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.

Andrea leads pre / postnatal classes at Twisted Tree Yoga

Andrea Miller has been practicing yoga for almost 10 years.  Andrea grew up in Cary, IL, and attended the University of Iowa. After school she used yoga to help find balance while working full time. While living in Silicon Valley, Andrea taught Hatha yoga classes to business professionals, athletes and yoga novices. But she truly enjoyed the benefits of yoga and the sense of community while taking prenatal classes leading up to the birth of her daughter. Andrea is exciting to share her love for yoga with the Twisted Tree Yoga community.

Andrea received her 200 hour RYT certification in 2013 and received her prenatal yoga training through the Amala School of Prenatal Yoga.

Chelsea regularly teaches adult, teen and children's classes at Twisted Tree Yoga

Chelsea Brown  developed a passion for yoga early in life, after her mom introduced her to the practice as a way of cultivating a still mind. Chelsea has over five years of experience as a passionate instructor, leading numerous classes throughout Chicago and the surrounding areas.  She weaves Tantric energetic practices and mindful breath-work with spirited asana sequences to create a unique energy for every class. Over the years, she has had experience teaching children as young as three, on up to adults in their eighties and is firm in her conviction that the practice can be tailored to suite every body. Chelsea believes mindful movement of the breath and body is the key to opening the  heart.

Chelsea received her Yoga Teacher Training at the esteemed Prairie Yoga in Lisle, IL in 2010, under the excellent direction of Tricia Fiske.

Amanda offers private session at Twisted Tree Yoga

Amanda Elliott is passionate about sharing these invaluable practices that have become an integral part of her life. Amanda has also witnessed, through her work as a Clinical Social Worker, the positive effect such yoga and meditation tools have had on therapy clients.  She is consistently impressed by how, what is learned and experienced through practice, can be applied to day to day circumstances with often with profound results.

Amanda received her 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training certification through Chi-Town Shakti in 2012.  She also completed Meditation teacher training through the Chicago Ashram and is committed to a regular yoga and meditation practice of her own.

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.

Jim leads beginner, advanced and gentle classes at Twisted Tree Yoga

Jim Auchinleck initially began his exploration of yoga over 10 years ago as a way to cross train and add strength, flexibility and balance to his running regimen. The immediate benefits of yoga were so apparent that the practice of yoga quickly became his primary focus. As his practice developed he began searching for a way to deepen his understanding of yoga technique and tradition and discovered Inner Fire Yoga at Yoga on Main in Philadelphia.  Jim enjoys sharing his love of yoga with all levels of students.  He also has a special affinity for bringing yoga to seniors and teaches at local senior centers and retirement homes where he has had the pleasure of introducing yoga to students up to the age of 99. Combining his training and the experience gained from several different yoga schools, he incorporates music, mantra, and meditation into the asana movement practice.

Jim recieved his 200 hour teacher training at Yoga on Main in Philadelphi.

Regina leads Beginners, Gentle, Restorative and Meditation at Twisted Tree Yoga

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.

Mary often subs at Twisted Tree Yoga

Mary Walley has have been teaching yoga since 2014 and practicing since 2011. She was inspired by and studied with David Duerkop, Lucia Drever, Per Erez, and Lauren Massarella. Mary specialize in private classes focusing on asana sequencing as well as yoga therapy and massage, and customizes classes to each individual’s needs and abilities so no two sessions are the same. When she is not on her mat she enjoys being outdoors - fishing, trap shooting, hunting, and water sports of every kind. She is honored to share her love of yoga with the world, and as a teacher, excited to learn from all of her students!

Mary completed her CSOY 200 hour training in 2014.

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. 

Mazie leads Yoga en Español classes at Twisted Tree Yoga

Mazie Soto was a health and wellness enthusiast from a very young age, she incorporated yoga into her workout routine over 15 years ago. In recent years, through consultations with holistic/integrative practitioners, acupuncture, and dietary changes, she discovered she was gluten and dairy intolerant. These lifestyle changes led her to self awareness and to seek mind-body balance. She found this balance in yoga and decided to become a Yoga teacher.  Mazie hopes to share the beautiful gifts of yoga; peace, strength, self-awareness, and balance with her students.

Mazie completed her 200 hour YTT with blue Moon Yoga and has continued her training in Yoga to Transform Trauma and Bridging Yoga with Social change. This Fall 2017 she will also take Womb Yoga training,  a multidimensional approach which enables women to access the inner guidance of their source wisdom so that they may more readily reside in well-being and peace with their experiences as women.