Samantha Cavagnaro, 500RYT and Pediatric Physical Therapist

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My Professional Background

My name is Samantha Cavagnaro, but everyone calls me “Sam.”  I graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1998 and have been a licensed physical therapist in the state of Arkansas since 1999.  I returned to UCA in 2006 for my doctoral studies and graduated in 2008 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  I have been a pediatric physical therapist with Allied Therapy & Consulting Services in North Little Rock, AR, since 1999.  I have worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities in central Arkansas for over 15 years.  I have also served as a clinical instructor for various physical therapy programs, as well as, the APTA pediatric residency program for over 10 years.

Yoga History

I have been a practitioner of yoga for over 10 years.  I found a profound appreciation for yoga when I began practicing with my teachers Matt & Holly Krepps during their ownership of Barefoot Studio in Little Rock, AR.  I married my husband, Chad, in 2006, and we moved to Saline County.  

I continued to maintain a personal practice at home once we moved; however, after a couple of years, I felt compelled to become a yoga teacher.  I had no aspirations of a career change, yet I felt this was something I needed to do. So, in 2010, when I decided to embark on that journey, I turned to my trusted teachers, Matt & Holly Krepps; who by then had sold their ownership of Barefoot Studio, and moved to Shiloh mountain in Jasper, Arkansas, where they now operate Circle Yoga Shala; a sustainable yoga teaching community. 

A Blending

I completed my 200hr yoga teacher training in 2011 and taught beginner to advance classes at local studios around the Little Rock area for 2 years.  In 2012, I returned to Circle Yoga Shala to embark on the journey of my 500hr yoga teacher training, which I completed in 2013.  During that year of training, my appreciation for the depth of what yoga can bring to the body and spirit was profoundly changed.  It was during this training I realized that my knowledge and appreciation of all aspects of yoga and it’s complimentary side of Ayurveda are a beautiful blend to my knowledge of the body from my years of experience as a physical therapist.  I realized how I regularly blend my knowledge in both areas on a daily basis with my physical therapy clients, as well as, my yoga clients.  It was at that time I decided to discontinue teaching classes to the masses at studios and focus my attention to private lessons for individuals and small groups at locations convenient to them.  My hope is to be able to share the gifts yoga has given me to anyone open to the journey.