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Front extrerior view of Renkon Yoga Studio in Bloomington, IL

Our yoga studio is located just off the Constitution Trail on the east side of Bloomington-Normal, IL. You can find us near the corner of GE Road and Towanda Barnes Road (just a few doors down from Joe’s Pub). Parking and our main entrance is located in the rear of the building for your convenience. Just follow the signs and we’ll be there to greet you!

Renkon is the Japanese word for lotus root. The inspiration for our studio name comes from the lotus as an analogy for the human experience. It is our deepest wish that Renkon Studio may provide a space for our community to be at ease, nurtured, and deeply supported in the muddy waters of life.

Never Taken a Yoga Class Before?

That’s okay! We’re here for YOU. We’re laid back and so happy to make sure you feel ready and well taken care of every step of the way. We’ll make sure you don’t feel awkward, nervous, clumsy, inflexible, or any of the hundred other reasons people have for not trying yoga. Promise.

Renkon Yoga Studio is a community-focused yoga studio in Bloomington, IL

Meet Sarah + Brad

Meet owners Brad Stefl and Sarah Nannen: yogis, triathletes, dreamer-visionaries and co-parents to four kiddos. Brad is a native of Normal and Sarah returned to town after years away. Now here they are, doing this yoga studio brewing (and living and loving) together!


Sarah approaches yoga with the same innovative and playful spirit she embraces in life. Her dynamic background as a yogini, author, grief coach, military veteran, birth doula, and mama-to-four allows her to integrate the deepest wisdoms and thoughtful practices into a yoga experience that is as accessible as it is powerfully relevant. Sarah has braided together a diverse field of practices and traditions to provide a safe, individualized, and empowering invitation to experience a deeper connection to Self and a welcoming community through yoga.

Sarah is a student of humanity who finds meaning in empowering others to find their best life — one that feels true and fully aligned with what makes their heart and soul sing. Sarah is a Pranakriya 200 hour RYT who began her journey with yoga in 2007 in a southern California studio after finally mustering the courage to take a class. Over a decade later, Sarah continues to come to yoga as an ever-deepening practice of coming home to her most-true self. Through yoga, Sarah has learned to practice swadyaya (self observation without judgment) that has shifted the way she lives, loves, and sits with her experiences.

Sarah is so delighted to share with Central Illinois her practice and vision for a community-focused yoga studio rooted in the power of human connection.


Our beloved Brad is a heart-centered human with a passion for life well lived. He’s a creative visionary and musician who loves helping others learn through meaningful, tangible experiences. Brad began practicing yoga as a compliment to his running which steadily became a regular practice with an Ashtanga teacher and eventually became a piece of his Ironman cross-training plan. Since then, it has evolved into an exploration of Spirit and study of more esoteric and philosophical aspects of yoga in addition to a continued physical practice on the mat.

Brad is also our jack-of-all-trades and his loving hands are responsible for the gorgeousness of Renkon’s physical space, melding his love for creating and talent for all things workmanship.

Brad is pursuing his 200 hour yoga teacher certification through Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts in 2018 and looks forward to bringing his yoga practice to Renkon Yoga Studio.