Thank you so much for your interest in Central Street Yoga. Our mission is to provide an environment for you to explore inner peace, creative expression, and to cultivate a deeper sense of you through yoga, meditation, and mindfulness.
Central Street Yoga was the blossoming of a seed planted several years ago by now studio owner, Shana Stitzel. The where, how, and when swirled on the proverbial cosmic back-burner of life for several years as Shana and her husband Rich juggled extremely busy & complex schedules as two self-employed creatives with two teenage daughters. Happy in the lives they created, but approaching the next phase of schooling for their daughter’s high school life, Shana and Rich found their sites aiming at their favorite Chicago suburb of Evanston.
As most wondrous events occur, it was literally a blink of an eye that switched their reality of a Chicago beach-front lifestyle to a cozy home in their favorite Evanston neighborhood in the Central Street District. Poised for their daughter’s new school, and very excited for the local surroundings of their new home were enough to keep them visiting the shops and working from the cafe’s all day long even though the move wasn’t for a few more weeks…
On one of their walks around the quaint shops on Central Street they happened to notice a store front for rent that only days earlier was brimming with antiques from a previous tenant. Feeling inspired and confident, Rich called the number on the door and spoke to the owner. In less than 30 minutes Shana and Rich stood in the open space and fell in love immediately. Only a week later they signed the lease and created Central Street Yoga. Now the true adventure begins as the creation of this new studio begins to take place. As we write this page of the website, we are 6 weeks from opening our doors and couldn’t be more excited to work everyday towards the opening.
Shana Marie Stitzel’s desire to teach yoga began with her journey into meditation and most importantly, as she describes it, “the journey into truth & presence “. Completely dedicated to teaching others to reflect joy, peace, and light into every moment of their lives, she shares her own light & love with others by sharing from traditional forms of yoga with the emphasis being mindfulness.
After many years of encouragement & practice Shana decided to follow her calling to take on the role of becoming a yoga instructor. She completed her certification of raw food chef in 2009, her 200- hour RYT certification in 2010 with Global Yoga and 300- hour yoga certification in 2015 under the direct guidance of Suddha Weixler of the Chicago Yoga Center.
Completely in love with being a student of the teachings, Shana continues to share the gift of yoga with others throughout Chicago teaching workshops and classes. Her teachings encourage students to explore the depth of breath & healing in every moment with a yoga practice that reflects authenticity and love.
Shana’s teachings have provided her many opportunities to teach and share yoga & mindfulness with others in a wide variety of settings. She has been invited to instruct in such diverse environments as corporate events, private clients, non-profits, charities, on movies sets, as well as in classroom environments at studios throughout Chicago since 2010.
Shana has taught for corporate events, charities, & nonprofits. She has been hired for a range of brands including Intel, Lululemon, Manifest Digital, and Vogue.
Shana has worked on and off set as yoga teacher to many notable film actors, actresses, producers, and directors. She has worked with Shailene Woodley (Fault in Our Stars), Theo James (Divergent series), Douglas Wick producer (Gladiator, The Great Gatsby), and Lucy Fisher producer (Memoirs of a Geisha).
Shana is also featured as herself in Darryl Roberts documentary film, “America the Beautiful, The Thin Commandments”.
Shana has taught yoga at many well known studios in Chicago including Self Centered Studios, Flow Studios, Namaskar, Valeo, Cocoon Care, Cousin’s Raw Food, Prestige Fitness, Essence Medspa,Centered Studios.
Attending her classes you will find her voice echoes warmth and true gratitude for every moment on and off the mat. She encourages others to see themselves with clarity & find what is sacred to them while in the practice.
Her deepest hope is that she may continue to grow & share the gifts given her to ignited her true heart’s passion for yoga. There are many teachers she wishes to thank that have inspired her along her path.
Currently, Shana continues to practice & study at the Chicago Yoga Center with deep gratitude for her teacher Suddha Weixler, who is a direct disciple of Swami Narayanananda. Shana shares yoga knowledge of the Tirumalai Krishnamacharia lineage, holds two Ashtanga certificates, and is a disciple of Sri Manju Pattabi Jois, Ashtanga. She has been exposed to many styles of teaching: Hatha, Vinyasa, Anusara, Ashtanga, Yin Yoga and other styles.