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J. Renee DeTar

J. Renee DeTar

J. Renée DeTar

Jean Renée DeTar, is the Founder and School Director of the IIYS and the KC Yoga Therapy Professional Training Program. Renée has been practicing yoga since 1973, teaching since 1991 and continues studies under her very first Iyengar teacher, Bobbi Goldin. She spent over 24 years studying under Aadil Palkhivala while he was an Iyengar teacher and now is mentored by Bryan Legere (Intermediate Jr III) and Paula Tortalano-Self (Advanced I), both certified Iyengar teachers. Renée was initiated in the Himalayan Tradition, by Dr. Rolf Sovik under the tutelage of Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. She studied the use of herbs and kinesiology with Hanna Kroeger, became a Unity Minister while working with Hanna, and trained as a medical intuitive in the early 90's with Dr. Norm Shealy who discovered Carolyn Myss, one of the most acknowledged medical intuitives in the world. Renée implemented the work of Caroline Myss into the foundational courses of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies after being inspired in graduate school by Caroline and her work using archetypes described by Joseph Campbell. Her fellow colleague, Dr. Ray Long, MD, author of the BandhaYoga books, visits Kansas City annually and provides a fresh look at what is happening in traditional medicine and how the current procedures can be enhanced by yoga therapy. Her current Ayurveda studies are with Kathryn Templeton and Dr. Vasant Lad. Renée owned the first Barefoot Studio in Wichita, Kansas and later founded the Institute of Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies in 2000. She created the school curriculum after her own learning journey, a liberal arts yoga school that included the structure and function of Iyengar yoga and using complementary therapies to facilitate healing. She had overwhelming support for her efforts by some of the most famous yoga teachers in the world: Rod Stryker, Erich Schiffmann, Aadil Palkhivala, Mukunda Stiles, Shiva Rea, Judith Lasater, David Williams, Doug Swenson, Bobbi Goldin, Liz Lark, Tiffany Cruikshank, Ray Long, MD, Ricky Tran, Doug Keller, Seane Corn, and Jodi Blumstein..to name a few.

She created the Life Centre's teacher training program in Notting Hill, London, United Kingdom and this program is now known as YogaCampus.com

Renée holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Communicative Disorders & Sciences, Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies, specializing in the neurological development of the premature infant and post-graduate work in Counseling, Educational and School Psychology from Wichita State University. She currently holds the following registrations and certificates: 

1998 - Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 500 & Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Unity Minister

1999 - Owner of Barefoot Studio, Wichita, Kansas 

2000 - founded the Institute of Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies (IIYS) and joined IAYT

2002 - Certified in the Pilates Method, with Colleen Glenn

2017 - Certified Yoga Therapist, International Association of Yoga Therapists & Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider

2018 - Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, Himalayan Institute

 
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Doug Keller teaching at IIYS, 2001

Doug Keller teaching at IIYS, 2001

 

Doug Keller

Doug is one of the leading yoga therapy teachers in the United States. He holds his doctorate from Fordham University and started with the IIYS faculty in 2002. He was trained in the yoga sciences by living in Siddha Yoga ashrams in the US and abroad, and heavily influenced by the Iyengar tradition. For more information about Doug, click here. 

 
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Kathryn Templeton

Kathryn Templeton

Kathryn Templeton

Kathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/MT, E500RYT, AYT, C-IAYT, and Ayurveda Practitioner has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for more than 30 years, Kathryn is a Master Teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with anxiety, depression and complex trauma. As an E-500 RYT, NAMA-registered Ayurvedic practitioner and Senior Para Yoga teacher, Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga, ayurveda and clinical psychology. Kathryn is currently a faculty member at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. She is founder of the Himalayan Institute's Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program (HIAYS), Torchbearer Mentorship program, and their Ayurveda Health Counselor Program. Kathryn just launched The Three Wisdom Traditions: Integrating yoga,psychology and Ayurveda for Profound Healing. She is an Adjunct Professor of Human Development and General Psychology in the Connecticut Community College system. Kathryn is a contributing writer, and educator for Yoga International website, a Banyan Botanicals Ambassador, and a guest blogger on several healthcare websites. She holds memberships with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Yoga Alliance, the National Association of Drama Therapists and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. For more information about Kathryn, click here.