Salena Jacob, PT, DPT, MS, RYT 200 Laura Tashjian, MA Law and Diplomacy – Groundroots Healing

Salena Jacob, PT, DPT, MS, RYT 200

Salena attended her first yoga class when she was a teenager- and she was not a fan at first. She continued to go to classes with her parents, and one day, she collapsed in tears on her mat. There was something about this practice that was digging deep within her soul. And she wanted to explore more. Over the next couple of years, Salena’s love for yoga only grew stronger.

After her undergraduate studies, Salena decided to pursue the 200-hr yoga teacher certification while simultaneously working part-time as a physical therapy aide. At one point, she realized that physical therapy and yoga merge together so beautifully.

Fast forward some years, Salena is now a physical therapist and yoga teacher, who uses her extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology to empower other yogis to learn about the ancient Indian roots of yoga, explore their mind-body connection, and journey within their soul.

Laura Tashjian, MA Law and Diplomacy, RYT 500, CLD

Moved by profound heartache and awareness of collective intergenerational trauma, Laura merged with Groundroots Healing to uplift the human spirit and cultivate courage to face these challenging times with resilience. Laura is a social activist trained in the teachings of yoga and mindfulness and working in the field of humanitarian response. She focuses her work in the sphere of birth justice, gender equality and grassroots community building. She is specialized in trauma-informed yoga therapy, kids and prenatal yoga, and meditation. She is passionate about building bridges within and across communities, creating safe spaces for diversity, inspiring curiosity through awareness, and ensuring that mindful practices are accessible to all.

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