Partner Studio Profile: Moksha Yoga Center
Since its inception Wanderlust has been a celebration of community, building Kula together with many smaller communities across the nation. The friendships, connections and shared moments that form during the four days of the festival expand far beyond that particular space and time. Yoga studios all over the country provide an excellent place to come together during the other 361 days of the year, and Wanderlust is best spent with that very community. Take a moment to learn a little about one of the official Wanderlust Festival studio partners, Moksha Yoga Center, in Chicago.
Moksha Yoga Center is the premier yoga studio of Chicago. Moksha offers an interdisciplinary approach to this ancient practice with a full variety of offerings, including classes, workshops, teacher training, bodywork, kirtan, and our unique boutique fully stocked with props, books, and apparel. Check out one of their three locations if you live in Chicago or are ever nearby.
Alexia Bauer: When Alexia was 5 years old she found a yoga book in her grandfather’s library. She loved playing around with the postures she saw in the photos. She would walk around the house on her knees in lotus posture while her dad scolded, “you’re gonna get hurt.”
17 years later Alexia realized that she couldn’t deny her hunger to learn more about yoga. She left Guatemala, her home country, and moved to Chicago to participate in Moksha’s teacher training program with Daren Friesen. During the program, Kino Macgregor, one of the few certified Ashtanga teachers in the country, spoke to the trainees about practice and teaching. Kino’s inspiration gave Alexia the momentum to immerse herself in the Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga practice.
Alexia has found a daily practice to be profoundly transformative, calming, and awakening to self-knowledge. It is these benefits that have given her tremendous faith in yoga and passion for the practice.
In Alexia’s classes you will encounter sequencing based on the Ashtanga series, modified and expanded according to the needs of each student and class environment. As a teacher Alexia inspires students to persevere, with enthusiasm, and discover what gifts their practice holds for them.
Ingrid Yang: Ingrid embarked upon her yoga journey in 1999 in New York City after multiple injuries from long distance running. She soon discovered that the healing powers of yoga extend beyond the asana practice and now finds the balance of running and yoga to be her most therapeutic expression of energy and movement. With over a decade of yoga teaching experience, Ingrid has lead workshops and teacher trainings all over world. She holds certifications from the styles of Sivananda, Jivamukti and OM yoga.
As well as teaching yoga, Ingrid is currently a medical student at Rush University School of Medicine. In her past lives, she has been an intellectual property attorney, venture capitalist, business consultant, jazz lounge singer in Australia, and founder and owner of Blue Point Yoga Center in Durham, NC.
Ingrid's classes are upbeat and energetic, incorporating a vigorous vinyasa flow with dharma teaching and a strong understanding of anatomy and human physiology. She also teaches meditation, runner¹s yoga, yoga for cancer therapy and yin yoga workshops and leads teacher trainings. Ingrid has personally witnessed the healing powers of yoga in herself and her students, and considers herself lucky to share the gift of yoga with others.
Todd Boman took his first yoga class in 2001, on the recommendation of a friend, after moving to Chicago to pursue a fast-paced career in visual design. After some time Todd discovered Ashtanga Yoga. Ashtanga was a physically demanding practice that he had not initially bargained for given his initial yoga experiences, which focused on relaxation. The challenge of the practice, however, was something that inspired him and became an aspect of yoga that he gravitated toward.
During his most recent stay in Mysore in 2010, Todd had the privilege to assist Sharath teaching in the shala. His direct experience learning, not only asana but also the Ashtanga teaching method with its hands on adjustments has firmly grounded Todd as a student and teacher. Todd received his Level 2 Authoriztion which will allow him to teach the Primary and Intermediate Series. Todd is honored to share his direct experience of Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore with the community of students in Chicago, contributing to what is a happier and healthier community of practitioners.
(To be clear these teachers are not teaching at Wanderlust, but if you are interested in taking a class with them you can find them at Moksha Yoga Cener.)