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.

Yahweh Yoga instructors now provide more than 400 classes each week in 45 States and Canada and are expanding each day. The main studio and training facility is located in Chandler Arizona.

Courtney is the co-author of Christian Yoga, Restoration for Body and Soul and has a new book scheduled for release in 2014.

Yahweh Yoga has 12 DVDs out which are sold internationally and have a 5 star rating on Amazon. You can also download her DVD’s to your smart phone and portable devices.

In 2012 Yahweh Yoga also released a new line of clothing and luxury spa products.

Courtney expertise is regularly sought out and featured in yoga and Christian yoga related articles for mainstream publications including; Yoga Journal, The New York Times, Arizona Republic among many others.

She is available for workshops, church events and yoga festivals. She has been a presenter at such events as Yoga Rocks the Park and Sedona Yoga Festival.

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

Courtney has trained with many of the industries leaders such as Seane Corn, John Friend, Shiva Rae and Kathryn Budig.

“I am a student above all else. I know I will never master my faith or my yoga practice so I adore the process of being a student.” -Courtney Chalfant

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.

leia

Credentials

Certified Zumba Instructor

Certified Zumba Gold Instructor

Leia

Leia was born in Lansing, Michigan and grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. She moved from Louisiana to Arizona to be closer to family. She is an 8 year veteran of the United States Army Reserve where she served as a Military Finance Specialist.

In Arizona she has found a new career, a wonderful husband and is a new mother of a beautiful daughter. Most of all, she has found a deeper understanding of who she is in Christ. She loves God, family, and living life to the fullest! She began Zumba as a student trying to get in shape and loved it so much that two years ago she decided to get certified and teach. The reason: Every class feels like a party!

You don’t have to know how to dance. Just move your body and follow her lead. Come try it and you’re guaranteed to have a blast!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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Olivia

Olivia Peterson was born and raised in Tempe Arizona. She is currently studying Nutrition with a dance minor at Arizona State University. Olivia has been dancing for 10 years and has developed her love for health and wellness over time. She has been taking Zumba classes for the past four years and recently decided to become a certified instructor. Teaching Zumba is a perfect combination of two of her passions, fitness and nutrition, and at Yahweh she is able to share her greatest passion of all, worshiping Christ.
Praising His powerful name through movement is such a blessing and Olivia would love to be able to share this experience with you! Come and see what Zumba at Yahweh Yoga is all about!

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.

betsy

Credentials

YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)

RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Betsy

Betsy is relatively new to practicing yoga and feels this is a great way to connect with others that also may be new or hesitant to the experience. She found yoga the way most people find yoga…she was injured. Her years of running, hiking and backpacking had created imbalance and injury; she needed something new.

In a little under a year, her yoga practice has not only helped to heal the physical but the emotional and spiritual as well. Much like her faith, she often views her yoga practice like a journey. Handstands, perfect alignment and a strong core don’t happen overnight but in the pursuit of these things one also finds stillness, confidence and grace. And it is because of those reasons that she will continue to practice.

Betsy loves people, chatting, laughing and discussing all things fun, active, adventurous and healthy. She looks forward to meeting everyone that comes along her yoga journey way!