2017 SYTAR Presenters
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SYTAR 2017 is proud

to introduce this years' presenters


Presenting Friday Morning Practice - MPF01

Lynn Anderson, PhD (Health), C-IAYT, E-RYT, ACE

With over thirty years in the field of fitness, health and yoga, Dr. Lynn is an author and creator of Doctor Lynn's Anti-Aging Workouts. She has been teaching yoga, dance and fitness for over thirty years.

Co-Chair CIC #2

Julie Carmen, MA, LMFT, C-IAYT, YTRX

Julie is the Associate Director of Mental Health at Loyola Marymount University Yoga Therapy Rx and Clinical Director of their Level V mental health internship at Venice Family Clinic. She is on the faculty of LMU Masters in Yoga Studies, teaching Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change. She designed and implemented the yoga therapy and drama therapy departments at Passages dual diagnosis treatment center in Malibu 2001-2003 and was the yoga therapist at Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center for four years, contributing a chapter to "Yoga and Eating Disorders" (Routeledge, 2016). Julie developed Suzanne Somers' Yoga for Hormones protocol and has been her private instructor for 15 years. She taught at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement 2001-2013. Julie is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified Yoga Therapist. She currently has private psychotherapy and yoga therapy practices and is Founder and CEO of Yoga Talks yogatalks.com  

Friday Afternoon
Session - TF03

Kimberly Carson, MPH, C-IAYT, E-RYT

Kimberly is a yoga therapist specializing in service to seniors and people with medical challenges. Kimberly has developed and taught yoga programs being researched at Duke University Medical Center and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The Mindful Yoga program, developed by Kimberly and her husband Jim, has been shown in research trials to significantly reduce pain and fatigue in women with metastatic breast cancer, breast cancer survivors, as well as women with fibromyalgia. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches yoga classes, Stress Reduction Breath by Breath, and MBSR at OHSU. Kimberly is currently serving on three large National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical research trials evaluating yoga and mindfulness interventions in patients with opioid-dependency and chronic pain, metastatic breast cancer, and MS and is the co-author on 18 peer-reviewed articles. Kimberly co-directs the Integrative Yoga for Seniors Professional Trainings at Duke and Kripalu. www.mindfulyogaworks.com.


Co-Chair CIC#2

Theresa Conroy, C-IAYT

Theresa Conroy spent 26 years working as a Philadelphia journalist. In January 2007, she left her job covering criminal courts for the Philadelphia Daily News to teach yoga full-time. She has been certified as a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT). She is a graduate of two Yoga Therapy schools: Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Inner Peace Yoga Therapy. She is also trained to teach Adaptive Yoga for Disabilities, certified to teach Yoga for Chronic Pain and Core Strength Vinyasa and works as an Inner Peace Yoga Therapy Program Mentor. A member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Theresa was named in 2010 as one of the Top 10 Yoga Instructors in the area by Philadelphia Magazine online. In 2014, she was a finalist in Philadelphia Magazine's Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge. Her studio was nominated for the 2016 Best of Philly Yoga Studio. She also is a Certified Beer Judge.

Presenting Saturday Morning Practice - MPS05

Ananda Deviika' M'a, Msc, E-RYT 500, A'charya, Yoga Therapist

Ananda Deviika’ M’a, A’charya’, spent 40 years of her life in the spiritual and yogic explorations, learning and teaching. Her previous studies were in the Quantum theory. She holds Master degree in the Theoretical Physics. She is the cofounder of the former Ananda Seva Guru Kula and the present director of Ananda Wellness Institute of Yogic Wisdom and Ayurveda, In. (a nonprofit organization) and the program director of Ananda Yoga Guru Kula. She is the trainer in both, Yoga Teacher trainings, Yoga Therapy certification trainings, the spiritual trainings that lead to the Yogic Ministerial certification. She is also active in bringing Yoga to the Public. She is presently teaching in the program for the addiction recovery. Her teaching emphasis, both in yogic and spiritual programs is deeply rooted in the spiritual tradition of Tantra Sahaj Yoga. She combines those teachings with other Yogic and spiritual traditions.

