Resume, Trainings & Certifications
2018: Assisted Linda Graham, MFT, at Spirit Rock, through integrating body/mind/heart practices in her non-residential programs: Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth.
Designed and taught Living in Your Own Goodness, exploring how to strengthen positive inner resources through neuroplasticity, yoga and understanding the nervous system.
Taught Meditating on Nature, respecting the native resource of our natural world and its value as a focal point in spiritual practice. Weaving adaptive yoga, meditation, self-awareness, kindness, various experiential learning activities, Polyvagal Theory and positive neuroplasticity.
Retreat in Ashland, Oregon: Bring Kindness to Your Body, Mind, Heart: Weaving adaptive yoga, self-awareness, kindness, various experiential learning activities, Polyvagal Theory and positive neuroplasticity.
Offered Tune into Your Nervous System: Discover its Rhythm and Movement, a highly interactive, live online courses for 6 participants, that helps participants transform how they relate to signals coming from their body and how they relate to themselves and others.
2017: Co-facilitated weekly Trauma Sensitive Yoga groups with Dr. Jim Stumbo, Care and Counseling Center of Southern Oregon, Medford, OR
Guided year-long study group on death and dying
Created successful online webinar, Tuning Into Your Nervous System in Healing Trauma
Created successful online course: Feeling Good from the Inside Out: A Great Way to Change Your Brain and Your Life
Launched online course for 2018: Tuning Into Your Nervous System and Trusting Its Goodness
2016: Created two resources, sponsored by Leila J. Eisenstein Breast Center, Providence Medical Center, Medford, OR. To be released in 2017. CD: Meditations and Relaxations for Your Healing Journey with Breast Cancer; DVD: Mindful Movements for Your Healing Journey with Breast Cancer.
Conference Presenter: AARP: Mindful Yoga; Head Start: Mindfulness for Parenting
2015 to present:
Substitute for Yoga Therapy services, Kolpia Substance Abuse Program, Ashland, OR
Facilitator through 2017: 4 Year-long Foundations of Well-Being Study Group, Ashland, OR and Medford, OR
2014 to present:
Yoga Therapy services, Leila J. Eisenstein Breast Center, Providence Medford Medical Center, Medford
2007 to present: Mindful Yoga - small group therapeutic/adaptive classes - Ashland, OR
2007 to present: Private yoga therapy coaching
1995 – 2015:
Yoga and Yoga Therapy Consultant in senior living communities including: Massachusetts Housing Agency; Pohai Nani, Kane’ohe, HI; Arcadia Retirement Residence, Honolulu, HI; Rogue Valley Manor, Medford, OR.
2001 - 2006: Consultant, Yoga and Yoga Therapy in medical based community programs
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children
1992-1996: Yoga and Personal Growth Program Director. Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, MA.
1976 – 1995:
Senior staff, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, MA. Many visiting teachers provided a broad perspective of body/mind/spirit integration through spiritual practices, alternative healthcare and lifestyle.
Hundreds of practitioners have been my great teachers. I have 42 years of experience exploring gentle yoga to give your body the energy and support you need to fulfill the many tasks and journeys of a lifetime. My specialized teachings have included adapting yoga for elders and seniors in private residential communities.
Folks with many kinds of needs benefit from Yoga's integrated body and mind approach.
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- 2016, Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. This reflects a rigorous education in Adapting Yoga appropriately for the individual. The profession of Yoga Therapy has been standardized to integrate with modern healthcare models.
- 2008, Certification as Yoga Therapist through the American Viniyoga Institute. Further in-depth application of various yogic models as relevant to physical, psycho-emotional and physiological needs. Peer reviewed project re: Yoga for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis demonstrated her ability to adapt and apply the tools of Viniyoga Yoga Therapy appropriately for individual needs.
- 2003, 500-hour certification, Viniyoga. Training in the bio-mechanical effects of yoga asana; how to appropriately introduce breath techniques and meditative tools such as mantra, seated practice, and yoga philosophy to integrate yogic practice in the most relevant way for the practitioner.
