JJ Gormley, MS, C-IAYT, CN, E-RYT 500, RPYT, RCYT

SCHYS Executive Director | Curriculum Designer | Program Coordinator | Program Director

JJ is the SCHYS Executive Director of the training programs, acts as the main curriculum designer, program coordinator, and program director. She is the core faculty and co-leader of all programs, dedicated to teaching more than half the curriculum at each training location. JJ received a B.S. degree in Mathematics and taught high-school math for several years. Post-graduate work led her to receiving a M.S. in Complementary Integrative Medicine and a Graduate Certificate in Nutrition (CN) (double-major). This education serves her well in her running the programs, teaching in the yoga programs, as well as in her private practice as a Nutritionist and Yoga Therapist. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), and Registered with the Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Yoga Teacher (ERYT500), Prenatal Teacher (RPYT), and Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT). She has been and continues to be a student of yoga (since 1979), teaching since 1989, and running teacher training programs since 1994. Her teacher training programs have been registered with the Yoga Alliance since 1999 and her Yoga Therapy Certificate Program with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) since 2017.

JJ has studied from some of the worlds leading teachers including TKV Desikachar and his son, Kausthub Desikachar, John Friend, Rodney Yee, Erich Schiffmann, Patricia Walden, Barbara Benagh, Donna Farhi, Richard Freeman, K.Patabhi Jois, George Purvis, Dean Lerner, Baron Baptiste, Swami Satchidananda, and many others. She has studied from many of the major yoga traditions including Integral Yoga, Kundalini, Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, and Viniyoga. She has also had the privilege with working with yoga teachers: Claire Collins, Kate Holcombe, Leslie Kaminoff, Gary Kraftscow, Richard Miller, Sonia Nelson, Larry Payne, and Amy Wheeler as the event coordinator for the Yoga Therapy Summit in 2013 and again in 2017. She has also had the pleasure of presenting at the annual yoga therapy conference called the Symposium for Yoga Therapy & Research (SYTAR) sponsored by the IAYT several times, taught an eight-week series on yoga philosophy for the Smithsonian Institute’s Resident Associate Program, has been a presenter for the Yoga As Medicine conference in Washington, DC, served on a panel on Yoga for Systemic Lupus at the National Institute for Health in Bethesda, MD, is currently serving on the IAYT’s Accreditation Committee, and is on the Advisory Board for Yoga Therapy Today magazine. She has also published many VHS and DVD recordings, a CD, multiple training manuals, co-authored Holistic Healing with Yoga Therapy, and has been featured in numerous magazines and articles. In her spare time she loves walks and hikes with her dog, Bella, knitting, gardening, and hanging out with friends who like to play cards, enjoy good food and good company.


Anand V. Bhatt, BNYS, MS, E-RYT 500

Faculty 200-Hour & 300-Hour Programs

Anand is a Naturopath, Yoga Therapist, Energy Healer and Chinese Medicine Practitioner with over 16 years experience. He completed a Doctor’s degree in Naturopathy and Yogic Science in India and has been practicing in various fields including hospitals and clinics, hotels, and spas. His Master’s degree is in Health Service Administration and he has been on faculty, worked in corporate wellness in India, Africa, British Virgin Islands, the US, and Australia where he currently lives. Anand blends assessment methods such as iridology, pulse reading, and hair analysis with therapeutics such as herbs, acupuncture, reflexology, energy balancing, nutrition, and natural supplements. He believes that the community needs to connect with each other more for enhanced healing especially with anxiety and depression on the rise. He has therefore started a Community Spirit Program to help individuals connect. He also actively participates in fundraising programs supporting cancer patients and other humanitarian causes.


Chase Bossart, MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Faculty Yoga Therapy Program

Since 1991, Chase has spent more than four years in Chennai, India studying one-on-one with Mr. TKV Desikachar and his wife Menaka. He has observed therapeutic classes at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) and participated in trainings by Kausthub Desikachar and other long time students of Mr. Desikachar.


