Hi, I am Colleen.
I am a yoga teacher, Intuitive Healer, and I facilitate healing Cacao Ceremonies in the local community.
I discovered yoga later in my life-having always shied away from it because I wasn’t flexible or athletic. My first experience on my mat, I had this “aha” moment that felt like coming home to this place inside myself that had always existed – but I never knew about. Something shifted within. Since that day, I knew I wanted to become a yoga teacher to help inspire others like myself who think yoga may not be for them.
- In 2018, I completed my 200-hr certification at YogaWorks.
- In 2019, I was trained in the art of creating sacred space to share the plant medicine of Cacao.
- In 2020, I received my 500-hr designation for Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda Wisdom from Yoga Farm Ithaca.
I am continually taking workshops and trainings to better serve my students and clients on their healing journey.
As a Holy Fire Reiki Master and Violet Flame Guide, I incorporate my spiritual teachings and healing techniques into all of my classes, treating each class and workshop as a healing session.
I find joy and purpose connecting with my students, creating a healing sacred space; on and off the mat.
Yoga came into my life more than 15 years ago as a way to add variety into my fitness routine. After my first yoga studio experience, I felt a calling to teach and guide others. No one’s life is easy, and sometimes the road can be especially rough. This is also true for me and I use this as the underlying theme of every class. I know that we can all overcome our obstacles and feel empowered to live a happier, more fulfilled life. It is my deep belief that through our fires can we find our greatest strength and beauty. Yoga is the gift and I have devoted myself to sharing it with as many people as I can.
500 hour trained in vinyasa, and restorative yoga, I strive to learn every day and never stop searching for new ways to feel amazing. As a Reiki Master I also weave my own special healing touch into classes which has brought a level of joy to my life. My classes are filled with humor, alignment cues, and new perspectives that will shift you and open your eyes every time you come to your mat.
Yoga has become a way for me to communicate with myself so that I can deepen the connection I have with my intention; which is to help others. This practice has healed me in so many ways, and I feel I must share what I am learning. I practice so that I may find beauty in simplicity. I gain clarity from my yoga practice; it is the first place that I felt true stillness. This stillness has now reached into my daily life thanks to my commitment to this practice.
I fell in love with yoga while attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill!
After college, I landed my first corporate job with a healthcare company out in Southern California working for the pharmaceutical industry. However, I was drawn towards the holistic approach to wellness and decided to strengthen my yoga practice by completing a teacher training certification at Purple Yoga in Fullerton and Long Beach.
I can say that the most invaluable lesson that I’ve learned is to grow through what you go through and trust the process. Yoga has allowed me to be a part of something bigger than myself and my hope is that I can make yoga accessible to everyone!
After vowing to never try yoga I was hooked after my first class.
Yoga was integrated into my fitness routine and quickly became my focus and passion. I found my path in Hatha Raja under the guidance of Beth MacMullan, and received my 200 hour certification from Yogini Kali Om.
My goal in teaching is to help students find their fullest expression and joy in the practice.
Certified E-RYT 500, I have been teaching yoga since 2008. I became an Anusara-Inspired teacher in 2012 and completed my 300-hour training with Noah Maze in 2014. A constant yoga and life student, I have taught public and private classes in Costa Rica, Miami, California, Idaho and Maryland.
I have taught workshops, teacher trainings, teacher development and mentoring programs; and have slowly shifted my offerings to special events, private classes, retreats, and I offer four (4) annual yoga classes to raise funds for different organizations/charities.
I have also studied with a variety of internationally recognized yoga teachers such as: Esteban Salazar, Jaye Martin, Kenneth Graham, BJ Galvan, Christy McKenzie and Martin Kirk, just to name a few. I have deepened my philosophy and meditation studies with Bill Mahony, Douglas Brooks, and Paul Muller Ortega.
I strive to create a safe environment during my classes and to facilitate the process of creating inner awareness by guiding my students to use their bodies as a tool for self-exploration, empowering them to realize their own inner potential and inviting them to transfer their yoga from the mat into their lives. For more information, visit my website: www.farrahyaspeyoga.com