Our Teachers

Kate Vernor, Owner, E-RYT-200, TIYT, YACEP


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.

Trudy Shea​, MSEd, RYT-200

Trudy’s childhood was filled with day after day of nature exploration, animals, learning about woodland herbs from her father and grandmother, and a passion for horses. She says her most important childhood lesson was to surrender to the dense silence of a deep forest without fear. 

Trudy’s meditation and yoga journeys began in 1968 with Transcendental Meditation. She completed a Mindfulness certification at the Center for Greater Good and also follows the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and Sharon Saltzberg.  In 1980, she became a Reiki Master and in 2002, a certified life coach and owner of In-Balance Life Coaching.  Trudy teaches classes and workshops for many age groups and body types focusing on deep restoration and whole-body wellness. She is certified in Somatic Techniques, Tai Chi, and the Warriors at Ease program for Veterans. Her undergraduate degree in science and music opened the way to explore Sound Healing which facilitates a deep meditative state to balance the body’s energetic centers.

Her passion is guiding people experiencing anxiety, trauma, depression, stress, and grief toward transformational change by focusing on mind, body, and spirit integration through the practices of meditation and yoga.

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.

Jordan Burkhardt​​
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!

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.

Jill Celaya, RYT-200

Jill received a bachelor of applied computer science from ISU in 1993. She went on to work for a large company for over 20 years. In 1998, a local yoga studio was contracted to bring yoga on-site in the corporation. Jill enrolled hoping to alleviate some of the stress in her job and found her love. With a lifetime of weight struggles, yoga was always there and accessible.  Jill received her 200 hour

RYT through Pranakriya yoga in 2009.  She taught a yoga fusion classes from 2004-2011.  She hopes to encourage those that wouldn't ordinarily try yoga to give it a chance, because one size definitely does not fit all, especially in yoga.  

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! 


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Unit E

Bloomington, Illinois 61701

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