My love for yoga began as a small child, watching my mom practice in our living room from Richard Hittleman’s 1969 book, Yoga (28 Day Exercise Plan). I have studied and trained with many amazing and inspiring teachers in various yoga styles. In 2009 I began a dedicated yoga practice, which has improved all areas of my life and well-being. I completed my first YogaFit training in 2009, and in 2011, completed a 200 hr Certification from the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Center in Palatine, IL, under the spiritual guidance of Swami Veda Bharati. My passion is to share what I have found in yoga: increased strength; flexibility; stress-relief; better overall health; and a deeper connection of mind, body, and spirit. My goal is to simply help people connect with themselves and improve overall mind-body fitness. I enjoy life in beautiful Southern Illinois with my wonderful husband and step-son…traveling, spending time in nature, and embracing the flow of life!
Lisa has always been drawn to movement and the body. She studied dance and gymnastics as a girl. In 2001 she became a massage therapist. To offset that physically demanding work, she began practicing yoga. After practicing for several years, she discovered the Barkan Method, which combined strengthening with stretching, and worked closely with local teacher and mentor, Toni Morris. She received the 200 hour Barkan Method of Hot Yoga, Level 1 training certificate in summer of 2007 in Ft. Lauderdale FL. In October, 2007, dhr completed level 2, Vinyasa training. Lisa creates lighthearted space where students can deepen awareness of their physical
I have always been drawn to the balancing qualities of yoga and asana. I began a dedicated practice in 2010, a year after the birth of my son in order to reconnect with my body. I felt the amazing effects of truly checking in with yourself, inside and out. I have practiced hatha, vinyasa and ashtanga styles of yoga extensively. Asana is an amazing tool to help create balance, build strength, and remain flexible in your body as well as in your life. My goal as a teacher and student of yoga is to help spread the self-love that yoga creates, and to help guide people in their own personal yoga journey, which I see as an absolute honor and privilege. I truly believe that the power of love and compassion-and yoga!-can help heal and change the world. I look forward to being a part of the yoga community here in Southern Illinois, where I live with my yoga guinea pigs, AKA, my wonderful, loving husband-Kyle, and sweet son-Maximus. Thank you for being open to sharing your practice with me. Namaste.
A Southern Illinois native, Shelley began her journey into yoga in 1999. She writes: “Once I learned how much my body loved and needed movement, deeper awakenings of body, mind, and spirit began to unveil themselves. I was introduced to Anusara yoga through a good friend and beautiful yogi and resonated deeply with its heart-oriented style and principles of alignment.” Shelley completed Anusara immersion and teacher training in November of 2008 with nationally respected Certified Anusara Yoga Teachers, Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzney, along with Dr. Douglas Brooks. “I feel immense gratitude for my inspiring teachers who taught with bright mind and radiant hearts!” Shelley has also studied under such brilliant beings as John Friend, Anusara founder; Sianna Sherman, Certified Anusara Yogi; and Rodney Yee. Along with being a yoga instructor and a great lover of dance, Shelley loves being a wife, friend, daughter, and aunt and works at Herrin Behavioral Health as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Siri Radha Kaur
Siri Radha Kaur hails from the west coast. She is a Kundalini Yogi, recent PhD in Communication Studies, nature lover, deep breather, and dedicated consumer of kombucha. She lives for kirtan, meditation, and excellent conversation. Raised by parents who were avid explorers of yoga, music, art, and spiritual practices, Kundalini Yoga (as Taught by Yogi Bhajan) was a natural fit when she found it in 2009. She has been practicing this rich tradition ever since and sharing it with others since 2013. Her name means: Radiant lioness of the Divine who has great mastery of her spiritual path and inspires others. It is her fondest dream to live up to this.
Sara took her first yoga class in 2013. She was out of shape, and dealing with a health problem. While yoga wasn’t easy, she felt drawn to the relaxation and inner stillness she felt during practice, that spilled over into her daily life. A few months later, she was experiencing noticeable physical, mental, and emotional changes. She felt more at ease and that she was becoming who she was meant to be. Because yoga changed her life, she was inspired to become a teacher and share this amazing gift with others. In 2013 she completed a Level 1 YogaFit training and began weekly teaching. In 2015, she completed a 200 hour teacher training through YogaSix in St. Louis. Her goal is to help people be at peace in their bodies and minds, no matter their age, shape, gender, race, or fitness level. She encourages those seeking positive life-changes to give yoga a try. In addition to teaching yoga, Sara is a graphic designer, artist, photographer, and musician with a BFA in Communication Design and a minor in Art History.
Marti began her yoga journey in 2007 in India, with Sivananda’s 200 hr Teacher Training in the Himalayas under Swami Swarogrananda. In 2009, she added a 200 hr teaching training at Yoga Works, with renowned yogi, Annie Carpenter. Marti is currently studying with Bryan Kest, creator of Power Yoga. Additional teachers include LA based ashtanga instructor Sonya Cottle and the founder of Groovy Kids Yoga, Greville Henwood.
Marti’s approach to yoga starts with the definition of the word Yoga: union– specifically, of mind and body through breath. Linking breath directly to movement helps increase flexibility, endurance and balance. Breathing is the corner stone of technique and a key to deepening your practice. Yoga is awareness, and working within your limits – wherever and whatever they may be.