Aileen Quinn

My name is Aileen Quinn and I am a 500-hour certified yoga teacher with additional extensive training in trauma-informed care and education. I have taught yoga and mindfulness classes in a wide range of settings – from studios, gyms, parks, outdoor events, workplace wellness classes, and private sessions, as well as in children and adolescent – specific groups, psychiatric hospitals, health clinics, correctional facilities through Prison Yoga Project, and in addiction rehabilitation centers.

I am originally from Los Angeles, and currently reside in Sacramento, CA. While I’ve earned a masters degree in Psychology and a bachelors in Anthropology, I’ve been able to integrate my background education with my knowledge of yoga and movement, offering an in-depth approach in my teaching style – working around many themes such as the value of mindfulness, self-discovery, and building community. My formal education in physical and social sciences has enhanced my appreciation and curiosity in the richness of cultural diversity as well as an understanding of the physical effects of trauma on the body and mind, and guiding others toward the path to building resiliency. After graduating, I began my project, Advocate Yoga – an entity that advocates for the accessibility of health and wellness through yoga and mindfulness practices, where I continue to offer my work – sharing educational resources and opportunities to practice movement and mindfulness. Passioned by movement for healing and driven by science, I am currently working to obtain a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

I am passionate about this work because I believe that we as human beings are all on our own personal journeys toward a continuous and never-ending discovery of ourselves. As yoga personally inspired me toward this path of exploring and aspiring to more in life, I continue to share this practice with my community, providing classes in a diverse range of settings, serving to various experience levels and abilities.

Along with weaving yoga into my life, my other passions are in rock climbing, aerial arts and traveling – feeling most at home when I’m up in the mountains, out in the desert, or along the coast. I am committed to protecting our environment and our public lands, having formerly served on the board of my local climbing community organization in promoting access to outdoor recreation and environmental sustainability. I also consider myself an ecofeminist as I continue to learn and rise against the intersections of oppression and environmental injustice. While I’m not busy advocating for these passions of mine, I use my creative energy to make art through several forms, including painting, mixed media, music and photography.

I developed my personal yoga practice into something to share with others. I didn’t invent yoga, but I have committed many hours towards making yoga accessible to any body and experience level, with classes appropriate for anyone from the novice to those continuing to deepen their practice. Like effort and ease, I can offer a class that is soft and grounding, as well a practice centered on one’s challenge and potential. I am inspired by the ability to push ones edge to what ever degree promotes resilience, strength, and gentle fierceness – while practicing self accountability to not exceed beyond that edge.

No one ever stops learning in yoga. I’ll always humbly accept that I am a student first, and a teacher second – and look forward to growing through this practice together.

P.S. – Want to talk about how I can bring yoga to you or your space?

Here is an artsy short video I’ve made. (Working on more, coming soon!)