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BIO

CARETAKER WITH A STRONG VOICE
Tina taught her first movement classes more than 30 years ago and began exploring inner work in her teens. She fully embodies her surname "Foster" as the descendant of generations of socially engaged farmers and community caretakers. Having struggled from early life with insomnia and anxiety, Tina is an advocate for learning relaxation as a craft. She's known for her strong voice and ability to hold deep space.



PERSONAL BIO

SOUTH TO SAN FRAN VIA EAST EUROPE
Tina lives on the ancestral lands of the Ramaytush Ohlone, otherwise known as San Francisco. Her pronouns are she/her. She grew up in the American South on the lands of the Mvskoke (Muskogee/ Creek) First Nation. Tina also lived in Athens GA in the 80's, Czechoslovakia in the early 90's and New Orleans pre-Katrina. She's a walker of cities and hiker of trails who also takes photos and makes digital media.



WORK

FACILITATOR | SOMATIC WORKER | CREATOR
"Inner Adventures in Movement & Stillness-- for the People" is Tina's elevator description of her work. She draws from her training as a teacher, movement therapist, somatic worker, transformational coach and her experience in organizing, project leadership and event curation across spiritual and cultural spaces. Tina has written three books on meditation and created numerous products including The Secret Life of the Body Mudra Card Deck. She has also been the recipient of three Soros Foundation Fellowships.



STUDY

UNLEARNING FROM THE INSIDE OUT
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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