I have a 200 hour certificate from Baron Baptiste Power Yoga and a 200 hour certificate from Pure Yoga NYC. I study under the guidance of two teachers (Dr. Miles Neale and Dr. Douglas Brooks) and am perpetually immersed in the philosophy and psychology of yoga. I received a scholarship to participate in the Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Certificate program connecting Western medicine and psychotherapy with Eastern traditions and contemplative thought. The method of combining these two practices is critical for the world we live in. My life goal is to help others as a Yoga and Contemplative Meditation Instructor through the application of mindfulness, meditation, yoga philosophy, breath work, and body work. An integrative and comprehensive approach should be the basis of all therapeutic practices and I look forward to being part of this movement that is taking place in contemporary medicine. I am proud to be a part of the Nalanda Institute in New York where I work with doctors, psychiatrists, and social workers – all of whom are learning to apply this approach to their own careers. The next program I plan to do is at The Trauma Center in Boston where they teach yoga instructors how to instruct yoga sessions for people dealing with severe trauma. The bottom line is yoga doesn’t just have the capacity to change lives, it can save them as well.