Cheri ThomilsonCheri began taking hot yoga classes 6 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. 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 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 5 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 was first introduced to yoga about 16 years ago 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 teaches Hot Yoga, Warm Vinyasa Flow, Therapeutic Chair Yoga, and private instruction. 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 began her yoga journey four years ago as a student at Hot Yoga Edwardsville to complement lifting weights. Yoga increased her flexibility and greatly improved her efforts in the gym as well as her ability to focus. Intrigued by the philosophy behind the asanas, she enrolled in the 200 hour teacher training program at Yoga Central under the instruction of Jen Jones, Emmet Schmelig, Sat Inder Khalsa, Dr. Victoria Cornelius and Jeremy Henkhaus. This is her first foray into adult instruction, but is pursuing her children's yoga certification through Yoginos, Yoga for Youth, and is a YYY team member for St. Louis and the Metro East.