IYTI Director: Nancy Candea
Nancy has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1986 and teaching since 1997. She is the director of the International Yoga Therapy Institute, a 1000 hour yoga therapy education school. Her style of teaching reflects what she has learned from many senior-level teachers in the Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara and Integral styles of yoga, along with her study of Ayurveda. She is also the founder and director of Yoga Impact and the Training Director of Kula for Karma. Through these not-for-profit organizations, Nancy has taught yoga and meditation in jails, shelters, and cancer treatment centers, and brought yoga to the under-served: inmates, war veterans, the chronically ill, at-risk youth, the homeless, victims of abuse, and addicts. She is an Adjunct Professor of Yoga at the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey. After owning a yoga studio in Hawaii for five years, Nancy moved to Boulder, Colorado and taught yoga to professional athletes. She currently directs her basic and advanced yoga teacher trainings and yoga therapist trainings in Greece, Detroit, Northern New Jersey and Boulder, Colorado. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Yoga Therapy Today, Boulder Magazine, and Natural Awakenings.
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
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.