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 furthering the practice and integration of mindfulness in the lives of others. Through her business, Balanced Living Health & Wellbeing Consultants, LLC, Teresa offers individualized consultations, and creates group 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 to enrich quality of life. She uses 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. Her tagline is “Healing from the Inside Out”.

Teresa has completed certifications as a Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT & CYT700), a certified educator/registered Yoga Teacher (eRYT500), 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 eRYT500 designation with Yoga Alliance Registry). Teresa utilizes her role as listener, guide, personal coach and educator to empower her clients to take charge of their lives, to work toward a calmer self ~ physically, mindfully, energetically, emotionally and spiritually. With more than 40 years as a Yoga practitioner and 30+ years as a Yoga instructor, Teresa has developed mindful, “body-friendly” Hatha Yoga classes focusing on vinyasa (flow) and santosha (contentment), promoting her philosophy of the sustainability of practicing Yoga throughout life for optimal health and wellbeing. Her Sheridan Yoga facility is Santosha Yoga Center, located at 1030 North Main Street, Top Floor. Her office is in the same building, Suite #101. (She works 1-on-1 on an appointment only basis.)

All of Teresa’s training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has 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 numerous eight-week MBSR courses.

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, including 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 (RMUoHP), Provo, UT, and holds an RMUoHP adjunct research fellowship, assisting doctoral students through their dissertation process. Teresa teaches Nutrition for pre-professional undergraduate students in health-related fields of study at Sheridan College. She received the 2018 Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding teaching at RMUoHP: “The award recipient demonstrates evidence of inspiring, promoting and sustaining intellectual development of students, using innovative teaching approaches based upon the best evidence while demonstrating sensitivity and respect for student inquiry, professional and personal development.”

Teresa 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 volunteers for community-action fundraising groups and events that promote health and wellbeing for all whenever possible.