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Kripalu 23rd Annual Yoga Teachers Conference


Laura BironLaura Biron is a Kripalu Yoga teacher and a nutrition consultant/registered dietitian. Her private practice focuses on individual medical nutrition therapy for disordered eating, weight management, digestive health, and wellness, integrating evidence-based nutrition therapy and mindfulness modalities. Laura developed and administered the nutrition program for the treatment of patients with eating disorders at the Adams Center for Mind and Body in South Burlington, Vermont.

Felice BrennerFelice Brenner is a Kripalu Yoga teacher who teaches yoga in a wide variety of venues, including Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston University, and the Veterans Administration in Boston.

Larissa Hall CarlsonLarissa Hall Carlson, RYT 500, Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, guides retreats, directs trainings, and provides Ayurvedic consultations across the country. Each summer, she teaches yoga to reduce performance anxiety for the elite musicians of Tanglewood Music Center, and has taught courses for dedicated students at the Boston Conservatory, Juilliard School, Harvard, and Princeton. She is the creator of two CDs, Meditative Yoga Flow and Ayurvedic Pranayama.

Yoganand Michael CarrollYoganand Michael Carroll, E-RYT 500, IAYT, is Dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga. Through many years of intensive study and practice, Yoganand has gained a profound ability to distill and interpret esoteric yoga texts and techniques. After studying with Kripalu Yoga masters in India and America, Yoganand taught at Kripalu for more than 15 years before founding Radiant Well-being Yoga Center in North Augusta, South Carolina, where he leads Pranakriya Yoga Teacher Trainings.

Stephen CopeStephen Cope, MSW, Senior Scholar-in-Residence and Kripalu Ambassador, is the founder and former Director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, the largest yoga research institute in the West. He is author of several best-selling books, including Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, The Wisdom of Yoga, and, most recently, The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling.

Janna DelgadoJanna Delgado, BFA, E-RYT 500, is Program Leader for the Kripalu Yoga in the Schools (KYIS) project with the Institute for Extraordinary Living and cofacilitator of KYIS teacher trainings. She has focused on enriching the lives of adolescents through yoga since 2008, combining her experience as a Kripalu Yoga teacher, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, and AFAA-certified fitness instructor with her background in acting to create meaningful collective experiences of yoga on the mat and in the world. Janna is also a faculty member for Kripalu Healthy Living programs.

Beth GibbsBeth Gibbs is the director of the Professional Yoga Therapist Internship Program. She holds a master’s degree from Leslie University in yoga therapy and mind-body health with a special focus on yoga for menopause. Beth has an active yoga therapy practice in Connecticut, and is also executive director of Camp Courant, a summer day camp program for inner-city children that has implemented a successful yoga program to improve concentration and conflict management in children.

Amy Wright GlennAmy Wright Glenn is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, prenatal yoga teacher, CD(DONA) birth doula, and hospital chaplain. She blogs for, Attachment Parenting International, Doula Trainings International, and The Birthing Site. A regular columnist for Holistic Parenting Magazine, she is the author of Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula. Amy teaches regular prenatal yoga classes and Breath and Movement Birth Preparation workshops for expectant couples at her home in South Florida. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Sat Bir S. KhalsaSat Bir S. Khalsa, PhD, has been fully engaged in basic and clinical research on the effectiveness of yoga and meditation practices in improving physical and psychological health for more than 10 years. An assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he has conducted research on yoga for insomnia, addiction, back pain, depression, music performance anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic stress, and mental health in public schools. He actively works with the International Association of Yoga Therapists to promote research on yoga therapy and teaches an elective course at Harvard Medical School in mind-body medicine.

Sudha Carolyn LundeenSudha Carolyn Lundeen, RN, E-RYT 500, is a faculty member at Kripalu, where she leads a variety of workshops, including 200- and 500-hour-level teacher trainings, and in the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. Her Kripalu Gentle Yoga DVD has won three prestigious awards. She works with clients privately as well as leads workshops internationally in group and corporate settings. Sudha’s personal experience with breast cancer, combined with 12 years in clinical nursing, lends a sensitivity and broad knowledge base to her teaching style, which is described as welcoming, humorous, and healing.

Sheila MagalhaesSheila Magalhaes, a Kripalu Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga teacher, is a faculty member for Beryl Bender Birch’s The Hard & The Soft yoga teacher training and for Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans, teaching yoga teachers how to effectively use yoga to support veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. She is also a Yoga Ed. trainer, training teachers from preschool through high school to bring simple and effective yoga practices into the classroom.

Suzanne ManafortSuzanne Manafort is the founder of Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans, training yoga therapists to effectively use yoga to support military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. She trained as a yoga teacher with Patty Townsend, Beryl Bender Birch, and David Swenson, and completed the the Himalayan Institute’s yearlong Living Tantra program. A member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Suzanne teaches the 200-hour embodyoga teacher training at Newington Yoga Center in Newington, Connecticut. She is a board member for the Give Back Yoga Foundation.

