GRADUATES & TESTIMONIALS
Yoga has woven a path of practice, study and self-realization throughout Carla’s life since she was young, leading her to teach yoga in 2000 and open Mountain Spirit Yoga studio in 2007. She is committed to creating a transformative yoga experience for her students that creatively explores the relationship of their body, mind and spirit to discover the strength, beauty, and joy of their whole selves. Carla is professionally certified by the Kripalu Center of Yoga & Health at the 200 and 500 hour levels. From her passion to bring yoga to diverse populations, she has pursued advanced certifications in Prenatal Yoga (Himalayan Institute and Pranakriya Yoga), Yoga for Back Care and Scoliosis (Elise Browning Miller), and therapeutic yoga through Body Balance Yoga with Jenny Otto. In addition, she completed the Yoga for Seniors (Duke Integrative Medicine) and Essential Low Back Care Training programs (Robin Rothenberg). She is currently studying with Integrative Yoga Therapy to obtain a comprehensive certification as a Yoga Therapist.
Carla studied with Anodea Judith (Sacred Centers) for many years and completed the Chakra Yoga Teacher certification. For her final project, she wrote and recorded a series of meditations of the chakras by trimester for pregnant women: Sacred Mothering Meditations – a prenatal journey through the chakras. This CD is dedicated to conscious mothering and the sacred bond between mother and child. Carla leads workshops and retreats that explore the chakras as a means of integration and healing, as well as for creative manifestation.
Carla is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Julie Angel, graduate of Sacred Centers, has been gently guiding clients to a place of more joyful embodiment for over 25 years. She integrates the tools of massage, Watsu (aquatic bodywork), Process Healing (somatic therapy) and chakra psychology (the interface of energy between body, mind and spirit). In private sessions as well as groups, Julie honors each person’s unique journey while inviting them to let go of old patterns that inhibit living and loving fully in the moment. She brings grounded spirituality, compassion and integrity to her lifework.
Julie is a member of: National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork U.S. Association of Body Psychotherapists Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association
Click here to read an article about Julie’s Watsu in the Phila Inquirer Her home office includes an indoor warm pool; see website for photos.
Jason Auer-Sears specializes in chronic pain management integrated with bioenergetic somatic therapies that helps patients suffering with chronic pain patterns, fatigue, physical and psychological trauma, and toxicity. In conjunction with Dr. Aaron Mattes, Jason teaches Active Isolated Stretching, rehabilitating and empowering people suffering from chronic tension, pain and postural weakness. Active Isolated Stretching addresses overall physical performance and function. As a Reiki Master and energy medicine practitioner, Auer-Sears gives frequent lectures on body/mind integration. Jason works in tandem with Des Moines Pastoral Counseling, and the Counseling Clinic of Iowa City, integrating his bodywork and energetics with psychotherapeutic counseling, which provides a well rounded and holistic experience for patient and therapist.
Blending his hard work and stamina with an open mind and gentle, intuitive touch, Jason has developed one of the most successful bodywork practices in the Iowa City, Ia area. “The success rate of bodywork on a number of conditions is extremely high, consistent and encouraging.” Jason Auer-Sears is a massage therapy practitioner who’s bodywork experience covers a range from Trigger Point therapy and A.I.S., to Reiki and Biosonic Re-patterning (balancing through sound vibration).
Jason Auer-Sears is a year 2000 graduate of Eastwind School of Holistic Healing in Iowa City, IA where he received his initial training in Eastern and Western Massage and various energy modalities. Other specialization includes Pre-Natal Massage for expecting mothers, a year-long Reiki Master Apprenticeship with Iowa City’s Karen Fox, RM, and ongoing apprenticeship with Dr. Aaron Mattes, kinesiotherapist and creator of Active Isolated Stretching and ongoing apprenticeship with Dr. Anodea Judith, author of Eastern Body, Western Mind.
