Student Stories

Profiles of our Graduate Yoga Therapists

Sarah Cummins
Sarah Cummins
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) September 2021

Lives in: Huntsville, Alabama
Works in: Private Practice - offices at Waterfall Yoga Therapy and Retreat Center and a leased office in a holistic care center, also offering virtual and in-home care.
Somatic Yoga Therapist for pain management and chronic illnesses in addition to customized wellness retreats. Inner Peace Yoga Therapy Program Mentor and Insight Timer Meditation Teacher.

Dawn Schaefer Stumpf
Dawn Schaefer Stumpf
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) August, 2023

Lives in: Annandale Minnesota, west of Minneapolis
Works at: Room to Grow Therapy and Consulting, providing private, telehealth, small group therapy in a beautiful 100 year old home turned into a Mental Wellness Healing Space. Also works as a yoga therapist in the workplace and schools.

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Jenna Csont
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) in 2020

Lives in: Chicago, IL
Works at: Skyway Behavioral Health Hospital, Skokie, IL
Somatic Therapy Specialist/Yoga Therapist (recently promoted to oversee all of their somatic programming). Serves patients with Complex Trauma/PTSD/Eating Disorders

Natalie Buster
Natalie Buster
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) in January, 2023

Lives in: San Antonio, Texas
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) in January, 2023
Works as Resident Yoga Therapist at Abode, a contemplative home for the dying in San Antonio, Texas. Getting ready to launch End of Life Yoga Training Program at the beginning of 2024. Also helps lead the Death Doula training program at Abode which incorporates contemplative practices.

Caitlin Brown
Caitlin Brown
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) in Dec, 2022

Lives in: Detroit, MI
Works in Children’s Hospital of Michigan, primary populations: Oncology/hematology, pain, mental health. Also private practice (Mindful Detroit), in-person and virtual, primary populations: LGBTQIA+, social workers and other helping professionals, burnout, mental health

Deborah Alvarez O'Neil
Deborah Alvarez O'Neil
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) in Oct, 2020

Lives in: Worcester, MA
Works in Mental health and substance abuse treatment units of an all-male county jail in Central Massachusetts. My husband, a psychiatric and addiction recovery nurse, and I work together at the facility and have developed a trauma-informed and therapeutic program of yoga, breathwork and meditation offered in small groups for these high-risk populations of men.

Diane Kistler
Diane Kistler
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) in May, 2018

Lives in: Gilbertsville, PA
Works in Private practice seeing clients one on one for Chronic Pain. Currently work both in home office and and at an Acupuncturist office. Also run Pain Care Yoga Series classes at a senior center and guide students with cancer with Unite for Her. Co-facilitate a monthly Pain Care Support Group where we highlight integrated practitioners in the community to foster connection and new knowledge of ways to support their pain journey. Finally, with two fellow Inner Peace colleagues and friends, established Pain Care Collective, an online yoga therapy studio for chronic pain which has both livestream and on-demand options for classes as well as a one on one consultations with a yoga therapist.

Edda Rodriguez
Edda Rodriguez
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) in April, 2019

Lives in: Mundelein, IL
Works in Small private practice serving and part-time for a DoD-VA Federal HealthCare Center in Northern Illinois. Serves combat veterans and active duty personnel through the different Mental Health units at the hospital (PTSD unit, MST unit, Acute and long-term psychiatric units, Substance Abuse and Recovery Unit) as well as through the Bridge program (serving veterans and military in the community) Private practice is centered at renegotiating trauma, mainly working with adults survivors of war, immigrants, survivors of domestic and sexual abuse trauma; occasionally, teens and children. Have also partnered up with the Cancer Wellness Center and the City of Waukegan to reach out to the Hispanic Community.

Katie Pine
Katie Pine
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) in Dec, 2021

Lives in: Denver, CO
Works at Nurture Wellcare Marketplace, a Denver wellness collective that features over 60 holistic healthcare practitioners. Private practice combines yoga therapy work with therapeutic yin yoga and meditation class offerings and workshops. Serves primarily adult clients experiencing stress, anxiety and pain via a comprehensive assessment and holistic treatment planning process, helping them to find and implement the specific yoga-based tools and practices they need to restore balance to their lives as they reconnect with themselves. Learn more about Katie's practice and offerings at www.reconnectionyogatherapy.com.

