Christine Cole Yovanovich, B.A., E-RYT-500
E-RYT 500 certified, Christine Yovanovich is Founder and Owner of Indiana Yoga Studio and serves as director/lead trainer for the 200 and 300-Hours Advanced Teacher Training programs. She served as Social Worker in the long term care industry for 10 years before she found yoga. Chris serves on the board for “Girls For Success” school in Costa Rica and feels blessed for having been able to work with so many talented and dedicated yoga students over the years. She has begun teaching her 25th semester of nationally accredited teacher training in 2018 and loves working with her staff of senior instructors.
Chris has been involved in meditation since childhood and began studying Kriya yoga in 2005. Chris has studied with prominent yoga teachers around the world, including Todd Norian, Desiree Rambaugh, Ramaswami, David Swenson, Sean Corn and others in Rishikesh, India. Chris loves sharing the healing aspects of yoga that has helped her relieve her symptoms of fibromyalgia so many years ago. Christine has directed the 200-Hour nationally accredited teacher training at Butler University and will be teaching as adjunct professor in “Yoga and Spirituality” at Christian Theological Seminary next semester. She is thrilled to bring yoga to Lebanon, Indiana. She brings original music and gentleness to her yoga classes, giving her students the tools in order to rejuvenate and self-heal.
Chris teaches Ashtanga Yoga (Power), Kids’ Yoga, Restorative & Stress Reduction Yoga & Vinyasa (Flowing). She also is Director of both 200 & 300-Hrs. Adv. Teacher Trainings.
Anna Greeley, B.A., RYT- 500
In 2011 Anna earned her RYT-200-Hrs. through Peace Through Yoga. She went on to earn her RYT-500-Hrs. in 2014. Sharing paddleboard yoga is her first love, but she is also a certified facilitator of Y12SR… yoga in 12 step recovery. Trained in Somatics, a type of slow mindful movements designed to help achieve relief from physical pain in the body. She is also trained in the art of leading Yoga Nidra, which serves as a type of meditation that guides us through the physical body to reduce stress. Anna does healing work as a Reiki Master and utilizes crystal singing bowls tot help bring about balance in the chakras (the main energy channels) through vibrational healing at a cellular level. Anna states that what she found on her journey thus far is so much more than what she could have ever imagined!
Anna is intuitive, compassionate and inspirational in her teaching approach. Her goal is to lead others into a deeper understanding of their true Self by facilitating healing and transformation on the deepest levels.
Anna teaches Yoga for 12-Step Recovery. She also serves as Lead Trainer for our nationally accredited 200-Hrs. Teacher Training.
Alena Sentir, M.S., RYT-200
Alena entered yoga teacher training when her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer as a way to cope and learn how to encourage others to seek solace in times of stress. Alena enjoys seeing new yogis discover the benefits of yoga on their own terms and cultivate their own personal yoga journey. She has a light-hearted style, appealing to those that are new to yoga and those that enjoy a playful and accepting atmosphere, welcome to all levels of practice. Initially beginning her personal yoga journey in 2007, it wasn’t until she became pregnant with her daughter in 2011 that she started a regular practice. Feeling the physical effects of yoga on the pregnant body and discovering how pranayama techniques aid in the labor process has inspired Alena to pursue further specialization in prenatal yoga.
Alena teaches in Pre/Post-Natal Yoga Series, guest speaks at Christian Theological Seminary & teaches Yoga Lab the first Saturday of every month.
Debra Steinhauer, RYT-200
Debra is an E-RYT200 teacher. She began practicing yoga almost 20 years ago and, relishing the role of a perpetual student, has found that her practice has been a continual learning experience wherein she feels taller, more capable, and most importantly, more centered.
To deepen her own practice, Debra completed 200-hour teacher training at All People Yoga Center (now Dragonfly 360) under the direction of Dona Robinson and Ann Miller in 2012. With the gentle guidance of a good mentor and friend, she took the leap into teaching in 2013 and has loved every minute of it. She has continued learning through workshops with master teachers Erich Schiffmann and Sarah Powers. In 2014, she completed Yoga of the Heart: Cardiac and Cancer certification with Nischala Joy Devi and is currently taking 300-hour teacher training at Indiana Yoga Studio.
In her classes, Debra combines gentle yet dynamic movements with creative sequencing and a sense of humor. Her goal is for students to step off their mats and into the world feeling powerful, recharged, peaceful, and refreshed.
