PRESENTERS

Keynote Speakers

Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT

Carol Krucoff is a yoga therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, N.C., and co-director of the IAYT Member School Yoga for Seniors. An award-winning journalist, Carol served as founding editor of The Washington Post’s health section and authored several books including Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less. She co-authored Relax into Yoga for Seniors: A Six-Week Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Pain Relief and Relax into Yoga for Chronic Pain: An Eight-Week Mindful Yoga Workbook for Finding Relief and Resilience. Carol has served as a consultant on several yoga research studies and co-authored articles in peer-reviewed medical journals. She has practiced yoga for more than 40 years and is grateful to have studied with master teachers from around the world.

Helene Langevin, MD

Dr. Helene Langevin was sworn in as director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) in 2018. Previously, she worked at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, jointly based at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Langevin has served as director of the Osher Center and professor-in-residence of medicine at Harvard Medical School since 2012 and previously as a professor of neurological sciences at the University of Vermont. Langevin’s research interests center around the role of connective tissue in chronic musculoskeletal pain and the mechanisms of acupuncture and manual and movement-based therapies. Recent work focuses on the effects of stretching on inflammation-resolution mechanisms within connective tissue. As NCCIH director, Langevin oversees the U.S. federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and healthcare systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. With an annual budget of approximately $142 million, NCCIH funds and conducts research to help answer important scientific and public health questions about natural products, mind-body practices, and pain management.

Stephen W. Porges, PhD

Dr. Stephen W. Porges is a distinguished university scientist at Indiana University, where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is also a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. His more than 350 peer‐reviewed scientific papers, published across several disciplines, have been cited in approximately 40,000 peer-reviewed papers. He holds several patents involved in monitoring and regulating autonomic state and originated the polyvagal theory, which emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral, mental, and health problems related to traumatic experiences. He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation, The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe, and Polyvagal Safety, as well as co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies, and Polyvagal Safety. (polyvagalinstitute.org)

Shirley Telles, PhD, MBBS, MPhil

Dr. Shirley Telles has degrees in conventional medicine and in neurophysiology. Both her MPhil and PhD theses were on the effects of yoga practice. Telles received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1998 and in 2001 an award from the Templeton Foundation for creative ideas in meditation and neurobiology. In 2007, she received a grant from the Indian Council of Medical Research Centre for Advanced Research to study meditation’s effects through autonomic variables, evoked and event-related potentials, polysomnography, and fMRI. Telles has been the director of the Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India, since 2007. She has edited seven books and has 201 research papers cited in bibliographic databases. Most important, she is an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga.

General Session Speakers

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD

Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa is editor in chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. He is also director of yoga research for Yoga Alliance and the Kundalini Research Institute, a research associate at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, a research affiliate at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has conducted research on yoga and yoga therapy since 2001 and has been a practitioner and instructor of Kundalini Yoga since 1973. His research has evaluated yoga for insomnia, chronic stress, and anxiety-related disorders, and in workplace and public-school settings. He works with IAYT promoting yoga research as scientific director for the organization’s annual Symposium on Yoga Research. Khalsa also serves as medical editor of the Harvard Medical School Special Report “Introduction to Yoga” and was chief editor of The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care.

Amy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Amy Weintraub is the founder of LifeForce Yoga and a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health. She wrote “Yoga the Natural Prozac,” the first article on yoga and mental health for Yoga Journal in 1999 and is the author of Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books), Yoga Skills for Therapists and numerous articles and book chapters. Amy is trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and collaborates with IFS-certified therapists in offering an integrated program of IFS and LifeForce Yoga. She has been a consultant for research on the impact of yoga on mood, and the evidence-based protocols for depression and anxiety she developed are used in healthcare settings and featured on award-winning audiovisual products for mood management. She currently offers mental health modules in three IAYT-accredited yoga therapy training programs and has developed online, on-demand courses for APD credit. Her studies include nondual advaita vedanta, Kashmir Shaivism, and iRest Yoga Nidra. Sounds True will be publishing her Yoga for Your Mood: 52 Practices for Depression and Anxiety Card Deck in 2021, and her psychospiritual novel Temple Dancer was released in 2020.

Panelists

R. W. Alves, SEP, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

R. W. Alves (she/they) is a social justice educator, yoga therapist, yoga teacher trainer, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner based in Seattle. She specializes in teaching on topics at the intersections of social justice, movement, and practice, including body positivity, body liberation, inclusive languaging and teaching, nervous system resilience, accessible asana, justice, privilege, and spiritual practice. R. W. serves as faculty for Off the Mat, Into the World and The Yoga Service Conference, teaches Trauma-Informed Yoga through a social justice lens with Collective Resilience, and is a co-founder and trainer for Bending Towards Justice, which provides antioppression, equity, and social justice trainings for yoga teachers and practitioners. She is a co-author of the Yoga Service Council’s forthcoming book Best Practices in Yoga for Addiction and Recovery and serves on IAYT’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force.

Myron Anderson, PhD

Dr. Myron Anderson is the founding Vice President for Inclusive Excellence at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Previously, he served as the Associate to the President for Diversity and as a professor in the School of Education of the Metropolitan State University of Denver. As a member of the president’s cabinet, Anderson was the university’s chief diversity officer, responsible for developing an inclusive campus and articulating and resolving current and future issues related to campus climate, diversity, and inclusion. Having worked in higher education for more than 25 years in both administrative and academic positions, Anderson has performed research in instructional technology, distance education, campus climate, diversity, and microaggressions in higher education. His research led to the creation of the term “hierarchal microaggressions,” identifying new territory where these actions take place. Anderson earned a PhD in Instructional Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.

