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PROFESSIONAL FOCUS
Teaching a holistic approach to well-being & health that includes contemplative practices (yoga, meditation) and a variety of other methods that maximize the potential to change, heal and live fully and happily. This approach incorporates techniques from yoga, fitness, contemplative neuroscience and positive psychology. In addition to benefiting the general population, this integrative system can be used to treat stress & anxiety, depression, chemical dependency and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS & CERTIFICATIONS
– Yoga Teacher (Registered Yoga Teacher 500 Hours, Yoga Alliance)
– Meditation Instructor (Yoga Nidra/Integrative Restoration Certification)
– Personal Trainer (NCCPT/ Future Fit Certification w/John Platero)
– Massage Therapist (Boulder College of Massage Therapy Certification)
– Reiki Practitioner (Reiki Certification w/Eleonore Koury)
– Yoga Tune Up® Teacher (TYU Certification w/Jill Miller)
– Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Teacher (TSY w/David Emerson)
– Urban Zen Teacher (UZ Certification w/Casey Coda)

PRIMARY TEACHING ACTIVITIES
2009 – Present – Teacher of Yoga Nidra/iRest & Pranayama
Private Practice in Orange County & Los Angeles, using breathing techniques and a deeply relaxing form of meditation to help with anxiety, depression and PTSD.

2001 – Present – Personal Trainer/Fitness Educator
Work includes designing and implementing comprehensive wellness plans tailored to individual needs and goals. Programs include education and training in cardiovascular conditioning, stretching, strength building, and nutrition.

1999 – Present – Yoga Teacher
Teaching includes a focus on strength and flexibility, pranayama (yogic breathing techniques), basic yoga philosophy and yoga-based meditation at studios throughout Los Angeles (currently at YogaWorks, previously at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Swerve, L.A. Yoga and Crunch Fitness). Classes range from gentle to advanced and often include Aromatherapy and Reiki.

2005 – 2010 – YogaWorks Teacher Trainer
Trained aspiring yoga teachers throughout the U.S. and in Asia. Curriculum included
anatomy & physiology, asana, philosophy, subtle body, meditation, and pranayama.

2009 – 2010 – YogaWorks Teacher and Mentor, 300 Hour Professional Program
Led workshops (Philosophy, Meditation, Advanced Asana) and mentored advanced students in the YW 300 hour Professional Program.

1990 – 1992 – Mindful Movement Instruction, Boulder, CO.
Taught “mindful movement” as a tool for developing proprioception, self-awareness, breathing modulation and stress reduction.

EDUCATION
1983 New York University, Modern Dance
1979 – 1982 University of Utah, Modern Dance
2010 – 2011 Loyola Marymount University, Yoga Therapy

ADDITIONAL TRAINING
2015 – Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Teacher Training with Casey Coda
Founded by designer Donna Karan, in collaboration with Rodney Yee, UZ classes and private sessions include Yoga, Reiki (Japanese Energy Therapy), Aromatherapy (the use of essential oils for balance and healing) and contemplative practices. Each session is designed to encourage maximum well-being; UZ is being taught privately, in classes and in hospitals throughout the country.

2013 & 2014 – Yoga Tune Up®
Developed and created by internationally renowned movement educator, Jill Miller, YTU is a specialized conscious fitness system integrating elements of Yoga, Corrective Exercise, Body Therapy and Self-Massage.

2013 – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Insight L.A.
MBSR was created by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at The University of Massachusetts Medical Center and has since become well known and implemented around the world. MBSR has been shown to markedly reduce stress and the myriad disorders and diseases it causes. Some of the many conditions it has shown to be helpful for are heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, chronic pain, high blood pressure, anxiety and panic and addiction.

2013 Pilates Mat Certification, YogaWorks
The Pilates method is a series of nonimpact exercises designed by Joseph Pilates to develop strength, flexibility, balance, and inner awareness.

2011 – Yoga Warriors Teacher Training with Barry Schwieger
Founded by Lucy Cimini, Yoga Warriors was created to help combat veterans cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Yoga Warriors approach is also appropriate for First Responders, many of whom witness and experience traumatizing events.
2011 – Trauma, Memory & the Restoration of One’s Self – Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Esalen Institue, Big Sur, Ca.
Course included the study and experience of techniques such as EMDR, Internal Family Systems Therapy, theater work, yoga and neurofeedback as tools for healing from trauma.

2010 – Apprenticeship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
Assisted Robin Carnes in yoga/iRest in the Specialized Care Program (Track 2); a three-week, multi-disciplinary treatment program for patients with deployment-related stress, PTSD and/or difficulties adjusting to re-deployment.

