Yoga & Teacher Training
I am a Certified Hatha Yoga teacher and Yoga Therapist, practicing since 1993, teaching since 2003, and training teachers since 2007. I specialize in Vedic Counseling, including Vedic Astrology, incorporating years of experience and trainings to create an individualized approach for my students physically, mentally, and emotionally. With a background in Special Education, I was immediately drawn to special populations, leading me to develop programs such as yoga for addiction recovery, as well as physical and emotional trauma. My latest work involves yoga for Neurological conditions. My mission is making yoga accessible and available to all. I hold credentials with The International Yoga Therapy Association as a C-IAYT and with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. My Breathe Into Awareness yoga school is recognized by Yoga Alliance at the 200 and 500 Hour level.
I am able to tailor workshops according to your needs. The options below are examples of what I offer. For those looking to specialize in 12 Step Recovery and trauma-sensitive yoga, I offer training through my Breathe into Recovery program, developed in 2003.
The Art of Becoming/Remembering: The Complete Manual of You
Yoga meets Modern Life Goal Setting. One of the most difficult questions to answer is, “Who am I?” or “What’s my purpose here?” This workshops builds a personalized mini-manual through Ayurveda, Yoga Sutras, and Modern Personality so you are able to tailor your yoga journey based on what is best recommended for your body constitution and personality type.
Breathe into Recovery: Yoga for Anxiety & Depression with emphasis on Addiction, Trauma, & Recovery
Yoga practices are proven tools aiding in the ease of the symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as reconnecting those with trauma to their body. Upon completion of the training, teachers will feel confident in sharing with an additional depth of compassionate and educated skills making them highly qualified for positions connected to counseling/treatment facilities, transitional living, and correctional facilities.
* Certification available with completion of The Psychology of a Yoga Practice and The Five Kleshas, as well as self study and practicum.
Yoga Asana Lab: Anatomy of Movement, Making Yoga Practice Approachable for All
As seasoned yoga practitioners, we often forget fundamental aspects of yoga. Many seasoned students have said this module has made them aware of adopted habits that were not healthy for their bodies.
This module teaches you how to modify for beginning yoga students, those with limited range of motion, and various body types. You will receive handouts from our successful yoga series, which is carefully planned so that each lesson builds skills for a holistic and therapeutic approach to yoga.
Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra
Restorative Yoga focuses on nurturing and gentle practices using supportive props. It is beneficial to students with special health needs, those in caretaking positions. It also benefits those seeking a calming and renewing adaptation of classic Hatha Yoga poses where extended time is spent in several passive postures to relax and heal the body of the stresses it endures in everyday life. This method is also used to tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing for deep relaxation and rejuvenation.
Yoga Nidra or “sleep” is a practice that is much like meditation, but is done while being guided. This practice shifts us from our beta wave brain state where we spend most of our time thinking, planning, creating, acting to an alpha wave brain state where we are centered and calm, while at the same time planting seeds of change in the mind through the process of a Sankalpa.
The Bhagavad Gita
Ever wonder why you are here? How to move through the conflicting battle in your own mind? Albert Einstein himself wrote: “When I read The Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.”
This workshop consists of seven lessons, taking you on an ancient journey applicable to present times.
1. Yoga vs. Renunciation
2. Sattva vs. Rajas
3. Karma vs. Dharma
4. Proof vs. Faith
5. Theory vs. Action
6. Seen vs. Unseen
7. Jnana vs. Vijanana
Combining Theory with Practice, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika & Asana Stories
Hatha Yoga Pradipika is said to be the oldest surviving text on Hatha Yoga. It was written by Swami Svatmarama in the 15th century CE, drawing upon previous texts as well as his own experiences. This text teaches us to the meaning and purpose of Hatha Yoga.
Beyond the physical benefits Asana provides, the mythology/stories behind them provide a bridge from our outer world into our inner world when we apply the deeper meaning. Rooted in Indian culture, the ancient myths and symbols represented in the stories apply to our modern lives, offering the realization of untapped wisdom both physiologically as well as psychologically.