Susanna Barkataki, MEd, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

An Indian yoga practitioner in the Shankaracharya tradition, Susanna Barkataki supports practitioners to lead with equity, diversity, and yogic values while growing their businesses with confidence. She founded Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute and runs 200- and 300-hour yoga teacher training programs. Author of the bestselling Embrace Yoga’s Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice, Barkataki earned an honors degree in philosophy from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Education from Cambridge College. She is also a diversity, accessibility, inclusivity, and equity yoga unity educator who created the groundbreaking “Honor {Don’t Appropriate} Yoga Summit,” which had more than 10,000 participants. Her complimentary masterclass to embrace yoga’s roots without appropriation is available at www.namastemasterclass.com

Gabriela Binello, PhD, C-IAYT

Gabriela Binello is director of the Proyectomadre Yoga Therapy School in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There, she is in charge of the IAYT-accredited Proyectomadre Yoga Therapy Course as well as the Yoga Personalizado Teacher Training Programs. Dr. Binello has been involved with yoga therapy since her first experiences with one-to-one yoga applications and therapeutic group classes at Braulio Moyano Women’s Neuropsychiatric Hospital and the Chronic Pain Department at the Neurological and Neurosurgical Rehab Center FLENIESCOBAR. She has been a yoga practitioner for almost 30 years and has delved into the Krishnamacharya tradition through a natural connection with vedic chanting and the depth of the lineage’s Yoga Sutra teachings. Gabriela has written three books, including Yogasutras de Patanjali: Abordaje de las 4 Carpetas. She has also been a doctoral fellow with Conicet (Government of Argentina) and Capes (Government of Brazil) and has experience in teaching at all levels of education since 1992.

Janet Caldwell, MS, C-IAYT

Janet Caldwell is a yoga teacher and certified therapist in the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya and Sri T. K. V. Desikachar. As a practitioner, Janet offers tools of yoga therapy within the context of ayurveda and Pantanjali's Yoga Sutras. Her training with YATNA included an internship at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India. The founder of YogAbility, Janet develops practices to relieve anxiety, stress, back pain, high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression while fostering a sense of general well-being. Janet also serves as an organizational change management consultant, helping organizations to implement operational and cultural change. She served as the senior vice president for Meharry Medical College and was responsible for raising awareness of the need for Black doctors and dentists to help improve health outcomes for Black people and other under-represented humans. Janet also worked in consumer marketing at a pharmaceutical company and helped to raise awareness among African American and Latina moms about life-saving asthma medications for their young children.

Diane Finlayson, MA, MFA, C-IAYT

Diane Finlayson serves as department chair and faculty for the Master of Science in Yoga Therapy program at Maryland University of Integrative Health, where she pioneered bringing yoga therapy students into hospital- and other community-based clinical settings for practicum experience. Finlayson is also co-editor of Yoga Therapy Foundations, Tools, and Practice: A Comprehensive Textbook, which will be released in June 2021.

Lisa Kaley-Isley, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Lisa Kaley-Isley is a clinical psychologist who began working as a yoga therapist and yoga therapy researcher in 2004, when she was also the chief of psychology at Colorado Children’s Hospital. Lisa is a long-term student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker of Para Yoga and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute. She studied yoga therapy with Gary Kraftsow of American Viniyoga. A founding member of the Global Consortium on Yoga Therapy and a member of IAYT’s Accreditation Committee, Lisa has presented on yoga and yoga therapy at conferences around the world. She has also published research articles and book chapters on yoga therapy and yoga with young people. Lisa is the founding director of The Yoga Therapy Clinic at The Life Centre, a community-based training site where Yoga Campus yoga therapy students provide affordable yoga therapy in London. Lisa is a tutor and supervisor on the Yoga Campus course, and she teaches a yoga psychology elective for The Yoga Therapy Institute based in the Netherlands. Lisa provides yoga therapy, yoga therapy supervision, and weekly group yoga classes online through Life Tree Yoga with Lisa. 

Rachel Krentzman, PT, C-IAYT

Rachel Krentzman, a physical therapist and yoga therapist, has authored two books: Yoga for a Happy Back: A Teacher's Guide to Spinal Health Through Yoga Therapy and Scoliosis, Yoga Therapy & the Art of Letting Go. Rachel has owned Embody Physical Therapy & Yoga in San Diego, Calif., since 2002. She recently relocated to Israel, where she founded and co-directs Wisdom-Body Yoga Therapy Training, the first IAYT-accredited program in the Middle East. Rachel is passionate about advancing the field of yoga therapy in Israel and has initiated yoga therapy programs at Sheba Medical Center in the departments of orthopedics, neurology, and oncology and serves as a representative of the Israeli Yoga Teachers Association.

Swami Sitaramananda, C-IAYT

Swami Sitaramananda has been a well-known yoga, meditation, and health teacher with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers for 35 years. Hailing from Vietnam, Swamiji is an ordained sannyasi (vedantic monk) and acharya (spiritual teacher). She directs the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, Calif., and the Sivananda Yoga Resort and Training Center in Dalat, Vietnam. She has been teaching in Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam for more than 15 years; in China for 5 years; and in India for 20 years. In 2017, she founded the Sivananda Yoga Health Education Training Course, an IAYT-accredited program taught in both the United States and Vietnam and translated into Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese. Swami Sitaramananda is also the author of Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy. Swamiji brings a deep therapeutic insight into the human condition, influenced by East and West. Integrating yoga, ayurveda, and the vedic astrology of jyotish, she also has insight into diseases and stress that result from karmic conditions.

Presenters

Marsha Banks-Harold, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Marsha D. Banks-Harold discovered the transformational properties of yoga and yoga therapy when her career as an electrical engineer did not open the doors of success she had anticipated. Creator of the class “My Body Don’t Bend That Way” and a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Supervisor and Facilitator, Marsha guides clients to implement customized lifestyle and work plans. She supports this group of engaged trailblazers to use these yogic tools to respond to interrupted success, move to the next level, and manifest internal peace and optimal work-life balance. Marsha herself uses the knowledge, skills, and experiences derived from unopened doors to tap into the potential of yoga and thrive in her redefined profession as a supervisory electrical engineer practicing in intellectual property, as the owner of PIES Fitness Yoga Studio, and as director of the PIES Fitness Yoga and Yoga Therapy Schools. Marsha has presented for organizations such as Black Therapists Rock, IAYT, and the Smithsonian and has been featured on Aging Matters and ABC7 News. She has also contributed to Yoga Therapy Today and the forthcoming Yoga Therapy Foundations, Tools, and Practice: A Comprehensive Textbook. Marsha is committed to ensuring inclusivity for all beings.

Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

After experiencing years of chronic back pain and facing a hopeless diagnosis, Judi Bar turned to yoga to heal herself. Those experiences prompted Judi to want help others, and she studied voraciously, including mentoring with many physicians and other professional caregivers. She developed a robust private practice specializing in chronic pain and years later was asked to design a stress management/yoga portion for a disease-reversal program at the Cleveland Clinic. That led to a full-time job as the organization’s yoga program manager, affording Judi many varied opportunities to work with hospital departments such as transplantation, cardiopulmonary, neurology, rheumatology, and cancer. Judi is now Lead Yoga Therapist for the Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine and Director of the Cleveland Clinic School of Yoga. She has a team of 12 instructors/yoga therapists and is developing a 300-hour training. Judi speaks nationally at medical conferences and created the DVD series “Come as You Are Yoga.”

Kelli M. Bethel, DPT, PT, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Dr. Kelli Bethel is a practicing physical therapist with more than 28 years of experience. Dr. Bethel is the yoga therapy clinic manager at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Her extensive experience as a physical therapist and yoga therapist includes treating clients in the areas of neurology and oncology. Bethel is involved in developing and implementing educational programs for healthcare providers, yoga therapists, and yoga teachers. She has been working in the fields of yoga therapy and integrative medicine since 2007.

Laura (Sangeeta) Biagi, PhD

Yogacharini Dr. Sangeeta Biagi is the founder and CEO of Soul Sound Academy, a center for the study and research of Nada Yoga, karmic astrology, and coaching that is based in Tuscany, Italy. Dr. Sangeeta is a senior yoga teacher in the lineage of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj. Dr. Sangeeta coauthored the book Saraswati’s Pearls: Dialogues on the Yoga of Sound with Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani and participated in his recording Chanting the Yoga Sutra. Biagi holds a master of arts and PhD from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University, where she researched the power of the voice to heal. She has served as a faculty at Vassar College and New York University and The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2020. The documentary The Girl Inside features Biagi’s academic research on the use of contemplative practices for social change inside Cook County Jail in Chicago. Her TEDx talk Reimagine Failure: Breathe, Belong, Believe is a contemplation on the power of breath, word, and intention to shape one’s reality

Tracie (Padma Shakti) Brace, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Padma Shakti Brace is founder and director of Rasa Yoga School of Yoga and Ayurveda, Visible Belief Education Foundation, and Bay Area Yoga Collective. Through her ability to assimilate and disseminate the teachings of yoga and ayurveda, she enables people to craft a life beyond just getting by—a full, healthy, thriving life of the highest quality possible. Padma Shakti is committed to the power of community and seeks to demonstrate that through functional relationships in which the whole of humanity is strengthened and empowered alongside the self. The clarity to support empowerment is made possible by her training with and love of these great beings: Dr. David Hoch, Lex Gillian, Reverend Karen Tudor, Sandra Summerfield-Kozak, Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, Dr. David Frawley, Dr. Stephen Phillips, and Swami Atma. Many other masters and teachers, living now and before, merit homage as well. Padma Shakti is currently influenced mostly by Master Jason Campbell, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, and Yogarupa Rod Stryker.

Angelique (Angel) Brownlee, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Angel Brownlee is a certified pain care yoga practitioner, end-of-life doula, and reiki master teacher. She has worked in the field for nearly 20 years and is dedicated to sharing the benefits of yoga therapy with care partners, individuals who are either giving or receiving care. Together with her husband, she founded Temple Road Journey to empower care partners with physical, emotional, and spiritual tools to assist in caring for a loved one at the end of life. As a yoga therapist, Angel has worked online and in person in hospice settings, assisted living centers, and rehab facilities. She has a unique insight into the needs and challenges care partners face, especially those dealing with pain, grief, and burnout. She has specialty training in Pain Care Yoga, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Yoga for Addiction Recovery, and Restorative Yoga. She is a developer and leader of trauma-sensitive yoga classes, 200-hour yoga teacher trainings, yoga therapy retreats, and a private trauma yoga therapy group. Angel currently provides group and private yoga therapy consultations in Dallas/Ft. Worth.

Erin Byron, MA, RP, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Erin Byron is a registered psychotherapist who began working in the field of trauma in 1991. To complete her master’s degree in 2002, she ran a yoga therapy study at a rape crisis center in Toronto, Ontario. In addition to working in private practice, Erin offers professional education, clinical supervision, and therapy to both yoga and mental health professionals. Erin is a co-founder of the IAYT-accredited YogaLife Comprehensive Yoga Therapy training and founder of Trauma Aware Certified Yoga Training. She has been leading yoga retreats and certified trainings for two decades. Erin has also authored or co-authored five books on mental and physical health. Her most recent co-authorship, Yoga Therapy for Arthritis, highlights the importance of mental health and yoga for those living with chronic conditions. Yoga for the Creative Soul, which marries yogic philosophy and practice with expressive arts counseling, was named one of Aspire Magazine’s Top 10 Inspiring Books. Her previous collaborations include Yoga Therapy for Stress & Anxiety, Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Mindful Living, and Yoga Therapy: Theory & Practice. Find more of Erin’s mental health work in wellness publications including Yoga Journal and HuffPost.

