Successful Graduates


Here you will find just a few of the many success stories from graduates of the Prime of Life Yoga® Teacher Training program. We are proud of our alumni!

Lynn Anderson Ph.D., N.D., E-RYT, C-IYT, ACE

“I have been practicing and teaching yoga for over thirty years. In my private practice, as well as in group classes yoga therapy has been my approach. Yoga Therapy Rx and Prime of Life Yoga® added a structured dimension to my practice and teaching. Both of Larry Payne’s programs are well designed to provide a therapeutic approach that is safe and effective. After taking Larry’s course I was invited to teach a segment for both programs. I am a big advocate for education and highly recommend both of Larry’s programs. His dedication to safe and therapeutic yoga is exactly what both teachers and students need. Both programs take teaching yoga to a highly professional level. I am grateful to have met and worked with Larry.”

Dave Ashby RYT-200

“Larry Payne’s Prime of Life Yoga® Program gave me the confidence and nudge to continue on the Yoga Therapist path. I’ve since enrolled in the Yoga Therapist program at the Stress Management Center of Marin and begin studies October of 2017. I continued to teach yoga at various studios in Sacramento, CA using and incorporating many techniques from the POLY series. My own health challenges convinced me to follow my heart. I’m truly glad to have done so – I love what I’m doing and the direction I’m moving. “

Betty Laino Corral C-IAYT, EYT-500

“I am a Kripalu trained yoga teacher but I  felt the need to deepen my knowledge about yoga and  specifically its therapeutic effects. My young son had a herniated disc and I wanted to know how yoga could help him. I had heard about the highly regarded back specialist Dr. Larry Payne and his innovative Yoga Therapy Rx courses at LMU.  I  completed all four levels; I also did Larry’s POLY training.  I feel more confident in the extensive  training I received from all of the experienced teachers in this program. I learned how yoga therapy is a valid alternative therapy that really can help people with chronic pain to cancer, to anxiety and depression, to back pain and fertility; the list goes on and on. I work one on one with clients  crafting individual practices for them based on their needs. I helped to coordinate a volunteer yoga therapy program at Venice Family Clinic and I am currently bringing yoga therapy to the USC Wellness Center. I am  working at a Wellness Center in No. Hollywood and I am  bringing yoga therapy into this integrative environment.  My yoga classes for seniors, pre-natal, back issues and restorative and chair yoga  are so much more informed and I bring the  expert knowledge I learned from Yoga Therapy Rx and Prime of Life Yoga into each one.”

  Chris Gabaly, RYT-200, POLY

“Why did I take these trainings and how has it helped me? To answer that question, I go back to what drew me to yoga in the first place. Yoga changed how I felt. When I first began to teach, I found that many people find their way into a yoga class because they are seeking a way to feel better … physically, mentally, emotionally.

I found this in the teachings of Prime of Life Yoga® and Yoga Therapy Rx and have incorporated this into my group classes, workshops, and private sessions. I currently teach a weekly Prime of Life Yoga® group class but also teach Healthy Back, Aqua Yoga and a variety of other classes where these principles work beautifully. This fall I will be expanding my small group training sessions, as well as branching out to providing yoga for cancer survivors.”

   Barbara Witzer, LMFT, R-DMT, RYT-200, POLY

“Dr. Payne’s Prime of Life Yoga (POLY) has provided a comprehensive and important foundation for my experience of teaching both the principles and practices of Yoga. POLY has given me the knowledge and confidence to teach a well thought out class that flows in a safe, sequential and purposeful way. I have found that when I teach POLY, my students often feel a reduction in stress both physically and emotionally. Dr. Payne’s “user friendly” approach and philosophy is easily understood and practiced by individuals who are 40 and up. POLY classes include students of all levels of experience and abilities. I have thoroughly enjoyed and learned from Dr. Payne and the knowledgeable and inspirational speakers brought into the program. I highly recommend Dr. Payne’s Prime of Life Yoga Program.”

 Joy Baggett MBA, RYT-200

“What I learned in Larry’s Prime of Life Yoga® certification program informs my personal practice and defines the yoga classes I teach at El Paso Community College. The Level I class provided me with a solid framework for designing classes and modifications for students, particularly for those over 40. The Level II class enhanced the asana, pranayama, and life skill practices introduced in Level I and allowed me to expand my class offerings to younger, more fit students who wanted more than yoga as an exercise class.  I took a year to incorporate Level I training in my practice and teaching before I took the Level II coursework, and was very glad I did.

I’ve practiced yoga for 35 years and taught yoga for 26. I feel POLY® strategies work best for a sustainable yoga practice. My students, who return semester after semester, certainly think so.”

 Teri Roseman BA, C-IAYT, YTRx-800C, POLY, E-RYT 500“Meeting and studying with Larry Payne, the Prime of Life Yoga® training, and the Loyola Marymount University YTRx programs have been life changing. Krishnamacharia is quoted as saying, “yoga is simply a matter of changing your mind.” Which for many of us is not a simple matter. After decades as a high-powered corporate career executive, and dealing with the residuals of highly stressful life events; relationships, death, and cancer, I turned back to my yoga practice, one of the few places I found salvation. Yoga became my “therapy.” I have been in pursuit of the wisdom yoga brings, to live it, and share it with others. As a result, today the LiveYoga Wellness studio thrives, nestled in the village of Westchester, with classes, workshops and privates available. And the corporate programs, and integrative healthcare divisions continue to grow.”