Kate Marvel and Greg Schultz
These yoga educators and practitioners are the co-owners of Coastal Yoga Therapy. They bring decades of knowledge and experience from their own lives and practice, and aim to stay curious and open to the ever-evolving process of learning and unlearning.
Kate Marvel, JD, C-IAYT
As a former attorney, Kate came to yoga looking to relieve the symptoms of stress and for relief from postural pain related to “slump asana.” After several years of practice she discovered that she could stand taller, breathe more fully and that virtually all of her neck and shoulder pain had disappeared.
She began her studies with Tias and Surya Little at the Prajna School in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2009 and received an immersion into the therapeutic applications of the yogic tradition. She is now a 500-hour Prajna teacher.
In 2013, she began an in-depth study of yoga therapy with Lillah Schwartz, at One Center Yoga in Asheville, NC. After two years in the classroom and on the mat, and many hours of mentored practicum, she became a certified yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapy in 2016.
Kate’s study of thai yoga therapy has always run parallel. In 2013 she became a Registered Thai Therapist with the Thai Healing Alliance. Her U.S.-based teachers have included Rob Murray of the Orlando School of Thai Massage, Chuck Duff of the Thai Bodywork School in Evanston, IL, and Chris Ray of Thai Massage & Bodywork from Marquette, Michigan. She has also completed extensive training in Thailand, including studies with Sunshine Massage School, Jack Chaiya, Pichest Boonthumme, and Mike Tan. Through these diverse teachers and experiences her practice of thai yoga therapy has evolved into a blend of long compression, skillful thumb work, and targeted stretching. She does not rely on sequences. Each session is unique to the person on the mat and his or her physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Greg Schultz, C-IAYT
Greg comes to the practice of yoga as a result of injury too. He has spent decades in the “work hard, play hard” ethos of corporate IT sales, rugby, marathons and triathlons.
At age 40 Greg was diagnosed with 3 herniated disks in his lumbar spine and he lost the use of his left leg. A year into non-surgical healing explorations, Greg discovered yoga and began the path of persistent application of yoga therapy to find ease once again.
Greg completed his first 200 hour (Yoga Alliance) certification teacher training program with Graham Folwer and Elizabeth Nix at Peachtree Yoga in 2004.
Greg went on to study with Tias and Surya Little at Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, NM, completing his 500 hour certification with them in 2012. After completing a yoga therapy training program with Lillah Schwartz at One Center Yoga in Asheville, NC, in 2015, Greg became a certified yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists in 2017.
Greg has also studied Thai Yoga Therapy with some of the best teachers worldwide including Jack Chaiya, Pichest Boonthumme, Mike Tan, Chris Ray, Chuck Duff, and Rob Murray. He is currently pursuing his LMT with the Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts in Bellingham.