Created by yoga therapists

for yogis everywhere.

With the guidance of our large and experienced advisory board, we aim to share the best content and build important tools for those that bring the benefits of yoga and yoga therapy to their clients and communities

What We Do

The Yoga Therapy Library was created by and for yoga therapists, teachers of therapeutic yoga, and yoga teachers from all traditions and schools.

It is imperative that yoga therapy clients practice between sessions, therefore the need to make instructional material easily accessible to private clients and class/workshop participants is a constant in the field of yoga therapy. Recognizing this need for resources within our community, we decided to make our images available to our colleagues in a new type of sequence builder.

We at Yoga Therapy Library (YTL) strongly believe that yoga is for everyone, and it is important for everyone to be able to find their reflection in the images used in the community. We are building a library of avatars dedicated to inclusion that represent the beautiful diversity of the world at large. We honor and welcome all.

Every day we come up with ideas for new tools for our friends and colleagues in the Yoga and Yoga Therapy fields. We can’t wait to continue this journey with all of you.

How We Began

The idea for Yoga Therapy Library began when a yoga therapist needed images for her teaching materials and asked her daughter to pose for a few photos.

In order to grow this image library, we engaged an artist to draw pose images based on the original photos. After working with so many different communities and people of all sizes, ages, mobility levels, and ethnic backgrounds, our founder began creating teaching materials and resources that were inclusive and representative of the diversity within the yoga community.

Eventually, we brought in trusted and beloved colleagues - all experts in their respective fields -  to help us create this ever-expanding tool for the yoga professional. Years of love, work, and collaboration have gone into this family endeavor, and we are fortunate to continue to grow this family with every new member. 

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Our Advisors

We are so grateful to have a large community of advisors who share their extensive expertise to help shape the content and tools we provide at Yoga Therapy Library. We are so happy to have these loving, knowledgeable, and passionate individuals as part of the YTL family.

Genevieve Yellin


Genevieve is a Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), ERYT 500, Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) and a Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT). Genevieve’s professional background as an environmental research scientist in the University system, before transitioning to full-time Yoga Therapy practice in 2005 is evident in her approach to yoga therapy. Her teaching serves as an accessible bridge between the ancient teachings of Yoga and modern medical sciences.  Genevieve is the Director of Yoga Therapy within Austin’s People’s Community Clinic’s Integrative Pain Management Program (IPMP), serving under/non-insured individuals.  Genevieve is the Founder/Director of Sundara Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting equity initiatives in Health & Wellness, and serves under-resourced communities.  She is also the founder and Executive Director of TIYT™ Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy Collective’s trainings, and their flagship “Overcome!” evidence-based protocol. Her Yoga Therapy work is extensive, with a concentration in anxiety, depression, addiction/chemical dependency, chronic pain, cancer care, Alzheimer’s/dementia, care-takers, pulmonary rehabilitation. Genevieve is currently in a graduate program at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) with King’s College in London, England. In addition to Integrative Yoga Therapy 1000hr studies, her training includes, but is not limited to, Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM at AOMA), myofascial studies (KMI), Adaptive Yoga (Karen Clarke, Matthew Sanford), Restorative Yoga (Judith Lasater), Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy LII, Therapy, Svastha Yoga with Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandarim in Chennai India, Vipassana Meditation, Mindfulness Studies, Holistic Nutrition and Reiki. For more information, please visit

Shawn Kent


  Shawn is a licensed professional counselor and has worked as a child and family therapist providing individual, family, and group therapy for youth in juvenile detention. He has extensive experience developing and facilitating mindfulness programming for incarcerated youth in residential and outpatient treatment. He was most recently the Clinical Director of the Youth Alternatives wellness program through the Amala Foundation in Austin where he developed and facilitated trauma informed, mindfulness based, yoga therapy protocols for groups and individuals, as well as providing other wellness services for underserved youth in the Austin community. Shawn has been a certified Yoga teacher since 2006. He is an Advisory Board Member of Sundara Foundation and has been very influential in the creation of the TIYT™ Methodology. Shawn is the Founder and Creator of the Community Health Facilitator’s Model offered in partnership with Amala Foundation, and a TIYT™ Affiliated program. Shawn currently provides individual and family therapy, as well as mindfulness-based therapies through GT Therapy Group. Shawn lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and twin girls.

