Building resilience through the wisdom of the body
Sandra is a Registered, Experienced Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT) through the Yoga Life Institute in Pennsylvania, Certified Birth Doula (Birth Arts International), BA in Art Therapy (Arcadia University), Trauma-Informed Yoga Trained through Center for Yoga and Trauma Recovery and Firefly Yoga International. She has over 10 years teaching experience as a yoga instructor, and has worked for many years in mental health as a social worker and yoga teacher for the Emily Program. She has additional training in Yoga for Anxiety & Depression (Yoga Center of Minneapolis) and Prenatal Yoga (Dhyana Yoga).
Her focus as a Trauma Support Specialist is on helping women feel empowered in their relationships with their bodies and honoring the connection between our mental and physiological health.
Sandra is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive space where women can deeply and authentically connect with the messages and wisdom of their bodies—a space free from competition, comparison, or emphasis on external measures of success or progress. Whether in recovery from an eating disorder, dealing with grief, loss, or stress, or recuperating from a traumatic event, our bodies are integral to our psychological and emotional healing.
Sandra is a mother of 3 children, one set of twins and lives with them and her husband near a big spruce tree in St. Paul, MN. She believes that laughter, sleep, and water can solve most daily problems and is not afraid to use her New Jersey background to get real and honest with people. She loves hiking and fireplaces and reading long books.
Sandra says "I gave up long ago trying to make people "well" by my personal definition. I learned as a doula that holding space for people is one of the most valuable gifts you can give them and that requires being present and willing to make mistakes. It also requires balance within and without. I hope I can continue to hold space for others for the rest of my life as they create their own paths of hope, transformation, and healing. "
Angela is a certified Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Facilitator and Co-Founder of Terra Firma Wellness, LLC. TCTSY is an evidence based, adjunctive clinical treatment for Complex Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder that was developed by Bessel van der Kolk, David Emerson & Jennifer Turner in collaboration with The Trauma Center in Brookline, MA. She receives supervision through the Justice Research Institute’s Center for Trauma & Embodiment in Boston, MA.
Angela currently facilitates Mind Body Movement Groups at North Memorial Hospital in their Therapeutic Skills PHP, and their Trauma-Focused IOP. She also leads movement groups at The Mother Baby Program in their Day Hospital and Perinatal Outpatient Program, working with mothers who are receiving treatment for postpartum mood disorders. Angela is thrilled to be collaborating with the Center for Victims of Torture to hold space for refugees and individuals seeking asylum. Additionally, she works with clients individually and in group settings in partnership with Wild Tree Psychotherapy. She also has previous experience as a trauma-informed yoga teacher at The Heights, a residential treatment center for women recovering from chemical dependency.
Angela is committed to holding space for others as they navigate their own unique healing journey. She understands that each individual is an expert of their own experience, and hopes to empower her students by honoring their truth while providing mind-body tools.
Angela is also a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and holds additional certifications in Restorative Yoga (Yoga Center of Minneapolis) and Usui Reiki (level II Devanadi School of Yoga & Wellness). She loves hiking and canoeing and eating donuts.
Angela is interested in collaborating with other treatment centers, hospitals and mental health clinics to bring mind-body services to their clients and/or patients.
Angela says, " I acknowledge that the work is never truly done, and I don’t pretend to have all of the answers. I will make mistakes, but believe that true failure only happens when you stop being open to feedback and learning new things, or refuse to take appropriate action. I hope you’ll join me on the mat some time! I’m sure there is much we could learn from each other. "
Photos: Anna Campbell of 1515AC photography