Carmen Champion-RYT is the Owner and Director of Main Street Yoga. She began taking yoga classes at MSY in 2004 while going to college. She found the practice to alleviate anxiety of mind and tension of the body.
If you take a class from Carmen, you will find that she tends to focus a lot of her language around the muscles of the body and how they affect your body and your movement. You will learn each of the muscle’s role in a posture and how to strengthen and lengthen each one. Carmen strives to educate and empower students by using each class as an opportunity to learn about themselves.
Carmen has her 200Hour Certification from the Pranakriya School and is a certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher.
She is currently working through her 300 hour certification and has taken the following training programs:
-Understanding the Hatha Yoga Pradipika w. Yoganand Michael Carroll
-Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training w. Jacci Gruniger
-Musculoskeletal Assessment Training w. Tra Kirkpatrick
-Holding Space: Developing Skills for Presence and Touch w. William Hufschmidt
-Deepening the Asana Experience: Meditative Postures 1 w. Yoganand Michael Carroll & Krissy Dopson
-Myofasciae, Prana & the Bandhas w. Jeff Shoaf
-The Universe Inside the Body of a Yogi: A Journey into the Chakras, Granthis and Nadis w. Yoganand Michael Carroll
Karen Canham, E-RYT Karen Canham greatest joy comes from teaching Yoga. The passion for sharing it’s benefits with others stems from her own life experience with its power to create space free from obstacles in your own body and mind to live. She encourages growth of the spiritual self through meditation and the psychology of yoga. She teaches children in an underserved area on the southwest side of Chicago, where she is grateful to be given the opportunity to teach children very important lessons and provide them with tools to promote inter peace and help them in their everyday lives. Karen is a member of the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT) and completed her 200 hour RYT in 2012.
Brittany McCready is a 200 RYT with Yoga Alliance. She has practiced various styles of yoga for over 10 years. Before she started practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga three years ago, yoga was an inconsistent hobby, today yoga is part of her daily life. Realizing that she wanted to deepen her practice and learn more about yoga philosophy, she completed her 200hr yoga teacher certification in May 2015 at Tapas Yoga Shala in Rock Island, IL.
Brittany has a passion for teaching to spread her joy of yoga to others. Her classes are a modern approach to traditional postures which are appropriate for all levels and will leave you feeling invigorated yet centered. Her private sessions offer a relaxed atmosphere for students to explore postures and receive one on one adjustments.
Hannah Liechty is a registered yoga teacher at the 200 hour level. She completed her training at Ahimsa Yoga studio in Ithaca NY. She began taking yoga at Main Street Yoga in 2014 in order to help with some anxiety and fell in love with the practice, she continues to enhance her love and understanding of yoga. Currently she is a first year student at Illinois State University. In her free time she enjoys doing yoga, being with friends and taking long walks outside.