Valerie grew up in Manhattan engaging from a young age in many sports, and enduring subsequent injuries from those and life. Approaching 50 with chronic foot pain Valerie began studying Foot Work practices and healing modalities, leading her to biomechanically based yoga where all of these modalities happened in one practice. Teaching is a way for Valerie to share tools that allow us to have a different relationship with our bodies so we can promote healing, stay out of pain, balance our nervous system and enjoy our body. She is or has been certified/authorized as a Sound Practitioner through the NYC's Open Center Sound Music Institute; a 900+hour KYT Kaiut Yoga® instructor; a Nutritious Movement Restorative Exercise Specialist and Foot Specialist; a level 2 MELT Method instructor, Gyrotonic/Gyrokinesis® instructor, a Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® teacher, Reiki Level 2 and a Yamuna Foot Practitioner. She continues to study Spiritual Health through Sound with Pat Moffit Cook of the Open Ear Center; biomechanical yoga through Kaiut Yoga and the Ross Method; RevInMo's Pelvic Floor Fitness with Dr. Edyth Heus. She is currently doing a nine-month Healing Trauma Training Program to Regulate the Nervous System, Embody Safety, and Become a Healing Presence.
Other great teachers she has studied with include Eric Franklin creator of The Franklin Method; Liz Koch, author of The Psoas Book; Katy Bowman, creator of Nutritious Movement; Tami Lynn Kent in Holistic Pelvic Care; monochord with Martina Glaser-Boehme of Feeltone, tuning forks with Dr. John Beaulieu; singing bowls and more including Joule L'Adara, Ysaye Barnwell, Silvia Nakaach, and others. She enjoys sharing her learning with her students to improve their daily well being and welcomes the opportunity to help people find a better balance in their own bodies so they can live without pain, through modalities/practices anyone can do for themselves.
Valerie teaches regularly on Martha's Vineyard where she has lived since 2005, and is working to bring Peaked Hill Studio's offerings to Providence, Rhode Island. Besides Martha's Vineyard Valerie has taught workshops in New York City; Providence, RI; Cape Cod, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She loves working with small groups and families. She has created experiential sound series at Featherstone Center for the Arts and Pathways Arts, and offered Sound Healing programs at local libraries, the nursing rehab facility, Windemere and Camp Jabberwocky, all on Martha's Vineyard and the Ta Ra Institute in Valley Cottage, NY.
Billie moved full-time to Martha's Vineyard in 2009, where she has deep family roots in Harthaven. While running a real estate company with her husband for the past 20 years, she saw her four children through high school, now all back on the Island pursuing careers in hospitality and entertainment endeavors. With a brief introduction to yoga in Cambridge in the '80s, Billie was introduced to Kaiut Yoga by Valerie at Peaked Hill Studio in 2018 and instantly fell in love. Where a void was starting to be filled with the concept of aging, Kaiut Yoga was an awakening to a new beginning, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Valerie quickly became her mentor, leading her to Kaiut Teacher Training experiences with Francisco Kauit in Telluride and Boulder, CO, and Folsom, CA, earning nearly 400 hours of training in the Kaiut Method. Billie is currently participating in the 300-hour online Kaiut Teacher Training program, to earn her International Kaiut Yoga Teaching Certification.
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