The teachers in this directory are graduates of the Prime of Life Yoga programs at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and other respected Yoga institutions. LMU and the organizations we partner with are all premier institutions for Yoga Studies in the US.

When you choose one of Samata's credentialed Prime of Life yoga instructors, you can rest assured that your teacher is a professional Yoga instructor who understands and adheres to the principles of 'Samata' - or 'Balance' - sharing the practice of Yoga in a safe, loving, and understanding environment.
Please use the search bar below to find a teacher near you.

Donna Mascia

Basking Ridge, NJ
poly Coming soon! 77 Alder Lane 07920 908-256-6469 New Jersey Morristown

Mary Poxon DDS

Santa Rosa, CA
ytrx ytrx-800c poly I was a general Dentist in private practice for 30 years before becoming a yoga therapist. I have a special interest in helping people with chronic pain. YTRx-500C & POLY-500, Rest Yoga Nidra Level I, Viniyoga Teacher Training, Advanced training: teaching iRest and yoga in a Military setting, Hanna Somatic Educator, C-IAYT. 646 MIDDLE RINCON RD 95409 707 321-2542 California SANTA ROSA

Rachel Dvorin

Los Angeles, CA
ytrx ytrx-800c poly 1718 S. Canfield Ave 90035 3105703924 California

Alexis Estwick

South Pasadena, CA
ytrx ytrx-500c poly Completed 200 hours at LMU Completed Yoga Therapy Level 1 8.2016 Completed Yoga Therapy Level II 8.2017 Completed Yoga Therapy Level III 8.2018 Completed Trauma- Focused Yoga Hala Khouri 20 & 40 hrs. 2015 & 2016 Completed STAMPY Jan 2015 Goal to complete Level 4. 8.201.9 1107 Fair Oaks Ave. #71 91030 3237548422 California

Susan Raglin

Sherman Oaks, CA
ytrx ytrx-500 poly Susan Raglin aka Anasuya is a certified L.M.U. Yoga Rx Therapist level 2, has her E-RYT 500 Hours registration with Yoga Alliance , is a Certified Yoga Therapist with The International Association of Yoga Therapists. C-IAYT and the Samata International Yoga Center. She has been teaching Yoga for over 30 years in the greater Los Angeles area. She has worked with such clients as Dreamworks, Esalen Retreat Center and was the Director of Yoga at the J. Paul Getty Center. 4705 Kester Ave. #208 91403 818-298-8307 California Los Angeles

Paula Tapia

Marina Del Rey, CA
ytrx ytrx-800c poly Paula is a Certified Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists specializing in Yoga Therapy Rx and Integrative Health. She has studied Functional Movement and DNS Training for several years with Dr. Craig Liebenson (LA Sports & Spine). She is also certified in Prime of Life Yoga™ and has extensive training in soft tissue assessments and myofascial release procedures. She has been teaching the movement of the body for over 20 years including dance, fitness, aqua therapy and Yoga. Her style is preventive, functional, dynamic, safe and suitable for everybody. Born and raised in Patagonia, Chile, Paula teaches globally in English and Spanish. 3221 Carter Ave. Unit 455 90292 310.990.1694 California

Kimberly Tom

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
ytrx ytrx-500 poly Kimberly has been sharing her love of yoga for 10 years. She has completed POLY I and II, and Yoga Therapy Level II at Loyola Marymount University. Whether she is working with young mommies who want to relax, her corporate classes at lunch or someone in a later time of life who just wants to feel relief from low back pain or other ailments, she cares about her clients and tries to help them fulfill their desires. 3270 via campesina 90275 (310)940-0744 California los angeles

Teri Roseman

Los Angeles, CA
ytrx ytrx-1000 poly Teri Roseman, C-IAYT, YTRX, POLY-500, E-RYT-500, BA executive director and founder, of LiveYoga Wellness, received her BA from the California Institute of Integral Studies, is a graduate of the Yoga Therapy Rx programs at Loyola Marymount University (LMU), and yoga teacher trainings led by Dr. Christopher Chapple and Dr. Larry Payne. She interned at Tensegrity Yoga Therapy under the tutelage of Sherry Brourman and Leslie Kazadi. And Jasmine Lieb’s liv-INg-yoga training heavily influences her practice and teaching. She has assisted in teaching Yoga Therapy at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine with Dr. Michael Sinel. And is currently the Associate Director of the LMU Yoga Therapy Rx IV clinic internship at Venice Family Clinic's Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center. In addition to hosting and facilitating workshops and seminars, Teri works one-on-one with clients, develops and teaches group and corporate programs, works with integrative healthcare teams, and teaches course requirements for certified Yoga Teacher trainings. Teri has been incorporating essential oils into her yoga practice and general health and wellness regime for over a decade. And has transformed her suburban neighborhood front and backyard into a xeriscape/edible oasis to live within, where she resides with her dog, Isabella “Izzi”. 6461 Wynkoop Street 90045 310-835-6700 California Westchester/LAX Los Angeles

Carol Hahn

El Segundo, CA
poly Carol is a Registered Nurse with many years of health experience. As a Wellness and Fitness Nurse, Carol helps people over 50 increase their strength, flexibility, balance and quality of life. Working together, she will help you meet your goals through an integrated and holistic perspective of nursing, yoga, and personal training. Carol promotes “optimal health” and active lifestyles for individuals regardless of their functional abilities. 90245 310-612-9064 California Los Angeles

Yvette Laban

Monrovia, CA
poly Betsy Laban is a certified Traditional Ashtanga yoga instructor, a registered yoga teacher with YA and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Although her interest in yoga was sparked when she attended a class at Berkeley in the early '70's she did not become serious and go into teacher training until 2003. Her main yoga interest is helping those experiencing changes in their lives due to aging bodies or special health issues that require modification in their practice and poses. She is certified in Traditional Ashtanga Yoga through the Sanji Yoga School in Bangalore, Prime of Life Yoga with Dr. Larry Payne, Yoga Nidra with Dr. Marc Halpern, and is furthering her education at Shanti Yoga School where she completed her 500 hour training program with an interest in Ayurveda. Betsy has classes at several locations in the area including Shanti Yoga School, Foothill Gym, Monrovia Community Center, Duarte Senior Center and City of Hope Cancer Research Hopsital. She also teaches private and semi-private classes in yoga addressing specific individual needs 91016 626-230-3057 California

Lisa Hogan

Boulder, CO
poly 1305 5th Street 80302 720-987-3135 Colorado Denver

Larry Payne

Los Angeles, CA
ytrx ytrx-800c poly Larry Payne, Ph.D. is an internationally respected yoga teacher and back specialist. The L.A. Times named Larry "One of America's most respected Yoga teachers". He is co-author of 5 books including international best seller Yoga for Dummies and most recently Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine. Larry 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. He is also co-founder of the yoga curriculum at UCLA's School of Medicine, and the founding director of the Yoga Therapy Rx™ and Prime of Life Yoga© certification programs at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. 4150 Tivoli Ave 90066 3103068845 California

Cheryl Thomas

Bend, OR
poly Cheryl is a Prime of Life certified instructor. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level, 300 in Yoga Therapy. She's studied Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater and Roger Cole at the basic and advanced levels. P. O. Box 1708 97709 4153083377 Oregon

Don Henry

Redondo Beach, CA
ytrx ytrx-800c poly Don began his journey to the Yoga mat thinking it would be a fleeting thing, something that would quickly and enthusiastically be abandoned. Initially he thought himself too inflexible, and perhaps too old to seriously consider something profoundly new and different. Fortunately, his Yoga experience was compelling, even somewhat transformational. As a result, he became passionate about it. As a Yoga teacher and a therapist, Don is drawn to the growing population of under-served adults who tend to be intimidated by Yoga classes and stay away because they feel like they don’t fit in—for whatever reason. His goal is to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable, safe, and free to discover all that Yoga has to offer. 217 Camino de las Colinas 90277 3105082103 California Los Angeles

Nika Hionis

Branchburg, NJ
poly 8 Sioux Lane 08876 908-392-2223 New Jersey

Deanna Schultz

Panama City Beach, FL
poly Deanna received specialized training in Prime of Life Yoga®. Also trained in the Yoga & Healing Sciences and currently enrolled in the Yoga Rx Program at Loyola Marymount University, Deanna can modify classes for all levels. Her experience as a NASM Certified Personal Trainer helps in this area as well. Deanna is fluent in both Spanish and Italian. She teaches both private and in studios. Deanna is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) 32413 310-562-2516 Florida

Monica Haskell

Key West, FL
poly Monica’s classes always include breathing, movement and relaxation. When a session ends, you will feel relaxed, recharged and happy. Monica leads Prime of Life Yoga® class, Yoga Nidra meditation, and is trained in CPR and First Aid. She also consults to non-profit organizations, having managed several in her earlier career. 2819 Harris Ave 33040 305-304-5635 Florida

