Services
Body friendly practices.

 

bespoke appointments

Bio-Individual Sessions

1-1 yoga therapy

Private sessions are completely customized for you, and your individualized health concerns. Build or support your foundation for a lifetime of practice through this holistic practice of yoga therapy. Receive a guided practice of poses (asana), breath work (pranayama), with mindful meditation based on your health goals. Homework and documentation (images or video) are included, as well as email and text support.

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Yoga therapy is beneficial complementary care for behavioral and medical health concerns such as:

  • auto-immune diseases

  • trauma recovery

  • rehabilitation

  • disordered eating patterns

  • addiction

  • chronic pain

  • perinatal health

  • mobility and stability

  • depression and anxiety

 

wellness experiences

Healing Retreats

more than a vacation

Travel, play, uncover your innate joy on retreat. Fawn curates fabulous, immersive domestic and international yoga retreats. As a Continuing Education Provider Registered Yoga Teachers receive credits while attending any of Fawn’s destinations.

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yoga education

Professional Development

onsite consulting, training and presentations

Tailored to your specific site, demographic, and learning outcomes, Fawn travels worldwide to deliver experiential presentations, group facilitation, trainings, workshops, and supporting materials (PDF and/or Slideshow, yoga equipment and props) for large groups. Fawn has presented at conferences on The Neuroscience of Yoga, Trauma Informed Care, and Yoga for Eating Disorders. Fawn provides Teacher Training and Continuing Education for Yoga Teachers with alignment-based and therapeutic modules on Yoga for Pregnancy, Safety in Spinal Twists, Practical Anatomy for Yoga Teachers, Intelligent Inversions, and more. Fawn’s current client list includes The Eating Disorder Center of Portland, and The Hillsboro School District.

 

teacher resources

Mentorship

beyond 200-hours

Yoga instructors need access to resources, referrals, and support at any stage in their career. My eclectic background as a freelance graphic designer and performing artist for over twenty years allows me the insight into what it takes to become a successful yoga teacher. Mentorship is an investment, not just financially, but also an investment in a positive collaboration and healthy working relationship. I strongly recommend attending one of my group classes, workshops or retreats to ensure a really good fit. Continuing Education for Registered Yoga Teachers is available. I also work with shalas to provide quality instruction, workshops, and support for yoga teacher training programs.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

what style of yoga do you teach?

I use a therapeutic, person-centered behavioral health model incorporating theory and practices of yoga and yoga's sister science, Ayurveda. My specific training draws from the knowledge bases of physical therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, perinatal health, and trauma sensitive care. I am a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapy, and of the Yoga Alliance Registry.

what does c-iayt mean and who can hold this designation?

C-IAYT is an International Association of Yoga Therapy Certified Yoga Therapist. It means at least 850 hours of training compared with the standard 200 hour yoga programs, and at least 100 hours of supervision in private practice. The International Association of Yoga Therapy has a stict code of ethics, and requires those who have been Certified to complete annual Continuing Education hours. All of this additional training takes time and means that any yoga therapist who is also C-IAYT has thousands of teaching hours.

What makes an iayt yoga therapy certification program distinct from other programs?

My Yoga Therapy Professional training program at DAYA Foundation was unique in many ways. This two year Yoga Therapy training program included one year of Adaptive Yoga protocol (case studies, research, hands-on training working with hip/knee replacement, post/pre-operative modifications, MS, Parkinson’s, perinatal health, disc issues, repetitive stress/joint issues). The following year was yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, and Interpersonal Neurobiology with mental health protocol (case studies, research, hands-on training with addiction, eating disorders, anxiety/depression).

Our teachers also trained us to advocate for yoga therapy as an accessible, cost-effective, Biopsychosocial model of complementary care. I give presentations on my work often.

do you have a specialty or focus?

Most private clients and I work together long term on specific health issues. Since stress is a prime factor in health, the practices of self-acceptance, resilience, and self-awareness are strong themes. My success rates with clients diagnosed with frozen shoulder, generalized anxiety disorder, and pelvic floor issues are the highest.

What are your protocols in a session?

I look at humans through yoga philosophy. A layered model of “self”, the Kosha model, from ancient yogic texts. We are not just bodies and brains, we are complex beings affected by our life stage, the seasons, daily routines or lack thereof, conditioning, culture. No matter what the presenting concern, I assess through this lens.

Initial intake and assessments include a holistic look at each individual through the lens of ayurvedic principles dincharya, the gunas, and the doshas. During sessions I draw heavily from yoga’s philosophical models the Koshas, five states of mind, and the kleshas, as described in the Upanishads and the Sutras. Custom aftercare including documentation (audio, photo, video, and notes), designed using both Ayurveda and yoga philosophy, is given after each group or private session. For complex symptoms, I often request permission to speak with my client’s health care providers, or mental health professionals. My goal is to work seamlessly with the client’s care team. To stay within my scope of practice, I rely on my robust list of providers in various specialties, and make referrals often.

what are the goals of yoga therapy?

  • eliminate, manage or reduce symptoms that cause suffering

  • improve function

  • help to prevent the occurrence or recurrence of underlying causes of illness

  • move toward improved health and well being

  • help to change your relationship to and identification with your condition

WhY Take A Private Lesson?

One teacher, one student is the traditional method of learning yoga. Individualized instruction ensures you get the information you need in a safe, non-intimidating environment.

what is the difference between a yoga teacher and a yoga therapist?

Read this article by Gary Kraftsow. To read more about the neuroscience behind yoga therapy read this.

i've taken my 200-hr teacher training, what's next?

Yoga instructors need access to resources, referrals, and support at any stage in their career. I provide Teacher Training modules, and Continuing Education for Registered Yoga Teachers.

I don't live in Portland, can we still work together?

Yes! We can meet anywhere via video-conference or phone. Requirements: a webcam or computer with a built-in camera, a reliable, speedy connection; Skype, FaceTime, or Google Hangout.