Yoga Therapy International Specialist Faculty

Our Specialist Faculty are all leading Yoga Therapy Specialists in areas including Yoga for Cancer, Chronic Pain, Disabilities, Ageing, Addictions, Arthritis, Movement Disorders, Scoliosis, Chronic Pain, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation, and Ayurveda. Most specialists will offer 2-8 hour experiential workshops on their area of expertise, according to their availability as part of our course hours during Terms 1 and 3 in Vancouver.

If you want to learn more about some of these specialties, you can do some of your practicum hours with our Specialist Faculty, who are also practicing Yoga Therapists. Most of them live and work in Vancouver and are happy to receive you through individual arrangements during Terms 1 and 3 in Vancouver. You can observe or assist your specialist teachers’ classes according to their availability during sometimes reduced summer schedules. For individual practicum work with Specialist Faculty, there will be additional costs that are arranged on an individual basis. 

You can also seek advice on the delivery of Yoga Therapy for specialized populations outside of classes with our Specialist Faculty in Vancouver.  We are excited to be extending our network of Specialist Faculty to those who do NOT live in Vancouver, but who are experts in their specialties.This can be done face to face, in person or on-line. This mentoring can continue at a distance, online, when you are back at home. 

Maggie Reagh MA in Teaching, BA in Classical Philosophy, CYT, E-RYT 500 – Disabilities, Scoliosis, Systemic Conditions

Maggie Reagh, BA in Classical Philosophy, MA in Teaching, E-RYT 500 began studying Yoga at age 3 with her Mother guided by TV’s, Karen Zebroff. She resumed her practice of Yoga in her twenties after a pre-professional career in Modern dance came to an abrupt end due to lower back, neck, and knee pain. Pattabhi Jois’ Astanga Vinyasa practice brought her to Mysore, India in 2000 to study asana, pranayama and philosophy with BNS Iyengar at the Parakala Mutt where Krishnamacharya did his Vedic studies in the early 20th century.

Searching for the source of Krishnamacharya’s work and looking for deeper healing from severe osteoarthritis in her neck as well as chronic anxiety and depression brought her to Chennai, India in 2001 to study at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India with the TKV Desikachar family.

With T.K.V. Desikachar’s blessings at his father’s shrine, she started teaching Therapeutic Yoga in 2002 in Vancouver, Canada at Capilano University, where she is also a faculty member.

She went on to study with Gary and Mirka Kraftsow at the American Viniyoga Institute on Maui, Hawaii to learn how this work has been adapted for Westerners in group situations.

In 2008, she met her Iyengar-based Vancouver teacher, Lindsay Whalen, E-RYT 500, CYT. Through her five-year mentorship, Maggie's teaching style changed fundamentally. She refined her knowledge of alignment, props and restorative poses, incorporating this knowledge into her TKV Desikachar-based approach to Yoga Therapy.

Since 2001, Maggie has been continuing her studies in Yoga Therapy, Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Vedic chanting, and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras with her beloved teachers in Chennai, India, D.V. Sridhar, Viji Vasu, and Radha Sridhar at Yoga Raksanam. She has also been continuing her studies in Ayurvedic medicine with Dr. B Ganesh at Ayu Wellness Clinic in Chennai. She is delighted to have her therapist trainees study directly with such senior teachers in the Krishnamacharya lineage.

Encouraged by her teachers, in 2009, she started Yoga Therapy International as Registered Yoga School of Yoga Alliance and now Accredited School of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

In the CYT 1000, Maggie teaches courses on Yoga Philosophy; Ayurveda; Therapeutic & Teaching Skills; Yoga Therapy Practices; Providing Yoga Therapy; and Professional Practice. In addition to being a Specialist Faculty, she is also the Practicum and Distance Learning Supervisor as well as the Founding Director of Yoga Therapy International (YTI).

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Dr. Robin Armstrong BA (Kin), DC, RYT – Musculoskeletal Conditions

Dr Robin ArmstrongRobin Armstrong, BA(Kin), DC, RYT has combined her decade of experience as both a Chiropractor and yoga instructor to develop a unique type of yoga therapy known as Yoga Rehab. She combines traditional yoga postures drawing from her background in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Anusara, Iyengar, and restorative yoga; with modern rehabilitative exercise and yoga from teachers such as Susi Hately Aldous and Judith Lasater to overcome dysfunction and pain.

