I can hardly believe I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years! It feels like my timeline in my life is B.Y.(before yoga) and A.Y. (after yoga). LOL!! It has forever changed my life! This beautiful gift of yoga has helped me thru 3 pregnancies and births of 3 amazing boys, helped me work thru injuries and recover from surgeries. I have had many tears release onto my mat as I move and breathe thru the difficult times life can throw your way. Time on my mat has also given me such joy and self acceptance.
My passion for sharing yoga in our community makes me smile from the inside out! It makes me SHINE!! As much as I love teaching yogis to do things they could never imagine, I also love teaching and helping beginners as they start their journey. I have had students with me for over 12 years and it has been incredible to witness their practice become their very own.
I invite you to step into your own light and SHINE with us!!
Becky has many years of yoga experience. Her yoga journey began in the fall of 1998 in Greeley Colorado. She began teaching yoga at the Living Yoga Center in Champaign-Urbana in 2002. Her studies and degree lead her to complete level 1 & 2 of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in 2004. She then completed the basic 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 and became a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher. Becky is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor since 2011, emphasizing in trauma symptom reduction.
“Yoga is Amazing and has numerous benefits, such as reduced levels of stress, pain, anxiety and symptoms of depression as well as increased strength, balance & personal motivation. My goal is to share how to bring yoga into your daily life, in a simple, attainable and effective way. I truly believe what’s inside matters, and yoga is the journey of the self, through the self to the self.”
Becky teaches: Vinyasa Flow
Ash is rooted in her life as a mama first! She is the mother of 3 energetic little boys and is waiting to welcome a new little love into her life this summer. Ash is an Ohio native loving life in the QC! She fell in love with yoga years ago, and received her 200hr Teaching Cert in August of 2016. Being a wife and mother , Ash is used to wiggling in her practice when she can, and suggests all students and lovers of yoga to do the same. Slowing things down on the mat is her passion, and she welcomes all ages to join!
Ash teaches: Gentle Yoga
Michael started his yoga journey at 60 years young in November of 2010. He is a competitive runner and studies/teaches different martial arts. He started yoga to gain more flexibility, and has gained so much more! He has done things he never imagined himself doing at his age and smiling along the way!
He completed his 200 hr. yoga teacher training in June of 2014 at Indigo Wellness in Moline, where he learned more about yoga styles, principles and philosophy. He completed 300 hr. yoga teacher training in 2019 at Tapas in Rock Island, where he dove deeper into the study of yoga. He joined the Shine team in January 2015 and is having a great time helping yogis explore their own potential on their mats.
Michael teaches: Vinyasa Flow, HIIT Yoga Flow
Sarah has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and has been teaching
for 3 years now. Her style is laid-back and she enjoys incorporating different options so her classes are accessible for all levels from beginner on up.
Fun music, a relaxed attitude, and a lot of laughs with a lot of moves
define her classes.
I started practicing yoga because I thought it was a great workout. Eventually, yoga became a lifestyle. I love the way it makes me feel physically, mentally and spiritually. I teach in hopes that people find that same type of connection and love in their own practice.
Jordan teaches: Rise & Shine Flow
Ronica started practicing hatha yoga and meditation as a teenager. She had never been to a yoga studio since she learned from reading a yoga book over and over again correcting her poses as she understood the teachings better with time and practice. After nearly three decades of solo yoga, her and her two sons started taking private lessons with Daina Lewis. Her youngest son has autism, Tourette Syndrome, and other conditions including very tight muscles. Yoga and Thai massages really helped him. This piqued her interest in becoming a yoga teacher, but she is also a engineer working full time and wasn’t sure if her schedule would allow her to make the time commitment. And then, her husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She needed to take care of herself in order to support him. They agreed it was time for her to sign up for yoga teacher training (YTT) at Shine! YTT made her slow down and focus on her own physical, emotional, and psychological well-being.
Ronica teaches: Gentle Yoga
Suzanne Chevalier is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of 200 hours of yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS) and a certified Restorative Yoga Instructor with Sudha Lundeen, Kripalu Yoga Institute and completed training as a Yin Yoga Instructor with Terry Cockburn, Summers School of Yin Yoga . She teaches Chair Yoga and Beginner’s Yoga Workshops to include ones for Seniors – age 55+.
She teaches primarily Gentle Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on stress reduction/management and breathing and learning to let go and Restorative Yoga – Rest, Relaxation and Restoring the body and mind. Her yoga practiced started about 10 years ago, and she then became a regular yoga student and soon realized how much yoga helped to change/transform her life. After her first class she found it was NOT as easy as she had imagined, but the true surprise was the sense of peace and joy she found. She was soon empowered by the positive changes, physical health benefits and balance yoga provided in her life and decided she should share the wonderful world of yoga with as many people as possible!
Suzanne teaches: Gentle & Restorative Yoga
Retired classroom teacher finds second calling. That's me! Yoga has been in my life for a long time but I never considered teaching until I took a restorative yoga course. I recognized a need in our community for this type of yoga and, when an opportunity to provide it through Shine arrived, Suzanne Chevalier suggested that we start a class. Seeing how our students have benefited from this practice encourages us to continue to offer it as well as to incorporate it into our gentle classes.
Teresa teaches: Restorative & Gentle Yoga
Allyson is a certified 200 hour yoga instructor, with specialty training's in: Yin Yoga, Mindfulness, Reiki, Transcendental Meditation, & Yoga for All. The practice of yoga is a fundamental part of her wellness plan that encourages her to slow down, be present, become physically & mentally stronger, & move gently. On her mat, whether she's humbled in a child’s pose or standing strong in a warrior pose, yoga brings a necessary attempt of balance into her daily existence.
Allyson teaches: Yin, Gentle and Mindful Meditation
Gentle Yoga is for everybody! Each instructor brings their own unique style that will help you take your time in poses, build stability and find your breath.
Vinyasa Yoga is flowing and connecting your breath with the movements and transitions. Vinyasa will get you warmed up from the inside out! All levels are welcome and modifications are given to help you flow thru the sequences.
Restorative Yoga helps you focus on relaxing your body, using bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps to help get you comfy while you soak into the poses. These classes are a great way to unwind you body, mind and spirit.