Faculty and Staff
Sandra Gilbert, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, B.A.
Sandra Susheela is the most senior YCat Yoga Therapy faculty member and is the senior trainer and qualifier for the full 300-hour YCat all levels training. Sandra is a highly recognized Integral Yoga teacher holding advanced training certificates in Stress Management, Integrative, and Mind-Body Therapies and Patient Navigation. Sandra has mentored and taught alongside YCat founder Jnani Chapman for the past 12 years and is committed to taking her YCat Yoga Therapy program forward since her passing in December.
Sandra was a Yoga teacher and stress management educator as well as a group support facilitator for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC. She has also taught the YCat curriculum for the Mount Sinai Breast Health Resource Center and the NYC Ruttenberg Oncology infusion center. Sandra has offered Yoga therapy, Yoga education, and gentle adaptive Yoga classes for many trainings and retreats including for Integral Yoga programs, Romemu, Omega Institute, and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. In addition, she was one of the first trained Urban Zen Integrative Therapists in practice in NYC for their 2008 initiative and research. Sandra has also taught Yoga for the Special Child and at many retreats for Chai Lifeline in the Orthodox Jewish community.
Sandra is currently a Yoga Therapist in research at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville. She has a passion for educating and empowering students and other teachers, and for creating a safe, compassionate space to explore healing through Yoga. Sandra is appreciated for her patience, presence, and dedication to the whole person. She has years of personal and professional experience and does her best to live by the quote, “Wherever you are, Yoga is there for you.” Sandra is grateful to her mentors Jnani Chapman and Dr. Lawrence LeShan for their pioneering work in mind-body medicine for people with cancer.
Elizabeth Lakshmi Kanter, RYT 200
Elizabeth Lakshmi Kanter, RYT 200, has been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2009. Yoga has transformed her both energetically and physically, helping her heal from the loss of her mother to breast cancer in 1999. Elizabeth’s practices of alignment-based postures, breathing, and meditation have accompanied her throughout a travel-filled career in documentary science television and film production, web design, and urban arts education. Her Sri Lankan Hindu mother often spoke about the incredible healing power of our own breath, and her Polish-American father showed her the merits of staying in the present; yoga finally helped Elizabeth understand the truth and profundity of those insights. She graduated from Willow Street Yoga Center’s teacher training and has been trained by Jnani Chapman in Yoga Therapy for Cancer and Chronic Illness. She teaches through INOVA Hospitals’ Life With Cancer program and has led yoga for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts’ Cancer Retreats. She also works with people with auto-immune system diseases and survivors of human trafficking and trauma. Elizabeth holds a BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University and studied Photography at California College of the Arts.