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We're a group of people passionate about making the healing benefits of yoga more widely known. We've felt the difference yoga can make in our own lives, and feel that much suffering and disease could be avoided if people simply learned to take better care of their bodies. Yoga has much to offer; a regular yoga practice doesn't just make you fit, it gradually transforms mind and body by creating greater and integration and depth at all levels of our being.
Our Writers and Principals
Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D., E-RYT 200, RYT 500, LMT, Co-Founder - Eva Norlyk Smith is a writer, yoga therapist, and body worker with a lifelong passion for yoga and meditation. She started her yoga training in Kripalu Yoga, and has since studied Anusara Yoga, Integrative Yoga Therapy, and has been further enriched with her ongoing studies with some of the leading yoga teachers in the country. Together with her husband, body worker and Anusara-inspired yoga teacher Terry Smith RYT 200, she is the founder of the Healthy Back, Healthy Body program.
Robin Silverman - Although relatively new to the world of yoga, Robin is a long time meditator with an interest in all things spiritual. She has been organizing her family (hubby and three children) and various non-profit organizations for many years and now brings these organizational skills to YogaUOnline to help keep things running smoothly, working with our teachers to set up programs, overseeing our customer service and anything else that needs detailed attention.
Malinda Gosvig Rees, M.A., M.F.A - Malinda is a writer, content editor and assistant marketing manager for YogaUOnline. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. in Education from Maharishi University of Management. Although she's practiced meditation from a young age, she only recently took up yoga, which she has found immensely helpful in combating the side effects of sitting at a desk.
Patti Hamilton - Patti came to YogaUOnline by way of her passion for yoga. She came to yoga a little later in life, but thoroughly embraced the practice and became a yoga teacher in 2010, studying with the amazing Sarah Bell, from Yoga Works in NYC. Patti learned organization and people skills through a 25 year long real estate career and as a single mom, raising delightful daughter Chloe, who now resides in Chicago. A 35 year Fairfield Iowa resident and meditation practitioner, she has now relocated back to Ohio to help raise her niece, Addison. Patti coordinates all our video shoots for our video channel and she also works with our writers to bring you the latest yoga and meditation research and wellness news.
Charlotte Bell, Editor - Charlotte began practicing yoga in 1982 and began teaching in 1986. She was certified by B.K.S. Iyengar in 1989 following a trip to Pune. In 1986, she began practicing Insight Meditation with her mentors Pujari and Abhilasha Keays. Her asana classes blend mindfulness with physical movement. Charlotte writes a column for Catalyst Magazine, and is the author of two books:Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life and Yoga for Meditators, both published by Rodmell Press. She also edits Hugger Mugger Yoga Products¹ blog and is a founding board member for GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved populations. A lifelong musician, she plays oboe and English horn in the Salt Lake Symphony and the folk sextet Red Rock Rondo whose 2010 PBS music special won two Emmys.
Lynn Crimando, MA, is a yoga teacher, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, board-certified Health and Wellness Coach, and Buteyko Practitioner. She serves as the teaching mentor for YogaUOnline's Wellness Educator Program. In addition to her private yoga therapy and health coaching practice, Lynn is the Co-Director of the 800-hour, IAYT-accredited Yoga Therapist training of the Yoga Nanda Long Island Institute of Yoga Therapy in Garden City, NY, and oversees the Rutgers Presbyterian Church Adult Wellness Initiative in New York City. Lynn also teaches adaptive chair yoga classes throughout the city on behalf of Health Advocates for Older People. To learn more about Lynn, visit her website: yogalynn.com.
Aliyah Warwick brings her background in office management and educational support to her role as a course content editor for YogaUOnline. In her experiences as an assistant Montessori preschool teacher and a coach for Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa, she was inspired by the power of exercise to enrich lives. Aliyah loves learning about and promoting holistic health through her work at YogaU and also enjoys beginning yoga practices, West Coast Swing dance, and puppetry.
Suzannah Schindler received her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College, and her background in education and project management are utilized in her roles at YogaU in customer support, content editing and marketing assistance. While new to yoga, Suzannah has always been passionate about health and wellness; she has been practicing meditation her whole life and her very first job in high school was waitressing at an Ayurvedic Spa. The valuable resourses YogaU provides have inspired her to practice yoga regularly and develop her practice over time.
Katherine Vigmostad - It was in a gymnastics class at age 3 where her passion for physicality and athleticism first took root; quickly progressing to a full-blown obsession. At age 7 Kate switched to ballet class, and studied dance in many forms throughout grade school, college, and graduate school. In college, Kate became interested in somatic dance forms, such as the Axis Syllabus, Feldenkrais, and Body-Mind Centering. Kate spent many years studying with the Axis Syllabus community, following and studying with various teachers throughout the United States and Europe. In 2008, Kate began her M.F.A. in Dance at the University of Iowa, where she was awarded the prestigious Iowa Arts Fellowship, along with a teaching position. After graduating from Iowa in 2010, Kate moved to San Francisco where she danced and taught dance professionally and was deeply immersed in the world of Yoga. Kate earned her 200-hour RYT certificate from Yoga Tree in 2012, where she was fortunate enough to learn from master yoga teachers such as Judith Hanson-Lasater, Chrisandra Fox-Walker, Darren Main, Dina Amsterdam, and many more. In 2016 Kate became a mother to an amazing son, Will, and they now live together in Iowa, where she teaches yoga courses at The University of Iowa. Kate Vigmostad contributes as a writer and is a digital media and project manager for YogaUOnline.
We're always looking for new writers and yoga therapists to join our team. If you're interested, send us a note: firstname.lastname@example.org.