Through healing her own injuries with yoga and in helping many people through yoga therapy, Samantha has gained experience and training to help others with their injuries and chronic pain.
Samantha's training in yoga therapy includes assisting master-level teacher Anne Saliou in therapeutic yoga classes for back and neck care since 2005.
Samantha has also trained with many other teachers including Aadil Palkivala, Judith Hanson Lasater (restorative yoga teacher and physical therapist).
Traditional Chinese Medicine
After four years of rigorous full-time study and two years of clinical experience, Samantha received a Master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. This master's program included over 3000 hours of study and practice in Chinese Medicine theory, diagnosis, and treatment.
Samantha continues to study with master-level acupuncturists through apprenticeships and continuing education courses.
Her understanding of the body/mind and how the life-force is expressed and its patterns of movement in the body/mind, has grown deeper and wider from years of study and practice of Chinese Medicine.
Samantha believes that the real purpose of yoga is to bring harmony to our relationship with ourselves and those around us, and to cultivate awareness which is the key to all healing.
Samantha teaches private yoga sessions in San Francisco, and private group classes. She has been teaching yoga since 2002.
She is no longer offering public group classes. Please contact her if you are interested in organizing a private group class.
Together with her husband Robert Thomas, Samantha has been co-leading Zen and Yoga Retreats nationally and internationally since 2007.
In 2012 and 2013 Robert and Samantha led retreats in Katmandu, Nepal and Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well at at the three practice centers of the San Francisco Zen Center: Tassajara in the mountains near Big Sur, CA, Green Gulch Farm in Sausalito, CA, and the Zen Center in San Francisco.
Yoga Training & Practice
Samantha has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 1991. She is a certified graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco's Teacher Training Program. Samantha has apprenticed with master-level yoga teachers Patricia Sullivan and Anne Saliou, and has studied with many teachers from other yoga lineages as well, including Ashtanga and Viniyoga.
Samantha also brings to her teaching her study and practice of Eastern healing traditions and many therapeutic modalities to alleviate physical and mental suffering, including Zen and Tibetan Buddhist meditation, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Zen Buddhist Practice
Feeling that something important was missing after practicing yoga for five years, Samantha moved to Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, a Zen Buddhist monastery in the California mountains, for three years of intensive training in Zen Buddhist meditation and work practice.
After leaving the monastery, Samantha spent a year in Asia studying Tibetan Buddhism and Yoga in India, Nepal and Thailand.
Her experiences with these teachings taught her about the mind and the nature of the universe, the importance of learning to quiet the mind, and the possibility of learning to connect with the life force that nourishes and moves through all things.