Our Staff, Mentors, and Guest Lecturers

Our Staff, Mentors, and Guest Lecturers

Janice George, LISW, E-RYT 500, Director
Janice has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has taught yoga for 18 years. As one of the founders of Center for Wholeness, a non-profit organization, Janice has completed training not only at Kripalu and with Integrative Yoga Therapy in the Professional Yoga Therapist Program, she has also studied other schools of hatha yoga as well as other branches of yoga. Her teachers include Todd Norian, Stephen Cope, Mary Lou Weprin, Joseph LePage, Richard Miller, PhD., and Vijay Jain, M.D. Additionally, she is trained in Ayurveda and Polarity Therapy. Since 2000, she has facilitated a 200-hour Yoga Alliance-approved training program, and in 2005 she began offering an advanced 500-hour Yoga Alliance-approved therapeutic yoga program entitled ShivaShakti Synthesis; in 2014 the ShivaShakti Synthesis, LLC partners renamed the program the Samyoga Institute.

Connie Phillips, E-RYT 500, Executive Editor
Connie’s personal yoga practice began in 2000 with the goal of alleviating stress and lower back pain. Since then, she has practiced and taught various forms of hatha yoga, and in 2006, she completed the Integrative Yoga Therapy program with Janice George. Connie enjoys teaching yoga to small and large groups in Central Ohio, helping them understand that through the physical body and alignment, they can find deeper connections to their breath, energy, emotions, wisdom, and ultimately, their highest Self. It is Connie’s goal to help people of all ages and abilities understand the benefits of practicing yoga on and off the mat.

Emily Wright Arnold, RYT500 LMT, BA, NMT Program Director Level II
With over twenty years’ experience in providing healing therapies, Emily specializes in self care and stress management, and providing education to her clients about honoring the parasympathetic system, thereby empowering them to aid in their own healing process.

A graduate of the Ohio State University, she found her true calling and passion in healing touch and in supporting the students who would become support for others. She feels grateful to have been trained in Alignment and Neuromuscular Therapy with Doug Nelson, CranioSacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute, Myofascial Release with John Barnes, Lymph Drainage Therapy with Bruno Chikil. Her yoga studies include iRest Yoga Nidra with Dr Richard Miller, Anne Douglas, and Stephanie Lopez, Bhanda Yoga with Dr. Ray Long, and the amazing staff at the SamYoga Institute, Janice George, Barbara Newell, Julia McSheffery, Angela Nicelossli and others. She feels that her massage career, 200h YTT and 500h YTT with the Samyoga Institute and her continuing education with the iRest Institute have been the culmination of all the things she knows to be true about health and wellness, addressing the body, mind, and spirit.

Emily continues to teach self-care including education on alignment (still and in motion), awareness, breath, and meditation through massage and yoga therapies. She provides both clients and students with a greater understanding of anatomy through clear and simple explanation of underlying concepts.

Sat Puran (Carla) Fox – E-RYT500 – Program Director Level I, Mentor, Teaching Staff
Sat Puran became a kundalini yoga and meditation teacher when she was ready to start serving the needs of others. She did her 200 hour training, Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, at Yoga West in Vancouver, BC, under the guidance of Guru Raj Kaur Khalsa and other teachers. That piece of her journey expanded to specializing in prenatal/postpartum yoga completing Conscious Pregnancy teacher training with Tarn Taran Kaur Khalsa in New Mexico. After that training, Sat Puran became a DONA trained doula with Sunday Tortelli in Cleveland, OH. She has also delved into the advanced modules of Kundalini with Stress and Vitality and, because of her love for chanting, practices Bhakti yoga.

The Columbus community has offered Sat Puran numerous opportunities to teach kundalini, chair yoga for seniors, prenatal yoga and restorative yoga for a wide population.

Sat Puran completed the Samyoga Institute’s 500 hour program in yoga and yoga therapy with Janice George, Julia McSheffery, Barbara Newell and a host of other teachers. Her training has guided her to a passion for meditation and study of yogic history and philosophy. Currently, Carla is obtaining her certification as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. She has/has had the honor of training with Dr. Vijay Jain, Dr. Shekar Annambhotla, Ann Douglas, Dr. Ray Long, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Guru Dev Singh Khalsa among other amazing and humbling guides.

Since 2011, Sat Puran has also been working as a transitional fitness trainer with an emphasis on Biomechanics, which applies directly to understanding and conveying understanding of asana.

Sat Puran believes everyone has the right to feel whole. As it turns out, feeling whole is an ongoing, dynamic journey with infinite paths available, and she feels Samyoga Institute’s programs offer the structure and guidance to explore that for oneself and to learn to facilitate it for others.

Chris Pritchard – RYT 200
Chris Pritchard is an RYT 200, and graduated from the Samyoga 200 Hour YTT (at the time ShivaShakti Synthesis) in June of 2013. He path to yoga came through the practice of meditation, and is the prominent aspect of his personal practice. His emphasis is on the philosophy behind yoga, mainly the exploration of consciousness through the practice of meditation. His further training has included Satyananda Yoga Nidra™, and he is currently pursuing his M.A. in yogic meditation and psychology. Chris’ aim is to increase the awareness of yoga as a system of personal, and psychological transformation, and empowerment, in the greater population.

