Meet Our Authors
Priscilla Shumway, M.Ed
Priscilla Shumway was an award winning corporate trainer for over 25 years. Traveling nationally and internationally she conducted programs on Train the Trainer, Presentation Skills, Instructional Design, Facilitation Skills and several other custom programs. She has been a contributing author in 5 books on education and training. She was the co-editor with Kathy Hurley on Real Women, Real Leaders published by Wiley Publishing. A yoga student for over 19 years she is thrilled to be working collaboratively with these authors to write Embrace Your Wobbles. www.embraceyourwobblesyoga.com
Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian
Cell Biology Researcher
Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian is a Cell Biology researcher currently studying cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in resistance to cancer therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is also a Yoga Biology researcher and is the Founder and Director of PranaScience Institute. Sundar’s yoga research has provided scientific evidence on how yoga breathing practices may promote wellbeing in health and disease. His first book is PranaScience: Decoding Yoga Breathing, and his latest book is Mind Your Breathing: The Yogi’s Handbook with 37 Pranayama Exercises. He also recently produced an audio album, Chanting Is Pranayama
Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT
Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT, is a yoga therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, where she offers private sessions, workshops, and classes for people with health challenges. An award-winning journalist, Carol served as founding editor of The Washington Post’s Health Section and her articles have appeared in numerous national publications, including The New York Times, Yoga Journal, and Reader’s Digest. She is the author of several books, including Yoga Sparks:108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less and Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain.
She is codirector, along with Kimberly Carson, of the Yoga for Seniors Professional Trainings designed to help yoga teachers work safely and effectively with older adults. She and Kimberly are co-authors of the book (and DVD), Relax into Yoga for Seniors: A Six Week Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility and Pain Relief. Along with Kimberly and Jim Carson, she is coauthor of Relax into Yoga for Chronic Pain: A Mindful Yoga Workbook for Finding Relief and Resilience.
DVDs and CDs here:
Yoga 4 Seniors https://www.yoga4seniors.com/blog/
Youtube Healing Moves Channel
Artist, Writer, Musician
Muni Natarajan is an artist, writer, teacher, and musician. His work is deeply influenced from his thirty-seven years of practicing yoga and meditation as a monk in a monastery on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The primary focus of his monastic life was a deep study of the Vedic origins of Hinduism as well as an ancient and traditional practice of yoga, deeply rooted in the time-honored traditions of India’s ancient Vedic past.
During his monastic years, Muni served as a primary teacher of younger monks. He conducted workshops for seekers visiting the monastery and was a teacher and guide on the monastery’s travel/study programs to India and other global destinations. Muni also worked as a graphic designer and editor for Hinduism Today magazine, and studied the Indian musical system of ragam and talam while learning tabla and mridangam drumming and classical Indian singing.
Rev. Dr. Elaine Beth Peresluha
Rev. Dr. Elaine Beth Peresluha resides in Denver, Colorado. She has been an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister for over twenty years. Yoga is the daily spiritual practice which inspires her life and work. For over twenty-five years, yoga has increased her personal and professional ability to be effective, joyful, and balanced. For eight years, Elaine served in settled ministry and then chose interim ministry as a professional specialty. As in interim, she completed her PhD in Social Science, focusing on the use of Appreciative Inquiry as an effective organizational change tool. She was accredited as an interim minister in 2010 and began In the Middle Consulting in 2013 to expand her work with other organizations in transition. Elaine is a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Instrument, which increases the intersectional skills of congregations centering marginalized identities. In her work to support congregations and organizations through transitions, she helps to increase their diversity and inclusivity with intercultural skills.
Yoga Educator, Teacher-Trainer
Barrie Risman is widely regarded as one of Canada’s most highly-skilled yoga educators, teacher-trainers, and mentors. She is well known for her ability to convey the essence of the wisdom teachings of yoga with exceptional clarity, insight, and relevance to students of all levels and from all walks of life. Teaching for close to two decades, Barrie shares the depth of her experience and knowledge to reveal a uniquely accessible, authentic, and integrated approach to yoga. She empowers students with tools to deepen their understanding and inspires them to embrace asana as a path for expansive self-discovery and inner growth.
