Chandra Michelle Tracy

Chandra is a Marriage and Family therapist, working in private practice in Nevada City, CA, where she has spent the past twelve years. She blends Somatic psychotherapy with Yoga therapy, and Mindfulness to create a holistic container for her mental health clients. She also teaches Embodied Yoga, and Yoga Psychology both to weekly students and in workshop settings. Her focus is in using Somatic principles; connecting to our inner world, staying present within our bodies, and bringing awareness to the connection between body, mind and spirit.

Chandra began her journey on the Yogic path in 1995, when she met her first Yoga instructor, and soon after completed her first Yoga teacher training. She began with deep  studies in Iyengar, Svaroopa, and Viniyoga. She completed a secondary teacher training in 2004, with Janice Gates in San Anslemo, CA,  and began practicing yoga therapy, primarily upon the principles of Embodiment brought forth in Svaroopa yoga therapy, and Viniyoga therapy. She recognized the need for society to learn how to slow down learning to link breath with movement,  to balance central nervous system, thereby enhancing the bodies’ natural healing response. She also learned the principles of Ayurveda at this time and began bringing awareness to her yoga therapy clients about their specific challenges and how working with the principles of yoga and Ayurveda together was a more holistic model.

At this time she was living and serving at the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram and Hanuman temple in Taos, New Mexico, both as office manager and as Pujari for Navaratri and Shivaratri, as well as daily aarti. She served at the Ashram for ten years, before realizing a great desire to learn more about the mind and psychology., from an academic understanding. So, she left in 2007 to pursue a Master’s in Psychology and to become a psychotherapist.

She graduated from Sofia University of Transpersonal Psychology in 2014, with an MACP,  having specialized in  Somatic psychology and Mindfulness. At this time she also began an advanced Yoga teacher training under Brooke Sullivan of the Para Yoga tradition. She worked for three years in underserved populations, homelessness, at risk youth, suicide and trauma, before opening her private practice. She teaches Embodied Yoga at Kinfolk yoga studio in Grass Valley, CA, and serves the population of Nevada County in her private practice in Nevada City, blending her skills of yoga therapy for mental health, and Somatic psychology to help clients have an embodied experience, connecting with a higher sense of Self and resolving past wounds and present obstacles through the vehicle of psychotherapy.