Our Trained Facilitators
Meet our Feet on the Ground certified teachers! The individuals below have completed our signature 3-day trauma-informed yoga training, and upon completion they passed the teacher evaluation. Look no further for generous souls who believe in power of this work.
Chanda Creasy, E-YRT 500, has been practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation since 1997 and teaching since 2003. She is certified at the 500 hour level with both Shiva Rea and Shri Kali Ashram in Goa, India and holds a Trauma-Informed Yoga certificate through NYC-based Feet on the Ground. Chanda leads leadership trainings built around the pillars of mindfulness, neuroscience, and emotional intelligence and she serves as a mentor for the Africa Yoga Project. Chanda teaches at the Studio, DC and leads retreats globally, focusing on retreats in Africa. Through her work as an anthropologist and in geopolitics and conflict resolution, Chanda has been inspired by human resilience and is committed to offering practices, retreats, and trainings that cultivate resilience, strength, and inner peace.
Cat was introduced to yoga in high school and began practicing regularly after graduating college. She has maintained and deepened her practice through the years. Cat loves the physical benefits of her practice, which have allowed her to develop strength and flexibility, and deeply appreciates the mental benefits that the practice brings, leaving her centered, calm, and aware of herself and those around her. In Cat's classes, you can expect to go through a series of fluid movements with intentional cueing to help you become aware of your body and breath. Cat is also passionate about working with populations who have experienced trauma and has vast experience working with survivors of sexual violence and communities in post-conflict settings. Cat completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2018 under the leadership of Angela Meyer and Jess Pierno.
As an artist and teacher, Macklen seeks joy in the simple parts of life. Poetic movements and quirky humor guide her form of communication. As an encouraging yoga instructor, she creatively weaves insight meditation, anatomical understanding, Viniyoga and Hatha-based asana with a focus on safe mindful movement. She nurtures an environment where you can release, be seen, and open to the inner experience of your radiant potential.
Macklen earned a 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Dou Yoga, under the guidance of Yuuki Hirano and Ariel Kiley. She is a certified Level 1 Yoga Tune Up® Teacher, after completing 70 hours of study. Additionally, she completed 18 hours of training in Trauma-Informed Yoga with Feet on the Ground. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute and a 25-hour Kids Yoga certification from Hosh Yoga.
She can often be found playing the harmonium, tooling around on a Raleigh 3-Speed bicycle, or creating found-object sculptural performances.
Gianna is dedicated to cultivating resilience through self and community care. Gianna completed her 200 hour teacher training at Asana Soul Practice under Meghan Kramer and Celeste Cusamano. She then went on to complete her TIY Training with FotG at Yoga to the People in NYC. Gianna has found presence and healing through yoga in her own life and is grateful for the opportunity to share that gift with others.
Gianna seeks to meet students where they are and hold space for all that they are working with as they step onto their mats. Gianna has spent her career serving survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and labor exploitation. She currently manages a crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ+ youth. Gianna loves to spend her time camping and hiking with her partner and their incredibly sensitive pitbull, Jack. Gianna’s pronouns are she and they.
Lindsay Monal is a yoga teacher and student based in NYC. She completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Hosh Yoga in Brooklyn, NY under the guidance of Roque Rodriguez and Amy Hansen. Interested in deepening her understanding of yoga, Lindsay completed an additional 18 hours of training in Trauma-Informed Yoga with Feet on the Ground.
Lindsay has experienced the benefits of yoga in her own life, on and off the mat, and hopes to give her students tangible tools for grounding, reflection, and transformation. Her primary intention as a teacher is to support the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of her students as they explore the practice in their own bodies and minds. She is grateful for the opportunity to share this practice with the world; especially with those who have not traditionally had access to these teachings.
Lori is passionate about breath awareness and the power of the breath - on the mat and off. Chronic pain invited her to yoga in the 90's. A sense of peace and balance kept her coming back, and inspired her to become a teacher in 2006. Since then, she has taught hundreds of students including: at-risk youth,busy professionals and people who've celebrated many, many birthdays. All with a gentle reminder to let the breath lead.
She specializes in gentle and restorative vinyasa yoga as well as yin and yoga nidra (deep breathing and guided meditation). Lori is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT - 200) with certification in Trauma Informed Yoga (through Feet on the Ground).