LORI SMITH, C-IAYT, TIYT
Yoga Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy
Lori draws from her medical background and the healing modalities of the Yogic and Ayurvedic traditions to formulate a practice consisting of a unique blend of tools which support the well being of each practitioner. Lori is particularly competent in refining these tools to be therapeutic for clients working with diminished mobility, physiological or mental conditions, as well as those with terminal situations. She has taught yoga in the studio setting across the Albuquerque area for 8 years. Lori has also designed and implemented multiple group yoga programs for target populations such as elementary students, underprivileged youth, cardiovascular clients, Veterans, children and teens with Autism, elderly students and Post Traumatic Stress.
Lori completed the 800 hour Professional Yoga Therapist Training through Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2015. She has also completed specialized trainings in Functional Yoga Therapy, is a certified Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor, and a certified Children’s Yoga Instructor.
Kira Rose Harrison
Yoga Therapy, Therapeutic Massage
Kira Rose Harrison is a licensed massage therapist, certified natural therapeutics specialist, and has completed over 500 hours of training in therapeutic yoga through Integrative Yoga Therapy, Inner Peace Yoga Therapy, and Sundara Yoga Therapy. Kira was first introduced to the deep and comprehensive teachings of yoga as a youth through the lineage of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi.
Over the past decade, Kira has been widely involved in serving alongside members and monastics of Self-Realization Fellowship (spiritual organization founded by Paramahansa Yogananda) to teach and facilitate youth programs and to serve their meditation groups and temples. Kira worked as the head coordinator and facilitator of the 2018 Summer Sadhana Program at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat in Northern Michigan. Within this fully immersive, work-study program, Kira facilitated classes and practices in yogic philosophy, meditation, chanting, self-study, and Hatha yoga; offering space for people from varying backgrounds to openly experience and explore the depths of yoga and its universal principles.
Kira continues her study with Inner Peace Yoga Therapy within an 800 hour yoga therapy certification program. This program includes in-depth and practical study of the therapeutic applications of yoga to meet and support those experiencing structural dysfunction or dysfunction in movement, chronic pain, grief, anxiety, trauma, depression, cancer, and much more.
Kira's offering is integration focused and experientially based. For Kira, the practice and embodiment of yoga is rooted in meeting; the practice of seeing ourselves and deepening the clarity, intimacy, and tenderness of that seeing.
WHAT IS YOGA THERAPY?
According to the Association of Yoga Therapists, Yoga Therapy is defined as the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga. Therapeutic yoga supports the practitioner physically, energetically, and psycho-emotionally as he or she navigates a full spectrum of life issues. Whether you are recovering from injury or surgery, dealing with an ongoing condition such as arthritis or joint pain, or coping with health challenges such as heart disease or cancer, therapeutic yoga can reduce stress, alleviate pain, relieve physical symptoms, build strength, and minimize suffering. It can also improve posture and joint function, build strength, and restore vitality.**
**It is important to understand that a therapeutic yoga program is not a replacement for care provided by a physician or other licensed health care provider, but rather, works symbiotically with the medical treatment already in place to promote maximum healing.