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Meet Teresa

Teresa (Teddy) E. Araas, PhD, CHES, MS, CYT-700, RYT-500

Dr. Teresa (Teddy) E. Araas is a Certified Health Education Specialist, enthusiastic wellness consultant and yoga/meditation practitioner and instructor dedicated to furthering the practice and integration of mindfulness in the lives of others. Through her business, Balanced Living Health & Wellbeing Consultants, LLC, she offers individualized consultations, and creates presentations, workshops, and classes tailored to specific requests for organizations and businesses.

As a seasoned health and wellbeing advocate, Teresa focuses on lifelong wellness, empowerment and stress management as key factors in creating greater balance and healthier lifestyles, thus, enriching quality of life. She uses attention awareness and relaxation practices to provide clients with increased understanding of how to use inherent mindful abilities and resources to respond to challenges of daily life experiences ~ ~“Healing from the Inside Out”.

Teresa has completed certifications as a Yoga Therapist (700-hour) and as a registered Yoga Teacher (500-hour), as well as advanced training with experts in practices of Yoga for Healthy Aging and Therapeutic Yoga. Teresa utilizes her role as listener, guide, personal coach and educator to empower clients to take charge of their healing process, working toward a calmer self ~ physically, mindfully, and spiritually. With more than 25 years as a Yoga practitioner and as an instructor, Teresa has developed mindful, “body-friendly” Yoga classes and promotes a philosophy of sustainable, life-long Yoga optimal health and wellbeing at her Sheridan facility, Santosha Yoga School.

Her trainings in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) have been facilitated by senior staff from the Center For Mindfulness (i.e., 7-Day Residential Training in Mind-Body Medicine; Intensive 9-Day  Advanced Practicum), and she has participated in several eight-week MBSR courses. These experiences continue to enrich Teresa’s “toolbox” and enhance her capacity to empower clients in their personal development.

Teresa received an “Outstanding Graduate Student” Award at Arizona State University in 2008 and her doctoral degree in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Wellness. She has broadened personal life experiences, living and working in large and small communities, even in Japan for ten extended tours as a professional performer. Teresa has worked as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Nevada at Reno, taught at Arizona State University, and  in Los Angeles-based schools and dance studios. She has served as adjunct faculty at Truckee Community College, Sparks, NV and at Sheridan Community College, Sheridan, WY. Teresa is presently an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT, as an instructor of  various health promotion related doctoral courses.

Teresa works with various local, state and national organizations, dedicated to enhancing quality of life for others.These include the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce, Council of Social Agencies, and Wellness Council of America. She is an active volunteer for community-action fundraising groups and events that promote health and wellbeing for all.

“Family is priority in my life — I cherish family and close friends … AND my ‘best friend’ is my six-pound, 12 year old Maltese, Buddy!”