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Robert Birnberg

Currently, Robert teaches private, therapeutic Yoga, presents ongoing Yoga
Sutras study groups, and trains Yoga teachers and therapists in the U.S. and
abroad. He has been on the faculty of Loyola Marymount’s Yoga Therapy
Program since its inception. Having noticed the striking parallels between the
teachings in the Yoga Sutras and Positive Psychology, he became a certified
Positive Psychology Coach.

Robert specializes in the treatment of Addiction and Relationship Coaching,
has lectured internationally, and had articles on Yoga published in various
periodicals. He has just finished a comprehensive text on the theory and
practice of Yoga, which will be published in 2017.

Robert J. Birnberg
(323) 712-1500


Kyona Beatty

After obtaining certification at California Healing Arts College in 2001, Kyona became the lead Massage Therapist at L'Ermitage Beverly Hills Spa and simultaneously launched kyTherapy ~ providing a healing touch to a wide variety of clients including artists, executives and resorts.

In 2005 Kyona began hosting Yoga events and peaceful retreats in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, and in 2009, she received her 200-hour Teacher Training Certificate from YogaWorks.

To deepen her knowledge of Yoga and Ayurveda as healing modalities, Kyona immersed herself in the Yoga Therapy Rx program at Loyola Marymount University, and private studies with Eleni Tsikrikas, and became a Certified Yoga Therapist and Ayurvedic Health Counselor.

Kyona’s vision of promoting a balanced approach to wellness also contributed to her studies in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the Holistic Cannabis Academy Practitioner programs, which helped to broaden the scope of kyTherapy by offering clients comprehensive lifestyle support.

Kyona is located in San Diego, CA and is a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists, National Ayurvedic Medical Association, California Massage Therapy Council, American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and American Cannabis Nurses Association.

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Kathy Cass

Originally from NYC now living and working In Santa Monica, CA she feels she has been blessed with the experience of living and learning from the best of both coasts.

In 2008 while training in Yoga Therapy, she met her mentors Robert Birnberg and Eleni Tsikrikas.  They provided the perfect blend of Yoga and Ayurveda through the Krishnamacharya lineage. It felt like coming home!

In 2014, she co-wrote the curriculum “Dance For All”, a creative therapeutic dance class for those with special needs, based in the Social Emotional Arts and Yoga Philosophy.

Currently, she is on the faculty of UCLArts and Healing, El Camino College and Santa Monica College.  In addition, she is the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist at ReConnect Integrative Trauma Treatment Center and has a private practice which includes mentoring, consulting and individual sessions. She is an educator who empowers her students to connect with their inherent wellness and healing potential by “reconnecting with their true nature, through nature”.


Mary Thompson

Her teaching style is entertaining and enlightening. She has a gift for translating complex principles into easy to understand language.  Her students appreciate her humor and intellect and find her inspiring.

She is a founding board member of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and in this role supported the advancement of Ayurvedic health care in California and the founding of the National Board. 

Her writings on Ayurvedic principles have been published in magazines dedicated to Yoga and Ayurveda.  As an author she has been praised for conveying complex principles simply and facilitating understanding for the reader.

Her business, The Ayurvedic Approach, is dedicated to spreading Ayurvedic principles, supporting practitioners and developing online content, classes, and protocols to address imbalances using the tools of Ayurveda. 

Since she became an Ayurvedic teacher and practitioner, she has dedicated her life to supporting the spread of Ayurveda in the west.  She does this via her teaching in school and the webinars she offers to both the public and practitioners.  She enjoys working directly with practitioners to support them in their work with their clients. 

You may contact her at for information on upcoming classes and events.


Joy Du Pont

Realizing the effects that stress has in the modern western world and the feeling of having no control over one’s own health, Joy makes it her mission to empower her students to take back that control and get in touch with their inner wisdom. Utilizing Ayurveda, Joy guides students and clients with daily practices, self-care routines and diet recommendations.  Joy teaches students how to get back into the natural flow of living within nature’s rhythm. Joy teaches the fundamental aspects of Ayurveda to help students make informed decisions on a day to day basis.

Joy is located in Hillsboro, OR and can be contacted at

(888) 407-8819


David EAR

David grew up in Southern California where he trained in Martial Arts, Yoga and Ayurveda. He studied yoga philosophy and the Yoga Sutras in-depth. He continued his study in a private mentorship with a master teacher and completed a Yoga Wellness Coaching Course. He combines these teachings with Ayurveda to treat the whole person; from body to mind to spirit.

David’s sessions consist of teaching the foundations of Ayurveda and giving students daily practices, self-care routines and diet recommendations. From the young to the young at heart, David makes learning Ayurveda fun and easily applicable.

David is located in Hillsboro, OR and can be contacted at



Lilia Deligio

She personally experienced the benefit of yoga and fell in love with the practice.  It soon became clear she needed to share these practices with others and she started on the path to becoming a yoga teacher in 2008.  In 2012 during a teacher training she connected deeply with Yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda and saw the two modalities as a complete and natural path to proactive wellness and healthy aging and began to study Ayurveda with Eleni Tsikrikas of the Belly Mind Institute.  Ayurveda became so intertwined with Yoga both in her personal practice and her teaching practice that in 2017, she re-branded her practice to Gentle Heart Yoga & Ayurveda.

She now focuses on educating individuals on how to listen to and understand the wisdom of their bodies.  She guides them in using that knowledge to initiate and sustain changes in diet and lifestyle tailored to their unique mind/body type using the powerful and natural tools of Ayurveda and Yoga to find their individual, natural path to wellness and health.  She teaches and inspires through private, one-on-one Ayurvedic Yoga sessions as well as in small group events and workshops.  She also teaches group Yoga classes at the Integrative Medicine Department of the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center in Burbank. California.

Lilia continues to study with Eleni Tsikrikas and recently completed the Ayurvedic Health Counselor course at the Belly Mind Institute.  In 2008 she completed a 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training and in 2013 completed a 300-hr Holistic Yoga Teacher training both with Christy Marsden of Yoga Blend in Burbank, California.  

She is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), and Yoga Alliance. Lilia also has degree in Cinema/Television Production from the University of Southern California.

She has a passionate commitment to helping people find their own path to health and to creating an amazing and joyful life.

Gentle Heart Yoga & Ayurveda

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy

Phone:   818/472-3280