Yoga Therapy International Resource Specialists

Resource Specialists are working Yoga Therapists, who specialize in areas that students might like to do additional training with by observing/assisting their classes or meeting with them for private mentoring face to face or online. These do not count toward program hours.

Bobbie Seale CYT 1000, RYT 500, Residential Care Aide – Addictions, Ageing and Disabilities

Bobbie Seale-Cobiskey is a Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT), Residential Care Aide, and founder of Yogability. Bobbie’s classes reach out to specialized populations including chair yoga for older adults and people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, adaptive yoga for people living with a wide range of mobility disabilities and those in recovery from addictions.

Bobbie graduated from Yoga Therapy International with Maggie Reagh in 2013. She completed the RYT 200-500 and 1000 hour requirements that included her dream of studying with Maggie’s beautiful teachers in Chennai, India at Yoga Raksanam.

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Camela Cowan BA, CYT 1000, RYT 500 - Chronic Pain & Case Studies

Camela Cowan specialist for chronic painCamela Cowan works as a Yoga Therapist specializing in chronic pain and addictions at a multidisciplinary medical clinic in Nelson, BC. She offers both private and small group sessions for clients dealing with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Osteoarthritis, back pain, whiplash, and a host of other symptoms, injuries and conditions. By guiding clients to delve deeper into themselves, finding stillness and a mind-body connection, they essentially rewire the nervous system with new positive associations to movement and the body, thereby allowing pain symptoms to subside and transformation to take place.

Camela is certified as a Yoga Therapist with Yoga Therapy International and holds a RYT-500 in Therapeutic Yoga with Yoga Alliance. She has been a dedicated practitioner of yoga since 1997, teaching since 2006. Her initial 200-hour yoga teacher training was with Kavita Maharaj of Red Door Yoga in 2004 when she left behind a career in sustainable community development and forest certification.

Following two car accidents which left her with debilitating soft tissue injuries and chronic pain for 3.5 years, Camela met her yoga therapist and teacher, Maggie Reagh, who completely cured her pain after only two group sessions. This solidified her interest in yoga therapy and led her to deepen her own practice. Shortly thereafter, she began formal studies of Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedaan intensive 3-year program based in the Krishnamacharya lineage following the teachings of both Desikachar and Iyengarwhich led her to Chennai, India, to study with master teachers D.V. & Radha Sridhar, Viji Vasu and Dr.Ganesh, as well as Vancouver-based Ayurvedic Practitioner, Jaisri Lambert, and Iyengar teacher, Lindsay Whalen. This classical form of yoga adapts to the individual rather than the other way around.

Over the last 5 years, she has specialized in working with people recovering from stroke and various movement disorders, seniors, and now people living with chronic pain. She finds joy working with people who can truly notice a marked difference in their lives through the practice of yoga.

Camela is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and holds a Bachelor's degree with honours in Environmental Studies from UBC and a Certificate in Community Economic Development from SFU. She can be reached at or 250-505-3875.

Cheryl Uphill

Cheryl UphillWith Cheryl’s passion and focus for well-being, she started her yogic journey back in 1992 when she moved to Vancouver BC to pursue a more holistic lifestyle. Cheryl came from a physical way of life after 25 years of martial arts. In search for balance in the daily stresses of life, and managing chronic pain from many injuries, she discovered mediation and energetic awareness trainings. The melding of these two disciplines created a more balanced mind body approach. With the internal balance & focus that she acquired through karate her transition to Hatha yoga was a natural progression that led to her into incorporating yoga into her daily life.  Just as Karate was a way of life for Cheryl then so became yoga…After years of study, and teaching her martial students, Cheryl fully realized her ambitions to become a yoga instructor when she went & embarked in an intensive yoga training at the ashram Anand Praksh located in Rishikesh, India. 

