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Suzanne Manafort, Founder
For several years, Suzanne has worked with Veterans who suffer with PTS. This work led her to study and learn the practical aspects of what benefits Veterans in a yoga program receive. Her experiences along the way have taught her that teachers require additional training tailored to the specific needs of Veterans.
Suzanne co-authored a book, the Mindful Yoga Therapy Practice Guide. She also produced two CDs—Yoga Nidra by Suzanne Manafort and “Breathe In Breathe Out”, a group of short breathing practices designed for Veterans with PTS.
Suzanne is on the Board of Directors of the Give Back Yoga Foundation. In 2009, she was designated a Wells Fargo Second Half Champion for her work with Veterans.
Paul R. Miller, Chief Operating Officer
Paul R. Miller (a.k.a. Paulie) is a yoga practitioner, musician, corporate executiveand 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. He holds a degree in Philosophy from UMass Lowell.
During the day, Paul serves as the Director of IT for Strategic Business Units at Northrop Grumman Corporation. He provides leadership for IT, oversees compliance with corporate governance and insures business practices meet or exceed customer expectations. With over 30 years experience in IT, 20 in senior management and 11 years with Defense contractors, Paul hopes to help with the business management of Mindful Yoga Therapy.
As a student of Suzanne Manafort’s, Paul has been helping with various projects since engineering Suzanne’s CD: Breathe In, Breathe Out. He attributes much of his success in business to his Mindfulness practice. When asked about his work with Mindful Yoga Therapy, Paul responded, “What a gift to be able to help those who have sacrificed so much for so many.”
Chris Eder, Director of Communications
Chris Eder is a retired Air Force Veteran and a Yoga Alliance registered Vinyasa/Hatha Interdisciplinary Yoga Instructor. His yoga journey began in 1999 after he encountered the joys of a pinched sciatic nerve, and a diagnosis of Adult ADD. A friend introduced him to yoga as an alternative to pain pills and other meds. He was hooked instantly as a student.
During a 2007 deployment to Baghdad Iraq with the Air Force, Chris began teaching a morning sunrise yoga class five days a week. Upon returning to Italy for his follow-on assignment, Chris attended a yoga training and began teaching Vinyasa & Hatha inspired classes. He also taught yoga to Wounded Warriors returning from combat action as part of the Warrior Resiliency Program.