Teachers

  • Cheri Thomilson
    Cheri began taking hot yoga classes 9 years ago with the intention of toning and strengthening her body. Yoga quickly became so much more than that, it became a passion. She received her 200-hour teacher training certificate in 2015 from Yoga Source in St. Louis, MO and has been teaching since. Cheri is now co-owner and instructor at Hot 4 Yoga LLC in Edwardsville, IL. Cheri feels that everyone can benefit by adding a yoga practice into their routine. She loves to encourage and help her students to grow in their individual practice while maintaining a safe and peaceful mindset.
  • Jeremy Henkhaus

    Jeremy Henkhaus is a 500-hour certified Yoga Instructor. His training is from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, with a heavy influence of Ayurveda. He has been leading classes for 10 years. Jeremy loves exploring all types of yoga. In his travels he has attended workshops by Sal David Ray, Ruth Cubiceck, Kitty Daily, Rod Strike, T.S. Little, Eric Blossom, Clarissa Hall, Dr. Lad, Sudha Carolyn Lundeen, and Jurian Hughes.

    Most people say, “I can’t do Yoga I am not flexible.”

    What would Jeremy say:  “Yoga will open the body so that the mind can open and be flexible as well. No judgment – coming to class is the start of the process in being flexible.”

  • Val Weaver
    E-RYT

    Val Weaver was first introduced to yoga when she was 18 years old during a trip visiting friends on the east coast, and loved it! She continued to practice on her own at home and occasionally dropping in at studios from time to time. Her children are a huge inspiration to her practice and teaching. In 2010, Val decided to enroll in a teacher training program St. Louis, MO to broaden her knowledge and deepen her practice. She received her 200-hour teacher training certification and graduated from Bella Yoga~ Yoga Alliance. Her training has prepared her to teach all types of yoga and breathing classes and has enabled her to experiment with each type. Currently, she is co-owner and instructor at Hot 4 Yoga LLC in Edwardsville, IL.  Val strives to help students feel comfortable and safe on their mats as well as encouraging them to continue to grow and deepen their yoga practice.

  • Cynthia Chasteen

    Cynthia earned a 200-hour yoga certification from Yoga Alliance in 2013 and has completed numerous other yoga certifications including children's yoga and Yoga for 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR). She is working on her 500-hour certification for Yoga en Español with Rina Jakubowicz and participating in a leadership program with Yogiños Yoga for Youth to facilitate trainings. Cynthia also studied with Mindful Schools and completed three trainings, including a year-long certification program. She currently teaches at Sumits Hot Yoga in Columbia, MO, and enjoys coming back to Hot 4 Yoga when visiting family. Cynthia is also working with the Hickman High School boy's football team and several elementary schools in Columbia while also facilitating a yoga/mindfulness group for Missouri ESOL teachers. 

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