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Giving Back

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." - Wayne Dyer

We all have unique skills which can make a significant impact in serving the many needs of our community. I've been privileged to have life experiences which may be relevant for non-profit organizations seeking to make a positive impact on how we live our lives and serve those in need.



Why Trauma Informed Yoga and Transformation Yoga Project? 

Trauma-sensitive yoga and mindfulness for communities impacted by trauma, addiction, and incarceration.


Rounding with a decade of serving the community, TYP has facilitated classes and workshops that served thousands of people in stated prisons, federal prisons, county jails, juvenile detention centers, alternative high schools and court diversion programs, residential recovery treatment centers, PHP and IOP programs, behavioral health settings, collegiate recovery clubs, and schools in underserved districts.

Each TYP class adheres strictly to evidence-based methodology. This ensures a safe, supportive, inclusive and consciously-held space for individuals to explore the connection between mind and body. Research shows, and our own participant evaluations confirm, that a trauma-sensitive approach connects individuals with their innate capacity for transformation.

“The instructor has helped me connect my mind with my body… I’ve always lived in my mind while I abused my body. Yoga is a huge part of my recovery and has given me the strength to work through my demons.”

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Defy Ventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2010). The organization's goal is to address the social problems of mass incarceration, recidivism, and related issues by providing well-being, entrepreneurship, employment, and personal development training programs to individuals with criminal histories.

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