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Breathing Deeply Alumni

Here are some Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program graduates that have shared their stories about becoming Yoga Therapists.

Advanced Program

Meena Ananth

Meena Ananth

C-IAYT, Oncology Nurse, Yoga Therapist, Loveland, CO

Meena enrolled at a time when she knew she needed to take better care of herself.

Jeannine McSorley 

C-IAYT, Holistic Nurse Practitioner & Yoga Therapist, Honesdale, PA

A busy mother of two and a full-time nurse practitioner, Jeannine was struggling to achieve a good rhythm of self-care…

Lisa Alexander

C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Niskayuna, NY

With over 20 years of yoga teaching experience, Lisa found herself at a crossroads. Keep going or try something new?

Joe Simek

C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Doylestown, PA

As co-owner of a yoga studio, “My Yoga Therapy training has taken me from being an average teacher to someone people seek out for help.”

Lida Husik

C-IAYT, Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist, Portland, OR

Lida’s yoga therapy practice teaches a variety of yoga techniques to ease people’s suffering who are on a very difficult journey…

Ann Biese

C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Mindfulness Teacher, Author, Boston, MA

Ann works teaching meditation and yoga in the field of oncology/hematology for both adults and in the pediatric hospital settings in Boston.

Tiffany Johnson

C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Grand Forks, ND

When Tiffany enrolled, she had just wound up a 10 year teaching career, had 3 young children and was seeking a renewed sense of purpose.

Marta Shedletsky

C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Yorktown Heights, NY

Marta had clients with a variety of health issues and wanted to offer them more than stretching and relaxing.

Caryna Wong

C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Mount Kisco, NY

Historically helping clients with physical pain, Caryna now helps them with non-physical issues, too.

Alexis Major Jameson

C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Haydenville, MA

Alexis has always loved the therapeutic aspects of yoga. She took her leap when a yoga teacher she loved dearly recommended Brandt’s training.

Melissa Russell

C-IAYT  Yoga Therapist, Chapel Hill, NC

After 30 years of practicing yoga, Melissa expected to come out with a yoga therapy certification, but she didn’t expect her teacher to do his best to help her in such a clear and dedicated way.

Laurie Schaeffer

C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Registered Nurse, Kenai, AK

Laurie discovered connection and shifted her approach to working with clients.

Lisa McKenzie

C-IAYT, Yoga Teacher and Therapist, Marquette, MI

Lisa had been teaching group yoga classes for 10 years when she enrolled in the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy program…

Lauren Albarella

C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Cincinnati, OH

Lauren was at a turning point in her life when she discovered yoga therapy and Breathing Deeply.

Sara Merrick-Albano

C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Watertown, CT

Sara is using her Yoga Therapy education to transition from teaching group classes to developing a thriving private practice.

Christine Saari

C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Guilford, CT

Christine took her private yoga business to the next level and is now a practicing yoga therapist.

Fiona Jalinoos

C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Larchmont, NY


Fiona shifted her own practice and learned how to better support her clients.

Megan Lutz

C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Woodbury, CT


Megan has more tools for helping her private yoga clients with their mental health.

Karen Walsh


C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Flemington, NJ


Karen is more present with clients and when teaching. She helps her clients with both physical health and mental health.


Kerry Ammerman

Yoga Teacher & Therapist, C-IAYT Candidate, Palmerston, ON Canada

Before she began the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy program, she was struggling. 

Carol Day Young

Yoga Therapist, & C-IAYT Candidate, Delmar, NY

Carol describes herself as a retiree-turned-Yoga Therapist who loves to connect with people and also loves not having to wear shoes to work.

Shervon Laurice

Licensed Professional Clinical
Counselor & Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT Candidate, Silver Spring, MD

Shervon has helped hundreds of people see themselves more clearly…

Susan Frankovich

Yoga Teacher and Therapist, C-IAYT Candidate, Reno, NV


Susan knew she had to find a way to manage stress. Yoga therapy was the clear path forward for her….

