Donna Furmanek

Donna is a Nationally Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Intermediate Junior Level,  a Yoga Therapist, an E-RYT 500 through Yoga Alliance, and a Graduate Laban Certified Movement Analysis (GL-CMA) through Columbia College.   Donna's interest in yoga began with the television program "To Life" with Priscilla Patrick in the early 80's and has continued to evolve.  Much gratitude and thanks is offered to teachers Kim Schwartz of the Temple of Kriya Yoga, Kathleen Wright at Garden of Yoga, Patrina Dobish of Yoga Tree Evanston, Gabriel Halpern of Yoga Circle and Senior Iyengar Yoga Teachers Laurie Blakeney and Lois Steinberg, and is grateful for their continued guidance.  Donna regularly studies and practices with all of these teachers in classes, workshops and learning intensives.  Donna had the opportunity to study with Geeta Iyengar at the National Iyengar Conference in 2007.  Donna teaches yoga and movement workshops for Educators, and has given presentations on movement and yoga at national education conferences.  Donna is also a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood Education, a Montessori Teacher, Certified in Yoga Kids and Yoga Ed., and an Ayurvedic Practitioner through Bhavana Institute.


Mike began teaching in 2006, inspired by Donna, and continued to deepen his practice until his passing in 2015.

Together, Mike and Donna planned and envisioned the academy as a community where people could learn, practice, and understand the benefits of yoga.  

Mike will be deeply missed and forever remembered in our hearts and memories.