Cheryl proudly obtained her 200 hour Hatha & prenatal yoga teacher certification. After being bitten by the yoga bug Cheryl realized the next step in her yogic journey to healing was to obtain her 500 hour certification in Yoga Therapy at Heaven on Earth Yoga Institute & Integrated Health & Yoga Therapy in Ontario. Other teacher trainings include, Yin, Hot, Restorative, Yoga therapy, Chronic Pain Care Management, RAD roller & Thai Yoga Massage.

Cheryl holds regularly scheduled classes, in Hatha, yin, restorative yoga, yoga therapeutics’, workshops and retreats abroad.


Lindsay Whalen E-RYT 500, CYT

Yoga Therapy International Lindsay WhalenLindsay Whalen is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist with 36 years experience offering public classes, private yoga therapy and teacher training. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist, registered with Yoga Alliance (YA) and the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). She has developed an innovative approach based upon her original training in Iyengar Yoga, which she completed with her teacher Maureen Carruthers in the early 1980s. She now lives on Saltspring Island, BC, where she conducts public classes as well as continuing education workshops for yoga teachers and therapists who want to deepen their understanding of yoga.

Maggie is thrilled to have Lindsay, her Iyengar Yoga teacher for 10 years, join YTI’s community of skilled Yoga Therapists. For more information, visit The Yoga Therapy Studio

Penny Noble CYT 1000, RYT 500

Penny began her yoga studies in 1996 in Australia, but her interest in therapeutic yoga came through attending a specialized yoga school, in NYC for people with back issues and scoliosis, where she learnt to alleviate her chronic pain, through Iyengar based adapted yoga.
After moving to Vancouver BC, she completed a 500 hr training in Therapeutic Yoga, through Yoga Therapy International with Maggie Reagh. She went on to complete one of the first IAYT accredited Yoga Therapy 1000 hour trainings, in Vancouver and in Chennai. This unique training blends the work of BKS Iyengar's focus on alignment and therapeutic props, with Sri T. Krishnamacharya and his son Desikachar's Yoga Therapy, and includes 250 hours of coursework in Chennai, India with teachers steeped in the Krishnamacharya lineage.

Penny lives in the US and Australia, and is currently living in Wilmington, North Carolina, where she offers one month Scoliosis series at Exhale Yoga and Wellness and also teaches therapeutic yoga to a wonderful group of women at Carolina Beach.
In Australia she offers private yoga therapy, and yoga salons.

Penny has worked therapeutically with people with MS, Parkinson's Disease, COPD, Scoliosis and Arthritis.

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Randi Bradshaw BSc (Biology), CYT 1000, E-RYT – Nidra, SE & Restorative Practices

Yoga Therapy International Randi BradshawRandi is a Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT-1000) through Yoga Therapy International (YTI); is registered as an Experienced Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT); and is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from McMaster University.

After years of working as a research chemist in the pharmaceutical industry, she grew tired of the reactionary approach of the allopathic health field. It was then that she decided to switch her focus to health promotion and disease prevention to help people live a healthy and active life, free from a dependency on medication whenever possible. This holistic way of living is intended to empower people with the knowledge of how whole foods and mindful movement can sustain a healthy and whole body.

As an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), she believes that Therapeutic/Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra is not only for those with physical or emotional symptoms, but also for anyone wanting more personalized attention to help them begin a new practice or deepen an existing one, helping them along their journey towards finding their true selves. She mindfully guides her students through their practice, encouraging joy and love, and helps them create a calm and open environment in which to renew. She strives to help her students bring a conscious awareness to the mat and beyond and, ultimately, the greatest gift  self acceptance. Overall, her goal is to help people learn how to relax and live a healthier, happier life, at peace with themselves and their surroundings.

Randi continues her studies with Maggie Reagh, Founding Director of YTI, and with master teachers, including Richard Miller.

