Alina Parada, L.M.T.
Have been a therapist for the past 9 years and love doing what I do. Graduated from Olympia College in Burr Ridge, Il in 2006. Worked with a few Chiropactors throughout the years along with Spa's and fitness centers. That experience has brought a greater understanding of the structural anatomy of the body along with being able to provide vital homework of stretches and exercise if needed. I am very grateful to be a part of the Yoga Now family! Looking forward to sharing my knowledge and many techniques with my clients along with developing a nurturing environment to grow and heal. My modalities include Swedish, Lomi Lomi, Deep Tissue, Sports, Prenatal, and Reflexology. Also, Reiki level 1 attuned. I use my intuition and listen to clients needs to provide the most rejuvinating massage to help heal the mind, body and soul.
Taryn Smith L.M.T.
Taryn Smith is a graduate of Cortiva Insititue of Massage Therapy. She is skilled in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Clinical work (trigger point therapy, tender point therapy, hydrotherapy) and myofacial. Her goal for every session is to give a well focused and thought out client centered massage.
Before joining the massage therapy field, Taryn earned her BFA at UIC for theatre performance. She has since started her own theatre company, Realize Theatre Group.
JoAnne specializes in both one-on-one yoga sessions along with yoga in a group setting; she is skilled in a variety of massage therapy techniques and she provides both services.
23 years experience as a Licensed Massage Therapist at Health clubs, Chiropractic offices and a few Spas.
A background as a gymnast and a ballet dancer made him aware of the benefits of hands on healing. Todd has been a licensed massage therapist for the past 25 years here in Chicago. He believes that creating a holistic and well rounded approach to healing is very important, utilizing; Swedish, Sports, Stretching,Reflexology, Deep tissue and trigger point techniques along with energy work . He is able to help with anything from back pain to muscle aches and strains to general unease and trouble sleeping. Over 25 years of experience can bring a lot of healing energy to the table.
Vatsana Vilayhong, LMT
I graduated in December 2011 in East Peoria Illinois at Midwest Technical institute. I got my license in Massage Therapy that following February. (2012)
My intention is to lengthen and stretch the muscle fibers so that muscle as a whole can relax and work efficiently.
My goal is to give a relaxing experience that is productive and effective.
I am a firm to deep therapist with training in Medical Massage for neck, TMJD and HA relief as well as reflexology for the hands and feet.
I also studied some Thai massage in Thailand.
Takiesha Walker, LMT
I graduated from Cortiva Institute in 2013 and I have been in love with massage therapy since I first started. In my opinion, if everyone received a massage regularly, the world would be a more peaceful place. Among my favorite types of massage to perform are prenatal, trigger point therapy and myofascial release. I enjoy ‘listening to the muscles' and figuring out the best techniques to facilitate positive change. I began my career as a therapist at massage envy spa and while it taught me plenty, it was time for something new. I am proud to be a part of the Yoga Now team, where we all save the world from stress, one person at a time.
Brittany Brda, LMT
Brittany graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, where she received a degree in massage therapy and asian bodywork. Brittany has studied many different modalities of Eastern and Western massage which allows her treatments to be uniquely blended as well as individualized to fit a client’s needs. Brittany practices Swedish/Circulatory massage, Deep Tissue/Clinical, Thai, Shiatsu and Tui Na. Brittany is an intuitive massage therapist who is passionate about helping others along their path of healing. Her goal is to help others find balance of their body, mind and spirit.
Jerrell Starnes, LMT
My name is Jerrell. I am a graduate of Cortiva Institute for massage. I became massage therapist to be able to heal others and to help others feel better physically, emotionally, and hopefully spiritually .
I specialize in deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, sports massage and Swedish massage. I spent 6 years in the Navy as an electrician mate, and after my 6 year term was over I decided to leave. I left to pursue my passion in life. After a tremendous amount of soul searching I decided to take the road towards health and wellness. I chose this path because I believe in helping others and the best way for me to help is through healing mind, body and soul. I utilize massage, which helps the body and mind relax, which sets up the conditions for a happy soul.
Sarah Langthorne LMT
Sarah is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine here in Chicago. There, she studied a variety of both Eastern and Western massage modalities, allowing her to provide wholesome, well-rounded treatments. She has experience in both the spa world and the world of sports facilities, and has learned that no matter where, few things are more important in a session than establishing client comfort. She seeks to meet everyone’s individual needs to work together for optimal healing.
She has worked and trained with athletes over the years, giving her valuable insight into the body/mind connection. She believes massage is not only a key in injury prevention and recovery, but is important to allow deep healing and change to take place.
Her specialties include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger point therapy, Reflexology, Thai massage, cupping, and Tui Na, (Chinese Massage).
