Natasha serves as the Director of the Sol Center, and is well regarded for her depth, warmth, authenticity, and the smile in her voice. She is a long time teacher and trainer of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness and has worked in the field of integrative health and wellness her entire professional career. She has taught in a myriad of environments, with diverse populations, and directed the yoga & meditation program at Miraval Resort & Spa for over a decade.
Her studies and training in the methods of mind / body spirit is extensive, and has been with many of the pioneers in their respective fields.
Her Yoga training began in 1988 with Swami Maha-Tarananda of the Kriya Yoga lineage, and continues with Rama Jyoti Vernon. Rama is considered a matriarch of Yoga in the West, where she helped to found the Yoga Journal, Unity in Yoga, the National Yoga Alliance, the International Yoga College and other organizations related to conflict resolution and global peace. Natasha has continued yoga studies in Vedic astrology and Kashmir Shaivism as well. She carries the highest level of yoga teacher certification via the national Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Natasha’s mindfulness background grew out of her yoga training and original association with Miraval, which advocated mindfulness as a new wellness paradigm. Most significant to her style of teaching is her professional training with the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The center is renowned for the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program which forms the basis of most of the research that has been conducted on the clinical and measurable effects of mindfulness. Natasha has been especially informed in the teaching of MBSR by Florence Meleo-Myer and in the Vipassana practice by Michelle McDonald.
Natasha’s graduate training at the Interfaith Theological Seminary founded by the Reverend Doctor Beverly Lanzetta, is central to her teaching and practice as well. A three year program in Interfaith theology, pastoral care, contemplative healing traditions, and spiritual direction culminated in her ordination as an Interfaith Contemplative Minister in 2000. Natasha is a member of the Order of Interfaith Contemplatives, Spiritual Director International, and is a faculty member of the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction and the Contemplative Study & Retreat Sabbatical Program, both at the Redemptorist Renewal Center.
Natasha helped launch the Mindful Veteran’s Project in Tucson with a private non-profit organization and began to study the application of yoga and mindfulness to trauma. She completed two levels of i-Rest Yoga Nidra training with Richard Miller of the Integrative Restoration Institute and a two year Grief and Loss training program with Dr. Lawrence Lincoln and Anne Taylor-Lincoln. This training passed on the experiential grief work of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, who was the creator of the hospice and palliative care movement in the USA. Natasha went on to staff national workshops with the Lincolns and now co-leads the “Transforming Grief & Loss” workshop in Tucson.
Natasha is honored to bring all this together in her person, her teaching, and training programs via the Sol Center.