The Renkon Studio teacher tribe is comprised of some pretty incredible humans. They’re all real people with big, full lives who are passionate about sharing their yoga with our community. Each of our teachers are professionally trained, certified yoga instructors committed to ongoing education to ensure they’re constantly prepared to invite you to a new level of learning, connecting, and experientially integrating the limbs of yoga into your life. While asana is at the core of what we offer, we are committed to providing a yoga experience beyond simply moving your body. Each of our teachers strives to connect with each person present in order to intuitively adjust their class to ensure each client’s needs are met and deeply supported.

Abby Lyons

Abby began practicing yoga in college to heal a running injury. She dabbled in yoga as a physical practice for a couple of years, but once Abby connected to the mind and soul of her yoga practice she was hooked. Abby’s interest in learning her own practice led her to earn her RYT-200 from Balanced Yoga Studio in Columbus, Ohio. 

As a local Social Emotional Learning (SEL) expert, Abby uses mindfulness and yoga to connect with students, educators, and families in Bloomington-Normal. Abby dreams to connect the larger community to classrooms through yoga, building up our kids and families in ways that can change the world. Abby encourages her yogi students to explore their physical edge to tap into their power and is committed to sharing the power of a mindfulness and yoga practice at Renkon with every body.

Barb Woods

Barb has been practicing yoga for more than 30 years; some years more than others as her life/work balance shifted one way or the other. Always grateful for yoga when coming back to the mat, she has felt its abundant benefits to her body and soul.

Barb appreciates the opportunity to participate in the Renkon Yoga community as it’s studio manager. Contact her with and questions or concerns about your account with us or any other needs regarding the studio and your yoga practice.

Barb is also our Vibrational Sound Therapist and is an accomplished practitioner utilizing a structured modality for sound-based relaxation therapy. She has had intensive hands-on training through the Vibrational Sound Association.

Barb loves offering this pathway to deep relaxation that is both therapeutic and enjoyable with private sessions at the studio.

Becky Beucher

Becky has been practicing yoga for over ten years and recently completed her 200 RTY Program with Olivia Rosseau Yoga. She had heard of yoga as a teenager and dabbled in high school and college but began her disciplined practice following a full year of physical therapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic treatment for sciatica. She was frustrated by her primary care doctor’s initial prescription of pain medication to treat her physical pain and excited to learn how she could manage chronic pain with physical activity and breath, which lead her to yoga and other forms of physical exercise. Becky cross trains yoga with rock climbing and running and appreciates how each form of physical exercise feeds into the other and helps her to maintain a strong and healthy mind, spirit, and body.

She embraces the eight limbs of yoga, and works to intertwine yoga meditation, mindfulness, discipline, creativity, ethics, and morality into her life and her asana (physical) practice. She embraces energy work and enjoys integrating a creative flow in juxtaposition to sequenced movements in her asana practice. She believes that yoga offers an imaginative space where one can both step outside of and into themselves by letting go in order to create and know something new and perhaps more true. Becky has experienced first hand how what you do and how you practice on your mat reflects who you are off the mat. She aims to support her yoga students in transforming themselves through yoga. She views yoga as an incredibly powerful way to navigate this life, and she believes deeply in the power of community to facilitate this journey.

Becky is also an Assistant Professor of Secondary Literacy Education at Illinois State University. She is currently self studying the yoga movement in education and works to inform teachers of the benefits of yoga for themselves and their students. When she is not practicing yoga or teaching classes at ISU, Becky gardens, travels around the country and world, shares tea with friends on her porch, spends time with her family and friends, goes on long hikes and runs, and stays abreast of the news. Renkon has been a yoga home for her since it’s opening, and she is honored to join the Renkon tribe.

Headshot of Brad Stefl - one of the co-owners of Renkon Yoga Studio in Bloomington Normal

Brad Stefl, co-owner

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 complement 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 loves the physical and mental practice that yoga offers and looks to ignite that passion in his students as well. Cultivating an internal awareness of both body and mind is a driving force behind Brad’s practice and the way he approaches teaching and sharing yoga with others.
Brad will complete his 200-hour yoga certification through Pranakrya School of Yoga Healing Arts in October of 2018 and has already begun course work needed to become 500-hour certified.

Bridget Pettit

Bridget began her yoga journey about 8 years ago through an intro to yoga class and practicing throughout the years at home. She loves the improvement in her physical strength, focus, and patience.

Bridget strongly believes everyone has a right to take up space, move in a way that feels good, and to love themselves as they are right now. Loving oneself in this moment is not easy but can start with releasing energy trapped in the body.

Through the practice of Buti Yoga, Bridget has found a vehicle for her own journey to self love. Her passion for Buti has led her to being a Certified Buti Yoga instructor. Bridget invites you to join the Buti movement to come together to celebrate diversity and encourage each person to step into their power. She is committed to building a tribe full of acceptance and support while moving, sweating, laughing, and smiling together.

Bridget a Bloomington-Normal native, works full time at State Farm. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, two cats, reading, and trying new recipes.

Courtney Hattan

Courtney first came to the mat in 2009 when a friend recommended that she try yoga as a way to ease pain from a lower back injury. Over the years, she noticed that her body felt healthier and stronger through her practice, but also came to appreciate (and depend on) the meditative aspects of yoga.

Courtney earned her RYT-500 certification from Tranquil Space in Washington, D.C., completing a thesis on yoga and the lower back. Courtney primarily teaches vinyasa yoga classes, offering an encouraging and nurturing environment in which yogis can deepen their practice and benefit from hands-on assists. She guides students through creative, rigorous sequences, providing the space for students to safely explore their edge.

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Devon Rae Tracy

Devon has been practicing yoga for almost 5 years. She loves the peace, balance, and strength that yoga brings to her everyday life. Devon has a passion for movement and music and is certified in a dynamic practice called Buti yoga which empowers individuals to move and dance together as a community while celebrating their unique bodies and strengths.

Devon grew up in a large family and has always felt very connected to motherhood, ever since she had her first child her passion has turned to serving expectant families throughout pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum season. Devon is a prenatal and baby&me yoga teacher and is in the process of becoming a certified postpartum doula and childbirth educator. Devon studied philosophy, women’s and gender studies, and theatre in college and has a passion for bringing the mindfulness and intentionality of yoga to pre school children and their families through storytelling and games.

It is Devon’s hope that in her classes and workshops, folks will find a judgement free place of belonging and community where they can nurture their bodies, spirits, and minds whether alone or as a family.

Headshot of Hannah Kerrigan, one of our certified yoga instructors in Bloomington Normal

Hannah Kerrigan

Hannah began practicing yoga in 2009 during college after hearing from her chiropractor that it may help with pain resulting from her scoliosis. It didn’t take long to develop a love for yoga and begin to experience not only the physical benefits from her practice, but also mental and spiritual benefits.

After moving back to her hometown, Bloomington, Illinois, her personal practice grew with the help from local and experienced instructors. The Pranakriya tradition deeply resonated within her, which led to obtaining her 200-hour Pranakriya yoga teaching certification in 2017. Kerrigan’s personal yoga practice brings her tremendous joy and empowerment. She considers it an honor and privilege to be able to share this within and throughout her community. When she’s not doing yoga or preparing to teach yoga, you can find her singing and writing songs, riding her bike around town, rock climbing, gardening, and cooking.

Mark de Veer

After a decades long absence, Mark rediscovered Yoga in 2008 when the pain from an old spinal injury became progressively severe enough for him to consider surgery. While waiting in a surgeon’s office for his fourth consultation, he spied a wall poster of a young woman in an “up dog” asana with the caption, “You Are As Young As Your Spine”. He decided then and there that Yoga, not surgery, would be his best treatment option. Mark has since discovered not only Yoga’s healing benefits from acquiring a stronger core and balanced joints, but also its power to relieve stress, thus offering a path to wholeness in both mind and body.
Mark will complete his 200 hour Teacher Certification through the Pranakriya Institute of Yoga Healing Arts. He welcomes the opportunity to share his experience with others through the communal studio practice of Yoga.
Mark has practiced real estate brokerage locally since 1991, and is currently president of DEVEER & ASSOCIATES, INC., an investment real estate brokerage firm doing business throughout the mid-west. In addition, Mark has a background in music and theater having been a “show biz gypsy” along with wife, Connie, for over 25 years.
Headshot of Melissa Rusk, one of our certified yoga instructors in Bloomington Normal

Melissa Rusk

Melissa started yoga as a compliment to running and lifting weights many years ago, which evolved into a fiery physical practice of over a dozen years. The past few years have lead her to study, practice, and appreciate all 8 limbs of yoga for their cooling (lunar/yin) and fire (solar/yang) benefits. While she still embraces the sun, Melissa has also come to love the moon practices.

Melissa loves the study of yoga. She is certified as a RYT-200 from Prairie Yoga, has been a mentor for a yoga teacher training program, and has attended many deep-dive yoga workshops over the years on topics like: yoga philosophy, anatomy, somatics, meditation, pranayama, chakras, chanting, dharma and sutra talks, and last but not least, asana. She says continuing education has allowed her to evolve both her personal practice and her teaching in an organic and invaluable way.  She will be taking further education, specializing in Yoga Medicine (1000 hour certification) and Yoga for Cancer (certified through Duke Medical School of Integrative Health).

Melissa’s teaching philosophy is simple- she does her best to meet you on the mat and offers her wisdom and her heart to those on their own yoga journey. ‘If you’re willing to laugh, simply breathe and be present, and enjoy your practice, then I roll out my yoga mat and welcome you! The space I hold is sacred for those willing to learn and I am honored to share my yoga with you.’

Melissa is a self-proclaimed imperfect human (aren’t we all!?). Her house has dust bunnies to slay, piles of laundry to conquer, and her bath tub likely has a wine stain from a relaxing night (or three).  She loves to read and learn, travel and experience life, cook and create/appreciate art, gaze at the moon and stars, and cater to the needs of her kitties.

Sarah Nannen - one of the owners of Renkon Yoga Studio in Bloomington Normal.

Sarah Nannen, co-owner

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.

Headshot of Todd Smith, one of our certified yoga instructors in Bloomington Normal

Todd Smith

Todd found yoga in 2015 at a time when he was experiencing life in transition and things weren’t what he wanted them to be. Todd turned to physical exercise with an intent to lose weight. The first few exercise classes he tried weren’t a good fit. When someone suggested yoga, he gave it a try and never looked back.

Yoga has helped Todd transform physically, but more so, it has brought mental balance back into his life. Todd says he’s a long way from perfect, but yoga changed his perspective and thought process, and in turn has transformed his outlook on himself and life.

Todd is now a certified instructor pursuing his 200-hour RYT certification through YogaFit. He loves the fact that he learns something every time he practices yoga, from himself, his teachers, and from every person he leads through practice. Todd says that’s the joy of yoga – you’re always learning and always discovering more about who you are as an individual. It’s a continual discovery process, with a community of people on a similar journey.

Todd strives to create a fun environment, incorporating a variety of music and dynamics to the practice. He believes your practice is YOUR journey and is honored to in the moment to assist you along the way.

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