YOGA RITUAL CREATIVITY
Stacy TenHouten is a yoga teacher and writer based in Los Angeles. She began practicing yoga over 25 years ago. In 1998, she became a student of Mark Whitwell and her practice began to transform from an exercise in both physical and spiritual gymnastics to a deeply personal and intimate practice that became a resource towards profound healing.
Stacy’s practice became something that she did as an act of ritual and devotion in her own home and the benefits of her practice began to infiltrate all aspects of her life, including her relationship to trauma. She became passionate about changing the landscape of Los Angeles studio yoga and began sharing yoga as a means of healing trauma in both youth and adults and has worked with individuals navigating the effects of addiction, incarceration, sexual abuse and homelessness.
In 2018 Stacy developed the Trauma Informed Yoga Program at the Pico Youth and Family Center in Santa Monica California.
Stacy bases her teaching on the principals taught by T. Krishnamacharya and his son, TKV Desikachar, as well as the work of Dr. Peter Levine and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. Her commitment is to teach a practice that adapts to the individual regardless of body type, age, health, traumatic history and cultural or religious background.
She has been extremely active in supporting underserved youth in Los Angeles and in 2012 received the Teacher of Hope Award from the City of Los Angeles for her work with children in South Central Los Angeles.
Stacy's writing has been featured in several anthologies, including Sex in America: A Collection of Women’s Love Poetry. Her new book The House with Two Stories , that was inspired by working with artist and depth psychologist Mercedes Gertz will be published in the fall of 2020.