Skyler Myers. ERYT-500, CAS, CMT, PKS, CDVSAC Skyler has studied and practiced the ancient arts and sciences of wellness for fourteen years. She currently teaches yoga at South Yuba Club in Nevada City, the Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition in Grass Valley, the Yo’Garage at Willow Springs, and Hospitality House. She offered the first Yoga for Trauma Recovery Teacher Training in 2014, with eight graduates.
She also offers Ayurveda and Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) consultations for clients in her private practice and volunteers on the Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition crisis line weekly since 2011.
She received her Hatha Yoga certification (RYT) with 500 hours in Restorative and Vinyasa styles in 2003 from the Shiva Center of Yoga and Ayurveda; in Swedish and Asian Massage (CMT) with 775 hours from Mueller College in 2005. She has studied Shiatsu, Tuina (Chinese Deep Tissue), Reflexology, Swedish, Lomi Lomi, and Ayurvedic massage. In 2005, she opened San Diego’s first green yoga studio, Yoganic, which ranked in the top five yoga studios in 2007 by San Diegans in the Channel 10 A List. Following her heart to keep studying beyond immediate pain relief into the causes of disease, she moved to the San Juan Ridge in 2008 and graduated in 2011 as a Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist (CAS and PKS) with over 2,000 classroom and internship hours from California College of Ayurveda.
Skyler has taught yoga and given massage to clients at The Chopra Center, La Costa Resort, and Renous Day Spa in Del Mar, Mar de Jade Resort in Chacala, Mexico, The Spa at Sugarbowl Ski Resort in Tahoe, Downieville Day Spa, Sierraville Hot Springs, Shuniaa/ Inlakesh and Wild Mountain Yoga in Nevada City, the North San Juan Senior Center, Women of Worth shelter, and was lead Ayurvedic Body Therapist at Blue Sage Ayurveda.
Skyler has a love of the outdoors, hiking and camping regularly to connect with divine guidance through nature. She received her undergraduate degree in acting, and pursued that as a career until her mother fell into a coma ten years ago. The best doctors in the country were unsure of what was ailing her mother, which inspired Skyler to study the ancient medicinal traditions which she now shares with her mother and anyone else who desires a healthier, more vibrant life.
Cate Ashby. MA, NCC Cate is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor specializing in trauma. Cate received her Master’s degree in Community Counseling. She is a certified practitioner of Brainspotting, a brain-based somatic therapy adapted from EMDR and Somatic Experiencing. Cate's work with both trauma and addiction has taught her the incredible value of body-based therapeutic approaches to trauma. Working with trauma somatically enables processing of old wounds and memory that is both far deeper and more efficient than traditional talk-therapy models.
Elise Mitchell. E-RYT, TIYT Elise is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, a member of International Association of Yoga Therapists, a 2015 graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and holds a biology (pre-med) degree from Colorado Mesa University.
After attending her first Iyengar yoga teacher training in 2009, Elise began teaching yoga for Second Nature Entrada, a wilderness therapy company catering to at-risk youth and young adults. Working primarily in therapeutic settings, Elise has cultivated a yoga teaching style that emphasizes body awareness, compassionate relationship with the self, and proper technique to harness inborn healing potential within individuals. She has honed her teaching style to accommodate those battling a variety of afflictions including addiction, PTSD and complex trauma, eating disorders, behavioral/psychological disorders, anxiety and depression. She integrates the importance of self-care, mindfulness, nutrition, and cultivation of personal passion to help students navigate their journey in intensive therapeutic settings and in life beyond treatment.
Today Elise directs the yoga curriculum for Evoke Therapy Programs and Therapia Addiction Healing Center in Southern Utah. She is a guest speaker at the 2015 OBH Symposium for wilderness therapy and other national clinical forums. Elise also holds public classes and spends her free time tripping around the desert Southwest with her sidekick, Bodhi, the retriever.
