Hala Khouri, M.A., SEP, E-RYT, has been teaching the movement arts for over 25yrs. Her roots are in Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga, dance, Somatic Psychology, and the juicy mystery of Life itself. Creative movement and honest self-exploration have always been sources of tremendous healing. Her calling to share this with others has been clear to her since she began teaching at the age of 16.
Hala holds a B.A. in Psychology (minor in religion) from Columbia University & a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her thesis was on using yoga and other complementary disciplines,
like eco-psychology & somatics, for self-empowerment to inspire a global shift towards peaceful, sustainable living. She is also trained in Somatic Experiencing, a technique focusing on trauma’s impact on the body-mind & ways to resolve it. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with a specialization in Community Pscyhology, Liberation Psychology, & Ecopsychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Hala is a co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World, along with Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling. This non-profit organization utilizes the tools of yoga & somatic practices within a justice framework to inspire people to be conscious leaders of change. Through the non-profit A Thousand Joys, Hala works with social workers & direct service providers, educating them on the effects of vicarious trauma and offering somatic tools to discharge & manage stress, creating a culture of wellness.
She teaches the Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind 200hr yoga teacher training with Julian Walker and Jay Fields and lives in Venice, CA with her husband Paul and their two precocious sons.