Yvonne Berenguer has over 16 years of teaching experience in the Masters of Social Work program at CSU Stanislaus. She is certified in Mindfulness Meditation and a certified Mindfulness Affiliate Teacher through Heart-Mind Education and Life Coach. She has been qualified by the Gottman Institute to teach the "Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work" and "Bringing Baby Home" curriculum. Since 2014, Yvonne has been engaged in promoting individual and organizational wellness. She has taught workshops using mindfulness-based tools to university students, private businesses and county staff. She is the co-author of the “Tools for Well-Being” curriculum, which incorporates mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, creativity and positive psychology as tools to enhance personal well-being and resilience. She teaches the Tools workshops currently piloted at Merced County and studied through CSUS. In her spare time, she loves to write non-fiction and poetry. Most recently, she has completed the writing of her book "Do-Overs: Staying open to life's lessons on love, loss and 2nd chances," which is in review process for publication (see www.yvonneberenguer.com)
MSW, LCSW, DSW Candidate
Sara Cadalig is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked in the social work field in a variety of settings (schools, government, non-profit and community agencies) helping people work through obstacles that block their access to happiness, fulfillment and success. Sara's philosophy is based on empowering communities through education, resources and community support. Sara's broad experience over the years includes, community organizing, program development, workshop facilitation, and mental health services. Sara is certified in Mindfulness Meditation and Affiliate Teacher through Heart-Mind Education. Sara is also the co-author for the "Tools for Well-being" curriculum. Since 2012, Sara has been providing mental health services to children, adolescents, adults and families. Sara has a private practice in Northern California. For more information about Sara and her private practice, visit her website at: www.saracadaliglcsw.com
Justian discovered yoga while working as a Child Welfare Social Worker. What had started as a dream job slowly left her feeling burnt out and experiencing secondary trauma. As a mother of three children and bonus mother to three more children, she continued to struggle with feelings of depletion and exhaustion. She also had a long history of anxiety, depression, and childhood traumas. She began taking classes at a new local studio. At first, she made a commitment to herself to take one class a week with the plan to increase each month. She noticed that she went from attending one hour a week to fiercely protecting a class a day no matter the cost in a short time. Along the way, she noticed that she found it easier to leave work at work, her anxiety reduced, she was able to remain calm in a variety of situations, and she could maintain a sense of peace for the first time. That is when she realized that yoga had become one of the most important things in her life.
After two years, Justian enrolled in a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with the intention of deepening her personal practice. A year later, she began teaching local classes and giving presentations at conferences. After personally observing the incredible improvements on her own road to healing, Justian decided to become certified in Trauma-Informed Yoga to offer the same opportunity to survivors of sexual abuse/assault, intimate partner violence, PTSD, and other forms of trauma.
Justian’s approach to yoga remains ever focused on the balance between strength and flexibility, healing, and connecting to one’s deeper self. Her classes focus on Yin, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, Guided Meditations, and Trauma Focused practice. Hands-on adjustments, chanting, crystal bowls, chakra work, and affirmations are typical offerings available to yogi’s depending on the class and circumstances.