Ana Holguin has been practicing yoga since 2010. She completed 200 hour teacher training with Hilaire Lockwood at Hilltop Yoga in 2013, and is nearly done with another 100 hours. Ana has pursued further education in yoga for survivors of eating disorders, and trauma sensitive yoga. She teaches at Hilltop Yoga and loves volunteering her time to create safe yoga spaces for all (all bodies, all genders, all colors, all economic backgrounds) to feel comfortable and have access.
As a survivor of complex trauma and eating disorders herself, she has found incredible healing and growth in yoga philosophy and physical, asana, practice. To her, yoga is therapeutic self-study that helps bring the practitioner back into their body, invites kindness to self and others, and teaches them how to make honest choices while focusing on breath and, of course, having fun. Her favorite part of teaching yoga is helping others imagine ways into their bodies–she will talk about body-helper-Muppets, magic beams of light, sweet swooshes of breath, Care-Bear feelings friends, and this is just the norm for her adult classes. She’s honored to work with the Firecracker Foundation to reach children and teens and bring them the care, love, and attention they need and deserve.
Shiloh Daum has been teaching yoga since 2007 and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a Health Promotion Specialization. At MSU, Shiloh was a pole-vaulter on the Track and Field team. She earned yoga certifications from Hilaire Lockwood (2007) and Misty Belous (2019). In 2018, Shiloh participated in the “Yoga for Healing Trauma” training by UpRising Yoga. In addition to teaching for the Firecracker Foundation, Shiloh teaches for Just B Yoga, Peoples Yoga, Center for Yoga, Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club, and Court One Athletic Club, where she enjoys integrating the 8 limbs of yoga with diverse functional movements to assist people in finding healing, joyful, movement.
Shiloh feels blessed to be part of the Firecracker community, holding space for children and teens to plant seeds of peace, nurture their way through, and ride one breath into the next. She believes whole-heartedly in the healing power of yoga as an embodied experience of greater calm, balance, self-regulation, self-confidence and self-efficacy.
Caroline Nelsen has been practicing yoga since 2010. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Duane Utech at Updog Yoga in July of 2016. She became interested in teaching after recognizing the healing power of yoga through her own practice and in observing its benefits in others. Caroline is also a licensed clinical social worker who provides therapy to survivors of sexual trauma at MSU where she began a Healing Through Yoga program.
Caroline believes in a holistic approach to healing from sexual trauma and in the potential for yoga to offer and assist with healing in ways traditional therapies have not. Caroline is honored to be able to provide trauma-informed classes to children and adolescents in her community and offer them space to connect with their bodies and own their voices.
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