Scottie Bruch, E-RYT 500

South Dakota Program Coordinator | Faculty 200-Hour, 300-Hour, Prental, and Children's Yoga Programs

With over 1,500 hours of training, Scottie has been teaching yoga since 2008 to youth and adults. She has helped organize and host numerous yoga workshops, retreats, trainings, conferences, and other special events with a passionate effort to share and spread the yoga light to others.


Kaye Cannon, C-IAYT, E-RYT 200

Mississippi Program Coordinator | Faculty 200-Hour Program

Kaye brings her knowledge as an Occupational Therapist to the classroom and loves to teach Anatomy.  Kaye continues to study from JJ Gormley even though she has completed her Yoga Therapy Certificate Program.


Martha Catz, MS, E-RYT 500

North Carolina Program Coordinator | Faculty Yoga Therapy Program

Martha is the owner and director of The Yoga Connection School of Yoga. She has introduced yoga as a form of health and wellness to rural North Carolina through her two studios in Greensboro and Smithfield. Offering the full spectrum of yoga tools, Martha runs teacher trainings, workshops, and private yoga therapy appointments.

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N. Dan Catz, MD, FACS

Guest Lecturer Western Medicine | All Programs

Dr. Catz teaches the anatomy and physiology classes in the Yoga Therapy Certificate Program.


Brendan Feeley, MS, MA, CAy Ayurveda Practitioner

Guest Lecturer Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Vedic philosophy, Jyotisha, Western Medicine | All Programs

Brendan is a well-known teacher and writer on the topic of Jyotish and Ayurveda in the Washington, DC area and teaches Jung's Depth Psychology at the Washington Society of Jungian Psychology. He has presented at international conferences on Ayurveda and Jyotish since 1993 - focusing on his research in medical astrology in which he integrates jyotish with ayurveda. 


Cara Gaddy, E-RYT 500, RPYT

Having practiced for more than 15 years and teaching for 8, Cara mixes experience on her mat with an honest eagerness to learn.  Her warm, yet energetic disposition allows students of any level feel welcomed and accomplished.  She has a genuine ability to teach every student without leaving them feeling they should have done more or to the contrary, feeling as if they had gone too far.   

After completing her 200-hour teacher training, Cara has continued to further her yoga studies to become a a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) through SCHYS and is currently training towards her C-IAYT with SCHYS. Cara is a Fitness on Board Certified Instructor and a Usui Reiki Master under Master Teacher Willow Conolly. Cara’s love of yoga compels her to continue her yoga training; she holds many other certifications including ones in Substance Abuse and Addiction, Mantra, SUP Yoga and is a Yoga Alliance Certified Continuing Education Provider. 


Katharine Scott Gilliam, MAT, AmSAT, RYT-200

Faculty 200-Hour Program | Virginia

Katharine has fallen in love with “Being where you are.”, function over form, in a yoga practice, and is committed to encouraging Seniors to keep moving through yoga.

Katharine's 200-hour training was under JJ’s guidance and she continues her studies in the SCHYS Yoga Therapy program. 

It is an honor to train in the lineage of Krishnamacharya and to lead others in the discovery of the many benefits of a yoga practice.


Meredith Harbour, C-IAYT, CYT500

Meredith has been teaching since 2010 having received her training in the Krishnamacharya tradition. She received her 500-hour training with Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation, studying under Chase Bossart and Amy Wheeler and subsequently completed her Yoga Therapy Certificate with SCHYS in 2018. Meredith’s breath-based classes are designed to bring focus to the mind while creating strength & flexibility in the body and reducing stress. Her practice is perfect for students looking to find balance in their lives. As a yoga teacher and as a certified yoga therapist, she brings joy and understanding to every class and private session, meeting her students where they are.


Laura Hogan, LCPC, C-IAYT

Faculty 300-Hour Program | Illinois

Laura is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and RYT-200, currently in her third year of yoga therapy training.  She is a mental health counselor, who began the path of becoming a yoga therapist because she felt first-hand how transforming yoga can be. 

Laura believes that the tools of yoga can be utilized to help anyone transform aspects of their lives that are causing distress. Change is possible, and she is excited to help you start or continue your journey of working towards a more peaceful, joyful, balanced life!

