Kellie has been practicing yoga since 2008. She fell in love with the discipline while looking for a way to find strength during her battle with breast cancer and the side-effects of chemotherapy, surgeries and other medical procedures. She began taking gentle yoga classes and before long, became as physically strong and mentally confident as she was pre-diagnosis. Within a few short months of practicing yoga, she was stronger than she had ever been, which led her to seek out more challenging classes. During her quest for a greater challenge, she discovered hot and power yoga and has been practicing and training in this discipline since. In 2009, with a lot of encouragement from friends, Kellie began teaching yoga to a small group of friends. She credits the discipline with bringing her mind and body back to life and she is passionate about sharing these healing benefits with her students. In 2011, she opened her first yoga studio with partners and today she is sole proprietor of two yoga studios in Illinois, Go Yoga! Express and Go Yoga! Express Belleville. Kellie teaches yoga classes, leads workshops, yoga teacher training programs and continuing education classes.
When I started going to Kellie’s hot yoga classes I was someone who had never done yoga before. I was afraid everyone else would know what to do and that I would stick out. The one and only reason I continued to go to Kellie’s classes was because of Kellie. She never made anyone feel less than and actually she encouraged everyone regardless of their level. I never felt intimidated in her classes and that is purely because of the tone she sets. She is a patient teacher who is down to earth. It is clear that she loves what she does and wants to share her passion with others. The community that is created when Kellie is teaching is something that is rare in yoga studios. Since moving I have tried several studios, but none of the instructors have lived up to my experience with Kellie. Kellie sets the bar high and if you want to learn yoga as a newbie or continue your practice she is an amazing instructor with a heart of gold.
So welcoming for all fitness levels and lots of room at the new studio... Kellie is a fabulous instructor... come check it out!
My gosh it feels so Good to get back to "hot yoga". If Kellie were in Indiana, I would make the 3 hour drive to take her class. It's worth it folks!!
Amanda started yoga the summer of 2015 with a group of girlfriends at Kellie's house. What started off as just another way to work out, turned into a journey of self discovery and improvement. The decision to become a yoga instructor came from the desire to become a better mother, wife and all around person. Amanda completed her 200 hours through Brown Dog Yoga in March of 2017. She enjoys a vinyasa flow practice that challenges both the mind and body.
Cyndi began practicing yoga over 15 years ago as a way to keep her flexibility and strength, and over that time, she has deepened her study by attending multiple workshops and master classes. She recently completed her 200 RYT in December of 200 with Kellie Mathes at Go Yoga Express, finally realizing her goal. Cyndi offers approachable power flow classes as well as slow flow classes that focus more on breath and deep stretching. All of Cyndi’s classes incorporate the mind body connection that serves as a path to deep peace and healing. She hopes to inspire students to find a balance between flexibility and strength, and to use the physical practice to calm and center the mind. Cyndi is excited to share her knowledge and practice with the yoga community as she believes that the practice of yoga and its myriad of benefits is accessible to all people, regardless of their age or fitness level.
Erin has loved yoga for a long time and has practiced since college, mostly at home, including a vhs series from Baron Baptiste! When invited by a friend to come to Go Yoga Express, the studio practice changed her life. After years of mom duties for little ones, it finally felt like the time to focus on herself again. And so began a journey back into a stronger, deeper practice than she has ever known. Her body feels better now than at any point in her life and she has found a passion and purpose that she didn’t even know was possible. As a high school teacher, it felt like a natural move to begin teaching yoga too. Erin completed the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Go Yoga Express in December 2018 and is loving the opportunity to meet students and share in their practice.
Jaime Conway started yoga in January of 2013 as part of her journey to fitness. Jaime started yoga twice a week to help with her commitment to a healthier lifestyle. There her commitment blossomed into the love of yoga and the community. Jaime’s passion for yoga was clear and continues to push her on and off the mat daily both mentally and physically. Jaime earned her 200 hours through Brown Dog Yoga in November 2015. Jaime enjoys teaching power vinyasa flow classes and offering modifications as well as challenges to her students to learn new postures.
