Kathy Randolph began her personal yoga practice in 1969 and started her study of Integral Yoga with her teacher Lisa Dalberg in 1990. After reading “Yoga for the Special Child” and with Lisa’s encouragement, Kathy began her training with Sonia Sumar in her first Basic Certification Program in 1999. In 1999 Kathy also co-founded The Yoga Center in Reno, Nevada, created to facilitate Yoga for the Special Child. She completed all advanced courses and was certified as a Hatha Yoga Teacher in 2004. Kathy continues her training with Sonia in further 95H Certification Program, CPD and Hatha Teacher Training Yoga for the Special Child courses.
In 2002 Kathy began to apply the techniques of Yoga for the Special Child to scleroderma, which she presents at Scleroderma Foundation conferences around the U.S. In 2003 the Texas Bluebonnet Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation made a grant to produce “Yoga for Scleroderma” in video and DVD, distributed by the Scleroderma Foundation. In 2004 Kathy presented her research paper “Yoga for Scleroderma” as part of her certification qualifications. In 2010 the Texas Bluebonnet Chapter and the Scleroderma Foundation each made generous grants to produce “Assisted Yoga for Scleroderma”, a 2 DVD set, distributed by the Scleroderma Foundation.
In 2015 Sonia Sumar gave her approval and blessing to the new “Yoga for Scleroderma Online” project, which will make all of “Yoga for Scleroderma” and “Assisted Yoga for Scleroderma” available online for free, reaching those the farthest away and with the fewest resources.
In 2015 Sonia Sumar asked Kathy to teach a Yoga for the Special Child Continuing Education Program for Arthritis and Scleroderma. This training, open to those who have completed the Yoga for the Special Child 95Hour Part 1 Program, or a 200Hour yoga teacher with one year of experience teaching a population with special needs, or a health background (PT, OT, RT, SLP, Nurse, Special Ed teacher) with one year of consistent personal yoga practice. This will expand the Yoga for Scleroderma program by providing more practitioners who can serve the Scleroderma community in person.
Kathy continues to teach her summer-fall weekly classes in Northern Nevada to infants, children and adults with special needs, both in private classes and in inclusive (for both typically developing students and students with a diagnosis) group classes at The Yoga Center Reno, local day-cares, pre-schools, school age programs, summer programs, group homes and the VA hospital. In the winter Kathy teaches Yoga for Scleroderma throughout Arizona.