Mallory McMunigal

I began yoga at the insistence of a co-worker.

I resisted for a long time thinking that yoga was slow and boring - why waste my time? She wore me down, and I went. Then I went back for more. And more.

About a year into practicing yoga, work took me abroad, and I ended up living in Seoul, South Korea for 3 years. I was far from home, knew next to no one, and was experiencing numerous new and exciting things daily. I needed yoga.

I found a small studio run by a sweet woman that taught all the classes she offered on her weekly schedule, and bonus, she spoke a bit of english. I soon found out that my yoga mat would be one of the few places where the language I spoke (or understood) didn't matter. It was like a little slice of home.

I've always loved a good workout, but team sports is my version of a nightmare. I played some sports in school, but didn't enjoy a minute of it. Instead I'd go to the gym after school to run, lift weights, and take group fitness classes. I was looking for that heart-pumping feeling of giving it your all and the sense of accomplishment that comes with a workout, but was also searching for the growth and sense of community you might find in team sports. I found this in yoga.

I found I could move and challenge my body in ways that I'd never experienced. I could push myself to my edge, whatever it happened to be on that day, and come out of class not only feeling like I'd physically accomplished something, but that mentally, I was ready for the day ahead.

And now, as I reside in Evanston, my practice still feels like a slice of home each and every day.

I completed my 200-hour training with Amy Beth Treciokas at Yoga Now in Chicago and continue to study ashtanga and vinyasa yoga daily.


Other Teachers:
Brad Andrews, Studio Manager
Kristin Andrews
Cindy Beckel
Vicki Browdy
Cara Butler
Tabitha Carney
Nancy Clark
Mia Cutler
Alex Farberg
Lane Fenrich
Marjorie Fradin
Dorsey Gordon
Andrew Gurvey
Dorothy Hemming
Abby Hobbs
Kira Maar
Heather Martello
Mallory McMunigal
Megan Miller
Aimee Noffsinger
Theresa Paine
Vannia Phillips
Tey Punsalan
Julie Sanford
Barb Sheridan
Liza Yntema