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
During his 30-year career, Dr. William Boggs has been board certified in internal medicine, holistic/integrative medicine, and medical acupuncture.
He has also studied and incorporates into his clinical practice Ayurvedic medicine, Thai yoga massage, yoga therapy, functional medicine, herbal
medicine, age management, and medical nutrition. Dr. Boggs has written regularly for Reuters Health for the past 17 years and has served for many
years on the editorial review boards of the journals Medical Acupuncture and International Journal of Yoga Therapy. As an Associate Editor of
Medical Acupuncture for the past 2 years, he has spearheaded an effort to award continuing medical education (CME) credits for selected articles.
He has written and published 1 book (Journey to Fertility), ghostwritten 1 published book, and doctored 1 published book. As an avocation, Will
works as a coach and as a faculty member of a personal trainer certification program at a local gym.
Kelly is a seasoned editor and yoga educator living in Ashland, Oregon. She spent many years travelling, including a year
in India a quarter-century ago that deepened her commitment to meditation and yoga and her desire to serve. At age 37, she earned
a biology degree and worked in scientific research in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years before moving to southern
Oregon in 2007. Kelly has extensive training in yoga (E-RYT500) and yoga therapy (including a 500-hour certification in
Integrative Yoga Therapy). Kelly has taught yoga to diverse populations, including community classes and veterans as well as private
yoga therapy clients. In addition, Kelly is a Level II iRest teacher and has trained in medical hypnotherapy, psychology,
acupuncture, and Enneagram studies. Kelly is the editor of the online peer-reviewed Journal of Yoga Service, a publication of the
Yoga Service Council. She has copyedited over 70 college-level textbooks and is currently working as a book editor, specializing in yoga.
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.
Debra began her journey with yoga in 1985, falling in love with Iyengar yoga. She continues to
study the Iyengar method, along with meditation and other contemplative practices. Her
professional background is in accounting, specializing in tax preparation, with more than three
decades of experience. Her most noteworthy accomplishment is the raising of her two wonderful
sons. She volunteered at her sons’ schools and church, as well as Children’s Hospital, for over
Aggie Stewart, MA, RYT 500, CYT, is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist, writer, editor, and writing
teacher. For most of her editorial career, Aggie has worked in healthcare publishing and for
healthcare organizations such as Children’s Hospital, Boston, and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare.
As Managing Editor for Accreditation Publications at the Joint Commission on Accreditation of
Healthcare Organizations, she was closely involved with the editorial development of function-based
accreditation standards. Aggie has taught writing and communication skills at Loyola University,
Chicago, and Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI. In Spring 2013, she co-taught an
advanced nonfiction writing course at Brown University that incorporated yoga practiced designed
specifically to help student writers achieve academic success.
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