Anodea Judith, Ph.D.
Anodea Judith, Ph.D. is the director of Sacred Centers, a teaching organization for yoga, psychology, and transformational wisdom. She holds a doctoral degree in Psychology and Human Health, is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500), and has engaged in lifelong studies in psychology, yoga, mythology, sociology, history, systems theory, evolution, and comparative religion. She is considered the foremost Western writer on the subject of the chakra system, with several best-selling books, including the classics Wheels of Life and Eastern Body-Western Mind, as well as the award-winning DVD, The Illuminated Chakras. The much-anticipated release of Anodea Judith’s Chakra Yoga (Llewellyn, September 2015) replaces her ever-popular and useful Chakra Yoga Teacher Training Manual. She teaches world-wide and is considered to go-to authority on the chakra system. See full bio here.
Selene Vega, Ph.D., LMFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice, workshop leader, and dancer, as well as adjunct faculty at Saybrook University’s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, developing and teaching courses in the Department of Mind-Body Medicine. Selene’s movement-oriented work with creative and healing states of consciousness has evolved over 40 years of teaching and developing experiential approaches to self-exploration, connection, centering and transformation. She has taught at Bastyr University, JFK University, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and has served as president of Santa Cruz CAMFT (California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists). Selene has published chapters on the use of mind-body and psychospiritual approaches to the treatment of anxiety, and the use of movement practices in psychospiritual growth and psychotherapy. She was editor of the Spiritual Emergence Network Newsletter, and co-authored The Sevenfold Journey: Reclaiming Mind, Body, and Spirit through the Chakras (Crossing Press, 1993), which has been translated into five languages. Her website is spiritmoving.com.
Jacqueline Susanna Chan, D.O., M.I.M. has fifteen years experience as an integrative medical doctor and has a practice at Marin Natural Medicine Clinic in Larkspur. She spent five years as a member of the prestigious Integrative Medical Group, CLEAR Center of Health, in Mill Valley. Dr. Chan is Board Eligible in Family Practice, Board Certified in Holistic Medicine and Board Certified in Neuromuscular and Skeletal Medicine. She is a member of American College for the Advancement of Medicine, American Holistic Medical Association, American Academy of Osteopathy, the Cranial Academy, and the American Osteopathic Association.
Jacqueline’s spiritual journey and her interest in health and healing both began early in life, and they are inseparable in her practice of Integrative Medicine. Contact Jacqueline.
Steven Kessler (Marriage and Family Therapist # 23008) has been studying people his whole life. As early as the 9th grade, he was attending the school plays night after night to learn more about people’s emotions. After a stint studying physics at MIT, he transferred to acting school at Boston University for his undergraduate degree. After four years as an actor and lighting designer in the New England Repertory Theatre, he decided to delve even deeper into the human psyche by getting his MA in Transpersonal Psychology. For almost 30 years, he’s been a licensed psychotherapist, studying many different healing modalities and maps of personality, including Character Structure, the Enneagram, NLP, energy work, Thought Field Therapy, and EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). He was credentialed by Gary Craig as a Level 2 Certified EFT Practitioner, the first in California and sixth worldwide to earn that certification. Since Gary’s retirement, he has been certified as an EFT Advanced Practitioner by Tina Craig at ACEP and as an EFT Expert & Trainer by EFT Universe.
Since 1984 Steven has taught hundreds of groups and workshops in the US and internationally, helping men and women heal their wounds and grow into their full adult selves. More recently he has taught over 100 classes and workshops training other therapists in the use of EFT. From 2006 to 2010, Steven left his private practice for 2-3 months a year to work on US military bases both in North America and overseas, helping the soldiers and their families heal the wounds of war. Contact Steven.
Nini Gridley is a founding faculty member of Sacred Centers and has been teaching some of our Introductory Teleclasses Nini began studying the chakra system with Anodea in 1993. She took all the workshops, then assisted all the workshops and was instrumental in the development of the certification path. Professionally trained as a Spiritual Healer and Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner she initiated her private practice, Full Spectrum Healing™, in 1995 offering private healing sessions, meditations and Bach Flower Essences to children and adults. Previously a Child Life Specialist Nini worked with children on Pediatrics in Medical Centers for nearly ten years. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from Bank Street College of Education (NY, NY) and a B.A. in Child Development and Education from Connecticut College (New London, CT) which inform her understanding of the of chakras and illuminate the healing process.
In 2004 Nini completed six years of training to become a Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher (500 hrs.) at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Lenox, MA. She taught Yoga classes to adults and children there for years and continues to teach workshops on the chakras and meditation for Retreat & Renewal. Currently residing in Saratoga Springs, NY, Nini is teaching at Yoga Mandali where she leads the popular “Full Spectrum Healing Series” for nine weeks on the liberating current of the chakras. Her dynamic workshops weave ancient teachings on the chakras with her expertise in child development to illuminate the midlife healing process and bring Universal light and unconditional love to the process of self discovery.
We are delighted her role at Sacred Centers will be increasing. Contact Nini.