Matra Raj Majmundar

OTR, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, previous President of the board for IAYT

Ms. Raj is an occupational therapist, perinatal educator, and yoga therapist. She has integrated therapeutic yoga into acute care and other clinical settings, research, and community wellness. For the past 40 years, Ms. Raj has presented internationally, published papers, and conducted workshops and seminars for professionals and community wellness programs.           

Ms. Raj integrates therapeutic yoga and occupational therapy in her private practice, including her Yoga for Spine Care program. At Stanford University Medical Center she has integrated yoga therapy into her work as an OT, and she has also worked as a stroke research therapist, including studies through the U.S. Veterans Health Administration. Ms. Raj also provides workshops on yoga for the prevention of heart and lung disorders and has conducted research on yoga for balance and fall prevention. She teaches on balance and stress management at the Y

Her stress-management workshops are intended for parents, and she trains mothers with challenging children to be yoga teachers. Ms. Raj also trains prenatal and mother-and-baby yoga teachers and has created educational DVDs for these groups. She is the author of Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth, and Vibrant Life. 

Ms. Raj is the founder of the Indo-American Community Service Center in Santa Clara, California. She serves on the board of the Palo Alto Family Y. She also serves on the Educational Wellness Committee of the Cardiac Resource Center for Asians at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California. She served on the board of the Society for Art and Cultural Heritage of India. Ms. Raj is an avid hiker and traveler, and she loves to dance.

Mandy Eubanks


Mandy Eubanks (she/her/hers) has spent nearly 20 years of her life studying yoga, well-being, and meditation. Her approach to yoga is grounded in evidence-based practices and applicable to everyday life. She has an immense reverence towards the tradition of yoga that is not of her heritage and a deep curiosity for the practices that transformed her own life.

In 2016 she founded Everyone Yoga School in Tulsa, OK, and trained over 250 yoga teachers at the 200 hour or 500 hour level. She is also a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), Trauma-Informed

 Yoga Educator, Overcome Clinical Facilitator, and Level 1 iRest Yoga Meditation facilitator.

She currently lives in Tulsa, OK near her hometown and has two kids, a bearded dragon, a flock of chickens, and a kitty cat. She works with clients one on one in a therapeutic setting where the practice is individualized to meet their unique goals. As well as trauma-informed group classes at a residential recovery center and a juvenile detention center.

Adriana Cabañas


Adriana Cabañas is medical doctor with a focus on mind body medicine and yoga teacher who brings together the therapeutic approach of both disciplines. Her work is dedicated to create safe spaces in which each person can discover through movement their path to wellbeing. She’s a passionate student always learning more about body awareness, fascia, neuroscience and the mind. From this platform she seeks to bring a scientific basis for the use of yogic and breathing tools as support to explore and strengthen the relaxation response and self-regulation, opening paths for recovery and health. She's co-director of TIYT program in Mexico and creator of Flor de Loto Yoga which is a program for breast cancer patients and survivors. Her work also includes group and private classes and workshops. 

Courtney Bailey


Courtney is a Certified TIYT™ Clinical Facilitator, Certified Yoga Teacher and a TIYT™ Consultant. Her focus is in intergenerational trauma and mental health, particularly in African American/Black and Latino/Hispanic community. Courtney is the Director of Issues and Engagement at Leadership Austin, where she works to enhance educational programs and help build community relationships through issue education. She has a background working with Health Disparities and addressing barriers to mental health care in Austin/Travis County and Central Texas. Additionally, Courtney serves as Staff Advisor to a Dell Medical School student-led group called MESH (Making Equity Standard in Healthcare). Courtney graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and completed the unique interdisciplinary minor in Community Development. Courtney’s interest in community health led her to work with organizations providing voices for marginalized communities, such as the Howard University Center for Urban Progress and the Latino Health Care Forum. She has been awarded grants from both Austin Travis County Health and Human Services, and A Glimmer of Hope Austin Foundation, to provide community health assessments and wellness programs in under-served communities color. On February 9, 2017, Courtney joined the ranks of awardees at the upcoming Central Texas African American Family Support Conference, where she received the Richard Hopkins “Torch” Award – Professional. Courtney works and resides in Austin, Texas.

