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Rebecca "Becky" Love

Elementary school teacher-turned-yoga instructor Rebecca "Becky" Love was born on May 2, 1916, in Buffalo, New York, to Johnetta and Robert Grant. After relocating to Chicago, she married Edison Love, a Chicago politician, in 1942. She took night classes at Northwestern University, earning a B.S. in education in 1951, and went on to study English and psychology there, receiving her M.A. in 1966.

Love taught third-grade students at Doolittle West School, in the Douglas community on Chicago's South Side, for thirty-eight years.

Her fascination with yoga began when Love was just a teenager. However, it was not until she was in her forties that she began formal training. Love studied yoga with Sivananda Yoga Vendanta group and began teaching in the early 1960s. Love conducted master-level training at the Temple of Kriya Yoga. She earned the title master teacher of Hatha yoga in 1972. Since then, she has trained hundreds of yoga teachers at the Temple and has taught classes at the Sears Tower, Harold Washington College, Lawson YMCA, the New City YMCA, Michael Reese Hospital, Neiman Marcus and the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Over the years, she has become one of Chicago's most beloved yoga instructors.

Love has lived in the same home on the South Side for the past sixty years. Her only daughter, Candace Crolley Love, died of kidney problems in the early 1980s at the age of thirty-five. Her husband died several years later.

Love has been featured in numerous local publications and on March 7, 2002, was the focus of Harry Porterfield's "Someone You Should Know" segment on ABC Channel 7. She regularly lectures and conducts workshops on health and nutrition in addition to teaching eleven yoga classes, six days a week.

Accession Number

A2003.058

Sex

Female

Interview Date

3/28/2003

Last Name

Love

Maker Category
Marital Status

Widowed

Organizations
Schools

Douglas Elementary School

St. Elizabeth Catholic School

Hyde Park Academy High School

Chicago State University

Northwestern University

First Name

Rebecca

Birth City, State, Country

Buffalo

HM ID

LOV05

Favorite Season

Summer

State

New York

Favorite Vacation Destination

Greece, Hawaii

Favorite Quote

God's World.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Birth Date

5/2/1916

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Yogurt

Death Date

10/18/2013

Short Description

Elementary school teacher and yoga instructor Rebecca "Becky" Love (1916 - 2013 ) was a third grade teacher for thirty-eight years in Chicago.

Employment

Doolittle West School

Favorite Color

Yellow

DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Rebecca Love narrates her photographs, pt.1

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Rebecca Love narrates her photographs, pt.2

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Rebecca Love narrates her photographs, pt.3

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Slating of Rebecca Love's interview

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Rebecca Love lists her favorites

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Rebecca Love describes how her parents hid the fact she was conceived out of wedlock

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Rebecca Love talks about her maternal family history

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Rebecca Love describes her paternal family history

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Rebecca Love describes her mother, Johnetta Clanton Grant

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Rebecca Love describes her father, Robert Ledley Grant

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Rebecca Love describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Rebecca Love talks about her grade school years and her experience at Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Illinois

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Rebecca Love talks about her education, her teaching career, and her start in yoga

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Rebecca Love describes learning yoga and being healed by Paramahansa Yogananda

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Rebecca Love describes meditation and the various forms of yoga

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Rebecca Love describes her history with yoga

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Rebecca Love describes being bit by her neighbor's Rottweiler

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Rebecca Love describes the former lives of African children as Roman soldiers

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Rebecca Love talks about reincarnation

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Rebecca Love describes her transition from a yoga student to a yoga teacher

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Rebecca Love describes integrating yoga into her classroom at Doolittle Elementary School and how the school changed

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Rebecca Love describes the influence of yoga on Ghandi and The Civil Rights Movement

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Rebecca Love describes highlights of being a yoga instructor

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Rebecca Love describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Rebecca Love reflects upon her legacy

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Rebecca Love talks about how she would like to be remembered