Patti DeBlass
Patti DeBlass
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) in August, 2018

Lives in: Williamsburg, VA
Works at College of William and Mary McLeod Tyler Wellness Center working with the student population

Janet Liu
Janet Liu
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) in April, 2023

Lives in: Los Angeles, CA
Works in Outpatient cancer center teaching small group yoga therapy classes for cancer patients. Also works virtually with 1:1 private clients.

Blair Douglas
Blair Douglas
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) in Jan, 2023

Lives in: Denver, CO and Tucson, AZ
Works at Private practice working with individual clients 90% virtually 10% in person. Clients are working on improving one or all of these, chronic pain, neurological disorders, and or fictional mobility.

Lynn Wickersham
Lynn Wickersham
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) in Sept, 2020

Lives in: Durango, CO
Works in Private practice called Birdsong Yoga Therapy. Work from an office associated with a budding wellness collective that also includes a General Medical Practitioner (MD), Hyperbaric Therapy Center, Massage Therapist, Craniosacral Therapist, Functional Movement Therapist, and another Yoga Therapist. Specialize in yoga therapy services for chronic pain, grief, and neurological conditions. In addition to private sessions, facilitates small, group classes for grief and chronic pain.

Linda Benton
Linda Benton
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) in November, 2021

Lives in: Gurnee, IL
Works part-time with students and patients within the Advocate Healthcare Hospital System and the VA Medical Hospital in Northern Illinois.  This is centered around those suffering from PTSD, trauma, pain, mental health, back care and Scoliosis. Also works 1:1 with private clients to customize a home practice for them to manage their scoliosis and back care through Yoga and Pilates.

Lisa Segar
Lisa Segar
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) in December, 2022

Lives in: Saint Joseph MI
Works in Works in Private practice, Soul Deep Yoga, which is located inside The Natural Healing Center in St. Joseph seeing a variety of clients at that location. Offering a broad scope of practice including offerings for those with pain, anxiety, depression, grief and perinatal. Additionally, works with the new Integrative Health Center, part of Corewell Health South

Julie Shanon Williams
Julie Williams
Certified Yoga Therapist in August, 2018

Lives in: Minneapolis/St Paul, MN
Works as owner of Santosha Yoga Therapy LLC seeing clients virtually through her own business and soon through MN Clinic for Health and Wellness in MN. She primarily see clients struggling with chronic pain, autoimmune issues, spinal pain/care joint health, and mental health challenges.

Suzanne Mazzarelli
Suzanne Mazzarelli
Certified Yoga Therapist in May, 2018

Lives in: Ashley Falls, MA
Works out of her studio, Be Well Community Yoga, offering classes to the public. While all classes are informed by her yoga therapy training, she also offers specifically therapeutic & Somatics classes. Her private work is done mostly with the elderly, people with Parkinsons, and those with chronic pain.

Rynn Burkett
Rynn Burkett
Certified Yoga Therapist in 2022

Lives in: Amarillo, TX
Works in Private practice with adults and youth seeking support with trauma resolution, chronic pain, neurological disorders, and grief/loss. Also serves patients within Heal the City's Shalom Chronic Care Clinic and system-involved youth in Randall County.

Shari Schwarz
Shari Schwarz
Certified Yoga Therapist in 2023

Lives in: Ft. Collins, CO
Works as founder of Deep Roots Discovery Yoga Therapy where she works one-on-one with people to help them relieve chronic pain both physically and emotionally (grief, anxiety, depression). She is also an Adaptive Yoga Specialist where she teaches adaptive chair yoga to people with Parkinson, MS, Alzheimer's, TBI and Stroke. Additionally, she is a Gentle Somatic Yoga teacher (GSY-L2) and certified in Pain Reprocessing Therapy (C-PRT) to relieve chronic pain.

Tessa Mandala
Tessa Mandala
Certified Yoga Therapist in January, 2023

Lives in: Scottsdale, AZ
Serves individuals who are in addiction recovery, on the path of trauma healing as well as those living with anxiety and depression. She sees yoga therapy clients on a one-on-one basis as well teaching yoga therapy groups in a behavioral health treatment center in Scottsdale, AZ. She is also a licensed mental health therapist in Illinois and Arizona.

