Trauma Certified Specialists
Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of volunteer and contract professionals believe and support The Grace Tree Foundation mission. They reach out in our community sharing somatic movement modalities like yoga as a way to restoration and empowerment for healing 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 education, Certified International Association of Yoga Therapists, and hold 24+ hours in Trauma Informed specialty training certifications.
- Yoga Alliance 200 hr., 300 hr., 500 hr. RYT
- Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher
- Yoga Therapy Intern
- Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher
- School Counselor
- Early Childhood Teacher
- Primary Education 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 mentored through Practice School of Yoga Therapy and C-IAYT Yoga Therapists. One of the recent specialties she has added is teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga, she has completed The Grace Tree Project: Trauma Sensitive Yoga Level 1 training. Presently she has finished her community volunteer hours to complete her certification as a 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 Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 PM for Equilibrium: Yoga for Anxiety at The Vine Wellness Group.
- Certified International Association of Yoga Therapy Yoga Therapist
- Yoga Alliance 500 hr. E-RYT
- Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider YACEP
- Pre-Post Natal Training with Leslie Lytle
- Radiant Child Training with Shakta Kaur Khalsa, including children with special needs.
- The Grace Tree Project Trauma Sensitive Teacher Trainer
Jenny began her teaching career in 2006, after yoga helped her recover from a severe injury to her spine. She has since accumulated over 1000 hours of study in multiple lineages of yoga and is now a yoga therapist certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). She incorporates movement, breath, meditation, and sound into both her public classes and private lessons, always striving to make yoga accessible to all levels and for every body. Jenny currently holds a position as part of the Expressive Therapy Department at Seton Shoal Creek in Austin, TX, bringing yoga to 5 distinct populations.
Jenny has also joined Restore, and outpatient program specifically designed for complex trauma within the Veteran and Civilian population with Seton Behavioral Health Center. She has completed an additional 300 hours of training in the lineage of T.K.V. Desikachar with Chase Bossart, leading to a two-week internship at KYM in Chennai, India. A 200+ hours of training in Ayurveda with Elizabeth Cunningham Bossart, Trauma Sensitive training with David Emerson and Trauma Theory Specialist Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk at Kripalu, a Level 1 iRest Training with Richard Miller, and has also studied meditation extensively with Mehtab Benton and Gurucharan Khalsa at Yoga Yoga. She continues her healing studies with Indigenous groups in through Maria Elena Martinez.
- Yoga Alliance 200 hr. E-RYT, 500 hr. RYT
-Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider YACEP
- Y12SR Certified Leader
- Yoga 4 Cancer Certified Teacher
- Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher
- The Grace Tree Project Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Somatic Teacher Trainer
-Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research Group Fitness & Health Promotion Director Certified
- Road Runner Club of America Running Coach
Teaching exercise science and movement for 25 years which includes 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. She received her 200-hr. yoga training at Esther Vexler Yoga School and is registered with Yoga Alliance. Viana is pursuing her 1000 hr. Yoga Therapy training through Practice School of Yoga Therapy, currently a Yoga Therapist Intern in practicum mentored by C-IAYT Yoga Therapists. She holds over 175+ specialty hrs. in Somatic, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, 100+ hrs. Osteo-Trauma and Mental Health Theory and is completed her 300-hr. yoga therapy module 1 in May 2019 and currently in her clinical practicum internship. In Fall 2018 she founded Soma Collective, to bring community Somatic Movement and Yoga Therapy Intern services to under-served populations in Bexar County and surrounding areas. Her first focus is to bring her experience and servant leadership to trauma survivors to help recover from trauma's 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 and working in her SA Somatic Movement Private Practice.
One of her purpose 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 Yoga Specialists Stephanie Carter, Nikki Myers, Whitney O'Baugh, Jenny Oh, Tari Prinster, Emily Smith, Clarissa Smith, Dr. Mark Uridel, DPT, and Trauma Theory Specialist Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk. The above journey rounds out her work as a 25+ yr. Certified Fitness Professional. Viana leads Grace Tree's Private Somatic and Trauma Yoga Sessions, and began collaborating with The Vine Wellness Group beginning January 2019. As an experienced speaker, presenter and panelist she gives a large variety Trauma Awareness and Somatic presentations all over Texas. Join Viana for Private Sessions, and Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) group classes on Monday's at Haven for Hope and The Vine Wellness Group. And the first and third Saturdays at The Ecumenical Center of San Antonio.