Past experiences shape present perspectives.

Because no two individuals share the exact same history, no two individuals will have the exact same opinions and beliefs.  This is what makes all individuals unique!   The ability and openness to view situations from various perspectives is a rare gift and usually requires attention and practice.

This site was developed as a platform for yoga therapists to have the opportunity to take a glimpse of how some very well respected healers, therapists, and doctors may approach and address different topics on health and wellness.  Each issue will feature a specific topic where we present short articles written by three different authors to get their take on the matter.  The authors of our featured articles are all faculty members of the Yoga Therapy Rx Certification Program (YTRx) at Loyola Marymount University.  They have been invited to participate by Larry Payne, director and founder of the YTRx Program and Samata International.  Each are highly regarded specialists in their field and most importantly they offer a wealth of knowledge and experience.

The Sanskrit term Guru refers to “master” or “teacher”.  The Sanskrit term Darshan refers to “vision”, “sight”, “perception”, or “light”.  Gurus shed light to their students so that the students can then become better teachers.  And the best teachers are always the best students. For this reason, we invite you to comment on the articles and topics featured so that an open community is fostered and we all can benefit from each other’s insight.


May Che,  E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YTRx – Editor has spent over 10 years studying the healing science of yoga. Her studies have led her to travel to many parts of the world, including India, living and learning in ashrams, training centers, and guesthouses. To date, she has visited over 25 countries and hopes to continue teaching in diverse settings and share the therapeutic benefits of yoga. Her credentials include Yoga Therapy Rx with LMU, Yoga Therapy with Paramanand Institute of Yoga Research and Sciences, Thai Yoga Massage and Reflexology with ITM, among others. www.mayamindbody.com


Karin Hoffman, RYT 500, YTRx – Art Director was led to yoga therapy after 14 years of working as a graphic designer and dealing with carpal injuries and neck pain. She is in awe of the healing potential that she experienced, and it is her desire to share that with her students. She is about to enter the level 3 program at LMU for further Yoga Therapy Certification. You can find Karin teaching Gentle Yoga Therapy classes at Liberation Yoga, Forward Fold Yoga and she works privately with students. She continues to do freelance design.

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Larry Payne, PhD, E-RYT 500, YTRX – Publisher is the founding president of International Association of Yoga Therapists and co-author of the new revised “Yoga for Dummies,” “Yoga Rx,” and “The Business of Teaching Yoga.” Payne is featured in both the Yoga Therapy Rx and Prime of Life Yoga DVD series. The Los Angeles Times named Payne “One of America’s most respected Yoga teachers.” He is also co-founder of the Yoga curriculum at the UCLA School of Medicine, and director of the Yoga Therapy Rx certification program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Larry is a student of TKV Desikachar since 1980.


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