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Sharon Abbondanza CYA (Certified Yoga Therapist)

Sharon AbbondanzaSharon’s reverent love of the body infuses her teaching. She artfully combines the intelligence of yoga therapy with the innovation of restorative alignment using the BackMitra. With sixteen years teaching experience, and multiple certifications, Sharon’s love of yoga translates into on-going in-depth personal studies as well as developing teacher trainings. She has created and taught a Teacher Training program for Restorative Yoga Therapy and has developed a Foundations teacher training for the BackMitra. She partners with Brigitte Longueville to host an annual retreat in San Agustinillo, Oaxaca and offers a variety of yoga workshops in BC and Mexico. Studying with advanced practitioner Gioia Irwin, Sharon has completed the International Vijnana Yoga Certification, an 800 hour comprehensive program of Hatha Yoga that integrates the classical limbs of pranayama, asana, meditation, study of yogic texts with Eastern Taoist practices and an extensive exploration of embodied anatomy.

Having completed the Anatomy of Yoga, an 800 hour intensive training in Yoga Therapy with Master Teacher Leila Stuart, Sharon maintains a private yoga therapy practice and teaches on-going classes in Greater Vancouver. Recently studying with luminary Kamini Desai, Sharon is integrating somatic psychotherapy into her practice.

As the in-house yoga teacher at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club for the past 12 years she has led Yoga & Golf workshops with Golf Pro Ginny Golding. Sharon’s warm and collaborative nature has given rise to various creative workshops such as yoga and drumming for women with Alexandra Millman of Drum Mama Studios. Recently, Sharon travelled to El Salvador to teach The Anatomy of Movement for Mylene Bergeron’s Deep Flow course accredited by the Vancouver School of Body Massage.

Sylvia Smallman CYT, E-RYT – Later Life & Chair Yoga

Sylvia smallmanIn the 70’s, when Sylvia first experienced yoga, she immediately connected to a feeling of deep authenticity. This authenticity continues and is a source of inspiration for her personal yoga and meditation practice, as well as for her yoga classes and teacher trainings. Sylvia Smallman is an innovative therapeutic yoga instructor originally trained at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts. She studied yoga therapy with Leila Stuart, and in Chennai, India at Yoga Raksanam.

Foundational to Sylvia’s yoga teaching philosophy is kripalu (compassion) and sukha (comfort and ease). She is dedicated to making yoga more accessible to more people. Using the therapeutic and restorative wisdom of yoga as a holistic healing practice, Sylvia provides students of all ages, levels and mobility the opportunity to experience the benefits of yoga – physically, mentally and spiritually. Sylvia teaches yoga that ties ancient wisdom to modern times, reminding us that yoga offers practical tools that can help us ride the waves of life.

Sylvia continues to explore, learn and innovate resulting in original classes, workshops and teacher trainings, some of which include her 'Later Life Yoga' classes and teacher training, Chair Yoga classes and teacher training, her corporate 'Breathing Break' and private yoga therapy sessions. As one of Vancouver's Senior Chair Yoga teachers, she has made a DVD, ' The Joy of Chair Yoga with Sylvia', which is highly acclaimed. Sylvia is also associated with Yoga Outreach bringing yoga to underserved populations. And she is pleased to be an invited teacher at the Yoga Conference in Victoria, BC.

Sylvia is always nourished and inspired by the natural world, science, culture, good friends, laughter and her grandchildren!

For Yoga Therapy International, Sylvia is a Specialist Mentor in Chair and Later Life in the CYT 1000 program.

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Teresa Bouchard CYT 1000, RYT 500 – Yoga for Athletes

Teresa BouchardTeresa Bouchard is a certified Yoga Therapist through Yoga Therapy International and is currently teaching in Whistler. She has practiced yoga for much of her adult life, dabbling in it until finding a skillful teacher in Whistler who motivated her to practice daily. Teresa found yoga to be very helpful in preparing for ski season and staying healthy despite the impact of skiing all day, every day. Many years later, while recovering from major abdominal surgery Teresa discovered the profound healing benefits of yoga while practicing just 15-30 minutes a day. This healing experience led to a lengthy period of exploration into different styles of yoga and ultimately, her discovery of BKS Iyengar and TKV Desikachar and their focus on healing through yoga.

