Yoga Impact Institute Faculty

Yoga Impact Institute Director: Nancy Candea

An activist in the global health revolution, Nancy is committed to practicing the best version of herself every day, and to using her talents to contribute to the upliftment of humankind. Nancy’s ongoing journey is to study and to teach how to integrate mindfulness into each of our platforms of self-care. She strives to practice loving-kindness as a means of forming deep connections and promoting personal transformation. Her focus is to bring yoga teacher trainings and meditation trainings to those in marginalized communities. To read more about Nancy click HERE

Psychology: Dr. Michelle Barrett

Dr. Barrett is an Assistant Professor and Program Chair for Psychology at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J.  She is also a licensed psychologist in N.J. and CA.  Her clinical interests are Health Psychology, Psychology of Women and Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic theory and practice.  She has worked with individuals experiencing a wide range of difficulties and served on crisis response teams in N.J. Dr. Barrett has given many presentations on Adolescence, Test Anxiety, Healthy Relationships and Trauma. She has co-led service learning trips to the Dominican Republic focusing on domestic violence education and prevention. She is a board member of Yoga Impact and a 200 hour certified yoga instructor. She is interested in how yoga and meditation can be beneficial for several mental health issues.

 

Physiology and Pathology: Dr. Patricia Mather

Dr. Mather received her BS in Political Science, Community Service and Public Affairs in 1972 from the University of Oregon. She then began a period of cross-cultural studies with American Indians that strengthened her interest in botanicals as a source of health and healing.  She returned to the University setting in 1976 to complete her pre-Med studies before entering the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1978. She graduated in 1982 with a degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, receiving the Hahnemann Scholarship for her manuscript on Children's Remedies.  Dr. Mather has maintained an active family practice since 1983, with a focus on Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Family health care.  She has also lectured extensively throughout the islands and the West Coast, sharing simple, effective health practices and treatment protocols that support her philosophy that "Health is our Birthright" and that through simple observation and compliance to natural laws, we can regain and maintain optimal health, becoming active participants in a world that works for everyone. Please visit PacificHolistics.com for more information.

Anatomy: Carol Anne Patterson

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Carol Anne Patterson is a Physical Therapist, Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master Teacher with a holistic healing practice in Cranford, NJ.  For more than 20 years as a Physical Therapist, she has been dedicated to helping others restore the balanced posture and movement of the body.  In private sessions, she brings people to an individual yoga practice that supports their individual needs.  She also teaches small alignment-based yoga classes and teaches anatomy workshops at various yoga studios.  She is on faculty at several Yoga Schools teaching to 200 and 500 hour Yoga Students.

 

Nancy Candea offers comprehensive yoga therapy training, which has benefited my career immensely. The training integrates ancient teachings and modern science that resonates in a sensible yet inspiring manner. I have grown in confidence educating and guiding my clients in their physical practice, meditation, and relaxation. My client base has broadened to special populations including cancer survivors, children and the elderly. Nancy continues to offer her experience and knowledge outside the formal training. She balances her mentoring on my weaker areas with supportive acknowledgement of my stronger points. I am now even more proficient in helping my clients experience yoga at a deeper level. Because of this training, health professionals at my affiliated wellness center are recommending my services to their patients.
Nancy Candea offers comprehensive yoga therapy training, which has benefited my career immensely. The training integrates ancient teachings and modern science that resonates in a sensible yet inspiring manner. I have grown in confidence educating and guiding my clients in their physical practice, meditation, and relaxation. My client base has broadened to special populations including cancer survivors, children and the elderly. Nancy continues to offer her experience and knowledge outside the formal training. She balances her mentoring on my weaker areas with supportive acknowledgement of my stronger points. I am now even more proficient in helping my clients experience yoga at a deeper level. Because of this training, health professionals at my affiliated wellness center are recommending my services to their patients.
— Jennifer Kalawur, New Jersey
Nancy’s well-rounded yoga therapy training helped to broaden my perceptive of yoga and in turn supported in my Belightful business expansion. I appreciated learning from many highly knowledgeable teachers. Their passion for their own particular yoga specialties was contagious and fueled my enthusiasm to learn more.
— Lisa Ballo, IYTI trainee, Michigan