Align Your Self

Celebrating 12 years of yoga teacher training!

4701 Auvergne Avenue | Suite 104 |  Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 968-3216

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 courses in both basic and advance anatomy for yogis (teacher training certification requirements). Marinda is a faculty member for Prairie Yoga's Advanced Teacher Training Program. As a CE provider through Yoga Alliance, Marinda 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.
Marinda 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."

Marinda Stopforth instructs the following:
  • Multi-style Yoga 2-3
  • In this multi-style class, experience a variety of intermediate to advanced yoga techniques and sequences  to challenge yourself and deepen your practice. Class emphasizes fine-tuning alignment in asana, moving with the breath, innovative sequences and the exploration of the more subtle aspects of practice. May include pranayama, inversions, arm balances, and back bends. Easier levels and modifications are provided for students to progress safely. For healthy, experienced students only.

  • Multi-style Yoga 1-2
  • 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. 

  • Fundamentals of Yoga Anatomy: Fall 2018
  • Friday: 4 - 9 pm;
    Sat/Sun 12 - 5 pm

    The study of the human body in relation to yoga moves beyond muscles and bones, to a deeper level of understanding of ourselves. Gaining knowledge of anatomy informs how the body moves, how to move safely and how to keep the mind grounded in reality. As a result, you approach yoga poses from the inside out, rather than from the outside in. This training includes anatomy manual, lecture, bio-feedback and home-study workbook. Workbook completion required for those seeking course credit.

    This course will teach you:
    • the major muscles and bones of the body and their primary action and function
    • muscle action and function in asana
    • how to reduce the risk of injury to yourself and students
    • how to clearly instruct and cue your students
    • effective communication with therapists, doctors and other members of your yoga community
    This course is required for the Prairie Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training. It is open to ALL teachers, teachers-in-training and interested students.
    $300 paid in full by September 7, 2018;
    $350 thereafter
    The materials for this course are pre-ordered based on the number of participants, therefore we cannot accept any registration after Friday, September 14, 2018

    Includes anatomy manual.
    4.5% transaction fee added for credit card payments. Special refund policy in effect.
    No credits or refunds less than 2 weeks prior to the event. See back of flyer for details.

  • Multi-Style Yoga All Levels
  • A flexible, open-formatted class that will gear itself toward the students that attend. The teacher will provide options for beginners as well as for those with more experience. 

  • 500 Hour Advanced Training: Yoga Philosophy, Yoga History and Meditation Weekends Fall 2018
  • 36 hours
    Advanced Training Core Course Module
    Counts toward 500 Hour certification or you may enroll without pursuing certification

    Prerequisite:Completion of a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program or permission from instructor

    (4) Weekends
    Saturday - Sunday, 12:00 - 4:30 pm
    Sept 15-16 / Oct 13-14 / Nov 3-4 / Dec 8-9, 2018


    • Plunge deep into key concepts and readings in classical yoga philosophy, including Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, The Bhagavad Gita, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the primary Upanishads in detail.
    • Understand the principles of yoga psychology and Samkhya philosophy.
    • Learn the history of yoga and how it relates to modern teaching.
    • Explore a variety of meditation techniques and learn how to teach meditation effectively in a yoga class.
    • Course will include a yoga practice each meeting.

    There is in-depth reading required for this course. Please allow time in your weekly schedule for homework.

    Required Books (purchase on your own):
    Light on Life by B.K.S Iyengar
    Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Muktibodhananda
    The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Edwin Bryant's translation is is recommended.
    The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran
    The Upanishads translated by Eknath Easwaran

    $755 early price paid in full by Friday, August 17, 2018;
    $830 thereafter
    4.5% transaction fee added for credit card payments

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