Teacher Feature: Kathryn Carr

Kathryn Carr

Meet Kathyrn Carr

If you could pick one song to play every time you entered a room: Rock the Casbah by the Clash

In a perfect worldwe would communicate via… hugs, physical touch

My spirit animal…Dolphin

Guilty pleasure…A spa weekend to myself

Pigout food…Dark Chocolate

Last show I binge watched… Gilmore Girl

Last good book I read… Letting Go 

Best movie I’ve seen lately… Bohemian Rhapsody

People would be surprised that… I’m the youngest of 8

Greatest inspiration…  My sister Jackie

Yoga role model (s)…Tricia Fiske, Lisa Bertke, Rod Stryker, Lori Gaspar

A Pose I struggle with…  Parvritta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle

A Pose I love… Viparita Karani (legs up the wall)

The biggest reason I teach yoga… to help others learn about themselves.  I look at yoga as the art and science of learning about oneself

I want my students to….  Have fun and enjoy yoga in my classes

Kathryn Carr grew up, the youngest of 8 children, in the small town of Genoa Illinois. An athlete, Kathryn played volleyball in high school, graduating from Waubonsie Valley HS in 1987. From there she continued her volleyball career at Stevens College in Colombia Mo., graduating with a degree in fashion merchandising in 1991. 

Drawn to the big city, she lived and worked downtown Chicago for a variety of retailers such as Gantos, Heartmarks, Spiegel, and Sears. In 1996 she married her high school sweetheart, Dave Luzi, and they went on to have two daughters, Kristen and Nicole. For a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that her younger daughter was born with serious health issues, Kathryn left the world of fashion merchandising to be a full-time mom.  She and her family moved from Chicago to Lombard before settling in St. Charles.  

Kathryn’s yoga journey started when she was in high school, and her older sister Jackie introduced her to yoga and meditation. She dabbled over the years and started to practice in earnest in 2003 when she moved to St. Charles and began taking classes at Prana Yoga Center’s first location on Cedar Street. While she enjoyed the physical practice, it was the energy work and teachings of Tricia Fiske, Karen Weber, and Lisa Bertke that engaged her the most and kept her coming back. 

Wanting to deepen her practice she enrolled in the summer intensive teacher training in 2012 at Prairie Yoga with Tricia Fiske. After completing the course she began teaching at a variety of places, landing at Prana in 2015. Since then she has completed her 500-hour advanced teacher training with Tricia/Prairie Yoga and has taken additional Parayoga (Rod Stryker) certification training. 

Kathryn teaches from the heart and offers classes that are both challenging and accessible to both the novice and experienced practitioner. Her sense of humor and commitment to the deeper aspects of the practice make her classes fun, meaningful, and transformative. She teaches Hatha Yoga at 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Never one to sit on the sidelines, Kathryn is spearheading a fundraiser on June 8, 2019, at Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill in West Chicago. “Mending Kids Broken Hearts” will raise money for Advocate Children’s Hospital Child Life Program which provides art supplies, visiting entertainers, and other much needed diversions for the young patients. There will be a corresponding fundraiser at Prana Yoga Center on May 31st, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Contact Kathryn for more information-katcarr1987@gmail.com.