Sometimes we take heart.
Sometimes we lose heart.
Either way, we human on.

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Yoga

San Diego Yoga Classes

  • Indoor      Mondays 4-5:15 pm at Gather Encinitas. Venmo @mominahan 
  • Online      Yoga Class Library here.
  • Private Yoga

My classes are grounded in choice, sensitive to trauma in the body and founded on curiosity and compassion so that we can leave more resourced and connected to our inner and outer supports.

I am a trauma- and polyvagal-informed yoga teacher and approach yoga through a biomechanical and biopsychosocial lens. I blend Somatic Experiencing® with yoga to support nervous system responsiveness and resilience. 

My Yoga Story

I started practicing yoga in 2008, six years after my husband died. I credit the practice of yoga with taking me from surviving to thriving. I believe that everything is sacred and nothing is sacred, including yoga. This allowed me to step away from my roots in Anusara and Iyengar and explore yoga biomechanics and movement science. This radically changed my practice and my teaching.

My trauma-informed classes are a unique blend of whole-brain movement, with plenty of new and novel movements for brain and body health and growth. My classes address and allow for the whole human experience, ultimately honoring the innate healing ability of every human being and every human body.

I received my 200-hour training at Yoga One in San Diego in 2013. I have since studied with Jenni Rawlings, Jules Mitchell, and stay up to date in the growing areas of movement for trauma and movement science. I am currently in my third year of training in the Somatic Experiencing program.

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Somatic experiencing

Somatic Experiencing® is a body-oriented therapeutic model for resolving trauma.

Trauma is not what happens to us. It is the way our autonomic nervous system responds to what happens to us. When we are overwhelmed with too much, too fast or experience lack from too little, too long, our nervous systems intelligently and instinctively choose the most protective response to help us survive. (Thank you body!)

These responses (flight, fight, freeze) are meant to be time-limited. In humans these responses often become stuck, creating chronic states of hypervigilence, hypertonicity (tension patterns in the body), or hypotonicity (numbness or disconnection from the body), and constant exhaustion.

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is not a cathartic approach. It respects the pace of the body and what the body can hold and process at any given time. SE is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine and is a multidisciplinary intersection of physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics that has been clinically applied for more than four decades.

In our sessions I will teach you how to settle and release physiological activation from your body.  If you have been using yoga to regulate your system or ease muscle tension that continues to return, SE can help untangle and reorganize the nervous system from the bottom up. This is because muscle tension created as a result of emotional suppression cannot be “stretched” out. It needs a different kind of organic movement that SE allows for. Very often this process helps people to reduce stress and return to a sense of regulation and mastery in their lives. 

Somatic Experiencing can be a beautiful support for grief, allowing the body’s story of grief to be heard and supported and processing any traumatic impacts of loss so that the grief can rise and settle with more ease.

ABOUT ME: I am in the advanced year of SE training. I am not a therapist and this work is not a substitute for mental health care. Our work together is body-oriented. I suggest you have a trauma therapist you can reach out to for any cognitive therapy needs.

SESSIONS: Our sessions are 50 minutes, $90/session. A sliding scale is available for online sessions only.

SCHEDULE: Want to schedule a session or have a question? Send it over here! SE is something I embody and am passionate about. It has allowed me to be at peace without having to constantly “regulate” or move my body. I look forward to sharing it with you!

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The Grief Practice Book

The Grief Practice is an 8.5 x 11, 188-page color storybook and workbook that explains and explores grief in the body through human stories and mindfulness practices.

The ancient practices of yoga and mindfulness are offered through a trauma-informed and science-based lens, validating the physical experience of grief and reminding grieving humans that their body is doing everything it can to support them under the weight of their grief.

When you order from me, I personally package your books from my home in San Diego and add some extra love for the journey from my home to yours.

Order The Grief Practice.

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Events

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Sunlight Retreats: Survivors + Allies Sunday Yoga Series

Online | Sunday December 5, 2021 | 12:00 pm PST

Register here.

Hope After Suicide:  A supportive group for people who have experienced loss by suicide. A collaboration between Soulga Yoga and The Grief Practice.

Online | Sundays Dec 5, 12, 19, 2021 | 9:00 am PST

Register here.

Grief+Yoga

In Person | Friday December 17 | 10-11 am

Encinitas, CA

Register here.

To receive updates on events, trauma-informed or grief-specific yoga for your group or private SE sessions, online or in person, please contact Monique here.