Meet Our Team
Co-FounderOver 10 years of living a yogi lifestyle and seeing the benefits of walking in the disciplines of yoga, Joyce decided it was time she helped bring this gift to populations that would not normally have access to classes. Joyce received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification in Ashtanga yoga after shadowing her mentor Ki F. Kosut at the Ki-Atsu LMT, CPT, RYT at Institute of healing arts for 12 months she also honed her skills as an Ayurveda Consultant. Joyce is also a certified T.M. (Transcendental Meditation) instructor. Shortly after Joyce created a class called S.O.S. (seriously out of shape) and taught in back rooms of salons and spas to those who were obese, physically, medically, or emotional unable or unwilling joining a typical yoga class at a gym or studio. It has always been Joyce’s mantra that “Yoga is for Every-Body”. Over the years Joyce accumulated as many CEU’s as she could get her hands on that were aimed at helping vulnerable populations. Among these certifications are; Restorative yoga for back and spine injury or disease from All About Yoga and Trauma-Informed Outreach Certification with The Connection Coalition.
Joyce had suffered crisis and trauma and these experiences have gifted her such empathy she is drawn to help those who are forgotten. In 2012 after watching her 22-year-old son die in front of her, Joyce’s desire to help was turbo-boosted. She began volunteer teaching at the vet center where she herself was being counseled for PTSD and quickly found herself very busy teaching at many agencies who needed her style of soul nurturing yoga. Joyce now finds herself blessed to be contracted to teach: at-risk youth at multiple schools, traumatic brain injury patients, PTSD vets and over-comers of other traumas such as traumatic grief, sexual assault, and domestic violence. She walks in a yoga lifestyle and feels privileged to be living her Dharma helping others through her organization T.R.Y.
Co-FounderAfter 30+ years in the corporate marketing and retail world, Darwin decided to use his business education, experience, and skills to make a social impact on the community. Darwin committed his career and passion to fighting hunger in Southern Nevada through running the Operations and Community Collaborations of Southern Nevada’s only food bank and largest non-profit. During this time Darwin and Joyce met and built a wonderful loving relationship and family. Darwin shared Joyce’s passion for helping individuals in our community and although his career was in feeding peoples hunger, feeding their souls was a greater passion. Joyce and Darwin decided they could help trauma survivors through forming Trauma Recovery Yoga. “Through my relationship with Joyce and the agencies I served I became acutely aware of the prevalence of trauma throughout the community and the profound positive impact yoga, meditation and breath work, can have for an individual suffering from trauma and it’s lingering effects.”
Dr. Nicole Anders
InstructorDr. Nicole Anders is a bilingual (Spanish-speaking) licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), currently working with Veterans at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System’s main hospital in North Las Vegas. Dr. Anders is the Military Sexual Trauma (MST) treatment coordinator and runs a specialized track within the PTSD program. She also maintains a small caseload in private practice here in Nevada. As well, Nicole obtained her 200YTT certification in Bali, Indonesia. She teaches Ashtanga-based vinyasa flow as well as yin yoga at 103 Hot Pilates and Yoga, and other venues across Las Vegas. Nicole’s theoretical orientation is holistic and she firmly believes in the mind-body connection. Working with trauma, Nicole feels it is best to approach someone from multiple modalities such as combining talk therapy with trauma-sensitive yoga and bodywork. In her personal life, Nicole has experienced several significant, traumatic losses, and has consistently turned to yoga for healing and growth. Nicole often shares with her yoga classes, the idea that yoga mats are “magic” as she feels constantly astounded by how powerful the work on them can be.
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T.R.Y. Trauma Recovery Yoga is a socially conscious nonprofit organization changing the world by facilitating self-compassion and global healing through training individuals in the TRY method of yoga science.
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