Customized Yoga Practices for Every Body


” 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health condition such as herniated discs, sciatica, depression, anxiety, addiction etc., or is looking to upgrade outdated habits; a Yoga Therapist is equipped to develop customized practices to meet the students needs, achieve goals and faithfully oversee the students progress as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!


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.


  • 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

Meet Our Yoga Therapists


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.



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


Ashley Arroliga

Ashley Arroliga, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, views yoga as a healing art. She completed her 200 HR, 300 HR, and Yoga Therapist trainings here at Be the Change Yoga. Ashley has a great love of holistic healing methods. She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Thomas Edison State University, and loves combining this background with the Yoga Sutras in practice.

Ashley specializes in yoga for anxiety, depression, and stress management, has designed programs for first responders, children, and seniors, and is passionate about working with pregnant mothers. She is a Viniyoga practitioner, meeting her students where they are and designing practices specific to their needs. She builds strong connections with her students and loves taking on private clients to delve deeper into the many tools yoga offers.




  • Tuesday: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Additional appointments available upon request

cheriCheri Dostal Ryba

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.



  • 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



  • Monday by appointment
  • Wednesday by appointment


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

meganMegan McCarver

Introduced to yoga therapy by her neurologist treating her brain trauma at UCLA in 1988, Megan watched a revealing video of Indian doctors discussing the healing effects of yoga and seizures. This flame ignited Megan’s motivation to be cured. It was unveiled that yoga, in some cases, has healing effects on brain injury from head traumas. So Megan began a personal journey on the path of yoga, neuroplasticity, the Buddhist perspective, and wellness life styles changes… And it worked!

Megan has a rich yoga background specializing with functional restorative rehabilitation, clients on the mend from post-surgical procedures and medical care. She is known as a “teacher’s teacher”, offering many workshops, an annual meditation retreat and public talks about yoga therapy and meditations for mindfulness.

Megan has her Master Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Studies. When she is not teaching yoga, she is a Co – Director at the Alcheme Yoga Therapy School and the Yoga Therapy Clinical Supervisor at Be The Change Yoga Clinic in Irvine and Serve The People Clinic in Santa Ana. She is a member and certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapy # 20190594, Registered Yoga Teacher # 43491 and YACEP. To learn more visit



  • Monday by appointment
  • Tuesday by appointment
  • Wednesday by appointment