309-282-6112 405 Court St - Pekin, IL

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Paula Bayer


I believe with yoga first, everything else will fall into place. My intention is to help students learn how to create and experience an energy of peace, on and off of the mat, restoring, continuing health in body, mind and spirit, where with practice peace of mind can truly become a choice and just a breath away.

Welcome to Yoga Happens Here

Experience the Life Changing Benefits of Yoga

Yoga Happens Here Studio
The Studio

In this peaceful downtown studio, classes include individualized attention. This is a non-competitive, meditation in motion, with a powerful awareness component, called the Posture of Consciousness.

You will learn a series of mindful yoga stretches, postures, and the transformative impact of conscious breathing, pranayama. All shapes, sizes, ages and conditions will receive great benefit with practice as we focus on proper form, alignment, and the breath, not perfection… learning how to relax into what is… how to truly let go.

Your journey begins from where you are, not from where you are not.

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Breathe Easy with ActivePure Technology

For the enhanced safety of all Yoga Happens Here students and visitors, our studio is now protected by ActivePure technology. Unlike passive air filters, purifiers & other systems, ActivePure proactively seeks out pathogens, continuously protecting indoor spaces. ActivePure has been developed to medical grade standards and is relied upon in Acute Care settings like the Cleveland Clinic. In independent third-party laboratory tests, ActivePure has been proven to reduce up to 99.99% of pathogens including SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), Avian influenza, E.Coli, MRSA, Norovirus, Staph bacteria, Candida, Swine Flu, Hepatitis, Legionella, and more. We are happy to provide this extra level of protection for everyone entering through our doors!

Yoga Happens Here Studio
What To Bring

• Layered comfortable clothing

• Your own mat, props, towel/blanket

• Out of respect for our students/staff that have allergies to such, please limit the use of fragrance such as perfume or cologne while attending a class. Thank you!

Yoga Happens Here Paula Bayer
Paula Bayer


Yoga started changing my life many years ago resulting in a new life and new beginning. Before yoga, a stressful work environment plus other challenges led to a breakdown in my immune system which represented a major lack of energy, balance, and quality in my life.

Through continued practice and experimentation of authentic yoga techniques, I feel and live life with a new inspiration, energy and fulfillment, allowing my life to unfold.


• 2003: Certified Level I Amrit Yoga Teacher

• 2006: Certified Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Integrative Relaxation Training

• 2007: Opened Private Studio

• 2010: Certified Level II Amrit Yoga Teacher

• 2013: Closed Studio in Colorado, moved to Manito, Illinois, and Opened Private Studio.

• 2014. Bootstrap Instructor Certification

• 2015. Closed Studio in Manito, Illinois, moved to Pekin, Illinois, and Opened Private Studio.

• Member of the Yoga Alliance with 500 Curriculum Hours

• Member of the Colorado Yoga Teachers Association

Yoga Instructor Policy & Guidelines

Yoga Happens Here strives to provide a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment for yoga students in the community. The studio provides instruction to students that want to start or deepen their own personal yoga practice. We are not a studio for current or aspiring yoga teachers being active or nonactive or those professionally affiliated with another yoga studio or program to conduct their internship/practicum/continuing education hours, observe the YHH studio/teaching methods, participate in YHH classes for research purposes, or promote themselves, their studio/program, or their method of teaching. Yoga Happens Here does not offer teacher-training or certification programs, neither online nor in-person, and we are not hiring additional yoga teachers at this time.

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Get Ready for Back to School Time with YOGA!

Get your kids ready to head back to the classroom with yoga! Lindsay, our kids yoga teacher, has developed a great lesson plan to help children get energized in the morning, stay focused in the classroom, and sleep well at night. Click below to get your own BACK TO SCHOOL YOGA LESSON PLAN...plus more helpful tools for families and kiddos!

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Yoga classes on Zoom

Join us on ZOOM from the comfort of your own home!

We are SO EXCITED to be able to offer LIVE yoga classes over Zoom to those that can't make it to the studio for a scheduled class or workshop session! At this time, we are offering this service to those who have taken classes or workshops at the studio before. To take advantage, just follow these steps:

  1. • Register for the class of your choice (or a workshop) and click the box indicating you'd like a ZOOM class. Additionally, you may email your interest to paula@yogahappenshere.com.
  2. • Download the ZOOM app on your computer or mobile device. (It's FREE!)
  3. • You will get a notification from Paula with the ZOOM meeting number. Just enter it on the ZOOM app a few minutes before class begins!




