Meet Lotus Seed Founder

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Coming to yoga later in life I was well aware of the physical modifications my healthy, athletic, yet aging body needed during yoga classes. Sadly, due to the size of classes, instructors weren’t always able to offer options to provide the ease I needed to practice with confidence. As my practice and interest in yoga continued I completed yoga teacher training and I began teaching. I quickly noticed the diversity in range of movement and desire for practitioners to push to a pose that was counter to the needs of not only healthy or aging bodies, but also bodies moving with injury and/or dis-ease. While I did what I could to offer appropriate alternatives and modifications in class, I just knew there had to be a more inclusive way to offer yoga and meditation practices. From there the seed for Lotus Seed Lifestyles was planted and continues to grow.

As group and private sessions have grown with the philosophy of making yoga and meditation accessible, I have the honor of working with many individuals recovering from injury, surgery, new and old medical diagnoses (including auto-immune disease), trauma, and caregivers. As a natural extension of these interactions, Lotus Seed Lifestyles offers more than a space to practice yoga and meditation, we offer a schedule, mindset practices and online tools (coming soon) to help you make these practices a more accessible part of your everyday life.

Experience

RJ is a certified Wellness Counselor, Cornell University and has completed her 200-hour Prana Flow® teacher certification from Evolve Movement, Raleigh, NC and a 200-hr certification in yoga therapy through Kripalu. Additional qualifications in Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra through Kripalu, and pre/post natal care yoga through Asheville Yoga Center, Trauma Informed Yoga through Yoga International and Advanced Yin Practices through Yoga Medicine, she is a Program Lead with LoveYourBrain’s six-week FUNdamentals Yoga and Mindset Series. She completed Shamanic Reiki I and II through Shamanic Reiki Worldwide and has certificates in hand and foot reflexology. RJ holds a Bachelors of Arts in English with a minor in Creative Writing from West Virginia University.

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