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Kim Kitlica, C-IAYT, RYT500

Kim has always chosen an active lifestyle and has been inspired by many fitness instructors, admiring their energy. She has been working as a professional yoga instructor for over twelve years with over 1000 hours of specialized training. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist, graduated from SCHYS Yoga Therapy Certificate Program. Kim is warm and welcoming and has a gentle, humble nature that creates a safe place for people to explore the benefits of yoga at their own level.


Michelle Leibrock, C-IAYT, RYT-500

Faculty 300-Hour Program | Illinois

Michelle has been practicing yoga for over 14 years.  She pursued yoga teacher training with the intention of deepening her own practice, both physically and spiritually. Through the training she found great joy in bringing yoga to caregivers and others who thought yoga was inaccessible to them.  Michelle uses clean and concise cueing of classical yoga in the Krishnamacharya lineage to help students increase strength and flexibility along with incorporating breathwork into each class to calm the mind and reduce stress. Her desire to make yoga accessible to everyone led her to Curvy Yoga certification to learn modifications for bigger bodies.  She completed her 200-hour teacher certification at Focus Yoga and is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance. She completed the 900-hour Yoga Therapy Training Program through Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School and is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT).


Julie Lomax, RYT-500

Faculty 300-Hour Program | Illinois

Julie found yoga in 2005 when knee and back pain forced her to stop running. Yoga not only provided a low impact workout, but actually alleviated the pain that had plagued her for many years. While initially a physical exercise, yoga became an oasis where Julie could relax, rejuvenate, and refuel – physically, mentally, and spiritually. Julie wholeheartedly believes something as amazing as yoga needs to be shared. Julie was interested in learning more about yoga, and the many benefits, so she is currently pursuing certification as a Yoga Therapist through Yoga Among Friends/Surya Chandra Healing Yoga. Julie lives in Naperville with her husband and daughter – who is now in college at the University of Oklahoma.  She can often be found walking or biking (sometimes even snowshoeing) around town or at the Morton Arboretum.


Laura Jane Mellencamp-Murphy MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Illinois Director of Programming & Program Coordinator | Faculty Yoga Therapy Program

Laura Jane is the founder and director of one of Chicagoland's premier yoga studios - Yoga Among Friends. She has had in-depth studies in yogic philosophies and as a clinical psychologist. She enjoys blending her MA in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with her Yoga Therapy providing her clients with a holistic approach to psychological and emotional imbalances.


George Nemecz, PhD, CAy Ayurveda Practitioner

Guest Lecturer Ayurveda | All Programs

George has studied Ayurveda since 1996 and established a practice in 2002. He was a student in the Ayurvedic Holistic Center at Bayville, NY from 1999 until 2001 under the mentorship of Swami Sadshiva Tirtha and has had intensive courses with Dr. John Douillard (pulse, shirodara, abhyanga, Ayurvedic herbs) and Dr. Yeshi Dunden. George also took summer intensive courses with Dr. Lad starting in 2001 (pulse, marma, pancha karma, ayurvedic clinical practicum) until 2007. George teaches at Campbell University School of Pharmacy and School of Osteopathic Medicine. His field is biochemistry (PhD in biochemistry 1981).


Janice Olsson, MT, E-RYT 200

Faculty 200-Hour Program | South Dakota

Janice is the founder and director of Roots Yoga & Healing Center in Spearfish, SD. She teaches yoga, is a licensed massage therapist, and sees clients one-on-one using Yoga Therapy.


Caroline Owen, E RYT-500

Faculty Yoga Therapy Program

Caroline has been studying yoga since 1990 and teaching since 1992.  She owns and operates Wavelengths Yoga Studio and School, running weekly classes, teacher trainings, online and in-person workshops, and retreats.  She completed Yoga Therapy Training in the Krishnamacharya tradition in 2010 and holds a teacher training certificate in Vedic Chant from the Vedic Chant Centre in Santa Fe, New MX. 

