Our Teachers

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megan doyle

Megan is the founder of Revival Yoga Wellness Studio.  She was born and raised in Palos Heights and moved back to her home town with her family in 2012.  She is on a personal journey of giving back to what yoga has done for her.. with that, Revival was born. The need for a space with functional class times and offerings; the location found itself in her home town of Palos Heights.

Megan's love for yoga started over 18 years ago when she realized the benefit of the physical aspect after the birth of her first child.  It wasn't until 2008 when she fully appreciated the eight limbs of yoga; the mind and body connection and what a powerful impact it has on life.

Through completing the 200 hour teacher training program at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago, IL and under the guidance of Daren Friesen; her love and knowledge of the yoga practice grew.  She is grateful to have studied with master teachers; Seane Corn, Tias Little and Aadil Palkhivala. She completed Catherine Ashton's Yoga Trauma Informed program in April 2017. To add some diversity to her teaching style, Megan became a certified Aerial Yoga teacher in May 2017 in addition to completing and receiving a certification in Yoga Sculpt with Nicole Kowalski.

Megan is a graduate from the Soma Institute for Clinical Massage Therapy in Chicago, where she obtained her license for Massage Therapy.

Her mission for Revival Yoga is to hold space for everyone open to the fact of no matter what a person is going through, life is beautiful.  Her promise to each student, is through the effects of practicing yoga and meditation, you are able to find your highest true self. 

Love, love and when you're done loving, love more.


allison barham

After 20 years of balancing career, family and expectations, Allison took a leap of faith to be more present at home and at ease in her life. Allison's passion for yoga became a central focus as she completed her training with Brenda Temme and Life Power Yoga. 

Allison believes in the healing power of yoga, the strength of its community and impact on the world. She's committed to empowering others to see themselves through their own eyes, finding peace through breath and cherishing the present moment. Allison keeps her teachings fresh with meditation, workshops and practicing with fellow Revival teachers. Her classes are dynamic, powerful and full of heart! 


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TIFFANNY BERNSEE

Tiffanny’s yoga journey began as a personal commitment to a healthier lifestyle.  Relating deeply to the delicate balance of motherhood and a full-time career, she understands that stress management can play a key role in one's physical health and emotional well-being.  After several quick-fix attempts at losing the baby-weight and boosting her self-esteem, Tiffanny found herself on a loaner mat at a local yoga studio, doubting that the time she was spending would be worth it.  She quickly realized that not only was she completely wrong, but that she was on a path to new a found source of strength and self-acceptance.  

The development of her daily practice has also kindled the desire to share the knowledge and benefits of yoga with others. As above all, Tiffanny feels it is her calling to help and support others.  She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Katya Sidelnik, Liz Smith, and Katie Hawks through InnerJasmine in February 2017.  She is forever grateful for their continued support and mentorship.

Tiffanny believes yoga can touch everyone in unexpected and wonderful ways, and hopes to encourage her students to utilize their practice to deepen the connections within themselves and those around them.


caitlin coan

Caitlin began practicing yoga throughout college and almost instantly fell in love with the practice.  With a background in dance, yoga simply felt like a natural fit for both her mental and physical health.  Caitlin took the plunge to become a certified yoga instructor and received her 200 hour RYT certification in 2014. 

Yoga has been an incredible benefit to her as an individual, and she is so grateful to have the opportunity to share her passion with the yoga community. You can follow Caitlin at: www.tobecaitlin.com


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EVA DIAZ

Eva strongly believes in the mental, physical and spiritual healing power of yoga! Born and raised in Poland, she has been practicing yoga since 2010 and is a certified yoga teacher through LifePower Yoga since May of 2015. By practicing various forms of yoga, she discovered, that something extraordinary happens when prana is synchronized with asanas. The mind calms, while the physical body strengthens. Yoga has helped her overcome stress and anxiety which she has been dealing with since childhood. 

She is eager to share the love, energy and passion she has for yoga, with full understanding that we all practice yoga for our own unique reasons. 


JESSIE GILLEN

Jessie has always had a very active lifestyle. Her hobbies include long distance running, snowboarding, paddle boarding, and kickboxing to name a few. Jessie found yoga while preparing for her first half marathon. Looking for a new and fun way to strengthen and challenge her body, Jessie took her first heated yoga class. She found that a regular practice made her long distance running and other activities even more enjoyable! Jessie loves the physical benefits that yoga offers and the peace and clarity that yoga provides. Jessie completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification through CorePower Yoga in order to become an instructor and share yoga’s many amazing benefits with you! 