Brad Cassidy was raised and worked for the first half of his life in the primal beauty of the forests of coastal British Columbia, which anchored in his heart a deep love for the Divine Mother. A life-long seeker, his faith was eroded by humanity’s seeming indifference to our grave problems and vast potentials. The resulting isolation and despair pushed him into a profound crisis of meaning, until in 1993 a chance encounter with body and breath work provided him with a direct experience of his authentic nature.
Since that time he has re-dedicated his life to love, authenticity and creativity, focusing on the development of embodied awareness and training extensively with various cutting-edge leaders of the human potential movement. Ultimately, he realized his calling was the cultivation and teaching of the wisdom of the heart. He is the developer and facilitator of the Heartwisdom Program, a series of workshops using body, breath, movement, and cognitive processes to empower individuals to live a rich, heart-centered life.
Presently Brad has decided to limit his teaching efforts to offering Level 3 of the Heartwisdom Program; the work of Anodea as put forth in Eastern Body/Western Mind. A condensed version of the work is offered annually at The Haven on Gabriola Island, B. C., and at other locations in various formats by request. Details of this offering can be found here: http://www.heartwisdom.ca/psychology-of-the-chakras.html
The reduction of workshop offerings has been to allow Brad to focus on writing his first book, which is an inquiry into the trajectory of Western thought, how it has brought us to the place we are now and what evolutionary potentials lay hidden within it.
Pam Dennett is a certified Chakra Healer, Medical Intuitive, Energy Intuitive, and Archetypal Consultant. Following a comprehensive program of courses, workshops and thesis research and write up Pam received certification as a Chakra Healer from Anodea Judith’s Sacred Centers Certification Program based in California.
She completed training at Lori Wilson Education Corporation, Inner Access, in Ontario as a certified Medical Intuitive following Lori Wilson’s Body IntuitionTM technique.
Pam graduated from an extensive three year training program in Energy Reading and Healing from Leyline Centre for Spiritual Practice in Vancouver. Subsequently, she completed a two-year program at the Caroline Myss Education Institute in Chicago.
Through her Whitehorse practice, Gaia EnergyWorks, Pam offers Medical Intuition Scans, Energy Readings, Essence Healings, and Archetype Readings. Pam’s facilitation of healing and counsel through body energy intuition is well-known throughout the Yukon. She has assisted a growing number of individuals to enact self-healing, discover themselves, progress with life changes and alter their relationship to the world. Pam’s national and international reputation has grown to meet increasing requests for distant healings and readings.
Pam provides intuitive insights to help find personal truth and become empowered to choose one’s life journey. Gaia EnergyWorks is dedicated to provide a safe and sacred space, where the uniqueness of the individual is honored. All sessions are based on the recognition that we each have our own information, our own path, and the freedom and responsibility to create the life we desire.
Pam’s training and practicing energy work spans over two decades. Pam has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and worked as a wildlife biologist for many years prior to her dedication as a Certified Energy Intuitive Practitioner.
Dian Hamilton, teacher, writer and performer, is a graduate of Sacred Centers Chakra Teacher Track and plans to lead workshops about the chakra system in her community of Provincetown, MA. She really appreciates her four years of workshops and teleseminars and uses much of what she has learned to empower all her endeavors.
She is a certified Laughter Yoga Teacher and has been leading Laughter Yoga Workshops on Cape Cod since 2006. She brings the awareness of the chakras into her Laughter Yoga Workshops. She is also a certified Integral Yoga Hatha I Teacher.
As a playwright and actor she wrote and performed her play, Seven, at the 2010 Sacred Centers Immersion. It is about the journey of seven female characters, ages 7-80 who arrive to explore their lives. Each character is based on a primary chakra.
She is also working on a memoir in which she writes about moments in time. In October 2010 she performed her memoir and taught a workshop, Capturing the Moment, using exercises from her chakra classes at the Women’s International Theater Festival in Provincetown.
In 2007 she founded the Writer’s Voice Café, which she hosts in Provincetown on a monthly basis.
