After receiving my Master’s in Social Work in 2005, I began working as a trauma therapist in a sexual assault recovery program. This experience helped me to develop a much deeper understanding of the pervasive effects of trauma on the entire being. I found myself absorbed in learning as much as possible about how trauma affects the mind, body, and spirit as well as how it shapes our social and cultural structure.
Intrigued by the importance of integrating the body after a traumatic experience, I began exploring the benefits of yoga and mindfulness meditation. In 2005, I joined 5 other social workers and created a non-profit dedicated to bringing the healing benefits of yoga to underserved populations. My partners and I received scholarships for yoga teacher training and began teaching yogic practices to underserved groups. Since then I have taught yoga to many different populations including survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, LTBTQ youth and families, elementary school teachers, and individuals from the business community.
In 2004 I was introduced to Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE™) and began practicing with TRE™ founder Dr. David Berceli. I went on to receive my certification in TRE and traveled with Dr. Berceli in Brazil studying the method and how it affects the body. In collaboration with Dr. Berceli, and a fellow colleague Maria Alfaro, I helped developed a curriculum for training and certifying seasoned yoga instructors to facilitate self-induced therapeutic tremoring through Neurogenic Yoga.
In 2015, I began the journey of becoming a Certified Sex Educator and Practitioner of Women’s Holistic Sexuality through The Artemis School.