Inspired by their teachings, Teresa embarked on an intense study period, traveling to India several times to study and eventually connecting and studying with her primary teachers, Maggie Reagh & Lindsay Whalen, completing the Yoga Therapy Teacher Training in June 2013. In total she has completed 1500 hours of teacher training with over 1000 of those hours in Yoga Therapy training.

Teresa incorporates key elements of both Iyengar and Desikachar in her teaching, adapting classes and asana practice to the specific needs of students. Her general focus is to increase mobility and stability, reduce stress and to facilitate healing and freedom from pain. Developing self awareness and the ability to assess and self correct as a means to enhance and deepen an individual’s practice is a key component of every class. Teresa encourages all students to begin a daily practice, whether it’s 5 minutes or 50, providing them with the resources, support and knowledge to cultivate a home practice that works for them.

Teresa honed her skills as a teacher on the ski slopes, teaching full time for 9 years and she brings these skills to yoga - keen observation of the student, ability to adjust a teaching plan to the situation at hand and the needs of the student, clear communication, and a deep understanding of the learning process. Her lifelong physical activity and many years of skiing & kayaking have given Teresa a useful understanding of how the body works and how to prepare for and mitigate the effects of intense physical activity through the practice of yoga. As much as yoga has helped in her sports pursuits, Teresa’s training as a skier has been equally helpful in developing the deep internal awareness that transforms one’s personal practice.

Tierney Crickmay CYT 1000, RYT 500 – Prenatal & Post-Partum Conditions

Tierney CYT1000 GraduateSince completing the Yoga Therapy International Teacher Training Program (June 2013), Tierney has continued her studies, specializing in women’s health. She is currently studying Rost Therapy and will complete training with Janice Clarfield in November 2015. Her studies have included prenatal/post-natal yoga, the pelvic floor, lower back pain, herniated disks, cervical spine injuries, hardware in the spine and post-surgical recovery of the shoulder, knee, hip and pelvis.

Tierney currently works with practitioners at Bikram Yoga Vancouver, with pregnancy, acute injuries and chronic pain. Tierney runs a small studio space out of her home where she teaches 5 or 6 private or semi-private yoga therapy classes a week. Her daughter Sadie Rose, now 1 ½ years old, keeps her busy as she balances life as a mother, teacher and student.

Tyla Arnason Yoga for Cancer Teacher & Trainer - Cancer

Tyla is the owner of The Yoga Effect in Calgary, AB. She began working with Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed in 2007 within the Culos-Reed Health and Wellness Lab’s Yoga Thrive program, (then Yoga for Cancer Survivors). Over the last 7 years, Tyla has taught hundreds of classes to people with a cancer diagnosis. She has applied the knowledge gained from working both privately and in groups with cancer survivors and from numerous trainings and workshops to develop yoga protocols that have been used extensively in research, (Yoga Thrive Level 2 and Yoga for Pediatric Oncology Out-Patients). In partnership with Dr. Culos-Reed, Tyla leads the Yoga Thrive Teacher Training Program that has helped equip over 60 certified yoga instructors throughout Canada with the skillset necessary to teach within the cancer community. She has presented for many groups including Wellspring Calgary, U of C’s Lunch and Learn, Alberta Health Services Cancer Care Conference and Alberta Healthy Living and she teaches weekly classes at Wellspring Calgary.

Tyla began practicing yoga in 1999 after a car accident left her with a cervical spine injury and a permanent misalignment. After several years learning to manage severe pain and migraines with asana, pranayama and mindfulness; she chose to leave her corporate career and embark on her first teacher training program to share the gifts of yoga with others. She specializes in two areas; working with those living with cancer as well as with golfers. To learn more about Tyla please visit or