Attuned living founder, Kamala Itzel Berrio

In 2001, attorney Kamala Itzel Berrio was going through a hard time. She had been dumped by her long-distance boyfriend the same month that the company she was working for dissolved, along with her job. With no job to go to and no partner to call or visit, Kamala Itzel had a lot of time on her hands. She threw herself into yoga and meditation and couldn’t believe its healing and transformative effects. She was hooked.

Then in 2009, Kamala Itzel’s world fell apart. She was getting a divorce, moving out of the only home she’d ever known as an adult, walking away from her career as a lawyer, and no longer able to ignore the impact of past traumas on her physical, mental, and emotional well-being. She turned to trauma healing practices and again yoga and meditation to heal herself, and to coaching and Nonviolent Communication to heal her relationships with others.

Today, Kamala Itzel is a Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT) and Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) working with Dr. Dean Ornish to bring yoga and meditation to hospitals across the country as part of his program to reverse heart disease. With the help of Dr. Richard Miller, Kamala Itzel is bringing iRest—a mindfulness, trauma healing, and stress reduction practice—to adults in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions, veterans, survivors of human trafficking and sexual assault, homeless individuals, and other trauma survivors. She is a certified coach, sharing powerful and transformative communication skills to individuals and groups with a special emphasis on families and relationships. And she is well on her way to becoming a community counselor in trauma prevention and recovery.

Find her on Facebook as Attuned Living and follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @attunedliving.