Our Teachers

Lauren S. Deaton

Lauren, 200hr RYT, received her training in Rishikesh, India—the birthplace of yoga. She loves that yoga is a practice for the body, mind, and spirit. Through that unity, she believes we carry our experiences on the mat into our lives off of the mat. Her classes are vigorous and fun vinyasa flows, filled with compassion and humor. It is an honor to share the gift of yoga with others.

Cassie Zehren

Wisconsin native, Cassie moved to Chicago in 2007 to attend school for graphic design. Adjusting to urban life, and a full class schedule, Cassie found herself in need of a stress release. That was when she found yoga for the first time. She began to notice the profound effects that the practice had in her daily life, her relationships, and began to feel the transformation of yoga. 11 years have passed, and yoga has been there every step of the way.

She received her 200hr certificate at Bloom Yoga Studio in Chicago, IL in 2018. Cassie is also a Reiki Master/Teacher. She hopes to create a healing environment along with the practice. She has experienced the peace, balance, and grounding that yoga can bring to everyday life and is excited to share this with her students.

When Cassie is off the mat, you can find her taking photos, playing with her two black cats, listening to records, searching for a new plant to add to her collection, or enjoying a craft beer with friends.

Katie Foley

Katie been teaching Vinyasa style yoga throughout the city of Chicago since 2016 and has been growing her personal yoga practice since 2008. Katie was inspired to begin teaching by her love and genuine desire to help others with their spiritual, physical, and emotional needs. Katie completed her 200 hour RYT at Chicago School of Yoga in June 2016. Katie spends her summers teaching SUP Yoga on Lake Michigan and she is an active student at the Second City Conservatory. Her background in creative arts and her love of music and people create a dynamic flow that encourages you to have fun, center your mind, and pursue growth in your own personal yoga journey.

Sara Palmer

Sarah holds deep love and respect for the transformative power of yoga, meditation, and energy work. Drawing wisdom from multiple traditions and modalities, she helps her students discover internal freedom and a powerful connection to their deepest truths. Yoga Alliance certified in both Kundalini Yoga and Vinyasa, Sarah is also a Reiki Master Teacher certified in Usui Reiki, New Paradigm MDT, and Akashic Records readings.

Sam Bottner

Sam Bottner is a registered yoga teacher, qigong instuctor, musician, and student of eastern philosophy. Offering an intuitive and energetically focused approach, Sam’s classes weave creative and uplifting vinyasa style flows with flavors of qigong and kundalini meditation. He is passionate about sharing yoga and other mind-body unifying practices in a way that is not only accessible to all, but powerful and transformative on a soul level.


Whitney Katz

Whitney Katz is a certified Yoga alliance 200hr RYT specializing in vinyasa, mindful, restorative and yin yoga. She reveals the heart of the practice through positivity, care and joyfulness. Her teaching reflects a playfulness while encouraging students to embrace the edge with care. She carries the message of community into each classroom by checking in with individual needs and then building a platform for possibility.

Nicole Kalantzis

Nicole discovered yoga as a teenager through her mom’s Lillias Folan “The First Lady of Yoga” tapes. She reconnected with it years later while working at a newspaper in downstate Illinois. Then she moved to Madison, Wisc., enrolled in a 200-hour yoga teacher training program and has been teaching ever since. Nicole’s classes are accessible to all practitioners, beginner to advanced. She likes holding poses and connecting breath to movement, offering both a physical and mental release.

Mickey Grand

Born and raised in South Florida, MI, Mickey has always enjoyed the outdoors and has been drawn to alternative forms of exercise. With experience in dance and the circus arts it became clear to him that strength and flexibility were complements. This duality provides exquisite body awareness and lends itself to his bold and balanced flow.  Mickey has been practicing yoga for 10 years and completed his 200hr teacher training at American Yoga. He teaches to all levels and his flow connects ‘prana’ the breath with ‘asana’ the pose. He uses music to meditate, making uptempo choices and creating playlists that suit his flow. Mike feels that a long-term yoga practice will create a lifelong transformation.