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Certified Yoga Therapist! International Presenter! Archangels! May 07, 2015

I have been certified as an Ananda Yoga® Therapist, the fifth student of one of only a few schools on the globe accredited by The International Association of Yoga Therapists to train Yoga therapists under strict standards.

I traveled north to teach classes at Dev Prayag Yoga Therapy in...

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Yoga In Psychotherapy Weekend Intensive with Joann Lutz, Los Osos, CA March 14 -15, 2015 Mar 16, 2015

I had the pleasure to spend two beautiful, warm, Central Coast days with ten psychotherapists interested in bring Yoga into clinical psychotherapeutic settings.

Joann Lutz presented an enormous wealth of well thought-out introductory neuroscience, Raja Yoga (Patanjali’s Eight Limbs) for...

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…may I ask what you experience while teaching? Mar 04, 2015

From an email received March 1, 2015:

Yogini Rishi, much appreciation for illustrating the practice of Ahimsa…My thirst for this practice at an experiential level is being quenched.

I am experiencing cumulative benefits from practicing while you guide your classes,,.As I should be;-)))

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Fresh Testimony Rolling In testimonials yoga teacher training Feb 21, 2015

Brooke,

I am so pleased to have been introduced to you and your fine restorative teaching skills.  I have been doing yoga for a good part of the past 17 years, and your class takes me on such a deep, inner journey.  I so appreciate your skills and wanted to personally thank you and...

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The Latest: Testimony and Promise bipolar disorder testimonials trauma Feb 20, 2015

I received an email yesterday from a Restorative Yoga group-class student. She survives bipolar disorder and trauma and is in recovery for addiction disorder. She is in her 50’s.

“I recently (in the last few weeks) experienced a panic attack in the middle of the night and woke up...

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The Importance of Whistling Feb 12, 2015

When you whistle, you breathe out slowly. This calms the nervous system.

Breathing out is soothing and cooling. It is detoxifying and creates space for more oxygen to enter the lungs on the next inhalation. Activating the diaphragm by controlling the breath stimulates the vagus nerve and the...

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New, Informed Thoughts on Trauma: Veterans, Parolees, Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk and Me Jan 30, 2015

I have begun my seven-week training on Fundamentals of Bringing Yoga and Meditation into Military Communities.

From my experience sharing Yoga with the young combat veteran and from his recent lashing out and defiant withdrawal from me as coping mechanism, I am even more grateful for the...

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The Bravest of the Brave – Yoga as Therapy for PTSD in Recovering Combat Veterans post-traumatic stress disorder veterans yoga therapy Dec 06, 2014

At every Yoga conference that I have attended, great attention has been paid to Yoga as therapy for military veterans as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I had no point of reference for veterans. I literally turned my body to the side in my seat and resisted the incoming...

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Craters & Volcanoes (Pressure, Change and Opportunity in the Face of Instability): Teaching Yoga for The County of San Luis Obispo Adult Treatment Court Collaborative Oct 28, 2014

The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest volcanic crater in the world. It teems with life and is home to “the big five:” lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhino. The crater is an UNESCO World Heritage site , not only for its biodiversity but for the “extensive archaeological...

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Supreme Gratitude as Antidote Oct 05, 2014

It has been a tremendous year – well, two – for me, one of those when my friends can actually comfort and encourage me by saying, “You’re being tested.”

We all go through these rites of passage. Sometimes we can attribute these forces of change to a mid-life crisis...

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Yoga as Medicine for Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse Disorders: Twelve Pain Management Suggestions To Practice On and Off The Mat Aug 16, 2014

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. My sisters and my friends and I grew up in an affluent community in the Hollywood Hills. Most of our parents were a part of the entertainment or fashion industries: creative, educated and driven.

As a college student on the central coast of California, my...

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Reinvention, Full Circle-Style Jun 12, 2014

I found out that the hiring process has begun: Cal Poly is bringing me on as a Restorative Yoga instructor in their new, state-of-the-art Rec Center. I am thrilled! I am so excited to have the chance to really turn down the stress levels of the students there – the tension is indescribable...

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