YOGGIC FAMILY

JESUS VILLANUEVA

Co-Owner & Co-Founder

Yoga Instructor | Power Yoga & Yin Yoga

I completed my 500 hour yoga teacher training at Vinyasa Yoga School in Rishikesh, India in 2017 and have been teaching ever since.

My personal practice started in Houston, Texas in 2009, at a Baptiste Power Yoga Affiliate. That's where I fell in love with the practice. 

In 2018, my husband and I opened Yoggic Yoga Center in Lakeview, Chicago, where we are constantly and organically creating a place where real connections and community are celebrated. We offer Baptiste Power Yoga, and in addition to the bulk of our classes, we offer Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga.

I received my Yin Yoga teacher certificate from the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in 2018. I really enjoy teaching Yin Yoga, and giving people the space and opportunity to explore their body in a deeper, more meditative and compassionate way.

When I am not practicing or teaching yoga, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two dogs, Charlie and Mia, I love cooking, learning about Ayurveda, running, traveling whenever we have the chance, reading, and watching Netflix series and documentaries.

I am fluent in Spanish and French, and I would love to get better at my German :)

LILY SAHAGUIAN

Yoga Instructor | Power Yoga

The art of yoga came to me when I moved to Chicago and needed to a find a community to call home. I began my 200-hour power yoga teacher training (2017) with little to no yoga experience and discovered a newly found interest in the power of healing through mind and body.

For me, yoga is about showing up on your mat as your most authentic self, while focusing on physical strength, flexibility, and breath. I believe and respect that the art of practicing yoga starts within you and forever builds as something ever-growing. My classes combine this philosophy while curating a Baptiste Power Vinyasa style, which will leave you feeling authentic, strong, and open to self-inquiry.

KATHRYN COUGHLIN

Yoga Instructor | Power Yoga & Meditation

I started practicing yoga in Nashville while I was swimming in college, and I loved the space it created in my body. I discovered Baptiste Yoga shortly after and was hooked not just to the physical intensity of the practice, but the mental clarity and connection I felt leaving my mat. I did my first 200-hour teacher training in the winter of 2018 and began teaching immediately after. I loved teaching the physical part of yoga, but realized I also wanted to share how the practice had impacted my life in a bigger way.

 

I attended Level One in February 2019 and completed a 300-hour training with Baptiste Power Yoga Nashville later that year. I love the power of ujjayi breath and true north alignment, but my favorite part about teaching is seeing people transform and step into their strength and power!

VICKY SARIKAS

Yoga Instructor | Power Yoga

 

 

Vicky has been practicing and teaching yoga for many years. Her personal practice is mostly Ashtanga, but she loves a good Power Vinyasa as well. She loves sharing her knowledge and passion for yoga, and she has been a Yoggic fan since our early days! Vicky is currently enrolled and set to complete her RYT-500 hour certification to further her knowledge on yoga philosophy, pranayama & meditation, yoga anatomy and the Ashtanga second series. She applies her knowledge, personal experience and the wisdom that she has gained over the years of her own dedicated practice into her teaching style. 

MALENA KOES

Yoga Instructor | Power Yoga & Yin Yoga

 

 

 

My yoga journey began as a complement to running and playing soccer in college. So much of my practice began with the physical aspect. After college, a close friend of mine was opening a Baptiste Power Yoga studio. I was hooked right away, and I like to say that yoga found me. I completed my 200h Baptiste Yoga Teacher Training at Humble Haven Yoga in Richmond, Virginia in 2017.  Shortly after, I moved to Chicago and began teaching at Eb & Flow Yoga. I completed my Yin Yoga Teacher training in Spring 2018. 

 

Teaching allows me to open my mind, body, and soul to the kindness in myself and my community. The principles of Baptiste Power Yoga speak to me on and off the mat. For me, yoga is a journey not a destination. I like to focus on a deep connection of self while striving for physical power.

 

When I'm not on my mat, I'm working full time as a Registered Nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Lurie Children's in Chicago. I also have a golden retriever named Fabio, and I absolutely love being an aunt!

JENNIFER KANGETHE

Yoga Instructor | Power Yoga

"There are two ways of spreading the light; be the candle or the mirror that reflects it". - Edith Wharton Jennifer has been lit up by successfully participating as a student, as well as assisting with various roles at all Baptiste trainings since 2012. She has completed the FIT TO LEAD training with Baron Baptiste, the highest level of training in 2016 and served her community of fellow Baptiste leaders by assisting the program in 2017. She currently teaches worldwide and is a certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga teacher.