Arnab Bishnu Chowdhury, C-IAYT

Arnab Bishnu Chowdhury is a composer, teacher, and explorer of consciousness with more than 25 years of experience. Inspired by Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga, Arnab founded Know Your Rhythm, a training program and methodology that synthesizes the yoga of music, mantra, body, breath, and sleep. Over the past decade, Arnab has trained more than 20,000 caregivers, including yoga therapists and teachers, special educators, medical professionals, and managers, via conferences such as the World Congress for Music Therapy. Arnab grew up at Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, India; studied at Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education; and continues to serve there as a researcher. He is senior faculty at the Sustainable Livelihood Institute. A third-generation Indian Classical musician of the Maihar Gharana school, Arnab traces his musical lineage to Baba Allaudin Khan, the guru of sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. Arnab’s therapeutic music compositions have been studied in healthcare settings, leading to publications in Springer Nature, International Journal of Pharma & Bio Sciences, Music & Medicine Journal, and Open Yoga Journal. His orchestral music has been featured in documentary films, theater, and multimedia presentations.

Brett Cobb

Brett Cobb is president of Compassionate Tampa Bay, which teaches compassion, self-compassion, mindfulness, and resilience to professionals and institutions. He has more than 20 years of experience as a fundraising, board development, and nonprofit professional. Previously, Brett was director of development for Omega Institute; a board member of the Yoga Service Council and the Tampa Bay International LGBTQ Film Festival; and a senior instructor of Compassion Cultivation Training, a program of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University. He lives in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Cathy Corkery, C-IAYT

Cathy Corkery is a graduate of Yoga North’s Yoga Therapy Certification program. She has been studying therapeutic yoga since 2012 but has found her most influential teacher to be her own experience with chronic pain. Using the principles of yoga therapy, she brought herself through the darkest period of her life and now has a thriving practice helping others navigate similar journeys. She teaches current science, SomaYoga, creative movement and compassion.

Helene Couvrette, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

President of MISTY (Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga) and H~OM Yoga Center, Helene Couvrette is best known for her compassion and commitment to increasing awareness of yoga therapy among healthcare and yoga professionals and the Canadian public. A pioneer in her field, she co-founded MISTY in 2011. The respected biennial conference has become internationally known for its quality and intimate setting, where healthcare and yoga therapy professionals connect and share experiences, wisdom, and compassion—all while maintaining an element of fun! Helene is also the founder of H~OM Yoga Center and School, near Montreal, where she is the lead educator in her teacher training programs and offers group classes and private yoga therapy sessions. With more than 10,000 hours and 20 years of experience, Helene specializes, and is certified in, Pain Care Yoga and Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy.

Carol Crenshaw, MS, EdM, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Carol Crenshaw earned a Master of Education as well as a Master of Science in Eastern Studies/Comparative Psychology/Holistic Health in the yoga therapy and research program founded by Dr. Swami Rama. She has served as a yoga therapist and biofeedback trainer in the Combined Therapy Program at the Himalayan Institute and at the Center for Holistic Medicine in New York City. She has practiced meditation for more than 40 years, has taught meditation for more than 30 years, and is a mantra initiator in the Himalayan tradition. Carol has taught asana and other yogic practices and trained yoga teachers since the 1980s. A certified clinical EFT practitioner, she co-authored EFT for Meditation and contributed to the Clinical EFT Handbook. She is also a consulting hypnotist and certified hypnosis instructor and a certified neurolinguistic programming practitioner. Carol presently teaches at Inner Peace Yoga Center in Indianapolis and other venues worldwide.

Heidi Crocker, DC, EdD, C-IAYT

Dr. Heidi Crocker has owned integrative wellness centers as part of her chiropractic and yoga therapy services for 30 years. In the beginning, spinal care and pain management evolved to be a component of all patients’ treatment plans. Eventually, Heidi added a yoga studio for public classes and yoga therapy for populations such as pregnant women, those with cancer, and athletes. She is also an educator, with a mission of promoting health at the community level and integrating mind-body interventions throughout the healthcare delivery system. She believes that strengthening the practice of yoga in society will increase self-efficacy and improve overall health. To that end, she advocates for training healthcare providers in yoga-based techniques for their own self-care and integrating yoga therapy into patient care. Heidi presently works with the IAYT-accredited training program AlcheMe Yoga and practices yoga therapy at the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute at the University of California, Irvine. In addition, she serves as the organization’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and teaches in health professions education with a focus on interprofessional collaboration as a key to lasting change.

Marsha Therese Danzig, MEd, E-RYT 200, C-IAYT

Marsha Danzig is the founder of Y4A: Yoga for Amputees, an international yoga program that helps amputees reclaim their wholeness after limb loss using the healing art of yoga. Her life’s work has taken her from the oak-lined classrooms of Harvard University to the hallways of the United Nations Center for Human Rights in Geneva and, via satellite, the dirt floors of a school in Rwanda. She has survived bone cancer, leg amputation, kidney failure, kidney transplantation, and years in and out of hospitals. Danzig has authored numerous books on yoga and healing, including a spiritual memoir of embodiment, From the Roots, and Yoga for Amputees: The Essential Guide to Finding Wholeness After Limb Loss. She is the walking personification of resilience. Her presentations are known for their insight sprinkled with abundant humor. In her spare time, she is a passionate flamenco dancer.

Nydia T. Darby, DPT, PT, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

An experienced yoga educator, Dr. Nydia Tijerina Darby developed the Therapeutic Astanga Method over the course of 40 years. She is the owner and director of Nydia’s Yoga Therapy Studio and the Open Hand Institute in San Antonio, Texas. Nydia has combined her work in orthopedic, spinal, and pelvic physical therapy with extensive experience in movement, fitness, and yoga to create a unique service that melds Western physical therapy with Eastern Hatha Yoga lifestyle practices. These practices are intended to empower all levels of practitioners, to make yoga movement and lifestyle practices accessible, and to encourage breath-centered activity—all of which has the potential to positively influence long-term health and well-being.