- 1993, 500-hour certification, Kripalu Yoga
- 1980, Kripalu Yoga Teacher
B. Sc., Gerontology, Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ.
Nov. 16 - 19, Great Courage, Great Compassion: Retreat with Roshi Joan Halifax and Frank Ostaseski, Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, NM
May 5-7, 2017, Anatomy Trains and Yoga: Exploring the Deep Front Line, Tom Myers and Robin Rothenberg, Lenox, MA
May 21, 2017, Lovingkindness for Releasing Trauma, with Pawan Bareja, Ph.D., Spirit Rock
2017: Mentoring with Deb Dana, LCSW, polyvagal theory and application
April 11 - 17, 2016, Evolving Together: Mindfulness Meditation and Modern Science Retreat, with Rick Hanson, Ph.D. and other teachers at Spirit Rock Retreat Center
October 15 - 20, 2016, Professional Development Course in Positive Neuroplasticity with Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
2015 - present, online studies with Tom Myers, Professional Training Track - Yoga, Fascia & The New Anatomy through Yoga U
2014 - 2017, Ongoing studies with Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
2015-2017, Ongoing studies with Linda Graham, MFT, practical application of Modern Neuroscience
Integrative Somatic Practice, Thomas Myers, Joseph Della Grotte
Health Realization Practitioner, Annika Hurwitt Schahn
Yoga Anatomy: Principles, Leslie Kaminoff, Amy Matthews
Foundations of Well-Being, Dr. Rick Hanson
- Yogi Amrit Desai and Urmila Desai, www.amrityoga.org
- Swami Kripalu
- Dr. Rick Hanson, www.rickhanson.net
- Linda Graham, MFT, www.lindagraham-mft.net
- Stephen Levine, www.levinetalks.com
- Tom Myers, www.anatomytrains.com
- Annika Hurwitt Schahn, www.optimaliving.net
- Gary and Mirka Kraftsow, www.viniyoga.com
- Jeff and Susan Turner, www.living-ayurveda.com
- Leslie Kaminoff, www.yogaanatomy.org
- Marc Heller, DC, www.sosas.us
- Bonnie Weiss, LCSW, and Jay Earley, Ph.D., www.personal-growth-programs.com
- Lama Yeshe, Lama Pema, Kagyu Sukha Choling, www.kscashland.org
- Spirit Rock Program Center
- The Iona Community, www.iona.org.uk
- Will Nuessle, www.drwillonline.com
- My birth family, friends, and all who have known me and do know me imperfect and love/d me anyway….
I have a holistic professional background. My undergraduate is in Gerontology. I'm a Certified Yoga Therapist, I lead personal self-development in study groups, workshops, and retreats. I teach tools of modern neuroscience - we can literally shape the brain. I am dedicated to helping you learn these tools. I've found, as I learn to value and harvest my life experiences, that cultivating these tremendous capacities of the body, mind, and brain are some of life's true gifts.
As I approach turning 60, I look back and appreciate many teachers that have guided my path. Near the top of the list are those willing persons that have associated with me to hopefully benefit from my experiences.
Maybe one of the greatest teachers of my life was my grandmother. We shared a home with her and she and I bonded. I draw on a felt sense of her care to know what safe feels like in my body. She died when I was 3.5 years old. Some of my longing comes from losing her then.
As a 13 year old, seeing my mother lying peacefully in her final illness, imprinted a moment of calm in the midst of what would become at times the terrifying unknown of being adolescent.
My brother is a combat vet from Viet Nam. He served in the Infantry during Tet. Trauma with a capital T. He keeps showing me what love can do, as do his wonderful wife and family.
I chose the role of caregiving for my Dad during his final illness. During the last month he asked that I bathe him. The healing that happened in these and many other moments, healed our sometimes tumultuous relationship, showing me how deeply I've been loved.
From 1976 - 1995, I was blessed with nearly 20 years of living in a spiritual ashram community, The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. It was like taking a bitter root that ultimately serves the greatest good. It was inspired by Gandhian principles of Love, Service and Surrender and daily sadhana. Through hundreds of staff's selfless (unpaid) service, Kripalu was integral in bringing the teachings of yoga and holistic living to mainstream America. I was part of Kripalu's faculty and senior staff. This experience profoundly shaped me.
I am still married to a wonderful man that I knew for 18 years at the Ashram. After leaving the Ashram in 1995, I extensively studied present-moment thinking through a research-based social psychology model. I earned my undergraduate in gerontology as an adult learner. I expanded my yoga teaching methodology through levels of certification that culminated as a professional Viniyoga therapist.
With thanks to the Viniyoga tradition, I reconnected with my Christian roots along the way. I practiced progressive Christianity: the Celtic tradition on retreat at the Iona community; celebrated Holy Week on retreat at Assisi, and walked the labyrinth in the presence of so many forms of the Mother including the Black Madonna, at Chartres. For three years I offered service to those without a physical home through a church led breakfast and shower program.
My many mentors, teachers, and teachings have greatly influenced me. My personal practice has become a refuge, "a port in the storm," as Rick Hanson describes it, through the ups and downs of regular life. Years of dedicated service guide me in calling on grace.
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I bring relevant, simple, transformational awareness alive in daily living. Giving you tools to grow confidence in caring for your body through adaptive yoga, living with your inner strengths through embodied coaching, and claiming what brings you fulfillment through personal growth in the Foundations of Well-Being study group.
It's a privilege to be connected with you. I look forward to sharing this journey together!
Contact Charlotte by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; or phone, 541-301-8060.