 

The Baptiste methodology and the teacher trainings have provided the framework for her to intensify and ignite within her the power to connect, lead, discover and trust. With two feet solidly rooted to the earth, she shows up dedicated to deliver, spontaneous, passionate and playful. Jennifer believes in the powers of yoga and is ready to serve the yoga community by welcoming everyone to begin exactly where they are right now. While leading the physical work, of stretching, flexing, strengthening and balancing, her goal is to provide a safe space for you to discover through inquiry how to let go and find your own truth inspired from the Baptiste Journey into Power sequence. By sharing experiences of her own ups, downs, twists and folds, Jennifer is your support team and will serve you as you discover your place of belonging, inner joy, love and peace. In 2013, Jennifer's adventurous spirit took her to Kenya with her three children to participate in a Seva Safari with the Africa Yoga Project.

 

This experience of enriched service sparked the candle and she is READY NOW to illuminate the world. Jennifer is committed to always furthering and expanding her knowledge of yoga and her growth as a leader of her own life as well as sharing her experiences with her community. She made a long-lasting contribution to Kenya by founding, in creation with her fellow team members in Kenya, Yoga Heart Kenya, a Baptiste Yoga Affiliate located in Nairobi.. 

BRIAN KANGETHE

Yoga Instructor | Power Yoga

My friends and family know me as Yubrah... I was born and raised in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi or also well known as the City under the Sun. I’m a certified Tier 2 Baptiste Power Yoga global teacher/leader/influencer. My first Yoga teacher training was in 2009. That first yoga class still remains an unforgettable experience to date. I stretched more than just muscles I never worked on before, but also stretched all limiting thoughts, I ever had about myself and others. I also developed new ways of seeing life and accessed new discoveries/strengths both mentally and physically.

 

Through the years I have consistently practiced yoga and attended trainings/workshops working on my growth as a student and leader. I am happy and blessed to have had the chance to graduate from the most advanced program/training with the Baptiste institute, FIT TO LEAD in 2018. I love practicing and teaching yoga as there’s nothing that makes me feel greater than being of service to myself as well as other people through this phenomenal practice. My favorite pose is headstand. It reveals to me how scary it can be going out of my normal (Comfort Zones) and into the unknown, only to realize that’s the only place I can grow, mentally, physically and emotionally.

 

Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga works for me simply because, yoga in itself being an ancient Practice, everything I encounter in a Baptiste Yoga class is accessible for the modern-day lifestyle. I access deep connections and I always go back to more discoveries and bonds both locally and globally!!! My favorite quote is “LIVE FOR YOURSELF, YOU WILL LIVE IN VAIN. LIVE FOR OTHERS, YOU WILL LIVE AGAIN.” ~BOB MARLEY~

KATE VAIL

Yoga Instructor | Power Yoga

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate is a Chicago transplant from Louisville, Kentucky. She discovered Baptiste yoga during law school when she desperately needed a place to sweat out all the stress and take a mental break. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Baptiste affiliate 502 Power Yoga in 2018 and taught in Louisville before moving to Chicago at the beginning of 2019. When she’s not on her mat (or lawyering), you can find her nose-deep in a book or enjoying the lakefront -  but usually both at the same time!

DENISE D'AGOSTINO

Yoga Instructor | Ashtanga Yoga

A committed Ashtanga yoga practitioner for many years, Denise uses the daily practice to inspire herself and others that there is a well inside of limitless possibility. When migraines and severe allergies consumed her life years ago, she decided there must be a better way to live regardless of what other sources may say. Through plant-based eating and regular Baptiste style yoga, she was able to just barely begin to unravel her feelings of sickness and also of being overworked and uninspired in her stressful day to day. Through an in-depth 200hr teacher training at Moksha Yoga Studios completed in 2014, her world opened up to the rich philosophy that the traditional yoga teachings provide. She continues her regular study as an apprentice in the Ashtanga Mysore room at yogaview under master teacher Alexia Bauer

In class, you will experience full integrity of the physical postures, ease of the breath and tools to explore the inner self. Denise aims to guide each individual towards discovering his or her vital potential in a safe, progressive and nurturing environment.

Certifications and Study:

200hr Training - Moksha Yoga Studios, 2014

Ongoing Ashtanga Apprenticeship under Alexia Bauer, 2014 start

Ongoing Senior Yoga Apprenticeship under Laurine Clark, 2016 start

Traumatic Brain Injury Teacher Training - Love Your Brain, 2018

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