Our Team

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Debra Risberg
Professional Level Kripalu Yoga teacher 500 hr., MFA, Yoga Therapist. 

Debra is a former Stress Management Specialist for the Dr. Dean Ornish Program. She has been practicing Yoga for over 16 years and currently teaching the Yoga therapy and Moderate Yoga classes at the studio for the past 12 years. She has devoted much of her work and time toward helping people in chronic pain and has taught several workshops (Yoga for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain) for yoga teachers at Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, MA.

She also practices Anusara Yoga and gives private sessions of yoga therapy.

Debra works in collaboration with Dr. Ashlesha Raut providing yoga, breathing and meditation training to her clients.

Debra is also working for the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery as a Yoga and Stress Management Teacher. She was a former student of Manohar Harkare (Kakaji) beloved yoga master of Nagpur, India where she learned the deep restorative practice of Yoga Nidra. She has also studied Yoga Nidra with Richard Miller and has had training with many of today’s top yoga teachers.

 

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Jeffrey Shoaf
Ayurvedic Therapist and Massagist

Jeff received his National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and BodyWork in 2004, after completing a comprehensive 675 hour training at the North Carolina School of Natural Healing.

Jeff has been trained on various Ayurvedic Massage Therapies such as Shiromassage, Abhayanga, Marma point massage etc.

The primary areas of focus are deep tissue massage, neuromuscular, myofascial release, and Ayurvedic therapies. Jeff is also an avid student and certified teacher of Hatha yoga. He has also created a new integrative therapy “body-unwinding”, which works, unlike traditional treatments, with meditation, breath-work, and integrative body therapies, that the client and therapist explore in silence. This intensely focused work releases long held restrictions in the superficial and deeper fascia and structural connective tissues. It is, therefore both gentle and deep, a rare combination not found in most massage practices. 

 

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Megan Hughes – Massage Therapist NCTM

Megan’s interest in massage therapy began when she was in a car accident that caused whiplash injuries.  The whiplash injuries left Megan in pain and even caused weakness and numbness in her hands.  She thought she would try massage therapy to get some relief and it absolutely changed her life.  After several massage sessions her pain was eliminated and the strength returned to her hands and wrists.  To her surprise, she also got relief from the anxiety that had negatively impacted her life for years.  Megan decided that she needed to put her regained strength to good use, so she enrolled in the Massage Therapy program at Lincoln College in Normal IL.

Megan graduated from the massage therapy program in 2012 with 660 hours of training in several modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point release, reflexology, and energetic work.  Megan uses various assessment techniques.

 

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Matthew J. Donovan – RYT, Author, Musician

Matthew Donovan is a certified Yoga teacher specializing in restorative, yin, prenatal, and therapeutic yoga. Currently, pursuing an education in integrative medicine, Ayurveda, non-violent communication, and yoga therapy. Matthew is an author, editor for thehealist.com, theTattooedBuddha.com, and one of tumblrs most visited health site alternative-health.tumblr.com. Matthew facilitates talking circles with the practice of non-violent communication, focusing on emotional awareness and fostering deep communication with ourselves/others through honesty, consciousness and vulnerability. He is a master gardener, activist, and a nationally recognized musician.

 

Krithika

                                   Krithika Srinivasan – Pranic Healer, Arhatic Yogi

Krithika Srinivasan is a Certified Associate Pranic Healer and an Arhatic Yogi. Arhatic Yoga is a synthesis of all yogas that include powerful meditations, purifications and breathing techniques integrated into a step-by-step system. Krithika was an IT Professional before she started practicing Pranic Healing full time. During a busy day, working from home, she accidentally tipped over a vessel of boiling water from the stove over herself. In severe pain she immediately called her sister, a practicing Pranic Healer. Even though they were based in different cities, more than 1000 miles apart, her sister started healing her. Within few minutes the burning sensation was gone and there was no scar or redness. That is when she realized the power of Pranic Healing and decided to become a Pranic Healer herself.

Krithika is now a full time Pranic Healer intensely studying, healing, traveling and promoting awareness of the benefits of energy hygiene, meditation and energy healing. She conducts Meditation & Super Brain Yoga Workshops in Schools, Communities, Health Centers, Corporates and also organizing Pranic Healing Courses in the US and India.