PER EREZ

Per has practiced and studied conscious movement disciplines for over 30 years. The bulk of his time has been dedicated to deepening his own learning in several embodied professional training programs. He holds accreditations as a Professional Integrative Yoga Therapist, Tai Chi Chi'h (TCC) Instructor, and Nosara Pranassage Practitioner. Per has studied extensively in Ayurveda, Tantra, and his own form of facilitated somatic table work, amongst other disciplines. His formal somatic education includes a year-long professional development program, Somatic Yoga, followed by a continued three-year-long additional commitment studying with Dr. Eleanor Criswell and staff at the Novato Institute for Hanna Clinical Somatic Education. The program's conclusion is expected in January 2021 in California.

Most recently, his evolution in wellness & spirituality has included in-depth exploration in the Japanese dance form, Butoh. Butoh emphasizes experiential movement, body intuition, and invites a witnessing approach to the intellect in the movement process. 

His artistic experience, as an "accidental" Butoh teacher, as well as a recent turn towards non-professional dance, are a direct out-cropping of his theatre performance background in college. 

Per was one of the first teachers in the Chicago region to expand the use of Yoga Nidra as a stand-alone practice, or coupled with Yoga posture work, for the general public. He held teaching positions in yoga centers, corporations, health clubs, hospitals, and social service agencies throughout Chicago, including a stint at Harpo Studios with Oprah Winfrey.

His formal education is in the Humanities, specifically focusing on Communications and Theatre Arts. Former notable teachers include Hannah Hedricks, Steven Cope, Russill Paul, Dr. Rudy Ballentine, Amba & Don Stapleton, and Joseph & Lillian LePage, amongst others.