Yoga Staff

Linzie Hartmann, CYT – Yoga Instructor

Linzie was a co-founder of The Hart Wellness Center in 2009. She is a graduate of Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago and was part of a 200-hour certification program, designed by Daren Friesen, a nationally recognized yoga instructor. Her philosophy of yoga involves pushing your body to its limit while listening to the feedback it is giving you. She teaches in a way that gives you a better understanding and appreciation between the mind, body and soul. She was first drawn to yoga because of its physical practice: strengthening, balancing and stretching. It didn't take long until she found a deeper meaning to her yoga practice. Everything that it has done for her physically, it has done for her mentally and emotionally. It has made her stronger, created more balance in her emotions and more flexibility in her life. It has transformed her life to something more positive and meaningful and grateful for everyone who is a part of it. What she loves about teaching yoga the most is being able to share her positive energy and love with others. Yoga is "progress not perfection."

Connect with Linzie Hartmann @ – linzie@hartwellnesscenter.com

Brenda Temme, CYT – Yoga Instructor

Brenda is thrilled to be teaching yoga and to have the opportunity to pass on the joy and freedom that she found in her own practice. Brenda's teachings draw from the intention that breath-synchronized movement becomes an expression of what makes you feel alive inside and out. She will encourage you to discover a new edge both physically and mentally by moving your body in effort to free your mind and most importantly to have fun. Brenda has been influenced and inspired by many incredible teachers including, Shiva Rea, Janet Stone, Max Strom, Seane Corn, Anna Forrest, Andrey Lappa, Kim Schwartz and Tias Little. She received her first certification from the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago by attending their 200 hour teacher training program. Brenda also studied with master teacher Jonny Kest, director and owner of Center for Yoga in West Bloomfield, Michigan and has completed an extra 200 hour Ashtanga/Vinyasa teacher training. She continues to gain insight from her students, and learns daily lessons about love, light, and devotion from her boyfriend, Ron.

Caroline Pesa, CYT – Yoga Instructor

The journey of yoga began for Caroline after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder in her late teens. While attending the University of Wisconsin - Madison, her doctor recommended the practice of yoga to relieve stress and improve her health. After graduating with degrees in Psychology and Education, Caroline pursued a career in elementary education. To create a cooperative and harmonious environment, she incorporated yoga into her classroom. She quickly discovered that the principles of yoga not only helped to calm and focus herself, but benefited her students greatly. After the birth of her daughter, Caroline decided to take a hiatus from the classroom and unite her two passions, yoga and teaching. Certified in Kids and Level 1-Beginners through YogaFit in 2008, Caroline completed her 200 hour teacher training at Reflections Yoga Center in 2014. Caroline enjoys the challenge of Asthanga Yoga and the beautiful flow of Vinyasa and more importantly, she wants to have fun with her practice while helping others do the same. Her belief is the serenity you practice on the mat carries forth into your everyday life.

Sonia Fetherling, RYT – Yoga Instructor

Sonia's deep connection to yoga started very early in her life. In the 1970's in England, yoga became increasingly popular, and as a practicing yogini her mother utilized yogic breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation whilst birthing her. Starting early in her second year of life, Sonia and her mother practiced Asana's and meditated together, usually every day. Even at this young age, Sonia appreciated and enjoyed the physical practice, and she would pester her mother to practice. Throughout the years, Sonia fell in and out of a regular practice, but she always felt the strong desire to return to the spiritual, physical, emotional benefits and gifts that yoga bestows upon a practitioner. Sonia finally acknowledged her Atman (Authentic/True Self), calling her to become a certified yoga teacher and entered a training program in 2013, wanting not only to deepen her knowledge and understanding of all that yoga is, but to be able to share it with others. Sonia has practiced, enjoys and has been influenced by many styles of yoga, including Hatha, Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga, Bikram, Sivananda and Pre-Natal. Having practiced yoga throughout the journey of her life and her own pregnancy, birth and motherhood, Sonia has experienced the transformative power of surrender, release, love, humor, patience and peace that it brings to her life. She strives to bring this to every asana, every practice, every moment, and every day in her life. It is this very power that she feels blessed to share with you and to join together in the yoga journey to let your true selves shine through. She is currently obtaining her certification for Pre-Natal yoga teaching through Yoga Alliance.

