Meet Teresa

Teresa (Teddy) E. Araas, PhD, CHES, E-RYT500, CYT700, MS

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 (CYT700), a certified educator/registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500), and as a registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) . She continues advanced training with experts in practices of Yoga for Healthy Aging and Therapeutic Yoga. (AYA disclaimer policy: The yoga therapy components of Teresa’s teaching and working with 1-on-1 clients are based on her IAYT, CHES and MBSR certifications and her doctoral work, not derived from her E-RYT500 designation with Yoga Alliance Registry). 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 30 years as a Yoga practitioner and 25 years as an instructor, Teresa has developed mindful, “body-friendly” Yoga classes and promotes a philosophy of sustainable, life-long Yoga for 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 have enriched Teresa’s “toolbox” and continue to enhance her capacity to empower clients in personal development.

Teresa received an “Outstanding Graduate Student” Award at Arizona State University in 2008 and her multi-disciplinary 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 an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT, as an instructor of health promotion doctoral courses. She holds an RMUoHP adjunct research fellowship, assisting doctoral students through the dissertation process, as requested.

Teresa works with organizations dedicated to enhancing quality of life for others, including the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce, Council of Social Agencies, American Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. 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, 14+ year old Maltese, Buddy!”