Therapeutic Yoga is a whole health approach to healing. Based on your health desires and needs, we will work together through private sessions to understand the root of the aliment, whether physical, emotional, mental, psychological, or spiritual.
Even though yoga as therapy has existed for thousands of years, it has just begun to be recognized as a professional therapeutic option within the western medical world.
I started practicing yoga as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bangladesh. We were instructed not to run in the areas surrounding our training facility due to security threats. One of the other volunteers had a sheet of paper with drawings and the sequences for Sun Salutation A, B, and some other foundational poses. Copies were made and in my room, alone, I began to practice the asanas. It wasn't until a year later while teaching English in China did yoga become completely intertwined with my life. I sought out poses recommended for back pain and after a week of practicing in my apartment discovered two different studios in the town where I was living. After a few months, I decided I wanted to pursue the path of yoga more intently and signed up for the 200hr Teacher Training with Swami Ramananda and Integral Yoga.
A year later, after moving to El Paso, TX and not having a yoga community physically close, I received a brochure in the mail to attend the first annual Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research being held in Los Angeles. Swami Ramananda was listed as one of the panelists so I made arrangements to attend simply to reconnect to the teacher whom had made such an impact in my life. It was while attending the conference in 2007 that I discovered the broad world of Yoga Therapy.
When I returned home to El Paso, I began teaching group classes to the patients at Mentis Neuro Hospital, a post-acute neurological rehabilitation hospital specializing in Brain Injury. Before long, therapeutic staff began to request I teach private sessions with the patients and after three years of volunteering my time, I became a part of the therapy team, paid by administration for their belief in the necessity of yoga therapy.
I earned my 300hr Advanced Yoga Therapy certificate through Integrative Yoga Therapy and completed a final project with focus on Brain Injury to earn the 500hr designation. I've also maintained a Certified Brain Injury Specialist designation since July 2013. In August of 2016, I earned the title of a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
I currently live in the Denver area and run a private yoga therapy practice as well as private yoga sessions.
Yoga Therapy Sliding Scale $95-$120 per session
There are a limited number of pro-bono sessions available to those in need.