Teachers


 
 

Claire Harper

Style: cYoga

Teaching Since: 2011

About Claire: The practice of cYoga drew Claire in as soon as she started practicing at The Lab. Practicing allows Claire to connect with her body, mind, and breath. Practicing is also a place where Claire gets to recharge. Claire teaches yoga so that she can share the practice of cYoga and help others find strength, flexibility, and peace through yoga. 

In life outside the yoga studio, Claire is a Registered Dietitian. Claire is always game to talk about food, or even ways to meld dietetics and yoga together via practices like Mindful Eating.

What to expect from Claire's class: Claire's classes generally have a lighthearted intensity. Expect to utilize your strength, find flexibility, focus on your breathing, and leave feeling relaxed.


Nicolette Downs

Style: Hatha

Teaching Since: 2012

Why I practice and teach yoga: 

1. The feeling when you figure out a pose you've been working on.
2. The feeling of helping someone else figure out a pose for the first time.
3. The mental space and clarity during/after practicing.

What to expect from Nicolette’s class: A challenging sequence that involves lots of warming up and a few crazy things, the opportunity to try something new, lots of adjustments, and probably some laughter.


Veronica Feldmeier 

Style: cYoga

Teaching Since: 2014

I practice and teach yoga:
To empower others to make changes that improve their health and wellness
For the deep connection and awareness yoga brings every day
For the constant discovery and learning, and addiction to progress

What to expect from Veronica's classes: Veronica’s outgoing, warm and friendly nature carries out into her teaching. Her classes are challenging across all levels, and you can expect to leave feeling renewed, alive and with a new respect for your body's abilities.


Rebecca Koppel 

Style: cYoga

Teaching Since: 2014

Rebecca began practicing yoga to get back in shape after a tennis-related knee surgery. After trying various styles, she experienced her first cYoga class in June 2011, and it immediately clicked. She found it exciting, challenging, and enjoyed that it pushed her to test her limits. She was also surprised because practicing yoga eased the day-to-day stress of pursuing her PhD. Yoga is now part of her life, and she considers it necessary to retain her sanity. Rebecca loves to help her students explore poses that they would not try on their own, leave happier than when they walked in, and feel more confident in their abilities.


Karina Wong 

Style: cYoga

Started Teaching: 2015

Why I practice and teach yoga: Yoga has taught me how to be in the present during practice and in other experiences, set aside time and space for my mind and well-being, and appreciate how a physical awareness can translate to mental awareness and vice versa.

There are few things more rewarding than seeing someone leave my class happier, more fulfilled, and eager to continue their yoga journey. 

What to expect from Karina's class: Creative and challenging sequences with options for all practice levels, individual attention, interaction and encouragement, and fun!


Emma Gyger

Style: cYoga

Teaching Since: 2015

Why I practice and teach yoga:

1. Managing anxiety.
2. Helping others feel good mentally and physically.
3. The awesome friends I've made through The Lab.

What to expect from Emma's class: A lighthearted approach to a challenging practice, sarcasm, and more than likely some hip-hop.


Paloma Huner

Style: cYoga

Teaching Since: 2015

About Paloma: After moving to Chicago from Paraguay, Paloma gave yoga a try as a way to stay active. She tried different styles but never settled for one in particular until she stumbled upon cYoga. She found Carmen’s style different, smart and challenging. Paloma was inspired to develop a regular practice and with time she became more and more fascinated with what the body can do and its subtleties. cYoga made such an impact in her life, not just physically but mentally as well, that she felt the need to share it with others by becoming a teacher. Paloma’s style is relaxed and nurturing. She invites you to have fun, feel comfortable on your mat and explore the possibilities.


Gina Reynolds

Styles: cYoga, Vinyasa

Teaching Since: 2015

Gina began practicing yoga in the early 2000s. She discovered The Lab in 2011 and was immediately hooked. She loves the challenging sequences and the fun atmosphere where willingness to work and keeping an open mind are the only prerequisites. She strives to deliver classes in a supportive atmosphere to help her students challenge themselves. When not practicing or teaching yoga, Gina is an immigration lawyer with Hernandez & Reynolds, LLC.



