John is an economist turned Yoga teacher in
Little Rock, Arkansas, where he receives private students and maintains an
active Yoga therapy practice. He often lectures on Yoga and Yoga therapy for
allopathic institutions and co-taught the survey course on Complementary and
Alternative Medicine at the University of Arkansas Medical School for two
years. John has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations,
including the Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock. He has additional experience non-profit management and organizational development.
John has traveled widely on the Yoga path,
having practiced in several meditative and âsana-based traditions over three
decades. In recent years, however, he has focused on digging a deep well in the
teaching lineage often known as Viniyoga. John holds teacher and therapist
diplomas from the American Viniyoga Institute in Hawaii, headed by Gary
Kraftsow, and a teaching certification from A. G. Mohan of Chennai, India. He
has been teaching almost full time since 1997. John has also made extended
visits to Findhorn in Scotland and Auroville in India where he found
inspiration in their ecumenical and entrepreneurial efforts to integrate
spiritual, environmental, economic, and social values.
Many of you may recognize John from his
articles and reviews in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy and Yoga
Studies, several of which have a policy perspective. This is not
surprising given his background in economics, finance, and public policy. In
recent years he has brought that perspective to bear on Yoga and integrative
medicine. One of his evolving interests is the sound integration of Yoga with
allopathic and complementary and alternatives therapies, while at the same time
preserving the classical personal growth, spiritual support, and personal
relationship foundations of Yoga.
John holds a M.A. in economics from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison, His M. B. A is from Millsaps College in
Jackson, MS, with a concentration in Finance. John did his undergraduate work
in liberal arts and economics at the University of Texas-Austin.
Letter from the Director
Dr. B Grace Bullock is an intervention scientist and practitioner with extensive training and experience in both Eastern and Western
healing traditions. With a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, she has worked with individuals of all ages and stages of life in inpatient
and outpatient behavioral health settings. Her numerous scientific publications examine the family and peer dynamics associated with
child, adolescent, and early adult adjustment, as well as intervention effects on developmental trajectories. Dr. Bullock has provided
peer reviews and editorial consultation for many top-tier scientific journals and book publishers for more than 15 years, and she
instructs doctoral students on writing and evaluating scientific manuscripts and federal grant proposals. Her keen interest in the
therapeutic effects of asana, pranayama, and meditation led her to become a yoga instructor, Viniyoga Therapist and educator.
Dr. Bullock’s private practice and research integrate empirically supported psychotherapy with therapeutic yoga to examine their
combined effects while addressing musculoskeletal, physiological, and psychological illness.
Kelly is a practicing yoga therapist living in Ashland, Oregon. For much of the first half of her
adult life she travelled the world, including a year in India a quarter-century ago that changed
her life. Kelly worked in scientific research in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years
before moving to southern Oregon in 2007. Three of her life passions—yoga, editing, and science—meet
in the role of editor of Yoga Therapy Today.
Jesse began practicing Yoga & meditation at the age of 14 and has been engrossed
with Yoga & the Yogic life-style ever since. In 1990, she went to Kripalu
Institute for the Seva program; which deepened her interest & study in Yoga
& meditation. Jesse completed the 1,000 hour Massage Therapy program at
The Desert Institute of Healing Arts in 1994, and has been working in the field
of body-work since then. In 2000, Jesse completed the Yoga Teacher training
program at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona. She considers
herself blessed to have 2 Gurus in her life...her two young sons who bestow upon
her the blessings of courage, wonder & enlightenment daily. Currently Jesse
considers her practice to be Bhakti by nature and hopes to one day complete her
training as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Jesse came to the International Association
of Yoga Therapists in January, 2006 doing volunteer work as Seva. She has, since
then, happily become part of the staff as Membership Services.
Abby began her career at Glamour Magazine, Conde Nast Publications, in New York City and served as both the Accessories Editor and later Sportswear Editor.
She moved to San Francisco where she was Advertising and Public Relations Manager for a knitwear firm and later moved to be Fashion Coordinator for all
Northern Stores at I. Magnin.
While in California, Abby was introduced to many holistic therapies and became hooked on Yoga, nutrition and meditation. Abby’s passion for following
a healthy lifestyle had begun. In the 1990’s, Abby moved with her husband and son to Las Vegas where, for eight years, she worked as the Director of
Marketing, Special Events and Public Relations for Saks Fifth Avenue. It was during this time that Abby was introduced to Ayurveda. She quickly
realized that this was the life science that she had been searching for. She has used the principles of Ayurveda in her own life since and is
certified as an Ayurvedic Life Style Coach and an Ayurvedic Nutritionist. Abby became the Advertising Representative for the Light on Ayurveda
Journal in 2004 and still holds that position.
In her new role as Advertising Manager for IAYT, Abby looks forward to supporting the two sisters of Yoga and Ayurveda in synergistic ways
and the complementary intentions of these two ancient practices.
Jean is the programmer / webmaster of the IAYT web site.
She holds a B.S. in Mathematics and did some graduate work for her M.S. in computer
science. She happily welcomed Daughters #1, #2 and #3 and ended her formal
She appreciates and relies on the healing power of Yoga and exercise. In her
spare time, she explores the "whys" and the reasons in the evolution of mathematics.
Cooking, gardening and reading science fiction are high on her list of fun things