Instructors



Core Faculty:

Kirstie SegarraKirstie Segarra, MA LMT, began studying yoga and Balinese Traditional Massage seventeen years ago in Bali, Indonesia. Her teachings blend structural bodywork, specifically myofascial meridians, with modified ashtanga, iyengar, restorative and vinyasa. She also incorporates energy work, Tantra, traditional Chinese medicine, and Buddhists traditions. Kirstie emphasizes anatomical structure and function of postures to prevent injury, while increasing muscle and fascia flexibility to heal and change conditioned patterns for a healthier way of living. Kirstie has begun her Doctorate studies in Integrative Medicine.

Kirstie is Chair of Integrative Health & Medical Massage at UNM-Taos, Director of the Integrative Massage Therapy Program, Chair of New Mexico Massage Therapy Board and President of Santosha Yoga. She teaches full time and co-founded the Yoga Teacher Training Program. Kirstie was recently named one of the "Remarkable Women of Taos," a year-long celebration honoring outstanding historic and contemporary women of the Taos community (www.taos.org Opens in a New Window).

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Additional Faculty:


Jean Ellis-SankariJean Ellis-Sankari has been a practitioner of the healing arts for over twenty years. Her practice is an amalgam of Kundalini Yoga, Reiki, and meditative dance. She developed the introductory courses in the Holistic Health and Healing Arts curriculum at UNM-Taos. Jean is an Associate Professor of Holistic Health and Human Services, a Licensed Independent Social Worker, a Reiki Master, and a Kundalini Yoga instructor. She advocates holistic studies, demonstrated through her work as an educator and practitioner of the helping and healing professions.


Partick ShawPatrick Shaw  offers a combination of advanced bodywork modalities, integrating Thai Massage, Cranial Sacral Therapy, and fascial-release techniques. He has been practicing therapeutic bodywork since 1991 and is a graduate of the National Holistic Institute in California. For over fifteen years he has specialized in Traditional Thai Massage, using his hands, feet, knees, elbows, and heart to help reshape his clients’ perceptions of their bodies. Patrick graduated from the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM where he studied with Dr. Vasant Lad.

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Rob StewartRob Stewart, LMT started taking yoga classes in 1996 as an art student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was certified to teach by the Chicago Yoga Center in the year 2000 under the direction of his teacher Suddha Weixler. He studied with Pantabi Jois and John Friend. Rob has consistently taught and practiced an integrated style of yoga drawing from classical Yoga systems, infusing his knowledge of functional anatomy, structural alignment, and most importantly the breath. This fusion invites the beginning as well the advanced student to find insights into their own practice. Rob is also a licensed massage therapist with a passion for Craniosacral and Myofascial release.

AlanaAlana Grier began her studies in Eastern Medicine and Meditation in 1987 at the New England Shiatsu Center in Boston. She has been a dancer and yoga practitioner for nearly 30 years and enjoys sharing movement with children and adults both therapeutically and as a personal trainer. Alana has enjoyed a well-rounded career in wellness for over 20 years. She has been practicing as a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1990. She is a graduate of the Career Ladder Nursing Program at Kauai Community College.

Since moving to NM in 2006 Alana has developed and ran wellness programs for UNM, YMCA, Vessel Health, and Lovelace Health Plan through her own wellness business 365 Days of Wellness. She is a wellness coach and personal trainer who uses Mindfulness and Yoga as tools to find balance with what life brings. As a single mother of five children, teaching Yoga, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and wellness coaching are Alana’s passions and way of life. Alana enjoys helping people get healthier, whether it be through fitness, stress management, health education or massage.