Courtney Bailey, RYT, TIYTTIYT Faculty, TIYT DEI Consultant
Courtney is a registered trauma-informed yoga instructor with an interest in intergenerational trauma and mental health, particularly in African American/Black and Latino/Hispanic community. Courtney is the Director of Issues and Engagement at Leadership Austin, where she works to enhance educational programs and help build community relationships through issue education. She has a background working with Health Disparities and addressing barriers to mental health care in Austin/Travis County and Central Texas. Additionally, Courtney serves as Staff Advisor to a Dell Medical School student-led group called MESH (Making Equity Standard in Healthcare).
Courtney graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and completed the unique interdisciplinary minor in Community Development. Courtney’s interest in community health led her to work with organizations providing voices for marginalized communities, such as the Howard University Center for Urban Progress and the Latino Health Care Forum. She has been awarded grants from both Austin Travis County Health and Human Services (2013) and A Glimmer of Hope Austin Foundation (2015) to provide community health assessments and wellness programs in under-served communities color. On February 9, 2017, Courtney joined the ranks of awardees at the upcoming Central Texas African American Family Support Conference, where she received the Richard Hopkins “Torch” Award – Professional.
Favorite Quote: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Audre Lorde
Trionne Barnett, C-IAYT, ERYT500TIYT Faculty Member
Trionne began her journey with yoga in 2002 and is a 2013 graduate of the Integrative Yoga Therapy Professional Yoga Therapy program. (PYT). She is also registered as a Trauma Informed Yoga Therapist. (TIYT) Having completed the 65 Hour Advanced Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy Training at Sundara Yoga Therapy in 2013. She teaches yoga therapy at Carrollton Springs Mental Health Facility and is the Stress Management Specialist for the Dean Ornish Program for reversing Heart Disease at Texas Health Resources in Plano.Offering Yoga Therapy, Private, Group and Corporate yoga classes to suit the needs of the students. Class focus is on moving mindfully and breathing into each posture suggesting the body “allow” the movement without force. Linking movement with breath creates a moving meditation that calms and strengthens the mind, body and soul. Each pose requires undoing, requiring no goal, and going with the body, rather than pushing or telling the body what to do.
Dr. Jessica Byron, M.D., RYT500, C-IAYT, TIYTPrimary Faculty-all trainings
Dr. Jessica Byron has 30 years of medical experience practicing in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Jessica is a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) through the International Association of Yoga Therapists she completed her Integrative Yoga Therapy internship with Genevieve Yellin. She is also a registered Yoga Teacher at the 500hr level (RYT500) through the Yoga Alliance. She has been a student of yoga and meditation for over 20 years. Jessica completed her initial yoga teacher training with Swami Maha-Tarananda, and studied meditation with Sri Eknath Easwaran of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation. She subsequently studied Integrative Yoga Therapy (Joseph & Lilian Le Page) and Functional Yoga Therapy(Maria Mendola), and completed her Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy certification (Genevieve Yellin). She completed a two year program with Tacheria in Interfaith spirituality, learning about various paths for companioning others on their journeys in health and wholeness. Jessica has served on the teaching faculty for Yoga Connection’s Personal Meditation, Yoga Program and Hatha Teacher Training Program, as a guest speaker for Integrative Yoga Therapy’s 500hr certification program. Jessica is currently a primary faculty member of Sundara’s Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy training. Now with Healing Path Yoga, LLC, Jessica is offering yoga, meditation, aqua yoga, and yoga therapy for groups or individual’s, using the yoga tradition’s integrative tools for self-aware transformation of body, mind and spirit. Jessica serves as an Advisory Board Member for the non-profit, Overcome Anxiety Project. Jessica’s Trauma informed work includes, but is not limited to: education coordinator in transitional housing (addiction & imprisonment), advisor for sexual assault and relationship violence, and coordinator for community response to reduce violent crimes against women. Jessica has two grown children and resides in Tucson with her husband (Jim).
