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 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 and therapeutics. Her "Beyond the Mat" column appears 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. 

Shanna Linn

Shanna has been teaching anatomy at the Chicago School of Yoga since 2012 and is an accomplished instructor teaching at Yoga Teacher Training Schools Internationally. Shanna has been teaching since 1995. She holds degrees from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy, Tyler School of Fine Art, and SAIC. Shanna is the Events Manager for Moksha Yoga Center and Stonehouse Farm.

Stephanie Bustillos

Stephanie is a dedicated student of yoga. Her journey started with her first Indo-Tibetan college course under renowned Buddhologist, Professor Robert Thurman. With an eagerness to learn more about the subtle body, she fell in love with yoga through Sivananda. Later, she explored Ashtanga, and her teaching career brought her to the Chicago School of Yoga training.

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.

Carla Douros

Carla is a Kripalu ERYT-500 with a PhD in Physiological Psychology.  She continues to study and teach aspects of the mind/body/spirit relationship and is passionate about sharing her experience with yoga students and teachers across the country. She is in awe of the wonders of the human body and considers it a blessing to be able to teach anatomy and physiology to yoga teachers-in-training. Visit her webpage at www.mindbodyandyoga.com

Carla: "I believe that yoga can change the world - one heart at a time. Yoga can bring strength, flexibility and balance to your body, calm the mind, and enhance your immune system. More importantly, yoga empowers you - mind, body and spirit - to take responsibility for your health and control of your destiny! Yoga is not the only path, but it has been an important part of my journey since I was 19! Now I am an ERYT 500 teacher from the Kripalu tradition and am so happy to have found my niche. My background has always focused on healing.  I was a paramedic on the Chicago Fire Department and earned a PhD in Physiological Psychology from UIC. I have been teaching anatomy and physiology for yoga teacher trainings since 2001 and am passionate about sharing my love of the human body with yoga students and teachers across the country."

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.


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.

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.