Here you will find just a few of the many success stories from graduates of the Yoga Therapy Rx program. We are proud of our alumni!
|Karin Hoffman YTRx, RYT-500
“Larry Payne’s Yoga Therapy Rx™ Program gave me the skills and confidence to work with people facing a variety of health challenges and launched my career as a Yoga Therapist. After graduation 3 years ago, I was hired by UCLA as the Stress Management Specialist, teaching yoga to cardiac patients in Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease. I also see private clients and teach yoga to the cancer and Parkinson’s community. I made a nail-biting decision to completely change my career in my 40’s, fearful of losing my financial stability as a graphic designer. My own health challenges convinced me to follow my heart. I’m grateful I did because I love what I do; encourage people to support their health through yoga.”
|Jasmine Rausch YTRx-800, E-RYT
“I was first drawn to study yoga as a way to deepen my own understanding of the body. After each practice, I felt stronger and was overwhelmed by a sense of calm. I found this practice to be a gift that I wanted to share with others. The desire to teach was elevated through my studies in the Yoga Therapy Rx™ program. I gained knowledge about the physical, mental and emotional states that impact our health. The opportunity to study under and collaborate with a range of healthcare practitioners (of both Eastern and Western medicine) has shown me how to evaluate my clients from different perspectives. More importantly, the Yoga Therapy Rx™ program taught me to see people living with conditions, rather than looking solely at the conditions that are affecting people. Applying these tools has made a significant impact to my approach and the success of my business. My clients are seeing strong improvements in their quality of life, expressing that our time is the only time they feel is about them and not their condition!”
|Andre Haralyi MA, C-IAYT
“The YTRx Program offered me not only the opportunity to study the ancient teachings of Yoga through the lenses of modern science and a deeper understanding of how Yoga can be used in a medical setting but also provided me the a great variety of practical tools and the necessary professional experience to confidently address my patients and students needs. The research I started during the program helped me to develop the basis of my Stress Management class at USC.”
|May Che, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
“When I returned from India having already completed a 200 hour Yoga Therapy Training, I knew I wanted to further this path. The Yoga Therapy Rx training is truly one of a kind! Being mentored by high caliber Eastern and Western doctors gave me a wide enough perspective where I can formulate my own methods and procedures to better service my clients.
During Level 1 training in 2011, I found myself leading group classes more mindfully and intelligently and I was approach more frequently to teach privately. By 2014, re:YOGA Therapy + Wellness was born where we specialize in offering yoga therapy to private clients, companies, and rehabilitation centers. I cannot be more appreciative of Larry Payne and his inspiring team of teachers!”
|Guy Gabriel C-IAYT, ERYT, YTRX
“I was extremely fortunate to have been in Larry Payne’s very first Yoga Therapy Rx Class at LMU and knew right away that this program would be a leader in moving yoga therapy into its rightful place as a reputable CAM therapy in today’s Health support environment. Their emphasis on using all the yogic tools (asana, pranayama, mantra, mudra and meditation) were carefully presented in detail by highly accomplished Medical professional doctor/teachers who were using yoga therapy already in their practices with wonderful results. What was enlightening was how they weaved Western Medical protocols with eastern philosophy and all of the ageless yogic living tools. I have been very fortunate since the very beginning of my studies to implement these teachings into my corporate yoga classes and privately with many clients, one with Parkinson’s for fifteen years now. I just received my C-IAYT certification as a Certified Yoga Therapist through The International Association Of Yoga Therapists and owe this accomplishment to Larry Payne and The Yoga Therapy Rx program at LMU.”
|Paula Tapia, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
“Having completed Yoga Therapy Rx Level IV provided me with the necessary tools, confidence and credibility to present my work within the Integrative Medicine field. Today, I have a full time private practice based in Los Angeles and I work with people dealing with health challenges at different levels. My clients include athletes, celebrities, musicians, and politicians among others. I also work on-call at a Sports Medicine Center and I am scheduled to be offering lectures locally and globally in English and Spanish during the rest of the year. Through the program I was able to grow professionally and as an individual. I got to develop deep relationships with my classmates, my teachers and especially my dear mentor Dr. Larry Payne. I am infinitely grateful for this Program.”
