Yoga Instructors

Sharyn Galindo

Sharyn Galindo
Owner, Studio Director
Sharyn Galindo, certified yoga instructor and lifelong learner, is the owner and studio director of North Shore Yoga.
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Steve Galindo

Steve Galindo
Steve Galindo has been teaching yoga for over 12 years with over 2000 hours of teaching experience. As a combative martial artist, yoga provided him the grounding necessary to stay relaxed and focused during competitive fights.
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Becky Pontarelli

Amy Hepburn
Amy was so sore after her first yoga class she had a hard time lifting her arms overhead to get her shirt on the next day. However she carried on despite her tender shoulders, sensing that she was on to something new and different.
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Becky Pontarelli

Becky Pontarelli
Becky started Yoga mostly for convenience. She was teaching spinning at North Shore Yoga & Fitness, which was also a yoga studio. Yoga was extremely hard for her in the beginning even down dog was painful.
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Beth Mulhern

Beth Mulhern
Yoga opened not only my shoulders and hips but my heart to a better way of living my life. I have found a happier, more giving and more relaxed person within myself.
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Bridgett Piacenti

Bridgett Piacenti
Seven years ago she signed-up she and her best friend for a Hatha Yoga class at the Sheil Park District in Chicago so they could get together once a week.  Attending the class once a week led to twice a week, which then led to three times a week... and quite immediately she knew she was "hooked".
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Carol Meyers

Carol Meyers
Carol is a retired physical education teacher who taught at Deerfield High School for 33 years. During her tenure at Deerfield, she was as a PE teacher, Dance teacher and guidance counselor.
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Chuck Frenkel

Chuck Frenkel
Chuck's background as an athlete brought him into contact with yoga a number of times during his life—as an Olympic style archery competitor and as a competitive cyclist. But he truly opened and committed fully to the practice in order to help rehab from a serious cycling accident.
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Cynthia Doucette

Cynthia Doucette
Cynthia began practicing yoga in 1996 while spending a year off of school to ski in Summit County, Colorado, her native state. Yoga first served as a nice compliment to skiing, but quickly became more intriguing and fulfilling.
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Daniela Val

Daniela Val
Daniela has been teaching yoga since completing her 200 hr training in 2008 and practicing since she was pregnant with her first child in 2000.
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Debbie Muraff

Debbie Muraff
Almost 15 years ago, a dear friend convinced me to try my first yoga class. I had no idea what to expect. I immediately fell in love with the practice. I instantly appreciated the mind-body connection.
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Deirdra Eckholdt

Deirdra Eckholdt
Deirdre discovered passion for yoga when she was living in Hong Kong in 2004 while practicing at the hip and highly respected Pure Yoga.
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Elizabeth Thomas

Elizabeth Thomas
Elizabeth began doing yoga on VHS tapes with hopes of alleviating back pain from scoliosis. Eventually that led to classes at the gym where she learned to appreciate the assistance and adjustments from the teachers, and the energy that is created when practicing with a room full of other students.
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Gayl Walder

Gayl Walder
When Gayl Walder began her yoga journey in 1999, it was her dream to make the connection between the body and mind, the sidewalk and the mat. Now, 14 years later, Gayl has lived by the motto that “yoga is a lifestyle.”
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Holly Brady

Holly Brady
After trying all different types of yoga, Holly found Ashtanga Yoga in London in 2000, when pregnant with her first child. She quickly became addicted and continued her practice through her three pregnancies and the raising of three wonderful children.
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Jenny Guzon-Bae

Jenny Guzon-Bae
I have always been one to push myself physically. I was a ballerina and gymnast for 13 years when I was younger, then later in life took up fencing, karate, and belly dancing. I was also a bit of a gym-rat, pumping iron and running my heart out on the treadmill. Sound familiar to some?
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Jenny Kaufman

Jenny Kaufman
Moving away from her 20+ year career as a professional dancer and modern dance teacher, Jenny decided to explore more fully the practice and teaching of yoga.
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Jessica Sandstrom

