Francesca Michelle Gold: Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500 x 2, International Association of Yoga Therapists

Francesca Michelle Gold: Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500 x 2, International Association of Yoga Therapists

Hey there ~ I've been teaching Yoga as a path of self-inquiry and optimal physical, emotional, and spiritual health to diverse populations for nearly a decade. Above all, I’m a student and hope to learn something from you one day.

In 2011, I was initiated into the Sri Vidya Lineage of the Himalayan Masters and this is the well from which my teachings flows.

I received my 200 & 500-hour certifications through the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy from 2011 - 2014. I received my degree in Psychology, with honors, in 2009 and have also studied Ayurveda and Yoga in India. I share my time between Ojai, CA and India; both are home.

Currently, I’m working toward my 1000-hour Certified Yoga Therapist license at Loyola Marymount University which includes formal supervised training by experts in both the medical and holistic wellness fields. This prestigious and rigorous program includes in depth training in anatomy, physiology, psychology, Ayurveda, mindfulness-based stress reduction, clinical research, mental wellness (depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc), biomechanics, neurology, and many other areas.

I teach Yoga as a systematic approach to life and draw from nearly a decade of experience. I adapt the practice to who’s in front of me and aim to offer life-long skills that will enhance and support my students in their lives. I’m hired by a wide variety of individuals, organizations, and corporations to lead classes, workshops, and retreats. I’ve taught in a variety of clinical, professional, and educational settings as well as in advanced Yoga teacher trainings since 2011. My approach blends yoga, mindfulness, guided relaxation, meditation, and self-inquiry as a holistic approach to meeting life with an open mind and compassionate heart. My sessions strike a balance between engaging and observing. I intend for sessions to feel grounded, practical, accessible, and enlightening. Let’s invite the seed of Yoga to come through, sprout, and be a force of powerful change inside you.

A bit more about me: I’ve been a life-long competitive artistic roller figure skater and have competed at the National level five times in my skating career. This art was my first balance and meditation teacher and continue to teach roller skating both in the US and India. I’ve utilized the tools of Yoga in my daily life for 12 years and have a deep and personal understanding of how Yoga can support my students emotionally, psychically, psychologically, and spiritually. Ultimately, Yoga is a life-affirming path that has the potential to lead us to Truth.

The tradition of the Himalayan sages is an unbroken chain that extends for thousands of years, a living tradition that still exists today undisturbed by the passage of time. This tradition is not concerned with the teachings that apply only to a particular era of history or geographical region of the world - its entire emphasis is on the experience of that Truth which is eternal and universal.