Staff

About Dr. Bridget Brasfield

Dr. Bridget Brasfield is owner and yoga instructor at Yoga Central. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance teacher training and established Yoga Central in 2007. As a chiropractor, Dr. Brasfield has seen the therapeutic benefits of yoga. She was searching for a complete system that would merge the traditional essence of yoga with chiropractic, sport’s medicine, and stress reduction.
Dr. Brasfield teaches therapeutic yoga, power vinyasa, and HOT yoga. HOT Yoga is her personal favorite. She strives to be an inspirational and creative leader who guides students toward awareness and control of their own bodies and minds. As a yoga teacher, her goal is to enable people a euphoric release within a complete physical fitness workout.

About Jeremy

Jeremy Henkhaus has been practicing yoga for the past seven years and is certified through Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training Course. Through Kripalu Jeremy has learned how to help his students develop a heightened sense of body awareness to deepen their practice on the mat. He has also learned relaxation and meditation methodology through the use of Pranayama breathing techniques (Yogic breathing). Using Kripalu, Jeremy teaches a kinder, gentler and more compassionate yoga. 
Jeremy is also an Esalen Certified Massage Practitioner. Through his training as a massage therapist, he has also gained a deeper understanding of the needs of the human body.

About Val

Val Weaver was first introduced to yoga about 13 years ago during a trip visiting friends on the east coast, and loved it!  She continued to practice on her own at home and occasionally dropping in at studios from time to time.  Her children are a huge inspiration to her practice and teaching.  Val decided to enroll in a teacher training program in St. Louis, MO to broaden her knowledge and deepen her practice.  She received her 200-hour teacher training certification and is now certified through the Yoga Alliance. Her training has prepared her to teach all types of yoga and breathing classes and has enabled her to experiment with each type.  Currently, she teaches Hot Yoga, Mommy & Me Yoga, Kids Yoga, and Therapeutic Chair Yoga.  Val strives to help students feel comfortable and safe on their mats as well as encouraging them to continue to grow and deepen their practice.

About Judith

Judith first began her practice of yoga in 2005 as a means of stress reduction. She immediately recognized the many benefits yoga has to offer and became hooked. Hot Yoga had always been of interest to Judith, so when Hot Yoga Edwardsville opened in April 2011 she couldn’t wait to try it out.  She knew she had found her passion. Judith received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification through Yoga Central and Hot Yoga.  She is trained in all types of Yoga and breathing techniques, but her main focus is the practice of hot yoga

About Rita

Rita has been teaching and training individuals and groups in many disciplines since 1983. She is certified in Personal Training, Group Fitness and Kickboxing from AFAA and Personal Training and Group Fitness through ACE. She has also been trained and is certified by some of the top professionals in the industry such as Johnny Goldberg (Spinning® founder), Beth Shaw (YogaFit®), Petra Kolber and Gin Miller (Reebok Master Trainers), and Les Mills (Body Pump®) to name a few. Rita has maintained a lifelong commitment to health and fitness. She is enthusiastic about helping others in their own personal pursuit of weight loss, increased fitness and overall health. To say she is dedicated to this industry is an understatement!

In her free time, Rita enjoys training for and participating in marathons and half-marathons, cycling, yoga, and lifting weights as well as spending time with her husband and four children in their many sports and activities. Rita has completed four marathons and 16 half-marathons since 2008 and continues to participate in running events nationwide. One important philosophy she lives by is that anyone can do anything if they make up their mind to do it and then follow through with the appropriate training and dedication.