Yoga Teacher Training: 200 Hour Breathe Into Awareness Foundations
- Emphasis on Hatha, Vinyasa Yoga, and Restorative
- Accessible Practice Anatomy & Physiology (Emphasis on Healthy Movement)
- Intro to Subtle or Energetic Anatomy
- Injury Prevention
- Support & Modification for Group Classes (Pregnancy & Common Injuries/Conditions)
- History of Yoga
- The Yoga Sutras
- Intro to Ayurveda
- Asana (Posture) Lab
- Yoga Nidra
- Intelligent Sequencing & Class Planning
- Business of Yoga
Yoga Teacher Training: 300 Hour Breathe Into Awareness "Graduate" Studies
- Emphasis on Deeper
- Therapeutic Applications
- Anatomy & Physiology of Injuries and Conditions
- Asana, Pranayama, & Meditation for Special Populations
- Yoga for Women
- Yoga for Trauma & Addiction Recovery
- Yoga for Anxiety & Depression
- Yoga for Your Brain (Mindset)
- Yoga for Neurological Conditions (TBI, Stroke/Paralysis, MS etc.)
- Ayurveda-Yoga Chikitsa
- Philosophy-Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika
- Intro to Vedic Astrology
- Thesis Project & Workshop Development
AYURVEDA & YOGA CHIKITSAYOGA THERAPY I & II
Yoga Chikitsa is as old as yoga itself and is a holistic approach to what we may consider Western/Eastern Psychology and/or Asana Therapy. Neither of these are complete therapies alone. Yoga Chikitsa considers the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of an individual and offers an individualized program considering the person’s dominate dosha & guna in order to help the individual live a more harmonious life through self-realization and greater connection to the Universe or Cosmic Consciousness. We will explore the physical body & pranic body for greater understanding of the benefits of individualized programs that include an Ayurvedic approach to asana, pranayama, mantra, and mudras for overall well-being.
Part I: The Organic & Subtle Body — Introduction to a Yoga & Ayurveda Practice
Gain a deeper understanding of your body/temperament as it relates to nature, diet, as well as exploration of The Five Vayus. This workshop teaches how to incorporate Ayurveda into your yoga practice.
Part II: Ayurveda, The Mind, and Collective Consciousness
According to Ayurveda, the body is a representation of the mind. The mind plays a critical role in our overall health. Mental toxins and unresolved emotions can lead to disease in the body. For example, chronic anxiety can upset the health of the colon. Consideration of the effects of our environment and culture is explored. This module will combine elements of Part I and Part II of Yoga Chikitsa to formulate an individual Yoga and Ayurvedic Lifestyle plan to follow for 40 days.
Additionally, we will explore Jyotish or Vedic Astrology and how each of the planets represents different spiritual and psychological factors and potentials in your life, as well as how the signs/planets relate to the doshas, gunas. elements, chakras.
* If interested, Full Birth Chart Reading consultations are available for an additional $250. These consultations run for 1.5 to two hours and are specific to your life tendencies and Karmic Lessons. An additional 2 Hours of CEUs can be added.
Yoga for Women
As women, our anatomy and physiology is often not considered as we try to tailor our bodies and practice in such a way that may not be ideal for us. This workshop explores various aspects of yoga for women in different stages of life.
Meditation: Mantra, Mandalas, & Malas
There are various methods of meditation. While our destination for meditation may be similar, our journeys vary. This workshop explores various methods to prepare our minds for meditation.
Yoga For Neurological Health
From Traumatic Brain Injury to Parkinson’s, Yoga, in conjuction with traditional therapies, is a valid complementary management and rehabilitation treatment modality. This workshop explores asana, pranayama, and meditation techniques I have used with
my clients with great success.
Longer sessions are often used as combo sessions with Reiki and/or a mini Life Coaching session.
“Getting to Know
Required for all first-time clients.
for one 90 min. session
Offered for you and/or a small group
60 min – $125
90 min – $150
120 min – $190
additional $20 if adding up to 2 people