Certified Integrative Yoga for Seniors Instructors
In addition to graduating from Kimberly & Carol’s Yoga for Seniors teacher training program, the instructors listed here have successfully completed additional coursework—including creating and delivering a mentored project, submitting a teaching video, and passing an examination.
MS, BSN, e-RYT, YACEP, C-IYSI
Chapel Hill, NC
Sandra “SAM” Sather is an experienced registered yoga teacher (eRYT) with certifications in Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Integrative Yoga for Seniors. Her classes are mind and body alignment focused and centering for any body, seniors to children. SAM’s approach is cultivated from the energy shared from her students and her life experience as a nurse, clinical researcher, teacher and parent.
Jenni Borell, E-RYT 200, completed the Integrative Yoga for Seniors program in November, 2015. She completed certification with an emphasis on yoga for arthritis in 2016. She teaches gentle, therapeutically oriented yoga classes in rural Wisconsin. More information may be found on Facebook at JenniBorellYoga. Jenni completed a 200 hour teacher training with Jenny Tumas at Marigold Yoga in Ripon, Wisconsin in 2012. She resides in Ripon, Wisconsin with her husband Jim. A retired elementary educator, she is also an avid bicyclist and cross-country skier.
Newcastle, NSW, Australia
I began my yoga journey beginning yoga classes after moving to Australia from the US in 2001. I eventually decided I wanted to teach yoga to seniors and began by finishing my training and attending Carol and Kimberly’s Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors training at Duke Integrative Medical Center. I continued that training with a project on osteoporosis and then finished the certification requirements through Carol and Kimberly’s Yoga for Seniors. I have taught at community organizations, gyms, retirement villages and have taught my own classes in various places. I am currently teaching over 50’s and want to share my knowledge and experience with other yoga teachers. I have a 12 video online course about the physical issues of teaching seniors as well as an online video course on how to meet the emotional needs of over 50’s with pranayama, meditation, yoga nidra and forms of savasana. I have developed the only comprehensive course on Teaching Yoga to Seniors in Australia and love working with yoga teachers that want to teach seniors.
I completed my two hundred hour Yoga Teacher Training in May 2011, with Pam Schulte at Just Practice Yoga LLC, where I studied anatomy, range of motion, philosophy, teaching methodology and sequencing. I am also a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. I took an eight-day intensive training at Duke Integrative Medicine for teaching seniors, and am a Certified Integrative Yoga Instructor for Seniors with Carol Krucoff and Kimberly Carson. I have been a practitioner of Yoga regularly since 1993. I am also a Spiritual Director, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. I studied with Dr. Dwight Judy at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. I completed my studies in Spiritual Direction in 2004. I grew up in Mesquite, Texas a suburb of Dallas, and I have lived in Chicago for nearly 18 years, as well as St. Louis, MO for 10 years. I also work for a major airline as a Flight Attendant. I returned to Texas a year ago and am ready to continue my teaching journey here.
Janet Rae Humphrey
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254
After decades of medical problems and surgeries, Janet walked into her first yoga class at 58 and has never turned back. Now at 71 her health is the best ever as she leads 11 yoga classes a week specifically for seniors and the health challenged. She combines her medical research and clinical care background and extensive yoga training with a warm heart to help her students enjoy the benefits of yoga. Janet is the author of Age Without Limits – Over 200 Chair and Standing Yoga Poses for Seniors and the Health Challenged. The book covers everything from head to toe including breathing, meditation, creative use of props and tips on teaching yoga. Her favorite chapter is “Football Referee Yoga”. Janet and Amy Kraft of BoomerPlus® yoga have formed Senior Yoga Pros which conducts The Art and Science of Teaching Ages 50 to 10. Janet brings warmth, humor and anecdotes of the healing power of yoga to engage the participants of her classes. Her students say, “I am so glad I found out about your class.”
St. Louis, MO
Sue Tebb , PhD, MSW, RYT 500, involved with yoga since the 1970’s, is a social work professor who received her yoga teacher training from East-West Natural Healing and the Himalayan Institute. Strongly believing in the mind/body connection, she is a LifeForce Yoga Therapist Level II and also has a Certificate of Completion in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors from Duke Integrative Medicine. She brings her yoga into the teaching of self-care for social workers and uses it in her research with older adults with dementia, their caregivers, and war survivors with PTSD.
Sarah Ross has been studying yoga since 1986. She participated in the Integrative Yoga for Seniors program with Carol and Kimberly in 2015; completing her certification with a study on finding and practicing balance with seniors. In 2016, she completed a training in Essential Low Back Care, and have also completed a three Iyengar yoga teacher training. Yoga is a life long learning path both personally and as a teacher. I teach yoga because it has enriched my life, and I want to share the knowledge with others. During the last five years I have worked primarily with seniors focusing on strength and balance. My intention while teaching is to honor individual needs and abilities while encouraging exploration. I am always impressed with the transformation the practice of yoga develops in students.
