About

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InDSC_0459 the fall of 2014, Monique Parker opened Taos Yoga Therapy, a boutique yoga studio specializing in personalized instruction, therapeutic yoga, small group classes, and authentic yoga studies.

Located in Central Station, a sustainable urban live-work development, Parker’s goal is to provide an oasis for healing in the heart of downtown Taos. The studio has lush garden landscaping, ample parking, natural light, and because of its location just steps from the Taos Plaza, it also affords convenience, privacy, and solitude.

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Monique Parker, C-IAYT, RYT 500, E-RYT 500
owner of Taos Yoga Therapy, is a senior teacher and yoga educator in the Svastha Yoga worldwide organization. Before opening Taos Yoga Therapy, she founded Svastha Yoga Institute, the U.S.-affiliate school of Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda in Chennai, India, where she currently serves as director. Previously, Monique co-founded and directed the Yoga Teacher Certification Program at the University of New Mexico-Taos.

Synthesizing the fundamentals of asana, yoga psychology, pranayama, mantra, and chant for students across the US, Monique specializes in continuing education, individualized instruction, and the adaptation of classic yoga for therapeutic application.

She created “The Yoga of Mantra”, a call and response Sanskrit chanting CD as a way to make the recitation of sacred sounds accessible to students. Each year she conducts a 200-hour Svastha Yoga Teacher Training Certification in Taos, New Mexico and facilitates a Yoga Wellness Retreat at The Mandala Center in Capulin, New Mexico.

Aiayt_certifiedyogatherapist personal student of A.G., Indra, and Ganesh Mohan since 2005, and Kausthub and Menaka Desikachar since 2017, Monique travels regularly to India to study. She has completed two 200-hour Svastha Yoga Teacher Certifications, a 300-hour Svastha Yoga Therapy Certification, and two in-depth Yoga Psychology/Yoga Sutras programs; she is currently working towards a Vedic Chanting Teacher Certification with the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation in Chennai, India.

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Her journey as a yoga practitioner, teacher, and teacher of teachers began twenty-three years ago in Silicon Valley, studying with respected international yoga teachers Sherry Han, an expert in therapeutic yoga and Chinese Tui-na acupressure, Oxford scholar and senior Iyengar teacher Kofi Busia, Viniyoga founder and yoga therapist Gary Kraftsow, and Vedic chant instructor Sonia Nelson.

To better to understand anatomy and to incorporate additional healing modalities, Monique became a certified massage therapist in 1997. Five years later, she walked away from a lucrative high tech career and moved to a pinion forest at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Northern New Mexico, where she dedicates herself to study, teaching, and service.

 

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Raquela Moncada-Cowan, RYT 500, moved to Taos from Argentina with her three teenage kids eight years ago. Desiring to continue her fitness program, she joined a health club where she took her first yoga class. Fifteen minutes after taking off her shoes, she was obsessed with her newfound partner: yoga. Today she still talks about the initial feeling of stillness that lasted well beyond the classroom. Desiring to pass on her passion for yoga to as many people as possible, Raquela now teaches the first-ever “Yoga en Español” in Taos at Taos Yoga Therapy. Her regular weekly classes at the Northside Health and Fitness Center and the Taos Spa and Tennis Club are well attended and popular among Taoseños. Raquela received her 200-hour certification through UNM-Taos and her 500-hour level with Dr. Ganesh Mohan of Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda.
 
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Janice Crouse, RYT 200, moved to Taos from Northern California in 2001 to reconnect to the Southwest where she spent time as a child and had happy memories. She worked as Registered Nurse with a Public Health Nurse license for over 30 years and practiced in a number of venues, including as a Cancer Research Nurse in Sonoma County, CA. She began a daily asana practice when knee problems led to the end of her running regimen in 2010. She was introduced to Svastha Yoga by Monique Parker and realized the need for a more balanced practice that included pranayama, chanting, and meditation, as well as asana. She completed the 200-hour Svastha Yoga teacher training with Monique in 2013 and continues her 500-hour level studies with Dr. Ganesh Mohan of Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda. Janice teaches chair yoga at Taos Retirement Village to a full house of dedicated over 55 yoga practitioners twice weekly.
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Ceily Levy
has been practicing and studying the art, science and philosophy of yoga and meditation since 1992. She teaches hatha, yin, restorative and gentle chair yoga, yoga nidra and meditation. She received her teacher training with Suddha Weixler of the Chicago Yoga Center, yin yoga teacher training with Paul Grilley and yin and Insight Yoga techniques with Sarah Powers. She is especially grateful for her years of meditation, mantra and wisdom studies with Elesa Commerse, her “dharma sister”. Among the teachers she has had the good fortune to study with, she has been inspired by Sharon Salzberg, Pema Chodron, Erich Schiffman and Mark Nepo and remains a happy lifelong student. Ceily taught in the north suburbs of Chicago for 15 years before relocating to Taos in the summer of 2016.  Her methods synthesize the more active and still essences of yoga practice with wisdom studies to create safe haven for exploration, transformation and connection. Her pace, sequencing and language invites practitioners to honor their unique anatomy, conditions, needs and aspirations within sacred space.

