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FACULTY

Carol Crenshaw

M.A., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

 

Carol Crenshaw is the co-founder and co-director of Inner Peace Yoga Center in Indianapolis and co-director Emeritus of the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of New York City. She has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 30 years and holds a Master's degree in Eastern Studies/Comparative Psychology/Holistic Health from the University of Scranton. She is certified to teach Hatha Yoga and Meditation from the Himalayan Institute Teacher's Association and is an E-RYT Yoga Alliance instructor. She has taught yoga practices for twenty-five years in the U.S., India, and Italy. She served as a yoga therapist, biofeedback trainer, and wellness counselor both at the Center for Holistic Medicine in New York City and at the Himalayan Institute headquarters in Honesdale, PA, where she also served as a senior teacher. She is a contributing author of The Clinical EFT Handbook and co-author of EFT and Meditation. She is the also author of many articles that have appeared in Yoga International magazine. Carol is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Phoenix, where she teaches courses in philosophy, psychology, sociology, and the humanities.  She is a Certified EFT INT practitioner who specializes in weight loss.

 

Kimberly McKeever

R.S.M.E., RYT

 

Kimberly McKeever is a somatic movement educator and therapist. She has presented at national and international conferences on the subjects of developmental movement, autism and perceptions. Her original work on Sponging Developmental Movement is part of the curriculum of somatic programs world-wide. She has been on the faculty of The School for Body-Mind Centering®, Spanda® Yoga, and many somatic and yoga programs in the USA.  Kimberly is on the faculty of The Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy program at the Somatic Studies Center, and works with a program for children on the autistic spectrum at Hunter College. She carries multiple somatic certifications as well as academic work in anatomy, physiology and neuroscience. She lives in the New York City area and has a private practice focused on those with issues of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and autism.

 

Lauree Wise

M.S., OTR/L, CMA, IDME

 

Lauree Wise has been engaged in the realm of body mind integration for most of her life. She met her spiritual teacher, Gurumayi Chidvalasananda in 1986, and has served in Siddha Yoga ashrams in New York and India. Ms. Wise begun her study of hatha yoga in 1984, and has studied both Iyengar and Anusara styles. She’s been on the Spanda Yoga® Teacher Training faculty since its inception, designing and teaching Hands-on Correctives and Experiential Anatomy for Yoga. Her work is informed by certification as a Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and Teacher, her BA in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College and her MS in Occupational Therapy from Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Ms. Wise has taught in somatic trainings and presented to psychologists, yoga teachers, school educators, and parents. She also has taught in the somatic trainings such as the Kinesthetic Learning Center in North Carolina and California, at the Center for Kinesthetic Education, and at the Center for Somatic Studies in New York. 

 

Ms. Wise maintains a private practice specializing in pediatric occupational therapy for infants and children, and somatic movement therapy for adults throughout the lifespan. Selected to present at the Citywide Infant Toddler Conferences, her last workshop was entitled, Curiosity Fed the Cat: The Playful Relationship Between Attention and Intention.

 

Rev. Charles Crenshaw

M.S., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

 

Rev. Charles Crenshaw is the co-founder and co-director of Inner Peace Yoga Center in Indianapolis and co-director Emeritus of the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of New York City. He has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1974. He holds a Master's degree in Eastern Studies/Comparative Psychology/Holistic Health from the University of Scranton. During his tenure in New York, Charles worked on the staff of the Center for Holistic Medicine as a teacher, counselor, yoga therapist, and biofeedback trainer. He is also an ordained Interfaith Minister from the New Seminary, New York City, where he specialized in spiritual counseling, and served on the lecture faculty for two years. Charles holds a certificate of training for Alcohol & Substance Abuse counseling from the New School for Social Research in New York City, and is a Reiki master. He also served on the staff of the Himalayan Institute Charitable Hospital (Jolly Grant, Dehra Dun, India) as a yoga therapist and researcher investigating the benefits of yoga on health. Charles has served as a senior teacher and seminar coordinator at the Himalayan Institute's national headquarters in Honesdale, PA. He is an E-RYT Yoga Alliance instructor, and has studied eclectically worldwide. He is the co-author of EFT and Meditation, a contributing author of The Clinical EFT Handbook, and the author of Pathless Path: God Grace Guru. Charles is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Phoenix, where he teaches courses in philosophy and religion. He is a Certified EFT INT practitioner, a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, and Master NLP practitioner.

