Welcome to Yahweh Yoga Studio and Teaching Academy!

Your Teachers



YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)

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

Certified Raw Food Chef

Life Coach

DeAnna Smothers

Yahweh Yoga Co-Founder

DeAnna began Yahweh Yoga in 2005 with her beloved daughter, Courtney Chalfant. DeAnna has been practicing Christ-centered yoga for more than 25 years.

DeAnna teaches ethics, nutrition, and teaching methodology in Yahweh Yoga’s Certified Christian Yoga Training program. She loves her students and enjoys making each class a time for students to experience deep peace as they learn. DeAnna’s solemn prayer is that her teaching will help her students become confident and professional and return to their communities ready to minister inspirational Christian yoga classes.

In her two and a half decades of practice, DeAnna has studied many respected yoga teachers including Brian Kest, Seane Corn, Ian Lopatin and Bikram Choudhury. Her studio classes are attended by all ages and fitness levels and are enjoyed for their ability to de-stress, peace out and get sweaty. DeAnna brings this extensive studio knowledge to her CCYT classes to help future teachers grow.

DeAnna believes that Christian yoga gives students an experience that resonates at a heart, mind, and body level.



YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)

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

Certified Raw Food Chef

Life Coach

Courtney Chalfant

Yahweh Yoga Co-Founder

Courtney and her mother, DeAnna Smothers, were called by God to start Yahweh Yoga in 2005.

As the instructor for all postures, breathing, and Christian meditation for the Certified Christian Yoga Teacher accreditation, Courtney challenges her students to ever-higher levels of personal performance in their yoga practice. She calls this “challenging students from a place of love.”

People who know Courtney call her “Sunshine.” She loves creating an experience where mental calmness, physical strength and spiritual presence come together to create inner-peace. Courtney is inspired by some of her favorite teachers, including Brian Kest , Seane Corn, John Friend, Kathryn Budig, Ian Lopatin and Shiva Rae.

Courtney is the posture model for Yahweh Yoga’s book, Christian Yoga: Restoration for Body and Soul. She believes that God helps her teach those lessons that she also needs.



E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher)

Certified Anusara Teacher

Christy Burnette

Anatomy and Physiology Director, Yahweh Yoga Advanced Studies Program

Christy Burnette is renowned throughout the U.S. for her skill, knowledge and application of anatomy and physiology as it pertains to yoga.

Christy’s background is in sports rehabilitation and personalized training for people of all levels of mobility. As a Certified Anusara Teacher, Christy travels nationwide offering in depth Yoga Therapy Trainings, workshops, and retreats. Christy’s approach is based on her strong understanding of body movement and alignment, which is strengthened by her passion in offering both physical and emotional support for students.

In every class, Christy implores her students to “Be the lump of clay and the sculpture too: a Universe of unlimited potential.” She believes that every Christian yoga teacher has a message to share with the world that is far larger than simply aligning parts of the body.

Christy takes the complex subjects of Anatomy and Physiology and makes them understandable for students. She is committed to excellence and has a loving approach toward her students. Christy loves watching her students grasp their own abilities to love and heal others.



Certified Master Vegan Training and Certificate - Vegetarian Health Institute

Certificate in Herbal Studies I: The Study of Traditional Uses For Medicinal Botanicals - Southwest Herb

Living on Live Foods Level 1 Chef Certification & Living on Live Foods Level 2 Instructor Certification - Alissa Cohen's Living on Live Foods Certification Program

Nutritional Consultant Certificate for Health, Nutrition and Fitness - International Institute of Holistic Healing

200 hour Yoga Instructor (RYT) Certification and advanced training in Qi Gong - Zen Wellness

Bachelor of Arts in Education, Secondary Education

Angel Denton

Angel Denton is heads Yahweh Yoga’s Wholesome Nutrition Program. Angel is a Natural Health Educator, Nutritionist and Raw, Plant Based Chef who is passionate about teaching others how to be healthier and happier through practical, holistic and natural techniques.

In 2009 Angel combined her passions for education, natural living, health and wellness and founded VIO Vitality Inside & Out. VIO is dedicated to educating and encouraging individuals and groups to live a life full of vitality, simply and naturally through a clean eating, plant based lifestyle; a positive mindset; and purposeful actions.

Angel currently teaches classes, programs and presentations in plant based, raw and whole foods nutrition; natural health and wellness; and yoga to individuals, small-large size groups and corporate settings.






Dr. Heather Paulson

Dr. Paulson teaches on the importance of balancing hormones for Yahweh Yoga’s Teacher Training. Dr. Paulson believes in “being the change you wish to see in the world”
In addition to practicing medicine.

Dr. Paulson also enjoys practicing yoga.She has completed specialty yoga training’s for geriatrics, pre/post natal, chair, and kids yoga. Dr. Heather Paulson is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She continues to deepen her understanding of Yoga through continued readings of philosophical texts and teacher training’s.

After graduating from Southwest College of Natural Medicine (SCNM), Dr. Paulson completed a two-year residency focusing on Naturopathic Oncology at the Center for Cancer Care. This integrative medical facility is part of Goshen General Hospital in Goshen, Indiana. Dr. Paulson was also part of the medical team at the Women’s Retreat Center in Goshen, IN.



YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)


Melanie Campbell

Director of Outreach

Melanie has practiced yoga for over two decades and received her teacher training certification from At One Yoga in 2007. Some of her teachers have included: Dave and Chery Oliver, Prem Carlisi, John Salisbury, and David Romanelli.

It is with pure joy that she handles our student teacher training coordination and overall community outreach.

Melanie rests securely in God’s grace and in her calling to help others experience their best life.



YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)

RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Certified Raw Food Chef


Diane is dedicated to continuing the yoga education process and in the spring of 2012, completed her Barkan Method Hot Yoga Teacher Training Level II/lll certification. In the fall of 2014 Diane completed her Master’s level training through Yahweh Yoga, with an emphasis on helping students that have anxiety and/or stress disorders.

With an osteo arthritis diagnosis, herself, she tries to make yoga accessible to all, by challenging the preconception that one must be flexible to do yoga. Diane believes with all her heart, that everyone needs yoga and makes it a priority to help each student find comfort on their mat.



YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)

RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Certified RAW Food Chef


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.



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.


Madalyn Otto, ND

Dr. Otto teaches Clean Eating 101 For Yahweh Yoga Teacher Training.

Dr. Madalyn Otto is a graduate of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and is licensed in the state of Arizona. She is currently completing a naturopathic family medicine residency at the medical center there. Her mission is to provide safe and effective solutions to her patients for a wide array of health concerns. Dr. Otto uses a multitude of therapies in treatment, but emphasizes classical homeopathy and nutrition in her practice for their profound yet gentle effects.

Dr. Otto received her Bachelor’s degree in French Language & Literature in Buffalo, New York before her passion for health and natural medicine brought her to Arizona. When she’s not working, she likes to cook, watch documentaries on Netflix and plan her upcoming travels abroad.