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Jim has been practicing and teaching yoga 15 years along with his co-owner wife Kathy. Jim was a remodeling contractor for 30 years and discovered yoga when he was 49. He turned to yoga to rebuild his body and his mind from the demands and stress in the remodeling industry.


Completely healed through yoga, Jim is known for his enthusiasm, playfulness, and encouragement to all of his students. He is well recognized for his arm balances and inversion poses.




Jim Simonik, Studio Owner


(ERYT-500),  (YACEP), in the process of Anusara Certification.

Kathy's classes vary in style but they always carry a spiritual centering and theming throughout. In every class she incorporates therapeutic oriented yoga, and emphasizes alignment so all the students feel safe.


Kathy has had multiple spinal surgeries including a lower lumbar fusion. She spent years discovering modifications for her own practice and teaches students to follow their own path so they leave feeling good about themselves. She often sees students for private therapeutic-oriented sessions. She also leads Pulsation Yoga's teacher training school since 2008, and hosts both a 200 and 500 hour teacher training.




Kathy Simonik, Studio Owner


(ERYT-500),  (YACEP), Anusara Certified

After practicing over 11 years she completed her 200 hour RYT with Pulsation Yoga in 2015. She prefers an alignment based yoga, feeling it keeps your mind present and connected to your body throughout practice.


Cary teaches an athletic style class with a sense of playfulness, encouraging students to explore their edge physically and mentally through poses and thoughtful themes while reminding them to listen to their bodies and providing modifications when necessary. By the end of class she hopes each student feels improvement in their mind and body, walking out the door with a new sense of strength, empowerment and a lightness in their heart.

Cary Marchese


Amy has enjoyed practicing yoga over the past 8 years. She completed Pulsation's 200 hour teacher training program in August 2016.


She draws from her experience in personal training, coaching high-school gymnastics and health club management to create fun and creative classes that will leave students feeling good and inspired about their own practice.


Amy Whalen



I began practicing yoga my first day of college in 1998, and have been teaching since 2013. I completed the 200 hour teacher training right here at Pulsation Yoga in 2014, and am registered as an ERYT200 with Yoga Alliance. I have also completed 35 hours of anatomy training with Martin Kirk, 85 hours of prenatal training at Bloom Yoga, and I regularly attend workshops, trainings, and classes to further my teaching skills as well as my own practice.


My classes incorporate thoughtful sequencing, breath centered movement, student specific alignment, and laughter. I love to offer guided meditation when time allows before savasana. My goal is for students to discover their inherent strength and a sense of connection on the mat so they feel empowered, grounded, and peaceful off the mat.




Christine Chodil


(ERYT200),  (YACEP)

Kat turned to yoga in 2009 as a way to connect with community and move her body.  She enrolled in the 200 RYT program through Pulsation Yoga and completed it in 2015.


In addition to practicing and teaching at Pulsation Yoga, Kat regularly attends workshops and classes to expand upon her training. She has practiced and studied various styles of yoga including Anusara, Iyengar, vinyasa flow, alignment based, restorative, and yin.


She focuses her teaching on finding the right combination of flow, alignment, breath, and meditation. She strives to create a welcoming atmosphere for all in her classes and hopes to inspire others to find mindfulness outside of the classroom and in their daily lives.



Kat Graham



Linda comes from a dance background and grew up studying at her mother's dance studio in Grand Haven, Michigan. After moving to Chicago she became a member of the Joel Hall Dancers, a professional jazz dance company.


Linda's first experience with yoga was taking Ashtanga yoga classes at Chicago School of Yoga (formerly NU Yoga). She later moved to the northwest suburbs and began taking classes with Jim and Kathy Simonik. Linda completed the teacher training program at Pulsation Yoga in 2015 earning her 200 RYT. Linda has been practicing yoga for close to 20 years. She currently teaches at both studios.

Linda Yatsko



Attend one of Rob's classes and experience an eclectic blend of yoga, music, poetry and tea. Rob is a dedicated practitioner of yoga that is always learning from his students and teachers. His classes are accessible to all and encourage students to explore and integrate the 8 limbs of yoga into their practice and daily lives. You will find elements of Anusara, and influences of other styles brought together in well balanced sequences in Rob’s classes. Rob is also very passionate about the role that food, yoga, and exercise play in one’s total health and has helped many to use holistic health principals to heal themselves.


Rob played and coached competitive hockey and is an avid sports enthusiast who enjoys golf, swimming, skiing, biking, and hiking. He received his RYT200 certification through Pulsation Yoga.

