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Ask the Mentor Teacher Panel 2010

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Timothy McCall, M.D., is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine and a dedicated yoga practitioner who has traveled to India and throughout the United States observing, training with, and interviewing the world's leading yoga teachers and therapists. He is the medical editor of Yoga Journal, and is the author of Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing (Bantam). Timothy studies with a traditional ayurveda">Ayurvedic Vaidhya (doctor) in Kerala, India and with a Tantric master in Bangalore. His primary yoga teacher in the United States since 1995 has been Patricia Walden, and more recently he has worked with Rod Stryker and Donald Moyer. Timothy teaches yoga workshops around the United States and internationally. He can be found on the web at

Marla Apt visited India for the first time while doing research for a degree in Buddhist Philosophy and has since returned over a dozen times for yoga studies. She lived for one year in Pune, India studying at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute and she continues to study annually with the Iyengars. Listed by Yoga Journal as one of the most influential in the next generation of yoga teachers shaping the future of yoga, Marla is based in Los Angeles where she is on the faculty of the three-year Teacher Training Program of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Southern California and leads workshops and trainings throughout the U.S. and internationally.

She has been involved with medical research studies at UCLA on yoga for depression, anxiety and IBS and created the first yoga therapy content to be incorporated into UCLA medical school's curriculum.

She served as the President of both the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States and the Iyengar Yoga Association of Southern California and is the current writer of Yoga Journal's Basics column.

Annie Carpenter has practiced yoga since she was seventeen. A former Martha Graham dancer, she has an extensive background in anatomy, kinesiology and developmental movement. She is deeply committed to the classical traditions of yoga, and her teaching has evolved from there into SmartFLOW Yoga that is intelligent, deep and spirited. Annie's gift is playfully balancing her love of movement with the precision that her history informs. Annie is based at Exhale's Center for Sacred Movement in Los Angeles and travels teaching yoga. She can be found on the web at

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Carole Mock

What poses do you suggest for hip dysplasia? My senior client, has right hip, sacral pain. The right leg is 1/2" shorter and her right foot turns inward.

Thank you,


I am a yoga teacher and practitioner of 10 years...I sprained my pelvis a few years ago and have discomfort in some poses...what poses can I modify and what can I do to help heal this without giving up yoga?
Thank you for your time.


I recently began teaching a Gentle yoga class which I am used to teaching a more vigorous vinyasa style but, there were a few participants in class that were very agitated and could not find stillness in the physical body as well as stillness in the mind... I know it is a gradual process but I found it to be distracting to the other students in the class. Do you have any tips on how to help the students become more focused so the class can have a more calming effect?
thanks so much, Linda

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