Deep bow to my past and current teachers. Here are the folks who are helping shape my current internal and external healing work…
Taya Shere co-founded Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute and teaches ritual, multi-religiosity and ancestor reverence at Starr King School for the Ministry. Taya is a practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, co-author of The Hebrew Priestess: Ancient and New Paths of Jewish Women’s Spiritual Leadership, and co-leads a multi-religious Jewish & Sufi community rooted in counter-oppressive devotion. Taya’s people are from the Jewish diaspora – most recently the Ukraine, Poland and Russia. She is an Ancestral Medicine Practitioner and teaches online courses on Jewish Ancestral Healing. Taya is based in El Cerrito, CA and travels internationally to facilitate sacred ritual work.
Sage Hayes offers a unique integrated approach to therapeutic change and transformation. Offering Somatic Experiencing (SE), craniosacral therapy and massage, Sage facilitates thoughtful reflection and embodied change particular to each client's intentions. Somatic Experiencing, craniosacral therapy and intuition are favorite modalities in their practice. They identify places within the body-mind relationship that are stuck in habits which are not serving you and then gently restore them back into coherence with a greater sense of health, choice and peace. With each client, Sage brings a holistic perspective which can explore multigenerational trauma inheritance, cultural contexts and practices, and ongoing adaptation to oppression and an unsteady world. Social and systemic inequality, prejudice, and discrimination produce stress, a physiological state of threat and danger, and an ongoing hypervigilance or disassociation for those in non-dominant groups. As we work to create a more just world on the outside through policy, education, and mass change, Sage believes we must each simultaneously do our inner work to clear internalized social trauma. Sage is based in Maine and travels internationally providing personal sessions, consults, and assisting trainings with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.
Dr. Vanissar Tarakali is a somatic educator and intuitive who offers befriend-your-body coaching and training for people who are healing our world. She believes in collaborating with our wise bodies to transform extreme stress and sustain social change. Dr. Tarakali received her Ph.D. in East West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, researching the psychology of unlearning racism. Vanissar has over twenty years of experience with anti-violence non-profits, social justice education, trauma healing and mindfulness practices. She is a seasoned and passionate practitioner of Generative Somatics, Intuitive Reading, Energy Bodywork, and Tibetan Buddhism. Vanissar is based in Sebastolpol, CA.
Melissa Spamer, M.A. ERYT 500, L.M.T., C. Ay. began formally practicing Yoga in 1993. She has completed more than six Yoga teacher trainings and has twenty years of teaching experience, leading classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Her love of Yoga led her to also become an Ayurvedic practitioner, spending more than two years of clinical training at the Ayurvedic Institute. Her approach to Yoga integrates her in-depth studies with such celebrated teachers as Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten, Rama Vernon, Shiva Rea, Kali Ray and training at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. Her classes are inspired by the natural rhythms of the breath and fluid alignment. She will often infuse music and poetry into her classes as well as teachings on energetic anatomy and Yoga philosophy - to help guide each student on a journey into the art of living Yoga. She is also a licensed counselor in the state of New Mexico and continues to study Yogic and body-centered approaches to healing. She maintains a private Yoga therapy, Ayurveda, and counseling practice in Santa Fe, NM.
Behnje is an E-RYT 500 Certified Hatha Yoga teacher with over over 15 years teaching experience. She began her study of Anusara Yoga in 1997. She received her certification in 2004 and served on the National Certification Board for Anusara Yoga for 8+ years. In 2013, Behnje completed Desiree Rumbaugh's Wisdom Warriors training. Behnje continues her studies with Dr. Douglas Brooks, Jamie Allison, Sianna Sherman, Sonam Targee, and Manoj Chalam. Behnje is inspired by Yoga’s ability to connect people to the wisdom of the heart. It is from this enthusiasm that she is honored to be representing such a rich and elegant method of Hatha Yoga. Behnje co-owns and teaches weekly at From the Heart Yoga and Tai Chi with her husband Rick Powell in Grand Rapids, MI.