I have been immersed in the world of Yoga and Personal Development, teaching multiple weekly classes as a Yoga and Meditation teacher, facilitating and designing stress reduction courses, and seeing clients as a Yoga therapist on a one-to-one basis for over 20 years. I have also designed, directed and taught 9 month certification trainings for Hatha Yoga Instructors in 2007, 2010 and 2013.
As the founder (1997) and director of Healing Waters, Center for Yoga, Health and Mindful Living (East Aurora, NY) for two decades I have seen been fully invested in creating a spathe practice of Yoga evolve and change. Before entering the world of Yoga I studied Media and Anthropology and conducted anthropological studies in Ethiopia and New Mexico, and worked as a Journalist and Television producer in London and New York. Today I consider myself an advocate for contemplate practices and spaces.
I feel strongly motivated, engaged and committed in cultivating and offering contemplative practices and spaces to counterpoint the fast, extroverted and distracted qualities of our current culture through lectures, classes and trainings. I work with groups in the classes offered through MaLa Contemplative Space, (a company I founded in 2013, www.MaLaSpace.com) with individual clients in my Integral Coaching practice and as a contemplative space designer wherever my work takes me. I also work together with the MaLa faculty doing research in contemplative practices and their effects and designing effective contemplative programs. Together with my colleagues I have a created a 100 hr training program for Contemplative Facilitators that is based on the foundational elements of Mindfulness, Yoga and Integral Theory. Our first group of contemplative facilitators graduated in the spring of 2017.
The discovery that I am a highly sensitive person (HSP), and that the particular way that my nervous system is wired requires a strong attention to stress management, was life changing and motivates me to reach out and work with this population. About 20% of the general population is considered to be an HSP.
My training and inspiration comes from the modalities I studied in depth over the last two decades: Raja Yoga, Yin Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation, Continuum and Tibetan & Taoist Teachings. A background and professional training in Yoga Instruction: Sivananda International Yoga organization: Woodbourne Ashram, NY; 200hrs (1992) and Val Morin Ashram,Quebec (500hrs) , Psychosynthesis (Institute of Psychosynthesis, London 1995), Yoga Therapy (Stockbridge MA,1998), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (Kabatt-Zinn and Santarelli, Omega 2005), Integral Coaching (ICC, Ottawa 2014), are the backbone of my work. I am deeply grateful for the teachings of the Yoga, the Tao Te Ching and Tibetan Buddhism which continue to guide me in my personal practice and for my wonderful Teachers: Fausto Maria Dorelli, Emiie Conrad, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and the many other teachers that I encounter every day. I am thankful for the work of Dr. Orin and Maria Hill regarding the ” Highly Sensitive person” and I am inspired by the work of Charles Eisenstein,whose main book title says it all :” The more beautiful world our hearts know is possible”.
I am excited about the promising results in contemplative neuroscience and I am joyfully inspired by the possibilities of bridging ancient wisdom with modern insights for a world that is embodied, sustainable, balanced, and therefore more beautiful.
“Felicitas teaches with much thought and has allowed me to grow as an individual and has given me the tools to continue to nurture that growth.”
“Given that I have started ‘a new chapter’ in my life and a very challenging one due to my father’s death, the Mindfulness Stress Reduction classes couldn’t have come at a better time. Over the course of the next few weeks and months I will be looking to keep myself more aware of how I can improve and make my life full again. These classes have inspired me to do just that! Thank you for your time and believing each one of us can make a positive impact not only with ourselves but those around us.”
“I have experienced Felicitas for the last 20 years in her role as Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Studio director, Leader in the Yoga community and as my co- teacher in the Yoga Teacher Training course. The depth and commitment to her own practice and her teaching have been a model to me as how to mindfully ” walk the walk.” In consistently creating a a safe, inspiring and supportive space at Healing Waters she has provided a refuge in this complex and challenging world for which I and many others are deeply grateful for.”K. Gernold
“For is not impermanence the very fragrance of our days.” Rainer Maria Rilke