As a respected Yoga Instructor in the Denver-Metro area since 2012, my goal is to help people, through yoga, by meeting them right where they are in their life. The culmination of my life’s work is to facilitate improvement in their overall well-being and to help them experience life from a more grounded and empowered perspective. As a result, individuals are able to thrive and live with more freedom, purpose, and joy.
I am a certified 200 HR YRT who is also certified in Trauma-informed yoga, Yin and Restorative Yoga, Nidra Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yoga for First Responders and Yoga for Veterans. I have thousands of hours of experience and trainings to help educate and coach individuals on how to build resilience, reduce anxiety and stress, improve sleep and improve negative default brain and behavior patterns that you are desiring to release.
What is trauma-informed yoga?
Yoga is the practice of connecting the mind, body, and spirit into one coherent, efficient system. The sanskrit meaning of yoga is literally "to yoke or join." While this is true of all yoga, there are many different types of yoga to consider when choosing which style is the best fit on any given day.
In a trauma-informed yoga practice, the focus is specifically on relieving trauma out of the mind and body. This can be relief of mental trauma, physical trauma or both.
The practice of trauma-informed yoga helps to unwind the physiological and psychological patterns encoded by trauma and offers tools to help calm down the nervous system, self-regulate and find balance in the mind and body. With the use of the breath, specific postures are practiced in order to relieve the "spinning" that occurs in the mind and allows the nervous system to settle.
As a result, relief from trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, and symptoms of PTSD is gained and overall improved mental health is achieved.
Yoga for first responders
This practice of yoga training is specific and culturally informed to a first responder. The practice trains the first responder to use the breath with specific body movement in order to bring the nervous system out of fight or flight/hyper-vigilance and into regulation. This practice facilitates the RELIEF of the stresses held in the mind and body due to their career.
Vinyasa Flow is a style of yoga characterized by moving through yoga postures, connecting each posture to the next, and pairing the movements with the breath. The entire body is moved, allowing for some cardio training, with specific attention to the core, to promote overall well-being.
Trauma-informed Yoga is based on a particular understanding of trauma, one that emphasizes its impact on the entire mind-body system. This type of yoga practice offers RELIEF in the mind and body of trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD and physical pain held in the body.
Restorative Yoga is a restful practice used for relaxing the mind and body, soothing the nervous system, reducing pain, improving sleep and enhancing overall well-being. Yoga poses are practiced on the mat or in a chair and are held for longer periods of time with the support of props such as blankets, bolsters and blocks.
Yin Yoga is a slower-paced style of yoga that calms and balances the mind and body.
Postures (asanas) are held for 2-4 minutes with the support of props such as blankets, bolsters and blocks. This is a more meditative version of yoga that brings flexibility and healing to the connective tissues, fascia, ligaments, tendons and joints.
Nidra Yoga is also known as "sleep yoga." The practice involves a form of guided meditation, moving the mind through states of consciousness between waking and sleeping.
Nidra yoga helps relieve stress and promotes improved sleeping patterns.
60 minutes of this type of yoga offers the benefits of 4 hours of REM sleep.
Chair Yoga is a gentle practice in which all postures are performed while seated in a chair.
This practice is for those with limitations in the lower body and allows for the full benefits of yoga to be realized without leaving the chair. We focus on the breath while building strength, stamina, flexibility and mind-body connection.
Yoga for veterans
Yoga for Veterans is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of military veterans. This practice of yoga training is specific and culturally informed to those who have served in the military The practice trains the participant to use the breath with specific body movement in order to bring the nervous system out of fight or flight/hyper-vigilance and into regulation. This practice facilitates the RELIEF of the stresses, including symptoms of PTSD, that are held in the mind and body due to a career in the military.