Jenna is a wife, mom of 2 boys and 3 dogs. In her college years and beyond she tried yoga here and there and always enjoyed it, but never found a practice that stuck. After going to the Nantucket Yoga Festival with her sister in 2016, something shifted in her and she felt more drawn to yoga than before and fell in love with her power vinyasa yoga practice. When she first started and for some time after, she didn’t have the strength to do chaturangas and would belly flop to the ground every time. Over time her strength grew and continues to grow today. Jenna is inspired by the changes she sees in herself and in her students physically and emotionally by having a regular yoga practice. Yoga became her way back to herself after having her children and is one of the places where she finds peace, joy and bliss. After feeling the call to join yoga teacher training for about a year, Jenna trusted her intuition and took the step into teacher training. She completed her 200 hour RYT certification under Kellie Mathes at Go Yoga! Express in 2018. Yoga teacher training created big shifts and transformation in her and has made a huge impact on her life. Jenna is passionate about helping people of all ages and body types find their physical strength and emotional shifts to allow them to bring more peace, power and happiness to themselves and to the world.
Katie is a mom, wife, and high school teacher who discovered yoga while recovering from an injury. At the time, she was convinced that running was the only exercise that could bring her the fulfilling feeling of an exercise-induced endorphin rush. That changed as she struggled through her first class and found herself invigorated by the challenges that yoga provided for her body and mind. It was yoga’s ability to push the limits of the physical and spiritual that truly captured Katie’s attention.Katie completed her 200 hour teacher training with Caroline Wells at Brown Dog Yoga with the hopes of improving her personal yoga practice. While completing the program, however, Katie learned the power of sharing yoga and was inspired to bring it to others as a vehicle for healing, focus, and reinvigoration.Katie believes that through a mindful, vigorous flow, inner peace and mental clarity can be attained. Katie’s classes incorporate the use of breath, balance, and flow to help students experience the full mind/body experience of yoga. She is thankful for the supportive and generous community of yogis she has encountered and is eager to spread that sense of community to her students.
Lisa was encouraged to try yoga in 2013 with a friend and quickly fell in love. After nearly 20 years of running she quickly quickly realized the benefit of combining yoga to her daily fitness regimen. Coming initially for the physical workout and finding so much more. Lisa fully believes in the body, breath, and mind connection and loves the energy shared within a class. Lisa is passionate about inspiring and encouraging her students to find the joy and possibilities of showing up to your mat. Showing up, not to reach perfection or mastery, but continually growing and being challenged. Lisa is a wife and mom of two and loves to practice together as a family. Lisa became 200 hour RYT certified under Kellie Mathes and Caroline Wells at Go! Yoga Express in December, 2017. Lisa offers both vinyasa and hatha style classes.
Bringing Baptiste Yoga to my community is one of my proudest accomplishments. And it is Baptiste Yoga that enabled me to materialize my dreams. It wasn't until I was completely tapped out with my busy life as a mother, wife and full-time attorney that I thought to try yoga, primarily as a means to relax and stretch out after a busy week. I walked out of that first class feeling relaxed in my mind and body. However, when I found Baptiste Yoga and realized that in addition to that, I could also build strength and power through my yoga practice. I was hooked! I am so grateful to be able to practice and teach this style of yoga that I love--sweaty, empowering, stretching, calming, hot, Baptiste Power Yoga. I delight in the ability to meet so many amazing people, help them alter their mind and body to happier and healthier, and surround myself with new friends and old friends in a productive life changing environment.
Shannon fell in love with yoga as a teenager. She found it was one of the only places were everything felt right. One evening, when her teacher read a quote stating, “control your mind and you control your circumstance”, she realized the immeasurable power of the practice. After a five day retreat in the jungle of Thailand, Shannon knew teaching was the next step in the process. She holds two Yoga Alliance 200 hour certifications through Pure Hot Yoga in Springfield, Missouri and Brown Dog Yoga in Belleville, Illinois. Shannon has an enveloping passion and innate curiosity for learning more about yoga and associated practices. As a graduate student in psychology, she had the opportunity to develop research projects exploring benefits of mindfulness and yoga in education. Shannon connected with various practitioners by attending conferences, workshops, and retreats around the world, but no matter where she is at, the practice always feels like home. She believes this aspect of growth and connection is what makes yoga unique. Shannon is passionate about inspiring others to seek freedom of expression within their yoga practice and tap into the wild spirit that resides within all of us.