Dr. John Cottrell moved to Salt Lake City in 1994 for a clinical psychology internship with Valley Mental Health. There, he gained a broad range of experience including child and adolescent psychotherapy, drug and alcohol treatment, psychological and neuropsychological testing, and group/couples therapy. While still working as a psychotherapist, John taught fitness classes ranging from weightlifting to hip hop dance aerobics in the gym. He later added yoga to his fitness routine in 2000. As a certified yoga instructor, personal trainer, and sports nutritionist, John offers a variety of ways to create a healthy living. John also started his own business, “Mbody,” in 2008 and offers Yoga Therapy as a Certified Yoga Therapist (IAYT), Nutrition Coaching, Personal Training, private and group yoga lessons, workshops, and retreats. He just self-published his second book, Some More Yoga, Please, which compliments his first book, Yoga With Intention: A Yogic Life Journey from Awareness to Honoring.
Allison Rissel is passionate about helping and inspiring yoga teachers to overcome self-doubt and burnout. She is dedicated to assisting yoga teachers to connect with their authenticity, enabling them to become powerful leaders of transformation in their yoga communities. Since becoming a yoga teacher in 2006, she has completed her master’s degree in exercise physiology in addition to over 2,000 hours of formal yoga and yoga therapy trainings and is an C-IAYT Yoga Therapist. She uses her knowledge and experience to guide yoga teachers along their yoga teacher journey, supporting them through the mental, spiritual, and physical challenges that they face. She is the founder of the Yoga Teacher Conf, dedicated to elevating, educating and inspiring yoga teachers around the globe through affordable continuing education, community support and connection. She is an extroverted optimist and she loves hiking, skiing, and connecting in nature with her husband, Sean.
Sheri Fisher received her M.A. in Transpersonal (Spiritual) Psychology from Atlantic University and her B.S. in Business from Colorado State University. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2010 and has been practicing, teaching and studying yoga since. Sheri is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500 and a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider). Sheri’s book, Standing Room Only: How to Be THAT Yoga Teacher, helps new yoga teachers bridge the gap between their 200-hour YTT and teaching exceptional classes. Fisher is an experienced presenter of many yoga and life coaching workshops and specializes in teaching The Five Pillars of Powerful Teaching to yoga teachers and fitness instructors.