Welcome to Yahweh Yoga Studio and Teaching Academy!

Studio Teachers

deanna

Credentials

YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)

E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance)

Certified RAW Food Chef

DeAnna

DeAnna is co-founder and CEO of Yahweh Yoga and has been practicing Christ-centered yoga for more than 20 years. She is Director of Yahweh Yoga’s Advanced Studies program. DeAnna has a background in dance. She has developed a distinct style of yoga that makes each class an experience that resonates with students at a heart, mind, body level.

DeAnna loves her students and enjoys making each class a time for each person to experience peace and solitude in their own way as they practice.

courtney

Credentials

YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)

E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance)

Certified RAW Food Chef

Life Coach

lululemon Ambassador - Chandler, AZ 2012 & 2013

Courtney

Courtney Chalfant is a lover of the Lord who is profoundly dedicated to serving Jesus Christ. A former Hospice nurse and a yoga practitioner since 2004, Courtney is passionate to share the intimate relationship she experienced with God on her yoga mat. Her faith and her practice have always been joined together.

In early 2005 she founded Yahweh Yoga LLC with her mother DeAnna Smothers a 30-year long yoga enthusiast. Together they created a 250 and 500 hour Yoga Alliance and AZ State Private Post-secondary Licensed RYT Instructor Training Programs and have hundreds of certified Yahweh Yoga instructors worldwide.

A 2-term lululemon Ambassador, she was chosen in 2012 as one of 70 elite athletes to attend the lululemon Whistler Canada Summit.

heather

Credentials

YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)

E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance)

Heather

Heather Baylies went from being picked last for Dodge Ball and last on the PE Class 1.5 mile run to becoming dedicated to learning how the body works (or doesn’t) by earning a MS in Exercise Physiology. Heather came to find exercise fun… especially yoga. She started practicing during a particularly tumultuous time in her life in 2003 and her yoga mat became her clean slate, home base and time out place. A firm believer in the importance of faith in God, nutritious food and fun fitness activities, Heather found a home at Yahweh Yoga from the first class.

While Heather believed she would a) never leave her hometown of Danville, CA or b) if she did leave she was headed for the ocean… God picked c) move to the desert. In a “what the heck, God knows what He is doing” decision, Heather moved with her beloved Golden Retriever, Bailey. Heather aims for a worship fueled dance party vibe in her classes to fulfill her faith+fun+fitness mission.

judi

Credentials

YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)

RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Judi

Judi began the practice of yoga several years ago to release stress and restore her health and well being. Yoga soon became her favored expression of worship. Her teaching combines postures with gentle flow and guides her students into a peaceful state to experience joy and serenity, all the while honoring Christ.

Judi holds deep respect and gratitude for her teachers who exhibit peace, balance and grace through the practice of Christian yoga. Her desire is to grow in her intimacy with Christ through yoga, silence and contemplation, which restores serenity and brings peace of mind, body, soul and spirit.

Judi has been heading our church outreach for Yahweh Yoga for several years now. She teaches at churches in the Chandler/ Tempe area.

diane

Credentials

YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)

RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Certified Raw Food Chef

Diane

Diane enjoys physical activities ranging from hiking in the Sonoran Desert to skiing in the Rockies, but her true passion is yoga. Being able to incorporate her love for the Lord with dynamic yoga is a joyous combo that she loves to share!

Diane has been practicing yoga for over four years and has a background in design and sales. She is also a busy mom and wife.

lindsay

Credentials

YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)

RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Certified RAW Food Chef

Lindsay

The Lord led Lindsay from Canada to the heart of the Arizona desert to learn to “be still and know that He is God.” After two consecutive car accidents, living in chronic pain and years of pouring herself into her career, He made it clear that it was time for change.

The Lord is accomplishing this as she has meditates on His word and worships Christ on her yoga mat. In the process, God has given her a heart for encouraging others towards wholeness in Christ Jesus.

