Paula Brown is a yoga therapist in Wellness and Preventative Medicine within the Centers for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. She started her position with Cleveland Clinic in 2012. Paula is currently involved in creating and implementing yoga therapy protocols for patients participating in Cleveland Clinic research studies. She also works with patients in several of our Shared Medical Appointment programs.

With a background in psychology and years of research experience in the business world, Paula has a rich and varied background to support her role as a yoga therapist. Her interest in critical thinking and the motivations that drive individual decision-making processes provides her with a unique set of skills to work with patients and caregivers alike. She strongly believes a heart-centered approach in yoga therapy is critical for success.

Paula has had many roles as part of the Cleveland Clinic Yoga Therapy team. She has taught employee wellness and community yoga classes; trained students to become certified yoga teachers; demonstrated yoga as part of overall wellness programs for the community, businesses, and schools; developed protocol for yoga therapy pilot programs for inpatients, and; worked with patients and families in Cleveland Clinic hospitals and medical facilities throughout the Cleveland area.

Paula enjoys working with other Cleveland Clinic caregivers to share, guide, and empower patients. Helping people realize and tap into their own internal resources for strength, growth, self-care, and healing, is extremely rewarding.

In addition to utilizing yoga techniques for stress reduction, Paula has additional training in trauma-sensitive yoga. She has an interest in bringing yoga therapy to survivors of trauma/abuse and helping those experiencing anxiety and/or depression to find balance and a sense of peace. She is a firm believer that physical and mental health are inexorably linked. She believes wellness and personal growth through yoga translates into better understanding, connection, and esteem of self which, ultimately, results in a general sense of contentment and overall improved quality of life.


Master of Business Administration, Michigan State University
Major: Marketing/Market Research

Bachelor of Arts, Baldwin-Wallace University
Major: Psychology


  • Certified Yoga Therapist, (C-IAYT), International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, (E-RYT500), Yoga Alliance
  • Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, Yoga Alliance
  • Certification, (Human Subject Research), CITI Training
  • BLS Certification

Volunteer Work

  • Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital
  • Kaiser Emergency Room, Cleveland Clinic