Adriana Cabanas is a medical doctor and yogini who combines the therapeutic power of both sciences. She’s co-director of TIYT program in Mexico. Her work includes group and private classes and workshops. She’s also de creator of Flor de Loto Yoga which brings the practices and well being tools to breast cancer patients and survivors, and education for movement instructors and health professionals. Adriana loves to move and keeps in constant practice and study, integrating the experiences lived on and off the mat, being an eternal and curious movement explorer and a fascia geek. She has taught workshops in Mexico, USA, Chile, Colombia and Ethiopia. Adriana Cabañas, Médico y yoguini, combina el poder terapéutico de ambas ciencias. Co-Directora en México del programa Trauma Informed Yoga. Actualmente imparte clases grupales e individuales de yoga terapéutico y talleres a estudiantes y profesores. Además de ser la creadora del programa de Flor de Loto Yoga que se dedica a llevar la práctica y herramientas de yoga a mujeres que han vivido la experiencia de cáncer de mama y entrenar personal de salud e instructores de yoga que desean profundizar en este tema. Se mantiene en constante práctica, estudio y aprendizaje, integrando diariamente las experiencias vividas y compartidas en el tapete, siendo una curiosa exploradora del movimiento y una geek de la fascia. Ha impartido talleres en México, EU, Chile, Colombia y Etiopía.
Jodi Ceballos, Psy.D., RYT is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, who currentlyholds a license in both Texas and California. She runs a thriving private practice in San Diego California. Jodi received her doctorate degree in 2007 from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA, and before that her Master’s degree in 2004, in Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College in Springfield, MA. Jodi completed her 200hr yoga therapy teacher training as well as her Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy Certification at Sundara Yoga Therapy in Austin, TX with Genevieve Yellin, and is now pursuing her 1000hr Professional Yoga Therapist certification through Integrative Yoga Therapy; she is completing her 1000 hr Yoga Therapy internship with Genevieve Yellin. Jodi has worked in various mental health settings, working with children, adolescents, and adults, and has had significant success implementing yoga therapy techniques into the clinical setting. She completed her postdoctoral training at the VA Hospital in San Diego and holds specialties working with combat PTSD, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders. Jodi currently resides in San Diego with her hubsband (Ray) and her dog-baby (Nina).
Sandy Eimers, RPh, CIAYT, ERYT500, TIYTTIYT Faculty All levels, Director of TIYT Europe
Sandy is a pharmacist and owner of balance yoga lounge in Ankeny, Iowa. She is the principal instructor at balanced breath school of yoga and director of their 200hr Yoga Teacher Training program since 2011. The yoga lounge offers trauma-informed community yoga classes, private yoga therapy, and individual yoga instruction. Sandy is certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapists and works primarily to support individuals weary from over-stimulation, chronic stress, anxiety, and trauma. She has studied and served as a faculty assistant at Kripalu with Joseph LePage, studied somatic movement with Eleanor Criswell Hannah, served as an intern in southern Brazil with Joseph LePage in 2014, and traveled to India in 2018 to study with Dr Balayogi Bhavanani at CYTER in Pondicherry and various respected Indian scholars at Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute in Lonavala. Sandy has three grown children, three grandchildren, enjoys most any creative process (in the kitchen, with a crochet hook, or exploring Photoshop), and enjoys international travel with her husband Bob. She holds a BS in textiles and clothing and worked as a retail clothing buyer for a midwestern department store, earned a BS in pharmacy and worked in retail and hospital pharmacy. Her experience as a pharmacist working in inpatient mental health inspired her to further explore and expand her passion for the meditative arts and yoga. She now dedicates her full attention to sharing yoga and meditation with individuals searching for healing. Sandy is currently coordinating and leading trauma-informed yoga therapy trainings throughout Europe.
Mandy has 15 years of teaching experience. She earned her 200 hour training in 2003 through The Living Yoga Program and her 500 hour training in 2009 through Anusara Yoga. She’s certified to teach pre-natal yoga through OmMama and a Trauma Informed Yoga Therapist and Overcoming Anxiety Clinic Facilitator and in 2016 recieved the highly regarded credential as a certified yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapy.
A Tulsa native, Mandy lived in Austin, TX for 10 years studying and teaching yoga under the guidance of her teachers. Read the story about how and why Mandy created everyone yoga school. Mandy now resides in Tulsa, OK with her husband and two children.
Visit her school’s website and learn more about about teacher training visit www.everyoneyogaschool.com
Dr. Keri Heilman, PhDDistinguished Faculty - Neuroscience & Research
Keri J. Heilman, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Lake Forest College and her doctorate in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2006. As a student and now colleague of Stephen W. Porges, PhD, Dr. Heilman has been conducting research based on the Polyvagal Theory since 2000, and regularly consults and provides training workshops for researchers and clinicians who are interested social behavior, particularly, in individuals who have experienced trauma or anxiety (2-4hr).
