I am a certified yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT) and a 500 hour level registered yoga teacher (500-RYT) through Yoga Alliance. I also hold a BA in Environmental Science and Biology, and an MA in Geography. I've been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching yoga for 7 years.
In 2018 I completed a supplemental 300 hour "Yoga for Mental Health" training with the IAYT accredited Optimal State of Living (OSOL) program founded by IAYT Director Amy Wheeler, Phd. I am currently an affiliate teacher with OSOL.
I am also an Intermediate Level III trainee in Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing (SE) Technique for healing trauma. I specialize in integrating SE informed trauma therapy techniques with yoga techniques when working with students recovering from anxiety/depression, chronic stress, trauma and addiction.
I work in private practice and in health care institutions. In addition to working with people dealing with mental health issues, I help people who are addressing structural problems, recovery from surgery, injury or cancer, and symptoms related to chronic disease. I volunteer in low income schools and non-profit organizations teaching techniques to manage stress and heal from trauma.
My background in Buddhist, yogic and Sufi forms of meditation, coupled with my prior career as a professional facilitator of community-based water and environmental planning efforts, inform my emphasis on collaboration, self-compassion and self empowerment in support of your journey toward sustainable health.
I am grateful for the inspiration, training and guidance I have received from dedicated senior teachers in the individualized yoga tradition of the late TKV Desikachar, revered yoga teacher and author, and son of the legendary yoga master T. Krishnamacharya.
I work remotely and in person out of Tucson, AZ and Boulder, CO.