Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Valerie Knopik (PhD, E-RYT 500, YACEP) is the Ben and Maxine Miller Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University. She is also a Yoga Medicine Registered Therapeutic Specialist, the Director of Research for the Yoga Medicine Research Institute, and a yoga teacher trainer for Yoga Medicine. Formally trained in classical ballet, as well as a former runner, Valerie has always been a believer in staying active and yoga is the perfect marriage of her work in mental health & her love of movement & anatomy. With a PhD in Psychology, Valerie is extremely active in mental health research, focusing on how our internal biology and our external physical environment (including yoga, mindfulness, and meditation) can interact to positively change our mental health landscape. Valerie’s sincere hope is that, while the physical asana practice might be the introduction to yoga (as it was for her), her students can utilize the asanas as a tool to find cohesion of mind, body, and spirit in order to experience fullness & purpose in their lives. Valerie lives with her husband and two children (and a big, loveable Great Dane named Justice) in Indianapolis, Indiana.