My teaching (our learning) is about deeply understanding and honoring our bodies. Health and fitness require awareness, practice, commitment. The science and art of living an embodied life.
People always say “Listen to your body,” but many of my clients start out not knowing how to listen, or what to do with the information they could ‘hear’. Like what does it mean that this part hurts in this way? What does it mean that my sleep has changed, my guts aren’t happy, or my mood is everywhere but steady?
Like reading a map, we gotta start where we are, engage with the tools in front of us, navigate, seek out new resources, and move ourselves forward, Inward. How do we know where we’re headed if we can’t see (or hear, feel, sense) where we’re starting?
Your body has so much to teach you – I can help you translate!
Some of my clients say that I ‘speak body’. Together, we learn, practice, and LIVE at new levels of embodiment.
Over the past 20 years, I’ve applied areas of study like dance and improvisation, movement analysis, anatomy and physiology, Yoga, running and biomechanics, functional movement education, developmental movement patterns, somatics, imagery strategies, neuroscience…all things human body, brain and spirit in motion. I love/live this stuff!
I believe in our capacity to change, grow and thrive.
I witness this in every lesson I teach, and study it daily in myself.
First, let me clarify a key point.
Some people imagine my lessons are like Coaching. Talking and thinking.
Although we do discuss and process our experience verbally, there’s a wealth of knowledge under our words and logic. Our sessions require us to get out of our heads (thankfully) and reconnect in real time with our wise, animal selves (gratefully!) through movement.
Here’s my (short) bio:
Cheri Dostal Ryba believes embodiment creates presence, pleasure, personal and collective healing by exploring ‘who we are and how we be.’ She’s a C-IAYT yoga Therapist and Franklin Method Movement Educator with 20 years experience in dance, fitness and wellness. Her favorite professional roles right now include being a co-director and lead faculty for the accredited AlcheMe Yoga Therapy Training Program, and writing a book on pelvic yoga therapy for yoga teachers and other healthcare providers, planned to release in June 2022 with Singing Dragon publishing. She adventures through life with her husband and two cheeky monkey daughters.
Here’s my (long) bio:
Cheri Dostal Ryba, Franklin Method Movement Educator and CIAYT Yoga Therapist, has been teaching movement for 20 years and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. She believes that movement and embodiment are powerful tools for healing and personal transformation.
As a Senior Associate to Donna Farhi, Cheri has assisted with yoga/somatics intensives in Seattle, Austin, TX, and Albuquerque, and served as an Assistant Teacher during the 2015 Advanced Teacher Training Intensive in New Zealand. She’s worked with Donna for over 400 hours since 2010.
Yoga, meditation, and trail running helped Cheri navigate through an unexpected divorce and miscarriage, rebuild her immune system and resilience, and welcome a new marriage. Movement is medicine. Since then, The Franklin Method and deepening her studies of yoga philosophy, ethics and consent, and the nervous system according to polyvagal theory has brought her skill and wisdom to the next level.
Studying and teaching about humans in motion is her lifelong passion. Anatomy is often at the core of her lessons, giving students what she playfully calls ‘x-ray vision’. She blends yoga, dance, Franklin Method, and fitness education to address your goals and desires.
Cheri’s helped people with chronic pain, sacroiliac joint, pelvic health and back injuries, managing stress/mental health/anxiety, neck/shoulder issues, digestive health, improving sleep and more. One of her favorite client stories involves helping a woman restore self-compassion and agency in order to have a peaceful, satisfying next birth and postpartum experience.
She has very strong roots in Wisconsin and currently lives in Southern California with her husband and their two cheeky monkey children.
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