|Sri Hari Moss, E-RYT 500
“Yoga Therapy Rx Program at LMU was a wonderful experience, which has given me connections to a network of colleagues, and resources to help me better serve my clients. One part of the diagnostic process, that of simply asking the right questions and of observing posture and range of motion has been very valuable in evaluating my yoga students and guiding them to the most appropriate practice. In a group class I know how to keep everyone safe while teaching them to observe and listen to their own bodies. The skill of proper documentation and giving clear practice instructions, as well as photos has make it easy for my private clients to follow through on their homework. “
|De Jur Jones, E-RYT 200
“The LMU Yoga Therapy Rx™ program has prepared me well. The program gave me the ability to confidently work with clients that have health challenges in many different healing environments, including creating therapy plans for those with terminal illnesses and aiding them in finding a way to comfortably live out final days. The instructors that come to share their expertise and wisdom are the most respected influential teachers and professors in the field of yoga therapy. Being well trained, I have found my way to responsibly serve niches that include highly traumatized communities and populations that are under-served and under-resourced (some incarcerated and court involved). I feel well versed in serving those that are “other-abled”, as well. My classes include adults and youth that are incarcerated, survivors of sexual and domestic violence, and those with anxiety and depression, to name a few. I have resources and mentors from LMU that are available to assist me when the need arises. My latest success marker is inclusion in the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) certification credentialing program. Dr. Larry Payne’s YTRx program exceeds the requirements and is the finest yoga therapy curriculum bar none.“
|Susan Raglin, E-RYT 500
“I have been doing Yoga for over 40 years and teaching for over 30. I am a graduate of Dr. Larry Payne’s first Yoga Rx Therapy program at LMU. The program helped give me the confidence and knowledge to deal with complicated, injuries, health conditions, end of life care, and chronic illness/pain. I learned how to interface with doctors & work in a complementary way to best serve my clients. I continue to teach gentle classes and private clients. I am grateful for Larry and his very competent staff.”
|Surendra Mehta, C-IAYT, E-RYT 200
“In 2008, I invited my yoga teacher Swami Ramdev to conduct a yoga camp in Los Angeles. At that time, I was seeking a well-known yoga instructor from the Los Angeles area to connect with Sami Ramdev. Luckily, I had the opportunity to meet Larry Payne. During this meeting Larry mentioned the YTRx program at Loyola Marymount because he felt it would be a good match considering my yoga studies and teaching background from India. This program has tremendously helped me reach out to the yoga community and clients in need of yoga therapy. I am very thankful to both Larry Payne and the YTRx program for helping me reach the next level by becoming a master yoga teacher. Today I have the privilege to be recognized as a part of the Loyola Marymount YTRx faculty as well as other teacher training programs such as the Prime of Life Yoga. During this program I learned to apply yoga as a therapy by understanding the medical conditions and how yoga can help.”
|Casey Mauro BA Biology/Neuroscience, YTRx-500c, Kids Yoga Certified, Personal Trainer, Lifestyle Nutrition
“I completed the Yoga Therapy Program at LMU with a YTRx-500c. Larry has been a shining light and mentor and welcomed me into the family as the “Hollywood Surfer”. The program has integrated my love for movement, neurophysiology, nutrition and wellness in the best way possible. I have received invaluable tools from the myriad of exceptional teachers from the program to add to my toolbox of knowledge and experience to share with others. My clients, family and friends are seeing improvements in quality of their every day lives with the work I can share with them. Yoga Therapy Rx is a successful growing field of a more holistic approach and awareness of heath. This can be the future of healthcare in a positive light and I am fortunate to be a part of this movement and to have learned and continue to learn from the best of the best! “
|Ashley McKeachie MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
“Dr. Larry Payne’s Yoga Therapy Rx program at Loyola Marymount University is the foundation for all of the successes I have experienced since graduating in 2014. I was immediately employed as a yoga therapist for worker’s compensation patients suffering from chronic pain, and I was hired on the spot to teach yoga for the Kinesiology Department at Orange Coast College (OCC). In 2015, I was accepted to the Yoga Studies Master’s Program at LMU and graduated as part of their third cohort in 2017. As part of my thesis, I created and implemented a yoga teacher-training program at OCC, and we are approaching our fourth graduating class in the Spring 2019! My goal was to establish a program that was imbedded in a college environment that was financially viable for students with low incomes. The program is thriving, and we are hoping to turn it into a Career and Technical Certificate program in the Fall of 2020. I am a full-time professional yoga therapist, yoga educator, and yoga teacher. Without the leadership and foresight of Dr. Larry Payne, I wouldn’t be living the life of my dreams! I am honored to be a graduate of the Yoga Therapy Rx program at LMU, and highly recommend it to students who are looking to help others improve their quality of life with the power of yoga.”