Robin has shared her knowledge of yoga injury prevention and anatomy with the Canadian Press, American Council of Exercise, Impact, and Alive magazines. She enjoys writing informative articles on the benefits of yoga and regularly contributes to myyogaonline.com.

She has been teaching anatomy and physiology for yogis in a variety of RYT 200 hour teacher training programs: Yoga Works, Semperviva Yoga, Yoga Pod, Open Source Yoga, and now for Yoga Therapy International's RYT 200 as well.

Robin is in private chiropractic practice in Langley, BC and has a Yoga Rehab practice at YYoga in Vancouver.

For Yoga Therapy International, Robin teaches Anatomy-Physiology for the RYT 200 in Therapeutic Yoga, and is a Specialist Faculty in Private Yoga Rehab for musculoskeletal conditions in the CYT 1000 program

To contact Dr. Robin visit www.stayactive.ca or www.facebook.com/dr.robinarmstrong

Martha Carter BA, MFA, RYT - Scoliosis

Martha Carter, Scoliosis Specialist, BA, MFAAs a professional dance artist, Martha Carter loves exploring creative approaches to work with the body. As a scoliosis specialist, she applies this knowledge to her classes in Stretch, Yoga and Dance for Backcare and Scoliosis. She is the founding director of the Twisted Outreach Project, a non-profit service offering education, support and community to anyone interested in learning more about this common and often uncomfortable condition.

Martha was a young and enthusiastic 11-year old dancer when she was diagnosed with a ‘C’ curve scoliosis which required extreme Harrington Rod surgery, a year in a body cast, and the destruction of her dream to dance. But several years after her surgery, she found herself drawn back to the dance studio realizing that movement was essential to keep her back mobile and healthy, and was also an important way to express herself emotionally and artistically. Since 1985, she has worked primarily as a teacher and choreographer, creating dance, interdisciplinary performance and film works. Since 2009 she has been performing TWiSTED : SOLO a movement theatre piece that recounts her personal journey struggling to be a dancer with a twisted and fused spine.

In 2005, she started exploring yoga under the compassionate guidance of The Green Room's Alix Rodrigues who taught her patience and gentleness. Since then, Martha has trained intensively with acclaimed Yoga for Scoliosis and Senior Iyengar teacher Elise Browning Miller; Pilates for Scoliosis with Anita Seiz and Matthias Gustavsson in Vancouver; Alignment and The Asymmetric Body with Senior Iyengar Teacher Karin Stephan in Cambridge, Mass; Yoga for Scoliosis and Harrington Rods with Alison West and Deborah Wolk at the Yoga Union for Backcare and Scoliosis in NYC; Yoga Pranala and Self-Healing techniques with Linda Madani at One World Retreats in Bali, Indonesia. Martha is currently studying with Louie Ettling at The Yoga Space in Vancouver and is a registered Yoga Teacher.

For Yoga Therapy International, Martha is a Specialist Faculty in Scoliosis for both the RYT 200 and CYT 1000 programs.

For more information about TOPS classes and workshops or to book a private consultation, please contact Martha at martha@twistedoutreachproject.com

Mary-Jo Fetterly CYT, E-RYT – Disabilities

Mary-Jo Fetterly is the inspiration and founder behind Trinity Yoga Inc. a national Yoga Teacher Training, Personal Development and Advanced Studies School. She is well known in the yoga community as a devoted teacher, mother and practitioner. Mary-Jo brings an abundance of knowledge and experience to her work from her associations with many of the leaders in the field of yoga and personal development. From a background in yoga and massage therapy and studies in psychology and social work, Mary-Jo is able to infuse her work with real life experience. Mary-Jo is particularly passionate about her work with one of her teachers Dr. Caroline Myss, and Energy Anatomy and loves to teach others about their chakras and non-physical energy systems.

The devastation and challenges of a recent severe spinal cord injury hasn’t held her back, as she continues to inspire and coach individuals to live life to the fullest. A documentary on Mary-Jo explores how she has utilized the gifts of yoga and alternative healing to beat all odds and then some. It was only months after her injury that Mary-Jo with the love and support of her incredible team was back teaching, bringing the gifts of yoga through the powerful vehicle of Trinity Yoga to hundreds.

