Mind Health Yoga was originally designed to help individuals with severe mental illness since I have worked with this population as a professional patients rights advocate in inpatient and outpatient hospitals and residential living facilities.
Mind Health Yoga has since become a place for individuals with all types of mental and physical health conditions. Focusing on people with no experience of yoga and meditation to those who are middle aged or overweight and tend to have physical limitations. Mind Health Yoga serves to help alleviate the emotional stress and trauma that individuals experience, as well as the physical pain that people encounter as a result of injuries or the aging process.
The tools I use and focus on are body awareness and breathing practices. Of course I use yoga postures, but body awareness and one's ability to know how to breath are key to healing. The physical postures are only as good as one is able to fully experience and be aware of them. Breathing is essential to ease into and out of the yoga postures. Body awareness, breathing and movement unite to mend the ailments of the mind and body.
In addition to body awareness, breathing practices and physical postures I also utilize mindfulness and special mantra meditations for further cognitive control and peace of mind. These meditations are scientifically proven to improve mood and enhance memory based on medical studies and brain scans in university laboratories.
I am trained to teach both groups in classroom environments and individuals in specialized sessions. Since Covid -19 I have been teaching and seeing people on Zoom and Skype.
I particularly enjoy working with individuals in YOGA WELLNESS SESSIONS where I am able to get to know the individuals and more details about how to work with their specific conditions and go deeper with the yoga and meditation practices. I am able to set up individual plans for a variety of mental and physical conditions and counsel people on how best to approach their health conditions.
The Mind Health Yoga location offers Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna Therapy.
Mind Health Yoga Studio, Chapel Hill/Online 2013 - present
University of North Carolina Psychiatry (Penny Lane), Pittsboro 2019 - present
Pruitt Health Rehabilitation Center, Raleigh 2021 - present
Encore Briar Chapel Community Recreation, Chapel Hill, 2023 - present
PACE (Volunteers of America), Durham, 2023
Atria at Southpoint, Durham 2020 - 2023
Overture Community Recreation, Cary, 2021 - 2023
Triangle Springs Psychiatric Hospital, Raleigh 2018
Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center, Durham 2017 - 2019
University of North Carolina Family Medicine, Chapel Hill 2016-2019
Orange County Middle Schools, Chapel Hill 2013 - 2016
The Village Integrated Service Agency, Long Beach 2012
We Love Yoga Studio, Long Beach 2011 - 2012
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING CERTIFICATES
Brain Longevity Therapy Certificate 2022
National Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation
Yoga Wellness Educator Certificate 2021
Integrative Restoration iRest Yoga Nidra Certificate 2020
Warriors At Ease Teaching Certificate 2018
Connected Warriors Trauma Conscious Certificate 2016
Yoga Connection Studio
Hatha Yoga Teaching Certificate 2016
Lovingkindness Yoga Studio
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Certificate of Completion 2015
Duke Integrative Medicine
Y.O.G.A. for Youth Certificate 2013
Duke University Dance Studio
Applying Mind/Body Interventions to People with Anxiety and Depression 2012
Ram Dass Center for Humanology
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teaching Certificate 2011
Golden Bridge Yoga Studio
MASTER OF ARTS, EDUCATIONAL STUDIES
Claremont Graduate University 2003
ADULT EDUCATION TEACHING CREDENTIALS
University of California, Los Angeles 1993
- Basic Academic Skills
- English as a Second Language
- Social Sciences
BACHELOR OF ARTS, SOCIAL ETHICS AND MODERN INSTITUTIONS
University of Calfiornia, Santa Cruz, 1991