|Robert Evans; E-RYT 500, POLY, Certified Personal Trainer with NASM and ISSA, Certified Senior Yoga teacher, Kids Yoga, Certified Qi Gong and Tai Chi teacher (Currently working towards a certification in corrective exercise therapy with a specialization in neuroplasticity)
“Years ago I started to combine yoga with personal training for many of my clients then I found a book that really rocked my world it was Yoga RX by Larry Payne. So I googled him and found that he actually offered classes in yoga therapy at Loyola Merrimout University. I took the level 1 program in 2011. Not only did I learn more than I thought I would it opened up a whole new way to integrate training for body and mind. Currently, I am working with a very wide variety of client challenges including Parkinsons Disease, neurological disorders that include spinal cord damage, knee and hip rehabilitation to list a few. I’m still teaching on average 10 yoga classes a week and find I enjoy it more than ever. I’m continually learning new and exciting ways to help my clients and inspire my classes. I’m actually busy working more than ever and recently was awarded” Best Yoga Teacher in Ojai 2018″! For those of you who don’t know Ojai California has more yoga teachers per capita than any other city in the U.S.A. And though I’ve had many great teachers over the years Larry Payne is still my biggest inspiration, thank you Larry. “
|Dorene Coles YTRx-500
“I took my first yoga class at age 57. Four years later, I started teaching. I felt yoga offered so much ….something I could safely do for life and keep the body flexible. Along the way, I found Samata and Larry and learned about the Yoga Therapy Program at LMU. I felt that earning the credentials and gaining the knowledge from outstanding teachers would benefit my teaching career and it has. At age 83, I am still teaching 16 classes over a four day period. After graduating from a three year program at LMU, the attendance at Torrance Parks & Recreation has risen to almost a 500 person attendance for the past Fall Session…that is spread out over 12 classes. I am also proud of the fact that some of my students want to become teachers. In fact, one is enrolled in the current LMU program.
We have a very large aging population and it is exciting to see people committed to taking care of themselves. I am forever grateful to Larry and the yoga therapy program.“
|Knekoh Fruge’ C-IAYT, YTRx-500C
Knekoh Fruge’ has been practicing Yoga since 1983 and from her very first class has maintained a steady passion for the practice. This passion has outlasted so many other aspects of her life because as she has evolved, her practice has evolved with her. She’s never felt the need to change her life to practice Yoga, but Yoga has changed her life in one beautiful way after another. Attending the Yoga Therapy program at Loyola Marymount University was one such beautiful evolution.
As a Yoga Therapist, Knekoh has worked with scores of clients who have found complete recovery from injuries and illnesses through personalized Yoga and meditation practices she has designed. Under her guidance, those with more serious conditions such as cancer or MS have discovered strategies to live with greatly diminished symptoms, some achieving full remission. Knekoh knows that it is far more than the poses that cause this transformative healing: It is the intrinsic unity of the mind and body through breath and consciousness. It is Yoga. As a proud member of Samata International as well as the International Association of Yoga Therapist, Knekoh believes we are on the cusp of not just evolution but revolution in modern health care. As Yoga Therapists, we are putting the power of health back into the hands of individuals and what a glorious evolution that is!
