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About the Instructors

Whether you are interested in becoming a yoga teacher, taking additional courses to gain a higher level of certification or you simply want to deepen your practice and expand your knowledge, AACC's yoga instructors are will strengthen your understanding of the art and science of yoga.

Kathryn Templeton, E-RYT500
A psychotherapist for more than 20 years, Kathryn Templeton is a master teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work in the treatment of individuals with complex trauma. As an e-500 RYT and NAMA-registered Ayurvedic practitioner, she has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga and Ayurveda with clinical therapeutic techniques. She holds memberships with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, the National Association of Drama Therapists and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Patricia Simpson, RYT500
A Maryland Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher.  Her professional practice combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and therapeutic Yoga. She specializes in treating depression, anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as a range of general problems that cover mental illness and life problems. As a graduate of the University of Baltimore’s Applied Psychology and Counseling Program and among the first therapists to be accepted as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state, Ms. Simpson has a wealth of experience as a mental health professional. As a practicing yoga teacher, she specializes in using Viniyoga, an ancient linage of healing yoga, to treat her clients. Ms. Simpson’s intention is to educate the public, including professionals, about the benefits of therapeutic yoga as a collaborative healing tool to other modalities of healing. 

Kamini Desai, Ph.D.
Kamini Desai, Ph.D. is a nationally-renowned teacher and recognized expert in the field of Yoga Nidra. Trained at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health with degrees in Anthropology and Psychology from Smith College and La Salle University, Kamini is the President and developer of the core program curriculum of the Amrit Yoga Institute. There she developed the first 90-hour Yoga Alliance recognized Yoga Nidra Professional Training program in collaboration with her father Yogi Amrit Desai. This training is now offered in California, Canada, Florida, Washington, Colorado, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, and at the Omega Institute. She has created an exciting body of teachings in Yoga Nidra combining western psychology, medicine and eastern philosophy.