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Teachers & Presenters

Kelly McGonigal, PhD, a leading expert on the mind-body relationship, is a health psychologist at Stanford University and a pioneer in the new field of "science-help". Author of The Neuroscience of Change, she is a meditation teacher and research consultant for the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. kellymcgonigal.com

Hala Khouri, MA, E-RYT, cocreator of Off The Mat, Into The World™, an organization offering training programs combining yoga and sustainable activism, has dedicated her life to teaching yoga and leading transformational retreats and workshops. OffTheMatIntoTheWorld.org

U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan, United States Representative for Ohio’s 17th congressional district and author of Mindful Nation, is a mindfulness practitioner and champion of efforts to improve the health and well-being of American families and children. timryan.house.gov

Roxanne “Nikki” Myers, E-RYT 500, is a yoga teacher, somatic experiencing practitioner, and an accomplished yoga therapist. Born out of her personal struggles with addiction, she cofounded Y12SR, the acclaimed Yoga of 12-Step Recovery program featured in the New York Times and Yoga Journal. cityoga.biz

Molly Lannon Kenny is founder and director of the Samarya Center and the Samarya Yoga School, a nonprofit service and training organization dedicated to individual transformation and social change. Creator of Integrated Movement Therapy®, and an advisor to the Yoga Service Council, she has been featured in Yoga Journal and the New York Times. samaryacenter.org

Jay Fields, author of Teaching People, Not Poses, is known for for supporting her clients in showing up authentically and unapologetically. Her gift lies in her practical and poetic approach to helping people lead more inspired lives. She has spent the last 15 years leading vision quests, teaching yoga, and helping people recreate themselves. graceandgrityoga.com

Mark Lilly, director of Insight Communication, is founder and president of Street Yoga, a nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon. Along with sharing the practice of yoga with thousands of youth, he conducts workshops in mindful communication and has developed many special yoga curricula in addition to the core and advanced Street Yoga trainings. streetyoga.org

Chelsea Roff is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and yoga instructor who integrates science, women's health, and humanitarian issues in her teaching and writing. She writes regularly for the Huffington Post, Yahoo! Shine, care2.com, and Yoga Journal. She also serves as managing editor for the Chopra family’s website, intent.com. chelsearoff.com

Teo Drake, an educator, practicing Buddhist and yogi, and artisan who works in wood and steel, is a spiritual activist affiliated with Off the Mat, Into the World and the organization Transfaith. When he isn’t helping spiritual spaces become more welcoming and inclusive of queer and transgender people, he teaches martial arts, yoga, and woodworking to children.

Sue Jones is founder and executive director of yogaHOPE, a nonprofit outreach organization dedicated to establishing rehabilitative yoga programs in residential facilities for underserved women. She has trained, inspired, and led hundreds of volunteer yoga teachers, who have donated their time in substance abuse rehabilitation centers, domestic abuse safe houses, and homeless shelters for women. yogahope.org

Lisa Flynn, E-RYT, RCYT, is founder of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms, two organizations that provide yoga and mindfulness-based education to children in schools and communities and offer trainings for professionals whose work supports the well-being of children. She is author of Yoga for Children and the Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck. childlightyoga.com

For 10 years, Geri Topfer has been blending the teachings of Kundalini Yoga, LifeForce Yoga®, and Anusara Yoga® to help others live more courageously and powerfully. She is the founder and president of Kula for Karma, a community of yoga teachers who offer yoga to those who have been challenged by illness, abuse, neglect, addiction, and other life obstacles. kulaforkarma.org

Jasmine Chehrazi teaches yoga studies as faculty at the George Washington University School of Public Health. Founder of five community-based yoga studios where she leads trauma-sensitive 200-hour teacher training programs, she is also founder of Yoga Activist, a nonprofit outreach organization dedicated to improving accessibility and trauma sensitivity in yoga and mindfulness instruction. yogaactivist.org

Bob Altman is cofounder of Centering Youth, a yoga service initiative based in Atlanta, Georgia, with the mission of empowering youth with yoga and mindfulness. As a yoga practitioner and attorney, Altman has been working to establish yoga service initiatives since 2008, culminating in the Centering Youth nonprofit program. centeringyouth.org

Mary Lynn Fitton, a registered nurse and founding member of the Yoga Service Council, is founder and program director of the Art of Yoga Project, a nonprofit that offers yoga and creative arts to at-risk teen girls in the California juvenile justice system as part of their rehabilitation. theartofyogaproject.org

Leslie Booker has worked with at-risk communities and facilitated mindfulness-based interventions for adolescents through New York University. Passionate about teaching yoga and meditation to incarcerated youth through the Lineage Project, she also leads Lineage Project teacher trainings, along with other trainings in yoga and activism. lineageproject.org

Penni Feiner, a Kundalini Research Institute-certified yoga teacher as well as a LifeForce Yoga® practitioner, is executive director of Kula for Karma, a community of yoga teachers who offer yoga to people challenged by illness, abuse, neglect, addiction, and other life obstacles. She also cofounded Emotion in Motion, a workshop for transforming trauma in the body. kulaforkarma.org

Jennifer Cohen Harper, MEd, a founding member of the Yoga Service Council, is creator of Little Flower Yoga, which serves more than 700 children per week in New York City schools. She also leads the Little Flower Yoga Teacher Training and helps bring yoga to children in places as diverse as tent cities in Port-au-Prince and FAO Schwarz in Manhattan. littlefloweryoga.com

Rob Schware is the cofounder and executive director of the Give Back Yoga Foundation and president of the Yoga Service Council, as well as being director of the Global Learning Portal He has been married to Alice Trembour for 29 years, which, like yoga, is in and of itself a regular commitment to a practice. givebackyoga.org

Gillian Arthur is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and a full-time member of Omega’s seasonal staff. After a long and distinguished career in the art world while maintaining an active yoga practice informed by the Iyengar Yoga tradition, she has turned her attention to yoga as her path to service. undoyoga.com