Rolens_Bridget2013 Mind-Body Skills Instructor
Bridget Rolens

Bridget Rolens MA, BSOT,teaches mind-body medicine classes at the St. John’s Center for Living. In addition to an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy and masters in liturgical theology, she has formal training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, a mind-body medicine model developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. Bridget has taught this method of stress management since 2005.

Thirty years of experience in traditional health care, mind-body medicine and a variety of meditation practices have given Bridget a strong understanding of the connection between body, mind and spirit in promoting health and well-being. Bridget’s deep passion is to help people attain freedom from the forces that bind the mind and heart in suffering.

Yi Karpen Tai Chi Instructor
Yi Karpen Yi Karpen, MS has a bachelor's degree in physical education from Shanghai Institute of Physical Education and a master's degree in exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin. Growing up in China, she experienced tai chi as a natural healing practice for people of all ages. Today, she works at the Prairie Heart Institute as an exercise physiologist and teaches tai chi through community classes. Yi's expertise, commitment and desire to help her students experience the health-promoting benefits of tai chi create a unique learning experience for those who study with her.

Carol Dunaway Yoga Instructor
Carol Dunaway

Carol Dunaway is a former nurse who has been a student of yoga since the 1970’s.  In 2003 she began studying to teach yoga, in 2007 she received her 500 hour yoga teacher certification through the American Viniyoga Institute with founder Gary Kraftsow.  She has also studied extensively with Parayoga founder Rod Stryker.  Other teachers Carol has certifications from include, Judith Hanson Laseter, restorative yoga, Paul Grilley, yoga anatomy, and Saul David Raye, Thai Yoga.  In 2009 Carol completed a 2 year yoga therapy certification from the American Viniyoga Institute, and in 2011 she completed a month long study of yoga philosophy in Chennai India at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandrim (KYM).  The KYM is devoted to the teachings of Krishnamacharya who was an influential teacher of Gary Kraftsow.  Carol is a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists.

In addition to yoga, Carol is fully certified in Pilates mat and equipment work through Stott Pilates.  She specializes in working with individuals who have injuries or special needs.

Erin-Steinhauer Massage Therapist
Erin Steinhauer, LMT Erin Steinhauer is an licensed massage therapist with eight years of experience. She performs circulatory massage and touch therapy for those wanting a lighter, more relaxing therapeutic experience, as well as deep tissue and compression therapy for those individuals with more injury-specific issues (sciatica, neck pain, back surgeries, etc.). Erin is a graduate of the Practitioner of Healing Arts program through the Windemere Institute of Healing Arts in Madison, WI. She also has a B.A. in sociology from SIU-C with a background in crisis counseling and advocacy. She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge and experience.

Kris-Timme Group Fitness Instructor
Kris Timme, MPH, RDN, AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor Kris believes a balanced diet and regular physical activity play an important role in maintaining health. Kris holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Brigham Young University. She earned her master’s of public health nutrition at the University of Washington. One of her favorite things about the field of nutrition is the emerging information. She feels a strong responsibility to provide accurate, up-to-date and simple explanations of scientific research to clients. She loves being at home raising her two daughters, and also teaches yoga and kids yoga classes in the community.  She believes that yoga can play an important role in mindful eating, stress reduction and prevention of chronic disease.

Ellen-Wesley Yoga Instructor
Ellen Wesley Ellen Wesley, 200 RYT, has practiced several styles of hatha yoga, predominantly ashtanga and vinyasa styles, for seven years. Ellen's interest in gaining more knowledge and awareness in a personal practice led to a teacher training program and a certification as a yoga instructor. Ellen has taught various classes including prenatal, seniors, gentle/restorative and vinyasa flow style classes.  She enjoys studying and learning about many aspects of yoga, including anatomy, physical mechanics and the mind-body-breath connection. Ellen enjoys most in assisting others to “find their own” yoga practice and sharing the health benefits of yoga with others.