 

ganesh Dr. Ganesh Mohan is a physician trained in both conventional medicine and Ayurveda. He is the son of A.G. Mohan who was a personal student of Krishnamacharya for 18 years from 1971 to 1989, and Indra Mohan who has been teaching yoga for 35 years. Ganesh started practicing yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya under his parents’ guidance as a child. He is well-versed in related traditional studies such as yoga philosophy and Vedic chanting. Ganesh lives in Chennai, India. He conducts workshops and trainings internationally, and is an advisor to the International Association of Yoga Therapists in the USA and the Australian Association of Yoga Therapists.
Dr. Gina Perez-Barone, M.D. is a board certified family practice physician with special interest in non-opioid pain management, addiction treatment and complimentary therapies. She received her medical degree from Stanford University and has served as medical director at Presbyterian Medical Services Questa Health Center since 2011. Locally she has served on the board of Non-Violence Works and been past medical director at Vista Taos Renewal Center. Before making New Mexico her home, Dr. Perez-Baron founded “Frontline Richmond”, a non-profit organization in Richmond, CA focused on violence prevention and community building. Today, she’s learning how to fly fish, ride a motorcycle and keep her fruit trees alive.
 LizKruger Liz Kruger, RYT-500 is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. Her holistic and integrated approach makes her a sought after instructor of both yoga and Ayurveda. With over 20 years of teaching experience, Liz is well regarded for her ability to offer tools to restore health, balance, and well being. She lives in Nevada where she teaches both yoga and Pilates classes privately and to groups, as well as workshops on Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle.
  Debby Halpern, RYT-500, LPCC has over 25 years experience as a master’s level licensed clinical mental health counselor and has been practicing for over 40 years. She has staffed the National Veterans Wellness and Healing Retreats in Angel Fire, New Mexico since 2009. Debby specializes in yoga and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, working with veterans and their families.
Gene Dennehy, RRT, RCP, RYT-200 is a respiratory therapist with experience in critical care, emergency care, and pulmonary diagnostics. He has counseled, supported and educated patients, families and helping professionals on issues ranging from life support to pulmonary rehabilitation, as well as having served on a palliative advisory committee for issues of end of life care. Gene is currently completing a masters degree in mental health counseling, in order to work more closely with individuals experiencing PTSD and developmental trauma. He completed his 200-hour yoga teacher certification through Svastha Yoga Institute and plans to incorporate yoga and mindfulness modalities into his counseling work.

“I recently moved to Taos to semi-retire. Type A personality, Wall Street type career. On my bucket list were activities such as Yoga, to help me achieve balance, to slow down a bit, to learn more about the spiritual side of life. I have always been physically active, but knew nothing about my body, my breathing, my capabilities, my inner self. Then I discovered Taos Yoga Therapy. Not only am I learning, but I was welcome with open arms to Taos. What I love about my dog is “unconditional love”. That is how I feel when I go to TYT.
– Gaar Stratton, Valdez, New Mexico

“Monique brings to yoga and yoga therapy extensive training and self-study in addition to many years of teaching.  This is classic yoga with attention to the individual even in a group class and proper breathing techniques creating a safe practice.  Body, breath and mind are integrated through all the disciplines of yoga, as if often claimed but not carried out by many teachers.”
-Martha Flanders, Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico

“Monique is one of the most accomplished yoga teachers I know. Her knowledge of the body through her extensive yoga therapy training makes her an excellent teacher. Also the space is intimate and serene. Take it from a fellow yoga teacher, Monique is the best! I go regularly!“
– Kandice Nachtrab, Taos, New Mexico

“I’ve been taking classes with Monique for six months now, and with the teachers she trained for about a year. I’d quit yoga classes years ago because I didn’t like the way they were taught. Monique doesn’t just pay lip-service to breathing; breath is intrinsic to the practice. She takes me deep into the asanas without any resistance, struggle, or injury. I think this is the way Yoga is supposed to be – evenness in body and mind, and thoroughly enjoyable. Not once have I looked at the clock and wondered are we done yet. I decided not to anticipate results but just do it, and now I am noticing some profound results in both strength and flexibility.”
– Hannah Rappaport, El Prado, New Mexico

