Meet our Teachers
Melissa became a Registered Yoga Teacher in 2016 and she has absolutely fallen in love with teaching yoga! Melissa offers an athletic power-flow class with creative sequencing, fun music, and an emphasis on strong and safe yoga practices. While her classes deliver a challenging physical experience, they also create a positive space to quiet the mind and calm the breathe. Melissa's yoga practice has taught her to become both strong and steady, kind and assertive, and most importantly, truly herself. Teaching yoga has proven to be the best gift; as it allows her to share her love for yoga, create one-of-a kind yoga classes, and help her students deepen their mind-body connections. In addition to teaching yoga, Melissa is also the co-owner of True Mind + Body and works as a Clinical Social Worker. But her greatest joy in life is being a mom to her three amazing kids.
Colleen found yoga in her twenties looking for a supplement to distance running and dance but quickly realized that the benefits of yoga far surpassed anything that any other fitness regimen ever delivered. Yoga is a vehicle for much more than the physical body, it improves the whole person. Colleen’s main focus in teaching yoga is to pass on the gifts that yoga has blessed her life with to others. Yoga is for every person, regardless of age or ability and meets each individual where they are. Graduate of Nature Yoga Sanctuary 200 hour teacher training June 2013 under the leadership of Mark Lerro and Paul Weitz.
Upon discovering that yoga was such a powerful tool for combatting stress and feeling healthy inside-out (as well as an amazing hobby/workout), Caroline became yoga teacher certified in 2010 through CorePower Yoga, and then continued on to become a Yoga Therapy Practitioner through Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. Caroline’s yoga education evolved to include Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher training for children and families and Amala School of Prenatal Yoga teaching training for fertility + pregnancy. Caroline is a co-founder of True Mind + Body /True Yoga, where she teaches prenatal yoga, birthday parties, and periodic mommy + me classes as well as serving as a full-time Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Outside of True, Caroline enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, and dog!
Tara’s passion for movement started at the age of three and has only intensified. Her passion led her to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Columbia College Chicago and dance professionally for two Chicago based modern dance companies. Unexpectedly, Tara underwent a sustaining back injury that required Tara to reestablish her values, priorities, and prospective career. As she gradually transitioned out of dance, Tara relied heavily on yoga. She used yoga to utilize some sort of movement activity and remain active. Rather quickly she began to discover the discipline of yoga not only came with physical benefits, but with infinite mental and spiritual benefits too. She found her pain levels significantly decreased and the authentic components of self expression that originally connected her to dance were easy to access within a yogic discipline. It was yoga where she found purpose for movement again and for life.
Tara decided she wanted to explore more of what this world had to offer and dedicated herself to a daily hot yoga practice. She went on to complete her 200-Hour Yoga Teaching Certification at CorePower Yoga. Tara also started at Northwestern University and is currently set to receive her Masters of Arts in Counseling in May of 2018 as well as a Mindfulness Certificate, in order to delve deeper into awareness practices.
Tara has a strong interest in teaching both pre-teens and teens and loves watching their excitement as they conquer challenge poses and inversions. Tara also incorporates invigorating remixed hits to create a positive and fun environment for the girls to feel comfortable and let loose! Tara’s classes focus on proper alignment, body awareness, and intentional opening of different areas of the body that instinctually become shielded. It is Tara’s hope to empower girls on their mats and allow them space to fully cherish what the present moment can teach and bring that into their human experience of daily living.
Rachel has undergone rigorous training and has been certified as a boxing instructor by George Foreman III through his Boston-based, EVERYBODYFIGHTS Fighter program. She has been working and training alongside group-exercise industry leaders to grow and develop her skillset in large and small group training. She strongly believes in the power of boxing for mental and physical empowerment, intensive cardio-vascular training, as well as an incredible stress-relief tool.
Originally from the UK, Rachel is an ex-elite level rower, an active gym-goer and has been working with a highly successful and dynamic CPT for over five years. As such, she brings a wealth of movement knowledge and creative ideas to True Mind + Body.
Corey is a certified personal trainer (CPT). She first began private personal training in 2001 and has been deeply involved in sports and fitness throughout her life. In addition to coaching high school girls basketball and field hockey at The Latin School in Chicago, Corey is an active and competitive athlete. Graduating high school with 11 varsity letters, she was the captain of her high school field hockey and basketball teams and received interest from several universities to play field hockey at the collegiate level. Since graduating from the University of Arizona in 1995, Corey has stayed active and competitive by running in various road races and triathlons, working out regularly, and practicing yoga. Corey interweaves her passion for athletics and personal fitness by applying results-based multifunctional movements in all three planes of motion to enhance her clients’ lean muscle tone and flexibility. Corey believes strongly in whole body health, which is why she's extremely excited to team up with True Mind+Body.