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BIO

CARETAKER WITH A STRONG VOICE
Tina taught her first movement classes 30+ years ago and fully embodies her surname "Foster" as the descendant of generations of socially engaged farmers and community caretakers. As a leader and in all working roles, Tina is known for her strong voice and ability to hold deep space. Having struggled from early life with major loss, insomnia, depression and anxiety, Tina advocates for wholeness-- movement, rest and awareness, lived and practiced as a unified, democratic craft. 



PERSONAL BIO

SOUTH TO SAN FRAN VIA EAST EUROPE
Tina lives on Ohlone land (aka San Francisco) with her attorney/ musician/ surfer partner. Her pronouns are she/her. She grew up in Alabama on the lands of the Mvskoke (Muskogee/ Creek) First Nation. Tina's life horizon is wide, with roots in 80's Athens, GA, early 90's Czech Republic and pre-Katrina New Orleans. She's a walker of cities and hiker of trails who also takes photos and makes digital media.



WORK

EDUCATOR | COACH | CREATOR | CONSULTANT
"Inner Adventures in Movement & Stillness" is Tina's nutshell description of her work, drawing from her training as a teacher, movement therapist, somatic worker and transformational coach. In 2022, Tina has mostly engaged through private sessions and small study/ practice groups. Tina has written three books on meditation, created numerous products, including a Mudra Card Deck. She also consults with organizations wanting to make their workspaces more meaningful and caring. From 1991-1994, Tina was the recipient of three Soros Foundation Fellowships.



STUDY

(UN) LEARNING FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Tina is certified as a meditation-based coach and holds certifications in yoga, as well as dance, somatics, massage and therapeutic applications. As a PTSD survivor, Tina works to unravel her own trauma as a part of her study of Somatic Abolitionism, Embodied Anti-racism and decolonization. She is committed to unlearning ableism, building healing cultures and dismantling harmful ones, beginning with those inside herself.
"Tina's energy is like *whoah. She has really showed up in life. The force is definitely with her. "
Shane Perkins
OWNER/ FOUNDER, YANDARA YOGA , MASTER TEACHER
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Tina Foster, Foster & Flourish



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