Biography of an Alternative Practitioner
Eric Winter: Owner/ Operator of PFit Yoga has a near decade of practice and experience as a alternative practitioner. He earned his license as a Massage Therapist and Bodyworker (LMT, NCBTMB) in 2008, self-practitioner of asian healing arts (Yoga, Tai Chi etc) since 2006, obtained his Ashtanga Yoga Certification in 2013 and was trained by Kumar Pallana himself for many hours of Asanas and Mudras.
In that duration of time, he gratefully recovered from many ailments that ominously laid dormant within his body since childhood from various physical accidents which made him partially handicapped. His body compensated for years without even realizing it, until he received his first treatment of Massage /Bodywork in 2007 and made him realize his body wasn’t normal as anticipated. After numerous sessions of modalities ranging from Swedish massage, Acupressure/ Shiatsu, Thai Massage and Reiki, he decided to become a license Massage Therapist and Bodyworker in 2008.
While in school, Mr. Winter learned how to self-heal by understanding the human Anatomy, Kinesiology, Asian Medicine, Sports Medicine, different forms of exercises, herbs and nutrition. Subsequently, this exposure led him to 7 years (Approx. 6,000 hours) of hands on experience; treating many aliments from chronic pain to headaches.
His years of dedication, practice, and patience in Alternative Medicine (primarily Asian) taught him how to self-heal and help heal others through Bodywork treatments, Meditation, Yoga, and general- intense exercises. Throughout the years he exposed his practice to Clinics, Gyms, and Spas, creating a wave of testimonials about his healing touch and extensive knowledge. This gave him the understanding that massage and bodywork is a perfect way to jump start any exercise or overall well-being.
Bio of Serene
Sabrina unexpectedly started her yoga journey in January 2015 after her sister invited her to a kundalini yoga class. Although Sabrina didn't fully understand all the parts that made up the yoga class, she knew that she woke up a different person the next morning. She felt as if a massive weight had been removed from her shoulders as she regained pep in her step. She eagerly wanted more of this bliss, and quickly became hooked on attending kundalini yoga classes and practicing vinyasa/hatha classes at home. Sabrina watched her weight decrease as her awareness of self increased through her yoga practice. She wanted to share yoga with her community so they too could begin to strip away the unwanted layers of life that no longer served them. Only a year after starting her practice, she enrolled in yoga teacher training.. In June 2016, she became RYT-200 certified in hatha. Since her certification, she dedicates her free time to teaching weekly yoga classes geared towards beginners and intermediates, as well as facilitating private classes and workshops. She feels that teaching yoga is the perfect way to empower people to cultivate a mindful and authentic life.
Bio of Andrea
Andrea’s journey with yoga began 6 years ago. She has always lived a very active lifestyle and participated in a number of sports growing up. A friend introduced Andrea to yoga as another fitness activity, and she instantly became hooked with the benefits yoga has for your mind, body, and spirit. She loves the idea of being able to meditate through movement. While residing in the bustling city of Chicago, it’s always nice to take time to slow things down.
Andrea has been a primary classroom teacher for the past 5 years and is passionate about sharing yoga with her students. At her school, she runs a yoga club, as well as incorporates mindfulness throughout the day. Andrea completed a Children’s Yoga Teacher Training in the Spring of 2015 and then a RYT 200 hour training for all ages.
* She is eager to help others and share this wonderful practice.