Jessica Benton
Jessica Benton
Certified Yoga Therapist in 2023

Lives in: Marble Falls, TX
Works in office in Marble Falls, TX within a small building of Family Therapists. Her office is set up to work in-person and virtually. She currently serves mostly adult clients though has a long history of working with children and teens. Clients come with a wide variety of goals, however, pelvic floor function, anxiety and chronic pain are consistent themes. All of this served with a trauma-informed lens and a humble, ready-to-learn heart.

Denise Widner
Denise Widner
Certified Yoga Therapist in 2019

Lives in: CO Springs, CO
Works to effectively guide clients who suffer with chronic illness/pain, deep emotional traumas, depression, anxiety, life transitions, like menopause, and grief, in ways that bring about relief and lasting change. She takes an integrative approach to counseling and weaves mental health techniques like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), EMDR, and EBT, with ancient yogic techniques to meet clients where they are. She understands that just like not all shoes fit every foot, not every yoga/counseling technique will fit every client. She is a Licensed Practical Counselor (Intern) and has been practicing and teaching yoga for over twenty years.

Fernie Tiflis
Fernie Tiflis
Certified Yoga Therapist in 2022

Lives in: Chicago, IL
Works to be of service to the under-served and under-invested communities in Chicago, particularly youth and families who don't normally receive mental health and wellness care. in the South and West sides.

 
Suzie Carmack
Suzie Carmack, PhD, MFA, MEd, PCC, NBC-HWC
Certified Yoga Therapist in 2022

Lives in: Summerville, SC
Works as Department Chair of Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda at the Maryland University of Integrative Health and as Founder of YogaMedco. She is the author of two #1 Best-Sellers: Well-Being Ultimatum (2015) and Genius Breaks (2017) and her next book, Yoga for One: How to Co-Create an Inclusive and Evidence-Informed Practice On and Off the Mat will be released by Singing Dragon in August 2024. For more information about Dr. Carmack's books, courses, certifications, and retreats, visits www.DrSuzieCarmack.com.

 
Lisa Haake
Lisa Haake
Certified Yoga Therapist in 2024

Lives in: Urbana, IL
Offers yoga therapy and holistic psychotherapy to clients at her private practice based at Pure Being, a holistic, integrated health and wellness collective.

Annie Marks
Annie Marks
Certified Yoga Therapist in 2017

Lives in: Wilmington, DE
Offers one-on-one yoga therapy sessions as well as donation-based small group classes. Her focus is on functional movement and core rejuvenation. Through the exploration of movement, the proper firing of muscles and breath we learn to decrease pain and increase ease.

Amy Benton Krenz
Amy Benton Krenz, PhD
Certified Yoga Therapist in 2020

Lives in: Boulder, CO
Works in private practice at Boulder Integrative Therapy, serving adult individuals seeking therapeutic guidance.

Tonya Dunn
Tonya Dunn
Certified Yoga Therapist in 2023

Lives in: Ft. Collins, CO
Works primarily with anyone struggling with feelings of anxiousness and restlessness including menopausal women and those who have experienced trauma.

Michelle Wimberley
Michele Wimberley
Certified Yoga Therapist in 2023

Lives in: Rosenberg, TX
Works for her own company, Blue Lotus Integrative Therapeutics LLC. Serve people recovering from substance abuse of all kinds, from street drugs to Amazon shopping and everything in-between.  Helps these individuals find their power to change the maladaptive patterns used to self soothe and teach them new healthy and sustainable self regulating techniques.
Also help individuals find a path of pain free living through various teachings learned in Inner Peace schooling.
Thank you Inner Peace!

Toni van der Marel
Toni Van der Marel
Certified Yoga Therapist in 2022

Lives in: North Vancouver, Canada
Specializes in serving clients experiencing chronic pain, living with disabilities, folks given mental health, terminal or life limiting diagnoses and also those needing end of life care. Working in person and virtually world wide, I strive to empower clients with understanding and practical tools, to make their everyday experience, better.

Erin Alexander
Erin Alexander
Certified Yoga Therapist in 2023

Lives in: Auburn, California
Owns a healing center, All Souls Sanctuary, in the foothills of Northern California.  Erin specializes in helping women heal from body dysmorphia and shame and teaches yoga and Ayurveda as a way of life.  She leads an online community, seasonal retreats, and weekly classes as well as therapeutic yoga workshops.  

