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New Leadership for Yoga Therapy Program

Wed. June 05, 2013

We are thrilled to announce that two highly respected, successful, and influential leaders in the burgeoning field of yoga therapy are now bringing their vast talents to Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). In September, MUIH will once again play a pioneering role in wellness by launching the nation’s first Master of Science in Yoga Therapy. The faculty and students in this highly anticipated program will have the rare opportunity for direct access and consistent mentoring from these accomplished professionals.

Doug Keller, Advisory Director

Doug Keller is world renowned in the disciplines of yoga and yoga therapy. Active in the field for more than 25 years, he is a presenter, advocate, master teacher, trainer, and author.

From 1985 to 1998, Keller worked with the SYDA Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to preserving yoga teachings and culture. He studied hatha yoga in a number of styles and spent seven years in India where he supported the work of the Muktaboda Indological Institute.

Keller’s books, many of which have been used as texts in yoga trainings and college courses, include: “Yoga As Therapy” (volumes 1 and 2), “Anusara Yoga: Hatha Yoga in the Anusara Style,” “Refining the Breath,” and “Heart of the Yogi.” He has been a regular columnist for the therapeutic section of Yoga International magazine, published by the Himalayan Institute, has written columns for Yoga Journal magazine, and teaches master classes, trainings, and workshops internationally.

Registered with the Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (e-RYT 200, e-RYT 500), Keller also holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University.

In the MUIH yoga therapy program, Keller will be involved with curriculum development, faculty recruitment, and mentoring of faculty and students. He will be a very engaged and active faculty member within the program. Additionally, he will represent MUIH and the yoga therapy program at national and international professional gatherings.

Mary Partlow Lauttamus, Program Director

Mary Partlow Lauttamus is a highly successful yoga professional and yoga therapy practitioner who has built a thriving practice that includes leading workshops for yoga teachers and students, teaching group classes, and seeing clients for private instruction and yoga therapeutics. She offers coaching and supervision to yoga teachers and other professionals interested in the therapeutic applications of yoga. Combining the practices of yoga and integrative health coaching she conducts stress management classes and seminars for various client groups and individuals.

After earning a Master in Social Work with a concentration in medical social work from the University of Alabama, Lauttamus completed more than 1400 hours of additional training in the practice of yoga and yoga therapy. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (e-RYT 200, RYT-500) and is a Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation. She completed her training in therapeutic yoga with Integrative Yoga Therapy, Functional Yoga Therapy, and through trainings held at Duke Integrative Medicine. Lauttamus is also an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is an ongoing student of meditation, anatomy, and the physical practice of yoga with Prajna Yoga.

Lauttamus will be the academic and administrative leader for the yoga therapy program at MUIH. She will be highly active with prospective students, students, and faculty. She will also be involved with developing and evaluating curriculum, mentoring faculty, and will teach several courses in the program.

“I envision the graduates of the Master of Science in Yoga Therapy as the future leaders in the field of yoga therapy,” says Lauttamus, “I also fully intend for MUIH to be the place where yoga teachers can realize their full potential as healers and together create a supportive and nurturing yoga community.”

Learn more about the Master of Science in Yoga Therapy here, and attend one of our upcoming events:

Call-In Information Session
Speak directly to program director Mary Lauttamus and an admissions counselor to learn about the curriculum, faculty, format, admissions process, financial aid, and more.
Thursday, June 20
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
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Yoga Teacher to Yoga Therapist: Making the Transition
Thinking about your next career step? Mary Lauttamus will share with you the exciting opportunities and possibilities of this career transition. She will also walk you through a case study and conduct an actual yoga therapy session with a client.
Tuesday, June 25
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
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Career Panel: Yoga Therapy
Hear about the journey of several enthusiastic yoga therapists who have built successful practices. They’ll discuss how they assess and evaluate clients, design healing protocols, work with other healthcare practitioners, and how they have approached the business aspects of their practices.
Wednesday, July 10
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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Graduate Programs Open House
Wednesday, July 17
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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