Meet the Team

TANYA LOZANO

FOUNDER + TRAINER

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Tanya Lozano is a dance instructor and personal trainer in the Pilsen Community of Chicago. As an athlete and dancer, Lozano always found her passion in sports and fitness. She began playing basketball at a very young age and ventured onto her first organized basketball team at Rudy Lozano Bilingual International Academy. She then continued her education and basketball experience at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. As a freshman, Lozano quickly earned the starting point guard position on the Varsity Team as well as the title of captain on the Junior Varsity team. Brought up by two activist parents, Lozano was involved in many of the local social justice campaigns as well as some of the national struggles for Latino rights. As a freshman Lozano organized a walk-out amongst her student body at Cristo Rey to participate in the massive immigrant rights marches of Chicago in 2005. As a result, Lozano was not able to continue her education at Cristo Rey her sophomore year. She transferred to Benito Juarez Community Academy, continued her education and basketball experience as the captain and MVP. Lozano decided to begin her collegiate experience at North Central College in Naperville, IL. with an interest in political science. She continued to play basketball at a division three level. Soon Lozano would decide to leave NCC due to experiences with racism at both the administrative and student levels. she would go on to Northeastern Illinois University majoring in social justice.

After learning of the health disparities and injustices in her own community, Lozano made the socially conscious decision to begin and remain pursuing her career in fitness in her own community of Pilsen where their was a lack there of. Her sense of style, passion for a healthy community, and her desire to influence has earned her a dedicated following of fitness enthusiasts and outstanding number of clients from the community, and has expanded her clientele to clients of the surrounding Areas as well. She founded Healthy Hood Chicago in 2014 and has  then developed a team of quality instructors from the community. Providing quality services to the community as well as income for instructors.

SEOBIA RIVERS

GROUP EXERCISE INSTRUCTOR + PERSONAL TRAINER

Seobia Rivers is a Certified Personal Trainer and group fitness instructor with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Illinois State University. She began personal training and teaching group fitness during her college days in 2011. She has worked in various fitness settings at places such as Gold’s Gym, Illinois State’s Campus Recreation center, Xsport, the YMCA, Advocate Healthcare, and Johnson College Prep High school. Seobia has taught a wide range of group fitness class formats including: kettlebell, TRX, Pilates, yoga, cardio kickboxing, cycling, cardio dance, bootcamp, circuit training, HIIT, and core strength. She believes in bringing a contagious vibrant energy to her classes by creating a non-judgmental and encouraging environment paired with a safe, effective, and challenging workout. What’s most important to Seobia is helping her clients become intrinsically motivated by creating individualized exercise programs based on the client’s needs, wants, interests, and past history. She preaches and practices living a healthy lifestyle instead of encouraging things like fad diets, supplements, and waist trainers. Right now Seobia teaches Physical Education and Health at a middle school on the Southside of Chicago called CICS Wrightwood while also teaching group fitness classes at ‘Healthy Hood’ located in Pilsen and coaching for a nonprofit organization called Girls on The Run. 

ERIC TENFELDE

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Eric found yoga in 2008 as a way to practice mindfulness and as a tool for overcoming addiction. This didn't exactly work out as planned as Eric quickly became addicted to yoga. However, his life changed for the better as he replaced negative and toxic habits with positive and healthy ones. Eric completed his 200 Hour Teacher Training Certification in 2010 with Daren Friesen at Moksha Yoga. He has been practicing daily since 2009 and has studied with well over a hundred teachers in various styles of yoga asana, breath work, and meditation. Yoga has opened Eric up to many other interests, including dance, barre training, pilates, bootcamp and cardio training. Eric fuses elements of these interests into his hatha and vinyasa yoga classes to create unique and challenging sequences with a focus on the breath and an intention to guide the physical movement.

NICOLE CORDERO

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Nicole views the body as a means of understanding self and environment. Yoga became her main method of organizing this understanding during a 9 month trip overseas in 2011. In 2012 she completed a 200hr yoga certification. In 2013 she began teaching at Zen Yoga Garage. In 2014 she organized the Big Yoga Chicago collective  as an incubator for new students, new teachers and lifelong students to the practice dedicated to sustaining access to this process of coming into 'yog' - union - integration. Big Yoga spread to Los Angeles during her two year stay there. While living in LA Nicole also taught yoga at the Harvest Home for pregnant homeless women. Nicole is Reiki certified, holds a BS in Kinesiology and has completed meditation trainings around the world with the International Association for Human Values. Nicole is back in Chicago working as founder and Creative Director of BIg Yoga Chi, teaching with Big Yoga, Zen Yoga Garage and the Healthy Hood.