Sandy Eimers


Sandy Eimers is a pharmacist (RPh), trauma informed yoga therapist (TIYT™, C-IAYT), and corporate wellness speaker, who understands the importance of education and practice to support whole health. Her love of yoga has taken her across North America, Brazil, and India where she studied with yoga masters in Pondicherry and Lonavla. Her accessible classes and private instruction seamlessly blend Western and Eastern healing practices to balance physical, emotional, and behavioral health. She is owner of băl΄•ance® yoga lounge, Ankeny, IA since 2007, and lead instructor of their 200-hour yoga teacher training.

Susan Somers-Willet

Ph.D., RYT-500, RPYT, TIYT

Susan Somers-Willett (she/they) is a writer, educator, parent, and yoga instructor dedicated to inclusion and embodied liberation. Using trauma-informed methods and functional approaches to movement, Susan guides people of all sizes, abilities, and backgrounds to discover and integrate the wisdom of their embodied experiences.

Making a home in higher education for over two decades, Susan holds a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches communication, gender studies, literature, and creative writing. She is also an E-RYT 500 yoga instructor and cancer survivor who marries yoga and social transformation through Yoga in Bold, a project that centers people with bigger bodies and people of all abilities. Susan works as part of the Transforming Wellness and Waking Yoga teaching collectives, which advocate for gender-affirming LGBTQIA+ wellness practices and trauma-informed yoga methods, respectively. Her teachers include Judith Lasater, Dianne Bondy, Amber Karnes, Jivana Heyman, Douglas Brooks.

Susan seeks to help people and organizations empower themselves through accessible movement practices, bodily autonomy, and cultural humility. She advocates for radical self-love, grounded action, leaning into the uncomfortable, and celebrating knowledge—especially when that knowledge transforms limiting scripts we have already learned.

Kerry Meath-Sinkin


Kerry is a Partner and wealth advisor at a boutique wealth management firm, an active Ayurvedic educator, and wellness blogger. She is passionate about helping women cultivate a nourishing relationship with the practical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of their life.

Kerry has always had a strong passion for both the financial and wellness worlds. Kerry graduated from Brown with honors and worked as a consultant for wealth management firms in Washington, D.C. Her love for health and wellness led her to pursue a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center, and a graduate degree from The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM. Kerry performed statistical analysis for a multi-million dollar health USDA grant to understand the impact of school gardening programs on obesity factors for low-income children across Texas.  She also served on the faculty at the Texas A&M College of Medicine, designed an innovative wellness program for low income women in Austin, and continues to serve on the faculty for Overcome Anxiety clinics nationwide.  In whatever capacity Kerry is working in, she strives to bring her personal insights and strategies to help women live more abundant and nourishing lives. 

Kristen Caldwell


Kristen Caldwell is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in trauma and is EMDR trained. She is also a Certified TIYT™ Clinical Facilitator, a register Yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, and trained in EMDR. Kristen is currently pursuing her 800hr certification in Yoga Therapy through Inner Peace Yoga Therapy. Kristen has 15 years’ experience working with diverse populations, socioeconomically, religiously, and ethnically. Her primary counseling focus is working with children between the ages of 9-18, but she has experience with all age groups. Her counseling also incorporates Yoga, Reiki and mindfulness practices. Kristen is also a Home School Communicator, providing interventions, supports, and resources for Tier 3 students and their families to better assist them in decreasing the number of office referrals and out of classroom placements. She offers consultation to school and corporations on how to become trauma informed. Kristen is an avid reader – her favorite book currently: the Alchemist. Kristen lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her two wonderful sons.

Cheryl Van Demark


Cheryl Van Demark is dedicated to integrating yoga therapeutics and Reiki into self-care to support health care, well being and human flourishing. She enjoys creating learning opportunities, both live and virtual, for participants to experience the value of this integration and supports her teaching and personal growth through writing.

As a physical therapist, certified yoga therapist and yoga teacher with a Master's degree in physical education and exercise science. Cheryl has enjoyed over 37 years of helping individuals optimize body alignment, restore movement, build strength and cultivate a balance in body, mind and spirit to pursue joyful living. She is currently serving her community by facilitating an interprofessional and integrative self-care program for people living with chronic pain at Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott, Arizona. Cheryl also offers integrative therapeutic services, yoga-based retreats and experiential training for health professionals promoting well-being through her business, Health In Motion LLC.


