Welcome to Yahweh Yoga!
DeAnna Smothers ERYT 500
Yahweh Yoga Co-Founder
DeAnna began Yahweh Yoga in 2005 with her beloved daughter, Courtney Chalfant. DeAnna has been practicing Christ-centered yoga for more than 35 years.
DeAnna teaches ethics, nutrition, and teaching methodology in Yahweh Yoga’s Certified Christian Yoga Training program. She loves her students and enjoys making each class a time for students to experience deep peace as they learn. DeAnna’s solemn prayer is that her teaching will help her students become confident and professional and return to their communities ready to minister inspirational Christian yoga classes.
In her two and a half decades of practice, DeAnna has studied many respected yoga teachers including Brian Kest, Seane Corn, Ian Lopatin and Bikram Choudhury. Her studio classes are attended by all ages and fitness levels and are enjoyed for their ability to de-stress, peace out and get sweaty. DeAnna brings this extensive studio knowledge to her CCYT classes to help future teachers grow.
DeAnna believes that Christian yoga gives students an experience that resonates at a heart, mind, and body level.
Courtney Chalfant- Crum ERYT 500
Yahweh Yoga Co-Founder
Certified Raw Food Chef
Certified Personal Nutritionist
4-term lululemon Ambassador
Featured in Mantra magazine and Yoga Journal
Courtney and her mother, DeAnna Smothers, were called by God to start Yahweh Yoga in 2005.
As the lead instructor for all postures, breathing (pranayama), and Christian meditation for the Certified Christian Yoga Teacher accreditation, Courtney challenges her students to ever-higher levels of personal performance in their yoga practice. She calls this “challenging students from a place of love.”
Courtney is the co-author of Christian Yoga, Restoration for Body and Soul and Faith and Food
Courtney is co-founder & COO of Yahweh Yoga, LLC and has a background in nursing. She specialized in Hospice care. Courtney loves creating an experience where mental calmness, physical strength and spiritual presence come together to create inner-peace through a dynamic classes. Courtney believes in embracing the joy and excitement of everyday life and it shows in her teaching.
She specializes in helping Veterans and those with PTSD. She also loves to teach flow, power, chair and restorative.
She believes that God helps her teach those lessons that she also needs. She is obsessed with tacos and alignment in postures. Married to a Pastor/ Chaplain who shares her passion for travel and adventure.
Dr. Beth Livengood ERYT-500 Naturopathic Physician
Dr. Beth Livengood sees a higher purpose to medicine than just easing pain or delaying disease progression, though these are important too. Her aim is to help each of us achieve our full potential in this life, which is best accomplished if we have a sound mind, body, and spirit. Hence, along her path to becoming a physician, Dr. Livengood acquired skills in various healing modalities, such as yoga therapy, diet and exercise applications, and motivational teaching. She earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Arizona State University, and later, a master’s degree in education. She taught science, health, and yoga while raising a family. During this time, she discovered naturopathic medicine which changed her career path dramatically. A diligent and passionate student, Dr. Livengood was awarded the prestigious STAIR residency upon graduating from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM). This intensive post-graduate training integrated both conventional and naturopathic models with an emphasis in women’s health.
She is a licensed family practice physician, currently seeing patients in Phoenix AZ and via telemedicine. She continues to teach yoga, guide group detox classes, and contribute to her profession and global community. Some of her projects include donating her time to free medical clinics and coordinating medical mission trips through “Where There is No Doctor”. She is actively involved in state and professional associations and teaches classes at her former medical college. She would love to get to know you and become a partner with you in achieving your health goals so that you can be your best self.
Alexis Sweet, LPTA, LMT, CEAS
Physical Therapy & Rehab; Sports & Orthopedic Manual Therapist; Fitness Adviser; Certified Ergonomic Specialist; Exercise Physiology Expert; Teacher Trainer & Educator; Professional Movement & Biomechanics Specialist; Health & Wellness Coach incorporating Physical & Functional Medicine.
Alexis is currently licensed in the state of Arizona as a medical provider, and has been working in the physical therapy field for approximately 25 years. As a credentialed therapist, she continues to advance her professional development and skill set through education, striving to incorporate the latest evidence based research and science. She maintains active memberships with the American College of Sports Medicine, American Physical Therapy Association and remains assiduous post her degrees in Applied Science, Bachelors in Health Sciences by way of concentrations in Sports Medicine, Health/Wellness and Nutrition. Alexis brings her love of sports and a physically active lifestyle to provide injury prevention and an early intervention outlook to her clients, students and overall patient care, driving the importance of functional mobility. She has diverse clinical experience treating a broad range of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders in a variety of settings including decades of outpatient orthopedics, where she treated a wide array of post-surgical, trauma, repetitive strain, and sports injuries from young children to older adult populations.