Geeti Sharazi Mahajan, LCSW, MPH, CIAYTTIYT Faculty, Mental Health Consultant
Geeti offers culturally-affirming psychotherapy, yoga therapy, and reiki for diverse populations in Austin, Texas. Her ability to create a nurturing, healing space empowers clients to connect with their deepest wisdom to live the lives they envision. Geeti is of Indian and Iranian descent, and specializes in working with highly sensitive people from multicultural backgrounds.
In 2011, Geeti received a joint Master’s in Social Work and Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis, one of the nation’s top ranked Social Work programs. In addition to receiving traditional psychotherapy training, Geeti was credentialed as a
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) in 2016 and remains active with mental health and yoga therapy continuing education to stay informed of current trends and evidence based practices. Geeti added reiki to her practice in 2020, after studying with Reiki Master Teacher Linda Drake in the Usui Reiki Ryoho style.
Geeti’s professional experience includes inpatient and intensive outpatient psychiatric treatment and yoga therapy, as well as outpatient counseling and yoga therapy in a primary care medical clinic within a university setting. Using an integrative approach
emphasizing mindfulness-based techniques, Geeti provides psychotherapy, yoga therapy, reiki, and clinical supervision in a relational way. Connect with Geeti at
Laurie Knight, MA, RYT500, TIYTEarth Level I TIYT Faculty
Laurie Knight earned both her 200 hour basic certification and her 300 hours of advanced yoga certification through Integrative Yoga Therapy. She became a TIYT certified instructor in 2014 after needing tools for comprehending the ill effects of combat engagement and recovery. Understanding that many psychological and physiological challenges may be traced back to trauma, her approach to yoga is healing-centered with great emphasis on breath and feeling the body as the asana practice develops. She brings a strong background of psychology and education having spent her first career as a teacher/coach and counselor in behavioral health settings. She holds degrees in psychology and a Master’s in Education. Most of her advanced yoga-related trainings are specific to brain science, veterans’ issues, and trauma. Laurie serves on the Board of Directors and is a teacher for Comeback Yoga, an organization providing free yoga to veterans and their support systems in various locations in and around Denver/Front Range. She is also the acting Program Director in a second veteran organization called Fight Oar Die, which is partnered with both the University of Denver’s Grad School/Sturm Center and Marcus Institute of Brain health, a part of University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Center. Laurie is married to a retired Special Forces Major, and is mother to a former Infantry/Paratrooper and an adult daughter. She lives in Castle Rock, CO.
Melissa Martinez es alumna dedicada, maestra, amante de la vida y apasionada en el camino de la recuperación y rehabilitación.
Melissa es maestra de yoga bilingüe certificada en Ashtanga Yoga (Bernardo Kushala Camarena, Maria Fernanda Gay-Medina, Claudia Castillo y José Luis León), Tantra Yoga Tradicional (Baghavan Shri Shanmukha Anantha Natha y Shri Ma Kristina Baird), Integrative Yoga Therapy (Joseph LePage y Lilian LePage) y Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy (Genevieve Yellin).
Melissa es la creadora de RecuperarEs RehabEspiritual, programa holístico enfocado en la salud mental, en las adicciones y recuperación.De igual manera, Melissa es la directora de Néctar YogaStudio, así como directora en México del programa Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy.
Actualmente, Melissa está organizando entrenamientos en México de “Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy”, así como inspirando a más personas a triunfar en su proceso de recuperación.
Melissa vive en Austin, Texas junto con su esposo, perrita y gato.
Melissa Martinez is a devoted student, teacher, life-lover and passionate about radical recovery. She is inspired by the science and practice of Traditional Tantra Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Mindfulness.
She is a bilingual yoga instructor certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga (Bernardo Kushala Camarena, Maria Fernanda Gay-Medina, Claudia Castillo & José Luis León), Traditional Tantra Yoga (Baghavan Shri Shanmukha Anantha Natha y Shri Ma Kristina Baird), Integrative Yoga Therapy (Joseph LePage y Lilian LePage) and Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy (Genevieve Yellin)
Melissa is the director of Nectar YogaStudio, as well as the TIYT director in Mexico.
Melissa is the creatrix of RecuperarEs RehabEspiritual, a holistic program focused on mental health, addiction and recovery.She’s currently offering Trauma Informed Yoga Trainings in Mexico, as well as inspiring more people to thrive in recovery.
Melissa lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, dog and cat.
