About Chaturanga
Chaturanga is a fitness and education center that blends the best of modern science and timeless awareness traditions to help people build movement habits they can count on over time. The center offers Personalized Pilates instruction as well as more than 50 weekly group yoga, Pilates mat and equipment, and Zumba classes for all different levels and every stage of adulthood. Chaturanga’s teacher training programs produce high-quality instructors with strong teaching skills and the ability to contribute thoughtfully to the dynamic field of mind-body education.

Core Purpose

Leveraging the power of conscious community together with fun and thoughtful movement practices that inspire individuals to be their best.

Through individual and small-group coaching, teacher trainings, and daily movement practices, we offer an integrative, somatically-rooted path for personal growth, healing, and fulfillment.

Chaturanga was established in 2010 by body-worker and Pilates instructor, Marylee Bussard.  It quickly grew into a thriving neighborhood wellness community that features high-quality individual and group fitness both onsite at our Hyde Park studio, and offsite in residential building, university, and corporate settings. Chaturanga Seeds, a charitable yoga outreach and teacher-education scholarship program was founded in 2012, funded in part by Chaturanga clients. Today, cutting edge yoga and pilates teacher training and ongoing educational courses are available through Chaturanga.

Marylee Bussard

Marylee began studying Pilates in 2000, after experiencing profound rehabilitative benefits from practicing Pilates exercises during physical therapy. Eventually becoming certified in Pilates Mat in 2003, and Equipment in 2006, she now works closely with physical therapists, chiropractors, physicians, and yoga therapists to coordinate exercise and manual therapy regimens for her clients. A graduate of the Soma Institute for Clinical Massage Therapy in Chicago, a certified Integrative Movement Specialist (IMS), and a certified KMI Structural Integration Practitioner, she also oversees and teaches anatomy courses for Chaturanga's innovative Yoga and Pilates Teacher Training programs. She founded Chaturanga Holistic Fitness (Hyde Park, Chicago, IL) in 2010 to help people overcome chronic pain, improve structural balance, and enjoy sustained health. Marylee’s first book, co-authored with Dr. Evan Osar, Functional Anatomy of the Pilates Core, was released in January 2016 (Lotus Publishing). Click here for a full resume.

The Chaturanga Team

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