'Biggest Loser' winner opens yoga studio in Evanston

Danni Allen and Robbie Gould

Danni Allen (right), former winner of NBC's "The Biggest Loser," and the Bears' Robbie Gould (left) at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K April 7, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K)

“Biggest Loser” winner and Wheeling native Danni Allen and Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” opened a yoga studio in Evanston last week called One2One. The name is a play on the 121 pounds Allen lost on the NBC reality TV competition.

“Ever since I won the show in March, I’ve been talking about paying it forward,” Allen said over the phone Sunday. “I want to teach other people what I learned.”

One2One is located above another one of Lemonis's businesses, Rose's Bakery, which sells organic and gluten-free products.

Allen, who plans on becoming a yoga instructor in mid-2014, has been keeping busy. In addition to making appearances on behalf of “Biggest Loser,” she’s a motivational speaker and ran the Chicago Marathon in October.

“I thought I would be one-and-done,” Allen said about running marathons, “but I was so close to a sub-four-hour time — I finished in 4:09 — that the competitor in me wonders ‘Do I have it in me to run it faster?’”

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