 

Sheela Porter-Smith
MSN, CMN, FNP, RYT200, PYT

 

Sheela Porter-Smith is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Nursing (1987) from the University of Buffalo, and completed Midwifery training as a Certified Nurse Midwife in 1988. She also completed a Post Masters Degree in Family Practice. Sheela has practiced in a variety of settings as a Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Midwife. These include a wellness-oriented primary care practice using homeopathy and diet, hospital birthing suites using Holistic Midwifery, correctional medicine using breathing/meditation/dietary counseling, and family planning clinics using holistic ways to treat common female health issues. She is a certified yoga instructor, having trained through the Himalayan Institute, where she is a resident. Sheela is also a certified prenatal yoga teacher, and homeopath.

 

Christopher Schmitt

M.A. Dipl.Ac., PMP 

 

Chris Schmitt is the general manager and a faculty member of Spanda® Yoga. He has practiced various forms of meditation and yoga since 1968. He was initiated into the Himalayan tradition by H.H. Swami Rama in 1979 and now dedicates his free time to the self-inquiry subtleties of Nisargadatta Maharaj. He has spent most of his professional life as a Program Director leading various domestic and international business transformation initiatives for Fortune 100 corporations. However, he has always had a strong interest in complementary therapeutic modalities completing acupuncture studies and achieving NJ/PA acupuncture licensure in 1994—at a time when Chinese medicine in the US was still in its emergent phase. 

 

Dr. Carrie Demers

M.D., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Board-certified in Integrative Medicine, Dr. Carrie Demers is a holistic physician who blends modern medicine with traditional approaches to health. After receiving her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati and completing her residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Dr. Demers went on to study massage, homeopathy, yoga, nutrition, herbal medicine and Ayurveda. She is on the faculty of the Himalayan Institute, and is Medical Director of the Institute’s PureRejuv Wellness Center. Dr. Demers has been providing integrative consultations, and teaching workshops on holism for the last 23 years. She has been interviewed by numerous newspapers and magazines, including Time Magazine, and lectures nationally on Ayurveda and Holistic Medicine. She has written numerous articles for Yoga International, and currently writes for the PureRejuv and Himalayan Institute blogs. 

 

Dr. Jaime Stover Schmitt
Ed.D., C.M.A. I.D.M.E., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Andrea Sacchetti
E-RYT 500, B.A., CYT, C-IAYT

 

Andrea Sacchetti is a Comprehensive Yoga Therapist, certified at the 500 hour level, and registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has led and assisted RYT 200 and RYT 500 yoga teacher training programs, as well as numerous yoga teacher workshops. Therapeutic Yoga has been her passion and full-time focus since 2006. Specializing in adapting practices for individual students, Andrea offers stress reduction, wellness and has taught innovative classes at the Princeton Center for Yoga and Health since 2005.  Additional course offerings include Healing Yoga and Meditation in Cancer Wellness, Yoga Support for Autoimmune Challenges, Yoga for Osteoporosis and Osteopenia, and Radical Healing. In addition, she teaches yoga in the New Jersey Juvenile Justice System. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Her trainings include Spanda YOga, Comprehensive Yoga Therapy, Atreet Yoga Core, and study under Sri Srivatsa Ramaswami and Carrie Demers, M.D.

 

In addition to the yoga training, Andrea is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University where she obtained her B.A. in Religion. She worked for a number of years in educational publishing, market research, and executive recruiting before discovering her true calling to study, practice and teach the time-honored techniques and philosophy of yoga in the Himalayan tradition. She is grateful to all her teachers.

 

Tim Thomas

 

Tim Thomas is an Ayurvedic practitioner trained in India, specializing in pancha karma and traditional herbology. As well, Tim is a yoga practitioner and a Spanda Yog teacher. He is also an expert stonemason. Tim lives and practices in both India and the United States.