Dana holds a Anusara Inspried yoga certification, and eRYT 500-hour Yoga Alliance certification. She has been teaching yoga for over a decade! Her teaching style offers a blend of the many systems of yoga she has studied over the years, with an emphasis on the connection between the spiritual and the physical practice infused with healthy doses of fun.
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In 2014, she founded became the Executive Director of EmbodyGR, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Her leadership upholds her vision that all people desire to feel valuable and part of something larger, that physical and mental wellness practices (yoga & meditation) should be available to all people regardless of their financial ability, and that all people desire to “feel better” and have the need to “do good” in the world.
Her passion is to build bridges between people, communities, and cultures of all different backgrounds to make our world a better, healthier, happier, & more peaceful place for all. She believes that we are only as skilled and effective a leader as our network is diverse. This view is an underlying motivating force in how she chooses to live her life, raise her family, lead her nonprofit, and be an active citizen in our global family.
Dana also holds a BS in elementary education from Ohio State University and a master’s in educational administration from Grand Valley State University.
To learn even more about Dana and Embody GR visit http://www.feelbetterdogood.org/
We’ll look at body images challenges as doorways into deepening and expanding our perspectives on beauty, sexuality, perfectionism, individuation, and more and explore client case studies along the way.
Laura Burkett is a holistic nutrition & eating psychology practitioner at Real Food Wellness. She brings 9 years of experience to West Michigan, offering a unique blend of holistic nutrition and eating and depth psychology. Clients learn how to nourish their bodies, navigate their inner world more skillfully, experience more freedom around food and eating, reduce painful symptoms and habits, and open to a more natural way of being in the world. You can read more about Laura the work she offers at www.realfoodwellness.com
Moderator: Alyssa Veneklase, CD.
Cindy Hanson, Owner - Cindy's Suds. Cindy is a wife, business owner, and mom of three teenagers. She worked as a Family Practice Physician's Assistant for 14 years before she left to focus on her natural home and body care business. She has a unique perspective on body image with her work in the medical field and now with natural products.
Tiffany Townsend, CLC. Birth Doula - Gold Coast Doulas. Tiffany has 2 years of experience as a doula and is currently pursuing her DONA International doula certification. She is also very passionate about breastfeeding education as a Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC). Her passion goes hand-in-hand with the empowerment of women.
Kristin Revere, CD. Co-Owner - Gold Coast Doulas. Kristin is a certified birth and postpartum doula. She has been supporting women during pregnancy for the last five years. She is a certified Sacred Pregnancy Instructor and a certified Sacred Postpartum Mother Roaster. A lot of her work in the Sacred Living Movement is focused on positive body image and women connecting with each other for support and encouragement.
Cristina Stauffer, LMSW, CEIM is an infant massage instructor with Gold Coast Doulas and a private practice therapist who specializes in treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Her passions include supporting women and families through adjustments to early parenthood, complicated pregnancy, traumatic birth, infertility, miscarriage and infant loss, and bonding and attachment. She also supports clients with body image concerns during pregnancy and the postpartum time.
Alyssa Veneklase, CD. Co-Owner - Gold Coast Doulas. Alyssa is a certified postpartum doula, Newborn Care Specialist, and gentle sleep consultant. Her work with mothers during the postpartum time includes judgment-free support that allows mother and baby to bond and mother to rest. Body image immediately after having a baby is a common topic for women, and she is there to listen, support, and encourage them along their journey.
About Gold Coast Doulas
Gold Coast Doulas is the premier birth and postpartum doula agency in Grand Rapids and the Lakeshore communities. The firm was established in 2015 and has been recognized as a Local First Local Motion Nominee and a Top Women Owned Business by the Grand Rapids Business Journal in 2017. In addition to doula services, we also offer bedrest support, lactation consultations, placenta encapsulation, sleep consultations and more. We bring you superior service and support for some of the most important milestones of your life. These moments are golden!
To learn more about Gold Coast Doulas visit https://www.goldcoastdoulas.com/
Partners For A Racism-Free Community is a local Grand Rapids nonprofit centered on addressing issues of racial equity through unveiling the bias built into our current institutions and assisting organizations in navigating strategies and long term changes to create equitable spaces for everyone. To learn more visit: http://prfc-gr.org.
Jennifer Feldman is the owner of Limitless Movement, located in Grand Rapids, MI. She is a myofascial release practitioner and studied resistance flexibility and yoga in Boston, MA. She specializes in working with professional performing artists as well as teachers, athletes, and anyone that suffers from chronic injuries. Jennifer is a registered yoga teacher and teaches at Cascade Yoga. She regularly teaches yoga workshops around Grand Rapids. In her early twenties, Jennifer had an eating disorder that allowed her to turn to bodywork and yoga as a way to create a different relationship with her body. She hopes that her experience can help guide you to reconnect with yourself.
Rachael & Jen will briefly share insights from their own eating disorder recovery stories and what helped them most throughout their healing.
Participants will take part in an interactive exercise to explore the way body attitudes affect body image and the way we move through life.
Everyone will leave with worksheets and handouts to support them in shifting their attitude towards their bodies.
Rachael Steil, author of the self-help memoir Running in Silence, writes articles about running and eating disorders for her website www.RunninginSilence.com (awarded Top Eating Disorder Blog), and is a speaker and advocate. She was 6th and 7th place NAIA All-American in cross country and track for Aquinas College, and now coaches at High School cross country. Steil’s work has been endorsed by Nancy Clark, registered dietitian and board certified specialist in sports dietetics; Paula Quatromoni, Chairman of the Department of Health Sciences at Boston University; and Suzy Favor Hamilton, Olympic middle distance runner and mental health advocate. Steil's greatest achievement was not breaking a physical barrier, but a mental one. To learn more visit: http://www.runninginsilence.com/.
Nourished Energy is a holistic psychotherapy practice founded by Jennifer DiGennaro, MA. As a psychotherapist-activist, Jen synergistically brings together her education, experience and passion to offer innovative approaches to those ready to let go of the body being an endless problem to be solved. There is more to life than constantly being at war with your body and Jen can support you in this shift from loathing to trusting yourself. Jen is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Certified Body Trust® Provider and Health at Every Size® Advocate. What this boils down to is she will never suggest weight loss as answer to your mental health concerns and she is active in the West Michigan community around prevention and awareness of eating disorders. Her practice is weight inclusive and values body diversity. Jen’s own recovery from years of chronic dieting, body shame and disordered eating, provides a depth of empathy and understanding that transcends her formal training and intellectual understanding. She believes with her whole being those who suffer around eating, food and body image have the potential to heal. To learn more visit: www.nourishedenergy.com.