Ivy came to Rebel Breath via Street Yoga, which she first found in 2011. She was immediately moved by the mission and knew she wanted to be involved. She completed her training in March 2011, and has been teaching the Street Yoga trauma-informed yoga course ever since.
Ivy has worked in the mental health field since 2007 including wilderness therapy, residential treatment, community mental health agencies and private practice. Her experience and teaching as a trainer draws from her training and experience as a somatic oriented psychotherapist working with a variety of populations along with teaching yoga to a range of different student population in many different settings. Ivy also has experience developing trauma sensitive curriculum for an outdoor based therapy program she helped create that she still continues to work for part time.
Ivy taught classes for Street Yoga at a variety of different sites including several residential treatment centers, alternative schools, shelters and classes for caregivers. As a teacher she hopes to help students feel safe to be present and experience their world in an embodied way. She hopes to empower students to access choice, and a stronger sense of trust and freedom within themselves to better connect with the world around them.
Ivy has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College, a certificate in Ecopsychology, as well as two bachelors degrees in Dance and Human Development from Prescott College. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Oregon. Ivy has completed several professional trainings to better support her work as a trauma informed mental health professional and yoga teacher. Ivy has specialized training in yoga psychology with close to 300 hrs in training as a yoga teacher. Ivy has taught Street yoga trainings since 2013. Along with teaching our core training, Ivy has also taught part of a 200 hr teacher training in Portland, OR and has presented at conferences about trauma informed yoga for mental health professionals.
Ivy has many years of experience working with populations who have experienced complex trauma. She is trained in Hakomi Somatic Body Centered psychotherapy along with continuing education from Trauma specialist’s such as Bessel Van Der Kolk, Peter Levine, and Daniel Siegel to name a few. Ivy has experience integrating mindfulness, movement and the practices of yoga in many professional settings for both youth and adults.
For Ivy, the practice of yoga is a lifestyle. Yoga is about creating freedom and liberation from the habituated ways we have come to show up in the world from our experiences. She is immensely grateful to be part of such an amazing organization and for the opportunity to share the practice with so many inspiring wonderful students.