Since 2004 I’ve taught therapeutic yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors, teaching them healthy self-regulation strategies to empower them to live connected and embodied lives. I also train yoga and health care professionals in the trauma-informed, healing centered yoga theory and techniques required to support trauma survivors in their healing, long-term stability and recovery.
After surviving a violent assault in my early 20's, I became a heavy substance user in order to manage my emotional and physiological regulation. A regular practice of yoga took the place of that substance use and provided me with a body-based resource for self regulation. These days, I have the great honor to share those same body-based resources with the clients at Boreal Wellness Centres.
In 2003, I took my first yoga teachers training. I was reluctant to even consider that I might teach yoga to others, but my terror at the prospect told me that I was probably going in the right direction. I know now that, ultimately, I am at the source of my life. I get to create it anew every morning when I step onto the mat, and that is what I want to share with my students. My goal is to create a safe space for survivors to safely explore the landscape of their own stories. I envision a day when all trauma survivors can easily access compassionate yoga-based care that takes into consideration both body and mind. The work I do is my contribution to that vision, and my own story is my motivation.
I hold a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA and am a certified Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F). I'm Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners. In addition to maintaining a private practice, I provide trauma informed yoga programming to the residents at Deborah’s Gate, a national, specialized program of care serving international and domestic women who have been trafficked into situations of sexual and/or labor exploitation and Tupper Nova, a day treatment program which provides services to youth who have serious mental health concerns and are unable to attend their neighborhood school.
15+ years in practice
M.A., Lesley University
Skills / Expertise:
Sexual assault survivors
Trauma informed yoga
"When they go low, we go high."
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