Genevieve Yellin, ERYT500, PYT1000; Integrative Yoga Therapist
Director & Primary faculty member of Sundara's 200hr Teacher Training program
Integrative Yoga Therapy® 500hrPYT Faculty Member
I began practicing yoga over 23 years ago. I am a registered ERYT500, as well as a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) and a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) with the Yoga Alliance. I am a certified Professional Yoga Therapist (PYT) at the 1000hr level. I am very grateful to the teachers and programs that have inspired me to pursue the path of yoga and that have added depth to my life, practice, and teaching. They include, but are not limited to, Integrative Yoga Therapy’s Joseph & Lilian LePage, Functional Yoga Therapy with Maria KaliMa, Adaptive Yoga with Matthew Sanford, Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater, Anatomy Trains Myofacial studies (KMI) with Tom Myers, Svastha Yoga with Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandarim in Chennai India, Vipassana Meditation, Mindfulness training, Reiki, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. My professional background is in environmental science in the University system, before transitioning to a full-time Yoga Therapy practice.
Genevieve is the Director of Sundara’s Integrative Yoga Therapy 200hr Teacher Training in Austin, Texas, a Registered Yoga School; for more information, please visit: Yoga Teacher Training Program. Genevieve is also the Founder/Director of Sundara’s Overcoming Anxiety Clinic; for more information, please visit: Help for Anxiety
Paul Kevin Smith, MEd, e-RYT500, PYT500; Integrative Yoga Therapist
Paul has a Master of Education Degree in Kinesiology from U.T. Austin, is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (500-hour level), and an American College of Sports Medicine Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Certified Health Fitness Specialist. He has completed a 500-hour certification program in Integrative Yoga Therapy. Paul's Yoga classes combine elements of Vinyasa Yoga, Viniyoga, Yin Yoga and Somatics, and have been influenced by his studies with Srivatsa Ramaswami, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Gary Kraftsow, Joseph and Lilian LePage, Paul Grilley, Mika de Brito, Barb Germershausen, and Shannon Potts-Hickey. His philosophical approach combines traditional Yoga with Taoism. Paul has studied Yoga since the late 1970's, and has been teaching since he completed his first Yoga Teacher training from Austin's former Yoga House in 1994. He is very experienced at helping individuals with chronic health conditions to adapt yoga to their abilities. Paul is a full-time Yoga, Fitness, and Pilates Instructor at Lake Austin Spa Resort, and is an Adjunct Professor of Personal Fitness Training at Austin Community College. Paul was featured Personal Trainer in the March 2010 issue of Shape Magazine. He also recorded an audio cd that guides you through a great yoga practice. More information about Paul and to purchase his cd, please visti his website: (http://www.austinyogaforhealth.com)
Caroline McCarter, MLS, eRYT500, PYT500
Caroline McCarter has been practicing yoga for 15 years. Her earliest training was a yoga philosophy course in 1997 during her undergraduate years at University of Michigan. Since then she has studied with many Yoga teachers around the nation. Most importantly she has trained with most of the Indian Guru's in the Krishnamacharya lineage. Desikachar, Ramaswami, and most deeply with A.G. & Indra Mohan. She has a yoga therapy practice downtown Austin (http://www.yoga-rx.com) where she creates customized yoga practices for physical, mental, and spiritual issues/goals for individuals. Her mental specialties include yoga for Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, Anxiety/Depression - her physical specialties are in Scoliosis, back pain, and all spinal related injuries. She views yoga as a vehicle for healing and has made yoga therapy her life's work.
Kerry Meath, MPH, C.Ayur, RYT
Kerry has been actively practicing and studying holistic health for the last fourteen years. She graduated with honors from Brown University, completed her Yoga Teacher Certification in Washington D.C., and spent 2007 through 2009 training in depth at The Ayurveda Institute with Dr. Vasant Lad and Dr. Claudia Welch. She currently serves on the Faculty for Texas A & M College of Medicine, is a Professional Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, and actively involved with promoting Ayurveda through workshops and private consultations in Texas and countrywide. She feels blessed to have learned with outstanding teachers and hopes to honor them by helping others find greater joy and balance through Ayurveda.
Raquel Currah, Physical Therapist, RYT, Cert. Pilates Instructor
I have been a Physical Therapist since 1992 and worked in various settings with adult and geriatric populations. I received specialized training in treatment of stroke, dementia, balance problems, vestibular dysfunction, and Parkinson's disease. I am a Sundara Yoga Therapy IYT graduate Yoga Therapy Teacher training graduate. In 1997, I was introduced to Pilates. Eleven years later, I began my journey as an instructor with Balanced Body University. I have completed training in Pilates Mat and Pilates Reformer. I am the CEO and founder of Austin Re-Fit, an in-home Physical Therapy, fitness and Pilates service for adults with medical complexities. I live in Austin with my husband, twin boys, daughter, and dog.
Meg Brooker, MFA, RYT
During the summer of 2002, I began my hatha yoga studies in New York City at the Iyengar Institute and at Movements Afoot. In the fall of 2004, I began to explore a vinyasa practice at the Inwood Peace Yoga Center, and I am grateful to director Michael von Stange for first encouraging me to pursue a yoga teacher training course. Upon relocating to Austin in 2006 for graduate studies at UT, I found the Austin yoga community to be warm and welcoming, and I completed a 200 hour teacher training program at Yoga Yoga in the fall of 2007. Since moving to Austin, my practice has consisted primarily of Anusara Yoga, and I recently finished the Anusara Immersion Part I with Christina Sell. My yoga classes emphasize optimal alignment, discovering a rhythmic relationship between breathing and moving, cultivating awareness of how mental patterning manifests in the physical body, and rekindling an innate sense of joy.
In addition to my yoga studies, I danced original Isadora Duncan repertory as a member of Lori Belilove & Company (Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation) and as a guest artist with the Duncan Dance Collective. From 2002-2006, I trained intensively in Duncan technique with Lori Belilove, Cherlyn Smith, and Marie Carstens, studying historic Duncan dances as passed down through the lines of Anna, Irma, and Maria-Teresa Duncan. I have taught dance in New York City on the faculties of the School at Steps on Broadway and the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation. In Texas, I have taught at UT Austin and held guest artist residences at Texas State and Northwest Vista College. I have shown my own choreography in Duncan technique in Austin, New York, and Sevastopol, Ukraine. In May 2009, I completed my MFA in Performance as Public Practice at UT, and I have presented scholarship on Duncan contemporary Florence Fleming Noyes for the Society of Dance History Scholars and the Congress on Research in Dance.
Jennifer Fairbank, MSW, RYT, PYT, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist
After several years in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, I became a Registered Yoga Teacher in 2003 to enhance my knowledge and further explore the mind/body connection. Falling in love with the practice, I yearned for more knowledge; I earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a Mental Health Concentration at the University of Pittsburgh. Feeling the need to approach my practice more psychosomatically, I searched for a way to treat the mind and physical body as one, not as two disconnected parts. I discovered Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and the more I learned about it the clearer it became that this would be the next step in my journey. I completed the 650-hour intensive training and I am now a certified yoga therapy practitioner. I rounded out my practice by integrating more philosophical and spiritual teachings-I graduated from the Dharma Teacher Training program.
Jennifer is the owner of Mind Body Yoga Therapy on Research Blvd in Northwest Austin.
Michelle Norris, RYT500
Yoga captured my heart in 2001 and then infused it with something bigger than myself...I love standing on my head, hands, forearms or pretty much anything that allows me to turn my world upside down. Mostly, I love that yoga has opened me to the opportunity to live fully, manifesting gratitude, awareness, appreciation for all that is! I LOVE teaching yoga! I love when a student gets something they didn't think they could and the light that comes with that. My guided asana is not always easy. I can't promise you won't have to work although I can promise you will love dancing with your own inner divinity and strength igniting radical transformation. I have so much love and gratitude to all of my teachers and various yoga lineages. I am a student of School of Yoga with Christina Sell, Noah Maze & Darren Rhodes who continue to amaze me with their wisdom, genius and dedication to the practice that is yoga! Credentials and Gratitude to these certification / training programs and teachers: Currently registered RYT500, School of Yoga, Anusara, Dharma, Hatha, Yoga Therapy, Iyengar, Living Yoga Program, and my most current vision of applying for Yoga Alliance E-RYT500. For more information about Michelle and her schedule of classes, please visit her website: http://www.michellenorris.com
Mandy Eubanks, RYT, Certified Anusara™ Teacher
Mandy Eubanks is a certified Anusara® Yoga teacher who was introduced to yoga in 2003 while still living in her hometown of Tulsa, OK. In 2005 she moved to Austin, Texas where she was first introduced to Anusara Yoga. Mandy's heart was touched by the method, practice, and the Anusara community and since then Mandy has been a dedicated student of Anusara Yoga. She has trained extensively with John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga. She has also studied closely with several other certified Anusara Yoga teachers. Mandy's teaching style is playful and nurturing. She strives to create a safe and supportive space in which students can grow and expand in her Anusara® classes. Visit her Website at www.mandyeubanks.com
Abby Lentz, E-RYT,
Abby Lentz is founder of HeavyWeight Yoga® a yoga practice designed especially for people who are overweight or obese. A pioneer in this field, Abby has practiced yoga for over 40 years. As a certified Kripalu teacher she fulfilled her dream to teach yoga in 2004. She has studied with yoga luminaries Lilias Folan, Erich Schiffmann and Judith Lasater, becoming a Relax and Renew instructor in 2007. Abby’s HeavyWeight Yoga DVDs, Yoga for the Body You Have Today and Change the Image of Yoga have been well received and are top yoga DVD sellers on amazon.com. She was named to Fitness Magazine’s Fit 50 List, as well has having her DVDs chosen by More Magazine in both their Best Workout DVD Dozen and Best Yoga DVDs, a list that included Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea and Julian Michaels. We are honored to have Abby on our Teacher Training faculty. To learn more about Abby and HeavyWeight visit: http://heartfeltyoga.com
Geoff O'Meara, RYT, Director CY Prison Yoga Project
Geoff O’Meara teaches men and women at the Travis County Correctional complex, and leads an introductory Yoga class for the men’s residential rehabilitation program at Austin Recovery. His continued dedication as a teacher and board member of Community Yoga is fueled by the positive impact he sees Community Yoga have with every class. Outside of his work with Community Yoga, Geoff is a freelance designer (architecture and graphic design), artist, Bob Marley scholar and new dad. To find out more about what Geoff and Community Yoga, please visit: http://www.community-yoga.org/index.html