Jody Hassel, MFA, E-RYT 500, TCTSY-F, is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance in Iyengar-based hatha yoga, which roots her practice in a clear awareness of aligning breath, body, energy, and mindfulness.
Jody is blessed to receive yoga through a diverse lineage. She has studied vinyasa yoga with Seane Corn, restorative yoga and the yoga sutra with Judith Lasater, yoga in balance with Jean Couch, Kundalini yoga with Devta Khalsa, alignment focused yoga with Sarahjoy Marsh, and hatha yoga with Lynne Minton, Laurel Ruth, Maya Salganek, and Teri Viereck (her first master teacher in 1985). She completed the 200-hour teacher certification program at Yandara Yoga Institute in Todos Santos, Mexico where she studied Iyengar-based hatha with Laura Castaneda and Shane Perkins in 2007. Prior to her work at Yandara, she completed Seane Corn’s Vinyasa Teacher Training at Kripalu in 2006 and revisited Seane’s Teacher Training course at Santa Barbara Yoga Center in 2013. Her additional training in Seane Corn’s workshops Divine Action, Spirit Speak, and Off the Mat into the World has informed her practice of integrating yoga with social justice work.
Jody was certified in 2016 as a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) by the Justice Resource Institute’s Trauma Center in Boston. Additionally, Jody has studied Trauma Informed Yoga theory and techniques for Somatic Experiencing and self-regulation with Hala Khouri. She is deeply grateful for the opportunity to share her understanding of personal and community trauma and the ways in which yoga can be integrated with institutional programs.
Jody’s classes often integrate deep tissue release and other bodywork techniques of myofascial massage. Jody loves sharing her practice of yoga with others and has also spent many years in the practice of dance, music, writing, theatre, and esoteric arts.