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We're a group of people passionate about making the healing benefits of yoga more widely known. We've felt the difference yoga can make in our own lives, and feel that much suffering and disease could be avoided if people simply learned to take better care of their bodies. Yoga has much to offer; a regular yoga practice doesn't just make you fit, it gradually transforms mind and body by creating greater and integration and depth at all levels of our being.
Our Writers and Principals
Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D., E-RYT 200, RYT 500, LMT, Co-Founder - Eva Norlyk Smith is a writer, yoga therapist, and body worker with a lifelong passion for yoga and meditation. She started her yoga training in Kripalu Yoga, and has since studied Anusara Yoga, Integrative Yoga Therapy, and has been further enriched with her ongoing studies with some of the leading yoga teachers in the country. Together with her husband, body worker and Anusara-inspired yoga teacher Terry Smith RYT 200, she is the founder of the Healthy Back, Healthy Body program.
Robin Silverman, Office Manager - Although relatively new to the world of yoga, Robin is a long time meditator with an interest in all things spiritual. She has been organizing her family (hubby and three children) and various non-profit organizations for many years and now brings these organizational skills to YogaUOnline to help keep things running smoothly, working with our teachers to set up programs, overseeing our customer service and anything else that needs detailed attention.
Malinda Gosvig Rees - Malinda is a writer, content editor and assistant marketing manager for YogaUOnline. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. in Education from Maharishi University of Management. Although she's practiced meditation from a young age, she only recently took up yoga, which she has found immensely helpful in combating the side effects of sitting at a desk.
Patti Hamilton - Patti came to YogaUOnline by way of her passion for yoga. She came to yoga a little later in life, but thoroughly embraced the practice and became a yoga teacher in 2010, studying with the amazing Sarah Bell, from Yoga Works in NYC. Patti learned organization and people skills through a 25 year long real estate career and as a single mom, raising delightful daughter Chloe, who now resides in Chicago. A 35 year Fairfield Iowa resident and meditation practitioner, she has now relocated back to Ohio to help raise her niece, Addison. Patti coordinates all our video shoots for our video channel and she also works with our writers to bring you the latest yoga and meditation research and wellness news.
Charlotte Bell, Editor - Charlotte began practicing yoga in 1982 and began teaching in 1986. She was certified by B.K.S. Iyengar in 1989 following a trip to Pune. In 1986, she began practicing Insight Meditation with her mentors Pujari and Abhilasha Keays. Her asana classes blend mindfulness with physical movement. Charlotte writes a column for Catalyst Magazine, and is the author of two books:Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life and Yoga for Meditators, both published by Rodmell Press. She also edits Hugger Mugger Yoga Products¹ blog and is a founding board member for GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved populations. A lifelong musician, she plays oboe and English horn in the Salt Lake Symphony and the folk sextet Red Rock Rondo whose 2010 PBS music special won two Emmys.
Somaya Bounouar, Videographer - Originally from Québec City, Somaya received a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts from San Francisco State University where she graduated with honors. She also holds an Associate of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Pasadena City College. Somaya is well versed in many aspects of video production but her main area of expertise is editing. She previously was a full time editor at Promotional Art Videos in Fairfield, Iowa and while in college she was a television production intern for KQED, the PBS affiliate for Northern California.
We're always looking for new writers and yoga therapists to join our team. If you're interested, send us a note: firstname.lastname@example.org.