Elizabeth (Betty) Vreeland

Monroe Township, NJ
poly 5 Gravel Hill Spotswood Road 08831 New Jersey

Natasha Harris

Huntington Beach, CA
ytrx ytrx-800c poly 8521 Judy circle 92647 7148632222 California

Anna Davis

Riverbank, CA
poly I am a registered nurse and owner of Aikido of Modesto and the Yoga Loft. POLY fits with my intention to use Yoga asanas to accommodate men and women over 40 a system to improve functional movements, stress reduction, and overall wellbeing in everyday life. 2455 BRACCO WAY 95367 2096137853 California

Nicola Whitehead

Los Angeles, CA
ytrx ytrx-500 poly Originally from the UK,moved overseas to live in Qatar and now LA. I completed my 200 & 300hr training at Yogaworks in Santa Monica and have completed the POLY level 1 at LMU. I also completed some youth yoga training with mini yogis, Santa Monica 166 S Saltair Ave 90049 4242304295 California

Diana Leavitt

San Jose, CA
poly 1174 Lincoln Ave #5 95125 4083933383 California

Anne Simons

San Francisco, CA
poly Family practice physician with special interest in complementary medicine. Teaching yoga since 2002. 94114 4152823570 California

Gina Donovan

Tomball, TX
ytrx ytrx-500 poly Gina, a RYT-500, turned to yoga for self-healing after suffering numerous physical maladies, including chronic pain, exhaustion, and emotional depletion resultant of a high-stress career. Learning tools through yoga to restore her body, Gina seeks to pass those tools on to others. She meets students wherever they are in their lives and compassionately guides them in bringing relief and self-healing to their bodies, minds, and spirits through gentle and restorative practices. Texas

Lorrie Denning

San Pedro, CA
ytrx ytrx-500 poly My passion is to bring the healing side of Yoga to my students. I teach Prime of Life Yoga and Restorative Yoga. I am also certified in Chair Yoga, with added training in Senior Posture and Yoga for Arthritis. 1031 S Cabrillo Ave 90731 3108195640 California

Francoise Chesaux

Long Beach, CA
poly 421 w Broadway 90802 310-904-3496 California

Marydale Pecora

Chatsworth, CA
poly Marydale, YTRx-500C, POLY-E-RYT500, RMT, is founder and director of Param Yoga in Chatsworth, CA. Her background includes extensive research and study on yoga, spirituality, meditation, and the dynamics of energetic wellness. A Hatha Yoga practitioner since 1970, Marydale holds Hatha Yoga Certification through The Vendantic Center under the auspices of the late Swamini Turiyasangitanandaji and Purusha Hickson. She received her Clinical Yoga Therapy Certification from the exclusive Yoga Therapy RX program at Loyola Marymount University, conceived and directed by her teacher, mentor, and friend Larry Payne, Ph.D. Marydale is a Prime of Life Yoga (POLY) practitioner and teacher, under Dr. Payne’s tutelage, and her personal practice and yoga teaching skills are all rooted in the Krishnamacharya lineage. She is a sponsoring member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. 21750 Devonshire Street 91311 747 224-0402 California

Patricia Heckman

Redondo Beach, CA
poly I am a retired nurse and I follow Hospice clients as a volunteer. I am a former marathon runner and have practiced Yoga for 10 years as a way to enhance my physical skills. I have enjoyed the LMU Yoga Teaching program as it fits more into my lifestyle than gym yoga. After all, Yoga is a lifestyle. I have done physical therapy over the years and would love to incorporate yoga into that practice as no one really follows you once you've had your initial assessment. Proper body mechanics and breathing techniques would enhance the outcome for the individual. Thank you. 254 Via Linda Vista 90277 310-503-3938 California

Catherine Parello

Princeton, NJ
poly I have been a Yoga Practitioner for over 10 years and I took Larry's Level I Poly Training at the Princeton Center for Yoga and Health in August 2014 and Level II in November of 2016. I still work full-time in the corporate world but as I look to transition to a different profession in a few years I hope to teach entry level yoga to Prime of Lifer's who have never taken yoga before. 55 Stonewall Circle 08540 908-510-6423 New Jersey

