As the founder of the Prana Yoga Center, it is my mission to create a space for people to discover the transformational power of yoga and to preserve the tradition and wisdom of yoga. I began my yoga journey in 1997. I decided to leave my 15 year career in corporate America, after I experienced a health crisis, and looked to study yoga in depth. In 2001, I founded the Prana Yoga Center to serve as a multi-disciplinary center for students to experience yoga as physical practice, and, as an ancient spiritual system that can serve as a catalyst for personal transformation and fulfillment. My extensive training of the past 20 years includes yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation. I am Parayoga Level II certified, RYT-500 under the direction of Rod Stryker, a modern master of yoga and meditation. I am a certified Ayurveda Specialist and currently enrolled in Ayurveda Health Counselor Graduate School with the Himalayan Institute, a board certified program of the National Association of Ayurveda Medicine. I also have Human Resources Degree from DePaul University, in Chicago, IL. My passion for yoga and service to others is unending. I have profound reverence and gratitude for the practice of yoga and the power it has to change lives. I am so blessed to have the love and support of my wonderful husband Tom and three amazing sons, Jake, Matt & Mike, along with my fellow teachers of the Prana Yoga Center.
Owner and Founder
Tom started a consistent yoga practice in 2007 after many years of practicing Tai Chi and meditation. He started teaching in 2011 after completing the 200 hour teacher training program at Prairie Yoga with Tricia Fiske, and completed his 500 hour certification with Prairie in 2014. Tom continues his yoga study attending workshops with master teachers and mentoring the 500 hour teacher training program at Prairie. Tom teaches hatha yoga with a focus on alignment, breath work and mindfulness. His classes are appropriate for all levels of students from beginners to seasoned practitioners. Tom also teaches yoga to youths at the Juvenile Justice Center and has taught yoga for cancer patients and yoga for beginners. Tom recently retired from a long career as a senior manager in the corporate world and enjoys using that experience to help manage Prana.
RYT 200, RYT 500
Margaret came into her yoga practice to find calm and clarity within herself. She found what she was looking for and has since been blessed with the gifts her yoga continually bestows upon her life. It is her joy to share these gifts of the practice with her students. Through loving guidance, Margaret coaches her students into purposeful breathwork, steady warm-up, appropriately challenging asana and the delightful absorption of savasana. She lives in St. Charles with her husband and two young sons who mean the world to her.