Leanne Davis, C-IAYT

Leanne Davis has studied and practiced yoga and other complementary therapies for nearly 40 years. Her interest has centered on how Eastern philosophies and healing arts can be applied to the well-being of contemporary global communities. For the past decade, she has worked with regulatory bodies to preserve the unchanging historical components of yoga while embracing the diverse application and understanding of yoga in the present. She holds a particular passion for the wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras as a model of holistic health. Leanne serves on IAYT’s Certification Committee and is a past president of Yoga Australia. She is the founder of Viniyoga Australia and a practicing yoga teacher, yoga teacher trainer, yoga therapist, vedic chanting teacher, and acupuncturist.

Nicole DeAvilla, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Author of The 2 Minute Yoga Solution: FAST and EASY Stress and Back Pain Relief for ANYONE at ANYTIME as well as a published researcher and professional blogger, Nicole DeAvilla has been interviewed for print, radio, and television. An internationally known teacher and yoga therapist educator, Nicole is a pioneer in prenatal and postpartum yoga and yoga therapy. She served on Yoga Alliance’s first Prenatal Yoga Standards Committee and IAYT’s first Accreditation Committee. Classical Ananda Yoga teacher training ignited her personal spiritual journey as a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, which led her to study with Swami Kriyananda and Rev. John Laurence. These experiences laid a foundation for serving others globally through ministry, private work, teaching, coaching, yoga teacher training, and yoga therapist training. Nicole loves creating engaging programs, catalyzing transformational change in others, catapulting yoga professional careers, and hosting extraordinary workshops.

Anjali Deva

Anjali Deva is an ayurvedic practitioner and teacher in Los Angeles, Calif. Her private practice, Rooted Rasa, specializes in a trauma-informed and compassionate approach to anxiety, depression, PTSD, digestive disorders, and women’s health issues. Anjali was fortunate to have been introduced to ayurveda and yoga at a young age by her father and mentor, Arun Deva. Her clinical experience began at Hope Integrative Psychiatry, overseen by Omid Naim, MD. Her familial lineage is rich with the desire to preserve and maintain these healing arts. Anjali is dedicated to sharing the wisdom of ayurveda for the benefit of all living beings.

Arun Deva, AP, AYT, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Arun Deva is an ayurvedic practitioner, ayurvedic yoga therapist, yoga therapist, and teacher of Vinyasa Krama Yoga. He has had the privilege of serving on both national and state ayurvedic association boards. Currently, he also chairs the National Ayurvedic Medical Association's Committee for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. He is director of ayurveda for Loyola Marymount University's YTRx program. Born and raised in India, where he began his yogic studies, Arun has made his home in Los Angeles, Calif., since 1977. He began his culinary journey late in life but has dived with full relish into both the simplicity of his cooking and the complexity of the ayurvedic understanding of food. His biggest claim to fame is that he is the father of Anjali Deva.

Staffan Elgelid, PhD, PT, RYT-500, C-IAYT

Dr. Staffan Elgelid is a Professor of Physical Therapy at Nazareth College. He has been a physical therapist for more than 30 years. A native of Sweden and graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, Dr. Elgelid has worked in a wide variety of settings, including his own clinics, and has presented at national and international conferences on topics such as complementary approaches to health, guided imagery, healthy aging, mentoring, awareness, core strengthening, and Feldenkrais. Elgelid has also produced videos on different approaches to core strengthening, and yoga for various sports. He is currently on IAYT’s advisory board, the board of directors of the Yoga Alliance, and the editorial boards of several journals. Elgelid edited Yoga Therapy: Theory and Practice and co-authored Yoga for Stress and Anxiety and Yoga for Active Adults.

Lori Rubenstein Fazzio, DPT, PT, MAppSc, C-IAYT

Yogachemmal Dr. Lori Fazzio is a Clinical Professor of Yoga and Health at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, where she teaches in the Yoga Studies Master of Arts and Post Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy programs. She is the Clinical Director of Yoga Therapy Rx at LMU, where she has been teaching since 2008. In 2013, in partnership with Larry Payne she designed and implemented the first yoga therapy internship within an integrative medical clinic; there, yoga therapy interns provide mentored one-to-one sessions to underserved patients at the Simms Mann Venice Family Clinic. Lori’s research interests include the effects of spirituality and subtle body practices on health and well-being. A practicing physical therapist, yoga therapist, and Level 2 iRest meditation teacher, she is a lifelong student and practitioner of yoga and compassionate care.

Knekoh Frugé, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Knekoh Frugé, founder of Yoga Circle Downtown in Los Angeles, has been practicing yoga for more than 36 years. A teacher since 1997, Knekoh began working as a yoga therapist 16 years ago and is a proud graduate of the yoga therapy program at Loyola Marymount University. Scores of students have found complete recovery from injuries and illnesses through her personalized yoga therapy and meditation practices. Under Knekoh's guidance, those with more serious conditions such as cancer and MS have discovered strategies to live with greatly diminished symptoms, often achieving full remission. Knekoh believes that it is far more than physical poses that bring about this transformational healing: It is the intrinsic unity of the mind and body through breath and consciousness. It is yoga.

J. J. Gormley, MS, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

J. J. Gormley is the executive program director of Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School, which runs yoga and yoga therapy training programs. J. J. participates at each training location as the main faculty and co-leader of the program and is the main curriculum designer. She holds a Master of Science in Complementary and Alternative Medicine with a Graduate Certificate in Nutrition, which serve her well in yoga program teaching as well as in her private practice as a holistic nutritionist and yoga therapist. She also holds a BS in Mathematics and taught high-school math for several years in Fairfax County, Vir. A student of yoga since 1979, J. J. has been teaching since 1989 and running teacher training programs since 1994.

Laurie Hyland Robertson, MS, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

After more than a decade in healthcare and business publishing, Laurie Hyland Robertson found her way to the transformative practices of yoga and then yoga therapy beginning in 2001. She is now editor in chief of Yoga Therapy Today and managing editor of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. Laurie also contributes editorial services to a variety of media on yoga, healthcare, wellness, and contemplative practices. Recent projects include co-editing Yoga Therapy Foundations, Tools, and Practice: A Comprehensive Textbook and co-authoring Understanding Yoga Therapy: Applied Philosophy and Science for Health and Well-Being. Laurie owns Whole Yoga & Pilates in the Baltimore-Washington area and co-owns Whole Chiropractic, a holistic integrative clinic that has successfully navigated the shifting healthcare landscape since 2007.