Cathy Marlowe

Encinitas, CA
poly It has been over 20 years since I took my first yoga class and had to be dragged to it. After that class, however, I knew I had to teach. I have been teaching since 2005. My goal 20 years ago focused on how long "I" could stand on my head and did "I" really need that wall to get up in handstand? Today, through various trainings and soul searching my focus is centered on the benefits of yoga for the "individual" - specifically the more "mature" yogi and yogini! 454 Requeza Street, 129C 92024 3104914411 California

Sharon Heiss

Colorado Springs, CO
ytrx ytrx-500 poly Yoga has been a personal practice for me for 18 years on and off the mat. My teaching experience has focused on senior yoga with joint range of motion and bone health My classes focus on the individual needs of the student with using the breath as a practice guide. 133 Cheyenne Blvd 80905 5126260432 Colorado

Heather Reed

Austin, TX
ytrx ytrx-500 poly Heather Reed has been teaching Yoga since 1996. She specializes in using Yoga and meditation techniques for people living with cancer and chronic illnesses. Reed currently facilitates Cancer Navigators residential retreats and support groups in person and online. She also works with private students and small groups in her home studio. 2606 Rockingham Drive 78704 512 653-2098 Texas

Amy Shanti Manifase

Somerset, NJ
poly Amy Shanti ERYT200, RYT 500 has been registered with Yoga Alliance since 2009. Being a lifetime supporter of healthy living, receiving a dx of Multiple Sclerosis brought Amy Shanti to her first Yoga class. Incorporating yoga into her active lifestyle was the goal to maintain optimal physical health. She soon embraced the way yoga helped her grow stronger, brought increased flexibility, provided greater clarity and awareness, helped manage stress and gave her confidence both on and off the mat. She continued to discover that yoga is so much more than physical postures. Having a regular Asana practice along with breathing exercises, meditation and the study of yoga philosophy have been life changing for her. Amy Shanti’s yoga journey began with the Integral Yoga tradition and she has continued her study of Yoga with specialty training's such as Raja Yoga, TGR Therapeutic Yoga, Prime of Life Yoga, Restorative and Dynamic Gentle Yoga – She is eternally grateful for the loving wisdom all of her teachers have shared which have allowed her teaching and personal practice to continue to flourish. Shanti brings an attitude of fun, discovery and self acceptance to her classes. She thoroughly enjoys sharing the bountiful benefits of yoga with each and every student – helping them thrive and grow by nurturing body, mind and spirit- 6 Gunther Loop 08873 7322617419 New Jersey

Lucia Iacono

Princeton, NJ
poly Lucia is a Certified Dharmic Yoga Teacher trained by Adrienne Jamiel, and has been a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance since 2003. Since then, she has obtained other certifications including Yoga for the Rest of Us, trained by Peggy Cappy, and Prime of Life Yoga, trained by Larry Payne. 84 Leigh Avenue 08542 6092407403 New Jersey

Joy Baggett

El Paso, TX
poly A practitioner since 1983, I consider Larry Payne, Ganga White, Tracey Rich, Nancy Ford-Kohne, and John Schumacher my main teachers. Certified through White Lotus Foundation, a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) and a Prime of Life Yoga® licensed instructor, I’ve taught yoga since 1990—when I wasn’t teaching high school English in El Paso public schools. Although Prime of Life Yoga® classes are my primary focus, when I teach hatha yoga classes, I incorporate aspects of the Desikachar and Iyengar traditions as well as flow vinyasa. I believe that all students should experience asana from the inside out, not just the outside in. Consequently, I encourage the use of traditional breathing techniques, appropriate modifications, and much laughter in every class I teach. 11344 Bunky Henry Lane 79936 915-329-1121 Texas

Chris Gabaly

Cherry Hill, NJ
poly Chris believes each opportunity to practice and teach yoga is a gift. She loves the sense of community and connection found in yoga. Prior to embarking on the yogic path, Chris worked in benefits administration in product strategy and development. Off the mat, Chris enjoys travel, photography & golf. 306 Midway Drive 08034 New Jersey

Lisa Galizia

Austin, TX
poly Lisa started studying Yoga with her brother Larry Payne Ph.D. of Samata Yoga. Lisa is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and has taught yoga for over 10 years in Austin,TX. She also received advanced training in yoga therapy and Prime Of Life Yoga and continues to attend workshops to stay updated. Lisa attended CSULB and has a B.A. in Foods and Nutrition. 12601 bee cave PKWY Apt 303 5127754568 Texas

Karen Cryer

, CA
ytrx ytrx-500 poly California

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