Our Team

Jim Cogan - The Yoga Shop ChicagoJim Cogan E-RYT/Owner:

I’m a Chicago native. In a prior life, I was a recording engineer and faculty member at Columbia College Chicago. After moving to Lake Geneva in the early 2000s, I got involved with Yoga; first casually, then decided to go for my 200 hour teaching certificate with Lori Gaspar at Prairie Yoga in Lisle, Illinois. This led to an apprenticeship with the iconic Gabriel Halpern at the Yoga Circle in Chicago. With serendipity playing a huge role, I find myself back in my former neighborhood, Old Irving Park.

Personally, I’m excited to build a business with a sense of “place”. A place where we can meet, restore and rejuvenate in a really cool space.

I’m also a sailor, gardener and author, with wildly varying degrees of skill.

Web CS-1Careid Surprenant

Careid Surprenant (500hr CYT) began attending yoga classes in 2010; although she found many of the poses challenging, the way she felt after class inspired her to continue her practice, and later become a teacher. Drawing on her background in the visual arts, she has found that in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and the mechanics of alignment are essential to create a productive and injury-free yoga experience. Locally, she has studied Ashtanga with Todd Boman, Tantric Yoga with Marcelyn Cole and Mia Park, Alignment based yoga with Rich Logan, Iyengar and Therapeutics with Gabriel Halpern. Careid incorporates pranayama & meditation, as well as Ashtanga, Tantric and Iyengar elements into each class. She believes that everything we need is already within us; it is through the practice of yoga that we discover who we are.




Tami Robinson

Tami Robinson was born to help people reconnect with their bodies, discover deeper levels of joy, stay focused on what lights them up, and live lives of purpose.  Tami has been practicing yoga and meditation since she was a child and credits the Great Yoga Wall® for inspiring her to start teaching in 2006. After taking the Great Yoga Wall® Level 1 and 2 trainings with Bryan Legere, she moved across the country to apprentice with and earn 200 and 500-hour teacher training certificates from him. She assisted Bryan in the Great Yoga Wall® intensives numerous times, and modeled for the manual. For four years, Tami also studied with and assisted Gabriel Halpern, who Yoga Journal named one of the most influential teachers in the U.S. for his hands-on yoga therapy program, modeled after the Iyengar therapeutic classes in Pune, India. In addition, Tami learns annually from Jehangir Palkhivala, and feels deeply blessed to be a part of this unique lineage. Tami holds the highest certification from Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500), as well as certification from the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT).  Her current home base is in Charlotte, NC.


Caroline Hennessy

Caroline received her formal training from Tricia Fiske at Prairie Yoga and studied with some of the country’s most esteemed yogis such as Tias Little, Nikolai Bachman and Gabriel Halpern. She’s also the studio manager at TYS.

She began practicing yoga in 2010 and was instantly hooked! Experiencing how intimidating yoga can be to those not exposed to its teachings beyond the physical poses, she is driven to make yoga accessible to everyone. Her approach to yoga is playful, welcoming and affirmative. Her gentle yoga class leaves students loosened up and refreshed physically and mentally.

She is a native Chicagoan and grew up blocks from The Yoga Shop, so she really knows the neighborhood! When not at TYS, she is a busy running her marketing consulting business. A lover of all things Irish and furry, she also serves on the Board of the Irish American Heritage Center and as a Digital Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Specialist for Best Friends Animal Society.