Instructors / Private Sessions

Private yoga sessions are arranged individually with the teachers. Sara Morrison, Lindsay Grogan and Heather Cross are currently accepting private students.  You will find their contact information here.

Heather Cross

My love for yoga began as a small child watching my mom practice in our living room from Richard Hittleman’s “Yoga, 28 Day Exercise Plan” (1969).  In 2009, I began a dedicated yoga practice, that improved all aspects of my life and well-being.  Passionate about sharing these benefits, I completed YogaFit training that year.  In 2011, I completed my RYT-200 hour Hatha Yoga Certification from the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Center in Palatine, IL, under the spiritual guidance of Swami Veda Bharati.  

My goal is to share the benefits of mindful movement:  increased strength; flexibility; stress-relief; better overall health; and a deeper connection of mind, body, and spirit. My experience with Mindfulness training also allows me to better assist survivors of trauma in my role as Adolescent Counselor at The Women’s Center in Carbondale.  I incorporate various styles of yoga to create a practice that is strengthening and empowering, yet slow moving and mindful.  My approach is about balance… on and off the mat!    To inquire about private yoga sessions: hbenac@hotmail.com

 

Lisa Dover

 

 

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 and mental states.  She incorporates many of the skills attained in her 15 years as a bodyworker.  Lisa’s palpatory skills help her to provide gentle and effective adjustments to students.  She enhances the experience with essential oils and music.  

 

 

 Lindsay Grogan

I have always been drawn to the balancing qualities of yoga and asana. I began a dedicated practice in 2010, to reconnect with my body after my son’s birth. 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 and in your life! My goal as a teacher and student is to spread the self-love that yoga inspires, and to guide people in their personal yoga journeys– an absolute honor and privilege! I believe in the power of love, compassion-and yoga!- to 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 sharing your practice with me. Namaste.   To inquire about private yoga sessions: lindsayegrogan@gmail.com

 

 

 

Shelley Hill

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 is skilled in teaching alignment, therapeutics within vinyasa and hatha yoga classes. Shelley has also studied under nationally and internationally known brilliant beings including Sianna Sherman, Desiree Rumbaugh, Noah Maze, Doug Keller and Rodney Yee.  Shelley has a thriving psychotherapy private practice with a focus in resolving trauma and is based at Center@101. To inquire about private yoga sessions:  shelleyhillyoga@icloud.com

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Jo Kilmer

 Over twenty years ago a dear friend introduced Jo to the practice of yoga.  Despite ups and downs, yoga changed her life. 

For Jo, yoga is a bodily form of meditation, which is also a vital part of her personal practice.  In addition, 20+ years in various aspects of the medical field inform her teaching.  Jo is drawn to alignment based practices which recognize that each person has their own amazing body.  She offers a wide range of modifications and propping suggestions so students can perform asanas safely and enjoyably.  Classes are designed to honor each person’s unique ability and their individual needs.   Jo completed her first teacher training in 2005 and added a 500 hr. yoga therapy training in 2009.  She has studied with renowned teachers, including Charlotte Bell, Judith Lasater, Sarah Powers, Max Strom and Cora Wen.    She recently completed the Power of Awaremess online course with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. 

Jo lives on a small farm with goats, a sheep, dogs, cats and whatever wildlife finds its way there.

Please visit her website at downfacefrogyoga.com, for additional information.

 

Kennedy Rawlings

 

I grew up in the middle of a corn field with little guidance or hope for a bright future. Defined by my past, I was not on a path of light or truth. At 19, lost and unsure, I found yoga. Yoga literally “saved” me. For the first time in my life I felt connected to my mind, body, and spirit. I started breathing deeper, opening my heart to others, feeling real compassion for my planet and all the life on it.  feeling more ALIVE. After two years, I was amazed at the transformation in my mind, body, and life, and knew I was called to pass it on. At Passion Yoga School in Costa Rica, I studied philosophy and ancient yoga history, ceremony and kirtan,  what it really means to love the body, how to honor and support my students, and create a safe space for emotional release. I am beyond grateful and honored to share these practices. My goal is to create a yoga family here in Southern Illinois that can connect us on a soul level and provide a safe space for spiritual healing. I believe true healing starts within each one of us and then it can be passed on to our families, communities, and planet. Namaste!

 

 

Marti Rider

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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.