At the center of 815Yoga is our founder, our heart and soul, Ally Ubiparipovic. Her mission is to inspire a wave of self-care so fierce, the whole world heals. With a background in Classical Hatha Yoga, Yoga Philosophy, Vinyasa and Power Yoga, Usui Reiki, and Esoteric Astrology, she is equipped with healing tools and resources to nurture your body, mind, and spirit.
After her first yoga teacher training in Costa Rica in 2016, Ally started 815Yoga out of her basement, clients’ homes, local parks, CrossFit gyms… anywhere she could lay down a yoga mat. Quickly she grew tired of her “mobile yoga studio” and decided it was time for a more suitable space. Ally brought 815Yoga to life when she was 23 years old and has since touched the hearts of more than 2,000 students through yoga. At 815Yoga she brings together ancient tradition and modern movement to provide challenging and FUN classes for an ever-growing community of like-minded individuals seeking personal growth and deeper human connection.
In addition to studio classes at 815Yoga, Ally offers specialty healing services (her signature sessions include a blend of Reiki healing, sound therapy, astrology coaching, aromatherapy, and self-massage), corporate yoga packages, and retreats.
Jaime Fagan is a high school English teacher turned homeschooling mom and urban homesteader. Jaime established Making of a Home in 2013 as a blog about raising a young family living close to Earth in the midst of a modern age.
While homeschooling, Jaime worked for the YMCA of Rock River Valley as a youth and family program coordinator. She brought gardening and art-based workshops to the forefront of the YMCA and its programming. When COVID hit, she lost her job with the Y but saw this as an opportunity to spread her wings and began running workshops from her backyard in 2021, and she opened an Etsy shop where she sells goods made-from and inspired-by her urban homestead. Jaime joined the 815Yoga Collective in February of 2022.
Jaime’s passion comes alive when she works with youth and teens. Her mission is to guide young people towards a more sustainable, local food system that is accessible to all – regardless of economic circumstance. She believes that the future is bright in the hands of the next generation, and her goal is to pass along her infectious love for growing food and building community.
Hannah discovered yoga in 2013 at her local gym in Schaumburg, Illinois and quickly found that there was much more to yoga than just a workout. Yoga offered her a profound level of inner peace to combat the endless stress and hustle of the standard American 40-hour work week. After moving back home to Rockford in 2016, she took her first class at 815Yoga and instantly felt a sense of belonging. In 2019, she embarked upon her first yoga teacher training right there at the old studio on East Riverside. Hannah fell in love with Slow Flow Vinyasa and Yin styles of yoga asana and jumped right into teaching at FitMe Wellness.
Her classes are sweet and unhurried, with sneaky strength woven into seemingly gentle postures. As a new mom, her passion is in teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga, and her gifts truly shine in community with young women navigating early motherhood in the age of social media. Hannah is here to remind you that yoga is for EVERY BODY. Listening to the deep-rooted intelligence of body is the foundation of her teaching style, and her goal is for students to leave each class feeling more connected to their bodies and in tune with their own inner wisdom.
In May of this year, she quit her 10 year marketing career to stay at home with her one-year-old daughter and, of course, teach more yoga!
From the beginning...
Our story begins in the summer of 2016. Ally spent her summer in Costa Rica immersed in her first yoga teacher training, while Jaime and her family attended Koviashuvik Local Living School in Temple, Maine where they learned to live off-grid and closer to Mother Earth, and Hannah moved her life back to her hometown, Rockford. Their individual journeys unfolded, each unaware that their paths were already merging...
Ally travels to Costa Rica for her first Yoga Teacher Training, where she spends the summer living off-grid in the rainforest.
Ally comes home to Rockford and teaches yoga anywhere she can lay down a few yoga mats. She made some great friends at Oak Strength Crossfit Gym.
Jaime and her family spend a week living in Temple, Maine at Koviashuvik Local Living School learning how to live off-grid in harmony with the Earth.
Hannah moves back to Rockford and rediscovers a love for her hometown.
With the help and support of friends and family, Ally opens 815Yoga on June 24th, 2017.
Jaime and her daughters attend their first yoga class at 815Yoga.
Ally moves to Thailand and Bali for six months, inspiring a new love for Asian culture (and food!) and ancient traditions and wisdom.
Jaime takes a job as the Youth & Family Program Coordinator with the YMCA of Rock River Valley where she can work alongside her girls during their homeschooling journey.
Ally signs a lease for 815Yoga's very first home at 6250 E Riverside.
815Yoga classes move outside to the Peace Plaza; Jaime begins running donation-based workshops from her backyard to help those in her community to get outside and connect with one another.
COVID shuts down the yoga studio.
Hannah marries Jess!
Hannah takes her first yoga teacher training at 815Yoga and begins teaching classes at FitMe Wellness in Rockford.
Ally marries Mladen, and the Fagans dance the night away, sealing in a friendship for life!
815Yoga relocates to the Rockford City Market as the "815Yoga Collective," beginning a new chapter.
Jaime has breakfast with Ally and her (now) husband following a yoga class at Anderson Gardens, sparking a life-long friendship
Hannah enters the sacred portal of motherhood. Baby Madeline is born!
Our community was made for people just like you: burned out on hustle culture, grieving for our families and our planet, hungry for transformation. We see you, and you're not alone.
Come in for a class or workshop. In person is always better, but we have online offerings, as well. We're ready for you.
Our studio is nestled on the cozy second floor of the Rockford City Market, in the heart of downtown Rockford. It's a beautifully restored historic building that's also home to two bakeries, a coffee shop, and a mediterranean restaurant. (You'll see signs for Crust and Crumbles and Velvet Robot Coffee.) Within easy, safe walking distance, you'll enjoy even more fantastic locally-owned restaurants and fun hangouts, including the Outdoor City Market on Friday nights.
PRO TIP: Entice a friend to come to yoga with you with the promise of coffee or dinner afterwards!
116 N Madison Street, Suite 202
Rockford, Illinois 61107
Free 2-hour parking is available on Madison Street right in front of the main building entrance, as well as in the lot directly across the street behind CJ's Public House.
* PLEASE USE THE MAIN ENTRANCE FOR THE MARKET. LOOK FOR THE DOUBLE DOORS ON MADISON STREET.