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The Mud & The Lotus


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Courtney has been a practitioner of yoga for nearly four decades and a yoga teacher for nearly two. She delights in being of service by sharing the gift of yoga with others. 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 Therapist as a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), and has been providing private yoga therapy for more than a decade. She is also trained as a Prime of Life Yoga Teacher, is a Stress Management Specialist for The Dr. Dean Ornish Reversal Program, and has earned the POLY- 500 and Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) certifications. In her role as a certified Solution-Focused Coach (CFSC), she was a featured speaker in the 2017 Resolve to Reclaim Personal and Business Summit, and regularly offers goal-oriented coaching to clients nationwide. 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. She has taught thousands of students and joyfully dedicated many thousands of hours to teaching. Courtney's proudest accomplishment in yoga is seeing those she has trained through Balance Yoga and Wellness go on to be successful teachers. Courtney is mother to four grown children. She is in the midst of moving with her partner to their 40-acre Arkansas farm with many furry friends (including rescued cats, dogs, horses, and donkeys). In addition to yoga and meditation, Courtney loves being in nature (especially near water), working out, reading, and spending time with loved ones. She believes that the human condition offers us daily opportunities to revisit the parable of the mud and the lotus; as life gives us ups and downs, it always offers the practice of yoga as a lifestyle, providing us a framework for bringing ourselves back into balance and ever reaching toward the light. To reach Courtney for consulting or coaching, or to learn more about Balance Yoga and Wellness Yoga School, visit her at


"A comprehensive and unique guide to the basics of yoga for students and teachers. Highly recommended!" --Larry Payne, PhD, C-IAYT, E-RYT500. Founding Director, Yoga Therapy Rx(R) and Prime of Life Yoga(R). Co-author, Yoga for Dummies, Yoga Rx, and Yoga Therapy & Integrative Medicine. "A wonderfully practical--and inspiring--foundations book based upon Butler's years of caring experience in the real world. The title is quite appropriate, as Butler weaves in many personal highs and lows that most of us will relate to, and shares examples of how her yoga practice helps. Her chapter 'Yoga Business Basics' will be especially valuable to many, with much pragmatic education not readily found elsewhere. Her 'Yoga Lifestyle' chapter flows naturally and authentically from her teachings and experiences. Highly recommended for the beginning or aspiring yoga teacher." --John Kepner, MA, MBA, C-IAYT. Executive Director, International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). "I highly recommend The Mud & The Lotus to anyone currently teaching yoga, or thinking of entering this highly rewarding field. Interest in studying to become a Registered Yoga Teacher has only grown over the past several years and with it, the preponderance of books and train-ing guides, all approaching the practice and business of becoming a teacher from different angles. One of the most challenging things for teachers, especially new teachers, is to find one guide that can lead them through their careers, taking into account all aspects of being a teach-er: teaching, conducting yourself as a teacher, running a business (be it a studio or as an inde-pendent teacher), and understanding all the components of the practice itself (poses, breathing techniques, alignment, anatomy, and so on). Butler provides teachers--new and experienced--one guide that can support them throughout their careers. Her book will mentor new teachers, helping them pull together all they learned in training, adding essential pieces not presented. It will be a reminder to more senior teachers in some areas, raising new aspects of yoga for further growth. Personal stories lend an authentic and warm vibe, so it really feels like Butler is right there with you, supporting you as you develop." --Karen Fabian, MS, E-RYT. Founder, Bare Bones Yoga. Author, Stretched and Structure and Spirit.

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