Katie Hawks

Katie approaches each person with the belief that the body is born with tremendous self-healing potential, and that healing comes from within. Therefore, she creates a safe environment for people to discover their bodies. She also believes that yoga has the power to transform health and lives, one breath at a time. She guides students mindfully through intelligent physical alignment and breath & body awareness in Vinyasa and Hatha classes. She incorporates a wide variety of techniques in her classes and sessions, including massage therapy, yoga postures, breathing exercises, mudras, chanting, aromatherapy, guided meditation and relaxation and hands on adjustments.

She came to yoga first after having chronic low back pain and has been practicing yoga for over ten years. She has a consistent, mindful yoga practice that has provided so many benefits on her own healing journey through Lyme disease and heavy metal toxicity. It was especially during chronic illness that she drew from the ancient healing system of yoga to reduce and manage symptoms and shift her attitude around suffering. She practices Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Viniyoga, Restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra and Meditation. She has studied yoga with and is grateful for her teachers, including Gary Kraftsow, Aadil Palkhivala, Seane Corn, Gabriel Halpern, Daren Friesen, Karen Nielsen, Catherine Ashton, Michele Lawrence and many others. She considers herself a lifelong student of yoga, and continues to practice in Chicago at Moksha Yoga, Tejas Yoga, Inner Peace Yoga Therapy and at Revival Yoga in Palos Heights.

She is currently a Yoga Therapist in-Training, studying in a rigorous 800 hour teacher training through Inner Peace Yoga Therapy. She is a graduate of The Soma Institute for Clinical Massage Therapy in Chicago and a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Integrative Institute for Nutrition in New York.

She completed her 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Reflections Yoga Center in Homewood, IL and her 500 Hour Advanced Teacher Training at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago, IL. She is a certified Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor through Yoga to Transform Trauma in Chicago, IL and has also completed teacher training in Therapeutic Yoga, Ayurveda, Stress Relief, Anatomy and Essential Oils.

She obtained her Reiki Master certification through Insight Awareness in Homewood, IL.

When she’s not working with clients, planning her classes and workshops or teaching yoga, you can find her outdoors! She grew up in Maine and could spend every day outside. She loves to hike with her hubby and two dogs, camp, swim, soak up the sun, cook, explore different yoga and meditation classes with friends, read and write with a cup of coffee or tea or catch a movie. 

If you’d like to stay in touch with her, please visit her website, Katie Hawks Yoga and Wellness, at www.katiehawks.com.


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NATALIE SORD

Natalie discovered the benefits of Yoga the first time she stepped onto a mat. She is influenced and inspired by her peers, teachers, nature and travels. She loves helping her students explore the balance and peace that yoga can bring not only on the mat but off the mat as well. Through meditation, asana and pranayama, her goal is to have everyone leave class feeling renewed, refreshed and full of self-love. Natalie's calm and grounding energy will help you feel connected to the present moment and the environment around you.

LIZ porter

From the moment that Liz creates sacred space, you know you are in for an experience that allows you to be just as you are–perfectly imperfect. She began her practice three years ago. After discovering the amazing physical effects yoga had on her body AND also the life changing shift in perspective brought on by the practice, she knew she had to share this with others.

Trained at LifePower yoga, she received her 200 hrs with Brenda Temme. Her love for movement and finding yourself in your body is evident in her thoughtful sequences, always accompanied by music that is uplifting. Outside of her yoga world, she stays busy being the mother of three spirited individuals. 


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nicole schneider

Nicole considers herself a lifelong student, both on and off her mat. She strives for continuous growth and has discovered transformation through her yoga journey – physically, mentally, emotionally, and energetically. She believes in the power of connecting breath, mind, heart and movement through yoga.

An athlete all her life - playing volleyball, soccer and marathon running - Nicole was devastated after a volleyball injury that led to two ACL knee surgeries and difficult rehabilitation.  Yoga has brought tremendous healing, strength, serenity and awareness in her life. 

Nicole’s compassion, positivity and love of music shine through in her classes and she hopes to help others discover their edge and their own transformation through yoga.  Nicole invites everyone to join her in “being the change that we want to see in the world” and living their yoga. 


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KATYA SIDELNIK

Katya has a humbled approach to the classroom; challenging you to mindfully go to your edge.  She has been a student of yoga for the last seventeen years but really fell in love with the practice after an injury ended her dancing career. Her time on the mat started as a journey for physical exercise and evolved into a daily practice that healed her physically and mentally. 

She started her training with Brent Holden at ID Gym for "fly yoga" and continued her yoga studies with CorePower Yoga; completing four of their programs in 9 months. Since transitioning into teaching full time she continues to attend continuing education workshops to further her knowledge of all styles of yoga and yogic philosophy.  When Katya is not at the studio she can be found Writing, Mentoring, leading her own 200hr. Teacher Training program, Consulting and helping make a holistic lifestyle more accessible for everyone.