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Barb Pishock, RYT-500

Faculty 200-Hour Program | Virginia

10 years ago, Barb began her Yoga Journey with Ren Fields for her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification at the Healing Arts and Yoga Studio in Fredericksburg, VA. She received her 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification with JJ at the SCHYS and is almost finished with JJ’s 900 Hour Yoga Therapy Certification Program.  She looks forward to continuing her Yoga Journey and helping others find balance and health in their lives.  Barb also is an administrator for the Teacher Training Programs.

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Christy Rous, RYT-500

Faculty 200-Hour Program | Virginia

Christy has been practicing yoga since 2012 and has graduated from the 200-hr teacher training program and the 900-hr Yoga Therapy Program at Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School in Orange, VA, taught by JJ Gormley.

“I took my first yoga class in 2012. I cam to the mat with some physical limitations, such as a disc issue causing me great pain with even the slightest back bend. In addition, I had a hip issue due to scoliosis and my balance had declined, which can happen with age. Now my spine, on most days, is pain free and my hip pain is all but gone. My balance has greatly improved as well.”

Christy teaches a breath-centered practice with lots of modifications for student’s issues and she also feels that it is important to teach the student how to have a safe home practice.


Cynthia Snodgrass, PhD, MDiv, E-RYT 500, CYTh

Gulf Coast Program Coordinator | Curriculum Designer | Faculty Yoga Therapy Program

Cynthia received her PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Stirling in Scotland, UK and her MDiv from Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary. She studied Sanskrit from Vyaas Houston (1992-2002) and Harvard University (2002-2005). Cynthia has been a teacher of Sanskrit with the American Sanskrit Institute since 1994. She has also been teaching Sanskrit and philosophy for SCHYS since its inception in 1994. Cynthia graduated with her Yoga Therapy Certificate from SCHYS in 2012.


Julie Stewart

Julie Stewart’s intention for her teaching is to present a well-balanced practice that includes all aspects of the journey. To bring into her teaching her knowledge of Ayurveda, pranayama, meditation and stillness to help us all live a balanced, grounded life. As we say in Ayurveda, “Living is costly, so use the tools that we have from the seasons, the asanas, meditations, proper intake of foods and lifestyle that will allow us to live in harmony with nature and our fellow beings.” July has been lucky enough to study and practice with some wonderful teachers including: JJ Gormley, Laura Jane Murphy, Erich Schiffmann, Barbara Benagh, Tias Little, Doug Keller, Todd Norian, Gabriel Halpern, and Tricia Fiske (to name just a few). Her blend of style comes from all of these different teachers and outlooks. Her Ayurveda training is from Pat Layton who is the Director of Bhavana Institute in LaGrange, and she received her panchakarma training from Diva Ayurveda in Milwaukee.


Amy Wheeler, PhD, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Faculty Yoga Therapy Program

Amy contributes to the field of Yoga and Yoga Therapy in many meaningful ways, including teaching at the university level, teaching a multi-year Yoga Teacher/Therapy trainings, mentoring students individually, teaching online courses, and producing educational audio and video files. With respect to yoga research, Amy works with teams of university-based researchers on grant-funded projects. She also plans intervention protocols and trains teachers and therapists to appropriately administer these protocols.

Amy is President of the Board of Directors to the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). 


Hannah Zerphey, RYT-200

SCHYS Operations Manager | Faculty 200-Hour and 300-Hour Programs | Virginia

Hannah Zerphey, is a certified Yoga for All instructor and is in the midst of completing the Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School 900-Hour Yoga Therapy Certificate Program.

Hannah was first drawn to yoga as a teenager – seeking a calm meditative mind and strong body. Through her years of practice, yoga has helped Hannah to come to accept and love every aspect of her plus-size body. Her experiences in and out of the yoga classroom have made her a passionate advocate in the yoga for all movement – she truly believes that yoga is for every body. No matter your shape, size, age, race, gender, or ability – if you can breathe you can do yoga. She brings this philosophy into every one of her classes; using the breath as a grounding tool and giving students the time and agency to make the practice their own.