Amy Brinkman, Co-Owner of Twist Yoga Lounge
Adding a yoga class to my packed schedule of extreme fitness classes was considered to "just be my rest and stretch" day many years ago. Little did I know it would change my life. I learned that through moving my body and focusing on my breath, I could miraculously find stillness for my mind.
I continued taking yoga classes and eventually became certified in 2010. I feel honored to teach as an owner at our studio and observe people every day finding this same powerful way of living by dropping the outside world and just landing on their mats.
My college degrees/licenses in social work, business and exercise personal training enhance the classes I now teach. I especially love to guide students through a powerful experience that creates a strong body and an "innercise" that allows the mind to become still. Through our breath, laughter and focusing on the present moment, we find self-love, confidence and real transformation in our lives.
Fun Facts: I am a control freak. My family is thankful I go to yoga! I come from a family of musicians and am one myself. I live in Naperville with my husband, two teenagers, and rescued cats and dog. I care deeply about empowering others.
Jen Cisneros, Co-Owner Of Twist Yoga Lounge
Yoga has been part of my life since 2008. My practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible, willing to try new things, get uncomfortable and take risks in my life. Yoga inspires me to live more mindfully and helps me live a more simplified life.
I completed my 200 hour vinyasa training with Baron Baptiste, Power Yoga Institute in 2010. I have advanced teacher trainings through Live Love Teach as well as Wild Abundant Life with Debbie Williamson. I continue to learn as a teacher and more importantly, a student.
I combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness along with a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. I help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind, and soul with yoga. My hope is that you step off your mat feeling refreshed, nourished, balanced and inspired.
Fun Facts: I'm very ordinary. My birthday is the most common date of birth and when I was born, Jennifer was the most popular girl's name. However, my blood type is rare. My favorite poses are those that challenge me but specifically, half moon. It incorporates everything I love about a yoga pose; balance, elongation and personal expression.
Theresa Wilson, Co-Owner of Twist Yoga Lounge
I've been told that I'm the spark that ignites human potential. Yoga changed my life and stirred my desire to become a yoga teacher and coach. I want to help other people change their lives and encourage people to find the answer (or pose!) themselves through exploration.
The world is my workplace. Traveling to Asia, Europe, Oceania, and the Americas gave me the opportunity to value people and cultures for who they are. It also gave me the travel bug. Luckily I am able to marry my love of travel and yoga as an international retreat coordinator.
Fun Facts: Our family loves to travel! At last count we've been to 30 different countries. My favorite is Thailand, hands down followed closely by New Zealand (south island) and Spain. My favorite yoga pose is trikonasana (triangle) because it makes me feel so strong. If money were no object I would buy a farm and go rescue every senior dog in the shelters so they would have someone to love them. I would also attend every home game the Cubs and the Ohio State Buckeyes (football) played.
Eva Chinetti, Yoga Teacher
I'm so excited to be part of your yoga journey. I specialize in working with people who are interested in the benefits of exploring a mind-body practice that improves every aspect of life. If you're wanting to feel greater emotional balance, more of a sense of ease in your body, a deepening clarity of mind, and an empowering connection to your true purpose - I would love to invite you to my class.
My classes do not require that you already be flexible, strong and focused. They're for regular people who want to grow, heal and get closer to their best selves. I fell in love with yoga after my first class in 2006. The deep relaxation I felt afterward and the newly created space in my mind and body was transforming for me. The benefits only kept increasing: stress relief, feeling more at home in my body, and developing my mental ability to focus on what I wanted in my life.
Fun facts: Favorite pose is half moon and her favorite food is a mango. Morton Arboretum is her favorite place. If money were no object Eva would travel the world teaching yoga.
Catherine Drumm, Yoga Advisor & Teacher
I took my first yoga class seven years ago and immediately knew it would become my life, amazed by how it made me feel both calm and energized afterwards. I believe in the invigorating power that yoga offers the mind, body, and spirit. It attracts like-minded people: peaceful, strong, and encouraging all together in a non-threatening environment. I love that!
After a couple of years I wanted to take my practice to the next level and completed my 200 hour teacher training at Prairie Yoga in Lisle. My training is more alignment focused but I continue to practice in the style of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. Because of this combination of instruction and experience, the foundation of my classes are the guiding priciples of alignment, strength, and moving in a flow.
Fun Facts: Catherine has a twin brother. Her favorite place in the world is Negril, Jamaica and her favorite foods are seafood and chocolate but not together. She would love to expand her world with more travel and yoga-now those two can go together!
Esther Eydenberg, Yoga Teacher
Esther turned to yoga when she realized she was having no patience for her kids. She multi-tasked a lot and got through each day on auto pilot, dwelling on stuff that she had no control over and being blind to realizing she had a wonderful life right in from of her. At one point, her anxiety was taking control and yoga helped her regain it. Yoga also helped her be fully present during he hardest moment of her life.
She wants to help people realize they are already perfect and to stop being frustrated over things out of their control.
Fun Facts: If money were no object, she would travel the world with her family, own a huge house on the beach so she can practice yoga everyday looking at the ocean and have her own makeup line. Her favorite food is steak tacos on flour tortillas with Horchata. Her favorite yoga pose is humble warrior.
Kim Grispo, Yoga Teacher
Kim’s workouts focused on high-intensity classes and running. With injuries, she realized the need for a healthy change. After her first Vinyasa class, she found what her body and mind were craving. Yoga helped her physical body heal and provided the emotional support to deal with her daughter’s cancer battle.
Kim understands there is no right or wrong pose; we come to our mats each day with a different body. By honoring our needs in the moment, we grow physically and emotionally. As an active parent and volunteer, she understands the “beautifully imperfect” lifestyles of her students. Encouraging self-exploration and self-compassion, she provides students opportunities for challenges on and off the mat.
Fun Facts: Her favorite food is fresh-from- the-oven chocolate chip cookies. She is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up, but her heart yearns to help siblings of children with life-threatening illnesses. She is a Wish Granter with Make-A-Wish, and she's helped grant Wishes to more than 50 children in Illinois.
Tiffany King, Yoga Teacher
I love to be inspired and to inspire others. I love to tell stories. I love to teach.
I came to yoga filled with apprehension and an inflexible body. I left my first class filled with passion, an open mind, sense of community and knowing that I needed more. I wanted to share my new "little secret to happiness" with whoever would listen. That lead me down the path of the 200 hour teacher training with Theresa Wilson Yoga.
My student's strength and ability to push their limits inspire me. I'll push you to your edge while sweating out your junk. When you leave the room, I want you to feel empowered, inspired and craving for more.
Fun Facts: I have a dent in my right quad because my muscle collapsed when I was a baby. My favorite place in the world is exploring a place i've never been. If money were no object, I'd volunteer with kids who have a less than blessed upbringing to provide a steady role model in their lives.
Sara Mulacek, Yoga Teacher
As a lifelong fitness enthusiast, Sara dabbled in Yoga but sought out a more steady practice after years of bad habits in corporate America as well as overtraining for triathlon and running events. To balance the Yang of training, Sara found Yoga to be her Yin, helping her to cope with stress and pain in a more natural way.
Yoga has also helped to shape other aspects in Sara’s life. As a mother of four, she has learned how to stay in the moment and be grateful for the little things. She finds much joy in weekends on Lake Michigan, days at the pool and snuggling with her kiddos while watching movies. In addition to being RTY200 Sara is also an AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor and Schwinn Cycling Instructor with a love for spinning, bootcamp, running and swimming.
Sara’s favorite poses are balancing and backbends. She loves the power and sense of accomplishment you feel in these poses. One of the greatest joys in Yoga is getting a pose for the first time. Sharing this with others is what drives her to teach. She is proud to have completed her teacher training at Twist learning from strong, versatile teachers and now thrilled to be a part of the team.
Kiya Olsen, Yoga Teacher
In 2009 a friend urged me to try a hot yoga class, and I've never looked back! I've been actively practicing since then and completed my 200 hour yoga certification program in 2013.
I love helping others and encouraging people to find the positives in all circumstances. In addition to my passion for yoga I love being a mother, therapist, and spending time with our family dog.
I am excited to be a part of the Twist team and share my love of yoga with others.
Amanda Riley, Yoga Teacher
Amanda spent the first 25 years of her life mostly out of the present moment. From her first yoga class on, she realized this powerful practice created space and strength in not only the body but the mind as well. This space was the perfect way to ease the anxiety she had been struggling with for years. It is through teaching yoga she has realized her greatest blessing is to "see" each person she encounters and she tries to help fellow yogis find and see themselves as powerful, purposeful people both on and off their mats.
Yoga has started to shape each aspect of Amanda's life. She loves how yoga has made her grateful for small moments, like tearing down a barn to make reclaimed furniture with her boyfriend. She finds much joy in Starbucks chai tea, Chipotle burrito bowls, and baking double chocolate cupcakes with her niece and nephew. When she is not on her mat, you can find her working as a counselor for adolescents at a local hospital.
Amy Tobey, Yoga Teacher
As a mom of 3 boys, and a task oriented hurricane of agendas, Amy needed to find a way to reset. It was yoga that showed her a reflection of her ways in being. It was her mat time that unraveled all the unnecessary weight and welcomed the clarity of what mattered. Ever since her practice became her life’s mirror, a continued education of yoga teacher trainings has led her to the joy of discovering many ways to share.
Hooked on anatomy, and a keeping life a simple philosophy, Amy delivers the value of space.
A mindful based practice to tune in and discover all the simple things we can use to choose presence over chaos. Expect a breath lead flow and direct cues of awareness as we meet in our beats together. A little laughter, and a lot of unexpected moments to keep only this moment at task. A time to share only the very existence; away from our busy minds and our “to-do lists” that take us away from the now.
Learn not to rush and choose just this moment. Feel what it’s like to get out of your own way.