Glen Mayes III, RYT, TIYTTIYT Faculty
Glen Mayes is a Registered Yoga Teacher, a certified Sundara Yoga Therapy Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy (TIYT) teacher. Glen is a Director of the Overcome Anxiety Project, a non-profit organization – he serves as the Director of Youth Services at Community Yoga in Austin, another non-profit organization. He has invested over a decade to youth across the state of Texas including juvenile corrections, multiple after school programs and summer programs and now, to a lifestyle of mindfulness yoga and meditation. His experience has led him to understand that in order to facilitate real change you must have an ongoing relationship with the youth you serve. Mr. Mayes reaches thousands of students in our public and private education systems with evidenced-based programs and a heart of service. Glen currently lives in Colorado with his wife Taj and two boys, Orion & Sage.
Caelin Nadin, C-IAYT, ERYT500TIYT Faculty and Director of TIYT Canada Training
Caelin Nadin is a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) who specializes treating anxiety, depression, PTSD and chronic pain; working in a
collaborative team at Waldegrove Psychological Services in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Caelin is also certified as a Trauma Informed Yoga Therapist (TIYT) and Life Coach (CYLC).Caelin first came to yoga in search of relief from symptoms of severe anxiety. After having found such a profound effect from the practice, she has made it her life’s purpose to assist others in finding relief through yoga. Caelin offers the Overcome Anxiety Clinic across Nova Scotia in studios, schools and various health care settings.
Caelin is registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500 and is a graduate of the 800 hr
Professional Yoga Therapy program from Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT). Caelin completed a 1000hr mentorship with Genevieve Yellin and certifications in Radiant Child Yoga level 1&2, LifeForce Yoga Practitioner (LFYP-1); to name a few. Caelin’s educational background includes undergraduate studies in Psychology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS. Caelin looks forward to beginning studies in Somatic Yoga with Eleanor Criswell Hanna (spring 2017) and continuing attending various Trauma Training Seminars.
Caelin is Faculty and Canadian Director of TIYT, currently coordinating trainings in TIYT throughout Canada and the collaboration of research in Canada and the US. Caelin lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her Irish husband Patrick and her rockstar daughter Rachel.
Julie Pomerantz , ERYT, TIYTFaculty Water Element, TIYT Level 2
Julie is a E-RYT 200 and has earned certifications in TIYT (Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy) and Functional Movement Therapy. She is currently in the process of obtaining her 500 hour Teacher of Yoga Therapy certification. She began practicing yoga in 1998, 2 years after an accident which left her physically limited. Initially seeking mobility she quickly realized the benefits extended well beyond the physical and into the psycho-emotional and energetic levels, and then she was hooked! Through study and personal experience, Julie’s passion for the healing benefits of yoga continue to grow. She is devoted to working with people who have been exposed to trauma and are looking to explore various methods of self-regulation. In her classes you can expect a grounded practice with a focus on balancing breath, strength, awareness and connection. “I have been blessed by many outstanding and impactful teachers, however my greatest teachers have been nature, life and my children.”
Genaro has served as Program Director of the Right Step and CEO of Counselink, a Right-Step Outpatient Drug and Alcoholism treatment facility since 2011. He lives in Austin, TX and spends his spare time training as a triathlete.
Ebony Smith is a certified Yoga teacher, a Trauma Informed Yoga Therapist, and Wellness Coach. Ebony teaches people in underserved communities the art of self healing and self love through the practice of yoga and mindfulness. With a mission to equip individuals with the tools to empower their own life and to further spread a wider message of healing, self love and wholeness to a larger community. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Ebony grew up with a very turbulent childhood. Her soul was awakened the 1st time she stepped on the mat, and her heart began the healing process. “My life changing experience with the practice of Yoga compelled me to create Yoga N Da Hood 501(c)3 nonprofit, wellness outreach organization that teaches people in under-served communities the art of self-healing, self-talk and self- love through the practice of Yoga and Mindfulness.” Ebony is a former 5th grade teacher and though she no longer teaches science to kids, she has developed an after-school Yoga program called Mindful Movement that has taken off and is now offered in 26 schools throughout Dallas.
Dr. Robyn Tiger, MD, C-IAYT, RYT-500, TIYTTIYT Faculty - Medical Advisor
Robyn Tiger is a Physician and Certified Yoga Therapist. Her yoga therapy practice, Yoga Heals 4 Life, integrates traditional Western medicine with the Eastern science of yoga and serves those touched by cancer, anxiety, and stress related disorders including PTSD. Robyn’s passion to help others more fully grew out of her many years in medical practice witnessing firsthand the need for more complete patient care. In her classes and private sessions, she teaches individuals the tools needed to take an active role in their journey to healing.
