Teachers

Our teachers are highly advanced physical therapists, functional anatomy experts, graduate educated researchers, authors, teacher trainers and movement analysts.

Are you a yoga or fitness teacher with expertise in anatomy, alignment or biomechanics? Have an idea for a course you'd like to teach? Please contact us at mettaversity @ gmail.com.

Neil Pearson,PT, MSc, BA-BPHE, CYT, E-RYT 500

Neil is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC, and instructor for five yoga therapy training programs. Neil is the first physical therapist to win the Excellence in Inter-Professional Pain Education Award from the Canadian Pain Society. He is founding Chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division, a past Board member of Pain BC, and author of peer-reviewed articles and a book chapter on the integration of yoga and pain science.

COURSE: Realigning Yoga: New Directions in Yoga Anatomy & Movement Research

Jules Mitchell, MS ERYT500

Jules Mitchell, yoga educator, combines the tradition of yoga with her masters level of education in biomechanics to help people move better, age well, and feel supple. Her approach to asana is multi-modal and skill based, balancing the somatic (moving from within) aspects of yoga with exercise science. Jules writes on yoga biomechanics and references the exercise science literature on topics (such as stretching) where the yoga research is lacking. She is a regular contributor to yoga teacher training programs worldwide, providing yoga schools with the most current research in biomechanics, even when it invokes a discerning analysis of tradition.

Courses: Beyond Yoga Alignment, Yoga Biomechanics & Asana, Realigning Yoga

Trina Altman, E-RYT 500, PMA®-CPT

Trina is a STOTT PILATES® certified instructor, leads teacher trainings in Yoga Tune Up®, the Roll Model® Method and Rx Series for Equinox locally and internationally.

She is the creator of Pilates Deconstructed® an innovative interdisciplinary approach that fosters an embodied understanding of Pilates and its relationship to modern movement science.

Courses: Realigning Yoga

Matthew Remski, ERYT500

Matthew is trained as a yoga therapist, an Ayurvedic consultant and is the author of 8 books including “Threads of Yoga.” He facilitates programming for yoga trainings internationally, focusing on yoga philosophy, meditation, Ayurveda, and the social psychology of practice. From 2008 through 2012 he co-directed Yoga Festival Toronto and Yoga Community Toronto.

Courses: Meditation Remixed, Ayurveda for Everybody, Realigning Yoga

David Emerson, E-RYT TCTSY-F

Dave is the Founder and Director of Yoga Services for the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline Massachusetts, where he coined the term “trauma-sensitive yoga”. He was responsible for curriculum development, supervision and oversight of the yoga intervention component of the first of its kind, NIH funded study, conducted by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk to assess the utility and feasibility of yoga for adults with treatment-resistant PTSD. Mr. Emerson has developed, conducted, and supervised TSY groups for rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, residential programs for youth, military bases, survivors of terrorism, and Veterans Administration centers and clinics. In addition to co-authoring several articles on the subject of yoga and trauma, Mr. Emerson is the co-author of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga, released in 2011 by North Atlantic Books and Author of the forthcoming, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy (Norton, 2015). He leads trainings for yoga teachers and mental health clinicians in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Courses: Healing Trauma Through Yoga

Christopher Wallis PhD

Christopher Hareesh Wallis was introduced to Indian spirituality at the age of six and initiated into the practice of meditation and yoga at sixteen. His degrees include a B.A. in Religion from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley, and an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from the University of Oxford. He also pursued graduate work at U.C. Santa Barbara, and completed his Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley on the traditions of Tantrik Shaivism. He received traditional education at yoga āshrams in upstate New York and India in meditation, kirtan, mantra-science, asana, karma-yoga, and more. He currently teaches meditation, yoga darshana (philosophy), Sanskrit, chanting, and offers spiritual counseling.

Courses: Tantra Unveiled

Laurel Beversdorf, E-RYT500

Laurel is an integrated Yoga Tune Up® teacher and E-RYT500 teacher and teacher trainer for Yoga Tune Up® and YogaWorks. She teaches internationally in both English and Spanish. Vivid and straightforward instruction define Laurel's teaching style expressing yoga as a potent, down-to-earth tool to live with joyful embodiment. Laurel's classes are anatomically focused. With gusto, she shares her passion and curiosity for the nuts and bolts of human movement and the complexity and mystery of the human form. This passion for learning about the human body recently led her to take part in a week long cadaver dissection workshop with Gil Hedley of Integral Anatomy. Laurel inspires students to adventure into themselves, to smile at intensity and to possess a sense of adventure toward the unknown. Laurel writes anatomy articles for Yoga Life, Dubai, and the Yoga Tune Up® blog and has been interviewed for Sport 360 U.A.E.

Courses: Realigning Yoga

Harvey Deutch PT

Acclaimed physical therapist, yogi, and beloved teacher, Harvey Deutch, P.T. has been merging the art and science of yoga and physical therapy for over 33 years, exploring and perfecting the the nuances of each. His laser-sharp precision and keen eye for working with the physical form join his innate ability to understand and finesse the energetic body. Along with his signature humor, Harvey is well-known for taking two-dimensional anatomy off the page and making it burst alive on the mat. Harvey is the founder, owner, and senior therapist at Red Hawk Physical Therapy in San Francisco. When not healing bodies at his thriving clinic, Harvey leads sell-out workshops and retreats at The Esalen Institute and at yoga studios throughout California. He is also the senior anatomy teacher for Yoga Tree San Francisco's teacher trainings.

Courses: Realigning Yoga

Maria-Cristina Jimenez, E-RYT500

Maria Cristina Jimenez is a Certified Advanced Rolfer and a Yoga Instructor, specializing in relieving pain. In 15-plus years of teaching, she has collaborated in over 40 different Teacher Trainings nationally. She regularly teaches anatomy workshops for yoga teachers.

Sarah Court, SPT, E-RYT500

Sarah Court is an Integrated Yoga Tune Up® Teacher Trainer and IAYT Yoga Therapist. She teaches weekly Yoga Tune Up® classes in Los Angeles, teaches anatomy for yoga teacher trainings, and trains Yoga Tune Up® teachers across the country and internationally.

Sarah is a Doctoral candidate in Physical Therapy, and in this process has spent several years in both inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. She brings this significant experience to her teaching, attracting clients and students with a desire to move intelligently, regain mobility after injury, surgery or joint replacements, or manage their chronic neuromuscular or degenerative conditions.

Sarah is an award-winning graduate of Princeton University, and edited the Yoga Tune Up® blog for 5 years. She has been featured on exercise.com and The New York Times.

Courses: Realigning Yoga

Diane Bruni

Diane Bruni has been practicing yoga for 35 years, teaching students for 20 years, and training teachers for nearly two decades. Diane was the first Ashtanga yoga teacher in Canada. She co-founded the Downward Dog Yoga Centre, and hosted an internationally aired television series called Breathing Space Yoga.

Diane’s yoga journey began in 1978 while attending a yoga weekend with Yogi Bajhan. It was that powerfully formative experience that led to an in-depth study of Kundalini yoga under yogi Bajhan’s guidance. As her practice deepened, Diane developed a keen interest in the workings of subtle energies within the body. In 1980, Diane began formal studies in Eastern Healing Techniques at Toronto’s Kikkawa College of Shiatsu and Massage Therapy. She was taught by Mittsuki Kikkawa himself and graduated a certified Shiatsu therapist in 1983.

Courses: Realigning Yoga