Cheryl received her BS in Physical Therapy in 1983 and her MA in Physical Education through Northern Arizona University in 1991 and completed an Integrative Health and Lifestyle program with the University of Arizona in 2014. C-IAYT designates certification with the International Yoga Therapy Association's as a yoga therapist.

Cheryl completed her yoga teacher training in 2008 and her Yoga Therapist education in 2010. For seven years, she served as a faculty member with the Integrative Yoga Therapy Program, now the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy, a program that educates yoga teachers to become yoga therapists.

Cheryl is an adjunct faculty at Yavapai College for yoga instruction and assists with yoga teacher training programs at Prescott College and local yoga studios, providing the anatomy and physiology components of the curriculum.

Professional Affiliations:

Cheryl is a member of the Yoga Alliance certified as a Yoga Alliance Educational Provider, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, The American Physical Therapy Association and the International Association for the Study of Pain.

Alec Brownridge

Alec is an educational data analyst, certified Yoga teacher, TIYT Faculty and Group Facilitation Specialist and an Amala Community Healing Group Facilitator. Alec supports the KIPP Texas Public Schools as an Analyst. He facilitates yoga/mindfulness in Austin, TX and online and teaches yoga, mindfulness, and meditation through Black Boys Om and Sanctuary Yoga. Alec grew up throughout the United States and in Cape Town, South Africa. Alec is dedicated to participating in the embodied learning and healing of historically oppressed communities for collective liberation. He is also passionate about dance which is where he finds freedom. IG: @alec_embodied “Without community, there is no liberation...but community must not mean a shedding of our differences, nor the pathetic pretense that these differences do not exist." ~ Audre Lorde

Read more about some of Alec's work for the BIPOC Men's community in Men's Health magazine

Jessica Byron


Jessica is a registered yoga teacher and professional yoga therapist*. She has been in the health care field for over 34 years and a student of yoga and meditation for over 25 years. Jessica teaches in order to share with clients the experience of yoga as a path of self-discovery and transformation.

Jessica completed her initial yoga teacher training with Swami Maha-Tarananda, studied meditation with Sri Ekanath Easwaran of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation and subsequently studied Integrative Yoga Therapy and Functional Yoga Therapy with Joseph and Lilian LePage and Maria KaliMa. Jessica has additional certification in Yoga for Anxiety, PTSD, TIY (Trauma Informed Yoga), Restorative Yoga, Back Care, Aqua Yoga, Yoga for Seniors. and training with Connected Warriors and Street Yoga (for homeless and at-risk youth). She studied Somatic Yoga with Eleanor Criswell. She has also studied with Nischala Joy Devi and is certified with her Yoga of the Heart®, Cardiac and Cancer Training. Jessica has previously been part of Yoga Connection’s teaching faculty for the Hatha Teacher Training program and Personal Meditation and Yoga Program. She has also served as assistant faculty for Integrative Yoga Therapy Module 1 and is primary faculty for Sundara Yoga Therapy’s Advanced Yoga Therapy Teacher Training for Anxiety, Panic and PTSD and the yoga program for the Tucson-based Foundation for Cardiovascular Health. Jessica also serves as guest faculty for 3 other AZ-based 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training programs. Jessica also completed a two year program with Tacheria in Interfaith Spirituality, learning about various paths for companioning others on their journeys in health and wholeness. She completed a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program, a proven program to address stress, chronic illness and pain with the tools of mindfulness. Jessica retired from the practice of medicine in 2013 to focus on the further study and teaching of yoga and integrative yoga therapy. She is a certified yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.


With Healing Path Yoga, LLC, Jessica is offering hatha yoga, mindfulness and relaxation practices, guided meditation, aqua yoga, adaptive yoga, and yoga therapy* for groups or individuals, as well as yoga teacher training and mentoring.


*The yoga therapy components of my instruction and practice are based on my training with Integrative Yoga Therapy, not derived from my status as an RYT® and YACEP with Yoga Alliance Registry.

