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Victoria

Victoria's journey into the realm of fitness and wellness began early in her life. Raised in Chicago, she immersed herself in various physical activities such as dance, track, and gymnastics. After graduating from high school, she pursued a career in nursing, working at Holy Cross Hospital as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

However, her passion for fitness led her to explore further. She obtained certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and transitioned into a role as a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. This newfound path eventually led her to win the title of Ms. Illinois in the Natural Bodybuilding Championships in 1991.

In 2001, Victoria's journey took a turn towards yoga, a practice that profoundly impacted her life. Beginning with her first yoga class, she delved into various styles across Chicago, finding solace and healing in traditional Hot Bikram yoga. This journey not only aided in physical recovery but also brought balance and tranquility into her life, particularly as a mother.

Her commitment to yoga deepened as she pursued certifications, including one from Core Power Chicago in 2009 and Ashtanga/Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at the "Center for Yoga" in Detroit, Michigan, in 2011. Under the guidance of her mentor, Jonny Kest, she immersed herself in Ashtanga Yoga, embracing its rigorous practice and philosophy.

Victoria's dedication to yoga extended beyond personal practice; she began sharing her knowledge as a teacher. From teaching the Ashtanga Short form sequence at Lifetime Fitness to leading yoga teacher trainings, her influence continued to grow. She further honed her skills through intensive trainings with renowned teachers such as Kino Mac Gregor, Tim Feldman, and Day Christensen.

In 2016, Victoria expanded her expertise by completing a 250-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Traditional Hot 26&2 in Costa Rica. This experience, guided by her mentor Gianna Purcell, enriched her teaching repertoire.

Over the years, Victoria's commitment to yoga has remained steadfast. In 2020, amidst the pandemic, she co-founded YogaLifeCenter in downtown Mokena, Illinois, providing a sanctuary for yoga practitioners of all backgrounds. By 2024, she became the sole owner, spearheading the studio's growth and introducing diverse yoga programs.

Today, Victoria continues to inspire and guide students through various yoga practices, including Ashtanga Mysore, guided primary series, hot 26&2, and more. She instills in her students the belief that yoga is not merely a physical exercise but a lifelong journey toward self-discovery and well-being, inviting all to step onto the mat and experience its transformative power.

"Practice with love, practice what you feel, and do the work to heal."


Peace & Love 
Victoria 

Victoria
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