About me professionally.

I'm a teacher and creative -- I make things for the people I teach. My latest creations are The Secret Life of the Body Mudra Card Deck and a supplementary Guide to Mudras.  I also make virtual products, such as online courses.

Since 1988, I've led thousands of classes and hundreds of private sessions. (Interesting sidenote: I started out teaching for free-- for the love-- with no plan to ever call myself a teacher or charge fees.) 

YOGA ASANA. I've taught the full spectrum of yoga asana to people of all ages and abilities. My asana study has been centered around Iyengar alignment and therapeutic applications towards meditative ends. 

MEDITATIVE FORMS. Somewhere around 2003, my teaching followed my own practice, turning inward to meditation and somatic practices. Vipassana Buddhist practice, Inner Body Experience such as Yoga Nidra, mudra and Self-Inquiry meditation. I attend 1-5 silent retreats each year.

CERTIFICATIONS. (Beyond 200 & 500 hour certifications) My current teaching still draws heavily from these certifications: Erich Schiffmann's "Moving into Stillness" Certification, Judith Lasater's "Relax and Renew" Programs and Sarah Powers' Yin Yoga Certification.

OTHER/ RELATED. I'm also certified as a Meditation Coach, Yoga Therapist, Thai Massage Therapist, and Reiki Master.

My lifelong study of literature, myth and archetypes as well as a wide array of other wisdom traditions, continue to infuse my work and life.

About me personally.

Born and raised in the American South, I recall a life flowing between the extremes of wildness and serenity, joy and pain.

Climbing trees, riding horses and dancing in tall grass on a feral piece of land that had once been my grandparents’ farm-- juxtaposed with the shadow experience of trauma-- family drama, death and loss (including the physical destruction of the land I'd lived on). Feeling like a misfit, becoming restless and full of wanderlust and questioning my own existential worth. I'm grateful for the self awareness born out of this wide spectrum of personal experience.

I had a quiet and still side as a bookworm and daydreamer who was also drawn to mystery. As a preteen, I discreetly studied wisdom traditions and tried what I learned out on myself. I went on to earn a degree in English Literatures and Critical Theories.

I have lived and traveled many places, am a former recipient of two Soros Foundation fellowships and have founded or co-founded numerous organizations and businesses.

I have always loved to create in an array of forms from gardening to desktop publishing to movement and more.  

I practice the healthy art of getting lost by walking gritty cities, solo hiking in the wilderness and in meditation.

All of my work in movement and meditation is filtered through my unique personal experience and inquiry into the universal. I am also an effective mentor in helping shepherd other soulful seekers in the discovery of their own unique voice and path.

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“I’ve learned a great deal from Tina, benefitting not only my teaching skills, but my own personal practice and even some ways of how I live.”
Gretta Sowyrda
PHYSICAL THERAPIST, & YOGA ISTRUCTOR
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