Aga Sawrasewicz

Massage Therapist

Morning ritual: Coffee

Evening Ritual: Herbal Tea

Latest Purchase: Comfy shoes

Secret talent: Drawing

Sunday soundtrack: French reggae

Food philosophy: Raw

I Chill because: I need some alone time - please


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Cameron Sage

Customer Relations

Morning ritual: Snuggling with my mini schnauzer

Indulgence: Peanut M & M's

Source of inspiration: My grandma

Sunday soundtrack: Beyoncé

Most admired character trait: Humor

Most loved Chicago spot: Lake Shore Park

I Chill because: It keeps me grounded


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Cari Rogers

Meditation + Yoga Guide

Food philosophy: Food is medicine. Eat the rainbow. Indulge here and there

Latest purchase: A really nice vacuum cleaner

Life philosophy: Life is a daring adventure or nothing!  - Helen Keller

Most loved Chicago spot: The Garfield Park Conservatory on chilly days and biking the lakefront to the South Shore Cultural Center when it's warmer

Secret talent: Ukulele serenades

Dusk or Dawn?: Dawn. I love being awake before the city fully comes to life

I Chill because: My mind / body / spirit deserve it


Christine Collins

Bodywork

Morning ritual: Pulling two cards from my tarot deck

Evening ritual: Yin yoga with lavender, bergamot and peppermint essential oils

Indulgence: Coco Rice Krispies

Retreat: My parent's house

Most loved Chicago spot: Ping Tom Park

Zodiac sign: Virgo sun, Virgo moon, Scorpio rising

I Chill because: it's good for you



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Claire Mark

Co-Founder / Co-Head of Teacher Training / Meditation + Yoga Guide

Indulgence: Good chocolate

Source of inspiration: The universe

Proudest moment: Still to come

Latest purchase: The book series of Mr. Happy, Mr. Grumpy, Mr. Tickle

Most repeated intention: Slow down, create joy

Most loved Chicago spot: The beach

Coffee or tea?: Tea. Definitely tea

I Chill because: It helps me be a better daughter, sister, mother, friend, partner, human


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Darrell Jones

Co-Head of Teacher Training and Programming / Meditation Guide

Morning ritual: 15 minutes of meditation

Evening ritual: Gratitude for the day

Source of inspiration: People living in their purpose

Food philosophy: Eat good things

Sunday soundtrack: Instrumental hip-hop and classic soul

Reading recommendation: The ONE Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

I Chill because: It keeps me sane

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Eileen Arora

Customer Relations / Meditation + Yoga Guide

Morning ritual: Hug my husband + walk my puppy

Indulgence: A fantastic cocktail

Proudest moment: Becoming a yoga teacher

Love philosophy: Love always + endlessly!

Most repeated intention: Believe

Most admired character trait: Authenticity

I Chill because: It feels good for my body, mind, heart, and soul


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Emily Thornton

Meditation + Yoga Guide

Secret talent: Silly rhyming poetry

Indulgence: New shoes

Sunday Soundtrack: Sam Cooke, Etta James, Tom Petty 

Food philosophy: Eat plants, eat local, eat when you're hungry, share what you can

Reading recommendation: James Baldwin's old New Yorker articles

Retreat: The beach. Any beach

I Chill because: I have the privilege to be able to and the reverberations of self-care are limitless


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Erica Bray

Meditation + Yoga Guide

Morning ritual: Brush (always), floss (sometimes), meditate (always)

Evening ritual: Glass of red wine

Source of inspiration: Nature

Life philosophy: It's more fun to say YES

Favorite El stop: Paulina brown line

Retreat: Anywhere with mountains and trees

I Chill because: Making space to not-do makes me better at doing


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Gina Harris

Meditation Advisor + Guide

Source of inspiration: Music of all kinds

Indulgence: Sleeping in

Secret talent: I can wiggle my ears

Most loved Chicago spot: 63rd Street beach

Food philosophy: Listen to your body

Most repeated intention: ALL things conspire for my good

I Chill because: it’s good for me


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Julianne Farrell

Meditation + Yoga Guide

Proudest moment: Seeing my children flourish

Indulgence: Napping

Latest purchase: Ohm tuning forks

Sunday soundtrack: Soul

Most admired character trait: Kindness

Most loved Chicago spot: The beach

I Chill because: It unites me with my true nature


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Kelsey Merdian

Store Manager / Meditation Guide

Source of inspiration: My parents

Life philosophy: If you knew everyone's life story, you would love them not hate them

Favorite El stop: Addison red line

Sunday soundtrack: The Lumineers

Most admired character trait: Honesty

Most repeated intention: I am loved

I Chill because: It makes me better


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Kimberly Dunn

Co-Head of Teacher Training and Programming / Meditation + Yoga Guide

Morning ritual: RPM (rise, pee, meditate)

Indulgence: French wine

Proudest moment: Becoming a mom of twin girls

Secret talent: Poker

Love philosophy: Love experiences, not things

I Chill because: It helps me stay focused, lighthearted, and calm no matter what life throws my way


