Meet Teresa

Teresa (Teddy) E. Araas, PhD, C-IAYT, ACLM, RCHES, eRYT500, MS

Dr. Teresa (Teddy) E. Araas is an IAYT-certified Yoga Therapist, Health Education Specialist, enthusiastic wellness consultant and yoga/meditation practitioner and instructor dedicated to helping empower others in developing more purpose in their lives. Through her business, Balanced Living Health & Wellbeing Consultants, LLC, she offers 1-on-1 consultations, group presentations, workshops, and classes tailored to meet specific needs of clients and students.

Teddy focuses on lifelong health and wellbeing, helping others create greater balance and healthier lifestyles to enrich quality of life. Purposeful awareness and relaxation practices provide increased understanding of inherent mindful abilities as resources when dealing with challenges of daily living, thus empowering personal “Healing from the Inside Out”. Teddy utilizes her role as listener, guide, and educator to empower others to take charge of their lives, working toward a calmer self in all dimensions of wellness (physical, mindful, energetic, emotional, spiritual). Teddy has practiced and taught Yoga and meditation for more than 40 years, developing “body-friendly”, stress-relieving Yoga classes that focus on vinyasa (flow) and santosha (contentment), thus promoting sustainability of the individual’s practice for optimal health and wellbeing. Santosha Yoga Center is located in Old Taylor Elementary at 1030 North Main Street, Top Floor.

Teddy has completed certifications as a Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT & CYT700), educator/registered Yoga Teacher (eRYT500), and Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT). Her training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has been facilitated by senior staff from the Center For Mindfulness, including a 7-Day Residential Training in Mind-Body Medicine, Intensive 9-Day Advanced Practicum, and numerous eight-week MBSR courses. (AYA disclaimer policy: The yoga therapy components of teaching and working with 1-on-1 clients are based on IAYT, CHES, MBSR certifications and doctoral work, not derived from eRYT500 designation with Yoga Alliance Registry). 

Teddy’s background embedded in health and wellbeing and her multi-disciplinary doctoral degree in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Wellness from Arizona State University enhance her ability to help others. She has worked in large and small communities across the western US, and in Japan as a professional performer and English instructor. Teddy has taught at the Arizona State University, University of Nevada at Reno, Truckee Community College, Sparks, NV, at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP), Provo, UT, and in Los Angeles-based schools and dance studios. She presently teaches pre-professional health-related courses at Sheridan Community College, Sheridan, WY. She holds an RMUoHP Adjunct Research Fellowship, sitting on committees to assist doctoral students through their dissertation process.

Teddy works with organizations dedicated to enhancing quality of life for others, including the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce, Council of Social Agencies, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, American Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She works closely with community-action groups that promote health and wellbeing for all.