Barrie is the creator of The Skillful Yogi, a thriving online practice and study community of yoga students and teachers with members from nine countries on four continents. Her book, Evolving Your Yoga: Ten Principles for Enlightened Practice, with foreword by Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, is a guide for teachers and continuing students to deepen, expand, and integrate the benefits of yoga in their lives.
Richard Rosen began his study of yoga in 1980 and started teaching full time in 1987. He’s a graduate of the B.K.S Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco. For more than twenty years, he was a Contributing Editor with Yoga Journalmagazine, for which he wrote feature articles, book and DVD reviews, and short columns. He’s also the author of five books on yoga, the latest titled Yoga FAQ: Almost Everything You Need to Know about Yoga—from Asanas to Yamas(Shambhala, 2017). Richard lives in Berkeley, California. His website is: www.richardrosenyoga.com
Rachel Scott is a teacher-trainer and author with more than 4,500 hours under her belt. Rachel is committed to helping her students uncover and express their voice, passion, and potential. After directing the Teachers College for a national yoga company for more than seven years (YYoga), Rachel left her corporate position to pursue a new mission—helping yoga teachers and studios around the world thrive in their businesses by elevating the quality and potency of their education offerings. She leverages her extensive academic training (MSci Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies, BA Columbia University) with more than two decades of yoga practice and business experience to help yoga studios and teachers reach their potential. She is a business thought partner and ally and brings more than fifteen years of experience as a teacher, teacher manager, studio director, program developer, and departmental director to the table. In addition to offering one-on-one coaching and mentoring, she offers several products to help trainers get their programs off the ground.
Yoga, Reiki, Spiritual Coaching
Christine Wushke has spent more than twenty years helping people find wellness and spiritual transformation. She specializes in Myofascial Massage, Myofascial Yoga, Reiki, and spiritual coaching. Her book, Freedom is Your Nature,was published by Inner Splendor Media in 2013. She runs Journey to Light Wellness, located in Okotoks AB, which offers myofascial yoga classes, meditation classes, transformational workshops, myofascial massage sessions, and hakomi therapy. For more information, visit https://freelyhuman.com.
Dr. Anne Shumway-Cook, PT, PhD,
Dr. Anne Shumway-Cook, PT, PhD, FAPTA is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Her research focused on understanding the physiologic basis for balance and mobility disorders in neurologic and geriatric populations and the translation of this research into best clinical practices for assessing and treating balance to reduce falls and optimize mobility function. She has developed a number of hospital and community evidence-based fall prevention programs. She has published extensively, and, along with Dr. Marjorie Woollacott, coauthored the textbook Motor Control: Translating Research into Clinical Practice. She has practiced meditation for more than forty-five years.
Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones
Author, Educator, Instructor
Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones, author and international movement educator, is a Full Professor of Kinesiology and Dance, an advanced Pilates teacher, an ERYT 500 Hatha Yoga Instructor (Shambhava School of Yoga, Colorado & the Himalayan Institute), a Yoga Anatomy instructor, and a teacher -trainer. Her degrees in Dance (NYU) and Movement Education (Kansas University) and experiences as a professional dancer and choreographer eventually led her to authorship of the Anatomy of Exercise & Movement and the Vital Psoas Muscle by Lotus Publishing and North Atlantic Books. Her latest book, the Concise Book of Yoga Anatomy, was released in the fall of 2015.
Dr. Marjorie Hines Woollacott, PhD
Dr. Marjorie Hines Woollacott, PhD, has been a neuroscience professor at the University of Oregon for more than three decades and a meditator for almost four. She also has a Master’s degree in Asian Studies. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and includes research in posture and balance control and testing the efficacy of alternative forms of therapy such as tai chi and meditation for improving attention and balance in adults. Along with Dr. Anne Shumway-Cook, she coauthored a popular textbook for health professionals and has written more than 180 peer-reviewed research articles, several of which were on meditation, the topic that motivated her to write her latest book, Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind. She was the keynote speaker at conferences in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia and has taught courses not only in neuroscience and rehabilitation medicine, but in meditation, hatha yoga, and alternative and complementary medicine.
Her website is: https://marjoriewoollacott.com