Teaching Style: calming, nurturing, sincere


200-Hour Certified Yoga Teacher, Uplifted Yoga with Brett Larkin

Relax and Renew® Level 1 Teacher

Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

What brought me to yoga?

After practicing yoga on and off throughout my teens and early 20's, I became dedicated to the practice in my mid 20's as a way to help manage anxiety. My experiences with the benefits of slowing down, simplifying and relaxing continuously guide and shape both my teaching and my life.

What my life is like outside of the studio:

I am married to my high school sweetheart, Jeremiah. We live in Woodstock with our two dogs, Bailey and Chloe. Before moving, we lived in Lake in the Hills for 8 years, so I am happy to have the studio's home be in my old neighborhood! In addition to The Yoga Nest, my husband and I own an HVAC company, Platinum Heating and Cooling, Inc.

What I want you to know about The Yoga Nest:

Yoga is a practice of unity and connection, and it is my hope that this environment helps you feel connected to your mind, body, and soul, as well as to our studio community. You are welcome here, exactly as you are, and we can't wait to meet you.

Studio Director

Restorative, Yin, Yin + Restorative

Sarah Matchen

Teaching Style: welcoming, peaceful, informed 



Doctor of Physical Therapy

500-hour Certified Yoga Teacher

200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher

Trauma-Informed Certified Yoga Teacher

Why do I teach yoga?

I love creating space for you to slow down and enjoy the mental, physical, and emotional growth you’ll notice and build over time.


What my life looks like outside of the studio:

I’m a Physical Therapist and love to be outdoors! Gardening, bike riding, paddle boarding and travelling. I also love quiet time for yoga, meditation, painting, reading, and studying.


What I want you to know about The Yoga Nest:

We invite you to come as you are. Join us in the practice of gentle movement with mindful breathing.

 Chair, Slow 

Arianna Alea

Teaching Style: creative, encouraging, outgoing 



Certified Yoga Instructor

Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education 

Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

What brought me to the practice of yoga and why do I teach it?

I first started yoga when I was teaching Physical Education in the high school setting. I had a co-worker that truly loved yoga and all the benefits, so we started implementing it in our classes. From there I was hooked not only because my students loved it, but because it gave me such an amazing feeling of strength and joy! I absolutely love teaching people skills that make them feel positive about themselves. It's so important to have a strong foundation of confidence within yourself and I truly believe yoga gives you that!


What my life looks like outside of the studio:

I am a Mom of three wonderful kiddos, so my life is always one big adventure! We love having movie nights, being outside as much as possible, and cooking family dinners together. My family and I live in Mchenry and my husband and I have been married for 9 years. I run my own business called Nail Gal Becky and it is so fun! 


What I want you to know about The Yoga Nest:

This is a place where you can always feel comfortable, welcomed and encouraged to be nothing more than just yourself. After all, believing in yourself is your superpower.

Little Yogis (ages 4-7), Tween Yogis (ages 8-12) 

Becky Adams

Nickname: Bre

Teaching Style: fun, intuitive, innovative


500-Hour Certified Yoga Teacher from the Nosara Yoga Institute

Paddle Board Yoga From KSF and Juna Yoga, Montreal, Canada

Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology

Personal Trainer

Why do I teach yoga?

One word: Fun! I get so much enjoyment when a group of people come together and express themselves through movement. Having a little bit of a dance background, I know how important expression is, especially if you can be shy and introverted like me. Yoga is a great tool to express your authenticity. And that... that is most important. Also being a lover of comedy I like to make people laugh in class. I do take yoga's traditional roots and put a spin on it.


Hobbies and loves outside of yoga:

I love all things nature: surfing, paddle boarding, hiking, camping, rock climbing, repelling, backpacking, and travel. I also love my (soon-to-be service) dog Bodhi! 

What I want you to know about yoga:

Yoga is a multi-dimensional practice that has the potential to transform all aspects of your life. Your life is meant to be lived to the fullest. Let your yoga practice create the necessary building blocks for you to experience, explore, and expand into the life you dream of and deserve. 

Class Series, Retreats, Trainings, and Workshops

Brianne Spans

Nickname: I have been known to respond to "Hey Redhead" :)

Teaching Style: gentle, relaxing, spiritual


Applied Psychology BA with Sociology minor, University of Illinois at Chicago

200-Hour YTT with Wendy Dahl of Blue Sun Yoga

Starting a Nutrition & Wellness Coach certification program in Oct 2019

What brought me to the practice of yoga and why do I teach it?

I teach yoga because I believe everyone can benefit from the practice of yoga and mindfulness. It doesn’t matter who you are - young or old, rich or poor, able-bodied or not, pregnant, grieving, recovering from injury - yoga is for everyone. I discovered yoga during a time of personal trauma, physical and emotional experiences that were life-changing - and yoga was there to help me heal my body, mind, and soul. Yoga helps me keep my mind right - it helps me conquer depression and anxiety - for me Yoga is so much more than the physical practice of asana - Yoga is for my mind and soul. Life it too short to be unhealthy and unhappy - and that is why I teach yoga.


What my life is like outside of the studio:

I love spending time with my family and my friends who have become family. I spend most of my time with family and friends. I enjoy camping, rollerblading, spending time in nature, exploring and travelling, going to the beach and pool, doing yoga, and learning how to cook new, healthy recipes.

What I want you to know about yoga and The Yoga Nest:

I want each potential student to know that you CAN do yoga. You don’t have to come to the mat strong and flexible and centered - it doesn’t work that way! You can come to the mat crying, afraid, stiff and sore and yoga will be there to support you. Yoga will help you create a deeper connection with yourself so you can begin your journey to wellness and live your best life.


The Yoga Nest is a very loving and inclusive space - no judgement here! Come as you are and you will be welcomed!

Gentle, Restorative

Danielle Conley

Teaching Style: compassionate, non-judgmental, self-observation


200-Hour Certified Yoga Teacher, LifePower (LifeTime Fitness)


Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Mathematics

What brought me to the practice of yoga and why do I teach it?

After having both hips replaced, the recovery had been long and painful, and I sought out yoga as a means of pain relief. I now teach yoga to share the understanding, knowledge and “how to” continue moving with grace, fluidity and confidence even as we age. 

What my life is like outside of the studio:

I am semi-retired working my recruiting business assisting special clients seek the professionals they need.  I love to read and work in my yard.  My husband and I both ride motorcycles and I love taking long rides with him.  My Grandchildren, though far away, are ever present in my life through visits, emails and text.

What it's like to practice yoga with me:

I have a passion for the integration of mind, body and spirit.  I advocate that while I am the teacher/guide in a class, the best teacher for each student is their own body.  I encourage students to tune into their body, adapt the poses to their physical capabilities, experience their limits without pain, and have compassionate, non-judgmental self-observation and love.

Flow + Yin, Slow

Jeanne Silvis


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