Honorary Spokesperson, Event Advisors and Inspiring Experts

The following people and organizations are the honorary event advisors and/or inspiring experts whose work and guidance gave a confidence boost to organize the Global Yoga fundraiser 2013  for Doctors Without Borders. Without their generosity in sharing their wisdom this fundraiser would not have been possible.


Travis Eliot is one of the most talked about, hottest new stars in the yoga community! LA Yoga Magazine says that, “He has a style that is dynamic, transforming and full of heart.” Influenced by his global travels, ayurvedic studies and profound passion for music, his classes are physically demanding yet perfectly meditative.

Travis teaches his signature “Holistic Yoga Flow” classes at Santa Monica Power Yoga, Exhale “Sacred Movement,” and Equinox Fitness in Los Angeles and also teaches workshops nationally and internationally. He is the creator of “The Ultimate Yogi,” a groundbreaking 12 disc DVD series and numerous other best selling Yoga DVD’s. He is the CEO of Inner Domain Media, Director of “Holistic Yoga Flow” teacher trainings, and faculty of the acclaimed Kripalu Institute.

The Ultimate Yogi is the most comprehensive yoga DVD set on the market. Renowned yoga instructor Travis Eliot will take you to your physical limits and beyond on this 108-Day Journey. Each of the 14 Thematic Yoga classes are comprised of creative sequences that will challenge the expert and encourage the beginner. The Ultimate Yogi is MORE than just a fitness program, it is a transformational experience guaranteed to improve your quality of life.Take a journey of 108 days as you transform your life from the inside out.

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Esther Ekhart:  The daughter of a yoga teacher, Esther started practicing yoga early in life. She became a yoga teacher when she was 18.  When she was living in Ireland, the remote setting inspired her to start her YouTube channel yogatic, to share yoga with everyone. With the success of her YouTube channel she launched her online yoga website EkhartYoga  Esther now lives in The Netherlands and streams her classes to an international audience, together with her team of great Yoga teachers


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Dr. Karri Cardinal: A San Francisco chiropractor in the financial district, Dr. Cardinal also offers the Ideal Protein weight loss system. In April 2013 she opened a second location in Pacifica for South Bay residents at 1009 Terra Nova Blvd. Drive. Cardinal has been a God-send when it comes to posture alignment and I swear by the custom orthodics from her clinic.


Lyn Delmastro, MA, RYT: Yoga is about union (body, mind, and spirit) and what better way to support union than to support a worthy organization like Doctors Without Borders.  Lyn is a Bofeedback Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, and Yoga Therapist.

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Cinthia Dennis: An NLP Practitioner and Family Constellations Facilitator in the Bay Area, Cinthia is committed to change work around patterns of thought and behavior that do not serve a person. Not only is she compassionate and patient beyond measure but her intentions have been on producing results for a person while respecting their value system. Through her professionalism and genuine desire to be a support for dynamic positive change, Cinthia has left many clients with the capacity to experience the richness and beauty of life that was always there, but previously unseen.


Tamara Green, LCSW: An experienced Loving Relationship Expert, Psychotherapist and Certified Hypnotherapist. She specializes in coaching single women to find their soul mates and couples to heal their relationships. The level of passion she feels about helping people around the world to awaken to their True Self and actualize loving relationships is downright contagious. In keeping with her strong belief of being of loving assistance to this world, she runs a complimentary weekly international meditation group via webcast or phone called  Miracle Mondays Meditations, and all are invited to attend.

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Catherine Herbin: Yoga and Pilates, two modalities that empower our minds, bodies and spirits through such a dynamic process,  will fundraise for one of the most essential organizations on our planet – Doctors Without Borders.  I am inspired by this fusion, and look forward to the Yoga and Pilatesthon! Catherine Herbin, M.S., L.Ac. is a nationally certified acupuncturist and herbalist. She grew up in a large family of medical providers in Connecticut. From a young age she was fascinated by multicultural medicine, which led her to study Medical History and Anthropology at Skidmore College.  She received her Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, and she has completed post graduate studies at Zhejiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou, China.


Lisa Kotecki: Here she is… Ms. America.  Only Shorter.  And she’s never really been in any beauty pageants. Lisa is a woman of many faces, she is a performer, an actress, musician, writer, and a marketing content strategist for small businesses.  When she’s not obsessively capturing her life online she is the digital voice for numerous small businesses, helping them expanding their audience and reach through the web. She feels like the world works better when there is joie de vivre, laughter, and a wee bit of mischief.  To catch up with Lisa, and join her in her latest antics and hyperbolic tangents, you can visit her here online: @lisakotecki on twitter, and www.facebook.com/lisakotecki


Chris Kristiansen: Chris is the President of the Golden Gate University (GGU) Student Government Association in San Francisco. He is a native of Norway and began his career as a personal trainer in Oslo. Chris is currently pursuing a Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and founded the GGU Marketplace on Facebook. In addition to supporting the Yoga & Pilatesthon San Francisco 2013, Chris is also training for a fundraising marathon in benefit of the MS Society.


Shelley Poovey: Shelley is the owner of BodyAttune Wellness, and has been in practice for ten years. She holds advanced certifications in both BodyTalk and Pilates as well as having completed advanced certification in the GYROTONIC™ Expansion System.  Her passion for studying mindbody medicine started at UNC Chapel Hill where she completed her bachelors of science degree in psychology and briefly worked as a research scientist in cognitive science, an emerging field which integrates psychology, philosophy, computer science, and artificial intelligence. This experience started her on a long journey toward discovering the fantastic inner workings of the entire mindbody complex. In the fifteen years since leaving the university, she has sought out the most prominent and innovative thinkers, researchers, educators, and healers to help her understand the nature of who we are, how we work, and how we can heal.