Eleanor Criswell

Eleanor Criswell is emeritus professor of psychology and former chair of the psychology department, Sonoma State University. Founding director of the Humanistic Psychology Institute (now Saybrook University, San Francisco), she is editor of Somatics Magazine, the magazine-journal of the mind-body arts and sciences, and director of the Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training. Her books includeBiofeedback and Somatics: Toward Personal Evolution, How Yoga Works: An Introduction to Somatic Yoga, and she is editor ofCram's Introduction to Surface Electromyography. She is past president and board member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, president of the Somatics Society, and past president of Division 32-Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Humanistic Psychology, and the Biofeedback Society of California. She is the originator of Somatic Yoga and Equine Hanna Somatics. Her research interests include biofeedback/neurofeedback, psychophysiology, yoga, mind-body practices, somatics, and meditation.

Jacob Fisher

A graduate of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. While earning his BBA, he majored in Supply Chain Management, minored in Marketing, and received a certificate in Business and Public Policy. His professional experience and skill set ranges from business development, tech sales, fundraising, strategic planning, venue management, project management, program facilitation and development, content creation, marketing, administration support, and outreach.

Jacob has a passion for connecting inner change with social transformation. He’s a Community Healing Centered Facilitator, TIYT (Trauma-Informed Yoga Training) faculty member, Embodied Social Justice practitioner, and certified yoga teacher. Cultivating presence is woven into everything he engages in. Developing a connection to nature has allowed him to move through the world with clarity, peace, and gratitude.

His personal mission statement is supporting the community in embodied practices to reconnect us with our natural state of wellbeing and freedom. He believes that ultimately “Freedom is who you are.” He’s a firm advocate for shared leadership, collective impact, and embodying the value of inclusion. Jacob loves listening to music and any somatic movements that can bring him back into his body and this present moment. In his current role as Development and Programs Coordinator for the Outdoor Foundation, he aims to bring the benefits, joy, and liberation of nature to BIPOC communities and all who are willing to commune with the outdoors!

Learn more about Jacob by tuning into his guest appearance on the Yoga and... podcast Ep 32 Yoga and Connecting to Inner and Outer Transformation

or tune into this episode of Austin Parkcast
Mental Health: Finding Mindfulness and Meaning Through Nature-based Experiences

Abby Lentz

Abby Lentz began practicing yoga after becoming a mom in 1974. She founded HeavyWeight Yoga® in 2004 after she earned her Kripalu Yoga Teaching Certification.

Abby’s HeavyWeight Yoga DVDs have been well received and continue to be top sellers on She was named toFitness Magazine’s Fit 50 List, as well as being chosen by More Magazine in both their Best Workout DVD Dozen and Best Yoga DVDs — a list that included Rodney Yee, Shiva Ra, and Julian Michaels.

On TV news, Abby has appeared on Better, the nationally syndicated lifestyle show from Better Homes and Gardens, WFAA in Dallas, as well as the morning news programs Great Day Houston and Great Day San Antonio. Her presentations on “Yoga is not a 4-letter word” and “The obese athlete, not an oxymornon” have been well received at health conferences and corporate events.

Abby launched her HeavyWeight Yoga teacher certification in 2011, and her teaching students’ classes are now being offered in Chicago, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, and Wilksboro, NC. In 2012 Abby became a member of the Sundara Integrative Yoga Therapy faculty, where she instructs new yoga teachers on Sensitivity as well as The Business of Yoga.

She has studied with three of the Yoga Journal Yoga Innovators — Lilias Folan, Erich Schiffmann and Judith Lasater. She became one of Judith’s certified Relax & Renew Instructors in 2005.

Off the mat, Abby is an avid bicyclist and movie goer. She’s walked the Dublin City Marathon to benefit the Arthritis Foundation and is a triathlete, having completed the Danskin Triathlon three times. She has been a rider in two of Lance Armstrong’s Ride for the Roses and in the 2-day Hill Country Ride for AIDS.

Seemingly living her life in reverse, Abby didn’t go to college until she was 30. In 1982 she graduated with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a Presidental Scholar. She’s also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.