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Laura Sage

Co-Founder + CEO

Indulgence: 100% unplugging

Sleep position: Any sleep = good sleep

Morning ritual: Early to rise

Evening ritual: Early to bed

Favorite movie: Out of Africa

Most admired trait: Honesty

Dusk or dawn?: Dawn

I Chill because: It makes me a more thoughtful, patient, creative, and healthy person


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Marilé Piccirilli

Bodywork

Sunday soundtrack: Gustavo Cerati

Indulgence: Ice cream

Latest purchase: Steel tongue drum

Food philosophy: Less packaging, more freshness

Most admired character trait: The ability to continue learning

Favorite season: Summer

I Chill because: It is part of a giant constellation


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Maura Dillon

Meditation Guide

Retreat: Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, WA   

Source of inspiration: House & techno music

Life philosophy: What is this moment here to teach me?

Love philosophy: Love is a practice

Reading recommendation: The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

Zodiac sign: Pisces

I Chill because: I want to create community


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Monica Bren

Meditation + Yoga Guide

Morning ritual: Warm water with lemon. Shower. Meditate.

Indulgence: Dark chocolate

Secret talent: Pool

Proudest moment: Finding my calling to help others

Latest purchase: Internet

Most loved Chicago spot: Bridgeport

I Chill because: If I didn't, I wouldn't be serving the universe as intended


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Nadège Rochelemagne

Massage Therapist

Indulgence: Wine and dark chocolate

Proudest moment: Navigating Kathmandu

Food philosophy: French is best

Love philosophy: Unconditional

Most loved Chicago spot: Montrose Beaches bird sanctuary

Coffee or tea?: Both

I Chill because: So I can fully absorb my experience


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Nicole Gilbertson

General Manager + Meditation Guide

Indulgence: Naps

Retreat: Northwoods of Wisconsin

Secret talent: Pop culture trivia knowledge

Love philosophy: It's a verb!

Most loved Chicago spot: Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Zodiac sign: Taurus Sun, Sagittarius Ascendant

I Chill because: It helps me meet my day as it comes


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Olivia Schachtel

Meditation + Yoga Guide

Morning ritual: Gratitude lists

Indulgence: Chicago Diner milkshakes

Secret talent: Accents

Sunday soundtrack: Leon Bridges

Life philosophy: Smile more

Most admired character trait: Positivity

I Chill because: It brings me back to myself every single day


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Rachel Sher

Director of Business Development

Morning ritual: Cold brew + New York Times

Retreat: Anywhere with sunshine, a beach, and a cocktail

Favorite season: Summer time in Chicago

Food Philosophy: Everything in moderation…even moderation

Most repeated intention: Be present

Zodiac sign: Taurus

I Chill because: It makes me a more patient and kind human


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Rajni Tripathi

Meditation + Yoga Guide

Evening ritual: Tomorrow's to-do list

Indulgence: Chewy chocolate chip cookies.

Source of inspiration: TedTalks

Proudest moment: Completing my 500 hour teacher training. It was a hell of a year!

Life philosophy: The purpose of life is a life of purpose. - R. Byrne

Favorite movie: The Devil Wears Prada or Minions

I Chill because: My nervous system appreciates it, as does my partner, plants, and cats


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Rhonda Duffaut

Meditation + Yoga Guide

Morning ritual: Breath exercises before breakfast

Indulgence: A good espresso drink

Latest purchase: "Color the Classics" from The Art Institute of Chicago

Favorite movie: Pink Panther

Most admired character trait: Calm

Most loved Chicago spot: Overlooking the lake at Fullerton

I Chill because: It helps me see the beauty in life


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Sarah Funk

Customer Relations

Evening ritual: Tea, candles + good music

Indulgence: Dark chocolate

Source of inspiration: My siblings

Favorite El Stop: Quincy

Life Philosophy: Follow your heart!

Most repeated intention: Be curious, not judgmental

I Chill because: It helps me be the best version of myself


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Steven Andrew 

Remote Meditation + Yoga Guide

Indulgence: Chocolate (I'm into the dark stuff)

Source of inspiration: My friends

Proudest moment: Completing my first Chicago Marathon

Food philosophy: Go big or go home

Life philosophy: What we imagine, we create

Love philosophy: If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you

Most admired character trait: Loyalty

I Chill because: Being mindful is sexy


Susan Lipshutz, LCSW

Meditation Advisor + Guide

Morning ritual: Greeting the day with gratitude

Retreat: Mexico!

Proudest moment: Raising two empowered beautiful daughters

Secret talent: I can bake a pretty decent apple pie

Most loved Chicago spot: The trail from Belmont Harbor to Oak Street Beach

Coffee or tea?: First one, then the other

I Chill because: It's good for me!


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Yaron Iram

Massage Therapist

Source of inspiration: My wife and two children

Secret talent: Skate boarding

Sunday soundtrack: Appalacian Spring by Aaron Copeland

Most repeated intention: Kindness

Favorite movie: Grand Canyon 

Most loved Chicago spot: Bahai Temple in Wilmette

I Chill because: It helps me be in the moment when there are so many distractions surrounding us