E-RYT 500 - TIYT Trauma -Informed Yoga Therapist
Reiki Master and Teacher
Somatic Experience Provider
Originally from Peru, I moved to Chicago in 2002. I started practicing Yoga out of necessity in order to relieve back pain. Not only Yoga helped me eliminate my back pain, but I quickly realized that there was a lot more going on than just a physical practice.
I practiced Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa for 10 years before doing my teacher training. Introduced to Ashtanga Yoga during my 200 hrs Teacher Training (2012) through Jonny Kest’s Life Power Yoga, I felt a strong connection to this specific school of Yoga. Since then, I have surrendered to the challenges and lessons of Ashtanga. On this path, I have had the opportunity to learn from David Swenson, David Williams, Tim Miller, Tim Feldman and Kino McGregor on different workshops. In 2014, I did my first Ashtanga teacher Training with Manju Pattabhi Jois , and since then, I look forward to practicing and learning all the aspects of the Ashtanga tradition from Manju, my teacher.
Over the last 5 years, I have been teaching trauma sensitive yoga to veterans at the Captain James A Lovell Federal Care Center. I have taught more than 3000 hours at the Mental Health Unit, and have volunteered more than 500 hours at the PTSD unit, Assisted Living Facility for Seniors Veterans, Military Sexual Trauma Unit and the Psychosocial Re-abilitation and Recovery Center. Yoga, for me, is more than a physical practice. It is a healing journey. I feel blessed to bring this healing practice to soldiers and veterans at the different units I work/ volunteer. To witness how this under-served population explores their unique and innate capacity to heal and transcend trauma is humbling. Seeing them experience deeper levels of peace, acceptance and greater happiness gives me joy.
I am also a Energy Healer, having started the path of Native Peruvian Healing Arts in Peru as a teenager. Years later, after moving to The United States, I became a Reiki Master and Teacher as well as an Akasha Record Practitioner.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Translation and Interpretation, a professional certificate in Mental Health Medical Interpretation as well as a early childhood education certification. I speak Spanish - my native language, English and French. I am passionate about photography and writing.
My Yoga training includes:
Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy - Level II February 2018
Life Force Yoga Practitioner - Level I - October 2017
Yoga Therapist Training - Level I 2016-2017
Trauma Informed Yoga: Sexual Violence, Yoga and the Physiology of Resilience - Feb 2016
Yoga Therapy with Manju Jois, Nov. 2015
Trauma Sensitive Yoga, certified Nov. 2014
Teaching Sexual Violence Survivors - Infusing your Yoga Instruction with a Trauma-Informed Lens - Feb 2015
Connected Warrior Training – Teaching Yoga to Veterans - December 2013
Power Vinyasa Yoga, certified 2012
Restorative Yoga, certified 2012
Ashtanga Yoga, certified 2012 & 2014