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Beth Gibbs

MA, E-RYT 500, Integrative Yoga Therapist

Beth Gibbs, MA, E-RYT 500, is a certified yoga therapist through Integrative Yoga Therapy. She is a member of the IYT teaching faculty and directs the school’s Professional Yoga Therapist Internship Program. Beth has a masters degree in Yoga Therapy and Mind/Body Health from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She is the author of "Ogi Bogi, The Elephant Yogi," a therapeutic yoga book for children with a companion manual for adults who work with children.  For more information about her work, visit her website: 



Cathy Prescott

Integrative Yoga Therapist

Cathy is senior faculty for the Professional Yoga Therapist Program. She has been teaching since 1999 and brings more than 30 years of yoga practice to her classes. Cathy is certified in Ayurveda as a Lifestyle Consultant and Yoga Specialist and has extensive training in Satyananda Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Pheonix Rising Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, Remedial Massage, Clinical Aromatherapy, Reiki and Wellness Coaching. Along with her e-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance designation, she is also registered as a Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) abd Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT). Her yoga therapy practice focuses on young families, from prenatal and childbirth preparation to classes for mom and baby through the toddler years. For more information, please visit

Maria_Yoni_Mudra_1 copy_smallthumb.jpgMaria KaliMa 

RN, MS , e-RYT 500, Structural Yoga Therapist, Integrative Yoga Therapist

Maria holds a Bachelor's degree in Nursing and Master’s in Community Health, has taught Nursing Sciences at the College level, as well as Anatomy & Physiology. In addition, Maria has extensively studied trauma release, Feldenkrais Technique, Kinesiology, Homeopathy, Nutrition & Native American Herbology.  With this background as her base, Maria received her formal yoga certifications from Ananda Yoga, Mount Madonna Ashtanga Yoga, Mukunda Stile's Structural Yoga Therapy, and Joseph Le Page's Integrative Yoga Therapy.  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 pattern to work with clients from a functional perspective. Maria has also studied richly in the field of Ayurveda with many great teachers. She combines these yoga and Ayurveda teachings into her private Yoga & Ayurvedic Therapeutics consultation practice, a seasonal Worldwide Ayurvedic cleanse, and a formal school called Functional Yoga Therapy. Maria holds faculty positions with Integrative Yoga Therapy, Inner Peace Yoga Therapy, and LifeForce Yoga Therapy. Maria's motto is:  "The real yoga begins when we step off the mat." For more information, visit


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e-RYT-500, Integrative Yoga Therapist, Director of 200 Hr. Programs

Ellen Schaeffer, C-IAYT is the director of Integrative Yoga Therapy’s 200-hour affiliate program and a faculty member of Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy.  Founder and owner of One Yoga Center in Foster, Rhode Island, Ellen has taught yoga for more then 20 years and trained yoga teachers for 10. In addition to her yoga education Ellen has an educational and professional foundation in psychology and human development. Ellen is passionate about fusing the teachings of eastern and western psychology into her yoga therapy practice and is especially called to work with individuals experiencing psychological, emotional and spiritual challenges. This includes work on a psychiatric, inpatient unit. For more information please visit

Genevieve.jpgGenevieve Yellin

e-RYT 500 RCYT; RPYT, Integrative Yoga Therapist

Genevieve is a trained Professional Yoga Therapist through Integrative Yoga Therapy, as well as a registered e-RYT 500, registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) and a registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) with the Yoga Alliance. Trainings that round out her Yoga Therapy education include Functional Yoga Therapy, Relax & Renew Restorative Yoga, Anatomy Trains Myofascial studies (KMI), Mind Body Adaptive Yoga, Therapeutic Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis, Pheonix Rising Yoga Therapy, Svastha Yoga with Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandarim in Chennai, India, Vipassana Meditation, Mindfulness Training and Level 2 Reiki Practitioner. Genevieve also has a professional background in biochemistry. Genevieve is the Director of Sundara's Integrative Yoga Therapy 200 Hr Teacher Training in Austin, TX. She also Founder/Director of Sundara's Overcoming Anxiety Clinic and Co-Director of Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy Training as well as an Integrative Yoga Therapy faculty member. For more information, please visit

Liz Heffernan

MA, e-RYT 500, Integrative Yoga Therapist

Liz has been teaching yoga for over 17 years. She brings a passion for therapeutic alignment and philosphy and extensive experience in the Hatha Yoga systems of Kripalu, Ashtanga abd Anusara. Liz directs and instructs Yoga Alliance recognized teacher training programs in worldwide locations annually and serves as a mentor for the Integrative Yoga Therapy's Professional Yoga Therapy Program. She draws on two decades of personal yoga practice as she instructs classes, professional workshops and private therapeutic yoga sessions in the Upper Valley Region of New Hampshire. For more information please visit

Sally Weber_smallthumb.jpgSally Weber

BS, e-RYT 500, Integrative Yoga Therapist 

Sally is a mentor for the IYT Profession Yoga Therapy Internship program and a member of the IYT teaching faculty. She is also currently enrolled in an intensive Dharma Teacher Training program. She has been a student of yoga since 1976 and credits yoga for keeping her healthy and sane. Sally has been an enthusiast of IYT since her teaching certification in 2001 and continued with the PYT Program. She opened a yoga studio in Mississippi before Hurricane Katrina changed the course of her life. She credits IYT and continued practice in yoga for her ability to view wellness through a multi-faceted lens. Sally has had many trainings and teachers to thank for a well-rounded understanding of the depths of yoga and Ayurveda. She is certified in Yoga Nidra, Yamana Body Rolling, and Mindfulness Yoga Teacher Training. Her teaching has included many settings and diverse students from children to high school students to seniors, and many forms of yoga including Yin, Chair, Restorative, Gentle, Breathing, Yoga Nidra and Vinyasa; specializing in Meditation. Sally enjoys creating workshops and specialty classes such as Yoga for Fibromyaligia, Yoga for Healthy Back, Yoga for the Brain, and Yoga for a Good Night's Sleep. 

Nancy Levenson pic_smallthumb.jpg Nancy Levenson

500 E-RYT, Integrative Yoga Therapist

As a professional yoga therapist and champion of yoga as a healing art, Nancy’s mission is helping others restore optimal health through mind, body and spirit practice. Nancy describes her style of yoga as compassionate and expressive.  She focuses on an individual’s overall wellbeing by placing an equal emphasis on their physical, energetic, emotional and spiritual dimensions.  She counts among her influential teachers, Joseph & Lillian LePage, where she received her yoga therapy training through Integrative Yoga Therapy, Judith Hansen Lasater and Gary Kraftsow. Nancy carries an additional certification in Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga. She is also a certified AyurYoga Instructor, blending Yoga with the sister science of Ayurveda. Nancy has worked with patients suffering from Back Pain, Stress, Lupus, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, MS, depression, panic attacks, and extreme fatigue. She is an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Yoga Alliance and Yoga Teachers of Colorado. For more information please visit:

Joan Ryan_smallthumb.jpg Joan E. Ryan, BS, E-RYT-500

Integrative Yoga Therapist, C Ht-Certified Hypnotist, Reiki Master

Joan began her journey as a yoga practitioner, teacher and healer in 1972. She is a Professional Integrative Yoga Therapist through Integrative Yoga Therapy. She empowers individuals and groups to take control of their bodies, minds and lives while improving their overall wellness. As a Master Yoga and Meditation Educator she uses many different yoga practices to inspire and empower students to breathe better, move better and live fuller richer lives. These practices include yoga therapeutics-(breathwork, mudras, yoga  postures, affirmations and guided imagery), Meditation Ayurveda and special  stress management techniques. She teaches workshops and programs including “Therapeutic Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors”, Stress Management for Healthcare Professionals and “Happy Spine Yoga” at yoga centers, hospitals, businesses, schools, conferences and not-for-profit organizations. She also volunteers her time delivering educational workshops and lectures at hospitals, hospice, cancer and other support groups. For more information visit

Karen Clarke photo_smallthumb.jpgKaren O’Donnell Clarke

E-RYT 500, RCYT, Integrative Yoga Therapist 

Karen has been teaching therapeutic adaptive yoga since 1996.  She has a passion for creating a safe and inviting experience for students of all levels of ability, especially students who experience physical challenges due to chronic health conditions. For nine years she taught therapeutic adaptive yoga for children and teens with cerebral palsy, downs syndrome, and autism spectrum disorders. She is the creator of Therapeutic Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis (TAYMS) Yoga Teacher Training.  She has produced two audio CDs, Healing Yoga for Every Body and Gentle Yoga for Every Body, and she’s featured in the video Yes! You Can Yoga for People who have MS. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1997, Karen credits the practices and philosophy of yoga for keeping her healthy and nearly symptom free for over a dozen years.  When she was diagnosed and treated for cancer in 2012, it was yoga that helped keep her sane, in particular, the practices and philosophy she received from her many years of study with Integrative Yoga Therapy.  Her business, Yoga Heals Us LLC, reflects her enthusiasm that yoga heals us on all levels of our being. In addition to IYT, she has advanced certifications from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Yoga of the Heart and Yoga for the Special Child. For more information, please visit

Julie Kusiak_smallthumb.jpgJulie Kusiak 

MA, E-RYT-500, Yoga of the Heart ® certified, Integrative Yoga Therapist

Julie has been an educator in both the hospital and community setting for over 30 years; and has taught yoga classes for cancer survivors since 2004.  She served as the first yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner for the Integrative Medicine Program for Beaumont Health System, Michigan.  Moving to Columbus in 2006, she then developed and continues to teach the therapeutic yoga program for Survivorship Services at Mount Carmel Health Systems.  Julie also facilitates individual yoga therapy and Reiki therapy session; leads the meditation group for the Cancer Support Community; and works one day/week at Nationwide Children’s’ Hospital in the Family Resource Center. For more information please visit:

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Integrative Yoga Therapist, CCE

Karen is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor and Integrative Yoga Therapy yoga therapist. She started her ‘movement’ career as co-Founder and Director of Baby & Me Fitness in 1987 in which she designed and delivered a variety of fitness programs for pregnant women and new mothers, including yoga. Karen wrote the Baby & Me Teacher Training Manual and led many training sessions. She is also a certified Childbirth Educator (CCE). Since 2002, Karen has focused fully on yoga, particularly on the therapeutic aspects of yoga: increasing body and breath awareness and designing personalized programs for small groups and individuals. From a specialization in pregnancy and postpartum, including high risk,  Karen has continued along the life cycle, designing practices for menopausal women, and now seniors. From a therapeutic focus, she designs and delivers yoga programs for people with fibromyalgia, back and joint issues, cancer treatment and recovery, plus sizes, and recovery from various illness or injury. Karen will ‘do yoga’ either in small class settings, or in the client’s home, at their convenience. She can be found at