Welcome to Yahweh Yoga Studio and Teaching Academy!

Your Teachers

deanna1

Credentials

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.

courtney1

Credentials

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.

christy

Credentials

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.

dr-heather-paulson

Credentials

ND

FABNO

RYT

Dr. Heather Paulson

For more information about Dr. Heather Paulson check out her website!

heather

Credentials

YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)

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

Heather Baylies

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.