Yoga Therapy Services

I moved to Sayulita from the San Francisco Bay Area where I taught at yoga teacher trainings, in leading yoga studios, in healthcare settings, at several hospital programs, for spas and resorts, in eldercare communities, in the workplace and at yoga retreats.  I was a successful  conference speaker addressing the new research and  proven benefits of Yoga, Laughter Yoga and Meditation for healthcare professionals throughout the US, also in France and Mexico. I have been teaching yoga and meditation for over 25 years and  studied with some of the Yoga Masters of our time. I offer in-depth knowledge of how to use Yoga as Your Medicine.

I live in Saylulita, Mexico and maintain a private practice in my downtown home studio. In the summers, I teach in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • 1.5 hour Private  Yoga Therapy Sessions in my Home Office in Downtown Sayulita $65US. 750mx. 
  • 1.25 hour Yoga Sessions at your vacation location in Sayulita $75. 900mx.  Individual or couple. $10 for each additional person.
My Yoga Classes and Workshops 
  • Invite you to cultivate a healing relationship with yourself 
  • Customized to heal through injuries or medical conditions
  • Customized for Golfers, Surfers, SUPers, Runners and Other Lifestyles
  • Offer mixed-level options 
  • Focus on moving slowly with the breath and going deep into poses
  • Gently educate and guide with articulated verbal cues
  • Include  influences from Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Iyengar, Pranayama, Hasya Yoga, Restorative, and iRest Yoga Nidra
  • Provide richly rewarding closing relaxation (savasana) with crystal singing bowls.

Photo of Yoga Studio at Casa de Carmela


 Yoga Nidra Meditation Journeys

Individuals, Groups, Workshops, Yoga Retreats, Bridal Parties

Integrative Restoration, iRest, Yoga Nidra is an ancient yogic practice that incorporates psychological tools to increase well-being and a sense of mastery in your life. 
Meditation in general, and iRest Yoga Nidra specifically, is designed to restore your body, mind, and senses to their natural functioning by laying down new neural synapses to your brain. Your attention becomes free from distraction and dissatisfaction and is able to recognize your inner essence.
Even as life continues to bring ease and difficulty and everything in between, Yoga Nidra allows the opportunity to set your intention, practice holding opposites and experience a refreshingly deep sense of equanimity. Integrative Restoration, or iRest for short, is a Yoga Nidra protocol created by Dr. Richard Miller, Ph.D and Master Yoga Teacher. I studied with Richard Miller in the San Francisco Bay Area and honor his teachings.
Research studies show iRest as an evidence-based program. The practice has proven benefits for healing people through PTSD, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety, stress-related disorders and chemical dependency as well for the establishment of joy and a sense of well-being in daily life. Integrative Restoration, or iRest for short, has been proven to be so effective in medical-based research it has been approved by the  US Department of Defense Task Force as a tier one approach for work with chronic pain. And, it was also approved in 2009 by the US Army Surgeon General as a treatment protocol for returning vets.
Lie down and set your intention. Join us for this deeply relaxing class where you will be guided through a series of powerfully healing yoga meditations while lying comfortably on a yoga mat with bolsters and blankets. Practice skills to assist you in experiencing a sense of mastery when dealing with life’s challenging situations. Learn tools to heal unresolved issues, pain, traumas and wounds present in the body, mind and senses.

Session opens with a brief educational overview of Yoga Nidra. You will actively set your own intention and participate in making the practice your own. It is your journey! At the end of the session we can discuss what presented for you.

Yoga Nidra Meditation Journey Workshops at Hotelito Los Suenos:                       See Schedule Page for this year’s calendar.
Contact me t arrange Yoga Nidra Meditation Journey for yourself or your group.



iRest Yoga Nidra Research and Programs

 iRest Yoga Nidra Research sponsored by Richard Miller, Ph.D Psychologist, Founder of iRest, Integrative Yoga Nidra, Master Yogi and Founder of the International Yoga Therapy Association. I studied with Dr. Richard Miller.

iRest Yoga Nidra Research Completed:

Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, Volume 12, Issue 3, 2012: (Evaluation of Meditation in the Treatment of Chemical Dependency) View Abstract Here

Long Beach VA: (iRest Yoga Nidra: A Pilot Study to Treat Women Veterans)

Ohio University: Department of Experimental Health Psychology: (The Effect of Meditation on Cortisol: A Comparison of Meditation Techniques to a Control Group) View Poster Here

Johns Hopkins Bayview Brain Injury Clinic (Mindfulness Based Group Therapy using iRest) View results here

John F. Kennedy University: Feasibility Study of Integrative Restoration (iRest) Yoga Nidra on Combat-Related PTSD (Veterans) View results here

Walter Reed Army Medical Center (Active duty service members: PTSD)
 View results here

Miami FL VA (PTSD in veterans)

Brooke Army Medical Center: (Compassion Fatigue and Insomnia with Health Care Workers
) View poster here

COTS (Homelessness: Anxiety, Well-being)
 View summary here; View poster here

New York (Chemical Dependency: Relapse Prevention). Results not yet published.

Evergreen College (College Students: Well-Being).
 Results not yet published.

Boise State University (Stress, Multiple Sclerosis, and Cancer) View results here

Boise State University (Decreased Stress and Negative Mood in School Counselors) View results here

iRest Yoga Nidra Research Underway:

Brooke Army Medical Center (Couples & Resiliency)
North Chicago VA (Veterans: PTSD)
Washington, DC VA (Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain, PTSD)
University of Missouri (College Students: Well-Being) View poster here

General Yoga Nidra Research Articles

Effect of yoga-nidra on blood glucose level in diabetic patients. View abstract here.

Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2012 Apr-Jun;56(2):161-7.
PMID: 19810584 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Effect of Yoga Nidra on physiological variables in patients of menstrual disturbances of reproductive age group. View abstract here.
Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2009 Jan-Mar;53(1):97-101.
PMID: 23387245 [PubMed – in process]

Yoga Nidra as a complementary treatment of anxiety and depressive symptoms in patients with menstrual disorder. View results here.
Int J Yoga. 2012 Jan-Jun; 5(1): 52–56.
doi: 10.4103/0973-6131.91715
PMCID: PMC3276934
Copyright : © International Journal of Yoga

Yoga nidra and its impact on student’s well being. View summary here.
By Dr. Kamakhya Kumar. Published in Yoga Mimansa Journal Vol. 36 No. 1

A study of the improvement of Physical and Mental Health through Yoga nidra. View summary here.
By Dr. Kamakhya Kumar. Published in Dev Sanskriti Journal Vol. 4 Year 4

Effect of Yoga nidra on hypertension & other psychological co-relates. View summary here. By Dr. Kamakhya Kumar. Published in Yoga the Science Journal Vol. 3 Issue 7

Action Shot of Yoga Nidra! Simply Life Down and Journey to Self-Inquiry


Restorative Stays at Casa de Carmela can include private Yoga Therapy, Counseling and/ or Yoga Nidra Meditation Journeys