“Taos Yoga Therapy offers something unique to the Yoga community in Taos:  individualized instruction in a class setting with an emphasis on the whole person.  Proper alignment with attention to the body in the asana, as well as focused breathing  while moving into and out of the posture are central to Monique’s teaching.  She is very well versed in normal body physiology and anatomy and able to modify postures for those with physical limitations and needs so that each participant is able to maximize her/his experience in the class.  Her instruction culminates in assisting each individual to come into a quiet state of mind where meditation is the natural outcome.”
– Janice Crouse, El Prado, New Mexico

Everyone will feel comfortable at Taos Yoga Therapy, regardless of yoga proficiency.  Svastha yoga as taught by Monique and those she has trained delivers great health benefits from even the simplest poses. Proper breathing is emphasized. Private instruction is available, too.”
– Christiane Riveles, El Prado, New Mexico

“I have been practicing yoga for about 6 years now and I have been teaching yoga in the community for about two and a half years now, but when I heard that Monique, my teacher, decided to open Taos Yoga Therapy I was so happy! I have been missing her teachings so much. She is always presenting something new to all of us. The workshops she puts together once a month are just amazing. I am really enjoying the space of Taos Yoga Therapy; she has all the props necessary and she is always showing in a very smart and safe way how to take advantage of them in case you need to adapt some of the poses. Monique and her teachings keep surprising me. She is an on going student and because of her constant growth we all grow with her.  I feel really blessed to have her here in our community!”
– Raquel Moncada, Taos, New Mexico

“Although I have practiced Hatha Yoga most of my adult life, it was only when Monique introduced me to Svastha Yoga that I realized Yoga is a “Way of Life.” I have participated in Monique’s classes for years now and am always filled with the depth of her knowledge about all aspects of yoga, the loving, personally supportive feel to her classes, the lovely, safe space where she holds her classes and her ability to constantly be evolving, growing and adapting to the needs and direction students and their Yoga practice need to be going. Monique is a gift to many individuals as well as to the extended Yoga Community of Taos. We ‘ e all so lucky to have Monique in our life!”
– Deborah Halpern, Angel Fire, New Mexico

“Taos Yoga Therapy is a wonderful yoga studiol with a beautiful, quite landscaped area that is relaxing and meditative. Monique is a very conscientious instructor, understanding the body and its functions. This and her compassion for each individual makes for the perfect instructions.”
– Penny Thor, Taos, New Mexico

“Monique is a compassionate and gifted teacher. Through many years of experience in her own practice and education, she has developed yoga therapy classes which are gentle, but also challenging, and combine meditation and chanting. The sessions have helped to stabilize my blood pressure and to feel more at peace and happy.”
– Sherry Koch, Taos, New Mexico

“Monique has this wonderful, loving and natural ability to teach the many facets of yoga. She lights up my life. We are so fortunate to have her here in Taos.”
– Joanie Donnelly, Taos, New Mexico

“Monique leads us through a very natural and fluid routine which changes each time I participate. I literally feel like I am walking on air afterwards, plus I am so much stronger.”
– Beth Plowman, Taos, New Mexico

“As a yoga therapist and teacher, Monique is an expert guide. Not only does she have sharp insight, she lives and embodies the true authentic teachings of the ancient art and science of yoga. Her life is dedicated to yoga off and on the mat. The reason she shines in her work is because she studies and relishes in continual learning of yoga as a science of the mind. Having had both private and group mentoring from Monique, to my delight I have accessed deep inner peace within during her instruction. I have participated in many many different yoga classes over the past 20 years and Monique stands out as an authentic, well grounded, knowledgeable teacher. I am grateful to know her.”
– Heather Penny, Fredericksburg, Virginia

“I want to thank you, Monique, from deep in my heart, for today’s precious class. What was offered today was the most breathless class I have ever taken. As I was walking away, I thought if every class could be this profound, life is bliss. It was truly what was needed by my soul.”
– Susan Lewis, Pilar, New Mexico

“Started Yoga with Monique in August. I was a beginner and Monique made it easy for me to learn comfortable positions that would help the pain in my neck and shoulder. The small classes made it nice for Monique to give personal attention to each student. I leave the class feeling calm, relaxed and balanced. The studio is tucked away in a nice quiet area, very peaceful.”
– Pam Mirabal, Florida & Taos, New Mexico