Testimonials

As a yoga studio owner and teacher for nine years, I had been looking for a yoga therapy program that fit my needs and interests for many years. I knew immediately when I found the Inner Peace program that this would be the one. The program’s diverse faculty, strong curriculum, affordability and accessibility made it unique, and the course of study exceeded my expectations.

Becky Crigger

Inner Peace Yoga Therapy has been a wonderful, supportive experience in my journey to become a yoga therapist. The instructors are at a high caliber and highly knowledgeable in the field of yoga therapy. I am so happy I chose Inner Peace Yoga Therapy to be my school of choice.

Janet Liu

I was drawn to the Inner Peace program because it gave me the opportunity to study with a number of teachers whose work I was familiar with and wanted to learn more about. It brought all these teachers together in one place so that I could sample a number of areas in a relatively short span of time. This training will enable me to open a unique practice that excites me and that does not presently exist in my city. The Inner Peace program is very well organized and the quality of the teaching is outstanding! I’m really happy I did it!

Jennifer Parker

Inner Peace Yoga Therapy is an amazing program with incredibly knowledgeable, kind and authentic teachers and staff. There are not enough words to thank them for all that I learned, the friendships I made and the life changing moments I experienced. I am grateful for all of their time and commitment in making sure that students are prepared to serve others with a deep sense of compassion, awareness and well being for all. Thank you all so much!

Karen M

Inner Peace Yoga Therapy is one of the very best schools of its kind. The whole training process was extremely well organized, and I felt very supported by both the Inner Peace staff and my fellow students before, during, and after completing the program. The curriculum was diverse and taught by highly experienced professionals. I feel proud to have graduated from one of the first schools accredited by IAYT.

Michelle Fletcher

This program was excellent and exceeded my expectations. All of the faculty were highly skilled and a tremendous asset to the program.

Meghan Bass-Petti

Wonderful experience- great instructors, wide variety; depth of content. Flexibility to meet student’s needs is unmatched. Content widely applicable to personal growth and continued/more specialized work with clients.

Audrea Sullivan

The Inner Peace Yoga Therapy certification program was one of the best professional experiences of my life. With a solid science base, the training remains true to yoga diversity and tradition, and maintains balance with so much heart! The instructors were world class without exception. I practice yoga therapy with a psychiatrist in an integrated setting located in South Carolina. The Inner Peace training prepared me to take this step in my professional path. I would recommend the training to anyone who feels ready to practice yoga therapy professionally.

Robin Travers

The Yoga Therapy program with Inner Peace was personally and professionally life changing for me. The format is exceptional, and gave me the opportunity to learn from some of the most respected teachers in the world.

Katlin R

I absolutely LOVE the director Michele Lawrence. I chose Inner Peace Yoga Therapy after researching every Yoga Therapy training currently approved by Yoga Alliance and IAYT. Very happy to have chosen Inner Peace Yoga Therapy and looking forward to continuing to study under Michele and her amazing teachers!  

Katelyn Gately

I had been drawn to teaching yoga in a 1-1 setting and knew that Yoga Therapy would be the path to take in order to further my knowledge and best take care of my clients. I chose Inner Peace Yoga Therapy because of the teachers and the variety in the course work. The way that Inner Peace carefully sets up each training is harmonious. It is as if one teaching adds to the next. As I stay connected with the training, I can see how it is evolving to meet the needs of the current climate and staying relevant in the field of Yoga Therapy. I always say that I wish I could relive the experience of the Inner Peace training again and again. It was life-changing. The teachings, my teachers and fellow cohorts are always close to my heart as I continue to grow in my work and my own life. I am forever grateful to be a Yoga Therapist and to Inner Peace for equipping me to apply the practice of Yoga to meet the needs of my clients coping with anxiety, depression, grief, chronic pain, and overall seeking wellbeing. As I write this, I feel so blessed. Thank you to Inner Peace and all my teachers!

Amy Gaster

The Inner Peace Yoga Therapy training program elevated my understanding of yoga, therapeutic offerings, and myself as a person and a teacher to a level I never imagined I’d reach. It helped me become confident in my ability to hold healing space for my students and private clients, and brought me new lifelong friends who are on the same teaching path. Michele and the wonderful faculty she has recruited offer a high level of wisdom and compassionate instruction, and teachers leave the program with so many tools to utilize and offer to others. I am so grateful I found the training and can’t recommend it highly enough.

Katie Pine