Co-Chair CIC #1

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

Dr Staffan Elgelid is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at nazareth College in Rochester NY. Staffan is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Yoga Therapist. His Yoga approach is influenced by his Feldenkrais training. His main focus with clients is to help them build a nervous system that is robust and agile enough to allow them to learn new activities, enhance present activities, and to withstand the stresses of daily life no matter their age or situation. Staffan teaches in Yoga Therapy programs, conducts workshops nationally and internationally and sees private clients. Staffan is the co-author of "Yoga for Stress and Anxiety", as well as the forthcoming (spring 2017) "Yoga Therapy: A Personalized Approach For Your Active Lifestyle." Staffan has also produced DVD's on topics such as core training and Yoga for sports. Staffan is on the Advisory Board of the IAYT and a board member of the Yoga Alliance.

Co-Chair CIC#5

Michelle Fury, LPC, RCYT

Michelle Fury has been a yoga therapist at Children’s Hospital Colorado for over a decade. She is the author of Using Yoga Therapy to Promote Mental Health in Children and Adolescents. She is also the owner and founder of Embodied Youth, LLC, which specializes in workshops and consultation on pediatric yoga therapy for Autism Spectrum, eating disorders, and anxiety/mood issues.


Presenting Friday Morning Practice - MPF04

Beth (Brahmi) Gold-Bernstein, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Beth (Brahmi) Gold-Berntein, Senior TriYoga Teacher Trainer, Director TriYoga Boston. Brahmi has been practicing yoga since 1976, began teaching in 1982. She began her magical, mystical, and transformative journey with TriYoga in 1993. She has assisted Kaliji in workshops nationally and internationally, and continues to study with Kaliji every opportunity possible.


Presenting Sunday Morning Practice - MPSU03

Sarah Greco, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Faculty

Sarah has taught vinyasa and hatha yoga classes, meditation classes and yoga lifestyle workshops for 15 years and is registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT500, YACEP levels. Sarah is a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Group Facilitator and Therapeutic Yoga Teacher. She is also Yoga Therapy Faculty and Yoga Teacher Training Director for Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. She offers a variety of experiences, from private sessions to weekly yoga classes to international retreats through her independent company, Your Kompass LLC (yourkompass.com). Sarah is passionate about empowering individuals with the skills and confidence to choose a life they love—in good health, relationships, career, and service.

Co-Chair CIC#6

Soleil Hepner, PRYT, C-IAYT

Soleil Hepner is the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Program Director, training new therapists around the world since 2006. In addition, she is a Business Coach for students and creator of an online program developed for Yoga Therapists - "Showcase Workshops - Shine a Light on Your Work". With 20 years in High Tech (corporate) and another 14 years in High Touch (PRYT), Soleil understands that you can only succeed as a Yoga Therapist if you are In Authentic Action. Soleil practices what she preaches in her own private practice in San Diego, where she specializes in Trauma, Recovery, and Mental Health and regularly speaks to therapists in California, advocating the need to bring the BODY into (talk) Therapies.  Find her at SoleilHepner.com


Presenting Sunday Morning Practice - MPSU02

Ginger Hooven, C-IAYT, AP (NAMA), MA-Ayur, E-RYT 500

Ginger Kamalesh Hooven, Ayurveda Practitioner (NAMA , MA Ayurveda) & Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT, E-RYT 500), is Dean of Mount Madonna Institute’s School of Yoga. She teaches in the Yoga Teacher Trainings and the College of Ayurveda. Her classes include Yoga Sadhana, Samkhya Philosophy, Anatomy & Physiology, Subtle Body, Asana Biomechanics, Ayurveda and Yoga. When Ginger is not at Mount Madonna, she lives in Antigua Guatemala where she has a restaurant (Café Condesa) and runs a small retreat center (Casa San Juan posada – yoga – Ayurveda). Living in Antigua since 1986, Ginger opened the first yoga studio there in 2000. In 2002 she began her formal studies of yoga with Georg Feuerstein (Yoga Research and Education Center) at Mount Madonna Center. Later that same year she moved her family to Mount Madonna Center and became a student of Baba Hari Dass. She has been an IAYT member since 2008.

