Studentship & Training
Many people have inspired and encouraged me in my path to teach. I value their guidance and support of me as a student and a teacher. It is this same relationship and attitude that I aspires to provide to all students.
The Seed is Planted (Ashram Living)
I began to study yoga in 2001 with Richa Eland while attending Ohio University. Richa encouraged me to further my yoga studies and connected her with the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania for a residential program. The three months I lived there in 2003 are the seed from which my practice and teaching has grown.
The Roots Support New Growth (200hr Training)
I completed my first 200-hour teacher training in 2005 with Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago. This training emphasized teaching skills and gave me the opportunity to participate in workshops featuring teachers from all over the world! I took as many workshops as possible and I’m grateful for this unique exposure to so many different perspectives early in my teaching.
The Blossoms Continue to Open (500hr Training & Apprenticeships)
I met Tias & Surya Little while in teacher training at Moksha Yoga Center in 2005. I’ve studied extensively with Tias & Surya since then and I am a Senior Prajna Yoga Instructor (500hr Certified) with hundreds of hours of practice, training, and apprenticeship in Prajna Yoga. I am currently in the process of completing additional certifications in SATYA (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement) and Yoga Therapy through Prajna Yoga. I am grateful for Tias' imaginative poetry, clear instruction, and wise insight and Surya’s masterful exploration with yoga props and ways of adapting this practice.
While living in Chicago, I apprenticed weekly at the Yoga Circle with local Iyengar trained teacher Gabriel Halpern from 2006-2008. During these two years, I helped students with the therapeutic application of yoga for a variety of ailments, conditions, and injuries. I continued this therapeutic study in Santa Cruz during a one-year apprenticeship with the Adaptive Yoga Project lead by Annica Rose in 2012.
I 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 me 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 me and my teaching in many ways.
Locally, I’ve practiced with Iyengar Teacher Maya Lev at Yoga Center Santa Cruz. Maya's careful eye for details and adjustments has helped me come to deeper and more subtle refinement of my practice and asanas.
Currently, I’ve been inspired by Valerie Moselle and Robin Penney at Luma Yoga. I love the way that they are constantly inquiring and exploring with an integrity that I admire. Valerie has also been a supportive mentor and guide for me as a teacher, and I am grateful for all the ways that she has generously supported me.
Continuing Education in Related Fields
In recent years, I have been looking to other movement traditions and modern research for ways to compliment and deepen my 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.”