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Cindy Crace

Cindy grew up a competitive collegiate tennis player and youth tennis coach.  She took a break from competitive athletics to enjoy the "sport" of raising two wonderful sons. As her sons grew older, she returned to tennis but developed a case of tennis elbow that progressed to the point where she could no longer hold a tennis ball. She began to look for alternatives to cortisone shots or surgery, which led her to hot yoga. Cindy had practiced yoga on and off in the past, but when she tried hot yoga, she was hooked.  It helped cure her tennis elbow, gave her an increased appreciation for holistic wellness, and rejuvenated her old coaching spirit with a desire to teach again. After years of yoga teaching experience, Cindy was deeply affected by her mother-in-law’s deteriorating health.  She utilized many therapeutic yoga techniques to assist her mother-in-law’s debilitating pain.  This experience inspired Cindy to focus on Yoga Therapy Training.  Cindy received her 200 RYT credential in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga.  She had the privilege of one-on-one training with Q. Reynolds to attain her 300 RYT credential.  Cindy then went on to acquire her 300 Yoga Therapy designation through Inner Peace Yoga Therapy one of the first Yoga Therapy programs to be accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Her Inner Peace Yoga Therapy faculty included Michele Lawrence, Nischala  Joy Devi, Durga, Maria Mendola, Lillah Schwartz, Dr. Marc Halpern, Laura Kupperman, Neil Pearson, and Amy Weintraub. Cindy has over 5,000 hours of teaching experience as a yoga educator and yoga therapist. She is also committed to maintaining her own continuing education by mentoring modules studies in yoga therapy: 35hrs Chronic Pain with Neil Pearson, 35hrs Anxiety, Depression and Trauma with Sue Dilworth, 35hrs Functional Yoga Therapy with Maria Mendola, 35hrs Cancer Mentoring Module with Laura Kupperman, 25hrs Healing our backs with yoga with Lillah Schwartz, 35hrs Healing Relationship with Nischala Joy Devi. She has attended many workshops from yoga presenters such as Mark Stephens, Richard Freeman, Kathryn Budig, Dice Iida-Klein and Briohny, Sarah Powers, and Leslie Kaminoff.  As the Director and founder of Shanti Garudasana Yoga School, she is committed to providing quality yoga education for students at the College of William and Mary, as well as the surrounding Williamsburg community. She loves outdoor sports and most weekends she can be found with her husband on the James River sculling.  She's been married for 35 years with two grown sons and a zoo of pets.

 
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Jenny Fisher

Jenny is a 200 RYT yoga instructor and has been in the fitness and wellness field for over 15 years. She is currently pursuing her 500 RYT. Since 2004, she has been at the College of William and Mary in Campus Recreation, designing and implementing fitness and wellness programs for students, faculty and staff members. She fell in love with the vinyasa flow style of yoga and through her own practice and reading, she started on a path of self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment. She continues to honor yoga for its powerful life lessons and hopes to inspire others to embrace their true selves and appreciate all of the beauty in their lives. Jenny is nationally certified as a Personal Trainer and Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine and as a Group Fitness Instructor through the American Council on Exercise. Jenny has a love for health science and has thirteen years of experience teaching anatomy and physiology to aspiring group fitness instructors and personal trainers. When she is not working, teaching yoga or practicing yoga, Jenny enjoys being outdoors, gardening, cooking, listening to live music and spending time with her twin sons.

 
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Patti DeBlass

Patti is a 200 RYT yoga instructor with specialty training in Yoga for Seniors from Duke Integrative Medicine, Yin Yoga and PTSD-Traumatic Stress. She is currently pursuing her Yoga Therapy Certification and 500 RYT. She enjoys the challenge of creating group classes to suit her individual student’s needs physically, medically and spiritually.  Patti is the founder of Blooms that Brighten, a local nonprofit dedicated to donating fresh flowers to continuing care facilities. When not practicing or teaching yoga, she enjoys any time spent outdoors, especially with her husband, two daughters and three rescue dogs

 
 

 
 

Shanti Garudasana Teaching Faculty

We have assembled well established teaching staff, each well known for his or her area of expertise. Our directors believe we must always be in the mindset of the student, so our in-residence training staff spends much of their “free” time attending workshops and training in order to keep the program up to date on the latest and greatest concepts of learning.  Our goal is to connect you with radiating points of influence to ignite the fire of learning, adding depth to your teaching practice.