About the Author
Dr. Howie Shareff has dedicated his adult life to helping others heal. His 25 years of compassionate chair side dental care has provided a deep understanding of pain. He personally has suffered from chronic arthritis. This disabling condition led to early retirement from his practice and most of the recreational sports that he previously enjoyed playing. Yoga has been integral to Howie's personal journey toward healing. He began practicing in 1996 to improve muscle strength and increase flexibility in his back and shoulders. The benefits of his yoga therapy extended to better management of the physical and mental strains of his dental practice, sports traumas and chronic arthritis. Yoga became essential in his preparation before, and rehabilitation after, surgeries and career transition from dentist to chair yoga teacher. Howie achieved certification as a Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher in 2008. He's advancing his studies under the mentorship of Cindy Bulka at Moving Mantra Yoga Studio in Raleigh, N.C. Howie expresses his passion to heal by teaching chair yoga regimens based on principals of yoga and physical therapy. He shares his love of chair yoga and gentle restorative mat yoga at independent living facilities, the YMCA, Public Library, and other public and private venues. In 2010, Howie registered his business as a non-profit organization in order to facilitate education of the public about gentle yoga programs.