De Jur Jones, RYT-200, C-IAYT

De Jur Jones, who moonlights as a flight attendant, has been a yoga devotee since 2001. She attended Loyola Marymount University’s yoga therapy program and now teaches victim-centered, trauma-informed yoga to commercially sexually exploited children with Jill Weiss Ippolito’s Uprising Yoga program. Serving this population sparked an interest that led De Jur to learn everything she could about various types of trauma, how trauma affects us all, and how yoga can help with embodiment, self-regulation, and resilience. This specialized training aided her in finding her niche to serve at-risk, highly traumatized, medically under-resourced, and often unhoused communities and populations. De Jur also teaches therapeutic, accessible yoga to incarcerated people with Prison Yoga + Meditation and to formerly incarcerated adults in parolee resource centers and Susan Burton’s A New Way of Life Reentry Project. De Jur is also a contributor to the Yoga Service Council’s best practices book series and the featured model in Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body. De Jur’s hope is to use yoga to shine a light on social justice, inclusion, and diversity.

Catherine Justice, DPT, PT, E-RYT 200, CST, C-IAYT

Catherine Justice is a yoga therapist and physical therapist based in Minneapolis. She works at Hennepin Healthcare’s Integrative Health Clinic, where she also co-created the yoga portion of the employee resilience training program and chairs the Provider Wellness Committee. She has conducted and published research on yoga for arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and lower back pain and is the associate editor of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. She is also the founder of The Art of Yoga and Integrative Bodywork, a physical therapy and therapeutic yoga private practice in the Twin Cities, as well as The Art of Yoga with Cat Justice on YouTube. Her guided meditations can be found online and on the Insight Timer App.

James Knight

James Knight, founder of Gentle Somatic Yoga, is one of the early pioneers to bridge somatics and yoga. His passion is synthesizing the neuroscience of Hanna Somatic Education with Hatha Yoga and other interoceptive practices. Gentle Somatic Yoga holds special appeal for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, bodyworkers, and other healthcare practitioners seeking new and effective methods to augment their skills. As Gentle Somatic Yoga continues to gain recognition, James facilitates online and in-person teacher trainings, workshops, and spiritual retreats. Recently, he has partnered with organizations including Inner Peace Yoga Therapy, Maryland University of Integrative Health, YogaU Online, and Yogaville.

Vaidya Jayarajan Kodikannath

Vaidya Jayarajan Kodikannath is a renowned ayurvedic scholar, clinician, and educator with more than two decades of clinical expertise in India and the United States. He represents a lineage of traditional ayurvedic practitioners (vaidyas) in Kerala, India, who have extensive knowledge in the ancient root texts of ayurveda. He is currently the academy director and chief ayurveda consultant of Kerala Ayurveda USA. He serves on the board of directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. He also served on the board of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and as a member of the Expert Curriculum Committee for Masters in Ayurveda at Bastyr University, Seattle. Dr. J, as his students call him, is a compassionate healer and educator, devoted to a mission of imparting the traditional teachings of ayurveda and yoga.

Sherri Koehler, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Sherri Koehler (she/her) is an integrated movement therapist and an experienced yoga instructor. She specializes in helping adults 60 and older age with strength and vitality. Sherri uses yoga to improve balance, increase strength, and cultivate self-soothing skills for students with chronic physical and mental health conditions, folks working to meet neurological challenges, and those returning to movement after injury or illness. Her yoga therapy–informed instruction helps students to foster resilience and acceptance while growing community connections outside the classroom. In addition to the eight weekly therapeutic classes she teaches at a community center in Portland, Ore., Sherri conducts training for working with head injuries and fall prevention. She also offers her expertise to senior centers, encouraging older adults to try meditation, and to the American Lung Association, bringing breath practices to the Better Breathers Club in the Portland area.

Bill Koff, MS, C-IAYT

After a 40-year career as a consultant and executive in the computer consulting and services industry, Bill Koff retired as vice president and chief technology officer of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). His CSC responsibilities included heading up the Global Research, Strategy, Methodology and Executive Education organizations. Bill’s undergraduate degree, from Boston University, is in philosophy, and he has been practicing yoga asana for 20 years and pranayama/dhyana (breathing/meditation) for more than 30 years. In addition to private sessions, he has taught yoga at venues including Kripalu, Wainwright House, Scarsdale Yoga Studios, the Y, and Berkshire Kripalu Community. Bill also teaches group-exercise formats including Livestrong Fitness, pilates, and qi gong, and is on the faculty of the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy.

Matthew Krepps, C-IAYT

Matthew Krepps has been a yoga teacher and therapist for 20 years. In addition to designing Circle Yoga Shala’s yoga therapy program, he has developed an extensive private client base. He adapts asana, pranayama, and meditation techniques for these individuals, who have sought yoga for support with issues ranging from structural and biomechanical pathologies to digestive problems, depression and anxiety disorders, and spiritual development. Matthew’s work can be summarized as a crucible of convergence between Eastern and Western models of the human system.

Michael Lee, MA, RP, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Michael Lee grew up in Australia. He held college teaching posts there and in Papua New Guinea and worked as a teacher and behavioral scientist in personal and organizational change before leaving for the United States in 1984 to pursue his yoga quest. He wanted to learn about the effectiveness of yoga and other Eastern practices for changing lives and immersed himself at the Kripalu Center, then an ashram, for 2 years. Thus began a career in yoga and yoga therapy with a focus on mental and emotional health that now spans more than 30 years. Michael founded Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in 1986 based on his learning and integration of yoga and elements of contemporary psychology. Michael authored Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy—Bridge from Body to Soul and Turn Stress into Bliss and contributed to the American Psychological Association’s Beyond Talk Therapy: Using Movement and Expressive Techniques in Clinical Practice. Michael has offered keynotes and presentations for organizations and venues including IAYT, Yoga Australia, the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, the Toronto Yoga Conference, the Japan Yoga Therapy Conference, and the Global Consortium on Yoga Therapy.

