Yoga & Meditation Instructor
JUSTIAN O’RYAN–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-hourYoga 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.
Follow Justian on Instagram