LaNae Plaxico – Yoga + Fitness Coordinator

LaNae began practicing yoga as a young teenager with the hopes of becoming a more flexible dancer, but quickly learned that it was about a lot more than looser hamstrings! Throughout college, she fell in love with meditative movement and the peace it brought her despite her daily stresses. Soon after graduation, she became a certified yoga instructor to share the life changing practice of yoga throughout her community. As a teacher, she wants to create a space of vulnerability and plenty of room to get stronger and grow. She loves helping her students delve deeper into the mental and physical practice of yoga. Her focus is on meditative movement and truly finding a link between the mind, body, and spirit through breath work.

As the Yoga and Fitness Coordinator, she hopes to create a place where this community can be brought together by the love of not just fitness, but wellness. She wants to maintain a space where people can slow down, take a few breaths, and work on cultivating their best self.


Liezle Garcia – Yoga Instructor

Liezle discovered yoga after she was recovering from the birth of her 2nd child and a wish to lead a more active lifestyle. While her goal was an interest in overall fitness, she found that her true passion was yoga. She did her RYT 200- hour training at Reflections Yoga in Homewood, IL. The training opened a whole new world of health, fitness, yoga styles, meditation and spirituality. She attends workshops and continues teaching and training to build on her knowledge of body and mind practice. She is an E-RYT yoga instructor, pre-natal yoga instructor, Pilates instructor, children’s instructor and a cycling instructor. Over the years, she has taught at various locations in the area.


Kristy Johnson – Yoga Instructor

Kristy Johnson teaches Fit Beginnings, Restorative Yoga, and Gentle Yoga at Morgan Park Fitness Center. After completing CorePower’s 200 RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) Program in Chicago, Kristy studied with Yogadarshanam in Mysore, India for a month and obtained a 250 RYT Certificate in Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga. 


Mary Casey – Yoga + Fitness Instructor

Mary has been passionate about fitness for the past 12 years. Seven years ago, she became a group fitness trainer, specializing in HIIT boot camp. This past May, she completed her RYT-200 certification as well as her yoga sculpt certification. Yoga has completely transformed her life – physically, mentally and spiritually. Her gratitude for fitness and yoga shines when she shares this way of life with others.

 


 

Sharon Dorsey- Zumba Instructor

Sharon started Zumba eight years ago. In March of 2017 she decided to take the certification training to instruct Zumba fitness classes. She is very happy to this day with that decision. Coupled with healthy eating habits, Zumba fitness classes can change your life. Decide today to check out her Zumba classes!


 

Lalita Vayavananda- Yoga Instructor 

In 2016, Lalita received her YTT-200hr certification at Green Tree Yoga & Meditation (now known as The Tree South LA) in California. She has since studied Yoga Therapy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and completed certifications in trauma informed yoga, yoga for all bodies/ accessible yoga, pre/ postnatal yoga, meditation and sound healing. She incorporates all these elements in her classes to keep them engaging, effective and safe. She has been a practitioner of yoga since 2008 and initially began for the fitness aspect, but naturally her discipline became a healing tool to overcome barriers and trauma with the realization that physicality is a mere fragment of what yoga truly encompasses. Additionally, Lalita is a doula currently studying maternal child healthcare as well as environmental literacy and urban farming.


Donisha Reed – Yoga Instructor (Sub)

Donisha has been at Morgan Park Sports Center since 2016, but has been teaching yoga and other group fitness classes since 2014. Her education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Purdue University (BOILER UP) and a Master’s degree in public health from Indiana University Bloomington (GO HOOSIERS). 

She teaches these classes in hopes that it’ll help students push past any fear or insecurities they may have about their bodies, and enjoy the practice for what it was made to do – get you to MOVE. She hopes that once they move past that fear, the confidence they gain can translate into other sustainable wellness practices that further feeds their minds, bodies, and spirits.


Colleen Carey – Yoga + Fitness Instructor (Sub)

Colleen began doing yoga 5 years ago when she realized how much her anxiety and lack of concentration was beginning to disrupt major areas of her life. After noticing the subtle changes in mood, level of awareness, and connection with her body along with something bigger than her, she discovered the true healing power of physical discipline. This led her to deepen her practice and travel to Bali, Indonesia to complete her 200-hour vinyasa flow teacher training intensive through Frog Lotus Yoga (Yoga Alliance Qualified). An inner truth deep inside had reawakened during this experience in Asia and she knew it had to be shared. Colleen likes to create a practice that encourages healing not only in the body, mental and emotional state, but the very core being by focusing on natural breath awareness, rhythmic movement, and strengthening asana (pose) holds. By encouraging the student to focus inward, he/she will begin to unlock energies held within parts of the body, allowing disconnection from one’s habitual self in order to reconnect with one’s authentic self.


Kim Rudd – Zumba Instructor (Sub)

Kimberley Rudd is a dance workout instructor. She has been a certified Zumba instructor teaching consistently since 2011, and a licensed BeMoved instructor since 2017. For 11 years, she owned and managed two women’s fitness centers in Blue Island and Auburn Gresham, and has held group exercise, personal fitness and wellness, and nutrition certifications.


Margaret Barrett – Yoga + Meditation Instructor (Sub)

Margaret’s journey began in 2002 when introduced to meditation by her dad, a dedicated and seasoned meditator. Since then, she has cultivated a strong meditation practice which has led to greater mental clarity, improved self-awareness, calmness and joy in her life.

She began her yoga practice in 2006, quickly seeing the amazing results that it had on the body, mind and spirit. She earned her 200-hour certification from Prairie Yoga, through the Beverly Yoga Center, in 2016. An intrigued student of how the body stores emotion, Margaret teaches mindfulness, pranayama (breath work), yoga, and meditation to help students tune into their own healing needs, creating more balance and harmony in their lives. Her intention to live each day in awareness from a level of higher consciousness has become a life-long and purposeful journey.

With more than a 20-year career working for corporations amidst change and transformation, Margaret has keen insights into the needs of employees in that environment. She leads mindful meditation sessions in the workplace to help employees reduce stress and anxiety, and create calm, mental peace for personal growth and overall better health.