Yaron Iram, LMT
Yaron is a graduate of the Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy, having returned to school in order to pursue a life-long goal of studying massage. He is skilled in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Clinical work (including trigger point therapy) and myofascial massage, and has additional training in geriatric massage. Yaron brings to his massage clients a passion for healing and a commitment to meeting each client’s needs. In his prior career, Yaron was a development professional experienced at raising funds for environmental and social services organizations throughout the Midwest and abroad. Yaron has a master’s degree in Art’s Administration from Columbia University in New York, and experience managing a community based art center in Haifa, Israel, that brought together Israeli and Palestinian artists in shared studio and exhibition space
Megan K. Olsen, LMT
Megan studied massage at the Soma Institute, motivated by a desire to relieve others of chronic pain and stress. She excels at deep, specific work and has a particular interest in releasing tension through trigger point therapy. She is honored to help clients work through pain.
Megan studied communication and psychology at Northwestern University. Having completed her degree, she now pursues personal interests in bodywork, nutrition, counseling, and the environment.
Jack started working at Yoga Now in Oct. 2010 upon returning from a summer internship on a farm and community center in southern Indiana studying permaculture, yoga, healing and working the farm and farmers markets. Jack worked desk at Yoga Now for a year and took the teacher training RYT 200 hr in spring of 2012. Jack began practicing yoga in 2008. For him It brings a connection to a deeper peace, stillness and strength. It is Jack intention as a teacher to help his students find their own empowering heart, mind, body, spirit connection. He was first attuned to Reiki in 2010. Reiki has been a tool for spiritual awakenings and insight for Jack. He offers private Reiki healings. A Reiki healing is meant to replenish drained energetic spaces and bring back your highest potential. Jack hopes his healing practice helps others receive their own true potential in clarity. Jack offers regular yoga classes and Reiki classes at Yoga Now, private sessions are available by appointment.
Tiffany began her exploration of Yoga in 2009 as part of a health and wellness challenge at work, and instantly fell in love. She now sees her yoga practice as an essential part of her life, as it has aided in both a physical and emotional transformation. After experiencing all the positive changes in her […]
Tiffany began her exploration of Yoga in 2009 as part of a health and wellness challenge at work, and instantly fell in love. She now sees her yoga practice as an essential part of her life, as it has aided in both a physical and emotional transformation. After experiencing all the positive changes in her body, mind, and spirit, she decided to take the next step. This led her to Yoga Now where she completed her RYT- 200 with Amy Beth Treciokas.
In 2013, Tiffany was first attuned to Reiki. It has been an amazing life and spiritual awakening that has only complimented her Yoga practice. She is passionate about helping others and is thrilled to share her knowledge and experiences with all students. Her classes are fun, relaxed, musically charged and accessible to all levels in efforts to encourage students to find comfort and inner strength as they grow in their practice. Her goal is to help students embody their full potential, and tap into inner peace and happiness.
When she isn’t teaching yoga, you will likely find her running her own travel business, organizing and escorting group trips and yoga retreats to all four corners of the globe, spending time with friends and family, baking or enjoying the outdoors.
Certified Yoga Instructor
Licensed Massage Therapist & Asian Body Therapy
BA in Dance
Reiki Master & Teacher
Akashic Record Reader
Fire Cupping & Gua Sha Certified
Cindy Huston, a E-RYT 200 Yoga Educator, Reiki Teacher, Bengston Method Energy Healer, Board Certified Massage Therapist and Asian Body Therapy, and Licensed Hoopnotica Method Instructor. An Approved Continuing Education Provider for Yoga Alliance and for the National Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Born in Iowa, Cindy Huston has accredited 20+ years of teaching and choreography experience to ages 3 years to adult. She primarily teaches Bhakti Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga. She also has experience teaching yoga to children. Cindy has a guided yoga CD available called, “Restorative Yoga with Cindy Huston.” She has been on staff and a presenting artist with Bhakti Fest. Her yoga classes are focused on balancing the physical and energetic body with bhakti "heart center". Cindy’s extend education through yoga, massage, energy work, and dance bring balance to her classes. Cindy holds a BA in dance from the University of Iowa. After graduation, Cindy accepted the Lead Adjunct Dance Instructor position at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA. In May 2004, she moved to Chicago to further her career in dance performance. Performance credits include: Sarasota Opera House, Walt Disney World, Fire for Higher Professional Fire Artists, and dancing back up for solo vocal artists just to name a few. Cindy is a licensed massage and Asian Body Therapist and graduate of Pacific College of Oriental. Her modalities include Thai, Shiatsu, Tui Na (Acupressure), Deep Tissue/Trigger Point, and Swedish/Circulatory massage, Reiki, and the Bengston Healing Method. Frequently Cindy offers Approved Continuing Education courses that are approved by Yoga Alliance and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Courses include: Yoga for Massage Therapists, Reiki 1, Reiki 2, Reiki Master & Teacher, and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training. Cindy thrives to creatively continue exploring the body potential to naturally heal and it’s infinite possibilities to express through all traditional and non-traditional forms of movement. More information at www.cindyhuston.com.