Too often people outsource their wisdom to others.”
So, what does she bring to the classroom? Over 35 years experience as a bodyworker, gentle, safe practice, a love of self-exploration, and maybe a good laugh (usually at herself).
For more about Ginger, visit www.craniosacralevanston.com.
C.J. was first introduced to yoga in 2003 while traveling with her sister in Costa Rica. Amazed by the transformation she experienced through yoga, C.J. completed a 200-hour teacher training at Moksha Yoga Chicago in 2011. She has since gathered tools and guidance from various mentors with a focus on restorative and gentle techniques.
C.J. believes in the power of being still. Her goal is to create an atmosphere in which students feel safe and comfortable- a nurturing space where students can look inward and discover their own path towards greater balance and joy. She also believes in the power of trying something new. Through the asana practice, she feels one can clear a path of self-awareness and exploration, which allows students to become ever-present within all aspects of their daily life.
Through teaching yoga, C.J hopes to help others find a clarity through which they can generate a colorful, dynamic and peaceful life.
A native of Kuwait, Safia’s journey with yoga started while she was doing her master's degree at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon in 2012. She decided to try yoga as a way to help her ease the tensions of a graduate student and from there found herself going to classes weekly. Yoga was a great tool for Safia to take a break from the modern world by resting her mind and strengthening her body. After moving to the Chicago area in 2016, Safia decided to take her practice further by enrolling in Bloom Yoga Studio’s 200 hour teacher training. Her teachers at Bloom taught her to sequence safe classes that are welcoming to all.
Safia prioritizes a mindful approach to her flow classes and is passionate about introducing restorative poses during savasana. She enjoys incorporating yoga philosophy and mindfulness meditations for daily life in her classes. What Safia loves most about yoga is how the rich and beautiful philosophy behind the practice and her background and work in environmental sciences complement each other. Both fields of study strive to build a more harmonious world for all.
To further deepen her yoga education, Safia completed the 85 hour prenatal teacher training and 200 hr yoga teacher training at Bloom Yoga in 2017.
Jessica, a native New Yorker, discovered yoga shortly after graduating college in 1998. Her first teacher was kind and encouraging, and though Jessica can’t remember her name, it was this teacher that first inspired her to develop a yoga practice. After moving to Chicago in 1999, began her yoga journey at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center and completed her Teacher Training Certification in 2004 in Val Morin, Canada. There Jessica met, trained, and befriended many amazing yogis from all over the world. This was a very humbling experience for her and she began to realize yoga's power to unite.
Her humble yoga beginnings are rooted in Sivananda, but she enjoys and incorporates various others styles of yoga in her practice and classes. She encourages her students to be open and free to discover their best self, and to be comfortable in their own skin. She is a kind teacher, and enjoys bringing a light mood to her classes. Jessica follows a playful and creative spirit; one that she feels is nourished by spending time with children.
Her desire to be part of a yoga community where she could share her passion of yoga with a diverse group has helped her make many connections around Chicago. She teaches several styles of yoga to adults, children, teens, expectant moms, and families.
The yoga therapy components of Nick's, Lela's and Rhoda's practice are based on training from the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy school, not derived from their status as RYTs with Yoga Alliance Registry.