Presenting Sunday Morning Practice - MPSU04

Masayo Kaneko, RN, Certified Yoga Therapist

Masayo Kaneko, RN, Certified Yoga Therapist. Masayo’s interest in mind-body practices began while working as a nurse in Japan in a palliative care unit. She completed the YIC (Yoga Instructor Course, sVYASA) and YTIC (Yoga Therapy Instrutor Course, sVYASA) and studies Raja Yoga under Keishin Kimura, president of the Japan Yoga Therapy Society. As her passion for yoga therapy grew, in 2006 she began offering yoga therapy for palliative care patients to improve their quality of life with good results. She has continued teaching yoga therapy since moving to Arizona, U.S.A. She offers private lessons to local clients, providing them with a holistic yoga therapy program including Isometric Yoga, Isometric Breathing, and Vedic meditation.


Presenting Saturday Morning Practice MPS03

Tim Keim, C-IAYT

Tim Keim first stepped onto a yoga mat in 1994. Twenty-two years and 10,000 hours of personal practice later, he has healed himself of Crohn’s Disease and depression.  Tim is the originator of Comfortable Engagement Yoga, a style of practice that emphasizes gentleness as the path to strength. One of the main tenets of Comfortable Engagement Yoga is, “If you can’t smile while you’re practicing, you’re working too hard.”  To meet the needs of his students with osteoporosis, Tim wrote the simple practice guidebook, The Dynamic Dozen: 12 Accessible Yoga Poses for Building Bone Density, Strength and Balance (Lystra Publishing 2014).  Tim’s mission is to help Baby Boomers and following generations become Triumphant Elders who will live longer, love stronger, and help change the course of human evolution.


Presenting Saturday Morning Practice MPS01

Carolyn Keller-Sells, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher (CLYT), Kripalu Yoga In Schools Certified Teacher (KYISCT)

Carolyn changed careers in 2011 from Medical Business Manager to Yoga Teacher. Yoga helped to reduce her stress and now she is teaching Yoga to help others enjoy more peace in their mind, body, and spirit. Carolyn enjoys teaching very eclectic and diverse groups of yoga classes. She is a certified yoga therapist teaching at MCV Psychiatric units, Teens in crisis at St. Joseph’s Villa, Next Up Middle school, private clients as well as corporate venues, Anthem, gyms, retirement facilities, festivals and her own studio: YogaEnergyTherapy.com
She enjoys many styles of yoga including Laughter Yoga!  Carolyn offers retreats and training's at her home in Montpelier, VA (about 40 minutes from Richmond, VA) “Peace Hill Chateau” a beautiful farm surrounded by trees with a big Koi pond in front of the home.

Friday Afternoon - TF03
& Presenting Saturday
Afternoon - TS08

Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT

Carol Krucoff is a yoga therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, where she offers individual sessions and classes for people with health challenges and co-directs the Integrative Yoga for Seniors Professional Training. An award-winning health journalist, Carol served as founding editor of The Washington Post’s Health Section, has written for numerous national publications, and is the author of several books including “Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less” and “Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain.” For information: www.healingmoves.com. She is co-director, with Kimberly Carson, of the IAYT member school, Yoga for Seniors, which offers trainings designed to help yoga instructors work safely and effectively with older adults. They are co-creators of a DVD and a book, “Relax into Yoga for Seniors: A Six Week Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility and Pain Relief.” For information: www.yoga4seniors.com.


Co-chair CIC#6

Laura Kupperman, MA, Professional Yoga Therapist

Laura Kupperman is a Professional Yoga Therapist and longtime Career and Business Coach who helps yogis and other wellness professional grow their business. She is the creator of "Full Lotus," an online business course for yoga therapists, and the host and founder of the Connect and Learn free webinar series for yoga professionals. Laura also runs the popular Yoga Therapy Facebook Group, where thousands of yogis from around the world share resources and support. Laura's teaching specialty is yoga for cancer survivors and yoga for fertility enhancement. She is on the faculty of Inner Peace Yoga Therapy.


