My name is Renata and I am a yoga trauma informed yoga teacher certified trhough Yoga Alliance to work with children, youth and adults. I'm also a yoga therapist and sound healing facilitator and member of the International Sound Healers Association. I hope you enjoy my site and maybe we’ll meet soon!
Renata Couri R
Wherever you are in your life, yoga is available to you. As long as you can breath you can practice Yoga. Come as you are, no previous experience needed. Yoga practice allows the body to move better and breath becomes freer tuning the focus within. I'm passionate about making yoga accessible to all ; specially marginalized and minority populations .
Traditional mental health approach is not meeting the needs of today's society, specially youth and queer community. Yoga therapy is the adaption of yoga practices for specific emotional , physical and mental needs of a client. As a Yoga therapist I'll prescribed specific regimen of postures, breathing exercises and meditation techniques.
Sound based vibration treatment has been around for thousands of years. In Yoga, it's called Nada Yoga, the yoga of sound. I work with several instruments such as Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, drums, chimes and gongs. During a sound therapy session the vibrational frequencies will allow your brain to tune into alpha and theta brainwaves calming your mind and body.
A sound bath session usually is 60 min or 90 ( per request). It starts with a gentil movement to align the spine and prepare both mind and body for the sound session. There's no yoga class before or during a regular sound bath session.
Yes and no :) . Yes I do teach a regular 60 min yoga class and I might not bring any sound instrument , however, as we breath through practice and work with meditations technique I might ask you to focus on external sounds or try humming meditation or even sighing while exhaling. However, keep in mind , you are in power of your own practice, so whatever I offer I'll be more than happy to adapt to what you feel comfortable with.
I teach from a place of authenticity so I welcome humor, laugher and interaction. When the time to be quiet comes , which is towards the end of the class, your mind and body will probably welcome it . I also use props such as : bolsters , yoga weight bags, blankets , essential oils, blocks, wheels to support quieting the body and mind.
I began my yoga journey over 20 years ago back in my birth city, Rio, Brazil when I was introduced to an ancient type of yoga where mantra, mudras , breathwork and asanas were all integrated into practice and it has , since, been the foundation of both my personal and teaching practices. Since then I've been passionate about sharing the healing gift of yoga with everyone, and that's why I started serving as a volunteer at Echo Glenn Children's Center in 2017. I've been teaching yoga to the maximum security unity residents, I call them my ”yoga ohmies” . Once a week we practice asanas, mantras and breath work followed by sound bath meditation. I'm also honored to teach yoga for seniors. Witnessing their transformational journey is such an honor and inspired me to become a Yoga Therapist that's when in 2020, Cura Vida was born. Cura Vida means " healing life" in Portuguese, the name was "given" to me when one of my students described yoga as "it heals life". I’m certified in sound bath facilitation, trauma informed teaching as well as yoga teacher and children and youth yoga teacher through yoga alliance. I’m also a yoga therapist.
I offer group and private sessions. asana practice is based on somatic awareness as a tool to " inscape"; reconnecting with the sensations and movements of the body. Sound and vibration are part of every class I teach, they are one of the safest ways to quiet the mind and body, welcoming stillness, it is then that the benefits of yoga practice can reach a much deeper level. My hope is to share the healing gift of yoga practice with anyone willing to dive into this experience . It will be my honor to guide you, if you choose to join me.
When I'm not teaching yoga I enjoy spending time with my husband, children and 2 dogs, specially at the beach!
These are small group gatherings. For events please email .
60 minutes of sound bath meditation with :Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, ocean drum, pan drum, crystal pyramid and shakers. (Min 3/max 5 people)
75 min of sound bath meditation with Tibetan and crystal bowls, ocean drum, pan drum, crystal pyramids followed by gong bath. ( Min 3/max 5 people)
60 min of yoga practice : Intention setting according to client's goals ,followed by practice of : meditation, asana, breathwork, mantra &sound. Last 10 min of session towards integration which can be one or more of these: journaling, guidelines for personal practice , malas, crystals and essential oils, personalized yoga asana series. ( min 3/max 5 people)
60 min of yoga practice : Fun yoga series with asanas practiced by being supported by your partner. This is a fun practice and allows people to relate to each other through assisted postures enhancing the asana experience and building trust. The practice ends with heart chakra meditation. Each participant will get a crystal to place on their heart during savasana and take home. ( max 2 duos/4 people).
This is a 60 min private sound bath. This sound meditation will be tailored according to client's goals/needs. Tibetan bowls may be played resting on client's body, crystal bowls, drums, shakers, chimes , followed by silence. Personalized Integration gift bag with tools to support developing personal meditation practice.
This is a 60 min private full sound bath experience. Orienting will be offered through Tibetan and/or Crystal bowls. Grounding through the majestic sound of the Gong and closing by centering with crystal instruments and/or chimes followed by silence. This sound meditation will be tailored according to client's goals/needs. Personalized integration gift bag will be offered as well as meditation techniques to support development of personal meditation practice
Client will be assessed through questionnaire and observation in order to set up goals and practice for treatment. Somatic based yoga asana practice supporting embodiment experience. Breath work as pathway to align body , mind and soul . Yoga asanas pattern will be thread according to client's specific needs/treatment goals.
Payments accept by Venmo or cash