Anna Koehler

Yoga Teacher & Therapist, C-IAYT Candidate, Little Rock, Arkansas

Prior to starting her yoga therapy education with Breathing Deeply, Anna was a yoga therapy client. Anna’s mental health had reached crisis level with no hope in sight.

Kateri Rhatigan

Yoga Teacher &  Therapist, C-IAYT Candidate, Capital Region, New York

Kateri works alongside mental health professionals in her area, as well as with local veterans. Her mission is to be of service.

Joe Taft

Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT Candidate,  Asheville, NC

Joe found a new interest in applying yoga therapy to mental health issues.

Debbie Simon

Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT Candidate, Flower Mound, TX  

Debbie is a Yoga Therapist who works in a counseling center focusing on people who have trauma.

Steve Bader

Yoga Therapist & Exercise Physiologist, C-IAYT Candidate, Buffalo, NY

Steve learned how to apply yoga therapy principles in a systematic way to help his clients.

Heidi Browne

Yoga Teacher and Therapist, C-IAYT Candidate, Newton, PA

Heidi’s shift to yoga therapy was born of a desire to work more closely with each individual client in a more authentic way.

Nancy Engelhardt

Business Professor & Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT Candidate, St. Petersburg, FL

When Nancy enrolled in the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program, she was seeking a change in direction.

Andrea Rodriguez

Nurse, Yoga Teacher & Therapist, C-IAYT Candidate, Wilmington, MA

Andrea works as a yoga therapist focused on women’s health.

Jennifer Franklin

Yoga Therapist & Doctor Of Naturopathy, C-IAYT Candidate, Illinois City, IL

With Breathing Deeply, Jennifer has gained relationships with like-minded people who have helped her grow, as well as “voluminous information” on how to help various issues with the support of yoga therapy.

Madeline Medeiros Taylor

Yoga Therapist & Yoga Teacher, C-IAYT Candidate, Atascadero, CA

Madeline changed careers and is developing a private yoga therapy practice.

Deborah Kocorowski Selm

Yoga Therapist & Yoga Teacher, C-IAYT Candidate, Milwaukee, WI

Deborah is a yoga therapist, seeing clients recovering from addiction, anxiety and depression, trauma, and other health concerns in a private Holistic Wellness Center.

Jennifer Busuttil

Yoga Therapist & Yoga Teacher, C-IAYT Candidate, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Jennifer is a yoga therapist and yoga teacher who is more aware of her client’s individual needs and imbalances. She sees clients privately and semi-privately.

Dan Greene


Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT Candidate, Sudbury, Ontario


Dan discovered personal growth and a boost in confidence through she program, and is working to help people find peace and ease.


Jennifer Herndon


PTA & Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT Candidate, Marietta, GA


Jennifer works in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center and sees clients privately.


Jo Kirsch


Yoga Therapist & Yoga Teacher, C-IAYT Candidate, Manchester, VT


After teaching yoga for 20 years, Jo is cultivating a private practice and loves working one-on-one with clients.


Foundations Program

Cathy Calandriello

Yoga Therapist & Yoga Teacher, Dover, NH

Cathy’s yoga therapy practice aims to provide alternative ways to deal with the stressors of everyday life, be they physical, emotional or mental.

Jessica Miller

PTA & Yoga Therapist, Sarasota, FL

Jessica uses her skills in both outpatient and private settings to help ease pain and suffering.

Jean Tabolt

Yoga Therapist, Watertown, NY

Finding Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy was a dream come true for Jean.

Karen Naids

Retired Nurse, Yoga Therapist, Lakewood Ranch, FL

Karen was a nurse in a stressful hospital job. She wanted to do something different but could not figure out what it was.

Kathy Page

Yoga Therapist, Silver Spring, MD

When Kathy enrolled in the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program, she was looking to expand her knowledge …

Lilia Wills

Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Studio Owner, Monroe, CT

Lilia was a Yoga and Meditation Teacher and studio owner with a desire to continue her education and enrich her knowledge.