Lindsay also loves teaching children, and fostering a passion for learning in them. She is humbled that the Lord has called her expand her role as a teacher and enroll in Yahweh Yoga’s teacher training program. It is her joy to be in a position to encourage others to seek Christ’s abundant life in every area… spiritually, physically, and emotionally!

stephanie

Credentials

YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)

RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Certified RAW Food Chef

Stephanie

Stephanie Washington has loved singing in worship bands and serving in youth ministry for years. She has also struggled with chronic health issues for a very long time. Back in 2007, she prayed for God to bring her new motivation for exercising and God answered her prayer almost immediately through Yahweh Yoga.

On her yoga mat, she found a place as nourishing to her soul, as to her physical body. He grew a desire in her heart to share this newfound blessing with others and she has since gone through Yahweh Yoga’s teacher certification. She is now finding a perfect marriage of the gifts God has given her, with her heart’s desire for ministry as she leads others in worship to their Savior through yoga practice.

christina

Christina

My name is Christina Ivanhoe.  I am a Zumba Instructor.  I have been teaching for three years.  I love Zumba and all the positive energy that it creates. I teach Zumba, Zumba Gold, and Zumba kids. It is truly inspirational to watch students transform and meet goals they set for themselves. Besides teaching, I am also a mommy to two boys and I have been married for eighteen years! I feel blessed to be doing what I love and hope to teach for many more years.

pam

Credentials

YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)

RYT

Certified Raw Food Chef

Pam

I am a late blooming yogi.  I started practicing yoga in my mid twenties, and as my practice “evolved” it became obvious to me, I didn’t fit into advanced secular yoga.  I was not a strong Christian at the time and felt very vulnerable to some of the philosophies I was being exposed to.

I left the practice I loved until 4 years ago when I learned the church I attended offered yoga through Yahweh Yoga.  That was it, to be able to practice yoga and worship the Lord in this environment was amazing.

I started yoga teacher training through Yahweh and learned many ways a Christian Yoga teacher can serve. I earned my YYT, and RYT and currently I am in the process of completing the 500 hour advanced training Yahweh provides.  It has been a joy to teach yoga to the wonderful students who attend class here as well as cancer patients and people with various special needs in other venues in the community.

rich

Credentials

YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)

RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher))

Certified RAW Food Chef

Rich Baumann

Rich began his practice of Yoga more than four years ago and has made it the foundation of his overall fitness plan. The combination of strength, flexibility, and meditation principles is what drew him to yoga and inspires his practice. In addition to Yoga, he enjoys weight lifting, backpacking, snowboarding and flying his plane. If it’s physical and involves strength or speed, Rich likes it.

Rich grew up in the Phoenix area and attended U of A. He then served 20 years in the Air Force as an Officer and Fighter Pilot and now enjoys a career as a pilot here in the valley. He is married to Judi, another Yahweh Yoga instructor and has two grown children and one grand-daughter.

Rich’s yoga classes inspire students of all levels. Whether it’s “Power Flow” or “Gentle Journey” his love of people and encouraging prayerful style creates an atmosphere that brings out the strength and passion of his students.

dandy

Dandy

Dandy was raised in Los Angeles, CA and began dancing and performing on stage at a very early age. She credits her influence of dancing to her mother, a professional dancer and instructor. She allowed all kinds of dance styles to develop her skills but in her early teenage years, Dandy’s heart was set on the dance style known as “Poppin’” and became one of the best female poppers in the Los Angeles County. This path led her to travel throughout the world landing her on the first Hip-Hop musical known as “Jam On The Groove” allowing her to perform on Broadway which led her to achieve her childhood dream and to perform in other musicals as well. On this journey she met the Lord Jesus Christ and dedicated her life to Him. In her walk with God, He placed a calling in her life which is to worship Him through this art form and to encourage others to use their unique gifts and talents for God. She now, under her company Elektric Kingdom, has provided choreography and musical production to a vast array of christian artist like: Tercer Cielo, Annette Moreno, and BJ Putnam.

judy

Judy

I feel so honored to be apart of the Yahweh Yoga team! I will never forget the peace I felt from the first class I ever attended. Shortly after, I was led to go through teacher training over a year ago and felt that God was saying this is another avenue He would allow me to help share that same peace and healing as He has brought to me.

I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 11 years and we are blessed with two wonderful children. I’m humbled to work & continue learning from such wonderful teachers and I’m excited to build relationships with all of the Yahweh Yoga Community.