|Julie Rowland YTRx 500C, RYT
“I first heard the term ‘yoga therapy’ in my 200 teacher training. It tingled in my brain, a call to service. One year later I enrolled in Larry Payne’s comprehensive Yoga Therapy Rx program, changing the course of my life and work indelibly. The skills and support gained not only bolstered my passion for yoga, they prepared me for the work I now conduct with cancer survivors, domestic and sexual assault survivors, and cardiac patients in Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease at UCLA Health. I often tell my students that a yoga instructor is more of a yoga guide, that my job is to empower them…to support and encourage their relationship with their own inner teacher, tenets taught over and over again by the highly gifted teachers in the YTRx program, for which I am forever grateful.”
|Andrea Araujo PhD, BCN, RYT-500, CYT
Andrea Araujo is a BCIA Board Certified in Neurofeedback, and has recently joined Empower Health Clinic in Vancouver, Canada. She completed her Doctorate in Psychology at the University PUC Goiás in 2017, while living in Brazil for eight years. Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy, and her thesis work on trauma treatment was published in the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice (2008). Her PhD thesis was also published as a book in 2018, which is available for purchase at: https://goo.gl/s6KRcK
More about her work can be found at https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0547-6465
While she was completing her MA, Andrea also obtained Level 2 Certification as a Yoga Therapist (CYT) from Dr. Larry Payne’s Yoga Rx program at Loyola Marymount University and became a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT-500).
Andrea originally started her career in Psychology earning a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. Now that she has returned to Canada, she is currently completing her registration with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. Andrea is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) and the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR).
|Elia Nikolaev E RYT-500
Having moved from Moscow, Russia to San Diego, CA at the age of 8, Elia grew up within the typical southern Californian model of a childhood, developing deep love for the Ocean and Nature through surfing. His time in the Ocean were his introduction to the serenity and quietude that eventually brought him to the appreciation for the benefits and gifts of Yoga. His first introduction to the tradition and practice was presented in the “Autobiography of a Yogi” at the age of 21. It wasn’t until 2 years later that he attended his first Yoga class at Synergy Yoga, in the very same studio that he taught his first class about one and a half years later in 2005. He owes his interest in Yoga Therapy, to his apparent lack of any useful knowledge in areas such as anatomy and physiology, which became apparent during the first 2 years of his teaching. The next decade of his life he undertook to studying and learning from some of the most influential teachers in the Bishnu Ghosh, Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Desikachar lineages, which has nurtured his integrative approach to Yoga Therapy. The later part of his education was oversought by Larry Payne, Ph.D and Lori Rubenstein, DPT, at LMU. The thirst to have a more scientific study and understanding of the human body was quenched by his mentorship with Physical Therapists, and the invaluable research-based information he received with them. His approach to Wellness and Health is not only integrative from the movement and physiology standpoint, but is informed by the Five Layer (PanchaMaya Kosha) traditional model of human life. His fascination with Diet and Lifestyle allow him to render a better and more thorough service to his students and clients, and has only increased his intrigue and devotion to continuing learning. He currently teaches in Encinitas, CA, conducts sessions with clients of varying goals, and teaches trainings in Advanced Yoga Therapeutics both domestically and internationally. Learn more at www.therapeuticvinyasayoga.com
|Madelaine Edmonds YTRx-1000, RYT
Madelaine Edmonds is a Yoga Therapist, a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher, a Certified Sound Bath Practitioner, and an Interdisciplinary Artist and Musician based in Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies program at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and LMU’s Yoga Therapy Rx program, where she received training from leading Western medical professionals and Yoga Therapists. After earning a degree in Music Composition from the Los Angeles College of Music, she has integrated sound and vibration with therapeutic yogic techniques to create a space for students to achieve deep relaxation, reduce stress, and allow for restoration of the mind, body and spirit. Madelaine studied with Master Teachers in India at the International Center for Yoga Therapy Education and Research (ICYER) and Kaivalyadhama (KDHAM) and refined her clinical Yoga Therapy skills at Venice Family Clinic’s Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center in LA. Currently a candidate of the Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine degree at Emperor’s College, she is looking forward to adding acupuncture to her list of offerings in the future. www.madelaineedmonds.com