Ali Oldani

Styles: cYoga, Gentle Yoga, Ashtanga

Teaching Since: 2015

Why I practice and teach yoga: I practice yoga because it has helped me connect with my body in a positive way. It's a tool that has allowed me to shift a once consistently negative self perception, to one of appreciation and empowerment as I gained strength and flexibility over time.

Yoga has also allowed me to better observe my mental space and connect with my intuition or higher self. A journey that was initially physically focused has lead me to a path of inward observance and exploration, which I will always be grateful for.

I teach yoga because I love being able to to positively connect with students and encourage them (especially those who are new to yoga) to simply try. It's one of my favorite things to see a student's surprised at what their body is actually capable of! I also deeply value developing relationships with my students and being able to see their practices and their lives evolve over time.

What to expect from Ali’s class: An encouraging, welcoming class focused on connecting with the breath and safely exploring the body's limits. Pose modifications and props are provided so practitioners of all levels feel welcome and are able to benefit from an intentionally designed sequence.


Kate Hardwick

Style: cYoga

Teaching Since: 2016

Kate’s yoga journey began in 2004 at a Bikram studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to heal knee injuries from years of running. Soon after, fascinated by the practice and determined to dive deeper, she began to explore other practice styles. She joined The Lab in 2012 where, as a student, she appreciated how cYoga seamlessly organized sequences to reach peak poses. Empowered by the strength and confidence of the style, she is eager to continue her yoga journey, now as an instructor. She can’t wait to share these insights with you and looks forward to all we’ll learn together.


Chris Gilmore

Styles: Vinyasa, cYoga, Ashtanga

Teaching Since: 2016

Chris developed a daily yoga practice as a means to repair his mind and body from caring for an ailing parent.  Soon after his first class, he began practicing multiple hours a day fascinated by the healing aspects of the practice. Chris is trained in cYoga and multiple other Hatha Yoga systems.  In 2018, Chris purchased the Lab from his most formative teaching influence and Lab founder, Carmen Aguilar.  Forever a student of Yoga, Chris is honored to share the practice with the teachers and students at the Lab.  His enthusiasm for the practice, seeing all levels of students progress and many forms of music are evident in each class he shares.


Jayme Keith

Style: cYoga

Teaching Since: 2017

Jayme has been practicing yoga since 2007 and completed her teacher training at The Lab in 2017. While yoga was initially an injury prevention and recovery tool for her as a competitive track and field athlete, it steadily grew into the backbone of her daily movement practice as she competed in other sports and she completed her doctorate in physical therapy. As a competitive athlete, she has encountered many injuries and is familiar with the ups and downs of a body’s ability to adapt to and perform movement. She also utilizes yoga in her professional practice as a physical therapist, integrating yoga into her patient treatments while working with patients across all ages and abilities. After working with many styles of yoga she was drawn to the CYoga style due to its focused attention to peak poses that leads to mobility gains that carry through your practice long term. Jayme specializes in adapting yoga for all mobility needs and particularly enjoys working with each individual student to meet their goals. Jayme believes yoga is for everyone and looks forward to contributing to your movement practice through her classes at The Lab.


Maya Zinn 

Styles: Vinyasa, Iyengar 

Teaching Since: 2015 

Why I practice and why I teach yoga:

1. To feel strong, stable, and confident in every way. 

2. To use the body as a learning device to expand perception of which the physical eye is incapable. 

3.  For the wholly satisfying feeling of sharing what I love! 

What to expect from Maya’s class: An intelligent, thoughtful sequence that utilizes props creatively, explores dynamic stretching and mobility, and focuses on alignment and breath. 


Karen McElvogue

Style: Vinyasa

Teaching Since: 2016

Why I teach yoga:

 1.      Helping others find and celebrate their inner confidence

2.     Witnessing the excitement when a practitioner reaches a new goal

3.     The satisfaction and calm written across students faces at the end of an excellent practice

What to expect from Karen’s class: Thoughtful, intelligent sequences leading to new strength and stability.  Tons of chances for inversions and arm balances.   Physical and mental peace sprinkled with a bit of sweat!


Valerie Ladic

Starts teach in November!

Bio coming soon.