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. This individualized approach puts forth many new and varied techniques for healing different forms of trauma, including our society’s ubiquitous chronic stress patterns which contribute to many common illnesses and diseases. Sera has incorporated these concepts into her classes., and affords her clients several different types of private sessions to individualize these practices. Sera also continues with post-advanced training in somatic work, specifically around the neurobiology of trauma and resolving shame.
Having been a teacher now for over a decade, and allowing her practice to evolve through the understanding of various eclectic techniques, Sera encourages others to find their own unique way to learn, practice, and share yoga with the world. She is now working with Geni Donnelly and Jen McLaughlin at Yogamour studio in Frederick, to create a unique Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training program, blending the western psychological theory behind trauma, newfound somatic methods to resolve trauma through the body, and age-old yogic philosophy which can guide us to teach yoga specifically through a trauma-informed lens.