Lindsay Skarbek and Marissa Anderson are sisters and co-owners of Twisted Tree Yoga.


Lindsay's extensive background in dance is what led her to yoga.  She began taking yoga classes regularly during her time studying dance at Columbia College Chicago, and dove deeper into yoga during her recovery from a serious back injury.  In addition to teaching classes at Twisted Tree, she is also a dance instructor at Morton Grove Park District and Park Ridge Park District.

Lindsay Received her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training with Zen Fit House, and additional trainings with Global Family Yoga and YogaKids. 

Lindsay and Marissa are extremely passionate about sharing the Twisted Tree space with the Des Plaines community.  To them, it is more than a yoga studio - it's a place they can offer to their home town, an opportunity for families to find time to share together, and a way to facilitate community and shared experience with other members of the area.

Lindsay (right) leads toddler, kids, teen and family classes at Twisted Tree Yoga

Sue teaches Yoga Playgroup, Pre/postnatal  and subs often at Twisted Tree Yoga

Sue Coogan came to yoga as a gentle form of staying fit during her pregnancies.  She fell in love with her time on her mat and quickly discovered through practice that this moving meditation also calmed her anxious mind and became a ritual of self-healing.  Sue became a yoga teacher to share the gift of connecting with one’s true self through movement and breath work.  She is sought after for her welcoming presence and positive energy.  Students who attend her class learn how to honor their mind, body, and soul, and leave class feeling present and uplifted.  Sue earned her 200 Hour RYT through Zen Fit House/Practice Everywhere in January 2018.  She continues to teach and practice in and around Chicago.

Find Sue on Instagram @susiecoogan 

Photo by: Kate Olsen @kateolsenphotography 

Catherine leads Moderate classes at Twisted Tree Yoga

Catherine Cronin started her yoga journey in the midst of her seventh major change in college that she rolled out her yoga mat and started to listen to her own mind, body, and soul.  In 2015 Catherine graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a major in psychology and the decision to travel to India for yoga teacher training. Before setting off on a journey of a lifetime, her dad underwent two spinal fusion surgeries. During his recovery periods he repeatedly told Catherine to do what she enjoys and never settle, because you never know what will happen in the future.  Her goal as a teacher is to facilitate students to feel good in the present, to make that mind, body, and soul connection through yoga asana, and to find their own personal yoga journey


Catherine received her RYT-200 from Himalaya Yoga Valley in Goa, India under the instruction of Lalit Kumar.

Ashley leads Power Yoga classes at Twisted Tree Yoga

Ashley Homa has been practicing yoga since 2011, when she started college. Her love for psychology and the mind/body connection led her to get certified to teach Hatha/Vinyasa yoga in 2015. Being an athlete most of her life the physical challenge, knowledge of proper alignment, and strengthening attracted her; but the mind connection hooked her for life. After having her daughter in 2016, Ashley used yoga to manage her anxieties of being a new mom. Skills she is extremely grateful she had. One of her favorite lessons from her training was of the Sanskrit word AHIMSA, which encompasses the practice of non-violence. Non-violence physically and mentally, towards others and yourself. 



Ashley received her 200hr training from Tribalance Yoga in 2015.

Regina Verdico began her yoga journey to get out of the daily grind of the gym.  She was in need of something that was less invasive and still provided a full body workout. She was introduced to a heated vinyasa flow that felt ‘life-changing’ and she never looked back. Yoga calmed her spirit and gave her more peace.  No matter what was happening in her life, she knew if she showed up on her mat, everything was ok.  Regina loved the physical and psychological benefits and became an advocate to others to start practicing. Her meditation practice deepened ten-fold as a result of what she was learning through yoga and she decided she would complete her 200 hour certification. Yoga was a gift to her and she is passionate about providing an experience that helps others remember themselves, love a little deeper and take care of their overall Self.

Regina received her 200 Yoga Teacher certification from CorePower Bucktown in 2016. In addition, she has taken a Trauma Awareness and Prenatal Workshop. She volunteers as a teacher for YogaCare in Chicago, an organization that provides yoga to underserved communities.

Marla Privitera has been teaching yoga since 2007 when she received her certification from the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica.  Her teaching style has naturally transformed with her own practice yielding to a slower-paced Vinyasa flow, as a moving meditation with lots of room to breathe.  


The first time Marla rolled out a yoga mat, at age 39, she knew what had been missing her whole life. Two years later she became a certified instructor. In her class, you can expect a safe space to explore your own yoga, as you are encouraged to consider how you practice instead of what you practice. You will find space to nurture your capacity to create mindfulness, self-acceptance, and a non-judgmental awareness opening space in your body and mind. Occasional chanting or longer meditations reflect a more contemplative practice and hope for her clients.


Several years later, with a desire to grow her skills in the healing arts, Marla became a Reiki Practitioner in 2012.  Attuned at the first level, Shoden, Marla has been practicing Reiki for the last six years, and is honored to now bring her services to the clients of Twisted Tree Yoga.