Studentship & Training
Many people have inspired and encouraged Dawn in her path to teach, and she values their guidance and support of her as a student and a teacher. It is this same relationship and attitude that she aspires to provide her students.
The Seed is Planted (Ashram Living)
Dawn began to study yoga in 2001 with Richa Eland while attending Ohio University. Richa encouraged Dawn to further her yoga studies and connected her with the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania for a residential program. Dawn considers the three months she lived there in 2003 the seed from which her practice and teaching has grown.
The Roots Support New Growth (200hr Training)
As a student of yoga and instruction, Dawn completed her first 200-hour teacher training in 2005 with Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago. This training emphasized teaching skills and gave Dawn the opportunity to participate in workshops featuring teachers from all over the world! She took as many workshops as possible and is grateful for this unique exposure to so many different perspectives early in her teaching.
The Blossoms Continue to Open (500hr Training & Apprenticeships)
Dawn met Tias & Surya Little while in teacher training at Moksha Yoga Center in 2005. Dawn has studied extensively with Tias & Surya since then and is currently a Senior Prajna Yoga Instructor (500hr Certified) with hundreds of hours of practice, training, and apprenticeship in Prajna Yoga. She is currently in the process of completing additional certifications in SATYA (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement) and Yoga Therapy through Prajna Yoga. She is grateful for Tias' imaginative poetry, clear instruction, and wise insight.
While living in Chicago, Dawn apprenticed weekly at the Yoga Circle with local Iyengar trained teacher Gabriel Halpern from 2006-2008. During these two years, she helped students with the therapeutic application of yoga for a variety of ailments, conditions, and injuries. She continued this therapeutic study in Santa Cruz during a one-year apprenticeship with the Adaptive Yoga Project lead by Annica Rose in 2012.
Dawn began studying with Christina Sell in 2013 and is constantly inspired by the practices, wisdom and insight that Christina shares so generously. Christina's teachings have encouraged Dawn to intensify her tapas (discipline, burning enthusiasm) in self-practice and start a local teacher's practice group. The support and ideas shared with these Santa Cruz (and Monterey) teachers nourishes Dawn and her teaching in many ways.
Locally, Dawn practices with Iyengar Teacher Maya Lev at Yoga Center Santa Cruz. Maya's careful eye for details and adjustments has helped Dawn come to deeper and more subtle refinement of her practice and asanas.
Continuing Education in Related Fields
In recent years, Dawn has been looking to other movement traditions and modern research for ways to compliment and deepen her connection to the asana practice. These include functional movements inspired by modern science and the study of fascia, the extra-cellular matrix, the nervous system, and pain-science.
“Dawn created a change in my life”
“After a few years of dabbling in yoga, I took one of Dawn's classes in late 2009 after I had been injured in an accident. Little did I know, yoga can be life-changing, both physically and mentally, and Dawn's teachings really opened that up to me. Dawn's knowledge, kindness, openness to every student's needs, and her dedication to creating a thoughtful practice make her one-of-a-kind. She is a gift to the yoga community and I'm grateful to have her in my life.”