IYTI Director: Nancy Candea
Nancy has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1986 and teaching since 1997. She is the director of the International Yoga Therapy Institute, a 1000 hour yoga therapy education school. Her style of teaching reflects what she has learned from many senior-level teachers in the Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara and Integral styles of yoga, along with her study of Ayurveda. She is also the founder and director of Yoga Impact and the Training Director of Kula for Karma. Through these not-for-profit organizations, Nancy has taught yoga and meditation in jails, shelters, and cancer treatment centers, and brought yoga to the under-served: inmates, war veterans, the chronically ill, at-risk youth, the homeless, victims of abuse, and addicts. She is an Adjunct Professor of Yoga at the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey. After owning a yoga studio in Hawaii for five years, Nancy moved to Boulder, Colorado and taught yoga to professional athletes. She currently directs her basic and advanced yoga teacher trainings and yoga therapist trainings in Greece, Detroit, Northern New Jersey and Boulder, Colorado. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Yoga Therapy Today, Boulder Magazine, and Natural Awakenings.
Ayurveda: Dr. Jennifer Rioux
Dr. Rioux is certified as an Ayurvedic practitioner C-AP (NAMA) and yoga therapist (C_IAYT) at the highest levels and has been in private practice since 2000. She serves on the Advisory Board of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and has served two terms on the Board of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. She has been on faculty at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the University of new Mexico Medical School, as well as the Ayurvedic Institute and the Asheville school of Yoga and Massage. Jennifer earned a PhD in Medical and Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 2002. She is an expert on integrative medicine, holistic health and whole-systems, qualitative and ethnographic research. In 2010, she received a National Institutes of Health (NIH/NCCAM) research fellowship through the University of Arizona Medical School. Her research is cited by the NIH, as evidence of the effectiveness of mind-body medicine: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/providers/digest/weightloss-science#yoga
Pathology: Dr. Jayashree S. Pathak MBBS, C-IAYT, DYEd, PGDYTD
Jayashree is an experienced family physician and expert Yoga Therapist. She combines her 25 years of family medicine practice with over 15 years of Yoga therapy experience to deliver integrative treatment to patients. She is a core member and a leading Yoga Therapist at the Department of Integrative Medicine, VA Hospital East Orange, NJ. Medical Yoga based integrative care at the VA Hospital has grown substantially under her leadership to include therapy for chronic illnesses, psychiatry inpatients, and substance abuse rehabilitation residential patients. Over the years, she has also conducted many Yoga Therapy workshops for special interest groups such as children, geriatric population, women, Theatre Arts students etc. In addition to her clinical and Yoga Therapy experience, Jayashree has extensive experience in Yoga Instruction. She has held teaching positions in India at Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute and Mumbai University for many years teaching Yoga, Medicine and Yoga Therapy. At the VA Hospital, Jayashree has addressed health care professional via Grand Rounds lectures to bring about awareness of the science behind Yoga Therapy and its benefits.
Jayashree’s professional goal and vision is to provide health care to Veterans and the underserved population by leveraging her modern medicine and Yoga Therapy experience. She lives in Iselin, NJ and enjoys vegetarian cooking, exploring places and being with her family.
Professional Practices: Mary Lauttamus
Mary is a student and teacher of integrative therapeutic yoga, which combines the ancient wisdom of yoga with a contemporary understanding of health and wellness. Formerly the Director of the Yoga Therapy Program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Mary completed her training in yoga therapy with Integrative Yoga Therapy, Functional Yoga Therapy, and Yoga for Awareness of Cancer held at Duke Integrative Medicine. She’s a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), has a Masters Degree in Social Work and is a certified Hudson Institute Coach. Mary is also on the Advisory Board for the International Association of Yoga Therapists, she maintains a private yoga therapy practice where she partners with her clients to help them learn to manage chronic health conditions, and is currently studying with Tias and Surya Little at Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, NM. For more about Mary, visit her website: marypartlow.com.
Psychology: Dr. Michelle Barrett
Dr. Barrett is an Assistant Professor and Program Chair for Psychology at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J. She is also a licensed psychologist in N.J. and CA. Her clinical interests are Health Psychology, Psychology of Women and Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic theory and practice. She has worked with individuals experiencing a wide range of difficulties and served on crisis response teams in N.J. Dr. Barrett has given many presentations on Adolescence, Test Anxiety, Healthy Relationships and Trauma. She has co-led service learning trips to the Dominican Republic focusing on domestic violence education and prevention. She is a board member of Yoga Impact and a 200 hour certified yoga instructor. She is interested in how yoga and meditation can be beneficial for several mental health issues.
Physiology and Pathology: Dr. Patricia Mather
Dr. Mather received her BS in Political Science, Community Service and Public Affairs in 1972 from the University of Oregon. She then began a period of cross-cultural studies with American Indians that strengthened her interest in botanicals as a source of health and healing. She returned to the University setting in 1976 to complete her pre-Med studies before entering the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1978. She graduated in 1982 with a degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, receiving the Hahnemann Scholarship for her manuscript on Children's Remedies. Dr. Mather has maintained an active family practice since 1983, with a focus on Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Family health care. She has also lectured extensively throughout the islands and the West Coast, sharing simple, effective health practices and treatment protocols that support her philosophy that "Health is our Birthright" and that through simple observation and compliance to natural laws, we can regain and maintain optimal health, becoming active participants in a world that works for everyone. Please visit PacificHolistics.com for more information.