Samantha Thegze, RYT - Yoga Instructor

Samantha is excited to help guide her students to finding inner peace and calmness as well as expanding their knowledge on what yoga has to offer as not only exercise, but as a lifestyle! Samantha recently completed her 200 hour teacher training at YOUnique Yoga in Schererville, Indiana. Samantha began practicing yoga about three years ago. She went in thinking it was simply going to be a nice shake-up in her regular work-out routine, however; she walked out realizing this practice was going to have a big impact, not only on her fitness routine, but on her life as a whole. Yoga has brought a great deal of peace and inner happiness into her life and learns more about herself each time she comes to the mat. She has always been into health and wellness, but becoming a regular practitioner of yoga has enhanced that part of her life even more.

Gia Moran, CYT – Yoga Instructor

Yoga has allowed Gia to begin a new path that has led her to be internally happy and forever grateful. Her appreciation for yoga has lit a spark within her to spiritually energize and emotionally enlighten her students. She believes that being present, truly present, opens up the pathway to internal peace. Gia received her 200hr certification from LifePower Yoga in Ashtanga-Vinyasa, and has experience in a wide variety of yoga practices. Gia has a young, vibrant soul that will help lead others on a path in which they too can find serenity and happiness.

Stephanie Rumbuc, CYT - Yoga Instructor

Stephanie has taught a variety of classes over the years, but her favorite class to teach is Hot Vinyasa. She's so glad to be teaching here at The Hart Wellness Center. While a large portion of class time is dedicated to Vinyasa flow, classes are an eclectic mix of core work, yin, arm balances, inversions, and relaxation. Poses are chosen to support the theme of the class. Her teaching style focuses on the idea that yoga is for EVERYONE, so she makes it about fun, encouragement and compassion. She loves people and wants everyone who comes into her class to feel that love. She wants students to leave feeling better than when they came. The bonus is that she gets to watch students gain strength and feel empowered in their practice! What to expect in class: sweaty-happy-good music-good mood-yoga.

Anna Ames

Anna has a calming presence that brings peaceful and tranquil energy to her students. Anna will guide you into meditation with her personally and unique drafted guided meditations. Anna’s background is in therapeutics; ranging from massage therapy , energy work, meditation and yoga. Anna is a graduate of The Soma Institute of Clinical Massage Therapy in Chicago and has been a therapist for over a decade. She's an intuitive; Reiki attuned and certified ThetaHealer®. She's been teaching meditation for years, hosting workshops and classes on her creativity and intuition.

Marie Rzab, RYT - Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor

Marie started her journey as a physiotherapist in France. During this time, she discovered Chinese medicine and became a shiatsu therapist. She understood that the healing process requires a fluidity in the energy channels and in the mind, that can re-connect body and mind. So along with the manual therapy she was already performing, she was wanting to discover more about Chinese medicine. She began plantar reflexology, Tai Chi Chuan Chen with a Chinese master in Paris and became certified to teach Tai Chi Chuan. Upon arrival in the US, she had the opportunity to try yoga and immediately fell in love with this philosophy and science that she believes to be most beautiful and complete. The one that brings the student to be his own healer thanks the discipline that it requires. In this way, liberating his own energy and mind. After getting certified in a 200 hour teaching program, she studied Ashtanga, with Manju Pattabi Jois and Alexia Bauer. She found freedom in the challenge of the poses, discipline in its practice and beauty and calm with the chanting and pranayama. The codification of the sequences in Ashtanga that is cleverly built, brings the student to a higher level of liberation in body and mind.

Leslie Amadio, CYT - Yoga Instructor

Leslie Amadio, CYT - Yoga Instructor
Leslie has been a dedicated yoga student for nearly a decade, constantly inspired by her teachers and the community around her. She derives the lightness in her life from her time on the mat and strives to interject that same feeling into the world when she takes it off the mat. Leslie studied with Brenda Temme at LifePower Yoga and enjoys the free flowing foundation of the practice; it empowers students to be their own guide, to dig deep and spread their wings and fly. A long time student of The Hart Wellness Center and renowned mascot, she is honored to be part of their ommazing yoga team. "As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."