Tias Little, MA, LMT, C-IAYT

Tias Little has been teaching yoga since 1990 and has a masters degree in Eastern philosophy. He taught regularly at Yoga Journal conferences for 15 years and has taught online classes for 10 years. He is a featured presenter on Glo, where he offers the 15-hour course “Anatomy of the Chakras.” He has also taught online for Yoga U, Embodied Philosophy, and Shambhala. Tias is the author of four books, including Yoga of the Subtle Body and Practice Is the Path. He co-directs Prajna Yoga with his wife Surya in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Stephanie Lopez, LISW-S, C-IAYT

Stephanie Lopez is senior director of teachings and programs for the iRest Institute. As a psychotherapist, certified yoga therapist, and meditation teacher, she bridges Eastern wisdom with Western psychology and neuroscience to support healing and transformation. With a deeply embodied understanding of meditation informed by 25 years of immersion in the nondual teachings of yoga, she leads retreats and trainings internationally with a focus on living an authentic and awakened life. Stephanie is a contributing author of Practice: Wisdom from the Downward Dog. She lives in San Rafael, Calif., where she enjoys hiking in the redwoods with her husband Francisco and basking in sunspots with their cats Juniper and Luna.

Smitha Mallaiah, MSc, C-IAYT

Smitha Mallaiah works as a senior mind-body intervention specialist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Program. Smitha has been practicing hospital- and clinic-based yoga therapy for specific aliments for more than 15 years, specializing in cancer care. A leader in her field with a masters degree from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana SVYASA, Yoga University, Smitha has mentored many yoga therapists to pursue research. She also contributes to grant writing. At MD Anderson, she is involved in developing and teaching yoga research interventions for oncology populations including those with breast, lung, and head and neck cancers. She also works with couples and caregivers going through cancer journeys and conducts self-care workshops for healthcare professionals caring for cancer patients. She has co-authored yoga publications and presented her work on the efficacy of yoga in cancer care at national and international conferences. In addition to yoga practice and philosophy, Smitha has studied psychology, ayurveda, naturopathy, chaplaincy, and palliative care, all of which bring a holistic approach to her patient care.

Ann Maxwell, MS, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Ann Maxwell is a Somatic Educator and co-owner of Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute. She co-created the SomaYoga methodology and is core faculty in Yoga North’s IAYT-accredited yoga therapy training program. Ann finds great satisfaction in supporting teachers to find their niche, grow their skills, and become great yoga therapists. She brings a spirit of adventure and curiosity to her teachings, which are grounded in the practicality and expertise of the body.

Joy Ravelli, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

From a young age, Joy Ravelli came naturally to the practices of yoga through meditation and movement. Through that innate curiosity, she found her way to sit before many gifted teachers, including Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chödrön, Robert Svoboda, and John Featherstone. Within the structure of formal teachings and meditations in nature with the essence of all living beings, she found the same divine teaching that we are all one; there is a truth that binds us, and regular practice may lead us on the path of freedom from the struggle and obstacles of this life and ego. In a desire to share this message and the practices that lead toward its understanding, Joy developed a business when she was just 20. She has now been an active and consistent teacher to a wide population for more than 30 years. Joy founded and co-directs the Purusha Seva Project, a nonprofit organization that brings yoga to underserved and at-risk populations, as well as the Purusha Yoga Community Studios and the Purusha Yoga School. Joy’s book Threads—A Practical Guide to the Yoga Sutras is forthcoming.

Stacey Reynolds, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Stacey Reynolds has been serving the senior adult population for more than 19 years. Heavily influenced by grandparents who helped to raise her, Stacey’s heart and soul are imprinted with a love of the population. She credits her grandparents' sacrifice, prayer, and love for molding every part of her being. Stacey began teaching in 2001, which she did free of charge to the community for 9 years before opening her studio, Blue Yoga Nyla. Her mission is to serve the “walking wounded” by providing a sanctuary for healing, making yoga accessible to each person who comes through her door. Stacey travels to facilities to reach those who would not otherwise be able to practice yoga, including senior adults and people at the end of life. In addition to the aging population, Stacey works with medical and mental health professionals and specializes in grief, addiction, and trauma.

Kathleen Ross-Allee, ACE-Certified Personal Trainer, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Kathleen Ross-Allee has more than 25 years of experience as a health and wellness expert. She has been a yoga therapist and clinical health educator for The Center for Healthy Living at Kaiser Permanente/Woodland Hills, California, since 2020. In addition, Kathleen is the managing director of Larry Payne’s Yoga Therapy Rx program at Loyola Marymount University. She teaches in the program, specializing in yoga and cancer and chronic disease and co-teaches the Practicum Prep with Felicia Tomasko. For more than 10 years, Kathleen has developed yoga therapy and fitness rehabilitation programs to support cancer treatment for hospitals and clinics as well as nonprofits throughout Southern California. As a personal trainer specializing in postrehabilitation exercise programs, she started her company 'Leen Bodies in Los Angeles in 1991 and completed her initial yoga training at the city's Center for Yoga in 2002.

Pamela Stokes Eggleston, MBA, MS, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Pamela Stokes Eggleston is the founder and director of Yoga2Sleep, co-founder of Retreat to Spirit, and an adjunct professor and clinic supervisor at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She has specialized training in plant-based nutrition, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, and Trauma-Informed Yoga to work with military service members, veterans, their caregivers, and insomnia sufferers. Previously co-executive director of the Yoga Service Council, Pamela cultivated financial resilience and strategic partnerships for the organization. She is a contributing editor of Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans and Yoga and Resilience: Empowering Practices for Survivors of Sexual Trauma. She serves on the board of Accessible Yoga, the advisory board of Yoga Unify, the Grant Advisory Committee of the Yoga Alliance Foundation, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Yoga Studies. Pamela has worked with numerous agencies including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Veterans Administration, and the Department of Labor, and as an advisor on publications supported by the U.S. congress. Her work and writing have been featured in outlets such as Yoga Therapy Today, Military Spouse, Yoga Journal, Essence, HuffPost, and Insight Timer, as well as on Ellen and MSNBC.

