Yoga and the Healing Sciences
A 200-Hour Teacher Training Program
at Loyola Marymount University
Dr. Eden Goldman, D.C., C.Y.T., E-RYT500 is a human movementologist, a certified Yoga therapist, a wellness-based Chiropractor and physical rehabilitation specialist and co-founder of Yoga Doctors. The co-author of Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine and author of the upcoming book, The Secret Art of Adjusting Yoga Poses, Dr. Goldman’s current healing work integrates classical Eastern Yoga therapeutics, Thai massage, and myofascial release bodywork with Western advancements in movement-based mind-body medicine, sports science, athletic training, prevention, rehabilitation, and chiropractic. Director of Loyola Marymount University’s prestigious Yoga and the Healing Sciences 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program and a team member in a collaborative study linking Mars Without Borders, UCLA, and the University of Texas applying Yoga Therapy for Astronauts and Space Health, Dr. Goldman has been featured in many forms of print, media, and books on Yoga and Yoga therapy.
Robert Birnberg began practicing Yoga in the 1970s to heal a severe back injury and soon after founded the Community Yoga and Wellness Center in Los Angeles. Studying at the internationally regarded Krishnamacharya Healing Mandiram (KYM), a prestigious Yoga institution in South India, Robert became one a handful of students certified by T.K.V. Desikachar to train teachers. He specializes in the Yoga Sutras and Yoga for addiction and compulsive disorders. Robert has lectured at Harvard Medical school, taught at Promises Treatment Center in Malibu and designed the Yoga, meditation and spirituality programs for Clearview Treatment Centers in Southern California.
Paul Cabanis has been teaching in the Los Angeles area since 1991. After spending almost two years studying with the Iyengar family at their Institute in Pune, India, Paul has immersed himself in the study of Yoga thought and weaves the philosophical and somatic aspects of yoga into his classes, providing an invaluable context. He has worked with doctors at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to conduct medical studies on the effects of Iyengar Yoga on clinical depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Paul teaches a full spectrum of classes and workshops nationally and internationally and is one of the only instructors in the Los Angeles area that teaches at all 4 L.A. Yoga Works locations.
Christopher Key Chapple, Ph.D. is the Navin and Pratima Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University. Professor Chapple’s research interests have focused on the renouncer religious traditions of India: Yoga, Jainism, and Buddhism. He has published several books, including Karma and Creativity (1986), a co-translation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (1991) and Nonviolence to Animals, Earth, and Self in Asian Traditions (1993), Hinduism and Ecology (2000), a co-edited volume, Jainism and Ecology: Nonviolence in the Web of Life (2002) and Reconciling Yogas (2003).
Matthew Cohen is the founder of Sacred Energy Arts Center in Santa Monica. A 5th degree black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu, Matthew has been fully immersed in the study and application of Martial, Yogic and Healing Arts for over 30 years. His teachings are at once ancient, progressive, secular and sacred. He has attained the title of Guru of Kun Tao Silat under the masterful Willem de Thouars and is a highly sought after master teacher of Chi Kung and the most practiced martial arts in the world today, Tai Chi Chuan. His DVD, Qi Gong: Fire and Water, is available through Acacia lifestyle media.
Arun Deva, DASc. is a Diplomate in Ayurvedic Sciences and currently serves on the boards of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM) and the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association. He is certified in Vinyasa Krama Yoga as taught by Srivatsa Ramaswami and has done trainings in Anusara, Ayuryoga and Viniyoga. Arun is the founder of Arunachala Yoga; Ayurveda and teaches Ayurveda/yoga workshops, writes articles for different publications and does ayurvedic consultations and has an Ayurvedic clinic for consultations and various treatments including Panchakarma in Los Angeles. Born in India, he has made his home in Los Angeles for the past 30+ years and is currently working on creating a teacher-training program on Ayurvedic therapies for Yoga teachers.
Govindas is the co-founder and owner of California’s only Bhakti-based Yoga studio, Bhakti Yoga Shala. A kirtan wallah and masterful storyteller of Hindu mythology, Govindas practices Bhakti Yoga in the traditional sense as a healing artform and a manifestation/affirmation of dedication to God and Guru. This commitment to love, service, and devotion is the essence of what is reflected and transmitted through his teachings and music. Together with his wife, Radha, they have released 8 kirtan CDs and have more due to be released soon.
Shanna Hughes is a trained Yoga therapist with 12 years of experience in classic yoga training with a special emphasis on therapeutic and clinical applications of Yoga and special-needs Yoga integration. For the first fifteen years of her life, Shanna lived in Kashmir, India where her parents studied yoga and meditation under the guidance of a world acclaimed teacher, Swami Lakshmanjoo. By joining these classes as a child, Shanna learned at a young age the healing power of meditation and yoga. Shanna has traveled the world teaching gentle physical postures and breathing techniques that have proven to be both calming and healing; and in many cases, reversing what seems like irreversible physical and emotional challenges.