Antonia (Toni) Small
Port Clyde, Maine
First as a student of dance, Antonia (Toni) Small found solace in motion. Later, as a student of mime Marcel Marceau, Toni cultivated a fondness for the meditative quality of silent storytelling. Initially introduced to yoga in 1987, Toni has continued her practice on and off the mat ever since. Her more recent commitment to yoga came on the heels of a long care-giving episode for her father that took its physical and emotional toll, but also set her on a course to make movement classes available to the older student.
Toni received her 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 with the ShivaShakti School of Yoga and Healing Arts in Union, Maine, and plans to complete her 500-Hr teacher certification in October 2017. A certified Integrative Yoga for Seniors Instructor with Kimberly Carson and Carol Krucoff, Toni offers weekly yoga and dance fitness classes for seniors in Mid-Coast Maine.
Linda Dewey, MS, RYT 200
Woodland Park/Denver CO
Linda began her yoga journey in 2001 as a stressed out special educator. She quickly learned the positive impact of yoga in her everyday life. In 2010 she completed her 200-hour initial yoga training. Linda is a lifelong learner pursuing various trainings in anatomy, yoga adjustments, and restorative yoga, completing her Integrative Yoga for Seniors certification in 2017. As a former special education teacher, Linda brings her love of targeted teaching and her belief that everyone can benefit from yoga to her teaching. Linda creates a casual and friendly class atmosphere where individuals can find and refine poses that work best for them. Classes are infused with breath work and meditation for a deep well rounded physical, yet restorative, class.
Jeannine Bishop, E-RYT 200
Jeannine Bishop, E-RYT 200, always had a clear direction that she wanted to teach yoga to older adults and cancer patients. She participated in the Integrative Yoga for Seniors Professional Training with Carol and Kimberly in 2011 and completed her certification with a study of yoga for older adults with cancer in November of 2014. In June 2015, she participated in the Mindful Yoga for Cancer Professional Training with Kimberly and Jim Carson, and she completed her certification in December of 2016.
After witnessing first-hand the physical, mental and emotional challenges faced by aging adults, as well as the complications often added by a cancer diagnosis, she dedicated her practice to focusing on the unique needs and lingering health problems for seniors, cancer patients and survivors, addressing each student’s individual circumstances in a supportive community setting within hospitals, cancer centers and senior centers. With a recent move to Florida, Jeannine looks forward to continuing to teach and demonstrate that yoga interventions are safe and effective complementary modalities that improve the quality of life for seniors and cancer survivors across their lifespan.
Lynda Spalding, RYT 200
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
After August 2019 Knoxville, TN
Lynda holds an education degree with a minor in nutrition from Cornell University’s School of Human Ecology. She earned her RYT-200 through Yogafit®, Inc. in 2013, and received a certificate of completion in Integrative Yoga for Seniors from Duke Integrative Medicine in 2019. She has taught Gentle Mat and Chair yoga classes for 10 years in the US and Canada. A former Home Economics teacher, Lynda teaches people of all ages self-care through the mindful movement of yoga. Humor and the attitude, “yoga is play”, complement her yoga instruction for body awareness to increase a calmer mind, mobility, independence and overall quality of living. Lynda connects with her students individually and as a group, offering alternative poses and adjusting the class flow. Lynda enjoys applying the benefits of yoga to her favorite activities of gardening, hiking, biking, skiing and stand-up paddle boarding.
Sarah E. Deming
La Jolla, California
Sarah is an experienced instructor (RYT200, ERYT500, YACEP) holding certifications in vinyasa flow, Anjali restorative, and Integrative Yoga for Seniors with an emphasis on chronic pain. Her classes typically offer beaucoup options and modifications so students may flirt with that line between comfort and challenge that is constantly in flux.
“I love yoga because it’s this universal practice that has something for every body, but I try to emphasize the individuality of it. Not only that we each have our unique practices across our lives that look and feel completely different from our neighbor’s practice, but that each new iteration is unique. Every time we practice, whether it’s on a mat, in a chair, or at the kitchen sink, we have an opportunity to explore something brand new.”
Sarah has taught classes and workshops at YMCAs, assisted living facilities, studios, libraries, rec centers, correctional facilities, community colleges, small businesses, corporations, events, and private homes for over 7 years, and is always looking forward to her next adventure.
RN, BSN, MA, RYT-200, C-IYSI
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Diane lived her entire life in the Midwest, blessed by open skies, expansive fields, and changing seasons. It’s infused in her a deep awareness that she is part of something much greater than herself, and she feels yoga offers the same experience. She received a BS degree in Nursing and MA degrees in Education and Nursing. She completed CYT-200 training at Fusion Yoga Studio in 2017, and since then she’s taught yoga for staff at a Cancer Center and the Family Caregivers Center in her hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She discovered she wanted to focus on yoga for seniors and in February 2020 began the online Yoga for Seniors Professional Training with Carol Krucoff and Kimberly Carson. A year later, she completed IYSI certification, publishing a Yoga for Seniors guidebook and focusing on individualized yoga for senior family caregivers. She plans to continue teaching caregivers and seniors in her community – exploring how yoga can support purpose and growth through all stages of life.