_MG_4448 (1)RICHELLE HARRELL, MPA, BA

Executive Director

Street Yoga combines two of Richelle’s passions: youth and yoga. She is avid about empowering our youth to succeed in their lives.   Richelle worked for several years as a Counselor and Case Manager for youth with behavioral, psychological and substance abuse problems, helping them to improve their educational outcomes. She taught youth overseas in South Korea and Kuwait for several years and at Rainier Beach High School Brain Camp program here in Seattle. Richelle also created a leadership program for low-income youth to empower them within their own community to improve the social and economic well being of Camden, N.J. residents.

Richelle worked at Sound Generations where she was a Master Trainer in Stanford University’s Living Well with Chronic Conditions program and managed several other programs in the Health and Wellness department throughout King County. She also managed the Dress for Success program at the YWCA. In addition, she has over 10 years’ experience managing programs for low-income and homeless people living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness and substance abuse issues.

Yoga has been an interest of Richelle’s since her teens. As an adult, she deepened her practice, while visiting India for two months and living at Swami Satchidananda’s ashram/Yogaville for almost a year. Today, with over 13 years of a committed yogic practice, Richelle is a 200-hour Hatha yoga teacher, certified by the Integral Yoga Institute. The reason she became a yoga teacher is that she personally was healed through yoga.

Richelle is excited for the opportunity to offer yoga to support youth in their growth and healing.

Contact: richelleharrell@streetyoga.org.

 

 

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Marketing and Events Coordinator

Melanie Eng is a Seattle-based creative writer, digital marketer and proud University of Washington alum who brings deep experience in cause-driven communications to the Street Yoga team – along with a lifelong passion for yoga, mindfulness and other healing arts.

Before joining Street Yoga, Melanie worked on a wide variety of non-profit advocacy campaigns as a strategic communications executive at creative agency GMMB. Specializing in global health, she worked closely with clients like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on campaigns to advance infant & young child nutrition in the developing world, protect the health and safety of Washington teens and preserve the environment nation-wide. Melanie also spent her college years and six months after graduation as a journalist covering a ‘social justice’ news beat – first, for local outlets including the Seattle Times, then as a post-war development reporter in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She is passionate about harnessing her skills in writing, strategy and social media to help transform communities and fight for the greater social good.

Melanie has maintained a dedicated Vinyasa practice for more than a decade, and is always looking for ways to deepen her understanding of yogic spiritual philosophy. Her love for yoga is rooted in its unique ability to unite the mind, body and spirit, and encourage engaging fully with the present moment. As she embraces yoga as a major source of peace, joy and healing in her own life, she is excited to help bring its transformative benefits to youth in need with Street Yoga.

Contact: info@streetyoga.org.

 

 CARLY BACKMAN

Training Program Manager

Carly is a Seattle-area nonprofit professional, yoga instructor, and graduate of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Yoga has been an integral part of her life since 2012. After earning her 200-hour yoga teacher certification through OpenUp! Teacher Training in 2015, Carly taught at a number of local studios before moving to New Zealand in 2017, where she taught in Nelson.

Inspired by her coursework in development, political economy, human rights, and global inequality she became interested in global health during college and joined GlobeMed, a student-run nonprofit dedicated to equitable health worldwide. Her academic work informs her view of yoga and mindfulness as a vital piece of public health and wellness.

Prior to joining Street Yoga, Carly worked on the Finance & Operations team at VillageReach, a Seattle-based global health NGO focused on last-mile healthcare in Malawi, Mozambique, and the DRC. She also completed an internship in nonprofit development at the American Heart Association of Puget Sound, and held a variety of roles supporting overall operations at University Village. For Carly, Street Yoga brings together her nonprofit experience, her passion for social justice, and her belief in the transformative and healing power of the yoga practice.

Contact: training@streetyoga.org

 

 

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Trainer, Founder

Mark Lilly is a mindfulness and communication trainer who has taught workshops all over North America to widely diverse audiences including physicians, nurses, social workers, police officers, therapists, mental health workers and countless others. Mark is the founder of Street Yoga, an internationally recognized non-profit which provides yoga and mindfulness classes to at-risk populations in Portland and Seattle.

Mark has extensive expertise in community- as well as hospital-based mindfulness practices, and is initiating Mindful Communication workshops for physicians, along with similar trainings for nurses and social workers. In addition to ongoing work with Street Yoga, he has developed the practice of Body-Mind Rehab Therapy, which he currently offers to pediatric inpatients recovering from significant illness or injury, at Portland’s Emanuel Hospital. He is also co-creator of the Mindful Parents & Caregiver program which serves social workers and their client families with practical, everyday mindfulness.

