Annalisa Hammeleff

Annalisa grew up with the feeling that there was something missing in her life, something meaningful and important. In an effort to find out what was missing, she has tried many different paths before settling with Yoga and the wisdom of its experience-based philosophy and teachings. Annalisa holds two 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certifications from Amara Yoga & Arts Studio in Urbana, Illinois and Moksha Yoga in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to these Yoga certifications, Annalisa holds a Master’s in Macro Social Work – Leadership and Social Change and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Communication, both degrees were earned at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Annalisa currently works with student health insurance. She strives to educate students about their health insurance plans and to help them resolve health care concerns. Annalisa has learned that experiences can serve as tools for spiritual growth and moksha (freedom), rather than systems to create fixed and rigid identification.

Annalisa’s first introduction to Yoga was in 2011 as a sophomore in high school. She joined her mother for a 6-week Introduction to Yoga workshop at Yogaview in Wilmette, Illinois instructed by Megan Dunne Krouse. Due to poor treatment of body and mind, Annalisa experienced a mild-moderate Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in the summer of 2014, just before she planned to leave for her first semester of university. Experiencing a TBI at a young age opened Annalisa’s eyes to how much she had taken for granted as a relatively healthy teenager before the injury. There were difficult moments during the recovery process where Annalisa re-learned how to walk, read, write, problem-solve, and socialize. During the recovery process, Annalisa turned to Yoga. Previously, Annalisa had seen Yoga as an exercise. This time, she focused more on the restorative healing, breathing, and meditation aspects of Yoga while she focused on reconnecting body, mind, and spirit. Annalisa lost consistency with her yogic practice when she entered university. The summer after graduating from undergraduate school, Annalisa began practicing at Amara Yoga & Arts. She participated in a Work/Study Program with the studio that lasted two years. At Amara, Annalisa completed her first 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification in May 2020 with trainers Linda Lehovec and Luna Pierson. Annalisa moved to Chicago in August 2020 and soon after joined Moksha Yoga Center’s Work/Study Program as well as the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Program led by studio owner, Daren Friesen. 

Annalisa’s classes encourage inner work and Self-contemplation. Annalisa incorporates vinyasa, or breath-synchronized flow, into her classes to connect students with their natural creativity. Annalisa’s classes address the multidimensional levels of our being: the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Chosen Charity: National Alliance on Mental Illness –

Guided by the experiences of those living with mental health conditions and rooted in equity, NAMI Chicago educates to fight stigma and discrimination, fiercely advocates for our community, and shares hope, connection and expertise with people on their mental health journey.

Certified Yoga Teacher / 200hr: Amara Yoga 2020
Certified Yoga Teacher / 200hr: Moksha Yoga 2021

Classes taught by Annalisa Hammeleff

* This teacher is either subbing or on sabbatical.


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