Vijay Jain, MD, Consultant
Dr. Vijay Jain brings more than 40 years of experience in General Surgery and 18 years of focused study of integrative medicine to his work with Amrit Yoga Institute. His intention is to integrate traditional/Western medicine with ancient Indian medicine and well-tried systems of healing from different cultures. Dr. Jain graduated from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, a prestigious medical school in India in 1969. After finishing his Masters in General Surgery, he migrated to USA in 1974 to pursue excellence in Surgery. He started a private practice in General and Laparoscopic abdominal Surgery after finishing his residency in 1978. Following a successful practice in Surgery, he studied the Science of Ayurveda and Panchakarma from 1998-2002. He has studied mind/body medicine with Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD, Yoga Therapy from Vivekananda Research Center in Bangalore, India, courses in Ayurvedic medicine with Dr. Sunil Joshi, MD (Ayurvedic) in Nagpur, India and courses in Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil in Tucson, AZ. He has studied Ayurveda and Panchakarma with Dr. Prerak Shah , MD (Ayurvedic) in Ahmadabad.

Dr. Jain lectures on Ayurvedic Principles and Practices, and how to create Optimal Health. Recently, he has become interested in the science of graceful aging as it relates to Ayurveda and its signature therapies of Panchakarma. Dr. Jain is the Medical Director of Amrit Ayurveda for Total Wellbeing in Salt Springs, Florida. To contact by email: gafy123@gmail.com or by phone: 270-566-1073

Mary Sinclair, LMT, RYT 500, Guest Lecturer
Mary Sinclair has studied with various local and nationally recognized teachers. She began her journey in 1997 while studying with Janice George and Racquel Graham. After obtaining a 200-hour Hatha yoga certification from Yoga on High in Columbus, OH, she went on to complete a certification in prenatal yoga from the Seattle Holistic Center in Seattle, Washington. In 2002, Mary came under the tutelage of Jean Couch, founder of the Balance Center in Palo Alto, California. She has since completed her certification in Balance, a system that explores the biomechanics of weight distribution in the body, and incorporates it into her every day life, practice and teaching. In 2007, Mary acquired a 500-hour certification in a therapeutic approach to yoga through the Samyoga Institute/SSS, LLC program in Columbus, OH. Mary presents a portion of the Balance program to the 200-hour and 500-hour teacher training program each year. In addition, Mary has studied Polarity Therapy at the Columbus Polarity Therapy Center with Suzanne Roberts and is a second degree Reiki practitioner. She currently teaches and heads the Balance and prenatal yoga programs at Yoga on High.

Suzanne Roberts, Guest Lecturer
Suzanne Roberts has a private practice in Grandview, Ohio. Her work is based on an energy system designed to support health and well-being through inner awakening. Beginning with Polarity Therapy studies in 1974, Suzanne began teaching Polarity in 1977. She has additional training in the Gestalt and Craniosacral Techniques, massage, aromatherapy, herbs, creative movement, dance, and Bach flowers. As a trained monitrice, Suzanne provides prenatal and postnatal care as well as birth support for families.

Richard Miller, PhD, Guest Lecturer
Richard’s teachings come out of his direct experience of living truth as echoed in the timeless teachings of non-dualism found in Advaita, Zen and Chan. He is recognized as a leader in the field of non-dualism, honored by Yoga Journal and featured in American Yoga and Will Yoga and Meditation Really Change My Life? Richard is the founder and director of the non-profit Center of Timeless Being, co-founder and co-president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology, and co-founder of The International Association of Yoga Therapy. Richard is the author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga as well as numerous articles including “Welcoming All That Is,” in The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy.

Anne Douglas, Guest Lecturer
Anne Douglas has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 30 years. She has a thriving yoga therapy practice in Banff, Alberta; has co-taught with Richard Miller, PhD; and offers yoga and iRest-Yoga Nidra trainings. Anne’s boundless enthusiasm for this work, depth of wisdom, compassion and gentle humor create fertile ground for inspired learning.

Ray Long, MD FRCSC, Guest Lecturer
Ray Long, MD FRCSC is a board certified orthopedic surgeon, author of “The Key Muscles of Yoga”, “The Key Poses of Yoga” & the “Yoga Mat Companion” series, and the founder of Bandha Yoga. Ray graduated from The University of Michigan Medical School with post-graduate training at Cornell University, McGill University, The University of Montreal and Florida Orthopedic Institute. He has studied hatha yoga for over twenty years, training extensively with B.K.S. Iyengar and other leading yoga masters.

Samyoga Institute Mentors
Students in the Samyoga Institute programs are mentored throughout their education by hand-chosen graduates of the Samyoga Institute teacher training programs.