Erika Vilar, TRY Executive Director~Holding hands and hearts

A back injury was Erika Vilar’s introduction to yoga years ago. She refused to use the muscle relaxers recommended by her physician. She knew they would render her unable to properly function as a mom. She found that yoga provided the healing she needed; the joy it gave her was the unexpected surprise. She turned to yoga once again when her marriage ended. It broke … Continue reading Erika Vilar, TRY Executive Director~Holding hands and hearts

From DUI to TRY

The stories we hear in Trauma Recovery Yoga are awful, but what manifests afterwards is heartwarming. In this recent story, most significant to me was the compassionate response of the victim’s father to Matthew, his ability to see further into the future, past his own loss and grief, to perhaps give himself hope that this person who took away his child, could learn a lesson, … Continue reading From DUI to TRY

A Warrior for Inner Peace and Self-Love

Leland Holgate, Sr. is a U.S. Air Force veteran who has practiced yoga for over twelve years.  He discovered the healing power of yoga after he was severely injured post-service.  On R&R following time in combat, he was involved in a wave runner accident; he knew immediately he was badly injured when he hit the water.  He was desperately depressed after discovering the accident had … Continue reading A Warrior for Inner Peace and Self-Love

Denise Stanga – Trauma Release Massage

Denise Stanga and I met in a Las Vegas Trauma Recovery Yoga teacher training workshop.  Neither of us are yoga teachers, but both of us were compelled to explore the magic that is Trauma Recovery Yoga.  A medical assistant by profession, Denise has 20 years of experience as a licensed massage therapist with a focus on integrative bodywork.  She employs Swedish, myofascial release, connective tissue, … Continue reading Denise Stanga – Trauma Release Massage

DTLV Co-op Featured Client ~ Tiera McQuater

The first time I saw Tiera McQuater was in a Chair Yoga class at Downtown Yoga and Wellness Co-op.  I was nervous enough just being in this new role as documentarian for the Co-op and sitting in on a class, taking notes and photographing the session.  I felt inadequate and awkward having never met an individual with quadriplegia before.  I didn’t want to offend her … Continue reading DTLV Co-op Featured Client ~ Tiera McQuater

“I am safe, I am peaceful, I am present.”

The first class I participated in at the Downtown Yoga & Wellness Co-op was Chair Yoga.  The class was taught by Joyce Bosen, co-founder of Trauma Recovery Yoga.  The yoga space is large, clean and full of natural light.  It’s a welcoming, safe space.  A half dozen individuals came in and positioned themselves in the room; 2 were in wheelchairs and one came in on … Continue reading “I am safe, I am peaceful, I am present.”