Robyn received her Bachelors of Science degree from Muhlenberg College. She completed her medical degree, internship in Internal Medicine, and residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She also completed a fellowship in Body Imaging at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Robyn is certified in yoga therapy through Integrative Yoga Therapy. Additionally she is certified in Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy with Sundara Yoga Therapy, a certified iRest Teacher, Y4C Yoga for Cancer, Yoga for Breast Cancer Recovery and Beyond, Warriors at Ease, Functional Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, and Karma Kids Yoga for Kids and Teens. Robyn serves on the Medical Resource Committee for Gilda’s Club of South Jersey, a non-profit organization aiding all individuals touched by cancer.
Robyn is eternally grateful for her wonderful husband and two incredible children!
Anders Tremont-Nelson, RYT, TIYTTIYT Earth Element Faculty
Anders had sought enlightenment from external sources since a young age. Music, sports, martial arts, philosophy, spirituality, poetry(amongst others) have provided much joy and happiness. However, something was absent. There was some dissonance within his self and his relationships with others. Inspiration for change was sought and found through a dedicated practice, correspondence with incredible instructors, and relating to other yogis’ experiences. Contentment and transcendence through awareness of the one, INTERNAL source were realized and incorporated, and continue to blossom, once he joined with the yoga path. Having completed a 200 hour program with Corepower Yoga in 2011 he looks forward to each approaching opportunity for growth and evolution which yoga cultivates. Teaching Hot yoga, Power Fusion, and Restorative classes has brought much calm, strength and tranquility to being AND doing. Acceptance, joy, and enthusiasm now thrive throughout his practice, teachings, and everyday life.
“Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are the eternity and you are the mirror.” -Khalil Gibran.
Dave is a Ph.D. candidate and Doctoral Research Fellow at Syracuse University. His dissertation research integrates mindfulness principles and practices with the emerging field of neuropragmatism, a transdisciplinary study of mind as dynamic, emergent, and embodied. His graduate coursework also included study of interdisciplinary research, social justice education, anti-oppression pedagogy, and intergroup dialogue. He has served as a trained peer advocate for one of the first and most respected campus-based sexual assault advocacy centers in the U.S. (at the University of Northern Colorado); taught and advised graduate students in the Wisdom Traditions department at Naropa University; and taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Syracuse. He completed the TIYT training with Genevieve in Denver and is currently training in David Treleaven’s trauma-sensitive mindfulness course. In addition to his formal studies and training, Dave is an amateur student of the healing power and wisdom of plant medicines and wilderness experiences. He has led youth backpacking trips in the Rocky Mountains and enjoys camping, mountain biking, cooking, crafting, poetry, and jazz. A longtime student of meditation, yoga, and related mind/body practices, he is currently building a private psychotherapy practice in Denver, CO.
Favorite quote: “Reason’s last step is the recognition that there is an infinite number of things which are beyond it.” – Blaise Pascal
Genevieve is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), through the International Association of Yoga Therapy; she is also certified through Yoga Alliance as an ERYT500, Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) and a Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT). Genevieve is currently collaborating in a research project studying symptom reduction and autonomic regulation with the use of contemplative practices in a trauma treatment protocol. Genevieve’s professional background as an environmental research scientist (biochemistry) in the University system, before transitioning to full-time Yoga Therapy practice is evident in her approach to yoga therapy. Her teaching serves as an accessible bridge between the ancient teachings of Yoga and modern medical sciences. Genevieve is a faculty member of 1) Amala Foundation’s Community Facilitator Teacher Training- Community development for Social Justice, 2) Inner Peace Yoga Therapy and 3) Is a mentor in Kripalu’s Integrative Yoga Therapy Yoga Therapy Internship program. She is the Founder/Director of OAP, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that offers Trauma Informed self-regulatory skills training to people who work in social services and/or values-based collective action initiatives. She is the creator of the Overcome Clinic: A Holistic and Natural Approach, an evidence based program offered since 2009, now offered throughout the US, Canada & México by 400+ facilitators. Her Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy work is extensive with a focus in addiction/chemical dependency recovery, social anxiety, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s/dementia and grief/loss. Genevieve and her husband reside in Austin, Texas; they have five wonderful grown children.