Debra teaches Yin/Yang Yoga every Thursday 11-12:15.
Andrea Miller, RYT-200
Yoga has been a part of Andrea’s life since 2005. It has helped her grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. Her practice reminds her to live each moment more mindfully. Having taught yoga since 2007, she received her training from Chris Yovanovich at Peace Through Yoga in 2011 and looks forward to continuing her training in the future. She enjoys bringing creative sequencing and a spirit of playfulness to her classes.
Amber Cox RYT-200, Community Director
Lorie Mendez, RYT 200, Manager, Registered Shred Teacher 20, Certified SUP Instructor|Paddle board Yoga Teacher
Lori manages Brownsburg Indiana Yoga Studio and is passionate about teaching others the healing art of yoga. Yoga has changed her life for the positive in so many ways. In addition to assisting her in losing weight and gaining energy, she found life to unfold more opportunities, joy and creativity.
Lori is a certified Shred Yoga (c) teacher. She will be the first to tell you not to be intimidated by the name. She meets students where they are and compassionately guides them to a new and healthier state of being one class at a time.
Shred Yoga Classes: Mondays & Thursdays 9:00 a.m. | Morning Vinyasa: Fridays 9:00 a.m.
Chakra Balancing: Saturdays 8:30 a.m.
Lille Terrill, RYT-200
I completed my RYT 200-Hr. in September 2017 at the Indiana Yoga Studio. During these classes I was able to fuel my untouched passion for holistic wellness, centering my focus on activities that nurture the mind, body, and spirit. I had taken yoga classes before mostly hot yoga, but while taking my 200-Hr.. I found there is so much more to it! I love that you allow yourself an hour to an hour and a half of just mindfulness. There is such a need for that today with all the hustle and bustle and many distractions. In the beginning I struggled with racing thoughts and anxiety to hurry through the practice. I now encourage sticking with it because the benefits of allowing yourself this time is truly amazing!
Lillie teaches Energizing Yoga every Saturday 8-9 a.m..
Elise Gallagher, J.D., RYT-200
Yoga was first introduced into Elise’s life in 2000 as a tool to help combat wrist pain from overuse playing tennis and the violin. While she recognized the physical benefits, she lost her practice over time and didn’t stick with it. There were times in life that Elise would feel a current pulling her towards yoga, and would come back to it every now and then, but never gave it too much attention. In 2016, Elise found herself at her worst, battling severe depression, anxiety, weight gain, and overall poor health after going through a divorce, drinking, smoking, and doing very little physical activity. Yoga kept coming up in her mind, as it had at different times over the years, and this time she felt compelled to bring it back into her life and slowly worked up to a daily practice of yoga and meditation. Committing to the practice, and becoming a dedicated student of yoga, changed Elise’s life. Elise credits her yoga practice for a complete turn around in her health over the past few years and was able to quit smoking, become more active, lose 30 pounds, manage her depression, and begin making better choices to take care of herself, both physically and emotionally. Elise found confidence, and love for herself on the mat that she was able to carry off the mat into her daily life and wants to share that with others.
Along with teaching Ashtanga inspired Vinyasa, and Shivananda Hatha, Elise is also certified in and has a passion for teaching Yin Yoga.
Yin is very beneficial for calming the mind, reducing stress, maintaining mobility and increasing flexibility. The postures are done seated or lying on the floor, and is suitable for all levels.
If you already have a yang practice, such as ashtanga, vinyasa, hatha, running, weight lifting, etc., then Yin will be a great complement to that and will bring balance into your life.
Alli Louthain, B.A., RYT-200
Sally Brown Bassett, Ph.D., E-RYT 500
Dr. Sally Brown Bassett is a yogi, humanitarian, and world traveler. Sally’s enthusiasm toward life as well as her creative and spiritual approach to yoga have been keys to her success. She is the founder of Peace through Yoga studios and the Peace through Yoga Foundation. Sally continues to teach yoga, facilitates Yoga Teacher Trainings, and is also an adjunct professor at Butler University, teaching yoga basics and philosophy.
Sally has traveled to over 140 countries and has held numerous positions from airline stewardess to C.E.O. She went from the galley to the boardroom in 30 years in the travel industry. Trips eventually evolved to a mixture of volunteering (later to a term she helped coin called “voluntourism”). She completed her doctorate degree at Purdue University in tourism with the emphasis on international humanitarian work.
