Instructor Bios



Jane Fitzgerald is the owner of The City Studio. She is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (2008) and a Certified Yoga Therapist (2017). In 2020 she became authorized to teach Yoga for Scoliosis through Elise Browning-Miller.  She earned her Introductory Level II Iyengar Teaching certification in 2008. Her India studies include Sri H.S. Arun’s Prashant Yogashraya in 2000 and the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune in 2007 and 2011

Jane owes a debt of gratitude to the Iyengar Family and to her teachers who put her back on track over and over again: Bruce Roger, Jyoti Hansa, Suzie Muchnick, Lois Steinberg and Sri H. S. Arun.



Jayne Langsam  (aka "Jane with a Y") has been a student of Yoga since 2000 and has been substitute teaching for Jane Fitzgerald since 2005.  She is passionate about new and different yoga props and forever strives to find a better way for you to reach that unreachable tight spot in the back, the foot, etc.   She works to incorporate yoga into her everyday life through mindfulness, overcoming the urge to "overdo" and learning not to take herself so seriously.

Jayne has had many role models and teachers in the her yoga career.  She especially thanks Jane Fitzgerald for taking her under her wing, and putting up with her endless questions.  She also takes workshops with Kathy Simon, Bruce Rogers, Suzie Muchnick, Lois Steinberg and Sri H. S. Arun.


Kelsey Helms

Kelsey began practicing Iyengar yoga in 2014 under the instruction of Jennie Williford in Rockford, IL. She immediately fell in love with this method’s strong focus on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, it’s methodical approach, and the community surrounding it. She began teaching there in July of 2017.  In 2019 she relocated to St. Louis and enrolled in Jane’s classes where she is frequently joined by her 9 year-old daughter. Kelsey has studied with Iyengar teachers such as Chris Saudek, Patrina Dobish, Lois Steinberg and Sri H.S. Arun.  She is excited to begin teaching again; to share the wealth of healing and knowledge that a disciplined practice can bring.  Whether you are looking to overcome stiffness in the body, learn how to calm the mind and nervous system, or are interested in studying the ancient philosophy of Yoga, Iyengar is accessible and beneficial for all.

Maria Avvenas

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I'm a movement teacher and I operate with a heart-centered approach. I specialize in the core and the pelvic floor, but the work that I do is so much more about the whole person and their functional patterns. My highest ideal is to bring beauty, depth, and truth to our expressions through embodying our deepest voice and highest quality of movement. Movement to me is how I reorganize my body from the chaos of the world. Movement organizes my body into its highest fractal like a snowflake patterns into the unique drop that it is on a window. Words and refining my voice are a super important part of my journey. I have a masters degree in Literature and Creative Writing and I recently began writing poetry again purely for self-expression. On a very practical level, I rehabbed an umbilical hernia while it was still reducible (within three months of its appearance) and I rehabbed a years-old shoulder overuse injury. I'm a Gemini Sun, Libra Moon and Rising, and I'm an Emotional Manifesting Generator with a 1/3 Profile. I adore the wisdom legacies and I've studied astrology since I was 13.