Our Team

Iyengar trained Yoga instructors are held to an unusually rigorous standards. Only after years of training and evaluation can they become a certified Iyengar Teacher. In the Iyengar method all postures can be modify for individual students with the use of props -- such as blocks, blankets and belts. Props allow for a deeper penetration into the posture, as well as a longer stay.

Cathie Ryder, E-RYT

Founder, Operating Manager
 studying  in the Iyengar Method since 2007 with Patricia Walden,  continuing  to this very day!   Traveled to India in 2014 to study with the Iyengars. Cathie is the founder and operator of Yogamatters, and Yogamatters Teacher Training School. With over 35 years of teaching experience, Cathie's has studied with some of the world's best and well known Yoga Teachers in the industry.   Rodney Yee, Baron Baptiste, Cindy Lee, Gary Kraftow, David Swenson, Elyse Browning Miller (Yoga For Scoliosis) Aadil Palkhivala, Finally(2007)
 landing with her current teacher, Patricia Walden, Senior Iyengar Teacher. 

  • 2 year Introductory Teacher Training Program in the Lineage of BKS Iyengar,   Studying directly with Patricia Walden, one of the senior-most teachers of the Iyengar method in the United States. US
  • Member of The Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS)
  • 2010 Rhoda Island Iyengar Convention 
  • 2014 Iyengar Intensive, Pune, India  with Geeta Iyengar
  • 2016 Iyengar Intensive, Florida with Abhijata Iyengar 
  • Studying several time with
    Edwin Byrant (American Indologist. Currently, he is professor of religions of India at Rutgers University. He published seven books and authored a number of articles on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna)
  • Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT® )
  • AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor
  • AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Thai Yoga Massage Therapist
  • Certified Tibetan Bowl Sound Therapist
  • CPR, AED, First Aid Certified
  • Johnny G.  Certified Spinning Instructor
  • BodyPUMP, STEP, COMBAT Certifications
  • Founder Of YOGAMATTERS Teacher Training School ( RYS 200, RYS 300, RYS)

Jenifer Stuckart, E-RYT

Senior Instructor ~ Assistant

I enjoy my family and my life. I am fortunate to have my hobby as my work!! I have  over 8 years teaching experience along with assistance in running and operating YOGAMATTERS Yoga Study.

 I accomplished such gratifications from this treasure called yoga. My goal is to spread the joy of yoga to everyone I can. I started in the medical field as a Dental assistant earning 10 years experience, I found great pleasure helping others. Yoga has opened a "never ending" opportunity for me to continue this. Teaching and aiding each individual member providing them with their own skills to help themselves find the joys life has to offer.

  • Certified Member Of The Yoga Alliance
  • Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT® 500 )
  • Yoga Alliance Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT®)
  • Member of The Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS) 
  • FIRST AID ,CPR & AED Certified
  • Assistant instructor in Yogamatters Teacher Training School (RYS)



Our Team, Cont....

All Instructors at Yogamatters are Register Teachers With The Yoga Alliance.

Lory Pease, RYT (200)

Instructor ~ Assistant

I am absolutely in love with my yoga life now! My journey to yoga began after spending 15 years of my life as management in the health club industry. 

Leaving the health club industry to focus on my family. Yoga has gifted me an opportunity to practice in a judgment–free zone and has become the safe space I need to allow the mind-body connection that I was missing. I have learned to be present, patience, accepting, to listen to my body, and finally self-love.

Fueled with a desire to understand the practice deeper, I received my RYT-200 certification in 2016 and my RYT-500 in 2017. As my journey continues to unfold, I look forward to sharing the lessons I learn with others, and to learn from them, as well. My classes offer the gifts of yoga...strengthening the body, calming the mind, opening the heart and laughing. I teach my classes with enthusiasm and much humor...because let's face it...laughter is the best medicine in life AFTER YOGA.

*Certified Member of The Yoga Alliance

*Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT® 200)

*FIRST AID,CPR & AED Certified

*AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor


Monica Fuller, RYT (200)

Instructor ~ Assistant
Completing my RYT-200 certification has opened my eyes to a new way of thinking and continues to surprise me with the challenges each day brings. My experience in teaching began with becoming a behavior therapist working with individuals with Autism.
Today I am fortunate enough to have a meaningful balance of work and my Yoga practice. Throughout both walks of life I find great joy in helping others make the impossible possible. I am grateful for the lessons Yoga has taught me, and I am eager to share my discoveries with you on our mats.
Together we can make the impossible possible at Yogamatters!
  • Certified Member of Yoga Alliance
  • Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher (RYT 200)

Paula Hamblett, RYT 

Paula has been practicing and studying yoga since 2003. Receiving her RYT 200 in 2007, and RYT 500 in 2012 from YOGAMATTERS. Believing yoga is a vital force that deeply enhances your physical and mental well-being,  accessible to all!  Paula has enjoyed the opportunity to study with Roger Cole, Dr. Timmothy Mccall, Aadil Palkhivala, Desiree Rumbaugh, Peggy Cappy, Tim Miller and Joan White, alone with Cathie Ryder. Paula continues to attend weekly yoga classes, believing there is always something new to learn.  You CAN teach an old "downward facing" dog new tricks!

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