Margaret Kirschner, C-IAYT, CADC, CPSS

Certified Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapist, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Peer Support Specialist
Asheville NC
Our program is based on a simple three-pronged approach, with complementary practices that help you develop resilience, flexibility, self-compassion, and effective mood management. Our approach includes: Somatic Mindfulness Meditation You will learn how to tune into your embodied, or “felt sense” experience. This includes your posture, your breath, the level of tension in your body, and the subtle ways that your emotional experience makes your whole body feel. This tuning-in process helps you befriend your body and mind, and then make wise choices when under stress. Therapeutic Movement You will learn Therapeutic Movement, an evidence-based healing program of gentle, body-centered movement, designed to reclaim and revitalize bodies suffering from trauma, addiction, injury, or illness. It is appropriate for all fitness levels. Integrative Breathwork You will learn breathing techniques that calm the body and clear the mind. This practice is powerfully effective for working with addiction, trauma, depression, and anxiety. This can strengthen your immune system and increase your sense of “aliveness” and overall ease. We offer customized, holistic online support tailored to your individual needs and goals. We focus on the whole of you—mind, body, and spirit—so that every part of you is on board and synchronized for recovery. You will learn how to mindfully respond to life stressors, rather than automatically react in old, habitual patterns. You will discover the freedom that comes when your mood and quality of life are not so much determined by what happens to you, as by how you interpret and relate to life circumstances. We are also trained in working with individuals who have experienced trauma in their lives. We understand how deeply these wounds run, and we honor and respect the care required to help survivors feel safe and heard.
I specialize in guiding individuals’ mindful emergence through life transitions using a holistic body and breath-centered approach that incorporates gentle movement therapy, mindfulness, and breathing practices. I also offer Integrative Breathwork sessions, a powerful form of self-discovery that supports and enhances the integration process following a psychedelic journey. With 21 years of experience as a Certified Yoga Teacher, I offer an integrated approach to thriving through self-compassion and self-care. I provide online, personalized mentoring support to integrate your spiritual awakening. If your journey has elements of addiction or trauma, including the body in the integration and resolution is of utmost importance. Trauma-informed care is the foundation to safely support your capacity to listen to and trust your body’s messages, in the form of felt sensations, while also bringing an attitude of curiosity toward reaching higher possibilities. “My greatest joy is witnessing people reclaiming their lives through the simple and profound practices of trauma-informed yoga, breath-work, and mindfulness.