My Approach

In this 60 minute video, you will learn the theory and practice behind the body-centered approach to healing trauma that I teach in my classes.

The video includes...

- Discussion on trauma-sensitive movement practices
- Research on trauma & the body
- Sample movement class

Thank you for being here and for your curiosity.

I am committed to creating spaces for trauma survivors to heal. I believe that an important step in trauma resolution is acknowledging the value in connecting to our bodies. From there, we can move towards relating to our bodies as a source of agency, power, comfort, awareness and even pleasure.

My specialty is guiding survivors through the practice of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), an evidence-based treatment protocol for complex trauma developed by leading researchers in the fields of trauma & psychology. I am also trained in Expressive Arts facilitation with a focus on the Intuitive Painting process.

I offer group classes, private sessions, retreats and workshops for trauma survivors and professional trainings for clinicians & healthcare professionals. I work in art studios, movement studios and people’s homes in the San Francisco East Bay in California.

As a survivor of complex PTSD, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to navigate life after trauma.

For more than a decade I have delved into many different forms of trauma treatment. Embodied practices like yoga and dance helped me to heal and turn my life around. These are some of many factors that have played into my ongoing, constantly evolving, complex healing journey.

My personal journey has led me to discover my body as a gateway to safety, presence and authentic expression. Don’t get me wrong- I still work with challenges and trauma responses regularly, but connecting to my body has significantly improved my life. I am not perfect, however I now I have the confidence and capacity to run my own business and help others on their healing journey. I could not be more humbled and grateful to get to do this work.

My life’s calling is to co-create embodied cultures of consent, justice and pleasure.

I hold professional certifications in Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Expressive Arts Facilitation. I have over 2,000 hours of training in healing modalities and have been teaching movement for ten years.

CERTIFICAIONS, TRAINING & MENTORSHIP:

  • Certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator - David Emerson at the Center for Trauma & Embodiment

  • Certified Expressive Arts Facilitator - Chris Zydel at Creative Juices Arts

  • Certified Forrest Yoga teacher - Anna Forrest at Forrest Yoga

  • Certified Pre/postnatal Yoga teacher - Britt Fohrman at The Mindful Body

  • Trained Birth Doula - Natural Resources

  • Graduate studies in Depth Psychology - Sonoma State University

If I could tell my younger self anything I would tell her that trauma is not a life sentence.

We are not stuck. Our brains can rewire towards stability, safety and agency. In each new moment we can make new choices.

I am still constantly working on my own personal learning edges with humility. For example, I have recently become aware of the harm perpetuated by the yoga industrial complex as an extractive practice that has been created and now exists within toxic power structures. After spending the last ten years teaching and practicing what is known as yoga here in the west, I am now saying no to teaching yoga as an extractive practice and am committed to deconstructing toxic power dynamics and creating possibilities for our collective healing.

As a part of discovering what is mine to carry, I am is excited to be learning how to sing in Gaelic and nourish my ancestors through music and art practice. I don't know it all, however I am committed to creating possibilities for our collective healing. I'm engaging the process with honesty right along with everyone else.

Thank you for joining me.


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