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Courtney is author of The Mud & The Lotus: A Guide and Workbook for Students of Yoga. She has been a practitioner of yoga for nearly four decades and a yoga teacher for nearly two. 

Courtney has every credential available from Yoga Alliance including the 500 E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher who has taught at least 1,000 hours since graduating from a Registered Yoga School), RCYT (Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher), RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher), and YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) designations. She was one of the first yoga therapists to be recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists as a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), and has been providing private yoga therapy for more than a decade.

A professional teacher since 2001, Courtney began leading workshops in 2006, and organizing and leading retreats in 2009. In 2008, she opened Balance Yoga and Wellness Yoga School (R.Y.S. 200/300/500 with a Yoga Alliance school rating of 4.85/5 stars) in her hometown of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and has since trained nearly 200 students through the school. She often operates Balance Yoga and Wellness Yoga School in other locations nationwide. Her experience in the yoga business also includes running her own studio, managing and creating an extensive yoga program for a 3,000+ member health and wellness nonprofit, assisting yoga studios in their planning and opening phases, and consulting studios and teachers nationwide. 

To reach Courtney for consulting or coaching, or to learn more about Balance Yoga and Wellness Yoga School, visit her at