Teachers

Gina Fitzpatrick
Studio Owner and Instructor

Gina began her yoga practice more than a decade ago when she needed to carve out some time away from the hectic world of a working mother of 4 small children. Like most of us Gina fell instantly in love with yoga and became alive and curious about the body, and was humbled by the profound way it communicates. Listening to the cues softly expressed by the body, Gina incorporates techniques borrowed from Shiatsu, Tai Chi, Hatha, Kriya and Ashtanga yoga in her teaching. 

 

Gina received her teacher’s training at the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago 2008. Shortly afterward, she opened Yoga Break Chicago to offer lunchtime yoga sessions in busy corporate environments. Over the years, Gina has conducted classes in a variety of venues. Currently she teaches at several studios, and leads weeklong mass yoga classes with hundreds of students at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School.

Regina Wiedlin Wadia
Instructor, One Key Yoga

Regina has been teaching yoga for over 10 years after having discovered yoga when she was pregnant with her second child. Whether you have been practicing for years or are just discovering yoga, Regina will take time to work with you so that your time in the studio is spent in discovering your own inner strength and peace and additionally, find improved flexibility and reduced stress. Regina is also an avid swimmer and cyclist and has a lovely time being mother to her three daughters.

Eileen Brodaski
Instructor, One Key Yoga

After the birth of her first child, Eileen started taking weekly parent and baby yoga classes as a way to get out of the house, meet other new parents and maybe get a bit of exercise. What she discovered was how beneficial breathing mindfully is for your body and mind, how wonderful and helpful a likeminded community can be for your sanity, and how absolutely amazing yoga made her feel.

 

This realization made such an impact with Eileen that she decided to complete a yoga teacher training program so she could help other people experience the life changing benefits that she has witnessed happen within herself with the help of yoga.

Eileen completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Training Program at Bloom Yoga Studio in Chicago as well as a Toddler Time Yoga eCourse through Global Family Yoga. She brings a friendly, inviting and playful spirit to her yoga classes and welcomes people from all backgrounds to invite yoga into their life.

Whitney Pasch
Instructor, One Key Yoga

Whitney began practicing yoga eight years ago as a result of a running injury, and it not only led her to physical recovery, but it tapped into something internal as well.  Yoga helped with her anxiety, and she found more clarity in her life, both on and off the mat.  Having recovered from several other injuries including a spinal fracture and herniated disk, Whitney became very interested in the anatomy of yoga.  As a result, her alignment-based classes focus on mindful transitions, core stability and injury prevention. She believes strongly in the power of yoga not only for physical benefit, but also for mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

Whitney received her 200 hour training at Yoganow, and her 500 hour training with Yogadurango.  She is currently training with Inner Peace Yoga Therapy to become an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, and is particularly interested in injury recovery, chronic pain management, and stress disorders.

Patrick Riley
Instructor, One Key Yoga

Patrick is a 500hr registered yoga teacher specializing in restorative and therapeutic yoga. He is currently in school working towards a doctorate degree in Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Patrick feels so lucky and blessed to have worked, trained, and studied with such a wide variety of amazing, enlightening teachers in his life. He uses his knowledge of structural yoga, Iyengar alignment principles, pranayama, massage, chakras, mudras, and yoga nidra to help create a safe, releasing and replenishing experience for the practitioner. Patrick encourages his students to follow their breath and celebrate and study their own personal yoga—their true nature. His classes are a mix of guided meditation, deeply relaxing postures, hands-on healing adjustments, and invitations to cultivate deep listening within one’s own body and being. When he is not leading classes or studying, Patrick enjoys spending time in nature and playing drums in his band.

Jennifer Cowan
Instructor, One Key Yoga

Jennifer took her first yoga class during her senior year of college and connected with it quickly.  As a childhood gymnast and athlete, she loved the physical challenge of the practice and as she applied for and began grad school, she thrived on the relaxation.  Jennifer practiced yoga consistently at a number of studios throughout grad school, as she began her first job as pediatric physical therapist, and into adulthood.  Whenever life got stressful, she found her way back to her mat to put things into perspective.  Jennifer began teaching kids yoga as part of her work day in an attempt to bring all the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of yoga to her patients and their families.  After 12 years of practicing, Jennifer finally found the right opportunity to participate in Teacher Training during the summer of 2016.  She loved every moment, especially how it deepened and developed her own practice.  With a recent move to Chicago, Jennifer is excited to begin teaching classes here in the city.  Her favorite classes to teach are Vinyasa and flow style classes with a focus on creative sequences and alignment.  Jennifer also teaches kids yoga classes from ages 2 and older.  She loves working with high school kids and athletes.

Ricardo Mercado 
Instructor, One Key Yoga

Beginning a professional life honing organizational skills in an accounting office environment, then, eventually craving a more creative space, Ricardo studied in the culinary arts and has worked hospitality industry since 1998.

As lifelong cyclist and aware of the body’s need for fuel and rest a curious pursuit of yoga brought him to the mat. Soon after discovering yoga, Ricardo was compelled to expand his knowledge and practice and so began the journey. Recently completed a 200 hour teacher training and excited to share the physiological benefits of yoga. Though a practice that combines vinyasa-flow with restorative holds to make available self awareness, the balance of our inner and physical strengths and apply the practice of yoga into much of what we do in our daily lives.

Jenna Csont
Instructor, One Key Yoga

Practicing for over 10 years, Jenna decided to pursue her YTT in 2015 and is now a RYT500. With a fascination for anatomy and the ways in which each mind and body functions on an individual level she was left feeling like she wanted more in order to deepen her practice and care for her students. A mentor and teacher suggested she study Yoga Therapy and in 2017 she began her journey. She is particularly passionate about utilizing the breath to work with anxiety and depression and enjoys empowering and educating others on the wonders of the nervous system. She is a firm believer that yoga is for everyone and there is always something to be gained when given a safe place to work on self-exploration.

Mellissa Callozzo
Instructor, One Key Yoga

Mellissa was first exposed to yoga as a teenaged babysitter in Rogers Park. She took the child to a yoga class for children with special needs and immediately saw the positive impact it had. 
Years later she sought her own practice to balance her physically and mentally demanding career. Realizing the benefits and wanting to share them with others, her desire to teach grew and she has since acquired several YTT certifications. 
Mellissa loves teaching creative sequences and steady, balanced flows. Join in with her Pranayama and Asana!

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