C-IAYT, E-RYT500, YACEP
Dawn Summers was initially drawn to yoga in 1983 for inspiration and support during a major personal transition. She also wanted to improve certain spinal imbalances with the practice of yoga. She discovered yoga provided a source of comfort and stability, as well as improving her back and producing an overall feeling of well-being.
She deepened her commitment to the practice of yoga and became a teacher in 1985 through Swami Satchidananda's Integral Yoga. Continuing her dedication, Dawn became certified again in 1992, successfully completing a two year teachers training program by Gary Kraftsow in the Viniyoga tradition of Krishnamacharya and his son, T.K.V. Desikachar. In 2001, she was the first to be certified at the most advanced level through American Viniyoga Institute - as a Yoga Therapist. She continues to study with her teacher, Gary Kraftsow (author of Yoga for Wellness, and Yoga for Transformation); and assists him with teacher's training programs.
In 1994, she also journeyed to Madras, India and received additional training at the Viniyoga school under supervision of T.K.V. Desikachar. From her study and application of yoga philosophy, she has developed an understanding of the yogic process towards greater mental clarity and equanimity.
Ms. Summers has taught in a variety of studio and corporate settings, and has assisted in the training of yoga and aerobics teachers. She has worked therapeutically with people with a variety of different conditions, including pelvic pain, post-surgery recovery, back pain and sciatica, hypertension, prostate cancer, panic disorder, depression, arthritis, and many other conditions. She is also certified by the Arthritis Association to teach the exercise classes for people with arthritis (P.A.C.E. program).
Dawn is certified by Yoga Alliance as a 500-hour Certified Yoga Teacher and also as a Continuing Education provider for C.E. credits for Yoga Teachers. She is also certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists as a Certified Yoga Therapist.