Friday, September 15, 2023

Polyvagal Institute - Theraputic Yoga Tools with Marlysa Sullivan and Amy Wheeler - Webinar

Below is a link to an introductory webinar let by Amy Wheeler, PhD and Marlysa Sullivan's, DPT: Therapeutic Yoga Tools: A Polyvagal Informed Certificate for Body-Mind Practitioners

Synopsis: In the fields of pain care and mental health there is a need to identify ways to address the complexity of physical, psycho-emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. In addition, healthcare providers often experience burnout because of the workload and demands of the job which can be extreme. It can be difficult to keep your passion for your work to help others and you may find decreased presence with your client or yourself. Yoga therapy provides a holistic and embodied approach to practitioner self-care and client care. Polyvagal Theory provides a neural foundation for these practices which aligns well with the yoga therapeutic framework of the gunas. This relationship between Polyvagal Theory and yoga philosophy can create a shared language for yoga and healthcare/research professionals to understand the unique role of yoga in whole-person health and wellbeing. This course will cover the basic foundations for assessment and application of practices using the gunas and Polyvagal Theory as well as other yoga principles. 

Their life-changing full live course (via ZOOM) begins on October 6 (teachers can earn CEs) and continues for a total of seven sessions. Read more and register at this link:

Monday, July 24, 2023

Parks after Dark - Family Yoga this Summer 7/6 to 8/27

The City of San Diego has an amazing family program happening at multiple park rec centers around the city this summer. The following rec centers (Linda Vista, Skyline, Memorial, City Heights) are running programs from July 6 until August 26, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday night from 5PM to 8PM. There are kids and family actives like bounce houses, mechanical bulls, face painting, DJ's, hula hoop contests, crafts, FREE FOOD (wrist bands required), and food box giveaways (through Feeding San Diego). The following parks will have ME there teaching yoga-oriented play on Friday nights from 5:30-6:30PM (first come first serve, bring a mat or a towel). 

Check this link for the details and dates:

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Podcast Interview by The Artful Leader

From Rachelle Archer:

“Have you ever wondered what stress you might you be holding in your body? 

In this week’s episode, my dear friend & yoga teacher Jackie Kurtz Gadd and I talk about the power in a regular yoga practice for healing the trauma and stress that is stored in the body. We both open up and share vulnerably about how yoga literally saved us during some of our darkest times and how our practice has evolved over the years. 

Jackie’s mission is to make yoga accessible for all so that everyone can find their own way into wellness,  feel less alone, and find healing in a comfortable and welcoming space.If you’re in SD, check out one of her classes at the YMCA or other community centers. They’re AMAZING! 

Have you tried yoga? How has it supported your well-being?”

Listen here or wherever you stream podcasts: Listen here or wherever you stream podcasts:

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Wellness Events at the Water Conservation Garden

Here’s some of the Spring workshops, tours, retreats at the Cuymaca College Water Conservation Garden.

Sunday, April 23, 2023
9:30 AM
Nature Therapy – The Presence of Trees. 
Your guide is an exceptional human and dear friend of mine who has just recovered from a foot and knee injury, yet insisted on putting this tour on her calendar even when there was no mobility and walking was not an option. She has carried a positive healing attitude and just the other day was doing a shuffle dance move in my cottage. Nature therapy is based on the Japanese “Forest Bathing” to immerse one’s senses in nature. Your guide carries a PhD in performance psychology and teaches at City College. These opportunities are rare moments of connecting breath to nature…Interbeing.

Saturday, May 13, 2023
Mind & Body Master Class – How Brain Health Is Affecting Our Emotions & Behaviors

Saturday, May 20, 2023
8:30am-2pm Spring Escape Into Yoga, Art & Nature