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1717 R.T. Dunn Drive

Unit E

Bloomington, Illinois 61701

Tel: 309-825-1800

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Our Teachers

Kate Vernor, Owner, RYT-200, TIYT


The owner of Palms Together Yoga, Kate graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Illinois Springfield and an MA in Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She discovered yoga a decade ago and found her calling as a teacher in 2013. She completed her 200-hour registered yoga teacher training at Sundara Yoga Therapy in Austin, Texas. She then went on to earn her Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapist (TIYT) designation and Heavyweight® Yoga instructor certification. She believes everyone can benefit from yoga and is passionate about finding a way to make yoga accessible to everybody.

Renee Brennan

Yoga has been a part of Renee's life for over 5 years, and her practice has helped her grow stronger, more regulated and calmer in her day to day life. Yoga inspires her to live each moment more mindfully.


She completed my 95-hour Children’s Yoga Certification training with Global Family Yoga as well as a Parent-Child Yoga training through BabyOm in New York. She is in the process of completing her 200-hour Yoga Training through YogaFit. In addition to a yoga teacher, she is also a Registered Circle of Security Parenting Educator and Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM) through Infant Massage USA. Renee will always be a student of the practice and is deeply grateful for the loving wisdom her teachers have shared with her.


Yoga and meditation can transform the way children handle stress and carry themselves through life. Yoga practices have been proven to help children lead more stable lives. That’s why Renee aspires to bring an authentic, non-judgmental teaching style and compassion-centered philosophy for adults and children of all ages. She holds educational but fun kids yoga classes, as well as attachment based Infant Massage classes to help parents bond with their children in a more nurturing way.

Jennifer Funk

Jennifer has been dedicated to Kundalini practice since early 2017. She discovered the technology after being diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome which required rest from lifting and running. The experience was so transformative she knew she had to share it with others. She started teaching weekly classes, and wants to continue to share a practice that provides a mental and physical challenge while balancing the mind and spirit.

Rachel Hockenberry, RYT-200

Rachel has been practicing yoga since 2011 and completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in June of 2018. A professional musician and music educator, Rachel received her doctorate in French horn performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and is currently the French horn professor at Illinois State University.  


Rachel believes in the power of a regular yoga practice to transform the body and the mind.  With the physical practice encompassing only a fraction of yoga, Rachel incorporates meditation and breathing techniques into her classes. She trust in the ability of a well-rounded yoga practice to bring us closer to ahimsa, the practice of nonviolence toward all living beings.

Nicole Holliday, Prenatal & Level 1 Certified

Nicole is a Prenatal and Level-1 YogaFit-trained instructor.  She became certified through Yoga Fit in December 2016.  Currently she is working towards her 200 hours through YogaFit.  She is a Family Support Specialist working with first time parents through The Baby Fold.  Since April 2017 she has been providing free prenatal yoga classes to her clients and other woman in the community who are first time young parents as part of her work at The Baby Fold.  She discovered yoga in 2014 and became passionate about the prenatal practice when she became pregnant in 2015 which influenced her to pursue her yoga instructor certification.  Nicole has a huge heart and provides a relaxing gentle yoga class for all and for the prenatal community.

Nicole teaches a free gentle/prenatal class that is opened to all (pregnant or not pregnant.) Come and bring a friend!

Abby Lyons, RYT-200

Abby began practicing yoga in college to heal a running injury. She dabbled in yoga as a physical practice for a couple of years, but once Abby connected to the mind and soul of her yoga practice she was hooked. Abby’s interest in learning her own practice led her to earn her RYT-200 from Give Yoga Studio in Columbus, Ohio.


As a local Social Emotional Learning (SEL) expert, Abby uses mindfulness and yoga to connect with students, educators, and families in Bloomington-Normal. Abby dreams to connect the larger community to classrooms through yoga, building up our kids and families in ways that can change the world. Abby encourages her yogi students to explore their physical edge to tap into their power and is committed to sharing the power of a mindfulness and yoga practice at Palms Together Yoga.

Lisa Knuffman, RYT-200


Lisa has been practicing yoga since 2001 and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in Pranakriya Yoga in 2009. She is currently working toward her 500 hour certification. A mother of three young girls, Lisa is passionate about sharing yoga with children as well as adults. She believes that yoga can benefit anyone at any stage of life. Lisa encourages her students to truly honor their bodies as they practice and to listen to the innate wisdom they carry inside in order to nourish the soul, calm the mind, and bring joy into the heart.

Mary Smith, RYT-200


Mary Farnsworth Smith has been practicing yoga for 15 years and became a 200-hour certified teacher in 2016 from Bodhi Yoga in Provo, Utah. She is currently finishing a second 200 hour certification in Therapeutic Partner Yoga. Her yogic philosophy includes flow, deep stretching, Kundalini, and meditation. Mary has six children ages 7-24 and homeschools the youngest two. She has a BA in Humanities and is a certified Bradley Method natural childbirth instructor.

Corey Wright


Corey was born and raised near Ottawa, Illinois and attended Augustana College, earning a B.A. in Biology with a Computer Science minor. After college, Corey moved to Bloomington, IL to begin his career as an IT Analyst at a major insurance company. After encountering Yoga Tune Up® in 2013, Corey rekindled his passion for human biology and anatomy, and began attending workshops and seminars on vacations and weekends to learn more. In 2015, he received his Level 1 certification as a Yoga Tune Up® instructor and Roll Model® Method therapy ball instructor. He became an Integrated Teacher in 2016 and loves bringing the techniques of self care to others.

Are you a yoga teacher?


Are you an RYT-200 or RYT-500 who is passionate about yoga? Do you enjoy teaching specialty classes or workshops? If so, please contact us!