aura au·ra (ôr’ə)
n. A distinctive but intangible quality or energy field that emanates from a living being;
a luminous radiation.
Combining the best practices of holistic nutrition and personal development counseling, Aura Yoga & Wellness’ programs create a foundation for whole-body nourishment. You will be supported in a compassionate, healing environment that will provide you with invaluable tools to create a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Aura’s holistic programs and services are thoughtfully designed to work from the inside out, resulting in an Aura that radiates your authenticity.
Aura’s mission is to empower women to live wholeheartedly, to love the body they are in and to guide them toward self-LOVE.
With a holistic and integrative approach, Aura Yoga & Wellness provides support on:
- Self-Care Practices
- Goal Setting
- Time Management
- Building Self-Esteem & Confidence
- Stress Management
- Nutritional Cleansing & Detox
- Food Quality & Quantity
- Weight Management
- Food Selection
- Healthy Snacks
- Seasonal Eating
- Healthy Food Preparation and Cooking
- Introducing New Natural Foods
- Understanding & Reducing Cravings
- Relationship with Food & Overeating
- Increasing Energy
- Creating Work/Life Balance
- Movement & Yoga Therapy
- Breathing and Meditation
- Designing a Happier, Healthier & More Balanced Life
Stacy is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Certified Holistic Health Practitioner based in Chicago. She has been a dedicated student of Yoga and Eastern Philosophy since 2001, and a wellness enthusiast for as long as she can remember. After completing her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2011, Stacy founded Aura Yoga & Wellness where she supports women in living with purpose and vitality through mindful eating, balanced nutrition, meditation techniques, Yoga and self-inquiry. As a Holistic Health Coach, Stacy serves as a wellness “guide,” encouraging women in their own empowerment. Using a soul-centered, bodymind approach, she works with clients to develop a healthier relationship with food, exercise and their bodies. She is also a speaker and writer on holistic living and wellness, and leads workshops and retreats.
After over a decade of fervent practice and four years managing a Yoga studio, Stacy completed her Yoga Teacher Training at Yogaview under the wise direction of Geri Bleier, Claire Mark, Quinn Kearney and Tom Quinn. Following her 200-hour training, she completed additional trainings in Yoga Therapeutics with Tom Quinn and Geri Bleier, and Prenatal Yoga with Amy Schatz. Forever an eager student, Stacy consistently attends workshops and trainings to deepen her knowledge and understanding of all the limbs of Yoga. While she has a deep appreciation for the many traditions of Yoga, she has been most influenced by the teachings of Seane Corn, Maty Ezraty, Natasha Rizopoulos, Tim Miller, and Baron Baptiste. Her greatest inspiration, however, comes from her teachers, students and the vibrant Yoga community in Chicago.
Stacy’s teaching style fuses the precision of safe alignment, the astuteness of Ashtanga, the creative flow of Vinyasa and the life-affirming essence of Pranayama to create an inviting space for students to explore their edges and let go of judgment and self-limitations. She weaves a balance of intensity and grace into mindful sequencing that builds strength and flexibility while invoking a sense of connection and peace. Stacy can be found teaching public classes at Yogaview, Shri Yoga Center, Equinox, and Lakeview Athletic Club in Chicago.
She is also a freelance writer, ambassador for Lululemon Athletica and meSheeky apparel, Certified Level 2 Reiki Practitioner and avid traveler. On and off the mat, her approach is one of mindfulness, openness and compassion. Stacy’s greatest passion is to share the benefits of Yoga and meditation with others and is forever grateful for these healing practices that connect her to her heart.
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“I wouldnt be where I am in my yoga practice without Stacy. After taking my first private with Stacy, I was hooked. She has a unique way to progress your practice so you continue to evolve and take it to the next level. Her ability to teach proper alignment in a ‘simple’ way helps me significantly. I couldn’t imagine learning from anyone else.”- Jason S.
“Stacy has worked with my preteen daughter for almost 2 years and their sessions together have become one of the highlights of my daughter’s week. Through her practice, Stacy has improved not only my daughter’s balance, strength and athleticism, but also her confidence and self image. Stacy is a wonderful role model and her influence has been invaluable.” – Karen P.
“Stacy is an amazing yoga instructor and a beautiful person. Her classes are very well balanced providing structure, space and guidance for everyone regardless if they are new to practice or a veteran. She has a fun personality that comes through her music playlists and encouragement to smile when pushing through those long holds or more difficult poses. Stacy takes the time to know her students to provide them with what they need in their practice. She has helped me transform my body, my mind and my relationship to both. I look forward to her classes every week and I recommend her to everyone.” – Lisette F.
“Stacy came highly recommended by a well respected yoga teacher, and I have been an avid follower since taking my first class. Stacy has a unique was of putting together sequences that are unlike any I have done before. I never get tired of her classes, because she uses her creativity to mix up each class. You will always leave her classes feeling stronger, energized and balanced. I am forever thankful for the recommendation!”- Maggie T.
“After starting a weekly class with Stacy this year I can honestly say I have found my far-and-away favorite yoga instructor in Chicago. She matches a very warm and encouraging personality with a challenging yet highly invigorating practice. Stacy creates routines that every student can connect with and find their own edge; every session is different, but consistent at the same time, as critical (and I don’t mean standard) and interesting poses are repeated weekly. I appreciate her creative sequencing of asanas that both build upon and counterbalance one another, how she subtly mixes in ab work without making it “time for abs,” and how she manages to include a high volume of yoga poses all within a cohesive flow. Her attention to detail while not rehashing the same old routines is very impressive. In a very short time – much of which I attribute to Stacy – my personal connection to my practice has improved along with my fundamentals and flexibility.” - Greg S.
“Stacy is my absolute favorite Chicago yoga teacher. After each class I feel invigorated and blissed out. She makes you sweat and can challenge a super expereinced yogi while also guiding the newbies. She gives great alternatives to anyone with injuries and she plays the best array tunes to bend, breathe and flow. I look forward to every Tuesday that I can yoga it up with her.” – Amanda W.
“I walked into my first yoga class with Stacy in 2011 after becoming a new member at Equinox. I had dabbled in yoga for several years at various gyms and studios around Chicago, but never really found a class or instructor that resonated with me until I found Stacy’s class. The warmth and friendliness of her personality shines through in her teaching style, as she genuinely cares about her students, knows them by name, and takes time to welcome everyone to class every time. Her classes are the perfect blend of both challenging and restorative postures, and her demonstrations and verbal cues speak to all levels. So even when I was a beginner, I never felt like an outsider. Everyone is always welcome! Something that makes Stacy’s classes unique is her ability to connect the flow of the class to the music she chooses for each series of poses. Music is very powerful to me, and Stacy always finds just the right song at the right time that gives me the strength to hold a plank for just a few more breaths or totally let go of my day as class ends. I always walk out of Stacy’s class noticing that both physically and mentally something inside of me has shifted. I’m grateful to have have found her class, to be one of her students, and also to call her a friend. She has shown me how powerful yoga is not only for the mind and body, but also for the soul. She has inspired me to dive deeper into yoga and led me realize my own desire to one day be a yoga instructor, too. I would love one day to be able to bring others the peace and love of yoga that she’s brought to me.”- Abby F.