Megan Nigro, CMT
Certified in; Somatic Practice by Kathy Kain, Massage Therapy, Advanced Zen Shiatsu, Yoga Instruction, Ayurvedic Yoga Massage
Currently Pursuing Certification in Somatic Experiencing™
I was raised in Gustavus, Alaska... a very small town.
The first spiritual practice retreat I attended was a ten day Vipassana meditation in Bodhgaya, India. By day three or four I was standing outside the gates smoking cigarettes and cursing with the other bad kids.
This is to say, though my life has been undeniably changed for the better by way of my spiritual progress, it has not always been a sweet tasting process.
When my traveling feet eventually lead me East I was undeniably searching for something. Things were messy inside by the time I took off. My relationship had disintegrated, I had finally finished my undergraduate work and was looking at the seemingly unbearable future of what to do next.
Thailand lead to India and India back to Thailand where I found myself plodding up the path to the Pyramid Yoga Center on Kho Phangang for my three month Residential Yoga Teacher Training Intensive. It was there that Yoga, in all nine of its illustrious forms, set in and rocked my being to its core forever... As it does.
Learning to teach, and my spiritual healing both began at the Pyramid and lead me around the world. I was so fortunate to study and practice with teachers such as Marina Halleron & David Goulet, John & Lucy Scott, Dylan Bernstein, Scot Hendricks, Prem Carlisi, Nancy Gilgoff, Kirsteen Berg, and Skeeter Tichnor.
From the foundation of yoga my work has sprouted into various areas. From Yoga Chikitsa, Ayurvedic Yoga Massage and body manipulating Mysore adjustments grew the tree of bodywork therapy. In early 2009 I finished my massage certifications at the Maui School of Therapeutic Massage along with my advanced Zen Shiatsu training.
My journey has been going from broad and bold to more contained and subtle in the past several years. Culminating in my more recent studies of Somatic Psychology and Somatic Experiencing™. This has greatly influenced my work with clients, my personal practices and my yoga teaching.
Though I don't shy away from some cathartic release in my personal and therapeutic practices, I increasinlgly grok the importance of creating our container. Cultivating a container that may hold whatever wild combustion comes is key to enabling lasting, transformative healing. Container building is a gentle yet profound process; physically, mentally and emotionally, and it can't be done without our awareness.
I'm consistently drawn to the healing concept of Oneness. When we release the grip that holds us away from our connection to the whole, we experience healing. Our brains are designed to assign meaning, inevitably, each one of us is laden with story. The stories may need to be heard or they may need to be let go of... either way there is a holding, there is a visceral, somatic, energetic gripping of all that we hold in life that is present in our body-being.
My own healing so far is what informs me most when working with clients therapeutically and in teaching. Our personal journeys of healing are a never ending works in progress. I am so grateful for the mentors, teachings, and practices I've had present in my life to remind me of this.
We are reflections of our world and our world is a reflection of us. As cliche as it may sound I whole-heartedly believe that in order to heal the world we must first work to heal our selves. Our own work transforms how we relate to the world around us. It frees us from habituated reaction and enables our active, true relationship with ourselves, our loved ones, our neighbors and strangers to flourish and nourish the world we live in.
Thank you for reading.
Photo by Catherin Quiens
Practices & Philosophies
that have touched,
helped, influenced and
inspired me along the way so far
but are not limited to;
Vedic Yoga Philosophy and
Chakra Yoga/The Science of Yoga
Hatha, Pranayama, Mantra, Raja, Gnana, Yantra, Kundalini, Karma & Bhakti
Ashtanga Vinyasa Mysore Method
Gabrielle Rothe's 5 Rhythms
EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique
Chinese Medicine and
Biodynamic Cranio-sacral work
Osho's Dynamic Meditation
Jungian Dream Analysis
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