Trauma Movement Specialists

Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of volunteer and contract professionals believe and support in The Grace Tree Foundation mission. They reach out in our community sharing somatic movement modalities like trauma sensitive yoga (TSY) as a way to restoration, and empowerment for releasing stored trauma in the body and its effects on the central nervous system. Read to learn more about our incredible somatic, trauma and mindfulness specialists who are all have been trained through Yoga Alliance 200/500 hour yoga teacher training schools, Certified International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT), and hold  a minimum of 2 or more hours Trauma Informed specialty training certifications.


- Yoga Alliance 500 hr. RYT

- Yoga Therapy Intern

- Registered Nurse

- Certified Chopra Center Teacher

Grace Tree and Soma Collective are excited to introduce Cyndi Abbott, MA, RN, RYT, Yoga Therapist Intern as she offers yoga as a complementary experience to your life health care practices to lower stress, create calm, and renew comfort of movement and mind.  Her decades of  healthcare experience allow confident understanding of chronic stress and related pain.  She teaches yoga at various studios, military gyms in addition to private classes. 

Cyndi is a Vedic Educator certified in yoga, meditation, and lifestyle wellness practices at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing founded by Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon, MD.  She is certified to teach 4 traditions of yoga to bring the best of postures and breath to your practice.  Cindy study’s merge western healthcare with traditional eastern Hatha yoga lifestyle practices. Cyndi is currently a Yoga Therapist Intern in practicum mentored by C-IAYT Yoga Therapists at Practice Yoga Austin.  She completed a masters and doctorate in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. She loves to walk and hike in city and national parks, sail, ski, and play Pokemon Go with her children. She is excited to offer benefits of yoga in a safe environment for you to move with greater ease and build body-mind resiliency in life. You are invited to join Cindy as she teaches Therapeutic Yoga for Pain at The Vine on Thursdays at 6:00 PM-7:00 PM.


- Yoga Alliance 200 hr., 300 hr., 500 hr. RYT

- Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher 

- Yoga Therapy Intern

- Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher

- Y12SR Certified Leader

- School Counselor

- Early & Primary Childhood Teacher

- Bilingual Elementary Teacher

Debbie Sifuentez comes to The Grace Tree Foundation and Soma Collective as an experienced educator. Debbie also holds Yoga Alliance 300 hr., 500 hr. RYT,  Prenatal Yoga Teacher designation, and a Yoga Therapy Intern in practicum mentored by C-IAYT Yoga Therapists at Practice Yoga Austin. One of the recent specialties she has added is teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) by completing her TSY community volunteer hours for her Grace Tree Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher Level 1 Certification.  Yoga is an integral part of her life and gives her the freedom of moving her body and making space for movement. She holds and emphasizes the importance of incorporating breath with movement in and out of her yoga classes. She enjoys sharing her love for Yoga with as many people as possible. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Texas A&M International, and a Master’s degree in Counseling from UTSA. Debbie earned her Teaching Certifications through the Region 20 Alternative Certification Program. You can join Debbie on Mondays at 6:00 PM for Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR), and R.I.S.E. Yoga on Wednesdays at 6;00 PM at The Vine Wellness Group. 


- Yoga Alliance 200 hr. E-RYT, 500 hr. RYT

-Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider YACEP

-Trauma International Certified Trauma Support Specialist

- Y12SR Certified Leader

- Yoga 4 Cancer Certified Teacher

- TCTSY Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Trained

- Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute Student Cohort

- Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher

- Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Teacher

- The Grace Tree Project Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Somatic Teacher Trainer

-Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research Group Fitness & Health Promotion Director Certified

- Certified Fitness Professional & Road Runner Club of America Running Coach


Teaching exercise science and human performance movement specialist for 25+ years includes  teaching Yoga since 2002. Viana has received her classical 200 hr. E-RYT, 500 hr. RYT, YACEP Continuing Education Provider, and is a Grace Tree Somatic Trainer. Viana is pursuing her 1000 hr. Yoga Therapy training through My Vinyasa Practice, currently a Yoga Therapist Intern in practicum mentored by C-IAYT Yoga Therapist Michelle Young. She holds over 300+ specialty hrs. in Somatic, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, 100+ hrs., Osteo-Trauma, Mental Health Theory and currently in her clinical practicum internship specializing in physical/mental health trauma. Viana was accepted into the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium (TSRC) in April 2020. In Fall 2018 she founded Soma Collective, to bring community Somatic Movement and Yoga Therapy Intern services to underserved populations to Bexar County and surrounding areas. As a trauma survivor, her first focus is to bring her experience and servant leadership skills to trauma survivors and their supporters to help recover from trauma debilitating effects. Her passion is in teaching weekly volunteer trauma sensitive yoga classes to in-patient residents at San Antonio State Hospital, Yoga for 12-Step Recovery to residents of Haven for Hope from 2017 - 2019, and working in her Somatic Private Practice partnering with The Vine Wellness Group. 


Part of her focus is to teach those with the same passion to grow trauma informed care in all communities by leading the Grace Tree Project: Trauma Specialist Yoga & Somatic Training  Level

1-3, and workshops for CYT/RYT yoga teachers and community support trauma professionals. Viana has studied under Nicole Marcia, Lutz, Jenn Turner, Stephanie Carter, Nikki Myers, Michelle Young, Whitney O'Baugh, Jenny Oh, Tari Prinster, Emily Smith, Dr. Mark Uridel, DPT, David Treleaven, and Trauma Specialist Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk.  As an experienced speaker, presenter and panelist she gives a large variety Trauma Awareness, Somatic Movement, and TSY presentations all over Texas. During COVID 19 "Find Your Balance" Yoga Class on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at The Ecumenical Center of San Antonio are put on hold Viana and her husband Ron find love to travel, and she enjoys reading and will always find her with a book in her bag, loves quilting, cooking, dogs specifically Chihuahuas.


San Antonio, TX United States

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