As part of recovering from years of bookkeeping (though, I was teaching yoga as a hobby) I entered the world of mind-body medicine earning my 500 HR teaching certificate as a Kripalu yoga teacher and a cardiac yoga teaching certificate from The Integral Yoga Institute (Satchidananda Ashram). As my version of post graduate work, I received certification from The Academy for Guided Imagery and The Muscular Therapy Institute. In these extensive multi-year trainings I developed my passion for psychoneuroimmunology, neuroscience, anatomy and physiology.
The Muscular Therapy Institute developed a curriculum of muscular therapy and somatic coaching that included influences from Dr. Wilhelm Reich’s groundbreaking observations on the relationship between emotional trauma and physical distress, the principles for establishing and maintaining effective movement habits as described by F. M. Alexander and Orthopedic Medicine assessment techniques developed by the well-known British Physician, James Cyriax, M.D.
The Academy for Guided Imagery, a post-graduate training provider for health and mental health professionals, is the nation’s only comprehensive, integrated curriculum for teaching Interactive Guided Imagery. As a clinical approach to mind-body healing, IGI incorporates innovative principles and techniques from conventional and Ericksonian hypnosis, Neurolinguistic Programming, psychosynthesis, and Jungian active imagination. AGI’s process adds a unique interactive component that enhances the patient’s own ability to participate in their health and healing, transforming the therapeutic relationship into one of supportive collaboration and successful self-actualization.
After years of working in hospital and hospice settings, my focus of enhancing somatic awareness and consciousness embodiment has shifted to working with individuals taking up the leadership of their lives.
I teach Somatic Yoga & Nidra as a process called Engaging Your Wholeness. I also offer a specialized somatic pelvic bowl yoga series for women dealing with PMS, transitioning into peri-menopause or dealing with any symptoms of menopause.
I am on the Wholistic Healing Faculty for a retreat center, teach at local yoga studios and for UNCA’s OLLI program.
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