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Theresa is a certified yoga instructor specializing in therapeutic and trauma-informed yoga for children, adolescents, and adults. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Center and is currently advancing her training to become certified at the 800-hour level as a Yoga Therapist through Inner Peace Yoga Therapy, an International Association of Yoga Therapists accredited program. She also holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology with a Counseling Specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has pursued advanced training in Trauma-Informed Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga for Children.
Theresa offers yoga sessions individualized to meet your unique needs & goals & respecting your abilities. Regular yoga practice supports emotional & physical well-being by strengthening the body’s nervous system & immune system. Yoga can also be an effective component of a holistic program of care for a variety of conditions. Theresa can consult & collaborate with your health care providers if you have any concerns about whether yoga is safe for you to practice.
How can yoga help me?
Yoga is well-known for improving flexibility and balance, but there is much more to gain from regular practice, such as:
- Strengthened nervous system (stress less and get annoyed less)
- Strengthened immunity (get sick less often; recover faster when you do)
- More patience (self-acceptance and improved relationships)
- Inner peace (feeling calm and centered)
Is yoga safe for my condition?
Yoga can be adapted for all abilities and conditions. It can even be done in a chair! Some of the many conditions for which yoga has been recommended are:
- Anxiety and depression (American Psychological Association)
- PTSD (U.S. Army Surgeon General)
- High blood pressure (American Heart Association)
- Diabetes (American Diabetes Association)
- Chronic Pain (American Medical Association)
What does trauma-informed mean?
The guiding principle of yoga is: do no harm. A trauma-informed instructor:
- Understands how trauma can affect the mind and body
- Knows the importance of creating a sense of safety
- Avoids language or actions that could be triggering
- Gives options rather than directives so students feel in control
- Gives adjustments verbally or by demonstrating
In a typical session you can expect to experience physical movements that will help to release tension in joints and muscles and improve your flexibility, strength, posture, and balance. Breath awareness is a very important part of yoga practice, and you will learn breathing techniques to calm the nervous system, clear and focus the mind, and strengthen diaphragmatic breathing, which is the natural way our bodies are meant to breath but which easily gets dysregulated due to stress. A brief guided relaxation at the end of a session will allow your body and mind to completely relax and assimilate the experience of your practice. Theresa will also empower you by teaching you how you can easily incorporate simple yoga techniques at home, at school, or in the workplace to alleviate physical tension and emotional stress as it occurs.
Yoga for Adults, Teens, Children, Couples & Families
- $45.00 for 60 minutes (the price does not change for couples or families that want to learn yoga together)
- $25.00 for 30 minutes (a “yoga break” perfect to unwind or recharge your energy during the day)
You can contact Theresa by phone at ( 224 ) 324 – 4463 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a session or simply learn more about how yoga can benefit you.