Rob Murray



A teacher since 2008, Megan has 200 hour RYT certifications in Forrest and Anusara Yoga and is wrapping up a 500 RYT Iyengar Influenced Advanced Teacher Training, and is is certified in Levels 1 & 2 Yoga for Golfers.

Megan’s classes are uplifting and energetic, yet embrace calmer, reflective moments too. Each class is themed and interlaced with breath work, philosophy, creative, progressive sequencing leading to an apex pose, the use of props therapeutically and as tools to make postures more accessible, playlists that are an eclectic mix.


Megan works to help students personalize their practices by modifying poses and mindfully progressing to deeper and more challenging poses when they’re ready. Rooted in alignment principles, she wants to help students develop wise, knowledgeable, instinctual practices and find balance, harmony, and peace on and off the mat.

Megan Miller


Lin has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and a student of Kathy and Jim Simonik for 8 years. Lin has created more space and freedom in her physical body and in her heart through her yoga practice that also inspires her to live a more mindful life. The yoga journey has helped her grow stronger and more flexible on and off the mat. She enjoys every moment of this journey and would like to share it with everybody. Lin is here to help the others find their own journey safely and mindfully. Lin completed her RYT200 with Kathy in 2014. Lin teaches Level 1, Level 1-2 and Yin/Restorative yoga.

Lin Li


The physicality of yoga sparked Eve’s interest long ago, but her practice blossomed when she began to experience yoga’s holistic benefits for body, mind and spirit. Fascinated by what yoga has done for her in terms of stress reduction, increased awareness, balance, strength and flexibility, Eve has found a passion in trying to help others.


Eve’s classes will always offer a physical challenge but her focus is the search for meaningful individual accomplishments rather than competing with an idealistic standard. Eve incorporates breathing and meditation techniques into each session to improve focus and mindfulness on and off the mat. She has a special love for the yin element of any pose.


Eve completed Pulsation Yoga’s Teacher Training Class in 2015. She is forever challenging herself to learn more, to relax and to accept.

Eve Swire


David began practicing yoga in 2012 after a year of surgeries on both eyes to save his vision left him legally blind and severely depressed. The following year while attending a rehabilitation program for individuals who are visually impaired he began to lead a small group in the evenings for  yoga and shortly after decided to become a yoga teacher. In 2016 David completed his RYT 200 hour Teacher Training at Pulsation Yoga.


David firmly believes that so long as you have the drive to learn and overcome your limitations that you will achieve what you set out to do, be it to regain what you have lost or discovering something about yourself you never realized before..

David Bonness


Sandy Smith primarily teaches Basics and 101 classes for our studio, as well as managing workshops and the front desk staff. A graduate of Kathy's training program, Sandy has been assisting those new to yoga to build a regular yoga practice by focusing on the foundations of poses and alignment. As a Wellness and Weight Loss Coach, many of Sandy's clients have discovered the benefits of yoga for the development of strength, breath/body connection, and appreciation of their bodies regardless of where they are on their journey

Sandy Smith



Embracing an all-natural and holistic lifestyle peaked my interest in yoga two years ago. Since then, I have completed my 200-hour RYT training with Pulsation Yoga in June 2017.

 Yoga allowed me to rediscover myself and gave me the tools and resources I needed to help others discover their true authentic self. I am humbled to be able to teach yoga although I do more learning than teaching on any given day. My classes are relaxed, light-hearted and simple. I am known to use essential oil in my classes on a regular basis along with simple breathing exercises to relax and calm the body and mind.

My goal is to create an open and warming environment for all that enter. I teach basics and the Yoga 101.

Samantha Sheehan


As Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga, writes in The Mind: If we can master the use and command of the mind, we can enjoy this world to live truthfully, gracefully and prosperously. Carol invites, practitioners to learn tools for developing a healing relationship with mind, body and soul. Join Carol Crawford (Sahejpreet Kaur), certified Kundalini and Hatha Yoga teacher, as she guides you through a series of pranayama, gentle Kundalini yoga kriya, gong relaxation, and meditation. Meditate, befriend your mind, connect to your soul, and discover your true self.

Carol Crawford



Sheila is a 200-hour RYT. She practiced yoga frequently for many years before committing to a daily practice following numerous losses in 2011. She completed her teaching training with Kathy Simonik in 2015. Sheila's approach to her personal practice and her teaching includes equal parts alignment and personal growth, and extra humor. Sheila’s goal for her students and herself is to unleash limitless mindful awareness that translates off the mat. Sheila commits to her students and her own practice by participating in continuing education. She has studied with Elise Browning Miller, Gabriel Halpren, Nancy DL Heraty, Noah Mazé, Mark Holzman, Todd Norian, and Desireé Rumbaugh. Sheila has a special interest in yoga for scoliosis, having a fused scoliotic spine herself. Her encouraging attitude illustrates her belief that yoga truly is for everyone. Sheila teaches Level 1-2, Yin-Meditation, and is a rotating teacher for the Yoga 101 series..

