Ayurvedic Practitioner & Cleanse Expert
Monica is the founder of Hamsa Ayurveda Lifestyle Center. She has been in private practice since 2006, and has helped thousands of clients successfully keep off weight, resolve complicated skin disorders, reduce symptoms of autoimmune disorders and over come emotional blocks that they struggled with for years using ayurvedic cleanse methods. She began her studies in the Vedic system in 2003 at the Maharishi University of Management. Since then, she acquired advanced degrees in ayurveda from 'The Florida Vedic College' where she was individually selected to study as an apprentice under one of America's ayurvedic pioneers, Dr. Light Miller. Monica's areas of specialty are ayurvedic cleanse methods that address the physical, emotional and spiritual body. Monica has also studied with Dr. Mark Halpern of the California College of Ayurveda, Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra, Sri Swamini Mayatitanada and Lama Surya Das. She is currently completing an advance yoga degree with the Traditional Yoga Studies under Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D.and Brenda Feuerstein To work with Monica schedule an initial consultation and lifestyle program.
Ayurvedic Massage Therapist
Robin is the lead ayurvedic therapist at Hamsa Ayurveda Lifestyle Center where she gives treatments and supports clients who do multiple day long programs. Clients frequently comment on the profound care that they experience in Robin's treatments. Robin received her license in massage therapy in 2012 and began her career working at the top hotel spas around the Loop. Eager to delve into a more holistic approach, she accepted an apprenticeship with Monica Yearwood in the Spring of 2014. To work with Robin book a spa treatment with her.
Ayurvedic Practitioner & Massage Therapist
Diane is a certified ayurvedic practitioner and massage therapist who specializes in postpartum care and trauma work. Her unique training history provides her with the ability to address combined factors that contribute to physical and emotional pain. She holds advanced certifications in Neuromuscular Therapy, Ayurveda, Mayan Abdominal Massage, Arvigo Pregnancy Support and Ayurvedic Postpartum Care. Diane's therapeutic work is influenced by her years of study under her Tibetan guru, Lama Dawa Chhodak. Diane holds degrees in masssage and ayurveda from the Florida College of Natural Health and the Kerala Ayurveda Academy in Seattle. She has been a practitioner since 1997 and works with infants, children and adults. To work with Diane schedule a massage with her.
Ayurvedic Practitioner & Nutrition Expert
Cristina has a rare and deep compassion for human beings and nature. After studying Mayan Anthropology at the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan in Mexico, and receiving a Bachelor's degree in History from DePaul University, Cristina, alongside several of her peers, began organizing what was called the Healing Arts Project, which offered donation based medicine to people who couldn't afford basic treatment for general wellness. Inspired, Cristina began studying ayurveda at the Kanyakumari Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Center in 2012. As an ayurvedic practitioner her area of focus is on healing with diet and ayurvedic nutrition. To work with Cristina, schedule a consultation with her.
Ayurvedic Esthetician & Organic Skincare
Like many healers, Paulina had to walk her own healing journey before she came to the work that she now shares with others. As a former acne sufferer, Paulina understands the challenges that problematic skin conditions can bring. Healing her skin condition with probiotics, healthy diet, topical oils, and lymphatic drainage techniques confirmed to Pualina that skin imbalances can be resolved through a holistic approach. Known for her healing and therapeutic touch, Paulina marries modern methods— specifically LED technology and microdermabrasion— with ancient beautification treatments, organic skincare and holistic ingredients. Every session with Paulina is specifically customized for her clients needs and focused on deep relaxation. She educates her guests about their skin, and how to holistically bring balance to their body, mind and spirit, and live in harmony with nature. To work with Paulina, schedule a consultation with her.
Corinne Torres- Yoga Instructor
Growing up, Corinne often felt that physical fitness wasn’t something she could relate to or enjoy. She thought her body type and personality conflicted with this idea of athleticism and camaraderie in group sports. Then in 2010, while finishing up her first year as a high school language teacher, she noticed that her body and mind were even more tired and overwhelmed than she had ever felt before. She wasn’t motivated to do anything, let alone exercise. It was a friend who practiced yoga regularly that encouraged her to try her first hot yoga class. From then on, she was hooked. For Corinne, the beautiful thing about practicing yoga was that it starts with you, focusing and working on yourself, and no judgement or dependency on others. After a bit of time spent moving and meditating, it also taught her that a yoga community is a beautiful thing. After completing her yoga teacher training in 2015 she felt a sense of community and camaraderie for the first time. Her favorite thing about yoga? There is always something new to learn. As an education addict, what more could you ask for? Corinne teaches core power, best of both worlds, restore, rhythmic flow, gentle yoga, and meditation.