Presenting Friday Afternoon - TF06 & Saturday Afternoon - TS01

Linda Lack, PhD, E-RYT 500, YTRX

A widely-respected educator, healer and international lecturer, Lack developed The Thinking Body-The Feeling Mind ® at her studio in Los Angeles. It is now practiced and taught throughout the United States as well as parts of Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.  With 40 years of experience in Yoga/Movement Therapy, Lack has focused on targeting injury resolution, resolving chronic pain, deterring the effects of aging and on using structured movement for transforming the outcomes of emotional and physical dis-ease. She is an expert in the analysis of movement problems for both untrained novices and highly-trained clients. In addition to private practice, Dr. Lack is on faculty with Loyola Marymount’s Credentialed Yoga Therapy RX program.  Lack offers training certifications and technique training programs for Yoga Teachers and Movement/Yoga Therapists and for professional-level movers/dancers.
Contact: lindalack@lindalack.com


Presenting Sunday Morning Practice - MPSU01

Megan Lurie McCarver, MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Megan began with Therapeutic Massage (Megassage) for 12 years until she co-founded Santa Monica Yoga, which at that time, offered therapeutic massage and yoga. Next, she created Print and Go Yoga for iVillage and www.yogaeverywhere.com. She is now a co-director and faculty member of the Yoga Therapist Training Program at Be The Change Yoga in Irvine, California. She has considerable expertise in pain management as well as in teaching Meditations for Mindfulness. Megan travels throughout California presenting passionate yoga and meditation modules in addition to leading an annual fall retreat to the Santa Cruz Redwoods. www.meganmccarver.com


Presenting Friday Afternoon - TF02 & Saturday Afternoon - TS07

Maria Mendola, RN, MS, E-RYT

Maria is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Community Health. She has completed several certifications, including: Integrative Yoga Therapy; Structural Yoga Therapy; Trauma Release Training, Ayurvedic Health Specialist training, and Neuro-Kinetic Therapy Level 3. Maria maintains a private Yoga & Ayurvedic therapy consultation practice, and manages her school of advanced yoga therapeutics called Functional Yoga Therapy. In addition she holds several faculty positions with other schools across the nation for teaching both yoga therapy & Ayurveda. She uses her training and experience in the concepts of yoga combined with the structural aspects of the body, and it's subtle emotional held patterning to work with clients from a functional perspective. Maria's motto is: "The real yoga begins when we step off the mat."


Co-Chair CIC#3

Kathleen Ross-Allee, YTRX 500-C, ACE

Kathleen Ross-Allee is a certified yoga therapist and fitness trainer with more than 25 years of experience as a health and wellness expert. She is the managing director of the Loyola Marymount University Yoga Therapy Rx programs, where she was an inaugural participant and graduate of the program. Working alongside founder Larry Payne, she went on to develop the fourth year Internship Program at LMU. She has developed and continues to teach yoga therapy and fitness rehabilitation programs to support cancer treatment at Cedars Sinai-Tower Hematology, Cedars Sinai-Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Center, Cedars Sinai-Brandman Breast Center, and USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCLA-Olive, and Tower Cancer Research Foundation.  Additionally, Kathleen offers a regular, free “Yoga Therapy for Parkinson’s” class for patients and caregivers. Kathleen started her company 'Leen Bodies in 1991 as a personal trainer in Los Angeles specializing in post-rehabilitation exercise programs, and completed her initial yoga training at The Center for Yoga in L.A. in 2002.


Presenting Friday Afternoon - TF09 & Saturday Afternoon - TS04

Robin Rothenberg, C-IAYT, Yoga Therapist

Robin Rothenberg, director of Essential Yoga Therapy, has studied pranayama in the Viniyoga lineage for over fifteen years. Debilitated by respiratory illness as a child and COPD as an adult, pranayama has been a critical support for her health. However, after a severe flu resulted in a malingering cough, Robin sought resolution to her respiratory malaise and found the Buteyko breathing method, which emphasizes breath reduction and retention. With fresh eyes, she returned to the ancient yoga texts and was amazed to find that the yogis prescribe breathing much the way she learned to breathe via Buteyko. The result of this practice has been consistent health, vitality and mental clarity, alleviation of cough and snoring, and weight loss due to reduced cravings. She has become a Certified Buteyko Practitioner and has completely transformed her personal pranayama practice and her orientation to teaching pranayama, emphasizing breathing less to increase prana.


