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Brent Holten

i.d. Gym

Brent Holten was introduced to yoga at an early age as a cure for insomnia, and it has played a huge part in his life ever since. He has been teaching in Chicago since 1995, and students may recognize him from his classes at Moksha Yoga, Crunch, Equinox, Fitness Formula, and Cheetah gyms. In 2009 Brent opened i.d. gym in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago where he can be found teaching, not only yoga, but spinning and dance classes as well. i.d. gym has won "best gym" in the Chicago Reader poll two years in a row. Brent is the creator of Fly Yoga, which has been featured on CNN, ABC, WGN, CLTV, WCIU, Time Out Chicago, Michigan Avenue Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune, as well as being named "Best New Yoga Class" in Chicago Magazine. In addition Brent is the creator of The... Read the profile >>

Claire Mark


Claire Mark has been practicing yoga since 1996 and teaching yoga since 1999. She has studied Bikram, Jivanmukti, Ashtanga, Anusara and Iyengar yoga, her classes are a blend of these styles combined with a open hearted, loving attitude for her studnets. Claire has taught in NY, San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles and she has taught retreats abroad since 2003 and continues to lead retreats yearly in Mexico and now Costa Rica. Claire has studied and continues to study with many senior teachers, and her love of yoga continues to grow with each day on the mat. Claire currently lives and teaches in Chicago at Yogaview. Read the profile >>

D. Mike Kelly

Shred415 and NovaCare at DePaul University

D. Mike Kelly has been a physical therapist in Lincoln Park for eight years. He is the manager of Physical Therapy Services at DePaul University, and also runs a clinic at Lincoln Park Athletic Club (LPAC). Mike has run 13 marathons and specializes in treating running injuries. He's also a trainer at Shred415 and instructs their speed training class. Mike trains for the Chicago Marathon with the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) every year, and is an active member of the local running community. Read the profile >>

Jim Karas

Jim Karas

Jim Karas is a Lifestyle Expert who combines a degree from the Wharton School of Business with over twenty-six years of unparalleled success in helping people look and feel their very best. Jim has been the Fitness Contributor on ABC's Good Morning America (he helped former co-host Diane Sawyer lose over 25 pounds), is frequently seen on The Dr. Oz Show, The View and for three years, hosted Couch Potatoes on ABC News Now. Jim has served as a Contributing Editor for Good Housekeeping magazine and has written feature articles for countless other national publications, including "O" The Oprah Magazine. He also continues to personally work with "People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive," Hugh Jackman, when called into service. Read the profile >>

Lauren Edmonds

Shred415 and Exhale

As a competitive swimmer and Division I athlete, Lauren has incorporated health and wellness into her daily routine for more than 20 years. After graduating college from University of Colorado with a degree in Communications, Lauren moved back to Chicago. From 2006-2007, Lauren completed her Master of Education at DePaul University and began her teaching career shortly thereafter. It was during this time that she felt a longing to get back into the fitness world. She went through a 6 week training program at DePaul and became a certified group fitness instructor at DePaul's Ray Meyer Fitness Center. Finally, Lauren found a way to combine her two passions, fitness and education, into one job: group fitness instruction. Since then, Lauren has become a part of the Chicago fitness... Read the profile >>

Stacy Levy

Yogaview, Equinox, Lakeview Athletic Club, and Shri Yoga Center

Stacy is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Certified Holistic Health Practitioner based in Chicago. She has been a dedicated student of Yoga and Eastern Philosophy since 2001, and a wellness enthusiast for as long as she can remember. Stacy is the founder of Aura Yoga & Wellness where she supports women in living with purpose and vitality through mindful eating, balanced nutrition, meditation techniques, Yoga and self-inquiry. Stacy completed her Yoga Teacher Training at Yogaview under the wise direction of Geri Bleier, Claire Mark, Quinn Kearney and Tom Quinn. She has continued her studies with many master teachers and has completed additional trainings to deepen her knowledge and understanding of all the limbs of yoga. Her greatest inspiration, however, comes from her teachers,... Read the profile >>