about me

I am a social worker, yoga therapist, and healer based in Durham, NC. I am committed to addressing both interpersonal and systemic trauma. I specialize in healing from the effects of trauma through a unique combination of movement, touch, meditation and talk therapy. 

I am deeply passionate about partnering with my students to create a safe environment for their healing, and I remain open to consistent feedback. I believe that you come to the practice perfect as you are, and my approach is to make the practice accessible to you. Using an intentional mix of asana (physical posture), pranayama (breath work), and meditation, my classes and sessions offer support, motivation and focus on honoring the self. With over a decade of practice, yoga still offers me this grounding, and it is my passion to extend healing, safety and empowerment to my students with the understanding that trauma is both interpersonal and systemic.

I specialize in integrative forms of healing trauma - ranging from sexual and domestic violence, managing anxiety and depression, to the effects of mass incarceration. I have worked with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. My practice, based in the principles of social work and Integrated Movement Therapy, emphasizes partnership, non-judgment and light-heartedness.

training & qualifications

  • Master of Social Work (MSW), Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, NYC
     
  • B.A. in American Studies, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. 
  • 500 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Three Sisters Yoga, NYC

  • 230 hour Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training, Asheville Yoga Center, Asheville, NC

  • 40 hour Certificate in Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teaching from The Trauma Center, Brookline, MA

  • Street Yoga Core Training, New York City

  • Level 2 Certification in Integrated Movement Therapy with Molly Lannon Kenny 

  • 12 hour Training in Diversity and Inclusion, Third Root Education Exchange, Brooklyn, NY

my experience

  • Five years of therapeutic private yoga instruction 

  • LMSW, specifically working with survivors of sex trafficking, child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault

  • Guest teacher of "Yoga and Trauma" at Third Root Community Health Center in Brooklyn, NY

  • Healing Yoga Series for survivors of sexual violence and domestic violence at Safe Horizon in Brooklyn, NY

  • Guest teacher for Healing Vicarious Trauma at CONNECT NYC 

  • Guest teacher for Mindfulness and Movement: Retreat for Survivors at Wesleyan University

 
The fact that you are struggling does not make you a burden. It does not make you unlovable or undeserving of care. It makes you human.
— Daniell Koepke