DIRECTOR OF TEACHER TRAINING
Joanna Cashman RN, LMT, MFA, E-RYT
Joanna is a health promotion specialist, registered nurse,
licensed massage therapist, certified Integrative Yoga Therapist
and founder of the Radiant Health Yoga teacher training program.
She is listed in Who’s Who in American Nursing for the therapeutic
use of yoga and the expressive arts in the clinical setting for the
treatment of mental health and chemical dependency disorders. Joanna is an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT) with the National Yoga Alliance (500Hr.). Her yoga background includes study of Integrative Yoga Therapy, Iyengar, Kripalu and Anusara styles. She is a graduate of the Donna Fahri Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program. She is a certified teacher of the Bill Evans Method: A Laban/Bartenieff Approach to Dance. Joanna has studied the neurodevelopmental movement therapy work of Irmgard Bartenieff, Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, Judith Bluestone, Francis Scott and Paul Dennison. Her study of other bodymind therapies includes Ideokinesis with Pam Matt, Bartenieff Fundamentals with Isa Bergheson, Bill Evans and Doranne Grable, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement with Mark Reese, Bio-Energetics with Don Eckerstrom, Skinner Releasing Technique with Joan Skinner and Dance/Movement Therapy with numerous teachers. She is a graduate of the Body Mechanics School of Myotherapy and Massage, based in Olympia, WA. At the core of her approach to massage and yoga is compassion expressed through a thoughtful, intelligent blend of musculoskeletal bodywork and energy meridian balancing. This approach honors bodymind fusion and the interrelatedness of our muscles, organs, glands and energy meridian support systems. She has found that the wisdom of Eastern and Western healing modalities complement each other beautifully to support holistic health and personal transformation.
In 1993 she founded Wild Grace Arts, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization as a vehicle for her therapeutic and creative work. She directed the WGA Center for Yoga & Dance till 2012 when she passed on ownership to new management and re-named her business entity "Radiant Health Wellness."
Joanna’s background also includes a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Arizona State University where she studied kinesiology, bio-mechanical analysis of movement, dance therapy, choreography and performance. She danced with numerous regional companies and her creative work has been supported by grants from the NEA, Arizona Humanities Council, Southwest Dance Association, Arizona State University, Bellingham Arts Council and the Soviet Youth Committee. in 1987 she co-directed an Arts for Peace tour performing with American and Soviet artists in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev. In 1988 she produced an American/Soviet Concert of Contemporary Dance while in residence at Shevchenko University in Kiev, Ukraine. She received the Bellingham Mayors Art Award in 1993. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Fairhaven College, Pima Community College, Whatcom Community College and was a faculty member at Lesley University, Evergreen State College and Harmony Hill Retreat Center. Committed to promoting health, for over 30 years her supportive, playful teaching style has empowered people of all ages to access their creative and healing instincts by exploring deeper layers of the self and developing self care practices that promote optimal health for body, mind & spirit.
Joanna’s journey on the path of yoga practice has been eclectic and integrative. By weaving the many threads of her diverse background as artist, educator and health practitioner into a strong, healing practice, she has evolved an approach that is rich in imagery, nurturing of spirit and based on sound kinesiological principles. She calls this practice "Radiant Health Yoga," a holistic health practice that blends the ancient teachings of hatha yoga with contemporary bodymind science. Her enthusiasm is fueled by her personal experience of how yoga has transformed her own life, on every level, for the better. Her friends have nicked named her "Our Lady of Perperual Motion" for her commitment to sharing the joy of movement.
Libby Cox is an E-RYT 500, a mother of twin boys, an educator and a dedicated student of the body. With degrees in art, dance and education, a 19-year yoga practice, and a penchant for storytelling, Libby’s teaching approach is compassionate, and witty.
Teaching yoga since 2004, Libby has served on faculty in yoga teacher training programs in the US and abroad since 2010, drawing upon her studies from numerous styles of yoga and teaching approaches in order to meet the needs of yoga students and aspiring teachers alike. Most notable are Libby’s studies with Patty Townsend, Judith Lasater, and Douglas Brooks.
Townsend developed ‘Embodyoga’, an approach to movement steeped in anatomy-driven, developmental movement principles of Body Mind Centering (BMC). Libby uses these principles to help students discover and release underlying causes of dysfunctional movement patterns. Libby’s studies with Judith Lasater have given her the skills to work individually with students on shoulder, hip and lower back health. Dr. Douglas Brooks introduced her to Rajanaka Tantra, a body of ideas that emphasize the invaluable education of everyday human experience. Libby works with students, using the vision of yoga philosophy, to help them gain perspective, presence and resilience through life’s joys and challenges. Libby recognizes that to be a knowledgeable instructor one has to understand the world of yoga as a whole and not be closed off to any yoga experience, knowledge or practice. It is through this knowledge, Libby discovered, she stays grounded in her personal practice.