Learn more about Abby on her website

Bhawna Luthra


Bhawna Luthra is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has been in practice for last 13 years in Houston/Galveston Area. Currently, she offers telehealth session all over Texas. She has worked in various types of settings including hospital, school, college and private practice. These different settings have given her the opportunity to work with a diverse group of individuals of different age groups. In her current practice, she provides counseling to individuals who suffer from chronic pain, trauma, anxiety and depression. She also works with families who are struggling to manage daily stressors of raising children and finding work life balance. Also, she provides marital therapy to couples and family therapy to families facing relationship issues and conflicts.  She has several training in various therapeutic methods such as Dialectical behavioral therapy, Cognitive behavior therapy, Emotional Focused therapy and Eye movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She is certified with state of Texas to provide premarital workshop through Together in Texas program. In addition, she is a certified yoga instructor who has received training in the United States and India. She is trained in trauma informed yoga therapy through “Sundara Yoga” from Austin, Texas. She incorporates Pranayama, yogic breathing and meditation into therapy session with her clients. She has witnessed the healing power of yogic breathing and the significant improvement among clients suffering from a variety of physical, mental and emotional health issues. She does wholistic work with her clients where the goal is self-growth alongside bring positive change for everyone around them. She is trained in Mind Body Medicine program and offers mind body skills to communities facing trauma and depression due to natural disaster and social crisis. She has given several workshops in the community on topics such as Raising Emotionally healthy children, Building healthy relationships, stress management, and Power of breath and Meditation.  She has been on different radio talks covering various mental health topics. She is part of several non-profit organization and offers counseling free of charge to victim of abuse, neglect and natural calamity.

Caelin Nadin


Caelin Nadin is a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) who specializes treating anxiety, depression, PTSD and chronic pain, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Caelin is also a Certified TIYT™ Clinical Facilitator, Director of TIYT™-Canada. Caelin first came to yoga in search of relief from symptoms of severe anxiety. After having found such a profound effect from the practice, she has made it her life’s purpose to assist others in finding relief through body-based practices. Caelin offers the Overcome Clinic across Nova Scotia in studios, schools, and various health care settings. Caelin is registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500 and is a graduate of the 800 hr Professional Yoga Therapy program from Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT). Caelin completed a 1000hr mentorship with Genevieve Yellin and certifications in Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Hanna Somatics to name a few. Caelin’s educational background includes undergraduate studies in Psychology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS. Caelin lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her Irish husband, her rockstar daughter, and beloved Angus (black lab).

-Co-director TIYT level 3

-Travelled to the Invictus Games The Hague 2022 as the Yoga Therapist/Yoga therapy support for a member of team Canada.

Nichole Schembre

Nichole Schembre is a Director and Program facilitator for Urban Lotus Project, a non-profit organization that provides trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness practices to Nevada's underserved and underrepresented youth and adult communities. As an E-RYT200, Nichole specializes in accessible and inclusive forms of yoga for all ages, domestic violence education, neuro-linguistic reprogramming, and professional and mindfulness coaching. 

Maria Shamas

My work helping people overcome dis-ease started in the world of Western medicine as a nurse. However, when I saw and experienced just how powerful the breath is in healing, I knew it was time for me to more fully integrate past learning while seeking  a more holistic direction.

This insight took me down new paths investigating ancient arts along with new modalities. I sought out and studied with experts in Ayurveda including Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Dr. Carl Rogue and Dr. Paul Dugliss. I learned Structural Yoga Therapy from Mukunda Stiles, and LePage’s Integrative Yoga Therapy. I also studied trauma release, dance therapy, kinesiology, and homeopathy. For two years, I lived with the Cherokee tribe and studied in depth their shamanic ways.

Where most health professionals see separate and distinct schools and decide to specialize in one or two of them, I saw very clearly how they could work together to create unique healing packages, customized to address each client’s specific needs. By integrating the best from all my wisdom teachers, I developed my own holistic and inclusive approach that I call Functional Yoga Therapy™ (FYT).

Many of you know me as Maria Mendola.  I’m so happy to announce that on May 25, 2019 I married my loving soul partner, Victor Shamas.  I am officially changing my name to Shamas, and will transition through 2019 from Mendola.  Please look for some of the new offerings we will be providing together with our new series, and an upcoming book, titled Aum Tantra, The Yoga of Sensual Delight.  