Yoga Workshops

Mondays, 1:30pm (March 20 - April 17)
Tuesdays, 5:30pm (March 21 - April 18)
Wednesdays, 4:30pm (March 22 - April 19)
$69 Per Participant
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Tibetan Gongs
Sound Meditation

with Becky Cobb

Friday, March 17th at 6pm.
Please bring your own yoga mat and a blanket.
$18 | Drop in or preregister today.
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Yoga and Meditation

Have family and friends coming into town for the holidays? Set up a private YOGA 'MEDITATION IN MOTION' CLASS or a private GUIDED MEDITATION SESSION at the studio. Your group can share a wonderful holiday moment while also feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Simply email paula@yogahappenshere.com to arrange!
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1 Hour Session
Includes a story, games or crafts, movement, mindfulness, and relaxation.
Email Lindsay at lindsaybayer47@gmail.com for more information.
Email Lindsay



Friday's at 12pm beginning Friday, April 1st, 2022.
$15 | Drop in or preregister today.
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Yoga Class

Saturdays at 8:30am

In these 60 minute classes, we will focus on energetic extensions and powerful yoga movements in coordination with the breath. You'll start your day feeling focused and revitalized! Plus, each session includes a $2 ticket towards a cup of coffee or pastry from Coffee Connection to give your morning that extra boost!

$12 | Drop in or preregister today.
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Create your own private yoga class for yourself or with others! Classes can be one-time, weekly, or monthly.

Simply email Paula at paula@yogahappenshere.com to discuss your needs and schedule!
Email Paula


New Dates Coming Soon!

These FREE classes are held on the Pekin Riverfront Pier and are suitable for all levels of experince. Please bring a yoga mat, towel, and water with you.


Visit our Facebook page for last minute schedule changes.

No Scheduled Classes

Available for Private Sessions

10:30 AM
Relaxed & Retired

Relaxed and Retired is the perfect class for seniors or those with an injury or limited mobility.

10:30 AM
Balanced Self


Balances the systems of the body by building strength, focus, self-awareness, and confidence. A more challenging, but still relaxing and mindful, full-body class.

10:15 AM
Beginner Yoga

Learn a series of mindful yoga stretches, postures, and the transformative impact of conscious breathing. Great for those that are brand new to yoga or want to establish a regular practice.

12:00 PM
Chair Yoga

Classes start Friday, April 1st, 2022.

8:30 AM
Coffee Class

(All levels - Beginners included)

In these 60 minute classes, we will focus on energetic extensions and powerful yoga movements in coordination with the breath. You'll start your day feeling focused and revitalized! Plus, each session includes a $2 ticket towards a cup of coffee or pastry from Coffee Connection to give your morning that extra boost!

Yoga Happens Here welcomes Lindsay Bayer, M.Ed. for child and family yoga services.

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Class Pricing

Class Package Options
  • Pop Ups - $10
  • Coffee Express Drop In - $12
  • Coffee Express 5 Classes at $11 per class - $55
  • Drop-in Classes - $15 each
  • 5 Classes at $14 per class - $70
  • 10 Classes at $13 per class - $130

Classes good for 3 months after purchase

Gift Certificates

Looking for the perfect gift idea for family or friends?

  • Classes chosen by gift receiver
  • Good for 1 year from purchase
  • Set your own gift amount
Private Instruction Available
"Create a Class" With Friends or Family.
Beginner and Intermediate Workshops Available as well.

Experience the life changing benefits of Yoga!


I have known Paula for over 20 years. She is a wonderful teacher, dedicated to her discipline, caring and compassionate. Her enthusiasm and love of Yoga and its benefits are obvious from the moment you meet her. I have experienced that joy myself as one of her students!
Dr.Lewis Mock Chiropractor - Colorado Springs
I've been taking yoga classes with Paula since she opened her studio in Manito. I can no longer imagine my life without yoga with Paula! I have rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic back pain. It's the perfect exercise for me physically, emotionally and spiritually! Yoga actually lessens my pain, strengthens my body and calms my mind. I could go on and on about the benefits of yoga but I would just encourage everyone to try it for themselves.
Erin Parkin Woods Business Owner - Manito
Paula is so sweet and is such a wonderful person and teacher!! Would highly recommend !!!
Karin Janssen Business Owner - Pekin