Influences for NOURISH Yoga

OverheadStretch(LookingUp)The primary influences for the NOURISH recovery / discovery yoga system include:

— The concept of “yoga” not only as asana or physical postures, but the 8 Limbs of Yoga used in an effort to “unite” body, mind, breath.  NOURISH yoga also integrates exercises in media literacy, body image, critical thinking, mindfulness, journal writing, and social-emotional skills development.

— Masters in Fine Arts movement and voice techniques.

— Research from mentors in epidemiology, public health, dietetics, psychology and eating disorders prevention: Carolyn Becker, Tim Brewerton, Cynthia Bulik, Jonathan Cohen, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Kathy Kater, Laura Lees, Michael Levine, Eric Stice, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Elyse Resch and Ellyn Satter.

— Friends and relatives who have struggled with / recovered from eating disorders and substance use disorders.

— 10 years of private study with Margaret Riddleberger to learn Dr. Marafioti’s Caruso / Bel Canto method of voice production involving the integration of body, breath and alignment.

— Yoga techniques inspired greatly from Debra Hennesy and Feel Your Best Yoga, Ashtanga, Viniyoga, Iyengar, Yin Yoga, Maripat Abbott / More Peace Yoga.

— The yoga and movement students — and their families — whom I have had the privilege of collaborating with over the course of the last 20 years.

— Creating and connecting award-winning prevention programs to schools and universities in 12 states across the U.S. through the Mental Fitness nonprofit.

Some publications and helpful resources, include: