I have been studying yoga for 25 years and teaching for 18. Yoga, and all that it encompasses is a primary “go to” when life throws challenges my way. It has never let me down and keeps me grounded and real. I hold many teaching certificates; including a certification in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and Ayurvedic Yoga (Ayuryoga) from Vasant Lad’s Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM. I am certified to teach adults, children, prenatal yoga, and specialize in yoga for PTSD and Complex Trauma. My teaching style is influenced by B.K.S. Iyengar, T.K.V. Desikachar, Erich Schiffmann, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Yogi Bhajan, Judith Lasater, and Cheri Clampett.
I also specialize in the Organ System and it’s role in our emotional and physical lives. In addition to teaching yoga, I teach classes and workshops throughout the US and I assist with the Teacher Training program at Yoga Madre in Sierra Madre, CA. In collaboration with Rene’ Quenell, I am putting together a Trauma Informed training workshop for yoga teachers which will be incorporating what I have learned in my TSY training, and my training in Trauma as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Yoga Services Provided:
Private Sessions: $108.00. There may be a fee for travel time if you need me to come to you and you live more than 5 miles away.
Groups Sessions: $10.00 a person with a guarantee of 10 people, $15.00 a person with a guarantee of 8 people, $20.00 a person for less than 8.
Please contact me via this site or at (505) 660-5758 if you have any questions.
Specialty Workshops and Trainings:
“Root to Bloom Series”
Root to Bloom
This workshop focuses on energetically surrendering and releasing in to the support of the earth in the present moment; playing with our energy lines and brining awareness to the relational component of our connectedness to the Earth and all living creatures. Extending from this rootedness releases tension (EX tension) and cultivates resiliency.
*Includes standing, seated, and inverted poses
*with the Breath as fuel to move in to and shape the physical poses
Root to Bloom Restorative
This workshop focuses on Conscious Restoration and like a plant needs it’s roots to “BLOOM” we need to root in restfulness to be able to handle the challenges that life throws our way and express ourselves as the radiant beings we are.
“Get ORGANized”; Yoga for the Organ System
Our organs are vital and alive. Our organs support our postural tone and our feelings and give volume to our movement. In this workshop you will lean which organs are associated with which chakra and the emotions associated with each and you will learn poses for specific organs.
A super fun workshop geared towards any configuration of two people. This practice incorporates physical postures, conscious breathing, touch, intimacy, trust, communication, and play. We all need support to grow and expand. This is a playful way to explore what that means to you.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY)
My TSY training was with David Emerson and Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. from the Trauma Resource Institute in Boston.
TSY is a mindfulness practice which builds skills to regulate affect arousal and increase one’s window of tolerance. It is a way to learn to live in the present instead of by the demands of the past. Yoga poses and breathing exercises are used to stimulate the parasympathetic NS. Moving in and out of poses with the breath cultivates:
• Self Regulation
• Present Moment Awareness
• Making Choices
• Taking effective action
Currently: I teach Veterans at the San Bernardino Vet Center in Colton, CA and VIP’s (Veterans in Prison) at California Institute for Women in Corona, CA.
Trauma Informed Yoga (TIY) for Yoga Teachers
Please refer to our latest PDF for the latest dates, costs, locations and other important details for the teacher trainings.
This workshop incorporates the skill I have learned in my Trauma Sensitive Yoga training and my trainings as an LMFT from the Trauma Resource Institute and resourcing and nervous system regulation techniques from my Eye Movement Desensitization Training (EMDR) and a rich history of mindfulness practices.
Unless you are teaching a specific class geared towards a population of men or women who have suffered a specific TRAUMA you don’t know all of the experiences your students are bringing in to class with them on any given day. You see what they present. You don’t know their Trauma history; for example whether they have been sexually abused, suffered severe neglect as a child or witnessed a parent being shot and killed. Having a sensitivity towards languaging, touch, particular poses and breathing techniques can be beneficial for all of your students in all of your classes.