Molly Lannon Kenny

Molly Lannon Kenny is a writer, teacher and therapist, who has spent over thirty years dedicating herself to individual transformation and radical social change. She was the founder of the Samarya Center, the northwest’s first non-profit yoga center devoted to social justice, equity and radical inclusion where she served as spiritual director and visionary for over 15 years. She has been published extensively and is the author of an essay collection called “No Gurus Came Knocking,” focusing on yoga, spirituality and everyday life. She is past Vice President of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and has served on the board of Yoga Service Council.

In August 2019, she graduated from the Living School, a two-year program through the Center for Action and Contemplation focusing on Christian mysticism, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Theology. Molly lives full time in Mexico where she leads annual training retreats in Bedside Yoga – Yoga and End of Life Care – both in person and online.


Denyse LeFever, MBA, C-IAYT

Denyse is a certified Yoga Therapist and holds a certificate for 1000 Hours of Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Teacher Training. She is also certified in iRest® and I AM™ Yoga Nidra. Additionally, she holds certifications in Chair Yoga and Chair Yoga Dance through Sherry Zak Morris, Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors at Duke IM, Yoga of the Heart and Cancer through Nischala Joy Devi and ARPF’s Brain Longevity Training Program.

In 2020, Denyse took her yoga teaching online and has been teaching chair yoga, chair yoga dance, restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra classes on Zoom to a global community across the US and Europe. In 2022, Denyse was invited to offer weekly Bedside Yoga Therapy to cancer patients admitted to Inova Fairfax Hospital and to outpatients undergoing chemotherapy at Inova Schar Cancer Institute. Through Inova’s Life with Cancer Program, cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, and hospital employees have enjoyed an occasional chair yoga dance with Denyse. She also serves on the Yoga Special Interest Group for the Society of Integrative Oncology.


Kristy Manuel, MS, C-IAYT

Kristy, a certified yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists, is the Director of YogaFit HealthCare (Yoga Therapy) Program and Senior Master Trainer. She is based in Southern California and teaches both group yoga classes and Individual therapeutically-oriented yoga sessions guiding people toward balance both on and off the mat. Her background and experience in both exercise science and traditional yoga enable her to design safe and effective yoga programming for all levels of clients. She

Kristy, a 35-year veteran of the fitness industry in many roles including yoga therapist, yoga teacher/therapist master trainer, yoga instructor, presenter, retreat facilitator, club management, and personal trainer. She found her passion in yoga taking her first vinyasa class in 2001.


Charlene Marie Muhammad, MS, CNS, LD, E-RYT500, C-IAYT

Charlene Marie Muhammad, a wellness practitioner, practicing yoga for over 30 years is a E-RYT500 yoga teacher. Since 2006, Charlene teaches weekly yoga classes for communities of color and facilitates YTT 200- and 300-hour core requirements workshops for YTT schools around the United States. She was the yoga interventionist for the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease clinical study Yoga as Self-Care for Arthritis in Minority Communities (NCT01617421). The study assessed the feasibility and acceptability of providing yoga to an urban, minority population with arthritis. Charlene has presented workshops and lectures at local, regional, national, and most recently international venues such as the keynote: Health equity and access to care: yoga’s important role in healing for the Global Yoga Therapy Day Conference (2021).

Charlene holds a Master of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) and is a licensed dietitian and certified yoga therapist. She is a member of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance (BYTA) Board of Directors, served as chair for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force for the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), and provides mentorship for the Yoga for Arthritis teacher certification program and the Certified Nutrition Specialist certification program.


Donna Noble, Msc

Donna lives in London, UK. She is the founder of Curvesomeyoga. She has been a yoga practitioner since the late 1990s and became a certified Yoga Teacher in 2011.

Donna has a MSc in Computing and Information Technology from Greenwich University.  She is also a Certified NLP Master Practitioner and worked in the corporate industry for 20+ years before changing careers.

Donna has a passion for greater Diversity & Inclusion for everyone, so her work also involves coaching and training in this area. She also has a strong interest in yoga as a rehabilitation tool for individuals with neurological disorders.

Her debut book Teaching Body Positive Yoga was published by Singing Dragon Books in 2022 and she contributed a chapter to the book Forgiveness is the Hardest Thing!, also published in 2022.


Marilyn Peppers-Citizen, PhD, MS, MBA, C-IAYT

Dr. Peppers-Citizen uses a balanced and integrative approach to support and mentor individuals on their journeys of aging well. She is a certified yoga therapist and national board-certified health and wellness coach. She started studying holistic health and wellness and embraced the practice of yoga 26 years ago. She has taught accessible fitness, yoga, and meditation to various communities and to veterans afd their families and caregivers.

Marilyn has more than 35 years of military and business leadership experience in various senior-level capacities. She is a retired Air Force Colonel, holds a Ph.D. in public policy, and is experienced in strategic planning, international and interagency collaboration, and logistics planning and integration. She currently serves on the boards of directors for the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance and the Integrative Rest Institute (iRest®) and is on the faculty of the Maryland University of Integrative Health Master of Science in Yoga Therapy program.


Kristine Kaoverii Weber, MA, c-IAYT, eRYT500

Kristine has been an avid student of yoga since 1989, teaching yoga since 1995, and training yoga teachers since 2003. She is the director of the Subtle® Yoga Teacher Training for Behavioral Health Professionals program at the University of North Carolina Health Sciences at MAHEC in Asheville and the yoga therapy representative of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium where she advocates for the integration of yoga into the healthcare system.

Kristine presents workshops and trainings internationally and is frequently invited to present at health care and mental health conferences. She is the author of Healing Self Massage and has published numerous articles. Her work has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Yoga Therapy Today, YogaU, Redbook, BodySense, Women’s World, Natural Health, and Lifetime TV.


Sherry Zak Morris

Sherry is an internationally-known yoga & wellness expert and leader in the 50+ wellness market. Featured in the Costco Connection for wellness innovation for her online Yoga and Health Education videos, she is a recognized online global yoga blogger and video producer.

Sherry is a versatile business leader, passionate about Actively Aging. As a seasoned wellness entrepreneur, she is the CEO and Founder of YogaVista.TV, an internationally-recognized brand of Yoga and Wellness DVDs and streaming online Yoga videos for the 50+ market, as well as the Co-Founder of Yoga Vista Academy, offering CEU workshops, online training and Teacher Certification Programs in the niche area of Gentle, Senior and Chair Yoga.


Eating From Our Roots for Brain Power

July 18th, 2024 • 4 pm PT / 7 pm ET

Duration: 60 minutes

Speaker: Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN