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 ERYT 500
Yahweh Yoga Co-Founder
Courtney and her mother, DeAnna Smothers, were called by God to start Yahweh Yoga in 2005.
As the 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.”
People who know Courtney call her “Sunshine.” She loves creating an experience where mental calmness, physical strength and spiritual presence come together to create inner-peace.
She believes that God helps her teach those lessons that she also needs. She is obsessed with tacos and alignment in postures.
Dr. Beth Livengood
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.
Robyn Hurst ERYT 500 Lead Instructor
Alexis Sweet, LPTA, LMT, CEAS
Physical Therapy & Rehab; Sports & Orthopedic Manual Therapist; Fitness Adviser; Ergonomic Specialist; Exercise Physiology; Teacher Trainer & Educator; Professional Movement & Biomechanics Specialist; Wellness Coach.
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)
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.
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.
Aimee discovered Pilates while living in the Bay Area in 2005. I love to dance growing up, Pilates was intuitive and in sync with my personal style of exercise. I loved the way it made my body feel and wanted to share that experience with others. I received my mat training from Pilates Core Integration, in Tempe AZ in 2015.
Her first yoga mat experience was memorable, “I felt God’s love, it was peaceful, everything was Christ-centered from beginning to end. I didn’t even know that Christian inspired Yoga existed till I discovered Yahweh Yoga. I know God that led me here not by accident but it was a divine appointment. I received my Yahweh Yoga certification on January 2016. It’s a blessing to be part of the team.”
She loves listening to music, enjoys crafts, cooking, travel, and eating. I love spending time with my two children and husband for 10 years. My intention has always been to help people lead healthier lives, and feels that sharing my passion, Jesus and fitness, is a great way to do accomplish it.
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.
Natalie Huddlestun RYT 200
Natalie completed her RYT-200 at Yahweh Yoga. After being a student for nearly 10 years, and seeing how yoga improved her health, she became passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga with others. Her goal is to create a space where students will find relaxation, peace, and improve their overall well-being. She has a gift for Christian yoga nidra.
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