Anni Powers:  I am a small-town California native who’s lived in the big, beautiful city of San Francisco for the past ten years! With my background as a classically trained chef, I approach matchmaking like a recipe, combining all the right ingredients to create an amazing, magical experience that will make you hungry for more! My well-honed craft of matchmaking and dating coaching began serendipitously when I stumbled upon Table for Six while looking for a career path outside of the kitchen. Since that day over eight years ago, I have enjoyed bringing hundreds of happy couples together through my fun and heartfelt approach. It is a pleasure and honor to work with thousands of singles from all ages and various walks of life. There is no greater joy than to be a part of the happiest moments in people’s lives- from the first kiss, to seeing your bride walk down the aisle, to bringing a child into the world. I get goose bumps just thinking about those moments I have been instrumental in creating in my clients lives!

My inherent ability to empathize and connect with people through compassion, humor, and intuition is what drew me to matchmaking and I take great joy in really getting to know each person I work with so that they can see that they not only have a great matchmaker, they also have a friend. I draw from my life experiences, as well as through the past experiences of the people I have helped find love, to encourage my clients and give them personalized practical tools for successfully achieving their relationship goals. As a matchmaker, I have discovered that men and women arrive at the same conclusion in vastly different ways. You will often hear me say “Men are microwaves and women are crockpots!” Therefore, I have a unique approach that is specific for each gender. Every person is an open invitation to a meaningful and lasting relationship. My dedication to finding love for everyone I work with will open the door to a successful dating experience!


Heather Strang: The Yoga & Pilatesthon San Francisco allows individuals to merge health and the healing of self & others in big ways! I’m so excited to see this event out in the world supporting the healing of all of us. Great job! Heather Strang is a BodyTalk Practitioner in Portland, Oregon and a bestselling writer. She has an integrated approach to health and well-being and works with people one-on-one and in groups. Heather offers a $10 discount to participants in the event for their first BodyTalk phone session.


Soo-Hwa YuanThe humanitarian work of Doctors Without Borders is not only much needed for the welfare of many precious lives in many parts of the world, it also exemplifies a much needed counter philosophy in our capitalist dominated societies.  What a wonderful way it is to fundraise for this highly respectable organization thru yoga and pilates! 

Soo-Hwa Yuan is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner and an artist based in San Francisco.  He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Architecture, and subsequently received a Master of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Fortuitous circumstances led him to discover BodyTalk and his gift as a healer, and he has since dedicated his life to healing.  His background as an architect and an artist has shaped his unique structured intuition that has enabled him to advance quickly in BodyTalk, and he have truly enjoyed connecting with people and the universe as well as growing as a person through his healing practice.

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Dr. Eva Selhub: Events like the Yoga and Pilatesthon are so important to raise public awareness and the urgent funds required to help those in need of quality medical care. Dr. Selhub is the author of The Love Response is an innovative medical doctor in Boston whose work provided the emotional resilience building tools to handle the responsibilities and pressure of organizing a city-wide fundraiser.  Merci Beaucoup Dr. Selhub!


Dr. Marsha Lucas: A dynamic clinical psychologist in Washington, DC and author of Rewire Your Brain for Love, Dr. Lucas has demonstrated the positive benefits of mindfulness meditation. Through her book and the practice of mindfulness, the confidence boosting results finally gave the push needed to get into action and create this fundraiser. Danke Schon Dr. Lucas!


Debi Berndt: A New York City-based clinical hypnotherapist, Debi Berndt’s Super Confidence Kit of meditations were another turbo-booster to get beyond the fear of starting an endeavor that was not only public but required the fearlessness to approach people who were complete strangers to ask to participate. Once the fear passed, only excitement and enthusiasm was present. Debi is the bestselling author of Let Love In. Grazie Debi!


Dr. Margaret Paul:  Creator of Inner Bonding, Dr. Paul is a clinical psychologist and relationship expert who is also a chaplain, consultant, and Huffington Post blogger. Dr. Paul’s emphasis on connecting with oneself in the Inner Bonding Process has been instrumental in helping many people develop healthy self-esteem independent of external validation. Her work has been a precursor to engaging in projects that contributed to the community from a place of genuine service. This fundraiser is an expression of love in action, pure and simple, motivated by a desire to share the loving thoughts for humanity with others. Muchas Gracias Dr. Paul!


Check back for updates as event advisors and inspiring experts are added to this section on the event website.

Kathy Langsam, Melissa Fritchle, and Dr. Doreen Maller: Practicing psychotherapists who are the Editors of The Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health. The third volume in the three part series is a unique feature because it explores how to provide community mental health services in other countries. The volume includes content on ethical considerations, how to find international programs, how to develop and provide services in other countries. The contributors to this volume have all done this kind of work outside the United States and illustrate their work through case studies. Some clinicians also train and teach people from the community themselves how to provide services.

Doreen Maller, Kathy Langsam & Melissa Fritchle, as practitioners, educators & editors of The Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health Practice are committed to training and educating students to the special demands of a career in community mental health providing services on local, national & global levels. We thank and honor those whose work and passion is dedicated to the service of others, and those whose lives are touched every day by medical issues, mental illness and emotional distress.

Kathy Langsam, MFTMelissa Fritchle, MFTDoreen Maller, PhDPraeger Handbook


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