Lu Ann Milius

Retired Nurse Practitioner & Yoga Therapist, Lincoln, NE

Lu-Ann is an adaptive yoga teacher who integrates yoga therapy one on one with clients in private practice.

Jean McGranahan

Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, Oakland, CA

Jean is a certified Yoga Teacher working with seniors and individuals with cognitive impairments.

Jill Jones

Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, Barnhart, MI

Jill was inspired to enroll in the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program during her 200-hour yoga teacher training.

Karen Cox

Registered Nurse, Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, Waterford, MI

Karen plans to extend her career as a Yoga Therapist for many years to come…

Lisa Dumas

Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, Bakersfield, CA

Lisa’s work has evolved to focus on those suffering with anxiousness and overly critical inner dialogues…

Karla Jane (Fredrich)

Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, Winnipeg, MB Canada

After years in physical and occupational therapy, Karla made the shift to Yoga Teacher…

Nora Reda

Yoga Therapist, Richmond Hill, ON Canada

Being able to learn online afforded Nora the flexibility to begin the program from Europe…

Suzanne Rodriguez

Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, Coral Springs, FL

When Suzanne applied to the program, she was looking for an education that would provide her with tools that help people help themselves.

Maude Moreno

IT Professional & Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Matthews, NC

Before enrolling in the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program, Maude felt lost…

Evelyn Spangler

Yoga Teacher & Therapist
Topeka, KD

Evelyn is a working mom who used the Breathing Deeply Program to deepen her meditation, teach balanced yoga classes, and gain confidence in working with private clients.

Chloe Triantafillis

Yoga Therapist & Yoga Teacher, Nesconset, NY

Chloe combine her many degrees in movement and dance education with her Yoga Therapy Training to expand her work with children.

Toni Benino

Yoga Therapist & Yoga Teacher, Clearwater, FL

Toni is using her yoga therapy certification and her Ayurveda education to work with private clients.

Steph McCreary

Yoga Therapist & Yoga Teacher,  Santa Fe, NM

Steph works as a trauma-informed Yoga Therapist at a residential addiction recovery program for women.

Irma Isabel Padilla

Yoga Therapist & Yoga Teacher, Los Banos, CA

Irma is using her Yoga Therapy knowledge to better help her students in the active adult community.

Maria Guinea

Yoga Therapist & Yoga Teacher, Mount Pleasant, SC

A former veterinarian, Maria now teaches yoga for seniors and is offering Yoga Therapy in her community.

Michelle Cormack

Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist, Lawrenceville, Georgia

Michelle is a big believer that learning should never stop because once you feel that you know everything, life becomes stagnant. This philosophy lead her to train as a yoga therapist with Breathing Deeply.

Liza Hahn

Yoga Therapist, Madison, WI

Liza is a mental health therapist who offers somatic practices and yoga therapy for adults with special needs.

Kristina Klimik

Yoga Therapist, Long Island, NY

Kristina knew she wanted to pursue yoga therapy when she began her personal practice as a teenager. 

Esme Winterflood

Yoga Therapist & Yoga Teacher,  Hertford, Hertfordshire, UK

Esme started a new career as a yoga therapist specializing in complex trauma.

Christine Calabrese

Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, Buffalo, NY

Christine had been practicing general dentistry for over 22 years and had been ignoring back pain for at least 6 years…

Kiersten Graham

Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, Savannah, GA

Kiersten is a trauma-sensitive yoga instructor who uses her yoga therapy education to support her work.

Julie Kormanyos

LMHC, Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, Massena, NY

As an LMHC, Julie uses yoga therapy to treat clients with anxiety and depression.

Lisa Veronese


Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, Toronto, Ontario


Lisa gained the knowledge and confidence to effectively teach and help others in a private setting.


Shashi Marda

Yoga Therapist & Yoga Teacher, Holland, PA

Shashi is using yoga therapy with seniors, working with dementia and Alzheimer’s.