Sheila Kessler


Jen has been practicing yoga for 4 years, and has been a regular part of the Pulsation community since she started practicing. She completed her 200 RYT training in the curriculum of Anusara Yoga with Pulsation Yoga in 2017 and is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

Jen strives for her classes to be a place where people can hear their hearts over the heads, and learn to replace their fears with freedoms. She creates a fun, light hearted and playful atmosphere with great music where students can feel safe and (for at least the moment!) not take themselves or the world so seriously. She is all about the path to progress, not perfection. Her classes are often themed around lessons learned and or personal growth. She also encourages each student to set their own intention for their practice as well.


Jen lives in Arlington Heights with her husband and her dog. She runs, bikes, lifts, practices yoga, and or meditates daily. Her mission is to be better than her day before, and she shares this journey in her blog called “A Breath of Fresh Air.”

Jen Lewellen



Nadiya has been a student for many years and continues to learn. She started out in the Astanga style. Nadiya completed her 200 Hour Anusara Teacher Training in 2003. Nadiya frequently incorporates breathing techniques to enhance the class. She has been teaching for Pulsation Yoga since we opened our doors in Arlington Heights.

Nadiya Dnes


Megan completed her 200-hour RYT at Pulsation in 2017 in the Anusara curriculum. She took her first yoga class through her local park district in 2002 and practiced on and off for several years before establishing a regular practice in 2014. Her practice has helped her heal physically and mentally, and has served as a source of strength and comfort through personal hardships. Megan teaches in a style that is welcoming, creative, and accessible.

Megan Buttera



Sharon's first experience with yoga was in 2003 at a local community college and she knew immediately that her life had changed. Since then she practiced on and off while starting a family. In 2014, she came to Pulsation and her practice became an integral part of her life. Yoga helped her so much throughout the past several years - both on and off the mat. She always thought about becoming a yoga teacher and finally took the leap of faith in 2017 by receiving her 200 RYT at Pulsation Yoga.


Sharon enjoys classes that are upbeat and challenging, and she especially enjoys playful poses, such as inversions and arm balances. She strives to bring these challenging aspects to her own class, while incorporating modifications to make her classes accessible to all. Sharon is honored to become a part of the Pulsation staff and hopes to help others find the freedom and inspiration that she found within her own practice.

Sharon Pruski




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My curiosity about yoga sparked my, on and off, relationship with it. I have practiced different types of yoga and have been always drawn to the philosophy and spiritual aspect of it. I came to Pulsation Yoga after joining 20 people, I have never met before, on a trip to Sedona 3 years ago and everything unfolded from there. I have developed a consistent personal yoga and meditation practice that have enabled me to improve my life in many ways. I took the 200-hour RYT at Pulsation in the Anusara curriculum and graduated in 2017. I am grateful for having the opportunity to teach at Pulsation yoga. I enjoy practicing and teaching classes that are mindful, playful and ones that open and challenge the heart, mind and body. I am, and always will be, a humble student as I strive to learn, expand and share the beauty and wisdom of yoga

Val Markovska


Alison began practicing yoga about four years ago. Recently receiving her 200 RYT in 2017 she is thrilled to be joining the Pulsation Yoga community and teaching the wonderful group of people that practice there.



She started to practice simply as a way to get exercise, but as time went on yoga became critical in helping to deal with her General Anxiety Disorder. Now as a teacher, Alison strives to help students feel and see the benefits yoga offers the mind, our self-confidence, and how it can become a part of our lives even when we step off the mat. Her teaching style is vinyasa flow and in the style of Anusara™. She believes it is important to build strength, flexibility, and balance through proper alignment. She tries to inspire a sense of community that creates a fun, rejuvenating, and relaxing environment.

Alison Tseng


A friend introduced me to yoga in 2010 and I have been practicing regularly ever since. Yoga is my attitude adjustment hour, no matter what life throws my way, I always feel better when I leave a yoga class!


I completed my 200-hour teacher training at Pulsation Yoga in June 2017 with Kathy Simonik and an incredible group of fellow trainees. I am inspired by the transformative aspects of regular yoga practice and want to share the numerous ways yoga practice can impact everyday life.


My goal is to provide supportive, lighthearted, alignment based classes focusing on combining breath with movement and opportunities for students to find out something new about themselves.


Kyle Susral