Reverend Tom Kelly spent 25 years as a monk in Paramahansa Yogananda’s Self Realization Fellowship Swami Order. Taking vows of simplicity, chastity and loyalty as well as being deeply involved in meditation and humanitarian service, Reverend Kelly traveled around the world teaching the sacred art of Raja Yoga. Now an inspirational speaker, workshop facilitator and retreat leader, he is co-owner of The Soul of Yoga Center in Encinitas, CA with his wife, Reverend Trisha Kelly. An ordained minister, Tom has a highly contagious sense of enthusiasm and a large heartedness that resonates with people of all religions and traditions.
Bryan Kest has been teaching Yoga for almost 30 years and owns the two most highly respected donation-based Yoga studios in Santa Monica, CA. Star of the Original Power Yoga Video Series, Bryan initially studied in Hawaii with David Williams, the first person to bring Ashtanga Yoga to America, and then studied in India with Sri Pattabhi Jois, the main proponent of Ashtanga Yoga. “My primary objective,” says Kest, “besides turning more and more people on to a healthier, more peaceful lifestyle that continually challenges them to grow, is to teach a system of exercise that fully integrates the body, mind, and spirit.”
Tony Khalife is a musician, singer, songwriter, composer, yogi, artist, teacher, child-soldier, and messenger of love and peace. Born in Beirut, Tony joined The Marvels, a professional Lebanese band that performed American and European music, and was named “Best Guitarist in Lebanon” in 1982. His lifelong search to raise the world’s vibration through music led him to become a direct disciple of Satguru Sant Keshavadas, a singing holy man, studying the life and songs of Indian saints and ancient Vedic rituals in Sanskrit and he served for seven years as a Pujari at the Wishwa Shanti Ashrama in Oakland where he learned the Tabla with great master drummer, Ustad Zakir Hussain. Tony has several sacred music albums including Desert Raga Jazz, Transcendence, Book of Changes, and his newest album, The Farther Shore Of Light – Sanskrit Songs Of Devotion.
Hala Khouri, M.A. has been teaching the movement arts for over 20 years and specializes in teaching at-risk youths and pregnancy. Rooted in Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga, dance, Somatic Psychology, and the juicy mystery of Life itself, Hala wrote her Master’s thesis on using yoga and other complementary disciplines such as eco-psychology and somatics for self-empowerment to inspire a global shift towards peaceful and sustainable living. She is the star of the Yoga video, Radiant Pregnancy, and is one of the creators of Off the Mat, Into the World (along with Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling), a Yoga and activism initiative that aims to get yogis to take their practice outside of the yoga studio and to touch the lives of others.
Jasmine Lieb is a certified Yoga therapist and has been teaching Yoga for over 30 years. She studied at the Harriman School of Yoga Teacher Training with Indra Devi & Cheryl Harriman, Samata International Teacher Training with Mara Carrico, Samata International Yoga Therapy and Advanced Yoga Therapy Teacher Training with Richard Miller, and the YogaWorks Teacher Training with Maty Ezaraty & Lisa Walford. The former co-director of Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga and Ecology Program, Jasmine is the creator and director of liv-ING-yoga’s 1000-hour Yoga Therapy training program and her practice and teachings centers on the Astanga (eight limbs of Yoga). Regardless of experience, age, or condition she loves bringing her students to an understanding of the potential of the Yoga practice and how they can receive the very accessible benefits from it.
Jason Nemer is the co-founder of AcroYoga. At the age of 16, Jason represented the United States at the World Championships of Sports Acrobatics in Beijing and five years later he performed acrobatics in the Opening Ceremonies at the 1996 Olympic games. During his career as an athlete, he trained with many of the top Russian and Bulgarian acrobatic masters and on his yogic and healing journey he has been blessed to have many great teachers who have inspired him and his practice. Currently, Jason travels to teach, study and bring communities together. He believes the Yoga practice and AcroYoga can be used as a tool to heal and connect people in a playful dance that can promote global peace.
Larry Payne, Ph.D. is an internationally respected yoga teacher and back specialist. The L.A. Times named Dr. Payne “One of America’s most respected Yoga teachers.” He is co-author of Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine, Yoga Therapy Rx, The Business of Teaching Yoga and the best-selling book, Yoga for Dummies. Dr. Payne is founding president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, founder of the corporate Yoga program at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the first Yoga teacher to offer Yoga classes at the World Economic Forum, co-founder of the yoga curriculum at The UCLA School of Medicine, and the founding director of the Yoga therapy certification program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Aunna Pourang, M.D. is a Mayo-trained medical doctor, author, and health and wellness speaker. Her focus is on helping patients unmask and utilize their innate healing potential through appropriate diet and lifestyle management consisting of Yoga, meditation, Ayurveda and nutrition with conventional Western medicine to address the root causes of health conditions, rather than simply treating the symptoms. Dr. Pourang is a regular contributor to online health resources including KevinMD.com, Redbook Magazine, Prevention.com, TheMindUnleashed.com, HouseofCitrine.com, TheActiveTimes.com, EverydayHealth.com as well as her own health and wellness blog, www.DrAunna.com. Author of Meditate don’t Medicate: A 14 Day Journey of Letting Go and Finding Yourself, Aunna speaks 6 languages and is certified in Kundalini Yoga and reiki.
