Val's Bio
  • Founder/Owner of the Holistic Movement Center in Morro Bay, CA from 2002 - 2016. 
  • E-RYT500.
  • Strategic Intervention Coach - life, transitions, personal and spiritual growth, conflict transformation, relationships, small business consulting.
  • MA in Psychology
  • BA in Economics
  • AS in Management

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I teach private and semi-private lessons out of my private office in Morro Bay. I also train yoga teachers, offer workshops around the country, and organize yoga and adventure retreats to exotic places. 

With more than 30,000 hours of teaching experience to populations with different needs and abilities – from disabled individuals to children and seniors, and every type of person in between, I offer a unique perspective, attention to detail and creativity that inspires as much as it challenges and informs. My fascination with the body and extensive anatomical knowledge helps me create a practice for every type of body and every type of intention.  Because of my long study of the historical and philosophical roots of yoga, I can entertain any kind of question and curiosity on the subject, facilitate discussions and lecture successfully.

I began teaching in 2001 by request from many people in the area. From 2004 - 2012, I was a contributing writer with a monthly column called "Yoga for Life" for The Bay News. In 2013, I wrote a column on all things psychologically human for Indulge SLO, prior to their change in ownership, a local publication. From Dec 2009 - May 2011, I had fun producing a regular monthly TV show, called "Yoga for Life" on Ch. 2/Charter/San Luis Obispo County.

I have a very diverse background in yoga. I've had the privilege of studying (past and present) with Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, Shiva Rea, Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama, Scott Blossom, Dharma Mittra, Jack Kornfield, Dr. Georg Feuerstein, and many, many others, gaining understanding and experience in many yoga traditions and styles.

In addition to my passion for yoga as a vehicle for liberation, I have a Masters in Psychology from JFK University. I am a lifelong student of personal development, growth and transformation, Eastern wisdom traditions and Western social sciences. I am trained facilitator for the Alternative to Violence Project and volunteer my time in prisons and in the community. I volunteer as a listener on 7 Cup Of Tea.