Ken has been practicing martial arts since he was 10 years old. He started his TAI CHI training in 1996 with Sifu Dale Washington and Sifu Ben Toy. He received his instructor certificate from Yang TAI CHI Chuan Association (Silver Eagle) in 2013. He’s also a Kickboxing and Full-contact Martial Arts teacher. Ken teaches Introduction to TAI CHI at Orinoco Fitness on Thursdays @ 6 pm (Winter, Spring & Fall Sessions).
Ken teaches the Yang Style of TAI CHI. You can preview the first 12 forms which are covered in the introduction class in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzw-Zk7r3YE&t=3s
“My passion for teaching TAI CHI and other martial arts is to help people improve their health, build confidence, gain balance, find inner peace and be able to defend themselves and others.”
Ken was born in China – Guangdong Province – close to Hong Kong. He moved to the U.S.A when he was very young and lives with his family in Mundelein.
Kris is a 200 registered yoga teacher (RYT who specializes in many formats of yoga: Vinysasa flow, yin, restorative, kids yoga and prenatal. At Orinoco, Kris teaches All Levels Yoga on Tuesdays at 9 am.
“One common misconception is that Yoga is only for “flexible, spiritual, young or thin people”. But the beauty of yoga is that anyone can do it. Letting go of judgment, expectations, and ego will allow you to find a practice that is best suited for you. When we listen to our bodies and truly honor them, we not only connect to improve our physical bodies but our mental and spiritual state as well. Connecting with my students on a personal level inspires me to teach daily. I am eternally grateful for this ancient, beautiful practice of Yoga and for the invaluable lessons it continues to teach me. “
Kris was born in Chicago and raises her big beautiful family in Vernon Hills. She enjoys connecting with nature and long dinners with great company. Kris also runs her own yoga adventure business, Just Bee Adventures, in Wisconsin.
Connie is a RYT 200 Vinyasa Yoga instructor and recently became certified in Reflexology in 2014. Connie has been teaching yoga for over two years and her students absolutely love her! At Orinoco, Connie teaches Yoga Basics on Mondays @ 6 pm & All Levels Yoga on Saturdays @ 7:45 am.
“Yoga is not a religion, but rather a lifestyle that offers healing as the body, mind and breath are aligned. Anyone at any age can discover the benefits of yoga. Once we begin, we may find ourselves making healthier choices in every area of our lives. In letting go of the ego, a new awareness develops. In this awareness, we experience joy and gratitude. Welcome yoga in to your life; embrace the journey!”
Connie enjoys amateur photography, gardening, traveling with her husband, and taking care of her 4 cats. She plans to go back to school to learn anatomical drawing.
Hailey was born in Ohio. She’s an RYT200 Yoga Teacher. She wanted to share the beauty of Yoga and other moving meditation modalities that have assisted her through life. At Orinoco, Hailey teaches Gentle Yoga on Thursdays @ 10:15 am & Saturdays @ 11:15 am.
“I enjoy providing a safe place for people to discover their own practice. Yoga is the union of mind, body and spirit. Many people hear about Yoga and think they have to be fit, flexible or have a certain body type. Or they think yoga should be fast and hard, like a cardio class. Yoga is for everyone. There are types of yoga that can go fast and slow. There are styles that use sound therapy to assist the body in letting tension out. The passion behind my teachings are not to mold a student into the perfect Yogi, it is called the Practice of Yoga for a reason. We are all snowflakes and allowing yourself to connect to your breath as you discover your own bodies mechanics, is a beautiful gift. The time spent in yoga practice is not to fit into a box but, to disintegrate the box and be your true Self and breathe”
Hailey’s favorite hobbies are: Cooking, watching the sun rises and sunsets, yoga, tai chi, dancing, becoming enthralled in music, and anything with nature.
Ana developed a back injury in her late 20s & had to stay away from exercise. She enjoyed physical activity but couldn’t really do anything that was high impact. Luckily, she achieved a successful recovery with physical therapy & discovered Pilates & Yoga which helped her keep her back and core healthy & strong.
“I was practicing yoga to get a stronger core & help relieve stress. I realized the importance of the mind/body connection that yoga offers. Yoga is a lifestyle and practice. I love that yoga is not competitive, it’s something you practice and do for you. You don’t need to be flexible to come to yoga, you do yoga to become flexible (and everyone’s body is different).”
Ana received her Practical Yoga Training certification from the Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA) in 2016. She subs Gentle Yoga from time to time, either Thursdays @ 10:15 am or Saturdays @ 11:15 am
Ellie is a RYT 200 yoga instructor. Her passion for yoga started in high school and has grown ever since. She started teaching yoga while attending Miami University at the school’s recreation center and has loved teaching it since. This summer, our very own Kris Rumzis trained Ellie and helped her become the instructor she is today. At Orinoco, Ellie teaches All Levels Yoga on Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm
“By connecting with our breath, yoga reminds us that we are much more than just our body. There is a soul in each and everyone of us, and yoga helps us become one with this soul again. Breathe in…breathe out…”
Ellie was born in Illinois but has spent some time living in Greece and Luxembourg as well. She currently lives in Buffalo Grove. She graduated from Miami University in May of 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in English education. She is currently tutoring, substituting, and working at her parents’ salon (Steven Papageorge Hair Salon) in Evanston.