David Duerkop

David is our programs Director of Education. David has been a lead faculty member since June 2010. He teaches a Vinyasa style steeped in basic yoga fundamentals but often sequenced in creative ways. He will encourage you to have fun and challenge yourself while honoring your individual needs. David has taught thousands of yoga classes and completed multiple trainings and certifications with Rusty Wells, Baron Baptiste, Manju Jois and the beloved teaching faculty of Yogaview.

Kali Om

Kali Om has been teaching yoga since 1998 and is author of the 2018 book Beyond the Mat: Don't Just Do Yoga - Live It. She is registered above the E-RYT 500 level. She has completed 200-, 500-, and 800-hour trainings with her guru, Sri Dharma Mittra, and studied five times in India with Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She is also certified to teach pranayama (breathing), meditation, Hormone Yoga Therapy for Menopause, Yoga Nidra, Psychic Development, gentle and restorative yoga, senior yoga, Rocket Yoga, and therapeutics. Her cartoon and "Beyond the Mat" column appear in Yoga Chicago magazine, and she is a co-chair of Chicago's Vivekananda East West International Yoga Festival. Kali as been a lead instructor for the Chicago School of Yoga since 2012 and she is a continuing education provider for Yoga Alliance. 

Lauren Pesce

A graduate of The Chicago School of Yoga.  Lauren has a background in dance and gymnastics, which inspire her personal practice.   While Lauren loves the physical aspect of yoga, she has a deep appreciation for the tradition, spiritual benefits, and mental clarity that yoga provide.  Lauren teaches yoga to bring awareness to what the body can do.  Her classes are a vinyasa flow style that incorporate athleticism, playfulness, and mind-body awareness.  Lauren empowers her students to take a holistic approach to finding and honoring their authenticity through practicing yoga.  She encourages her students to try new things, work hard, and let go of the results.

Kathryn Gongaware

Kathryn, a graduate of the Chicago School of Yoga, fuses old school fundamentals and traditions with new school sequences and music to create a lighthearted, fun and supportive environment for self-discovery through yoga. A former lacrosse player and corporate consultant, she aims to cultivate balance between strength and length, sweat and stability, time on and off the mat. Kathryn offers both private training and group yoga classes, scaled to individual goals and needs. She has Prenatal, Kids, and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga certifications and has experience with injury prevention, functional medicine, and active rehabilitation. Kathryn also volunteers with Yoga for Recovery, bringing yoga and mindfulness to women at the Cook County Department of Corrections.

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Kristy Hack

Kristy began teaching yoga in 2012 after completing the 200 hour teacher training at the Chicago School of Yoga with Jessica Carlin. She went on to study with the founders of Jivamukti Yoga, Sharon Gannon and David Life, and completed the 300 hour Jivamukti Yoga training, as well as studied Ashtanga yoga with Cliff Barber, a devoted student of Pattabhi Jois.

Through studying, practicing and living Yoga, Kristy has seen herself and her life totally transform. She feels blessed to share these sacred teachings to help inspire and empower others on their own journeys of self-discovery.

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Angie Aboutalib

Angie Aboutalib is a board certified Internal Medicine physician and Medical director who has been practicing vinyasa yoga since she began her medical schooling. She received her certification for 200 hour training from The Chicago School of Yoga in 2017. Angie has a passion for the field of yoga as medicine and incorporates some of her teachings during her vinyasa classes. She currently leads physician yoga wellness retreats and teaches yoga anatomy and physiology at the Chicago School of Yoga. Her classes are focused on bringing a balance physically, mentally and spiritually during a yoga practice.

Mission Statement:

Angie’s mission is to inspire her students to explore their own personal yoga journey while finding that balance mentally and physically both on and off the mat.

Mark B Weiss

Founder and Executive Director is the founder of The Chicago School of Yoga.