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.
Cindy is a 200 registered yoga teacher (RYT) who specializes in vinyasa flow & restorative yoga. She’s also a BARRE instructor. At Orinoco, Cindy teaches All Levels Yoga on Tuesdays at 9 am & Wednesdays @ 8:15 am
“Yoga is a great stress reliever and form of strengthening, stretching and balancing your body & mind. Yoga is a moving meditation where you can always find a way to modify or get a little extra challenge.
Cindy was born in Chicago and raises her beautiful family in Libertyville. She loves spending time with her husband and 3 girls. Reading, walking, laughing, playing games and being at the beach are things they love to do together.
Connie is a 200 RYT Vinyasa Yoga instructor and also became certified in Reflexology in 2014. Connie has been teaching yoga for over four years and her students absolutely love her! At Orinoco, Connie teaches 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 RYT 200 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