Amy Wheeler, guest instructor
Amy has studied Yoga and Yoga Therapy in India, Europe and the United States. During the past 18 years, Amy studied extensively in the T. Krishnamacharya Tradition. On numerous extended trips, she studied at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) in Chennai, India. Amy has been certified as a Yoga Teacher, Yoga Teacher Trainer and Yoga Therapist Trainer in this tradition, and has completed 2 comprehensive yoga therapy internships at the KYM. Prior to this, Amy completed teacher training certifications in several internationally popular styles of Yoga and Yoga Therapy.
Amy is President of the Board of Directors to the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Prior to this, Amy had served on the Board of Directors as Secretary for IAYT for 3 years. Additionally, she helped to develop and define standards for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapists in the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).
Amy is the CEO and founder the Optimal State™ & the Optimal State™ 865 Certified Yoga Therapist Program. She trains yoga teachers and yoga therapists at the 200, 300, 500, 800 and 1000-hour levels. Amy has authored 14 training manuals, 7 children's books, 3 books of poetry and also 865-hours of curriculum for the Optimal State of Living programs. She and her husband, George Mantoan, have created hundreds of hours of audio and video courses for health and healing that can be found on . Amy and George are currently working on a mobile App that they hope will change the future of mental health on a worldwide scale. Stay tuned for this revolutionary mobile App!
Arun Deva, guest instructor
Arun Deva, DASc, AYT, E-RYT(500), YTRx is a graduate of the American Institute Of Ayurveda; an Ayur*yoga Therapist and a Vinyasa Krama certified yoga teacher.
The founder of Arunachala Yoga & Ayurveda, Arun has the pleasure of serving both the National & State Ayurvedic Associations: NAMA & CAAM. Currently he heads NAMA’s Committee on creating Standards for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapists.
Arun teaches internationally, lectures at conferences, writes articles for different publications, has been featured on both radio and television, and has a clinic for consultations and various treatments including panchakarma and yoga therapy in Los Angeles/West Hollywood. He also teaches the Ayurveda and Yoga modules for many Teacher Training Programs around the world and is Director of Ayurveda at LMU’s YTRx Program.
Jenelle Carberry, guest instructor
Jenelle Carberry has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching since 2002. She began her yoga teaching career working with youth in the public schools, and has since worked with students of all ages and abilities. She has taught in studios, private homes, corporate offices, parks, colleges, gyms, community centers in Idaho, Colorado, and California. She has studied many different styles of yoga and incorporates them in her classes. Her classes are a nice balance between strength and softness. Expect to breath, move, stretch, strengthen, open, rest and ultimately drop into your calm center in meditation. Currently, Jenelle is living in Boise, ID and is leading her students into deeper levels of vitality with her holistic health coaching programs that include integrating the habits of yogis into your daily life. She can be reached at
Josh Borella, guest instructor
Back pain brought Josh crawling to his first yoga class in the early 90’s. The physical relief was sweet but he was even more amazed by how relaxed, yet intensely present and whole it made him feel. Since that time, Josh has immersed himself in all facets of the yoga practice, being especially grateful for yoga’s ability to ground you profoundly in the currents of daily life.
In 2006, Josh received certification in the Anusara Yoga method. Currently, he is registered with Yoga Alliance (as 500-RYT). Josh’s classes are best described as fun, alignment based, up-tempo, and spiritually inspiring. The primary aim for each of his classes is to draw students deeply into the wild and empowering experience of being human and the recognition that we share so much in this wonderful journey together.
Melissa Adylia Calasanz, guest instructor
Melissa Adylia Calasanz is an IAYT-Certified Yoga Therapist and Movement Educator specializing in the care and prevention of injuries; with a special interest in helping people who are navigating life with stress, chronic pain, and discomforts associated with arthritis and pelvic floor dysfunction.In 2018, Melissa created (and continues to teach) a 12-Week Yoga Therapeutics for Chronic Back Pain program, and is teaching Yoga for Physicians Wellness, at Kaiser Permanente, Downey, CA.In addition to her work with Kaiser Permanente, Melissa enjoys teaching public Therapeutic Inspired Gentle Yoga Classes and Workshops to diverse groups, including people with chronic pain, cancer, arthritis, stress, insomnia, back injuries, total joint replacements, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Compassionate Self-Care classes for patient’s and caregivers.It’s Melissa's passion to help clients to become their best health care advocate by facilitating open lines of communication with their mind, body, spirit, breath, and intention. She encourages people to nurture their inner wisdom, lending to a better mind/body relationship, and improving relationships with friends, coworkers, and loved ones, as well as a person’s integrative health and wellness team.