Meghan Jane Stegemann, BS, RCYT, E-RYT 200, YACEP
Meghan Jane began her yoga practice at the Evanston, IL YMCA with her mom in 2001. She was new to yoga and hesitant at first, but after a few weeks she began to really notice a difference in how her body felt and how calm her mind was after each class. She continued to practice yoga while at Indiana University where she studied Secondary English/Language Arts Education, but her practice slowly came to a stop after graduation when she moved to Indianapolis to begin her career as a classroom teacher and got caught up in the general “busy-ness” of the real-world.
Fast forward to 2012 – Meghan was back in Chicago working as the Program Director at a large educational nonprofit. She worked long-hours trying to prove herself; her eating habits were unhealthy and sleep patterns irregular. She was 70 pounds overweight and truly unhappy and frustrated with her life. Meghan reconnected with yoga at first as a physical practice, but overtime she noticed how yoga helped to quiet and diminish some of the negative thought patterns she had created around her career and body. The breathing, meditation and affirmation tools Meghan learned on her yoga mat slowly seeped into her everyday life off the mat and she felt really good, physically and mentally, for the first time in a long time!
Meghan was super inspired by the physical practice and its benefits and was called to complete her 200-hour teacher training in 2013. She journeyed to Tuscany, Italy in 2014 where she completed her Family and Community Yoga 320-hour Specialization Teacher Training. In addition to teaching adult and pre/postnatal yoga classes Meghan also teach kids’ yoga, Bootcamp-style classes, and Yoga Sculpt with weights. She brings a very lighthearted approach to her classes and finds an immense joy in sharing her love for yoga with students of all ages. Meghan's teaching style is based on creating a strong, stable core to support students’ movements on and off the mat. Her classes are flow-based where students use their breath to guide their movement to create a true mind-body connection.