In 2002, I took my first teacher instructed class with a few coworkers in a conference room. I had no idea what I was doing or what any of the poses were, but I was intrigued and soon developed a deep love for the practice.
In January of 2017 I signed up for a beginner series at The Yoga Sanctuary of Belleville to introduce my husband to yoga in the hope that it would help alleviate the severe lower back pain that he was experiencing. I took the classes to support him and to start my practice up again. In March I started the Enhanced Yoga series held on Wednesday evenings (they are WONDERFUL!) and was fully engaged in the deep dive back into yoga. In 2018, I started my teacher training in the inaugural year of teacher training at the Yoga Sanctuary. I graduated in December of 2018 and am now so proud to be teaching there myself.
My primary focus is Hatha yoga as well as Trauma Sensitive yoga, concentrating on safe alignment for your body while integrating breathwork, meditation and other components of the 8 Liimbs of yoga. Yoga is creating breath and body awareness, length and space in our bodies and guiding students to find stillness in every day. Namaste!
Welcome our newest yoga instructor (also a massage therapist.)
Dawn Coulson is a graduate of The Body Therapy Center/School of Massage. She has been practicing the art of therapeutic bodywork since 1999. She is licensed by the State of Illinois and certified in several different modalities including Swedish relaxation, stretching, trigger point release, prenatal techniques and hot stone massage. Dawn is passionate about the positive effects of healing touch. Always striving to share the benefits of massage therapy with each of her clients. She encourages regular therapy as part of her clients' general self-care regimen.
"A therapeutic massage can assist in connecting the mind, body, and spirit; creating a safe environment for healing and re-balancing." -Dawn
Joanne (Jo) Archer is a gypsy at heart and a true free spirit. She has an insatiable curiosity to learn, expand, and experience new things while preserving her passion for health, philanthropy, travel, nature, horses and family.
T’ai chi is a beautiful and graceful art form. There is also great power that comes from relaxing and aligning the body with gravity. T’ai chi is described as “stillness in motion” and as a “moving meditation”. My interest in T’ai Chi started 15 years ago when I learned how good it was for the body and mind and that it connects us with a more natural state of being. In this time I have studied with several different teachers and have learned several different forms. Seven years ago I was asked by my teacher to ﬁll in for him and found that I enjoyed working with people and helping them ﬁnd harmony of body and mind. I continue to study and see myself developing this art through the rest of my life. If you change the way you look at things the things you look at change.