Gretchen is a licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years working with individuals experiencing symptoms of stress, anxiety and/or post-traumatic stress. She was introduced to yoga around the same time that she began her career as a social worker. In 2011, she began to formally integrate the two, becoming trained as a Yoga teacher at Yoga Well, San Diego. Then, in 2018 she opened Positively Yoga to fulfill her vision of creating a healing space in which people could discover and safely explore the wisdom of the Yoga tradition. Yoga is an invitation to re-embody ourselves and re-member who we are, through movement, breath and mindfulness practices. She is focused on empowering students to discover the practice that supports them and their journey to wholeness.
With 28 years of study, practice, and teaching Yoga, Sita’s main training comes from the Yoga Center of California where she studied philosophies and techniques from all the main yoga systems. As a Yoga Therapist, Sita is trained in Hatha yoga traditions of Iyengar, Viniyoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative, Svaroopa, Sivananda, Ananda yoga and Energy Medicine Yoga. Additionally, she draws from training in Marma Therapy, the vital pressure point system of Ayurveda, Pranic Healing, and Divine Light Healing to provide energy healing for clients.
Her teaching style is all inclusive. Her teaching stems from the belief that everyone can participate in the life changing practices of yoga.
Always a student, Sita continues exploring the sciences of sound, mysticism and metaphysics, Ayurveda, and energy healing under the guidance of Dr. Marc Halpern, Nischala Joy Devi, Dimitri Moraitis and Barbara Martin. Her gratitude extends to all those teachers, mentors, students, and friends who have taught her along the way. It’s really their gifts that she shares with you. Sita believes, as they do, that Yoga works. All you have to do is practice and watch your life unfold.
Ghada is a licensed psychotherapist, yoga teacher, yoga therapist and AFAA-certified aerobics instructor who has worked with a wide range of populations, from college students to hospice patients. In her private practice, her specialties have included helping clients work with anxiety and depressive disorders, eating disorders, trauma, grief and loss, and chronic/ serious physical illness. Ghada is certified as a yoga therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapy, and completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. A Professor Emerita at San Diego State University, she holds a doctorate degree from Harvard University and a Master’s in psychology from Chapman University. Dr. Osman is the author of Mental and Emotional Healing for Yoga: A Guiding Framework for Therapists and Their Clients, available on Amazon.