Yogis in Service Teacher Training Faculty
The Yogis in Service Teacher Training (YISTT) Program is trauma-informed, community-focused program. The YISTT complements other training programs addressing key issues that present when teaching yoga across communities within which yoga access may be lower. Our faculty reflect expertise in yoga, anatomy, philosophy, trauma and self-regulation research, and yoga accessibility.
Catherine Cook-Cottone, Ph.D., is founder and president of Yogis in Service. She is also a Licensed Psychologist, Registered Yoga Teacher, and Associate Professor at SUNY at Buffalo. Her research specializes in embodied self-regulation (i.e., yoga, mindfulness, and self-care) and psychosocial disorders (e.g., eating disorders, trauma-related disorder). She has written four books and over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her most recent book is tilted, Mindfulness and yoga for self-regulation: A primer for mental health professionals. Presenting nationally and internationally, Catherine uses her model of embodied self-regulation to structure discussions on empirical work and practical applications. She teaches classes on mindful therapy, yoga for health and healing, self-care, history of psychology, and counseling with children and adolescents. She also maintains a private practice, specializing in the treatment of anxiety-based disorders (e.g., PTSD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder), eating disorders (including other disorders of self-care), and development of emotional regulation skills. Link to Catherine Cook-Cottone’s UB Faculty Page
Kathleen Englehardt. With each chapter of life, Kathleen’s practice has evolved and transformed to support her life. From the post-college-disciplinary days of ashtanga to restful, gentle prenatal practices to simply closing eyes and placing hands to heart in gratitude, yoga continues to enrich Kathleen’s well-being.
The adaptability of yoga–namely, the sweet and continuous dialogue between life and practice–sculpts Kathleen’s explorations on the mat and her unique teaching style. Kathleen’s classes emphasize observation, attention to detail, curiosity and playfulness to discover and nurture connections within the physical and energetic bodies. Kathleen believes that the asanas are the details within an enormously expansive bigger picture. Yet, when broken down into the sum of their parts and explored from every angle, asanas offer us insight into our personal processes, our deeply ingrained habits and ultimately can pave the path toward personal growth. Kathleen is a co-founder of Love in Motion Yoga in Buffalo, New York and a proud Ambassador for Lululemon. Beyond yoga, Kathleen is currently a student in a Doctor of Physical Therapy at D’youville College, a mama to her two little kids and an avid student of any and all movement.
Leslie Rothschild is both a YIS teacher and a YISTT Trainer. Iin her own words. “When people find out that I am a yoga teacher,
I get some really interesting questions. Do I have to be a vegetarian to practice yoga? What if I can’t touch my toes? Isn’t yoga a religion? My answer to any of these types of questions comes from Mark Whitwell’s Heart of Yoga book. All you need to practice yoga is your body, breath and a few good friends. We all have exactly what we need to practice and live full yogic lives. We have these amazing bodies that are nourished and cared for through the beautiful movement of asanas (poses). We have our breath to remind us about one of the most basic lessons we are taught as children – sharing. With each inhale we take in just what we need while each exhale gives back to others. We have our few good friends to teach us about grace, compassion and love. These inspirations are what have guided me through life on and off the mat. See that’s the real beauty of Mark Whitwell’s message. What we learn in practice expands way beyond the mat- it’s weaves into our lives. I am so grateful for the lessons I have learned and continue to learn from yoga.”