Presenting Saturday Morning Practice - MPS02

Linda Sandell, PhD, RYT 200, Yoga Therapist

Linda is a Professor at Washington University in St. Louis in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cell Biology and Physiology and Biomedical Engineering and Founding Director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center. She teaches yoga and yoga therapy in my studio, Inspire Yoga, and at the Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center.  Her yoga and yoga therapy training have included:
2009 RYT-200, Yoga Source, St. Louis, MO
2011 Certificate: Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors, Duke Integrative Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC, with Carol Krucoff and Kimberly Carson
2012 Certificate: Yoga of Awareness, Duke Integrative Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC with Kimberly and Steve Carson
2013 Certificate: Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors Advanced Workshop, Duke Integrative Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC with Carol Krucoff and Kimberly Carson
2013 The Essence of Personalized Yoga Therapy, YogaLife Academy, Sedona, AZ with Saraswathi Vesudevan
2014-2016 Yoga Vaida (Yoga Therapy Program, IAYT Accreditated), Yoga Vahini School, Saraswathi Vasudevan, Chennai, India (800 hr Yoga Therapy Program)


Presenting Saturday
Afternoon - TS10

Dilip Sarkar, MD, FACS, CAP

Dilip Sarkar is  a retired Vascular Surgeon turned Yoga Therapist and Certified Ayurveda Practitioner, teaches Yoga Therapy both nationally and internationally to health care providers, with a focus on integrating yogic wisdom and the science of conventional medicine. He started the first category one ACCME-approved CME course in the USA for physicians: “Yoga Therapy for Medical Professionals.” He serves on several local and national healthcare boards as: Past President of the Board for the American Heart Association, Hampton Roads Chapter, Virginia; President of the board of directors, International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT); Chairman of the Board, Life in Yoga Institute; Life Member, National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS); and Fellow, American Associations of Integrative Medicine (AAIM). He retired as an Associate Professor of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia and is currently the Chairman of the School of Integrative Medicine, Taksha Institute, Hampton, Virginia. His new DVD “Yoga Therapy for Health and Healing: A Daily Practice” has been well received by the Yoga Therapy community and his book “Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda and Western Medicine: “A Healthy Convergence” is set for publication in 2016.


Presenting Friday Afternoon - TF10 & Saturday Afternoon - TS02

Antonio Sausys, MA, IGT, CMT, RYT

Antonio Sausys is a somatic psychotherapist and yoga instructor specializing in one-on-one yoga therapy for people with chronic and acute medical conditions as well as emotional imbalance.  He studied with Yoga masters and teachers such as Indra Devi, Swami Shankaradevananda and Larry Payne and has continued his professional development with training in Integrative Grief Therapy with Lyn Prashant, Foot Reflexology, Swedish Therapeutic Massage and Reiki.  Antonio’s work has been or is presented periodically at U.C. Berkeley, California Institute of Integral Studies, Kripalu, is a member of the World Yoga Council, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a TV Host for YogiViews and the founder and Executive Director of ‘Yoga for Health’ the International Yoga Therapy Conference. He is the author of ‘Yoga for Grief Relief: Simple Practices for Transforming Your Grieving Mind and Body’ (New Harbinger).

Co-Chair CIC#4

Karen Soltes, LCSW, C-IAYT, iRest Senior Trainer

Karen Soltes, C-IAYT, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and senior iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher and Trainer.  She has over 35 years of clinical experience in mental health with a wide variety of populations.   Over the past 12 years she has been integrating yoga and iRest Yoga Nidra into her clinical practice, including 8 years at the Washington DC VA Medical Center as part of the Integrative Health and Wellness Program for Veterans with PTSD and other war related conditions. In addition, she is a founding partner and faculty of Warriors at Ease, whose mission is to train yoga and meditation teachers to work with populations that have experienced trauma. She currently resides in Durango Colorado.


Presenting Saturday Morning Practice - MPS04

Jamie Stover Schmitt, EdD, CMA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Jaime Stover Schmitt is the founder and director of Spanda® Yoga Movement Therapy, an IAYT accredited professional yoga therapist training program taking place in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. A former university professor and professional dancer, Dr. Schmitt has been a practicing yoga therapist since 1987, has taught yoga for 40 years, and has trained yoga and Spanda® Fusion teachers since 2003. After studying throughout childhood with a student of Krishnamurti, she continued her studies in the U.S. and India with Sri Swami Rama, Sri Swami Veda, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, and Sri Swami Chandrasekaranand. She is the author of Every Woman’s Yoga, Yoga for Pregnancy, and Yogini’s Kitchen. She’s served on the board of the Yoga Alliance having written some of the standards for yoga teachers used worldwide. Dr. Schmitt currently serves the yoga community on the accreditation committee of The International Association of Yoga Therapists.