PO Box 1867
Provincetown, MA 02657
Maria J Garcia
Founder of Sacred Centers East, a creative partnership with Sacred Centers, Maria is a visionary thinker, Transformational Coach, workshop leader and yoga teacher. She is cofounder of “The Way Of The Butterfly” – Sacred Passage From Girlhood To Young Womanhood, a 12 month chakra-based program for girls. For five years she lived and worked at “Kripalu at Sumneytown,” a residential yoga and holistic health center serving a worldwide community where she played many roles, eventually becoming Executive Director. Through Sacred Centers East, Maria offers the first level curriculum for the SC Certification Program as well as chakra-based workshops, transformational coaching and yoga classes to the greater community. Maria is dedicated to awakening the timeless wisdom of the chakras in all beings.
Jenni Holloway leads yoga, SoulCollage® and chakra workshops in the San Diego area. Her specialty of combining yoga philosophy & chakra energy healing with contemporary models of developmental psychology & expressive healing arts create sacred experiences of self-discovery & transformation.
Jenni creates transformative experiences for body, mind & spirit by providing you with sacred time & space to explore and express the elements of you.
Jason Kanter, LMSW
I am a psychotherapist and yoga therapist who has been practicing in New York City for over twenty years. In my work with people I draw from various eastern traditions as well as western perspectives in psychotherapy and movement and various forms of bodywork. Using the tools at my disposal, I strive to create a safe “container” – a trusting environment within which people can enter into a process through which they may find compassionate self-acceptance and peace of mind. Here, the particular complexities and nuances of a person’s experience can naturally emerge and be comfortably explored. Utilizing the body as a vehicle for enhancing self awareness, we work together to facilitate a present-moment consciousness that opens the door to healing.
Kiana Love, Founder and Director of Kakini Health, is a holistic practitioner using somatic therapies, energy work and reflexology to help balance the body, mind, and spirit. She holds a B.S. in Behavioral Science from the University of Houston and has certifications in body mind healing. She combines somatic psychology and the chakra system with yoga, stretching, meditation, and breath work.
Kiana is a Reiki master, Advanced Vortex Practitioner, and Master Integrated Energy Instructor as well as an interfaith minister. Kiana provides a compassionate presence that allows the body to express, and integrate its truth, which brings healing and peace of mind. Kiana is available for classes, lectures, space clearing, ceremonies, and private sessions.
Chris Matesic has received his Masters in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University, with a focus in Spiritual Wellness. He holds three certifications: Kripalu Yoga Instructor, Chakra Yoga Instructor, and Positional Yoga Therapist. He has led his uniquely, empowering workshops in several venues including the Four Seasons Hotels & Spa and assisted in several workshops at Kripalu and Sacred Centers. He has also taken his energizing seminars to Columbia University and Equinox’s Pure Yoga centers, and in other health clubs, and private function spaces. Additionally, Chris has had workshop training with the Positive Coaching Alliance at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA.
Chris has been a teacher in the New York City public school system and has created and led several non-profits with a focus on empowering inner city youth to achieve scholastic excellence. He is currently the Dean of Student Life, High School Placement and Enrichment for the Mott Hall Charter School located in the heart of the South Bronx, NY.
Chris has written and published his first book, Soul Champion, An Archetypal Journey through the Chakra System.
Virginia McKinnie, MA, CYT
Born and reared outside of Memphis, Tennessee, I consider myself to be an outgrowth of the “Southern magnolia voice.” A professional writer for more than 30 years, I started my career as a freelance writer in the country music industry, and then became a technical writer for a multi-national financial company, where I won industry awards two consecutive years. My poems have appeared in journals and magazines, including Sage Woman, Mad Poets Review, The Pegasus Review, Watermarks, Lucidity, Feelings of the Heart, and have received national awards and honors.