Sally’s desire has been to make more of an impact with global sustainable projects on the trips offered. Projects have included building a birthing center and an elementary school in Uganda, supporting a children’s home in India and a preschool in Kenya, and building a Halfway House and Bakery in South Africa.
In 2011 Peace through Yoga started its own English Center and Library in a rural village in Costa Rica. Trips offered there include an afternoon working with the children. This center has been renamed to the International Center for Peace and that includes English and a Girls for Success program. There are field trips, guest speakers, and much more!
Sally’s passion has always been traveling the world. Home bound for over six months while in third grade with rheumatic fever, she began collecting postcards from exotic vacation spots throughout the world. That was the beginning of a long, deliberate path toward a life of travel—a path that would lead Sally to every corner of the world with her career and later her family.
Sally has hosted weekly TV travel segments as well as weekly travel tips on Indy radio stations. She is the author of Where Journeys Begin—Tips for the Novice and Seasoned Traveler and a children’s adventure book entitled Alexandra’s Travel Adventures. She says the two keys to success are passion and perseverance. She also stresses a balanced life in five areas of your life: physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and last but not least, spiritually.
Dawn Mann, RN, MSN, MA, Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist ACSM, RTY-200
Dawn received her RTY-200 certification at Indiana Yoga Studio in April 2018. She is a Yogafit Level 1 certified yoga instructor and has taught college classes for 5 years. With 15 years experience as a group fitness instructor and wellness coach, teaching yoga has become an important component to assist students in achieving a healthy lifestyle. Teaching others the benefits of yoga has become a personal goal. She currently teaches yoga in a corporate fitness center setting. Dawn has a special interest in the fields of meditation and mindfulness, and studies these subjects intensely.
Dawn Mann teaches the 4-Week Beginner’s Yoga Series
Beginner’s Series runs every Tuesday at Brownsburg 6-8 p.m. | Jan. 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th
William “Will” Lowe, RYT-200
Will Lowe is a 200-Hours Certified Yoga Instructor, certified through National Yoga Alliance. He completed his training in 2014 at Peace through Yoga with Christine Yovanovich. Will has been practicing Yoga and Qigong for over 20 years. The Chinese healing art of Qigong is a part of his Yoga practice and helps bring energy to his daily routine and his teaching practice. Will is currently working with Veterans to teach them the benefits of yoga, and is happy to be a part of the Irvington Wellness Center.
(Influence of the ancient Chinese healing art of Qigong infused. Breathing techniques , energy flow, and yoga postures will be used for a healthier and happier lifestyle).
Will is currently dedicating his time to our 300-Hr. Advanced Teacher Training!
Nancy Raute-Trapp, M.S., RYT-500
Nancy has been interested in various forms of fitness throughout her life as a way to remain healthy and minimize stress. Over the years she found no greater sense of balance than being on her mat and wants to share this feeling with her students. Her practice focuses on creating a connection with mind, body, and breath. She invites you to come and join her for a Slow Flow or Restorative practice and to leave feeling ‘blissed out’. No matter how crazy the day is, after spending time together on our mats, a feeling of contentment will surface as our minds and bodies are placed at ease.
Nancy teaches Vinyasa I/Slow Flow and Restorative Yoga every Monday evening beginning 5:45.
Trina Rose, B.S., Wellness Coordinator/Witham
I started my venture into Yoga in 2000 after the birth of my first child. I’ve always been an athlete and very interested in fitness, but felt I needed something more to transition into motherhood. I was intrigued right away! Yoga was something my body definitely needed, but the mental aspect was a surprise to me. I needed that just as much! Health & wellness is my passion. Encouraging others to be their best self really fills my cup. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Wellness. I’ve been the Wellness Coordinator at Witham Health Services since 2008. I am a Level 4 YogaFit instructor, STOTT Pilates instructor, Barre Above instructor, Certified Health Coach & Spinning instructor.
Trina teaches Barre Above(c) every Monday at noon.
Kate Greeno, B.A., RYT-200
Kate Greeno found yoga after her time in the pre-professional dance world, and has been practicing for almost a decade now. Becoming a yoga teacher sort of “fell into her lap,” when a friend suggested she start teaching yoga in her basement! Her classes have since grown too large for the basement, and she has moved to a larger facility in Frankfort, IN. She likes to bounce from teaching restorative classes to vinyasa, but always reiterates that, “there is a modification for every body!” Her students appreciate her gentle style and spiritual element in each class. Kate is currently enrolled in our 200-hour teacher training and will be graduating in October 2018. She serves on the board at Ellie’s Retreat in Frankfort, IN and helps plan and present spiritual and self-development workshops for all ages. Kate’s passion is teaching workshops, where she can get to know her students on a deeper level and inspire others to live their happiest, healthiest, most abundant life!