“I arrived at the doorstep of Taos Yoga Therapy thoroughly depleted by a long illness. My breathing was constricted by stress. My muscles ached. My stamina was nil. I needed healing for body and soul, and I found it under Monique’s gentle, attentive, and learned guidance. This is not ‘twist into a pretzel ‘ yoga or ‘hot until you drop’ yoga. The studio is a sanctuary of serenity and self care. Every posture is a vessel for meditative breath. After each session, I feel greater strength and flexibility as well as a deep sense of calm, balance, and harmony. I highly recommend Monique and the teachers she has trained at Taos Yoga Therapy. In fact, I don’t think I would have found renewed health if I hadn’t walked in that door a few months ago.”
– Barbara Norris, Dallas, Texas and Taos, New Mexico

Monique is an excellent Yoga instructor.  She is highly experienced and very intuitive.  She has studied in India and brings to her Yoga class a great deal of knowledge as a result of many years of practice.  Every class is unique and I appreciate the 90 minute sessions which gives my entire mind and body a thorough reintegration.  I have a 200 yoga certification and have also studied sound healing.  I appreciate the conscious breathing which is a component of every asana plus the sound and meditative aspects to each session.  I also love the peaceful setting of the studio and Monique’s ability to create a safe Yogic environment for a wide range of age and physical abilities.
– Jean Stevens, Taos, New Mexico

“A complete yoga practice: joyful, meditative, deeply healing, nourishing body and mind. Am achieving strength without stress or strain, and flexibility as the gentle unfoldment of my potential. All movement is breath-centered and connected to consciousness of one’s deepest well being. I’ll never go back to all the other yoga’s I’ve tried. This is the real deal.”
– Virgnia Leighton, Taos, New Mexico

“When I walked through the door, I noticed something was different about the classes here. They were soft, they were nourishing, they left you breathless in their scope. Taking classes with Monique were profound and deep as a reflection of who she is and her own many years of practice. The breath becomes the movement and the movement becomes a silent witness to the body/mind. It is the most wonderful experience you can imagine as a very unique practice of yoga that fills you deeply.”
– Susan Lewis, Embudo, New Mexico

“I am not one to post testimonials online.  This was my first time visiting Taos on vacation and my only plans were to get some skiing/snowboarding in. I have been having issues for the few years with neck and back pain, along with tension headaches.  I attributed my issues to a combination of spending to much time at my computer, poor posture and high stress levels.  I have tried everything from doctors, chiropractors, acupuncture, massage, inversion table and I even started taking yoga classes a couple of years ago at a local studio.  All of these would help a little but, just not like I needed.  I found Taos Yoga Therapy with Monique Parker online.  What interested me was a class she offers called “Yoga Therapy for Back, Neck and Shoulders”.  This sounded exactly like what I needed.  After attending several group classes as well as a couple of private lessons from Monique I feel compelled to share my experience.

I was nervous for the first class.  I wasn’t sure what Svastha Yoga was and how it would differ to the yoga classes I had attended.  Monique is an amazing teacher and from the minute I stepped into the studio I felt welcomed and comfortable. I would recommend showing up early because the classes filled up fast.  I have never included chanting as part of a yoga class and wasn’t sure if I would like it.  I found it surprisingly peaceful and now I can’t imagine practicing yoga without it.  The poses we did in the class are simpler but more effective then what I have practiced in the past. My prior experience with Yoga had never completely made sense to me.  Some of the poses and the movements felt good but, I couldn’t get my thoughts focused.  I obsessed over whether I was doing the poses correctly or thought about what was going on that day.  Monique’s teaching of Svastha yoga helped me get to a place where I could finally quiet my mind.

Everyone has different needs. I would highly recommend private sessions for anyone from a beginner like myself to someone who has practiced yoga for years. I believe Monique can help improve your practice.  In my private sessions, we began with working on my breathing.  I did not realize I had been doing it incorrectly.  After one session I immediately felt the difference.  The corrections to my breathing gave me sensation similar to a caffeine rush, but better. Monique also put together a simple asana and mantra practice for me to do everyday.  The poses she gave me to were tailored for my specific needs and the amount of time I was willing to commit to practicing daily.  This has been life changing!!!  I start everyday with my practice.  It’ clears my mind and I feel ready for anything.  In just the first 3 weeks, my neck and back pain went away. Nothing else I have ever done has worked for more then a couple days.  More then anything the practice has helped me to control my stress. My blood pressure has gone down to the point I may no longer need medication.  My mind is clearer and I feel more productive. I don’t want to make this sound like it’s some kind of magic pill.  It’s not.  You must have an open mind and be willing to make changes.  You must also put time and effort into your practice.  If you are ready to make these changes, I can’t imagine a better place to start then visiting Taos Yoga Therapy.  What you gain might truly be priceless.”
– Mark Harris, Kansas