Presenting Friday Morning Practice - MPF02

Laurie Streff, E-RYT 200, YTU-IA

Laurie Streff is a movement educator and teacher trainer with over 25 years of teaching experience. Passionate about inspiring people to prioritize self-care through exploratory movement and restorative techniques, she is especially excited to share the self-care principles of therapeutic mobility and myofascial release created by Yoga Tune Up® and The Roll Model® Method which bring heightened awareness of what the body needs to operate at its very best.

Presenting Sunday Morning Practice - MPSU05

Jennifer Taylor, MSW

Jennifer Collins Taylor has a Master's of Social Work with a focus in end of life care, two certifications in harp therapy for end of life, and is an Integrative Yoga Therapy therapist. She has supported Hospice patients and their families for over fifteen years. Jennifer is a thought leader in death education, as well as a recorded musician, ikebana practitioner, and award-winning author. Her business, Living Life, Dying Death, promotes healthy conversations about death and dying through a number of innovations. She has written several scholarly articles on yoga for end of life and has presented on the topic at national conferences.

Co-Chair CIC#1

Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD

Dr. Taylor has 35 years as a leader in integrative rehabilitation and is the editor of the graduate textbook, "Fostering Creativity In Rehabilitation”. His doctorate focused on creativity through the lens of integral yoga philosophy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is past president of the board of directors of IAYT, chair of the CIC’s, and teaches nationally on business development for Yoga therapists and consulting with health professionals interested in utilizing yoga therapy.

Presenting Friday Afternoon - TF08 & Saturday Afternoon - TS03

Shawnee Thornton Hardy,
E-RYT 500, RCYT, Yoga Therapist, MEd, Author

Shawnee is an Educational/Behavior Specialist, Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist and M.Ed. Shawnee has worked with children with autism and special needs for over 16 years. She has specialized in working with children with significant cognitive and language delays, sensory processing deficits and behavior challenges. Shawnee has presented workshops on Yoga for Educators, Yoga for Children with Autism and Special Needs and Yoga for Teens facing the challenges of mental illness. She wrote a published a book, Asanas for Autism and Special Needs – Yoga to Help Children with Their Emotions, Self-Regulation and Body Awareness and is the creator of the C.A.L.M.M Yoga Toolkit. She travels globally to train others in yoga approaches to support children and young adults with autism and special needs. Shawnee is dedicated to helping support youth in developing strategies to cope with stress in order to live happier, healthier more peaceful lives.


Co-Chair CIC#3

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

Robyn Tiger is a Physician and Certified Yoga Therapist. Her yoga therapy practice, Yoga Heals 4 Life, integrates traditional Western medicine with the Eastern science of yoga and serves those touched by cancer, anxiety, and stress related disorders including PTSD. Robyn’s passion to help others more fully grew out of her many years in medical practice witnessing firsthand the need for more complete patient care. In her classes and private sessions, she teaches individuals the tools needed to take an active role in their journey to healing. Robyn received her Bachelors of Science degree from Muhlenberg College. She completed her medical degree, internship in Internal Medicine, and residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She also completed a fellowship in Body Imaging at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Robyn is certified in yoga therapy through Integrative Yoga Therapy. Additionally she is certified in Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy with Sundara Yoga Therapy, Y4C Yoga for Cancer, Yoga for Breast Cancer Recovery and Beyond, Warriors at Ease, Functional Yoga Therapy, Karma Kids Yoga and Yin Yoga. She is currently an iRest Level 1 Teacher in Training pursuing complete iRest Teacher certification. Robyn is on the faculty of Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy as well as their Medical Advisory Board for research. She serves on the Medical Resource Committee for Gilda’s Club of South Jersey, a non-profit aiding all individuals touched by cancer.


Co-Chair CIC#5

Erica Viggiano, E-RYT, LCSW, CACIII

Erica has been providing yoga therapy to adults, adolescents and groups for close to 15 years. As the founder of Integrative Life Services LLC she provides training, consultation and workshops to yoga professionals and other healthcare professionals. Erica has also worked with youth at all points in the juvenile justice system for over 20 years. In recent years she has developed and piloted a yoga therapy intervention to treat self regulation challenges and complex PTSD in youth and young adults.