Vandita Kate MarchesielloVandita Kate Marchesiello, E-RYT 500, is a Kripalu faculty member, former director of KYTA, and the recording artist on the best-selling CDs Transform, Relax, and Rejuvenate; Yoga with Vandita, and Vandita Chants. Vandita has balanced family, self-care, and a career in yoga and health for more than 30 years. She also develops and delivers stress-management and yoga programs for medical schools, hospitals, corporations, educational institutions, and support groups for people with cancer, fibromyalgia, heart disease, and multiple sclerosis.

Micah MortaliMicah Mortali, Dean of the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda, teaches yoga in a variety of programs at Kripalu. For the past decade, he has been a yoga educator in public schools, college programs, and alternative, outdoor settings with diverse populations. An avid outdoorsman and student of nature, Micah lives in the Berkshires with his wife and children.

Todd NorianTodd Norian, E-RYT 500, is the founder of Ashaya Yoga, a yoga style focused on precise biomechanical alignment. With warmth and humor, he teaches with the heartfelt intention of awakening others to their inherent potential for unlimited joy, vitality, and fulfillment. Todd has studied Iyengar Yoga and Kripalu Yoga, and taught Anusara Yoga® for 15 years. He continues to study extensively with several tantric scholars, including Paul Muller-Ortega and Douglas Brooks. Todd teaches workshops and trainings internationally, and is also a musician who has created several CDs of music for yoga.

Priti Robyn RossPriti Robyn Ross, E-RYT 500, holds certifications in Kripalu Yoga and Integrative Yoga Therapy. A teacher for more than two decades, she is a codirector of Prana Yoga teacher training at the Open Center in New York City and served as codirector for Integrative Yoga Therapy teacher training for 10 years. Priti pioneered a cardiac yoga program at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center with Dr. Mehmet Oz, and has developed yoga and wellness programs for other top New York City hospitals and corporations.

Christa RypinsChrista Rypins is a former professional ice skater who lived and performed with long-term chronic pain. She has a studio in Murphys, California, where she teaches the tools and techniques she used to become pain-free, strong, and limitless in her body once again. These include Kripalu Yoga, Resistance Stretching, Pilates, Somatics, and the Franklin Method of imagery. She is featured in three nationally recognized videos: Yoga for Meditators; Yoga for a Better Back; and Yummy Yoga: Gentle Stress Relief for the Hips, Back & Neck.

Raven Sadhaka SeltzerRaven Sadhaka Seltzer, MA, E-RYT 500, is author and creator of the Back to Balance: Heal Your Spine, Heal Your Life book and program. She is an integrative yoga therapist with more than 20 years of experience in therapeutic yoga, massage therapy, positional therapy, meditation, Ayurveda, and Reiki. Raven offers private and corporate wellness consulting, seminars, and health coaching services, and is the founder the Boston Wellness Center, a consortium of healers and therapists. She used integrative yoga therapy to avoid spinal fusion surgery, and developed her program out of this experience as well as her work with numerous clients.

Iona M. SmithIona M. Smith, MEd, CYT 500, is Program Leader for Kripalu Yoga in the Schools (KYIS) with the Institute for Extraordinary Living. She is cocreator of the KYIS curriculum, cofacilitator of KYIS teacher trainings, and a yoga educator in KYIS research studies. Iona holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and a 500-hour yoga teacher’s certification from the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. She is an R&R Retreat faculty member at Kripalu.

Marlysa SullivanMarlysa Sullivan is a yoga therapist, yoga teacher, and physical therapist with a private yoga therapy practice in Atlanta, Georgia. She directs the Pranakriya Yoga Therapy program with Yoganand Michael Carroll, and teaches the program at studios across the country. Marlysa also teaches the integration of yoga into physical therapy at Mercer University and Georgia State University, as well as the psychology of yoga at the graduate level at West Georgia University. She is a consultant on a study at Walter Reed Military Hospital on integrating yoga into a treatment protocol for low-back pain. A member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Marlysa helped create the standards for yoga therapy.

Jenn TurnerJenn Turner, LMHC, RYT, is a staff clinician at Metrowest Behavioral Health Center in Acton, Massachusetts, and coordinator of the yoga program at the Trauma Center of the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts. She holds a master’s degree from Lesley University in clinical mental-health counseling with a trauma specialization. Jenn has experience working with adults and adolescents in outpatient clinics, partial hospitalization, and residential treatment facilities. She is a Kripalu Yoga teacher who leads trauma-sensitive women’s yoga classes and trainings.

Lakshmi VoelkerLakshmi Voelker, E-RYT 500, YA, IAYT, created Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga in 1982. Creator of the DVD Get Fit Where You Sit and the CD Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga, she has certified more than 1000 teachers nationally and internationally, including health-care professionals at the Mayo Clinic and the New York City Department of Education.

Amy WeintraubAmy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT 500, director of the LifeForce Yoga® Healing Institute and author of the best-selling Yoga for Depression and the groundbreaking Yoga Skills for Therapists, has been a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health for more than 20 years. She trains health and yoga professionals and offers workshops for practitioners. The LifeForce Yoga protocol is being used in residential treatment centers and hospitals, and by health-care providers throughout the world. Amy is involved in ongoing research on the effects of yoga on mood, and has produced an award-winning library of evidence-based yoga and meditation CDs and DVDs for mood management.