Betsy Rippentrop

Betsy Rippentrop, PhD (she/her)

Betsy began an intensive study of the mind and body 20 years ago when she embarked upon a regular meditation practice and the study of psychology. This path led her to pursue her doctorate in psychology where she focused on the mind-body connection, and the relationship of spirituality to health and wellness.

When she discovered yoga, she was amazed at how the ancient wisdom of yoga mirrored her western psychology training. She views the study and practice of yoga to be the “ideal treatment” for anyone seeking to heal the mind and the body.

Her yoga training is in the Anusara style, which she was attracted to due to the life affirming philosophy it promotes. She has studied with many teachers, including Angela Farmer, John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, Rod Stryker, Bo Forbes, Gary Kraftsow, and Sally Kempton. Her teaching style combines her background in psychology and spiritual study with the ancient tenents of yoga.

She is the owner of Heartland Yoga, creating the healing space with the intention to serve the community by providing a spiritual space in which to learn, grow, stretch, and connect. She also co-authored Chakra Healing: Renew Your Life Force with Chakras’ Seven Energy Centers.  She maintains a private psychology practice at Heartland Yoga.  Join her for REMIND, her 9-week signature course on psychology + yoga integration for mental resiliency.  Or for a more in-depth training for yoga teachers and mental health professions, join her 6-month certification course called Yoga for the Mind.  For more information about her work, and to read her blog, go to