Mobility Issues: Beth Spinder
Beth Spinder C-IAYT, ERYT500 is a yoga therapist, teacher, and published writer on yoga related subjects. A frequent contributor to YogaInternational.com, she has offered yoga therapy in hospitals, clinics, and schools and has been on staff as a yoga therapist at the Himalayan Institute, Omega Institute, and in centers for addiction and recovery. Beth travels worldwide offering inspiring retreats and trainings at Sivananda Ashrams and private retreat centers. She has studied and taught yoga and meditation since the 1970s and found her teacher Eknath Easwaran in the 1980s. Since then she has studied with senior teachers of the Iyengar and Desikachar lineages. She utilizes techniques from her studies of Tantra via the Himalayan tradition, ParaYoga, Yin, Phoenix Rising, and Anusara principles. She was the education director of a 200 and 500 hour teacher training program, as well as the executive director of the nonprofit yoga education center. Her work includes employment as a medical yoga therapist and holistic liaison at a major medical facility where she lectured interdepartmentally on stress management and yoga therapy. She has worked with all age groups and levels, bringing yoga to college campuses, homeless shelters, juvenile detention, advanced studies programs, churches and public schools. Beth has had the pleasure of seeing teachers develop, and minds and bodies heal, through the gifts of her teachers and looks forward to seeing yoga integrated into world medicine. You can find her current schedule at TeachtoInspire.com
Anatomy: Carol Anne Patterson
Carol Anne Patterson is a Physical Therapist, Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master Teacher with a holistic healing practice in Cranford, NJ. For more than 20 years as a Physical Therapist, she has been dedicated to helping others restore the balanced posture and movement of the body. In private sessions, she brings people to an individual yoga practice that supports their individual needs. She also teaches small alignment-based yoga classes and teaches anatomy workshops at various yoga studios. She is on faculty at several Yoga Schools teaching to 200 and 500 hour Yoga Students.
Arthritic Issues: Lynn Crimando
Lynn Crimando, MA, C-IAYT has been a yoga and meditation practitioner for thirty years. She has taught yoga therapeutically since 2002 at venues as diverse as the Tiffany & Co. corporate office and a women’s resource center in the poorest congressional district in the US, sometimes on the same day. A graduate of the American Viniyoga Institute’s Yoga Therapist training studying under Gary Kraftsow, Lynn is also certified to teach Robin Rothenberg’s Essential Low Back program, based on Gary and Robin’s work on the National Institutes of Health study on yoga and back pain. Lynn presents lectures, programs, and community forums at hospitals, senior centers, and corporations throughout New York on behalf of the New York Arthritis Foundation, and has also worked extensively with senior populations. She teaches group chair classes in various locations around New York City on behalf of Health Advocates for Older People and is on the staff of the Rutgers Presbyterian Church Adult Wellness Initiative. Lynn is on the faculty of the Long Island Institute of Yoga Therapy.and is a Duke Integrative-Medicine Integrative Health Coach. She previously served as the coordinator for the Therapeutic Yoga classes and the Anatomy & Breath Clinic at the Breathing Project, working with Leslie Kaminoff.
Sanskrit and Philosophy: Michelle Anderson
Michelle discovered her love of yoga in 1991, and has been teaching her enthusiastic approach to the practice since 2002. After an active career in geology, she devoted herself wholly to studying the yogic sciences. Michelle has studied with some of the world’s finest teachers, including Richard Freeman, Matt Sanford, Francisco Kaiut, and Manouso Manos. Her yoga classes blend elements from Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Restorative yoga and popular flow styles, and are fed by creative spontaneity, humor, and observation. Michelle also cultivates a devotional feeling inspired by her time spent in India with Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, where her intense interest in Sanskrit, chant, and Vedic studies began. She has furthered these studies with Dr. Katyayani Poole and Dr. Douglas Brooks. Michelle teaches public and private classes, workshops, retreats, and trainings, and is co-owner of Studio Be Yoga, LLC, a beautiful and well-respected yoga studio in Boulder, CO that focuses primarily on yoga as a healing practice. Please visit StudioBe.com
Pediatric Care: Dr. Yana Kofman
Dr. Kofman is a Licensed NJ Board Certified Physical Therapist. She has over 20 years of experience treating children with congenital and developmental delays, and acquired diagnoses. Dr. Kofman received her Masters and Clinical Doctorate Degrees in Physical Therapy Magna Cum Laude from UMDNJ. Dr. Kofman maintains a private practice in Morristown, NJ specializing in pediatric developmental disorders. Our Practice utilizes step by step Yoga methodology, therapeutic hands-on and integrated system of hatha yoga poses, age and developmentally appropriate, breathing exercises, music, sound therapy and relaxation techniques, helping our students to achieve their optimal potential. Dr. Kofman's focus and dedication to practice and incorporate whole child approach principles and multi-system approach with children to enhance gross and fine motor skill acquisition. Dr. Yana hopes to share and to apply Yoga's amazing benefits to each and every child while discovering their unlimited potential via mind, body and spirit connection. Dr. Yana Kofman is a member of an APTA, NJPTA, and IAYT and a Licensed Practitioner of Yoga for the Special Child
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Neurological Issues: Theresa Conroy
Before beginning her career in Yoga, Theresa 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 became a yoga instructor because she was driven to share the benefits yoga has brought to her life. With the support of her yoga practice, Theresa quit smoking, shed 50 pounds and overcame an anxiety disorder. 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. She trains other teachers and therapists to teach Yoga for Parkinson's Disease, Neurological Disorders and Special Populations. 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.