Alexis is a leader in educating student teachers about the anatomy of the human body, improving function and ease of motion, offering a biomechanical view in exploring Yoga Asanas. Her love for melding science and the art of yoga, is why she continues to pursue further education with a focus on her passion for functional biomechanics of human movement, injury prevention and empowering Yoga teachers with their journey to become inspired teachers. Alexis has developed programs for entry level teachers thru advanced tuition with regards to a deeper balance of understanding the body, neuromuscular retraining and post rehabilitation. Her instruction edifies participants on proper overall alignment while increasing joint stability, strength, tone, elongation of muscles, and knowledge of the human anatomy and how it pertains to yoga. In general, she teaches ways to identify how to release unnecessary tension, while giving the body the tools to move through space efficiently and safely. Her hope is to help her students learn to reduce daily stress, heighten senses, and embrace healthy bodies in motion.
Pastor Judy Salinas RYT
I feel so honored to be apart of the Yahweh Yoga team! I will never forget the peace I felt from the first class I ever attended. Shortly after, I was led to go through teacher training over a year ago and felt that God was saying this is another avenue He would allow me to help share that same peace and healing as He has brought to me.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 16 years and we are blessed with two wonderful children. I’m humbled to work & continue learning from such wonderful teachers and I’m excited to build relationships with all of the Yahweh Yoga Community. Pastor/Speaker/Encourager at Church for the Nations (CFTN)
Rachel DeFurio MS, CHWC, RYT
Rachel DeFurio MS, CHWC, RYT
Rachel is an educator, lecturer, coach, and consultant whose authentic and engaging manner has helped to guide men and women of different ages, backgrounds, and personalities to enjoy a better level of health, self-efficacy, and success. Her graduate school capstone was on Yoga and PTSD. Since receiving her masters she has continued to study the healing effects of yoga and is a certified Warriors for Healing yoga teacher and has begun a relationship with Warriors st Ease to be a yoga teacher and advocate.
Mary Simmons ERYT-500
Mary started practicing yoga with yoga videos in the early morning & late evening to decompress from the highly stressful world of corporate lawyering. When she left the corporate legal world, she found her way to a “real” Yoga class & her life was forever altered. At first, she only noticed the physical benefits of the practice, but soon craved more. She enrolled in her first Yoga Teacher Training program with the goal of deepening her practice and understanding of Yoga and has never stopped learning and deepening her understanding of the practice. Over the years, Mary has added other certifications in Reiki ,Qi Gong and Acquatics, as well as studies in areas such as mindfulness meditation, ayurveda, somatic movement and yoga nidra. Always a Beginner’s Mind. Yoga Alliance certified E-RYT 500 instructor as well as a Yoga Alliance Certified Continuing Education Provider
Christina Carroll ERYT-200;RYT-500; YACEP
Christina has long had a passion to help others get healthy physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and she has explored different avenues in achieving that. She had no idea when she first discovered yoga, the profound impact it would eventually have in her life, in all of these areas.
After attending her first Christian Yoga class at Yahweh Yoga, she knew she had to become a teacher and share this practice with others. She completed her RYT 200hr certification with Yahweh Yoga in late 2016 and then continued on completing her RYT 500hr in 2018.
She continues to share her passion for health and wellness, growing in her skill, and teaching others to embrace their own journey.
Donny Starkins RYT 200
As a former Division 1 baseball player,
Donny’s journey into Personal Development and Mindfulness began in 2005, after seven operations on his left knee and an addiction to pain killers. Fast forward to today, Donny has many years of sobriety and has become one of the dynamic leaders in his industry. He is a professional speaker, teacher and personal development coach leading classes, workshops and seminars all across the world. He’s the creator of “The Shift” Transformational Coaching, a 90-Day Personal Development Private Coaching program. In addition, Donny works one-on-one with some of top professional athletes in the world on mindset, life coaching and mindfulness. Donny is also an ambassador for lululemon and works directly on their Mindful Performance Team as both a yoga/meditation teacher and facilitator.
Dr. Erik Nelson
Dr. Erik Nelson is a resident physician at Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine. His primary focus is in medical nutrition, regenerative sports medicine, athletic performance, and lifestyle diseases. Dr. Nelson is passionate about working with his patients to identify obstacles to cure, and providing personalized treatment. He uses several modalities in his practice, chosen based on what is most appropriate and effective for the individual patient.
Emphasis: Medical Nutrition, Sports Medicine, Regenerative Injection Therapy, Lifestyle Medicine
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Honors (Western University)
Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, Honors (Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine)
Precision Nutrition Level 1
Robyn Hurst ERYT 500 Lead Instructor
Danna West ERYT 500 Lead Instructor
Danna, ERYT-200, RYT-500, YYLT, Relax and Renew® Level
Founder of Crossties Yoga LLC
After practicing yoga for more than 3 years. Danna enrolled in Yahweh Yoga’s teacher training and received her 200-hour certification in November,2010. She received her 500 RYT in 2017. She is proud to bring Yahweh Christian Yoga to the Texas Panhandle and welcomes all to her classes.
In March, 2017 Danna began hosting Yahweh Yoga Teacher Training at Crossties.
Danna is also available for private instruction, workshops, series or as an addition to any Christian Retreat. She can also lead classes for your next fundraiser.