Customized Yoga Practices for EveryBODY

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” I envision a day where there will be a Yoga Therapist at the bedside of every patient in every hospital. “

– Dr. Ruth McLanahan

Yoga Therapists work with students one-on-one to assist them in creating positive change in all aspects of life. Whether the student is experiencing a specific health condition such as herniated discs, sciatica, depression, anxiety, addiction etc., or is looking to upgrade outdated habits; a Yoga Therapist is equipped to develop customized practices to meet the students needs, achieve goals and faithfully oversee the students progress as they move out of imbalance and towards a state of optimal health and joy. Yoga Therapists utilize a multi-dimensional model to understand the clients specific needs, assessing physical, mental, emotional and energetic wellbeing and then offer tools at every level to improve relationships, lifestyle, career, self-care practices, diet, posture, musculoskeletal conditions, lung capacity, stress management, digestion, communication, mental clarity, mindset, emotional patterns, perception of reality and spiritual practices. In effect, Yoga Therapists assess and treat the whole person and are considered lifestyle management experts!

Given the current chronic disease epidemic and Yoga’s ability to provide a myriad of tools to create and sustain positive behaviors, “Yoga Therapists are poised to become the essential standard of care for the 21st Century” (Dr. Lori Rubenstein D.P.T., M.App.Sc).

Yoga Therapists Are Lifestyle Management Experts!

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The essence of Yoga Therapy is developing a heart-to-heart relationship. We don’t treat diseases, we heal people. These sessions are taught by Certified Yoga Therapists (CYT) and are appropriate for students with specific health conditions that are not addressed in a group class or students looking for customized Yoga practices to improve overall health and wellbeing.

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  • Initial Consultation (90 min) – $150
  • All follow-up sessions are 60 min
  • 1 Session – $95
  • 3 Sessions – $270
  • 6 Sessions – $510
  • 12 Sessions – $960
If you are interested in scheduling a Yoga Therapy session or have any questions, please feel free to contact Alexandra Boggio who is the Co-Director of Integrative Therapies at Be The Change. You can book appointments by calling (714) 417-9834 or emailing Alex@bethechangeyoga.com

Meet Our Yoga Therapists

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Amy Harper

After fracturing her spine in a water sport accident in 1997, Amy’s physical therapist introduced her to Yoga. Teaching Yoga as therapy has brought her full circle. She is a graduate of The Healing Yoga Foundation which approaches Yoga as personal practice tailored to fit each individual’s needs and goals. A practicing Yoga Therapist, she has been a E-RYT 500 since 2002 and is certified in Yoga 4 Teens, and Pilates. Amy is a student of Amy Wheeler and currently trains with the Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation. Whether it’s in a classroom setting or one-on-one, Amy will design a personal practice to suit the needs of each individual student. Amy is very grateful to her wonderful yoga teachers, and her goal is to pay forward the lessons, and healing that are taking place daily in her own life. Along with her love of being a yoga student and teacher, her interests are mountain biking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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Availability

  • Monday: 6:00-12:00pm / 6:00-8:00pm
  • Wednesday: 6:00-12:00pm / 3:00-8:00pm
  • Friday: 1:00-5:00pm


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Cheri has been teaching movement for 15 years, full time since 2007. She started practicing Yoga as a student in a B.A. Dance degree program, and began teaching and studying Yoga more formally in 2007. Studying and teaching about the human body and brain is her lifelong passion. Anatomy is often at the core of her lessons, giving students what she playfully calls ‘x-ray vision’. She blends yoga, dance, Franklin Method, and fitness education to address your goals. Cheri offers one on one private sessions to adults. As a yoga therapist, she’s helped people with chronic pain, sacroiliac joint and back injuries, stroke survivor, mental health/anxiety, TMJ and neck issues, digestive health, pelvic pain and incontinence.

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Specializations

  • Assisting clients with healing from and prevention of structural injuries – neck and shoulder, low back, pelvis/hips/SI joint, knees
  • Helping clients improve systemic health – sleep quality, digestive health, immune system function and resilience
  • Educating runners about biomechanics, movement efficiency and self care to improve their recovery and performance
  • Empowering transformation and embodiment through personal practice and guided somatic inquiry

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Availability

  • Monday by appointment
  • Wednesday by appointment

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Kathy DuVernet

Kathy Du Vernet, M.S., E-RYT 500, CYT is a certified advanced yoga teacher, yoga therapist and Yoga of 12 Step Recovery facilitator with a master’s degree in counseling psychology and three decades of experience in the healing profession and movement arts. She is grateful to Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Be the Change Yoga, Tree House Recovery, Winifred Wilson, Nikki Myers, Tommy Rosen, Rolf Gates, all her teachers and every student or client she has met for opening the door to her own path to freedom, recovery and health. My background as a counselor and psychotherapist sparked my interest in the subtle and therapeutic aspects of yoga. I discovered Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and completed the 8-month, 650 hour process of becoming a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. I now combine my yoga therapy experience with my counseling experience to offer transformational life coaching from a yogic perspective.

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Specializations

  • Emotional/Spiritual/Psychological Growth
  • Addiction Recovery

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Availability

  • Monday – 9:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday – 12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday – anytime
  • Thursday – 2:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Friday – after 11:00 am
  • Saturday – after 10:00 am

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Katie Allen

Katie Allen received her Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University in 2006 and wrote her thesis on Yoga’s ability to prevent and treat chronic diseases. She completed her Yoga Therapy training at Loyola Marymount University and has continued her private studies with Robert Birnberg since 2009, focusing on the Yoga Sutras and Positive Psychology. She spent a month studying the Yoga Sutras at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) in Chennai, India in 2011. She developed and implemented the first Yoga Therapy Program at Newport Academy; which is an adolescent treatment facility in Orange County, CA. Katie co-founded Be The Change and leads 200hr and 300hr teacher trainings at Be The Change, specifically a 12-month Intro to Yoga Therapy and Public Course for Yoga Teachers. She recently developed Orange County’s first 800hr Yoga Therapist Training Program; which launched in August 2016. Katie has a closed Yoga Therapy practice and currently specializes in relationship, lifestyle and career practices for Yoga Teachers.transparent-border-x50

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Megan McCarver

Megan Lurie McCarver, M.A., C-IAYT, and RYT E-500 has over 30 years of success in the Health and Wellness Industry including Stress Endurance Techniques, Meditations for Mindfulness and Therapeutic Yoga. Megan currently shares her expert talents guiding clients in modern lifestyles with yoga, awareness techniques and well-being for greater good. She is devoted to client-centered compassionate care.

Yoga Therapy with Megan utilizes strengthening exercises, stretching exercises, breathing exercises with meditation to increase sustainability, joy and creativity.She has a rich background specializing in functional restorative rehabilitation for patients on the mend from post-surgical procedures and physical therapy. She in joys mentoring Yoga Teachers, Yoga Therapists and Care Providers in the Health and Wellness Industry. Megan offers many workshops, meditation retreats and public speaking about meditations for mindfulness.

To learn more visit www.meganmccarver.com

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Specializations

  • Pain Management
  • Eating Disorders

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Availability

  • Thursday afternoons 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.