Amy Merritt and Jen Botka
Amy Merritt, B.S.,500 RYT, has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. While living in Pittsburgh, PA, she completed her 200 hour teacher training with Lesli Kotloski at Health Through Yoga, and moved to the Chicago area in 2008. After getting settled, she began taking yoga classes with Lori Gaspar and decided to further her study of yoga by taking Prairie Yoga’s 500 Hour Advanced Yoga Teaching Training. Since finishing the Advanced Training, she has mentored both 200 hour and 500 hour trainings, and has traveled with Prairie to Santa Fe to study with Tias Little. Amy is a certified Relax and Renew teacher through Judith Hanson Lassiter, and teaches cancer survivors through Living Well. She continues to be inspired by seeing her students transform through the power of yoga.
Jen Botka, BA, 500 RYT, has been practicing yoga since 2003, when she faced a life changing injury. She completed her thesis work on yoga for managing emotions for the 500 hour certificate through Prairie Yoga. She received her 200 hour certification from Moksha Yoga Center in 2007. Jennifer brings compassion, insight and joy to her classes which focus on alignment and therapeutic strengthening, breathwork and meditation. These are the tools she believes primarily responsible for her own physical, emotional and spiritual recovery. Additionally, she strives to adapt each practice to meet the students’ individual needs within these realms. Jennifer was a social worker in health care settings for almost 10 years, and also currently teaches yoga for cancer survivors. She is grateful to be part of the exceptional yoga community of Prairie Yoga.
Amy Merritt and Jen Botka is currently not instructing any classes.