2010 – Trauma Sensitive Yoga – Dave Emerson, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Stockbridge, Mass
Teacher Training course focused on how to use yoga as a method for healing trauma, with an emphasis on veterans and at-risk youth. Program is based on the yoga protocol used at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts.

2010 – Yoga for At-Risk Youth and Adults – Hala Khouri, Exhale Center for Yoga, Venice, Ca
Training focused on the use of Somatic Experiencing to address issues and symptoms of trauma. This method of self regulation helps participants remain calm & centered, even in the midst of difficult circumstances.

2009, 2010 & 2011 – Yoga Nidra/Integrative Restoration Teacher Training -Richard Miller, Integrative Restoration Institute, San Rafael, Ca.
In-depth instruction in Yoga Nidra/iRest. This technique is based on ancient yogic healing practices & further developed by Dr. Richard Miller (PhD Psych) to address myriad issues that cause psychological, emotional, and physical discomfort and dysfunction. While very relaxing and simple to do, this yoga-based meditation can have profound healing effects. It is currently being used by the military to treat personnel who have been diagnosed with PTSD.

2001 – Personal Training Certification – John Platero, NCCPT/Future Fit, Los Angeles, Ca.
Program focused on strength training, cardiovascular conditioning and nutrition with an emphasis on safety and optimal health.

2000 – Yoga Teacher Training – Max Strom & Sarah Powers, Maha Yoga, Brentwood, Ca.
Training included philosophy, asana, pranayama, class sequencing and meditation.

1998 – 200 hr. Teacher Training – Maty Ezraty & Lisa Walford, YogaWorks, Santa Monica, Ca.
Informed by the traditions of Ashtanga & Iyengar yoga and the teachings of T.K.V. Desikachar, the YogaWorks Teacher Training course is a registered Yoga Alliance program. The 12 week training includes instruction in anatomy & physiology, asana, philosophy, subtle body, Ayurveda & pranayama, and is world-renowned.

1987 – 1997 – Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga – Richard Freeman, the Yoga Workshop, Boulder, Colorado
Developed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a highly athletic and physically demanding practice that focuses on asana with the use of pranayama, drishti, and uddiyana and mula bhandas. It is traditionally practiced in a class where, under the supervision of a qualified teacher, each student works individually on one of the six set series of postures, with each series being more challenging than the previous. Many new vinyasa-based styles of Yoga have used Ashtanga as their inspiration.

January – March 1991 – Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, Mysore, S. India
3 month intensive study, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga w/Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

1987 – 1988 – Boulder College of Massage Therapy, Boulder, Co.
BCMT course work included anatomy and physiology; Swedish, Sports & Integrative Massage,; and Zen Shiatsu.

YOGA VIDEO CHOREOGRAPHY & PERFORMANCE
2005 – Yoga Live Series, produced by Russell Simmons
– Background performer
2002 – Yoga Fusion Beginner’s Basics, Artisan Entertainment
– Featured choreographer and performer
2001 – Yoga Fusion, Artisan Entertainment
– Featured choreographer and performer

BIOGRAPHY
Born in Southern Illinois, Kim has lived in Israel, Utah, New York City, Chicago, Boulder, Co., Los Angeles and Newport Beach. She began her professional life as a modern dancer, followed by several years of modeling in Chicago and New York. She studied massage therapy in Colorado, where she developed and maintained a private practice for 10 years. Kim was introduced to yoga in Boulder and there she practiced the highly athletic Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, also for a decade. In Los Angeles, Kim trained to be a yoga teacher and has been teaching since 1999. In 2006 she taught for 3 months in Hong Kong and Taiwan, launching the YogaWorks “export program” for international teacher trainings. In 2007, Kim moved to Newport Beach in order to bring the YogaWorks Method to 5 YogaWorks satellite studios in Orange County. There she taught public classes, led Teacher Trainings and held an administrative position in which she evaluated teacher skill and performance and served as a liaison between teachers and administrators. In 2009, Kim began investigating how yoga could be used as a tool for healing. This led her to the study of Yoga Nidra/iRest and to a variety of other trainings that focused on the healing and transformative aspects of yoga. Her apprenticeship with Robin Carnes at Walter Reed Army Medical Center left her deeply moved and inspired. As a result, she left Orange County and her administrative position with YogaWorks at the end of 2010 in order to focus on using yoga as way to help people heal from the damaging effects of trauma. She currently teaches public classes for YogaWorks in Los Angeles and has a private practice that includes Yoga, personal training and massage therapy.