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Justine Shelton, E-RYT500 is a Registered Yoga Teacher and AVI-Certified Viniyoga Therapist. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Yoga Vista Academy an Advanced Gentle Yoga Teacher Training and Accreditation School, and was initially trained at Soul of Yoga in Encinitas, CA in their Sundara College Teacher Training. She later taught Anatomy and Physiology for the Sundara program and True Nature School of Yoga in Vista and Oceanside, CA.

Justine graduated from Loyola College of Maryland with a B.A. in Sociology and History, putting herself through college on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. As a ‘recovering’ athlete, she was thrilled to find yoga. Letting go of competition came as a huge relief, allowing her to focus on healing her own body. Now her passion is helping others to heal themselves.

Specializing in Rehabilitative Yoga

She specializes in rehabilitative yoga, specifically spinal disc injuries as well as shoulder and knee therapy. Many people know her through her video “Gentle Yoga for a Healthy Low Back.” She encourages her students to practice where their body is right now, allowing for the constant change and growth that comes with a dedicated practice. One of the reasons she loves yoga is that there is always more to learn, always room to grow. That desire to learn has led Justine to continuing education with a wide variety of teachers, including Aadil Palkhivala, Judith Hanson Lasater, Saul David Raye and back care specialist Elise Browning Miller.

In April of 2011 Justine graduated from a four year training program with Gary Kraftsow of the American Viniyoga Institute and now holds the distinction of being a 500 hour AVI Certified Yoga Teacher and a 500 hour AVI Certified Yoga Therapist. Justine is also a Reiki Master and Thai Yoga Therapist and loves to incorporate these various healing styles into her teaching. She lives in Oceanside, CA with her husband and two dogs.

What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga therapy, derived from the Yoga tradition of Patanjali and the Ayurvedic system of health care refers to the adaptation and application of Yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges at any level manage their condition, reduce symptoms, restore balance, increase vitality, and improve attitude. 

Gary Kraftsow, American Viniyoga Institute