Rachel Krentzman PT, E-RYT, C-IAYT (Director/Lead Instructor) founded and directs Embody Physical Therapy and Yoga in San Diego and organizes Yoga In Medicine Conferences for the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine. Her book Yoga for a Happy Back: A Teacher’s Guide to Spinal Health through Yoga Therapy was be published in May of 2016, and her second book Scoliosis, Yoga Therapy and The Art of Letting Go was released September 2016. A graduate of McGill University, Rachel completed her 2000-hour teacher training with Aadil Palkhivala at the College of Purna Yoga and has studied intensively with Judith Hanson Lasater. Rachel has integrated yoga into her clinical physical therapy practice since 2002.
She lives in Ra’anana, Israel with her two sons.
Rachel recently opened a new physiotherapy and yoga studio in Ra’anana and is the co-founder of Wisdom-Body Yoga Therapy – the first 800 hour Yoga Therapy training program in the Middle East. For more information about physical therapy in San Diego, visit Embody Physical Therapy.
Jamie Perkunas DPT, E-RYT (Lead Instructor Yoga for a Happy Back) has been working in Physical Therapy since 1998 and has been practicing yoga since 2000. Jaimie graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in 2005. She completed a 200hr Anusara Yoga Teacher Training and has been teaching yoga since 2010. Jaimie is a Relax and Renew Trainer for restorative yoga and has completed a 100 hour Happy Back Certification. Jaimie enjoys teaching about anatomy and the therapeutics effect of yoga physically and emotionally. She teaches workshops locally and internationally which focus on backcare and specialized classes for hip and shoulder safety and awareness. Jaimie’s passion is to share with you her deep understanding of the body with her unique therapeutic approach to yoga to create a safe and healing practice to bring out the potential in every body. Jaimie has her own private practice combining yoga and physical therapy techniques. To find out more please go to www.yogaistherapy.com
Shawnee Thornton Hardy C-IAYT (Lead Instructor Yoga for a Happy Back) Shawnee is a C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500, RCYT (registered children’s yoga teacher) and the founder of ABLE Yoga Therapy and Asanas for Autism and Special Needs. She was fortunate enough to have Rachel Krentzman, Founder of Embody Physical Therapy, as her mentor where she gained tremendous knowledge and appreciation for anatomy, focus on proper alignment and safety, and the healing benefits of yoga therapy. She completed a 100-hour Happy Back certification and a total of 300 hours mentorship training with Rachel Krentzman with an emphasis on spinal health and using yoga as a tool to relieve back , neck and shoulder pain. She has completed 120 hours of Purna Yoga Therapy trainings with Master Teacher Aaidil Pakhivala and is trained in Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater.
Shawnee teaches small group therapeutic classes and private yoga sessions tailored to meet the needs of her clients (both emotional and physical). Her classes and private sessions are iyengar based, using yoga props as tools to support the unique body types and physical differences of each individual. Shawnee also incorporates the Yoga Wall in her therapeutic classes and private sessions. Shawnee teaches a variety of styles of yoga including Happy Back, Gentle Hatha , Restorative and Therapeutic. Her truest passion is for yoga therapeutics. Shawnee believes that our bodies have a natural ability to heal if we commit ourselves to healing through proper nutiriton and a consistent practice of pranayama, meditation and asana. Shawnee embodies this commitment to healing in her own life and has healed herself of symptoms of back pain, hashimoto’s thyroiditis, fibromyalgia, digestive problems and other autoimmune symptoms. Her deepest desire is to facilitate more healing in the world. For more information please go to www.ableyogatherapy.com