Celebrating 10 years of yoga teacher training!

4701 Auvergne Avenue | Suite 104 |  Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 968-3216     prairieyoga@comcast.net

Multi-style Yoga 1-2


This class is taught by:

Marinda Stopforth

Marinda Stopforth, 500 CYT, is a graduate of Prairie Yoga and has been teaching at the studio since 2009. Marinda is a life-long student of yoga and has studied with Gabriel Halpern, Tias Little, Aadil Palkhivala, Kathleen Wright and is inspired by the teaching of Ramanand Patel. Her teaching style presents the wisdom of the "mind-heart-body" connection and offers students a deeper understanding of anatomy and alignment. She continues to explore the application of yoga as a therapeutic tool and teaches a basic course in anatomy for yogis (200 hr certification requirement) and is a faculty member for Prairie Yoga's Advanced Teacher Training Program. Marinda is a CE provider through Yoga Alliance and enjoys teaching workshops on the topics of adjustments, sequencing and the use of yoga props, like the chair and the rope wall. She is certified in aromatherapy, reflexology and is a Reiki Master Teacher. She is a residential trainer in the study of consciousness for The Monroe Institute in VA, with her husband, Bob, and is a certified 1:1 Provider for the Institute of HartMath, CA.

Marina shares her life with her husband and two Rottweilers, Bismarck and Chloe. She welcomes yoga students of all levels with enthusiasm and holds the seat of the teacher with gratitude.
Her motto: "When One person teaches, Two people learn."

Tom Barry

Tom Barry, 500 CYT, started a consistent yoga practice in 2007 after many years of practicing Tai Chi and meditation. He started teaching in 2011 after completing the 200 hour teacher training program at Prairie Yoga, and completed his 500 hour certification with Prairie in 2014. Tom continues his yoga study with master teachers that include Tias Little, Julie Gudmestad and Gabriel Halpern.

Tom teaches Hatha Yoga with a focus on alignment, breathwork and mindfulness. His classes are appropriate for all levels of students from beginners to seasoned practitioners. Tom uses props, correct alignment and modifications of poses to make the physical practice accessible and safely challenge students. Breathwork increases the energetic effects of the practice. Working mindfully with focus develops concentration and a sense of peace and well being.

Tom also teaches yoga for cancer survivors and caregivers for LivingWell Cancer Resource Center and specialized classes for beginners and classes for men.

Linda Troutman

Linda Troutman, BS, 500 E-RYT, C-IAYT has practiced Hatha Yoga for over 25 years, teaching since 2000. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist with Yoga North and International SomaYoga Institute, meeting high standards by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Linda believes that yoga meets you where you are and can be adapted for any person. Her teaching style is a therapeutic mix of Somatics, SomaYoga, precision of alignment, and the breath-synchronized practices of Viniyoga and vinyasa. Linda is certified 500 CYT by Prairie Yoga and teaches students of all ages. She is also a Certified YogaKids® teacher and has a certificate from Duke Integrative Medicine for Integrative Yoga for Senior Professional Training. Linda has been dedicated to mentoring yoga teachers for many years and is a teacher trainer in the 200 & 500 hour Prairie Yoga Teacher Training programs.

Motomi Naito

200 CYT, has been practicing yoga since 2004. She enjoys practicing different styles of yoga and is especially drawn to the precision and alignment of Iyengar Yoga and to the strength of Forrest Yoga. She completed the Prairie Yoga 200-Hour Foundation Teacher Training in 2009 and Ana Forrest’s Advanced Teacher Training in 2011. Motomi continues her practice and study with the senior teachers in the Chicago area and is grateful for their guidance and inspiration.

Rachel Lackowski

Rachel Lackowski, 200 CYT, has been practicing yoga for over nine years. She is a graduate of Prairie Yoga's 200 hour teacher training. She has also trained with a variety of teachers who have a wide range of yoga practices behind them, everything from Ashtanga to Tantra. This experience gives her teaching style a unique mixture to pull from, resulting in fun-filled classes that leave you feeling de-stressed, refreshed, and liberated! She is also a licensed traditional massage and Thai massage therapist, and she uses that knowledge of the body to guide her students safely into a deeper asana practice. Rachel continues to take workshops and classes to expand her knowledge so she can give her students the best class experience possible. She is planning on starting her 500 Hour Advanced Yoga Training journey at Prairie in the Fall.
This multi-style class is for experienced beginners and intermediate students looking to build strength and flexibility and improve their overall well-being. A wide variety of yoga postures, breathing exercises and meditation techniques are taught. The teacher will give options and provide guidance so that all students can participate safely. 

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Jul 27 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Marinda Stopforth
  • Sun Jul 30 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Tom Barry
  • Mon Jul 31 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Linda Troutman
  • Mon Jul 31 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Motomi Naito
  • Wed Aug 02 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Rachel Lackowski
  • Thu Aug 03 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Marinda Stopforth
  • Sun Aug 06 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Tom Barry
  • Mon Aug 07 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Linda Troutman
  • Mon Aug 07 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Motomi Naito
  • Wed Aug 09 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Rachel Lackowski
  • Thu Aug 10 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Marinda Stopforth
  • Sun Aug 13 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Cathy Hall
  • Mon Aug 14 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Joan Binder
  • Mon Aug 14 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Motomi Naito
  • Wed Aug 16 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Rachel Lackowski
  • Thu Aug 17 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Rachel Lackowski
  • Sun Aug 20 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Tom Barry
  • Mon Aug 21 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Linda Troutman
  • Mon Aug 21 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Motomi Naito
  • Wed Aug 23 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Rachel Lackowski