An inspiring public speaker, Mary-Jo served as an Ambassador for the Rick Hansen Foundation for 7 years, and spoke extensively in schools and public functions raising awareness around disability. She spent 6 years as a volunteer board member for Yoga Outreach a local non-profit, helping to develop research and bring yoga into prisons and marginalized populations. Since her injury ten years ago, Mary-Jo has further trained in Therapeutic Yoga, and has developed a whole program and protocol for Adaptive yoga for those with mobility challenges, as well as health care providors. She is currently completing her ‘Master Training’ studies with Yogarupa Rod Stryker in Tantra Yoga, and pursuing a certification in Somatic Experiencing with Mariah Moser. A strong background in Continiuum, with the late Emilee Conrad contributes as well to Mary-Jo’s unique approach to yoga, healing and well-being.

No matter what the situation Mary-Jo believes we all have a “disability” to deal with, whether it is physical, mental, emotional, spiritual or cultural and it is within the capacity of each individual to transform, heal and rise above obstacles, given the right tools. Mary-Jo is featured with others in a new release from Timeless Books called “Inspired Lives”, on CBC’s-Tapestry, and in a Award winning doc: “Stand Because You Can”. You will sure to inspired and moved by this courageous and compassionate woman.

For further information or contact please see www.mary-jo.com and www.trinityyoga.net

Neil Pearson MSc, BScPT, BA-BPHE, CYT, RYT 500 – Chronic Pain

Neil PearsonNeil Pearson MSc, BScPT, BA-BPHE, CYT, RYT 500  is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC, a pain educator, and a leader in the fields of physiotherapy and yoga therapy pain care. He shares his knowledge and experience as a faculty member in four international yoga therapy training programs, and through his Pain Care Yoga certification process.

Neil is the Founding Chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division, the 2012 recipient of the Canadian Pain Society's Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education Award, a board member of Pain BC, and recipient of the BC Physio's Excellence in Clinical Practice Contribution award. 

Neil's clinical work in Penticton is exclusively with people with complex and persistent pain. He offers treatment, education and yoga therapy services throughout BC, Canada and internationally.

In Yoga Therapy International's CYT 1000 program, Neil is teaching Anatomy and Physiology for Musculosketal Conditions, a Chronic Pain Specialist Faculty, and a Research Mentor for the Directed Studies Capstone Course.

Contact Neil at www.lifeisnow.ca OR 250.486.5056

Nicole Emily Marcia MA (Yoga Therapy), C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 – Trauma & Addictions

Nicole has been a yoga teacher, therapist and trainer since 2004 and is registered with the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. In 2009, she was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. Since then, she has been employed by Vancouver Coastal Health at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction, where she developed a comprehensive yoga therapy program for in-patient clients in various stages of recovery from mental health and addiction issues. She also serves as the director of training at Yoga Outreach, a not-for-profit organization providing volunteer yoga teachers to marginalized populations. In 2010, she completed the Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training at the Trauma Center in Boston, MA, and a course on the fundamentals of teaching yoga and meditation in military communities conducted by Warriors at Ease in Silver Spring, MD. She is a faculty member at Yoga Therapy International, Ajna Yoga and Langara College Continuing Studies.

Contact Nicole at http://www.finebalanceyoga.ca/contact
 

Tianne Allan, BA (Psychology), CYT, E-RYT – Restorative Yoga – 12 hours - Part of Therapeutic and Teaching Skills

Tianne Allan, BA (Psychology), E-RYT, CYT, came to Yoga after a long career as a high performance athlete.  She brought her passion and commitment as a dedicated athlete to her yoga practice.  As her love of Yoga grew, Tianne began teaching.  After a serious car accident Tianne’s yoga practice became her pathway to healing. Restorative Yoga and Yoga Therapy provided tools to help her heal both physical and emotional traumas of the accident. In gratitude, Tianne now devotes her teaching to sharing these powerful tools of healing and transformation. Tianne is honoured to share this knowledge and experience through classes, workshops and teacher trainings, locally in Vancouver, Canada and throughout the world. She is a senior student of Judith Lasater, having completed her "Yoga Teacher Certification Advanced" level.

Tianne Allan, BA (Psychology), CYT, E-RYT – Restorative Yoga – 12 hours - Part of Therapeutic and Teaching Skills