Friday Afternoon - TF04
& Saturday Afternoon- TS09

Lakshmi Voelker, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, KYTA, AYC

Lakshmi Voelker has over 45 years in the fitness industry specializing in senior fitness and adaptive/disabled fitness. She created Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga in 1982. Creator of the DVD Get Fit Where You Sit and the CD Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga, she has certified more than 1500 teachers worldwide, including health-care professionals at the Mayo Clinic and the New York City Department of Education. She does live certifications all around the United States and also offers one-on-one Teacher Training over Skype worldwide.


Presenting Friday Morning Practice - MPF05

Lorelei Woerner-Eisner, OTR/L, Yoga Therapist

Lorelei has over two decades of Occupational Therapy experience in: pediatrics, sensory integration, acute care, home health, rehabilitation, psychiatrics, and skilled nursing settings. Mid-way through her OT career (over 10 years ago), she began exploring the integration of yoga into her therapeutic settings. In 2007, she completed her 2-year course in Yoga Therapy Rx at Loyola Marymount University. Since that time, Lorelei has continued her yoga studies, completing Yoga Ed training, 250-hour training with Robert Birnberg, and she continues her studies in the Krishnamacharya/Desikichar tradition with Amy Wheeler, PhD. Additionally, Lorelei has studied and provides integrative bodywork to her treatment sessions (including a blend of: Myofascial Release, muscle release techniques and Reiki). She is a regularly featured, national speaker on a wide variety of topics, bringing an integrative yoga perspective to the field of Occupational Therapy. Lorelei has written extensive handbooks to accompany each of the day-long workshops. Her current lecture series focuses on an integrative perspective to enhancing executive function. In addition, Lorelei leads retreats focusing on a blend of mind, body and spirit. Lorelei provides private/concierge integrative therapeutics and home health services in Malibu.

Friday Afternoon - TF04
& Saturday Afternoon - TS09


Brenda Yarnold, MA, E-RYT 200, E-LVCYTT

Brenda has always desired to help others, particularly those who may feel challenged in their bodies from illness, weight issues, age, or otherwise. Brenda was certified in Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga in August, 2014, after which training she knew she found her path of bringing yoga to every-body. After Brenda served Lead Assistant for seven certifications, she earned her E-LVCYTT and Co-Director designations. She is trained in functional anatomy and is earning her 300-hour Yoga Therapy certification. Brenda has a compassionate, non-judgmental training style. Following in Lakshmi’s footsteps, her programs are challenging yet fun.

Presenting Friday Morning Practice - MPF03

Helena Zera, RN, E-RYT 500

Helena Zera is VYANA Foundress; HastaPada® & VediVaahan’s.  Helena unites physical and esoteric anatomy as a RN and Polarity Therapist. She is the Foundress of the HastaPada® as an evolutionary prop to access restorative and krama based asana. A Certified Pelvic Floor Teacher and mother of three, Helena teaches Embodying the Female Pelvis workshops and HastaPada® trainings. Anatomy runs deep in her bones with an orthopedic background including intensive study of integrative, kinesthetic and structural anatomy. She is a 500 Ayuryoga® Consultant, 200 APTA, and 2* Black Belt TKD. Helena considers herself a Fierce Bhakti for where would yoga be without the Union of Love

 Saturday Evening Entertainment:  Kirtan with the Chant Club

Kali Ray has led Sanskrit chanting for over 35 years and has been drawn to music her entire life. Kaliji is internationally renowned as a yogini and founder of TriYoga®  which is taught in 40+ countries by more than 1700 certified teachers with 60 Centers.  Inspired by her love for animals, she has practiced the vegan lifestyle for over 40 years. triyoga.com

Prasann Salkar, from Goa, India, has played tabla since early childhood.  At age 11, he was asked to play for Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. He is recognized as a tabla genius. Prasann performs and teaches tabla full time.   

Bernhard Beibl, from Vienna, Austria, attended the Joseph Haydn Conservatory where he studied jazz guitar with Gerald Gradwohl and graduated with distinction. He performs and teaches guitar.