Katie Schuver, PhD, E-RYT, RPYT
Dr. Katie Schuver is Senior Master Trainer for YogaFit Teacher Training Systems Worldwide, Inc. She has done extensive training in using Yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation in promoting positive affect. For more than 20 years, she has been teaching mindful movement practices. She carries the designation of Level 1 LifeForce Yoga Practitioner, a therapeutic mindfulness-based Yoga program that focuses on the intentional design of Yoga classes to manage mood. At the University of Minnesota, she studied Hatha Yoga, Tibetan Medicine, and Ayurveda and has spent several months in Northern India studying these traditions.
As part of her PhD study in Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Schuver minored in Prevention Science, as well as in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices through the Center for Spirituality and Healing. Her research at the University of Minnesota focuses on the healing effect of mindfulness-based Yoga on reducing depressive symptoms in mild to moderately depressed women.
In addition, Dr. Schuver serves as Project Coordinator for a large NIH-funded randomized trial that examines the efficacy of a physical activity intervention for the prevention of postpartum depression. She serves as Graduate Faculty for the Yoga and Tibetan Medicine Focus Area at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. Currently, she develops curriculum and teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in Hatha Yoga history, asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics.