Our Teachers

Brooke Hopkins

Brook Hopkins Brooke Hopkins (Tetik)
Owner, EYRT, AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, Yoga Life Coach, Yoga Body Bootcamp Master Trainer

Brooke is the founder of Sundari Power Yoga. She is an experienced certified Yoga Teacher, Yoga Body Bootcamp ™ Master Instructor, Yoga Life Coach, and AFAA Certified Personal Trainer. She is also a nationally qualified Bikini Competitor in the NPC. Prior to discovering her love for Yoga, Brooke was a successful real estate agent and Hospice volunteer. While supporting a close member of her family to health, Brooke found she stopped taking care of herself and over time, became overweight and depressed. See more on Brooke's weight loss journey below.

She decided to take back control of her life - in January 2011 she began eating healthier and running. While training for a half marathon that spring, she found that her body needed some loving and she walked into a yoga class. As the old adage goes – a journey of a 1000 miles, starts with one step – walking into that yoga class was Brooke’s proverbial first step. She fell in love with yoga and that love was evident to a fellow student, who suggested she become certified and share her passion for Yoga with the world. Brooke took her advice and she has been changing the world through yoga, fitness & good nutrition ever since!

Brooke has been honored by invitations to teach Yoga at various area studios –including Power of Your Om, Lululemon, Breathe the Art of Yoga, Wild Abundant Life, Community Soul Yoga, and several corporations. While she has enjoyed the opportunities to reach a large group of Yogis through these studios, she has always dreamed of running her own studio, where she can share her vision of yoga. Her dream is realized in opening Sundari Power Yoga, where she hopes you find peace on your mat through movement, breath, and stillness. Teaching from her heart, she hopes to bring you not only through an awesome physical practice, but a mental release as well.

By setting goals and continuing her education, Brooke has opened Sundari Power Yoga School - a 200 Hour Certification and has realized yet another dream - teaching others to give the gift of yoga!

Brooke lives in her hometown, Plainfield with her two sons.

 

JoAnn

JoAnnDwyer JoAnn,  Yoga Sculpt Instructor

Summer 2011, JoAnn was introduced to Vinyasa Yoga and felt an instant connection. As a former dancer, gymnast and athlete, she was pleased that her body found movement again, with ease and flexibility. Through inspiration, she strives to share her sense of peace, calmness and physical well-being with her students, creating an environment of balance. With every class, JoAnn brings her immense love of music to find new discoveries, emotions, fun, growth and strength for mind, body, and soul.

 

Chrissy

chrissyGomez Chrissy, Assistant Manager, CYT, Yoga Body Bootcamp Instructor

The healing qualities of yoga are what led me to the practice over ten years ago. Struggling with severe anxiety, yoga became my outlet, my sanctuary and has helped me find my "calm". I received my 200 hour teacher certification in May of 2012 and am passionate about helping others and sharing what I know through the practice of yoga. Continually growing and learning is something I am so very grateful for. When I am not in the studio I am spending time with my husband, my pup or painting in my artist's studio. Enjoying time with family and friends whenever possible makes my heart smile. Chrissy brings joy and light to her students and encourages a playful, mindful practice. Her smile and happiness is contagious

 

Juan
juanA fearless yogi constantly on the search for his next  great adventure or challenge. Driven by his many hobbies, passions and leisurely pursuits, Juan has been able to challenge the status quo of what a normal workday has been portrayed. His ability to bounce back from set-backs fuels his hunger for living in the moment. His personal mantra of "Take risks, enjoy life!" has taken Juan to many unfamiliar and life changing places, both on and off the mat. Through his experiences, he teaches his students risks can be fun and rewarding. He welcomes any and all into his life to learn and grow from. Juan is, as Gandalf told Bilbo, always "looking for someone to share in an adventure." 

Melanie

melanie “Breathe, love, live, breathe…” is Melanie’s mantra. With scoliosis and chronic back pain she turned to yoga and has forever been changed physically and mentally. Melanie’s graceful demeanor is uniquely matched by her ability to challenge students of all levels. Her dynamic approach to touch body and mind will transform you as you move, breathe, and sweat. Her curiosity keeps her practice fresh, genuine, and energizing. Off the mat Melanie is a mother and a health food fanatic. She is passionate in her pursuit to help others find their inner truth and wellbeing. Now she aspires to live a life of peace, love, and laughter.

 
Samantha

samanthaSamantha, (RYT 200) As a former dancer, Sam has a passion for movement. She believes all movement, large and subtle, is the body's way of communicating. Sam considers herself an outdoor enthusiast, and whether she's skiing down a mountain, running through trails, or hiking in and out of canyons, she loves discovering news ways to incorporate body awareness. Through her adventures, Sam has found many ways to be strong and seeks to integrate those strengths for her classes. She aspires to teach strength through struggle, comfort in the uncomfortable, and that the boundaries of yoga are limitless.

Lynda

Lynda Lynda (RYT 200) has been a runner and fitness practitioner all her life. She has taught swimming and other fitness disciplines since she was a teen. As her four children grew, she shifted her focus from corporate work to helping people overcome physical and emotional challenges. Lynda has a special interest in inversions, mindfulness, and yoga as medicine. She strongly believes that yoga benefits people with chronic pain, post traumatic stress disorder, and addiction. She has completed the "Yoga as Medicine" workshop, and is certified to teach "Yoga Body Bootcamp", "Yin", and "Yoga Nidra". She is a trauma-informed instructor, and teaches yoga and meditation at the Cook County Jail.

 

Taunya

TaunyaTaunya has experienced a joyful mix of professional dance, yoga and fitness/aerobic training for the past 25 years which she has applied in her work as instructor, personal trainer and studio owner. She received her 200 hour training in Baptiste style power yoga two years ago and has been teaching at several private studios in the Naperville area. Her dance background both as instructor and professional performer has enhanced her awareness of alignment and technique in yoga practice and she loves to help draw out the inner power and life dancer present in everyone. Her goal is to help students understand that yoga practice and philosophy is life changing from the inside out. Her background includes 15 years as a Jazzercise franchise owner, which involved personal weight training sessions, dance choreography, children’s classes and specialty classes involving pilates and yoga. She has also incorporated additional educational courses in physiology and anatomy and specific training in prenatal yoga which she practiced daily with the pregnancies of her five children. Her additional fitness hobbies include swimming, running, biking and cross country skiing. Four of her five children are in their crazy busy teen years involved in dance teams, ballet and music. Her best friend and husband of 27 years is retired from the Air Force and still works with military families and organizations with financial educational programs. Her family has lived in more than 10 different locations and lives one adventure to the next!!