Jessica Sandstrom
During her collegiate soccer career, Jessica dealt with a variety of injuries and began to practice yoga in hopes to heal during the off season. She immediately noticed a difference and began to equate the increased strength and flexibility gained in yoga with less physical pain.
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Jill Shannon

Jill Shannon
Jill suffered with back pain for several years. It wasn’t until her children had to pull her unbending body out of the car that she realized she needed to do something about it. Through physical therapy, she was introduced to yoga and pilates.
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Judy Roin

Judy Roin
Judy is certified through the National Yoga Alliance, having completed her teacher training at Moksha Yoga in 2002. She also holds certifications through ACE and Madd Dogg Spinning, and has enjoyed teaching a wide variety of classes at North Shore Yoga since 1998.
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Julie Gordon

Julie Gordon
Julie discovered yoga while in Hawaii more than 15 years ago, but became seriously committed to it in 2001 after the birth of her second child.
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Julie Leahy

Julie Leahy
Julie was introduced to yoga by a friend shortly after the birth of her second son, and she was immediately drawn to the calming yet strengthening effects of the practice.
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Julie Rosenheim

Julie Rosenheim
Julie's yoga practice began after her experience of living in Nepal and traveling through India on three separate excursions. Following the birth of her second child, Julie discovered that the practice of yoga allowed her to maintain a spiritual quality within daily life. 
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Libby Lewis

Libby Lewis
A friend (and former dancer) brought me to my first yoga class 9 years ago. I was intrigued by the challenge of the asanas, but came to understand that yoga is so much more than just what you do on your mat.
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Marci Barth

Marci Barth
I began a devoted yoga practice in 1998, primarily as a change of pace to my usual workout routine. At first, I struggled with most aspects of the practice, particularly quieting my mind and achieving a fluid breath. But persistence was my friend and over time...
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Nancy Perlson

Nancy Perlson
Nancy first came to her mat in 1998. Yoga quickly became a means of dedicated self-care from her emotionally charged work as a social worker dealing predominately with issues of grief and loss
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Pam Gross

Pam Gross
Staying true to the original intention of yoga, Pam weaves yoga’s ancient roots into her practice to create awareness that yoga cares more about the shape of your life than the shape of your body.
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Pam MIller

Pam Miller
Pam began her yoga practice 10+ years ago, and from the start, wanted to go deeper.  She immediately embraced the physicality of the practice, and soon became hooked on the total yoga philosophy.
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Seema Chandarana

Seema Chandarana
Seema began practicing Ashtanga yoga to cope with the aftermath of September 11th. Since then, she has dabbled in Kundalini, Bikram, and other forms of yoga, and always finds herself coming back “home” to Ashtanga.
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Shannon Hillenmeyer

Shannon Hillenmeyer
Shannon discovered yoga seven years ago, as a means of physical fitness during her college days. As she transitioned to the "real world," she found yoga provided so much more than the physical strength and flexibility that practitioners enjoy.
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Susan Ravine

Susan Burden
Susan began practicing yoga to strengthen her back and improve her posture, and in the process was amazed at how yoga cultivates a clear mind and an open heart.
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Susan Ravine

Susan Ravine
Susan has studied the art of movement her entire life. She combines running, walking, and yoga with her practice of pilates. Susan will share her knowledge and expertise with you in her pilates mat class.
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Tracy Ulmer

Tracy Ulmer, R.Y.T.
I came to my first yoga class holding the title of “Miss Gracefulness and Agility”; a tongue in cheek award given to me during my middle school camp days that fit me to a tee. Yoga became an instant physical anecdote to my lack of balance and flexibility.
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Tricia McLeod

Tricia McLeod
Constantly active has always been the most accurate way to describe me. Spinning instructor, fitness instructor, teacher, volunteer, tennis player. Always moving from one thing to the next and juggling exercise, work and family.
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