B.N., RYT-200, Yoga4Cancer(c) Certified
Cistina began practicing yoga during a stressful time in her life. She fell in love with the wonderful feeling of peace and grounding after attending a yoga class. She became very interested in cultivating that feeling not only on the mat in herself, but also at home with her family. Yoga teacher training led Cristina to deep self-discovery, fueling in her a passion to teach and inspire others. Cristina believes in living in the present moment, teaching from her heart, and calming the chatter of the mind by linking breath and movement. She obtained her 200-hour yoga teacher training certification in Zionsville, IN. in 2015 and her yoga4cancer (c) certification through Tari Prinster in New York City in 2016. Prior to this training, Cristina also studied under the guidance of Dr. Sue Morter, founder of the Morter Institute, completing all 4 levels of the Energy Codes course work. Cristina is a Pediatric Registered Nurse, and has worked as a Radiation Therapist with oncology patients for over 15 years. She I excited about the many medical benefits yoga brings to the body, such as improving posture and flexibility, strengthening the bones, bringing oxygen to all the cell, stimulating the immune system, reducing stress, and cultivating rest & peace, just to mention a few. Christina hopes to inspire and motivate her students to discover the truth of who they are, and what they are capable of. She wants all who are called to yoga to fall in love with it as much as she has.
Cristina currently subs for IYS
Donna Thompson, B.A., RYT-200
Donna was drawn to the physical nature of yoga for exercise 10 years ago. While going through a divorce and dealing with family addictions, she began the practice of yoga to get stronger, but soon realized yoga can also help heal not only the body, but settle the mind. Through her journey to create more balance in life, she discovered that through the breath and mindful and physical practices of yoga, it helped to bring joy and peace to everyday life!
In 2017, Donna received her RYT-200 Teacher training with Chris Yovanovich at Indiana Yoga Studio, as well as her Y12SR Addiction and Recovery certification from Nikki Myers at Cityoga in Indianapolis.
Through Vinyasa yoga, she hopes to help inspire others not only through the physical benefits in regular yoga practice, but also sharing the mental benefits. Letting go of what no longer serves you, is the goal! ~Namaste
Donna teaches Yoga for 12-Step Recovery
Beth Jerrels, B.A., RYT-200
Beth has practiced yoga for over twenty years, during which time she was pursuing a career in hair and makeup. When neck and shoulder pain brought her back to the mat more regularly, she became acutely aware of the positive effects of yoga in the body and the mind, then wanted to learn even more, deciding to look into yoga teacher training. Yoga brought me back home to myself; to daily living with purpose and joy!
In 2014 she enrolled in yoga teacher training, and there learned the true transformation of yoga in the body, mind, and spirit and how the breath is the gateway to all three. This connection is what she likes to bring to the mat to share with others. Her approach in teaching yoga is applying the power of the breath to improve your movement, alignment, and mental tranquility. Beth enjoys teaching all ages, and will blend classic poses with movement and breath, offering options for all skill levels, and time to get into the poses.
Beth Jerrells subs for IYS
Kimberly Ross, M.A., RYT-500
Kim discovered yoga in 2002 and instantly fell in love. Yoga has served as a deeply moving and therapeutic practice for Kim- one she loves sharing with others. Kim completed her 200hr RYT with Peace Through Yoga in 2013 and completed her 500hr RYT in 2015. With her background in Mental Health Social Work, Kim combines her interests and provides space for growth from mental illness and addiction through yoga and meditation. Her classes provide a safe space for healing, exploration, spiritual growth and self love.
Kim specializes in Yoga for Mental Health in both the 200 and 300-Hr. Adv. Yoga Teacher Trainings.
Mariah Mitchell, B.A., RYT-200
Mariah is a 200-Hr. YTT from Indiana Yoga Studio in 2016. Mariah is also a certified kids yoga teacher. She loves sharing her passion for yoga with both adults & children in addition to photography and being the best mom she can be. Join Mariah & her son, Colt for an interactive & bonding yoga experience for any caregiver (Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, etc.) & babies ages 6 weeks up until walking. We will be doing poses with & for baby all the while focusing on your connection & interaction with your baby. Carriers or wraps are not required but will make some poses easier. Please make sure you have been cleared by your doctor to exercise.
Mariah & Colt teaches every Sunday 4-5 p.m..
Amy Mitchell, RYT-200
Amy has been practicing yoga since about 2000. At that time, she was a wellness instructor teaching group exercise at Lebanon Sports & Fitness, here in Lebanon. Shortly after her first yoga class, she became certified as a Yoga Fit level 1 instructor and began teaching. It was then that she knew yoga was the path for her, discovering that yoga is just as much a spiritual journey as it is a form of exercise. Several years later, Amy accepted a position at the local YMCA as the Wellness Coordinator where she continued her yoga journey. She currently works at Witham Health Services in the Administration Office during the day, teaching a weekly gentle stretch yoga class for the Wellness Department in the evening. Amy is also currently enrolled as a student in the Indiana Yoga Studio RYT-200 Hour program, and will graduate in the Fall of 2017. Her plans are to continue on with her training toward the RYT-300 and 500-hour teacher certifications. Amy has been a wellness instructor for 15+ years, and has a background and training in yoga, group exercise, Pilates, and senior wellness.
Amy teaches Vinyasa I every Friday 5-6 p.m.. + Yoga for Stress | Tuesdays 5-5:45 p.m.
Omunique Owens, B.A., RYT-200
Omunique Owens is a devout lover of spirituality and yoga. She began her yoga journey over a year ago
at Christian Theological Seminary in Indy, where she explored the practice of mind-body- and spirit
cohesion that would change her life forever.
Omunique quickly became immersed in the path of yoga and began her personal practices with vigor
and excitement. She soon found that through the different styles of Yoga, she could become more in
tuned with herself and with the connected universe around her.
She wholeheartedly believes in the strength and transformative power of Yoga, and is an avid recruiter
of the importance of a personal practice: done with devotion, non-judgement, and openness.
Omunique received her YTT certification in December of 2017 and is excited to share in the practice of
Yoga with her students. She hopes to instill a sense of peace, love, kindness, and reverence within the
lives of those she teaches, and believes that this type of serenity will help to bring the world to the love
and oneness it so desperately needs: one student at a time.
She is excited about continuing her Yoga journey with the IYS family through her weekly classes as well
as continuing to substitute teach in community classes along the way. “The light in me, honors and gives reverence to the light in all of you!” Namaste!
Omunique subs for IYS
Maryjane Behforouz, M.A., RYT-200, Trip Coordinator
Maryjane Sweet Behforouz is a lover of the outdoors, a traveler, a foodie, and has a passion for connecting people across cultures and contexts. Her travels have taken her to six of the seven continents with a concentration in the Middle East.
As the founder of Pedal for Peace and board member of a peace-building school in Nazareth, Israel, Maryjane raised awareness and substantial funding by connecting her local community to the school’s mission. She has also led commercial adventure trips around the world with her National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Wilderness First Responder training. Maryjane has a Master’s in Organizational Behavior and Development and has owned a consulting business that supported contractors in the building of healthy homes and offices utilizing her certifications in Building Biology and the US Green Building’s LEED certification. Most recently, she completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training through Yoga Alliance after having practiced for twenty years.
When not traveling, Maryjane can be found with her family in the kitchen whipping up creations from her garden, doing yoga, messing with her chickens, or reading a book that stretches her mind and spirit in new ways.
Maryjane identifies strongly with Mark Twain’s words “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…”. She looks forward to sharing meaningful adventures with other curious souls who wish to enrich their lives and the lives of others.
Maryjane teaches Soul Flow every Tuesday 11-12:15 (beginning April 10, 2018) and co-leads the Indiana Yoga Studio/Girls For Success trips to India and Costa Rica. She received her 200-Hr. certification through Christian Theological Seminary taught by Chris Yovanovich & Dr. Russell.
Kathleen Aker RYT-200
I grew up in Buffalo, New York and loved participating in all kinds of sports. Most of my free time was spent as a competitive figure skater. As an adult, I really enjoyed pilates classes, became certified, and taught happily for 9 years. Then I found yoga 51/2 years ago, and fell in love with how good it made me feel! I earned my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Certificate in 2015. I love to share this wonderful ancient practice with others, because it has made my life so much better in every way!
You will see Kathy at times as she subs classes for IYS