A teacher of the movement arts for over 20 years now, Hala Khouri, M.A., E-RYT, earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Religion from Columbia University and has a Master's degree Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. With her roots in Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga, Khouri weaves her passion for dance, Somatic Psychology, and the mystery of life itself into every class. Her academic studies, clinical training, trauma studies, yoga practice, travels and motherhood inspired her to co-create Off the Mat, Into the World. As a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Hala Khouri's focus on trauma's impact on the body-mind has led to her international acclaim, as she travels the world teaching yoga and leading workshops. Today, Khouri lives in Venice, CA with her husband and two children and runs her own private somatic therapy practice.