Our Instructors

Shana Stitzel

Studio Owner


Shana Marie Stitzel’s desire to teach yoga began with her journey into meditation and most importantly, as she describes it, “the journey into truth & presence “. Completely dedicated to teaching others to reflect joy, peace, and light into every moment of their lives, she shares her own light & love with others by sharing from traditional forms of yoga with the emphasis being mindfulness. She completed her certification of raw food chef in 2009, her 200- hour RYT certification in 2010 with Global Yoga and 300- hour yoga certification in 2015 under the direct guidance of Suddha Weixler of the Chicago Yoga Center.

Shana’s teachings have provided her many opportunities to teach and share yoga & mindfulness with others in a wide variety of settings. She has been invited to instruct in such diverse environments as corporate events, private clients, non-profits, charities, on movies sets, as well as in classroom environments at studios throughout Chicago since 2010.

Shana has taught for corporate events, charities, & nonprofits. She has been hired for a range of brands including Intel, Lululemon, Manifest Digital, and Vogue.

Shana has worked on and off set as a yoga teacher to many notable film actors, actresses, producers, and directors. She has worked with Shailene Woodley (Fault in Our Stars), Theo James (Divergent series), Douglas Wick producer (Gladiator, The Great Gatsby), and Lucy Fisher producer (Memoirs of a Geisha).Shana is also featured as herself in Darryl Roberts documentary film, “America the Beautiful, The Thin Commandments”.

Shana has taught yoga at many well-known studios in Chicago including Self Centered Studios, Flow Studios, Namaskar, Valeo, Cocoon Care, Cousin’s Raw Food, Prestige Fitness, Essence Medspa, Centered Studios.

Attending her classes you will find her voice echoes warmth and true gratitude for every moment on and off the mat. She encourages others to see themselves with clarity & find what is sacred to them while in the practice. Her deepest hope is that she may continue to grow & share the gifts given her to ignited her true heart’s passion for yoga. There are many teachers she wishes to thank that have inspired her along her path.

Shana continues to practice & study at the Chicago Yoga Center with deep gratitude for her teacher Suddha Weixler, who is a direct disciple of Swami Narayanananda. Shana shares yoga knowledge of the Tirumalai Krishnamacharia lineage, holds two Ashtanga certificates and is a disciple of Sri Manju Pattabi Jois, Ashtanga. She has been exposed to many styles of teaching: Hatha, Vinyasa, Anusara, Ashtanga, Yin Yoga and other styles.


     

    Matt Harris

    Vinyasa


    I found yoga through two of my favorite “F” words: fear and faith. Having stepped on a mat only a handful of times at home, I took a spontaneous, scary, and extremely exciting leap in the fall of 2015 and received my 200-hour CYT training from Chicago’s Zen Yoga Garage under the direction of Piper Lori-Parker.
    Throwing myself whole-heartedly into a practice and training of asana, yoga lifestyle and philosophy, physical and energetic anatomy, and workshops with yoga masters such as Danny B., Christina Corso, San Francisco’s Sean Haleen, I had the privilege of seeing yoga as both a teacher and practitioner through fresh eyes, allowing me to cultivate a practice and teaching style that emphasizes finding joy and confidence through each breath and movement.

    Currently studying under the individual guidance of E-RYT 500 Christina Corso, it’s my goal to help bring yoga to those who lack faith in their ability to shift their perspective from “I can’t!” to “I can!” as well as to help break down barriers built up by fear and uncertainty through fun, alignment-based vinyasa flows that are bookended by thoughtful meditation and mindful pranayama.


      Whitney Katz

      Gentle Yoga


      Whitney Katz a 200 hour YA certified teacher.

      Whitney Katz, Yoga Teacher graduate of 2015 through the YogaNow teacher training program under the guidance of Kali Om, a disciple of Sri Dharma Mittra.

      Whitney brings compassion, care, and love to the practice. Her primary teaching and practice include both vinyasa and gentle yoga. Her intention is to bring health and healing to others


        Rich Stitzel

        The DrumMantra


        Fort Worth native Rich Stitzel is a third generation musician who has made his home base Chicago, IL since 2001. His professional career runs the full spectrum of the music business with active roles in the recording, live performance, and educational worlds.
        Rich has toured all over the United States as well as several other European and African countries with artists ranging from jazz violinist Christian Howes & organist Bobby Floyd to Jefferson Starship’s vocalist Cathy Richardson; From Night Ranger Guitarist Joey Hoekstra to Country superstar Miranda Lambert; from soul legend Mary Wilson to Mexican Popsters Banda Eclectika; to name but a small few…

        Rich’s recording experience has required him to have a deep understanding of drumset & percussion in many many styles of music including big band jazz, house, drum & bass, salsa, pop, rock, country, blues, fusion, r&b, soul to you name it.

        Rich educational experience ranges from summer camps to private lesson to clinics at high schools and colleges. Currently, he is a teaching artist for the prestigious Ravinia Institute, which is a major supporter of the arts in elementary schools in Chicago. He is the author drum coordination book “Directions in Drumming”, and is currently writing a book entitled “Drummantra; the Art & Science of Polymetric Relationships”


        Central Street Yoga 2016