Sera's Professional Training
Jeanette Sera Crandell, or Sera, found yoga in her late 20s as a means to help her focus, stay limber and connect to her deeper wisdom. It became an important part of her healing journey to move past the trauma of losing her parents suddenly at age 23. (More on that in Sera's Personal History)
In 2007, that journey led to training as a teacher in Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Maria Garre. She went on to become an ERYT-500 in Prana Flow, with Shiva Rea’s affiliate program also taught by Maria. Sera couples flow yoga with therapeutic yoga techniques, having also learned from various teachers such as Mukunda Stiles, Amy Weintraub, Don Stapleton, and others.
SERA CRANDELL, SEP, ERYT-500
creator of Somatic Pathways
Sera has also trained as a teacher in other forums as well, which makes her classes and sessions unique. She completed her Power Pilates training in 2011 to teach classes and clients on both mat and the apparatus, and often incorporates core stability and strengthening into her yoga teaching. Sera has a 500-hour certification as a meditation teacher as well, in Pranava, or Instinctive, Meditation with Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine. Sera has been a part of the ongoing online telecourse Meditation Secrets for Women taught by Camille since 2010. In 2013, she completed her training through that forum to become a mentor and teacher trainer in embodied meditation techniques.
Sera also has studied Reiki and Intuitive Energy Healing, becoming a Reiki Master in 2006. She sent on to study Craniosacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute, and has continued to take advanced level workshops through their programs, including techniques to support the immune system, release trauma and emotional blocks, and provide release physical restrictions throughout the body. Sera offers supportive touch and gentle assists in classes for those who are open to it, as well as specialized energy work sessions to private clients working with chronic health issues or emotional challenges.
Given her background, Sera continually blends her various skills to support her clients with a connection to them as a whole person, not a series of symptoms. She also strives to adapt all of her teaching methods to provide resources to those who have experienced trauma, which she has known in her own life (see more on this in her personal history).
To this end, Sera enrolled in the 3-year, 216-hour Somatic Experiencing Trauma Resolution program, becoming a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in late 2015. The SE training supports trauma resolution by understanding the aspects of the nervous system that have been overwhelmed or stuck, and seeking resolution through methods involving body sensing, embodied imagery and movement with awareness. She followed up with learning techniques for somatic shame resolution and addiction support.
During the last year and a half, Sera has been online continuing her somatic therapy education, studying Integral Somatic Psychology with Raja Selvam, a lead SE trainer, and completing her Level 1 training in Internal Family Systems, developed by Dick Schwartz. Sera seeks to integrate all the aspects of the psyche and spirit with emotional and energetic embodiment in the here and now. These two techniques compliment one another, in a psycho-spiritual approach to mental health, which also deepens our felt-sense of personal meaning and purpose by connecting with our authentic being, the Self.
Now, given her training in Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems, Integral Somatic Psychology, along with Craniosacral Therapy, energy work, yoga, instinctive meditation and other somatic modalities, Sera offers a unique perspective and approach to her sessions with clients. She has developed a lens through which to view and resolve all different sorts of trauma and stress - from childhood and developmental trauma, to intergenerational trauma, to the societal traumas of poverty, racism, patriarchy and other cultural dynamics. Sera also learns a lot directly from her clients, who are her greatest teachers of all!
Sera offers complimentary 30-minute consultations to see if a Somatic Pathways session could benefit you... Request a free consultation today!