My formal studies include a 200-hour yoga teacher training with Mount Madonna Guru Baba Hari Das, and continuing education through Ananda Yoga. They also include 500-hour and 1000-hour Integrative Yoga Therapy trainings, a 700-hour Structural Yoga Therapy training with Mukunda Stiles, and Ayurvedic studies with Dr Rogue, Dr. Svoboda and Dr. Lad. I’ve also done continuing education with Tias Little Prajna Yoga, and Doug Keller.

The venues I use to guide people in finding their natural balance have taken me far beyond my initial dreams. Today I offer yoga classes, hold Ayurveda and FYT workshops in Tucson and across the nation, teach for respected international schools of yoga therapy, and provide opportunities for cleansing, balancing and rejuvenating with the seasons.

I also hold clinics, provide online seminars and am currently working on a textbook titled Functional Yoga Therapy, as well as a partnered book, titled Aum Tantra. If you prefer a more personal approach, I’m available for consultations and private one-on-one sessions in person and via the Internet.

Robyn Tiger


Robyn Tiger, MD, is a physician, trauma-informed self-care coach, podcaster and founder of StressFreeMD. She is deeply passionate about teaching physicians how to be stress-free from the inside out. Dr. Tiger utilizes her unique combination of trainings in medicine, yoga therapy, iRest® meditation & life coaching to educate physicians in stress management, burnout prevention and relief. Her innovative teachings focus on complete physical, mental and emotional well-being and resilience.

Dr. Tiger’s CME accredited signature program, Rx Inner Peace, contains the most effective evidence-based self-care methods compiled from several years of providing physician education. She hosts the StressFreeMD Podcast and enjoys sharing weekly short, effective and informative “stress-free snacks”. Her deep commitment to helping physicians grew out of her many years in medical practice experiencing and witnessing firsthand the need for physician self-care education.

When she’s not busy supporting her colleagues, Robyn can be found enjoying her own self-care through hiking, paddle boarding, meditating, yoga, playing with her dog, husband and kids in the mountains of Asheville, NC.

Mandy Mona


Mandy Mona is an experienced Yoga teacher (ERYT), who holds certifications in CWC  personal wellness coaching, TIYT™ Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy, Functional Yoga Therapy, sound healing, Meditation and Pranayama practitioner. Mandys goal is to make movement available for everyone, and every-BODY. Supporting clients journey towards their goals. She specializes in substance use disorders recovery, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, and postural remediation.  She is currently completing her internship in TIYT™ Clinical Facilitation under the mentorship of Genevieve Yellin.  Mandy has the loving support of her husband, Brenden, and two wonderful children Leo and Violet. 

In loving memory

Karen Clarke

Karen was a beloved colleague, friend, and YTL advisory board member. She will be greatly missed. Below is the bio she gave us when first joining the YTL advisory board. We like to keep it up to honor the incredible work she did in her lifetime, as well as serve as a symbol that she will always be an important part of the YTL family.

My name is Karen O'Donnell Clarke and I love what I do. I've been teaching yoga since 1996. The style I teach has evolved over the years in response to the needs of my students. In fact, some students have taken classes with me since I started teaching. Over time, I have leaned toward teaching gentle, therapeutic, and adaptive yoga including chair yoga and modified mat classes. A lifelong student of yoga, I have advanced certifications from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) as well as Yoga of the Heart and Yoga for the Special Child. I am also a person living with MS and cancer. I have learned first hand the healing power of yoga and the need to modify and adapt when the body says so. I know that I would not be as healthy as I am without the benefit of yoga. Yoga has been part of my life since my yoga first class in 1969. Since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1997, I know that the practices and philosophy of yoga have helped to keep me healthy and nearly symptom free for over a dozen years. When I was diagnosed and treated for cancer in 2012, it was yoga that helped keep me sane. My business, Yoga Heals Us LLC, reflects my enthusiasm that yoga heals us - on all levels of our being - body, mind, and spirit. I developed TAYMS training to educate yoga teachers about MS - what it is, how it affects people, what to look out for and how to work with students who can have very different symptoms from time to time and different from other people who have MS. Some students who have MS don't need a modified class. Some do. Some must not get onto the floor because they may not be able to get back up or risk injury, etc.