You can follow her as InnerJasmine on her website, Facebook and Instagram. www.innerjasmine.com


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Heather Visalli

What started as a 30 day yoga commitment has blossomed into an undeniable passion to share yoga.  Heather completed her YTT with Brenda Temme through Life Power Yoga.  She loves to bring her fiery open spirit to the studio by sharing challenging, uplifting classes to flowing upbeat music.  She strives to share yoga with an intention of connecting with others to tap into that energy that is in all of us to unlock your authentic self...one breath at a time.

Liz Brzeszkiewicz

Liz started her yoga journey by stepping into a yoga class for flexibility. But through her journey she was inspired by the uplifting energy she felt in class. That's when she knew she wanted more. Liz earned her 200 YTT training with Brenda Temme through LifePower Yoga. Through her yoga training she learned to connect to her inner spirit and breath. Liz realized she wanted to teach that awareness and connection. Liz's life has always been filled with fitness. She has ran marathons, been a competitive gymnast and has done and taught group fitness. Yoga is what has connected her to inner peace & joy. When Liz is  not on the mat, she enjoys her family, friends and her puppies. She surrounds herself with people with great energy, inner beauty and joy! 


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JENNIFER KLOOS

Jennifer is a momma of three beautiful babies, soon to be four, that reveal an infinitely growing love deep within that's never been explored.  Yoga has filled her life with a similar love. 
Before yoga, Jennifer was passionately devoted to furthering her physical limits in running.  She completed many ultra-marathons that left her feeling very accomplished but not fulfilled.  A very challenging injury guided her into a hot yoga class.  There was an immediate connection to the muscular energy the class embodied, but as she practiced the organic energy brought the true balance to her life and self love finally began to surface. Jennifer knew at that moment that she wanted to share this discovery with everyone.  She grew her practice and went into yoga sculpt teacher training at Yoga By Degrees, 200h teacher training at Chicago School of Yoga, 2 week intensive Ashtanga training and Yoga to transform trauma. 

Jennifer's deep love for bringing hope to those in a constant state of suffering is every reason in my heart to explore yoga's truth behind healing.


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Alex Lehman 

Alex started practicing yoga about five years ago when he was attending school in Columbia, Missouri. A hot yoga studio opened down the street and he thought he’d give it a try as a way to cross train. The studio combined both styles of Bikram and Vinyasa into one set sequence. After a few months he was hooked.  He started practicing five to seven times a week and discovered the benefits of yoga, including, helping him work through depression, improving his sleep patterns, and boosting his energy.  Getting back in shape was just an added bonus.  Alex says it was humbling to be challenged both physically and mentally at something he could do each and every day.  He was thrilled to find out the studio was hosting a training.  In June of 2013 he took the plunge in to a one month intensive training. Over the next 200 hours his main focus was to find a deeper understanding of exactly why yoga affected him so positively, so he could pass that knowledge on.  Alex is passionate about helping his students set goals and guiding them on their yoga journeys so that they can discover more peace and balance in their lives. He is very thankful for all his friends and mentors in the yoga community who encourage and inspire him in his own practice. Namaste.


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DINA LEKAS

Dina is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor and has always been involved with physical exercising.  Her journey began with years of practicing weight training and aerobic training.  She came to yoga to diversify her exercise practice and quickly fell in love with the emotional and spiritual release yoga brought to her hectic life.  Prior to yoga she was a busy corporate executive managing a sales department.  Very stressed and working many hours per week she recognized there was something missing.  Continuing with her yoga practice she quickly discovered she could shed the stress and anxiety of work on her mat.  She began teaching yoga to her friends and family.  Observing the changes in serenity and balance yoga brought to her first students she quickly realized she wanted to pursue her passion for yoga on a full time basis.  Yoga has brought a sense of calming, compassion and gentleness into her spirit and is eager to share her devotion to yoga with those around her.


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NICOLE KOWALSKI

Although it began as physical and emotional rehabilitation after a major injury, yoga became so much more to Nicole as she challenged herself with more hours, more complex asanas, and more controlled breaths. As Nicole’s yoga practice expanded, she found herself promoting its life-changing benefits to everyone she knew - her mother, her friends, her colleagues, and anyone else who would listen! To share yoga with more people and to deepen her own practice, Nicole took the logical leap to teaching by completing her E-RYT 200 hour certification and moving to the front of the classrooms she once practiced in. In the 7 years since she completed her power yoga training, she has continued her personal and professional education by facilitating and mentoring teacher training programs and beginning her 500 hour certification through Wild Abundant Life with Co-owner/Co-founder of Live Love Teach, Deborah Williamson. In addition to her more than 3000 hours of teaching and training other teachers, Nicole has continued to be an advocate for the practice of yoga, continuing to recruit friends and strangers to her community, serving as an yoga ambassador for lululemon, and supporting her students in their growth inside and outside of the studio.