As a writing mentor, I have developed and facilitated writer’s circles, including numerous daylong workshops, as well as writing camps for girls that focus on their personal and social development by using scrapbooking as a stimulus. Currently, I lead creativity circles, writing workshops, chakra workshops, and teach yoga and meditation. As a writing and creativity coach, I frequently use my training in Belief Closet practitioner when working with clients.
I have an MA in Literature from the University of Warwick, England, and I’m a graduate of the three-year program in Psychosynthesis, a spiritual psychology training, as well as a graduate of Woman Wisdom® Training, Levels I & II. I recently received my certification as a yoga teacher. A recent graduate of Sacred Centers, I have my certification as a Chakra Healer, and I am a Belief Closet Practitioner.
Suzann Robins is author of “Exploring Intimacy: Cultivating Healthy Relationships through Insight and Intuition” published by Rowman and Littlefield (2010), which helps to integrate Anodea’s work with Western Psychology.
After decades of meditating, teaching yoga, tai chi, and college Psychology courses, Suzann confidently connects the eastern and western paradigms. Her counseling goal is to educate about various modalities as they apply to healthy relationships, past life and kundalini experiences.
Suzann says, “The Sacred Centers Certification Program (SCCP) offered me a guided pathway to the therapeutic application of the chakra model for personal and professional development. SCCP empowered me to carry this work to a larger audience.”
Suzann Panek Robins, MA, CHT
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Gail Testa has a doctorate in Holistic Nutrition and Natural Health Sciences and is certified by Sacred Centers as a Chakra Therapist. In addition, she is a Certified Hypnotherapist (American Board of Hypnotherapy), Reflexology (International Institute of Reflexology), Yoga Therapist (Kripalu), and Reiki Master. Gail incorporates these and other techniques into her practice.
For many years prior to starting her private practice in 1997, Gail provided training and counseling to individuals in corporations across the United States.
It is Gail’s desire to understand the total needs of her clients and to work with them to improve their health and well-being through natural methods.
She also has a beautiful Bed & Breakfast in the Adirondacks of NY. They gear their place toward “yogis” and have a lovely, fully-equipped yoga room in the place.
Christine Anjali Wittman
In 1997, after many successful years in advertising agencies, Anjali started her training in to become a spiritual healer, studying Prana Healing and OLHT (One Light Healing Touch) and with many shamans and international healers in Germany. She has been teaching and conducting private healing practice since2001 as an energy healer with deep sensitivity for mental and physical ailments. She began in Holland with Sacred Centers courses in 2006 and took her teacher training in India, with many trips to the U.S. as well, studying and assisting Anodea in her teaching in the U.S. and Holland.
Her special project for graduation was creating yoga teaching for Down’s Syndrome.
Christine Anjali Wittmann runs her private practice as a spiritual healer and energy therapist since 2001. She was trained in several methods to scan and run energy, and developed a deep sensitivity and a visionary in(ner)sight which help her clients to feel at least strongly energized, reach their potential or enhance their self healing powers. She also teaches courses in healing techniques and aura/energy awareness. With her profound advertising and marketing knowledge from many years as an account manager, she initiated a circle of workshops for spiritual workers to gain more confidence in all aspects of business. Back from her international Yoga teacher certification in India, she started in January 2008 to teach Down Syndrome adults in Yoga, and is currently producing a DVD on How-to-Teach them. Christine Anjali graduated from Sacred Centers Certification Program in October 2009 as a Chakra Teacher, is doing the basic Sacred Centers curriculum, and has the honor of being Anodea’s representative of Sacred Centers in Germany.
Private healing sessions, participation on the German workshops and her spiritual Newsletter “spiritBiz” can be looked up, booked and registered on her website.
Patricia Day Williams
Patricia is a Harvard-trained physician and midwife who now coaches, consults and teaches a graduate course in psychology at American University. With her unique background in Eastern and Western psychology, group dynamics, yoga and medicine, she is known for her ability to help people apply the chakra system to their personal and professional lives in both practical and transformative ways.