Welcome to Yahweh Yoga!

Your Teachers

(Upon Availability)



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.

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YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)

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

Certified Raw Food Chef

Life Coach

Certified Personal Nutritionist

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.



B.S. - Arizona State University

M.A.Ed - University of Phoenix

NMD - Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

STAIR Resident 2015

Yoga Certifications through YogaFit currently studying Yoga Therapeutics through the Iyengar tradition, which is where the bulk of my 15 year practice resides.

Dr. Beth Livengood

Dr. Beth Livengood sees a higher purpose to medicine than just easing pain or delaying disease progression, though these are important too. Her aim is to help each of us achieve our full potential in this life, which is best accomplished if we have a sound mind, body, and spirit. Hence, along her path to becoming a physician, Dr. Livengood acquired skills in various healing modalities, such as yoga therapy, diet and exercise applications, and motivational teaching. She earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Arizona State University, and later, a master’s degree in education. She taught science, health, and yoga while raising a family. During this time, she discovered naturopathic medicine which changed her career path dramatically. A diligent and passionate student, Dr. Livengood was awarded the prestigious STAIR residency upon graduating from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM). This intensive post-graduate training integrated both conventional and naturopathic models with an emphasis in women’s health.

She is a licensed family practice physician, currently seeing patients in Phoenix AZ and via telemedicine. She continues to teach yoga, guide group detox classes, and contribute to her profession and global community. Some of her projects include donating her time to free medical clinics and coordinating medical mission trips through “Where There is No Doctor”. She is actively involved in state and professional associations and teaches classes at her former medical college. She would love to get to know you and become a partner with you in achieving your health goals so that you can be your best self



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.






Dr. Heather Paulson

Dr. Paulson graduated 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.

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.