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Ally Troia
Founder // ryt 200

Rockford born and raised, Ally founded 815Yoga upon discovering the absence of a yoga community when she returned home from her studies at the University of Missouri, followed by her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica through Yoga on High (based in Columbus, Ohio). The community that she found through yoga, and that is yoga in its truest essence, was something that helped her in finding her own path, and something that she felt Rockford desperately needed.

When Ally opened 815Yoga’s doors in June of 2017, her goal was to create and sustain a space where everyone would feel welcome and at home, above everything else. She has since organized a team of highly skilled and highly loving instructors and staff to uphold this environment while she lives abroad in Thailand. You can find Ally behind the 815Yoga scenes and connect with her anytime via email, WhatsApp (+18158717629), Facebook, and Instagram.

 
 
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Jim White
RYT 200

Jim joined the 815Yoga team in the fall of 2017 as a substitute yoga teacher while he acquired his 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago, and, in January 2018, he made his debut as one of the core instructors on the team. Jim now teaches several times a week, and, when he's not teaching, he finds his way back to the studio to be the student. His personal practice is strong yet gentle; you’ll feel this delicate balance of strength and ease in his teaching style, rooted in ancient yogic tradition. Jim has a calm and grounding presence in a studio full of women, and his classes are a true pleasure.

 
 
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Kimmy Freudenberg
RYT 200

 
 
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Suzy Osborne
RYT 200

Suzy loves movement of all kinds. She was initially drawn to yoga in high school when she found it helped her to gain flexibility as a dancer. She went on to coach the varsity dance team at Boylan High School before deciding to pursue the path to becoming a yoga teacher. Suzy completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at 815Yoga through Blue Soul School of Yoga in the summer of 2018. She enjoys both practicing and teaching a variety of yoga styles including vinyasa and yin. Suzy is our 815Yoga ambassador for Ale Yeah Yoga held bi-monthly at Prairie Street Brewhouse. Wherever you find her, you’re in for a beautifully choreographed flow set to music that’ll make you want to get up and dance!

 
 
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Cindy Li
RYT 200

 
 
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Lisa Alexander
RYT 200

 
 
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Joy Hodges
RYT 200

 

Nikki Ticknor
RYT 200

Kim White
RYT 200

Aften Griffin
RYT 200

 
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JESSIE PISKE
RYT 200

Jessie is our superhero yoga sub! She never fails to save the day when we need her most. Her classes shine with love and sweetness, mixed in with a sneaky dose of strength and power! Say hello when you see her at the studio rolling out her mat to practice next to you, and, when you see her name on the class schedule, know you're in for a treat!

 

Kam Plosczynski
Front Desk

Ellie Cummings
Front Desk

Kelli Holcomb
Front Desk

Emily Henderson
Photography

Cindy Troia
Superhero mom boss