Welcome to Yahweh Yoga!

Your Teachers

(Upon Availability)

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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.

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Credentials

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.

Dr.-Beth

Credentials

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

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Credentials

YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)

RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Certified Raw Food Chef

ERYT-500

Diane

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.

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.

judy

Credentials

ERYT-500

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.

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Credentials

YYT (Yahweh Yoga Teacher)

RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher))

Certified RAW Food Chef

ERYT-500

Rich

Rich began his practice of Yoga almost eight 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 an airline 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.

dr-heather-paulson

Credentials

ND

FABNO

RYT

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.

aimee

Credentials

RYT-200

ERYT-500

Aimee

Aimee discovered Pilates while living in the Bay Area in 2005. I love to dance growing up, Pilates was intuitive and in sync with my personal style of exercise. I loved the way it made my body feel and wanted to share that experience with others. I received my mat training from Pilates Core Integration, in Tempe AZ in 2015.

Her first yoga mat experience was memorable, “I felt God’s love, it was peaceful, everything was Christ-centered from beginning to end. I didn’t even know that Christian inspired Yoga existed till I discovered Yahweh Yoga. I know God that led me here not by accident but it was a divine appointment. I received my Yahweh Yoga certification on January 2016. It’s a blessing to be part of the team.”

She loves listening to music, enjoys crafts, cooking, travel, and eating. I love spending time with my two children and husband for 10 years. My intention has always been to help people lead healthier lives, and feels that sharing my passion, Jesus and fitness, is a great way to do accomplish it.

rachel W

Credentials

RYT-200

Rachel

Rachel received her RYT 200 certification through Yahweh Yoga teacher training in 2015. She is an RN with both a Pediatric and Adult Oncology background, and currently serves as Clinical Adjunct Nursing Faculty with two local colleges. Since she started practicing yoga several years ago, she has noticed an increase in strength, flexibility, balance and focus. “Exercise has always been an important part of wellness and health for me. I enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, and being outdoors. But yoga offers so many additional health benefits- especially the way it encourages you to relax, slow your breath and focus on the present moment.”

natalie

Credentials

RYT-200

Natalie

Natalie completed her RYT-200 at Yahweh Yoga. After being a student for nearly 10 years, and seeing how yoga improved her health, she became passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga with others. Her goal is to create a space where students will find relaxation, peace, and improve their overall wellbeing.