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Kate Vernor, E-RYT-200

Collective Director

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The director of the Palms Together Yoga Collective, 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.


Kate completed her 200-hour registered yoga teacher training at Sundara Yoga Therapy in Austin, Texas in 2013. 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.

Kate is not currently offering live classes at this time.

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Johanna Burke, RYT-500

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Johanna started practicing yoga to relieve stress, but it became so much more. She became a teacher to bring to others what yoga gave her—self-confidence and a physical and mental strength that she didn’t realize was there. In her classes, you’ll work hard and get a nice, long savasana. Naturally quiet, teaching brings out a playful side in Johanna where she loves to laugh and have fun. When she’s not teaching, you can find her with her nose in a book or writing. She loves to spend time with her pup, Molly, and her family.


Tonya Keach Moist

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Tonya Keach, certified in Kripalu and prenatal yoga, began practicing yoga in 1997 and teaching classes in 2001.  Her classes blend postures & breathing, as well as reflection, intention, and the occasional chanting. This brings a meditative quality to her teaching style. Tonya’s classes guide students to trust their boundless inner wisdom and surrender to the flow of life moving through them, as them. Students are reminded that yoga is not merely a practice, but also a path. This helps to inspire her students to carry the peace of their practice into their lives, and into the world.

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Trudy Shea, MSEd, RYT-200

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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.