Lorin Roche, Ph.D. has been exploring, researching and teaching meditation for over 40 years. His Doctoral dissertation was about the language meditators come up with to describe their experience and the maps they make to navigate their inner worlds. Both his Master’s and Doctoral research were based on an 8-year period in which he sought out meditators of all types: Zen, Christian, Buddhist, Vipassana, Kundalini, TM, Sikh, Hindu, Tibetan, Jewish, Kaballah, Wicca, Native American, Theosophist, Arcana, Agni Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Brain Wave Biofeedback, Autogenic Training, Neurolinguistic Programming, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Gestalt, Charltte Selver Sensory Awareness, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, Shamanism and others. Dr. Roche is the highly respected author of multiple books including Meditation Made Easy, Breath Taking, Whole Body Meditations and The Radiance Sutras as well as the co-author of two others with his wife, Colleen Maurine, Meditation Secrets for Women and Meditation 24/7.
Guru Singh, D.D. is a yogi, teacher, musician, composer, and author with a Doctoral of Divinity degree. He maintained a daily personal practice for over 35 years with Kundalini Yoga Master, Yogi Bhajan, until Yogi-ji’s passing in 2004. The first Westerner to wear the turban, Guru Singh is the chairman of the International Council of Sikh Ministers, a founding director of the Miri Piri Academy (an international primary and secondary school in Amritsar, India), a Sahaj Shabd Sound Therapy practitioner and a researcher who did an extensive medical study on meditation & prayer’s effect on the brain with Dr. Andrew Newberg of the University of Pennsylvania School of Neuro-Medicine.
Paula Tapia, from Patagonia, Chile, grew up immersed in the spiritual practices of Native American traditions. She is a Los Angeles based certified Yoga therapist and instructor specializing in Yoga Therapy Rx™ and Prime of Life Yoga™. An international movement educator, Paula has been teaching for 20 years including dance, fitness, and Yoga in the lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. In her native Chile, she was a repeat national medalist in rhythmic gymnastics and fitness and a regularly featured fitness performer and dancer on television. A lifelong athlete and dancer, Paula is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is currently completing a Yoga Therapy Rx Clinic internship at the Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles, CA.
Dechen Thurman grew up in New England as the son of famed Buddhist teacher, Robert Thurman, in an environment that harbored Tibetan political refugees and counter cultural artists. Formally, he was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, New York University (Tisch School of the Arts), Ohashi Institute, and Columbia University and his Yoga education is in the Jivamukti Yoga Method developed by Sharon Gannon and David Life. A member of the screen actors guild since 1995, Dechen has appeared in over 40 stage and screen productions and he currently teaches and mentors at the Jivamukti Yoga School in New York City and abroad.
Maria Villella, L.Ac. is a Chinese Medicine Practitioner, an Acupuncturist, and a teacher of traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Co-owner of Elysia Life Care in Santa Monica, CA, Maria was the cover model for Yoga Journal in November 2009 and studied in Mysore, India under the late Patthaboi Jois and T.K.V. Desikachar and his students at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) in Chennai, India. Her uniquely sensitive approach to Ashtanga balances the vigor and intensity of the practice with humor, levity, practicality, and sweetness.
Lisa Walford holds a Senior Iyengar teaching certificate and has been teaching Yoga in Los Angeles since 1982. Author of two books, The Anti-Aging Plan and The Longevity Diet, Lisa is the curriculum director for the Teacher Training Program at Yoga Works where she teaches weekly asana classes and bi-monthly pranayama classes. She sits on the advisory board for the International Association of Yoga Therapists and continues her studies annually with the Iyengars in Pune, India. In her words: “Yoga brings us from the finite to the infinite, from pain to purpose and passion, and from disease to discriminative awareness.”
Mark Whitwell has enjoyed a lifelong relationship with the teachings of the world’s greatest masters of Yoga including his teacher, T.K.V. Desikachar, and Desikachar’s father, Sri T. Krishnamacharya. He is the author of The Promise of Love, Sex, and Intimacy: How a Simple Breathing Practice Will Enrich Your Life Forever and Yoga of Heart: The Healing Power of Intimate Connection. A world-renowned Yoga master, he teaches The Promise practice to thousands of people internationally. He also oversees Heart of Yoga Peace Project, www.heartofyoga.org, which brings together Muslim and Jewish women in the Middle East to teach them The Promise practice.