Mary Hilliker

Mary Hilliker, RD, E-RYT 500, CYT, Certified Viniyoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist

The transformational and healing power of yoga…that’s what awakened Mary’s passion for teaching and continues to inspire her in her teaching and Yoga Therapy work. Mary’s goal is to help each individual apply the tools of yoga in ways that are applicable to their daily life, their health concerns and personal goals.

Mary’s intention is to meet you where you are and to help you move and change from that starting point.  “This practice is about finding the tools and practices that help you, not fitting you into a trendy cookie-cutter practice that may not suit your interests, health condition or age.”  Mary observes students during practice and adapts the practice as needed for safety and effectiveness.

She enjoys bringing the full range of yoga teachings into her classes with a gentle and playful nature.  She guides attention and awareness so that students come to a deeper understanding of their own body, breath and mind.  “A good teacher should help you gain greater self-sufficiency and understanding.”

Her teaching is infused with reminders about and perspectives on the breath.  “The breath is  key to the work that we do.  It’s the bridge between the body and the mind and once that connection is strengthened through practice, our structure, physiology and mind transform in subtle and profound ways.  If you are coming to class to make your body feel better, you’ll leave with many additional tools.”


  • Over 3000 hours yoga teaching experience
  • Certified Viniyoga Therapist – 500 hour program – Studied with Gary Kraftsow and the American Viniyoga Institute
  • Certified Viniyoga Teacher – 500 hour level – Studied with Gary Kraftsow and the American Viniyoga Institute
  • Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher – 200 hour Level – Studied with Elizabeth (Chandler) Patric
  • Registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 (Experienced 500 hour yoga teacher with over 2000 hours of teaching experience teaching yoga to groups and individuals)
  • Member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • Practitioner of yoga for 25 years, teacher of yoga for 15 years, yoga therapist for 7 years
  • Registered Dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Certified Dietitian with the State of Wisconsin

Relevant Work History:

  • Training Coordinator, American Viniyoga Institute 200 hour Viniyoga Wellness Instructor Training
  • Lead Teacher, American Viniyoga Institute 200 hour Viniyoga Wellness Instructor Training, Wausau, WI, 2014-15
  • Past Coordinator, Viniyoga Wellness Programs, Viniyoga Stress Reduction Program (worksite wellness program)
  • Faculty, American Viniyoga Institute’s Viniyoga Therapist Training, 2012 and 2014 programs, Curriculum Coordinator for the 2016 program
  • Former Director of Administration, American Viniyoga Institute
  • Co-Teacher, American Viniyoga Institute 200 hr Viniyoga Wellness Instructor Training in Warrenville, IL, 2012
  • Training Coordinator, American Viniyoga Institute’s Foundation for Yoga Therapy Training, Watsonville, CA, 2011
  • 30 year career in public health, nutrition, and chronic disease prevention, working in private practice and local and state public health agencies, most recently with the UW-Comprehensive Cancer Center and as a consultant to Marathon County Health Department

What She Offers:

  • General classes
  • Therapeutic classes
  • Workshops
  • Special events
  • 200 hr Yoga teacher training in collaboration with the American Viniyoga Institute, LLC
  • Private yoga instruction or Yoga Therapy

How to Contact Mary by Email or call 715.218.7120