Gabrielle Pullen. GCFP (Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner), Level II iRest Yoga Nidra Instructor Gabrielle Pullen teaches three potent strategies for moving beyond trauma, into Resilience. Focused on empowering the individual to discover internal resources for Resilience, she teaches two methods for diminishing the hyper-arousal symptoms of PTSD. One is movement based. Gabrielle is among a handful of Feldenkrais PractitionersCM who teach Awareness Through Movement® specifically as it applies to reducing the excessive arousal of the nervous system characteristic of PTSD. She also uses movement-based awareness to provide people with self care skills that promote mobility not just in the physical body, but in the mental body as well, cultivating Resilience by improving the capacity for learning and adaptability. The second self care strategy she teaches is a guided process used by the U.S. Military to help active duty veterans cope with memories of war so that they can return to civilian life without trauma. Known as iRest®, short for Integrative Restoration, iRest Yoga Nidra facilitates skill in self-calming, relaxation and the release of attachment to what may previously have triggered symptoms of reactivity. The third self care strategy she teaches people to implement for themselves, is Insight JournalingTM, a process that channels the emotional charge of past trauma into the art of creative writing. She specializes in working with women, especially those ready to deprogram the effects of past abuse, to return them to the state of self-sufficiency and self-respect that allows them to be autonomous, creative and free. She is editor of The Write to Heal Abuse Anthology, published biennially to promote the voice of women willing to break the unspoken code of silence that perpetuates abuse by channeling pain into art.
As an MFA Candidate she is currently designing the curriculum for a new course called Resilience Through Literacy as a part of her Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing, which defines literacy, not just as the ability to read and write, but as, “an individual’s capacity to put those skills to work in shaping the course of his or her own life.”
Veronica is an author, couple's consultant and highly visible spokesperson for sexual rights who has appeared on every major network as well as CNN, FOX, CNBC, WE, A&E and international television programs. Veronica has been profiled in many publications including The New York Times and she has lectured at a variety of academic venues including Kent State, Stanford and Yale Universities. As a Certified Sexologist (ACS), Certified Sex Educator (SFSI), Certified Anger Management Specialist (CAM), and a Trained Volunteer for the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) Veronica Monet coaches clients over the telephone and at her Nevada City, California office.
Christina A Mettert. M.A., LMFT Christina envisions people finding freedom from the inside out, and using that freedom to identify and connect with their passion(s). From that place of passion, they can learn to create the life they were truly meant to live!
Christina is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been in the mental health field for over 17 years. She has experience working with many different situations, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, marital and partner conflicts, existential conflicts, abuse survivors, GBLT issues and anger management issues.
One of her specialities is to assist individuals with removing blocks in their life that were created from past hurts and/or traumas. Through a process called Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), she facilitates the client to digest frozen traumatic memories and remove the physical symptoms associated with it. She is also certified in the Feeling State Addiction Protocol (FSAP), which is a new short-term therapy that allows an individual to break behavioral addictions and compulsions by eliminating the urges and cravings. Some examples of behaviors that can be alleviated are gambling, smoking, and shopping
Matthew Sweigart. AOBTA® – Certified Instructor Matthew Sweigart began his career in healing arts in 1985 when he received a calling to serve. The Eastern philosophy and practice of balancing yin yang for better health set him on a path of practice. Meditation, Yoga and Acupressure became his life passion and with 30 years of clinical practice he has served a vast array of people on the path of healing.
Healing from trauma and loss have emerged as central themes in his practice and he has consistently sought out cutting edge as well as time honored approaches to calming the nervous system, easing anxiety and releasing the patterns and symptoms of post traumatic stress. Clients report a greater level of ease, freedom, forgiveness and a new sense of conscious relaxed embodiment as a result of these powerful ways of healing. This in turn helps them to feel whole once more, empowered and connected to a deeper sense of their true self.
Matthew maintains a private practice in Nevada City offering private HeartMind Shiatsu bodywork sessions and classical Meridian Qigong instruction. He also teaches regularly across the nation, and is recognized as a nationally Certified Instructor through the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia. He is the author of several manuals, charts and video lectures on shiatsu, qigong, healing and the classical meridian energy system.