I started practicing yoga eleven years ago by accident. I thought I was going to a kickboxing class at a local gym but was surprised to learn that I had misread the schedule and found myself in a yoga class. As all such serendipitous scenarios go, there was a greater purpose behind that first happenstance yoga class. I remember being able to feel shifts in my body during the first class. I remember noticing my body for the first time in years. With each class, with each form, and with each breath, I could feel my body breathing and moving. After a year of taking classes, I wanted to learn more about yoga and specifically why it was having such an affect on my mind and body. So in 2013 I enrolled in a RYT 200 teacher training program with Shanti Yoga School.
Right out of teacher training, I had the opportunity to work with refugee women at a local resettlement agency. I learned so much from these initial yoga sessions but quickly noticed that the western yoga model wasn’t working. So, I sought out resources about how to better adapt western yoga for the women that I was working with. I found my way to the Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga website where I was able to find others who were facilitating yoga with populations of trauma survivors.
From there, I began to dive into trauma theory, attachment theory, and the neuroscience research behind the experiences of trauma survivors. In 2016 I attended a 20 hour Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga training with David Emerson of the Center for Trauma
and Embodiment in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Center for Trauma and Embodiment trains yoga teachers, mental health clinicians, and other interdisciplinary professionals in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY). TCTSY is an evidence based, body centered approach to healing for survivors of trauma. *To learn more about TCTSY you are welcome to check out their website.*
After completing the 20 hour training, I enrolled in the 300 hour TCTSY facilitator certification in 2017 and completed that certification with in 2018. I now work for The Center for Trauma and Embodiment as a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F). I am also a licensed 20 hour trainer offering trainings in Arizona, Nevada, Utah and am apart of a cohort who offers trainings within African countries.
As a facilitator and trainer I am influenced by my own personal healing journey, trainings, observations of natural movement, my travels, and a belief that embodiment through movement can support healing. I aim to facilitate sessions and trainings in collaboration with others in a way that supports and reclaims decision making for each individual. I aspire to offer a space for self-led exploration and seek to create a safe space for participants - a space that allows for each person to navigate their own bodies, at their own pace, and in ways that they deem most beneficial for them. Each session and training focuses on collaboration with room for feedback and adjustments. I approach each opportunity to share TCTSY whether in session, during and in service or in training, as a place to make room for the present moment experiences within a world that prizes preoccupation. I am grateful for each moment I have in collaboration with others to build safer, more peaceful spaces within individuals, organizations, and communities. I have experience facilitating TCTSY within refugee populations, with sexual abuse and assault survivors, youth, community trauma survivors, and those affected by PTSD and complex trauma. I also work to help integrate trauma sensitive frameworks into faith based communities.
Wherever you are in your journey of learning and healing as a person or as an organization, I am here to support.
Experience and Training
YACEP - Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider®
TCTSY-F - Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator - 300 Hour Advanced Training
101 Racialize Trauma with Resmaa Menekem
Racial Identity and Your Teaching Container with Sadada Jackson
Transforming White Privilege Training
B.A. Multidisciplinary Studies - Minor in English Literature
Applied Leadership Certificate