About Your Yoga Instructors
Jenny Guzon-Bae, ERYT
With her combined passion for yoga and traveling the world, Jenny founded of Yoga Within You Retreats, LLC. Since her maiden voyage to Tulum, Mexico 2012, Jenny has since traveled to many areas of the Caribbean, United States and in 2018, Europe!
A dedicated yogi since 2000, Jenny’s desire as an instructor is to provide a vigorous yet calming yoga practice, pairing the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga to her students. Her goal with each class is for students to leave feeling uplifted, inspired, light, strong and peaceful so that they may learn to live their yoga beyond the mat. Jenny’s yoga practice has brought many positive changes to her life and is honored to teach yoga so that others can use the body to reach their heart and mind. To learn more about Jenny and her classes, please visit the following:
Wade Gotwals, ERYT
As an international traveling yogi, Wade leads retreats, workshops and events around the globe and is known for his innovative approach and inspirational teachings. He creates a sense of community with heart and humor and challenges students to explore their full potential during his uniquely sequenced Vinyasa classes. The Vinyasa flow fusion is derived from his travels and from the inspirations of his senior teachers, always incorporating aspects of the other limbs of yoga … meditation, dharma, bhakti and elements of thai and acro yoga into his teachings. His style is structured, but at the same time playful, always offering options of openness, depth and strength so that everyone will be appropriately challenged and able to share their energy. He is guided by the dharmic principles of Advaita or ‘oneness and non separation’. Wade strives to find interesting ways to keep others inspired and connected and receiving inspiration from others is what keeps his love for yoga alive.
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Marci Barth, RYT
Yoga has been a vital part of Marci’s life for over 18 years. Her practice has helped her grow stronger, and more flexible physically, but more importantly it has strengthened her personal connection to herself and to a community of people she now calls close friends. She completed RYT 200 teacher training in 2004, but will forever be a student; grateful to her local teachers for their inspiration and wisdom. She has also studied with master teachers such as Erich Schiffman, Rodney Yee, Dharma Mittra, and Shiva Rea.
After many years of teaching daily classes and workshops in the Chicago area, Marci has developed a vinyasa teaching style that is both challenging and safe. In class, she aims to relate ancient yogic philosophies to every day modern life. Her students range from beginners to very experienced yogis and also those with acute and chronic injuries. She believes there is a deep and meaningful practice for all those who seek it. Her goal is that students leave class feeling balanced and energized so they can bring more positive, compassionate energy to their own lives and to all the lives they touch.
Marci is also an experienced traveler who loves to dive in to unique cultures, experience physical adventure and explore the wonders of nature. She has also visited remote, impoverished communities around the world as an ambassador for Free Wheelchair Mission. Over the past 9 years, she and her team have personally distributed wheelchairs to hundreds of needy, disabled people in developing nations.
Lourdes Paredes, ERYT
Lourdes Paredes, founder and publisher of Illumine Magazine, is an established Chicago yoga teacher. She has taught locally at Moksha Yoga Center, Yogaview, Namaskar Yoga, Exhale Mind Body Spa, Niyama Yoga and Healing Power Yoga and at citywide yoga events. Lourdes has led international retreats and workshops and has been featured at national yoga festivals. Her passion for teaching yoga as an authentic way of life fuels the founding of Illumine.
Andrew Gurvey, RYT
When you walk into one of Andrew’s yoga class, his primary purpose is to put you at ease to the point of being able to self-examine in an introspective way through the asana practice. Andrew leads you through a yoga class with the idea of being able to experience more than just the physical offering of the yoga poses. The practice of yoga is the true cooperation of the mind, body and spirit. If any one of those are out of balance, it can effect the others.
Andrew’s goal is for his students to leave his classes feeling better and more empowered. He believes that yoga is the tool that we use to navigate life, the Universe and all that lies beyond and within.
Brooke Cline, RYT
Brooke fell in love with yoga 9 years ago when she first started practicing out of necessity in order to relieve back pain. Not only was she able to eliminate her back pain while other methods failed, but she quickly learned that there was a lot more going on then just the physical practice. With yoga, she was able to really focus on the connection between her mind, body and spirit. Over the years, Brooke found that being on the mat was some of the only time she had to decompress while working in a stressful job environment and raising her two young children. She received her teaching certification in 2010. Her intention as a yoga teacher is to help share the healing effects of yoga with others.
As a competitive basketball and volleyball player, Don came to the practice over 10 years ago hoping that yoga would help him to stretch out after games. His journey began as a vinyasa flow student at his local health club and, over the years, has led him to practice enthusiastically at many renowned yoga studios and teachers in Chicago and the world.
Don completed his 200 hour YTT with Prairie Yoga in Lisle, IL and hopes to share his passion of yoga in a more therapeutic aspect. With his athletic background, he has worked through his share of injuries and rehab. After his last doctor recommended knee replacement, Don decided to forgo surgery and pursue a path of therapeutic yoga to alleviate his condition. He believes that the practice of yoga, through alignment and safety, is the perfect avenue to sustain a healthy lifestyle, no matter if you are an athlete or not.
He considers his main teacher to be Leslie Riley, who is Iyengar-trained by BKS Iyengar. She has helped him to advance his practice in a more alignment based manner. He also currently apprentices and assists Leslie in her weekly yoga classes in Evanston. As a travelling yogi, Don attended and assisted in many Yoga Within You, LLC yoga retreats to Costa Rica, Mexico, Zion, UT and Bend, OR.
Although Don’s main interests are in therapeutic and alignment-based yoga, he continually expands his knowledge of yoga by actively attending workshops that vary from restorative yoga to handstands. He has also practiced many different styles of yoga: Hatha, Forrest, Ashtanga, hot, aerial, acro yoga and the Mighty Body Band.
In Don’s classes, you’ll expect well-thought out classes, mainly centered around alignment, accentedwith fun music and a place to feel comfortable no matter what level of your practice.