This combination of studies has sustained Libby’s long time love of connecting the exploration of body-mind and breath to invigorating, well-informed creative movement. She also loves the support and inspiration that grows out of being part of a yoga community, and seeks to share her love of yoga as a philosophy that nourishes the capacity for creativity and resilience on life’s paths.
A recent transplant from Austin, TX (& Yoga Yoga) to Eugene, OR, Libby is the director of Two Birds Yoga Training, and teaches for Balanced Hot Yoga.
Sat Narayan Kaur has been a practitioner of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan for over 15 years. Kundalini Yoga has inspired her to unveil and actualize her creative human potential and strengthen her connection with creative infinity. She completed her Kundalini Yoga Level One teacher training with Deva Kaur Khalsa in Coral Springs, FL in 2010. Her approach demonstrates her commitment to clarity, consciousness, and expanded awareness. She was introduced to Kundalini Yoga in Asheville, North Carolina where, after a class, a sparkling gem within was beamed awake and she knew it was the beginning of a sweet love affair with deep truth, expanded awareness, and an amplified, kind hearted, commitment to the voice of her soul.
Her learning and teaching journey highlights include offering Solstice gatherings in Florida and New Mexico, practicing White Tantric Yoga and studying with many revered teachers such as Guru Singh, Krishna Kaur, Gurumukh Kaur, Snatam Kaur and others. Prior to re-locating to Eugene OR in 2016, she taught yoga and Sadhana meditation weekly classes, monthly workshops and private sessions in the Miami area for many years.
Narayan is a single mother of two small children and a student of Waldorf Early Education who has facilitated Waldorf inspired nature-based outdoor parent/child programs and kindergarten programs on Miami Beach. She is also a licensed massage therapist trained in Brennan Healing Science and an eclectic rainbow of other healing art modalities. Sat Narayan feels blessed to be the mama of two young children and ecstatically enjoys dance, movement arts and song circles for healing. She integrates all of her skills beautifully to help her students anchor inward and expand outward with deep truth and conscious connection.
Jacquelyn Rose is a dedicated holistic health practitioner, passionate about empowering individuals and communities to take conscious steps towards healthier, balanced living. Her diverse personal and professional studies in Yoga, Ayurveda, and Integrative Nutrition help her students understand and embody true health - knowing it is more than a prescription or a postural correction. It includes the health of our emotional, mental, and spiritual lives, and even the health of the Earth itself. Her teachings inspire students to be the stewards of their own thriving health - and full heart!
Jacquelyn's curious and playful attitude combined with a dedication for personal growth has guided her journey since she found Yoga at the age of 17. Since moving to Eugene, she has completed a 200-hour Yoga teaching training with Phoenix Diamond of Everyday People Yoga, a 200-hour Kundalini teacher training with Joshua Param Sevak of Yoga is Unity, and continues to teach regularly at local studies, for retreats and training's as a respected and creative teacher, holding true to the transformational healing spirit of the traditions with sincere reverence and respect. She is also certified as a Holistic Health Counselor with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Jacquelyn continues to find deeper insight and peace on her journey through movement, meditation practice, nature immersions, and sharing her studies and authentic practices.
Robyn Kautz: a 200-hour CYT teacher moved to Veneta, OR in 2015 with her husband and 3 young children from Portland, OR, where she completed the Radiant Health Yoga teacher training program with Joanna Cashman.
Prior to discovering yoga, Robyn was a competitive gymnast and later a professional modern dancer, training and performing since her teens in Vancouver, Canada, Bellingham, WA, Boston, MA and Portland, OR. Robyn has also studied ballet, jazz, African, and various partner-dance styles, and happily brings this diverse physical training and body awareness to her yoga teaching. Robyn’s gentle approach to yoga blends an exploration of the basic poses of Hatha Yoga with the heart-rate-elevating flow of Vinyasa Yoga. She emphasizes 3-dimensional body alignment, easy balance, and breath-filled movement as the primary tenets of a strong and joyful yoga practice. Presently Robyn teaches yoga to ballet dancers aged 9-15 in Veneta, OR and gives private yoga lessons in the community.