Emily Thornton- Yoga Instructor
In Emily’s career as a clinical social worker, she has spent many years doing nonprofit social justice work, partnering with people from a diverse variety of backgrounds, lived experiences, and identities. Currently, she is a psychotherapist in group practice where she also leads yoga classes and guided meditation circles. Emily found her way to yoga sixteen years ago while a college freshman. She signed up for a yoga class that the university offered as a general education credit and instantly fell in deep love with the way that asana practice and meditation offered me the stillness that her writer-brain often struggled to find. Since then, she has continued to practice various styles of yoga, primarily Vinyasa and Ashtanga. In 2016, she completed the 200-hour teacher training at the wonderful Yogaview Chicago. She has completed several trauma-informed yoga trainings and she is dedicated to making all classes feel safe, welcoming, and accessible. She is excited to be part of the Hamsa family and she looks forward to bringing peace, levity, and inspiration to all. Emily teaches gentle flow, rhythmic flow, and core power.
Mónica Casanova- Yoga Instructor
Mónica Casanova first began practicing yoga while training pre-professionally in ballet and modern dance at the Chicago High School for the Arts. Upon fracturing a metatarsal during a performance, she used yoga to enhance her physical therapy by aiming her practice at rebalancing and tending to weak areas. She completed her dance training in 2014. Her asana and meditation practice lead her to continue learning about wellness, holistic medicine techniques and exploring how the physical aspect of our well being plays a role into the greater sense of our whole being in connection to all that is. In the fall of 2015 Mónica traveled to Rishikesh, India and completed an Ayurvedic 200-hour RYT Training. Mónica is an apprentice at Hamsa Ayurveda Center and is currently studying Ayurvedic Medicine at the California College of Ayurveda. She will be graduating in Spring 2018 as a Ayurvedic Health Counselor. As a dancer Mónica finds movement to be a medicine that is a portal to awakening the innate healer within all of us. Movement allows us to tune into ourselves by cultivating a spark that gives vibrancy to our lives. Mónica teaches Ayurvedic yoga, rhythmic flow, and gentle flow.
Massage Therapist & Meditation Instructor
Talina’s healing journey began in childhood when she was drawn to help ease her Grandmother's pain from scoliosis and migraines. The joy of bringing ease where there was once suffering sparked a desire to be of service to others. At the age of 19, Talina had a life-changing meditation experience that led her to study Kriya Yoga meditation, mind-body healing and metaphysics. A licensed massage therapist since 2008, Talina specializes in a variety of therapies, including Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Bone Washing and Ayurvedic Marma Massage. Talina is a classically trained singer and is currently studying traditional Vedic and Tantric Mantra. Talina’s practice is an integration of healing arts, meditation, yoga, music and writing. She is delighted to share her process and hopes to empower you in finding your uniquely inspired path. Talina is thrilled to be a part of the Hamsa team and to have this opportunity to deepen her practice with the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda.
Maryam Abdi- Yoga Instructor
Maryam Abdi is a yoga instructor and actress from Seattle, Washington. As a teenager, she fell in love with Bikram yoga thanks to its flexibility training for musical theatre, as well as mindfulness as a hyperactive young actress. Maryam continued her passion of theatre and yoga into college, where she studied Theatre and French at the University of Evansville and regularly sought refuge at the local hot yoga studio. In addition to acting, singing, and yogying, Maryam is an avid traveller. She was granted a Fulbright fellowship to study Theatre for Development in Cameroon, Africa for nine months. Maryam’s work in Cameroon involved leading workshops that helped communities’ voices be heard through improvised acting and movement. She has also lived and worked in theatres in Paris and Avignon, so do not hesitate to practice a bit of français with this Francophile! Thanks to various educational grants, Maryam has been able to travel from places like Iran, Thailand, much of Europe, and even Mysore, India, where Maryam received her 200-hour YTT training and specialized chanting practice. Yoga is now so much more than flexibility for Maryam; it is all about finding that union of body and mind. Maryam teaches Best of Both Worlds.