Marlysa Sullivan, DPT, PT, C-IAYT

Dr. Marlysa Sullivan has unique insight into the distinct and powerful role yoga therapy can have in healthcare. This understanding stems from experience helping IAYT to create the initial standards for yoga therapists, work as an assistant professor at Maryland University of Integrative Health in the Master of Science in Yoga Therapy program, and teaching physical therapists the integration of yoga into PT practice as an adjunct professor at Emory University. Marlysa’s recent work has focused on helping to define the theoretical and explanatory framework for yoga therapy, grounded in the wisdom tradition of yoga and translatable to healthcare and research contexts. The topic of client assessment is of particular interest in helping the field continue to define its scope of practice and to develop relevant measures with a foundation in yogic perspective. Marlysa has authored many articles and is the co-editor/author of Yoga and Science in Pain Care and Understanding Yoga Therapy: Applied Philosophy and Science for Health and Well-Being.

Matthew J. Taylor, PhD, PT, C-IAYT

For nearly 40 years, Dr. Matthew Taylor has been a leader in integrative rehabilitation. He is the editor of the graduate textbook Fostering Creativity in Rehabilitation and a past president of IAYT’s board of directors. Matt chairs the SYTAR Common Interest Communities, teaches nationally on business development for yoga therapists, and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, IAYT’s scholarly peer-reviewed journal. He leads integrative pain care and addiction policy development on national interprofessional task forces for IAYT, as well as the organization’s interprofessional collaboration business development projects. Matt has also authored Yoga Therapy as a Creative Response to Pain for yoga professionals.

Robyn Tiger, MD, RYT-500, C-IAYT

Dr. Robyn Tiger founded Yoga Heals 4 Life to serve those touched by cancer, anxiety, and stress-related disorders. Robyn also founded StressFreeMD, a physician wellness practice, and created Rx Inner Peace, a CME-accredited program, to provide self-care education for physicians. She is a Western Carolina Medical Society Healthy Healer Partner, faculty for Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy, the medical resource director for Journey To Be Free (a nonprofit serving the cancer community), an O2X human performance specialist for first responders, and a member of the Advisory Council for Yoga Therapy Today and yogatherapy.health. Robyn developed the yoga and meditation protocol for two pilot research studies evaluating chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy and authored chapters for the forthcoming books Yoga Across the Cancer Continuum and Yoga Therapy Foundations, Tools, and Practice: A Comprehensive Textbook. Her passion to help others more fully grew out of many years in medical practice, where she witnessed firsthand the need for more complete patient and physician self-care.

Shailla Vaidya, MD, MPH, CCFP(EM), C-IAYT

Dr. Shailla Vaidya is a physician and yoga therapist practicing mind-body medicine in Toronto, Canada. She has 20 years of experience working on the frontlines of healthcare with vulnerable and marginalized populations. She has also worked to affect change in healthcare delivery. After burning out from working in unsupportive, toxic environments, she founded The Yoga MD, a trauma-informed practice where she integrates Eastern mind-body practices with Western medicine to help those affected by chronic stress. She has a particular focus on helping professionals. Since 2015, she has run the RnR Program for Burnout, a yoga-based program designed to save the lives of those who work to save the lives of others. After sustaining a head injury in 2018, she developed The Reconnect Concussion Program, a yoga-based program to help those recovering from traumatic brain injury. Dr. Vaidya is a “Compassion-it” change agent and is grateful to be carrying on the work of her ancestors.

Linda Varnam, C-IAYT

Linda Varnam is a certified tai chi qi gong instructor and senior instructor in training with Sifu Wing Cheung. In her work as a yoga therapist, she finds that clients embrace the inclusion of Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi as an accessible and empowering practice. Linda is passionate about sharing this simple yet profound practice of qi gong.

Ann Wagoner, MA-Ayur NAMA, CAP, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Ann Wagoner is an ayurvedic practitioner and ayurvedic yoga therapist. She founded the Center for Ayurveda and Yoga Study and teaches ayurveda and yoga at Portland Community College. She is president of the Oregon Yoga and Ayurveda Association. She earned an MA in Ayurveda from Mount Madonna Institute, where her research was on rasayana, ritucharya, and panchakarma therapy in preventive and rehabilitative cancer care. Ann also has a masters degree from New York University Draper School of Thought. Since founding Lighthouse Publishing, Ann has printed new translations of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras by Rama Jyoti Vernon. Ann offers ayurvedic consultations and yoga therapy in Portland, Oregon. Through Living Yoga, she offers yoga classes to Multnomah County youth and adults in or released from incarceration.

Ashley Williams, MS, C-IAYT

Ashley Williams is a yoga therapist and mindfulness educator based in Richmond, Virginia. She has 12 years’ experience in the fields of education, behavioral and mental health, and community programming. She bridges mindfulness, diversity, wellness, and inclusion on micro and macro levels to achieve equitable, socially stable, and conscious spaces for individual and collective care. She founded BareSOUL Yoga & Wellness, a community-based organization initially created to offer accessible yoga, and “Mindful on Life” and “Mindfulness and Movement,” both curriculum-based programs dedicated to transforming community through mindfulness education. As an advocate for diverse representation, accessible self-care, and overall well-being, Ashley has strategically built community-centered yoga and mindfulness programs in schools, health systems, government agencies, faith-based organizations, and businesses. She continues to create spaces that offer mindfulness-based living practices to encourage self-exploration, awareness, and authenticity and to build community for the collective good.