Mark has developed many specialized mindfulness curricula in addition to the core and advanced Street Yoga trainings, including specialized work for young people recovering from sexual abuse, and workshops for adults moving through entrenched traumas or grappling with high-intensity communication situations.

For Mark, yoga is an everyday survival skill, a practice he has shared with thousands of youth through Street Yoga. He still lives with the tremors of traumas past and realizes the delicate line between suffering and awakening. His teaching emphasizes cultivation of the best within each of us by using the authentic stories and experiences that illuminate our being and drive our teaching to places of deep truthfulness.

Through it all, he brings a lightness and love to his  teaching that is rooted in humility, grace and joy.

 

 

ik-sy-web-250x284IVY KATZ, LPC, E-RYT

Trainer

https://www.ourinnerlandscape.com/

Ivy first found Street Yoga in 2011. She was immediately moved by the mission and knew she wanted to be involved. She completed her training in March 2011, and has been a teacher with us ever since.

Ivy has worked in the mental health field since 2007 including wilderness therapy, residential treatment, community mental health agencies and private practice. Her experience and teaching as a trainer draws from her training and experience as a somatic oriented psychotherapist working with a variety of populations along with teaching yoga to a range of different student population in many different settings. Ivy also has experience developing trauma sensitive curriculum for an outdoor based therapy program she helped create that she still continues to work for part time.

Ivy has taught classes for Street Yoga at a variety of different sites including several residential treatment centers, alternative schools, shelters and classes for caregivers. As a teacher she hopes to help students feel safe to be present and experience their world in an embodied way. She hopes to empower students to access choice, and a stronger sense of trust and freedom within themselves to better connect with the world around them.

Ivy has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College, a certificate in Ecopsychology, as well as two bachelors degrees in Dance and Human Development from Prescott College. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Oregon. Ivy has completed several professional trainings to better support her work as a trauma informed mental health professional and yoga teacher. Ivy has specialized training in yoga psychology with close to 300 hrs in training as a yoga teacher. Ivy has taught Street yoga trainings since 2013. Along with teaching our core training, Ivy has also taught part of a 200 hr teacher training in Portland, OR and has presented at conferences about trauma informed yoga for mental health professionals.

Ivy has many years of experience working with populations who have experienced complex trauma. She is trained in Hakomi Somatic Body Centered psychotherapy along with continuing education from Trauma specialist’s such as Bessel Van Der Kolk, Peter Levine, and Daniel Siegel to name a few.Ivy has experience integrating mindfulness, movement and the practices of yoga in many professional settings for both youth and adults. For Ivy, the practice of yoga is a lifestyle. Yoga is about creating freedom and liberation from the habituated ways we have come to show up in the world from our experiences. She is immensely grateful to be part of such an amazing organization and for the opportunity to share the practice with so many inspiring wonderful students.

 

JESSICA GERSHWIN, LCSW, MEd, E-RYT200

Trainer

http://www.jessicagershwin.com/

Jessica Gershwin began her professional career working as a teacher at an elementary school in East Harlem. While teaching, she was inspired to start an after-school yoga program in response to the high degree of stress and exhaustion her students were experiencing. In 2011, Jessica earned her registered children’s yoga certificate and also completed the Street Yoga Training in New York City. It was during this time that Jessica’s passion for teaching yoga to youth was ignited.
 
As a licensed clinical social worker, Jessica has worked to bring yoga, mindfulness, and self-care practices to children, youth, and adults who have experienced trauma and adversity.  She has experience teaching yoga in diverse settings, including public, private, and alternative schools, shelters, community centers, and outpatient mental health clinics.  She currently serves as a Bilingual Child and Family Therapist at the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, where she provides holistic trauma therapy to children and teens, offers trauma-sensitive yoga groups, and provides mindfulness-based consultation and trainings to educators and mental health professionals in the community.  She is also the lead trainer for Young Yokes, a Registered Children’s Yoga School in Denver, Colorado.
 
Jessica received a Master’s in Education and a Master’s in Social Work with a specialization in childhood trauma from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Jessica completed professional training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a somatically-based treatment approach designed to encouraged the release of trauma from the body. In 2018, she earned her certification in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY) at the Trauma Center in Boston, MA.  As a trauma-sensitive yoga facilitator, Jessica strives to create a space where each individual – child, teen, or adult – can use the practices of yoga to experience a sense of self-discovery, empowerment, and unconditional belonging.